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Written by:  Janice Lewine
Date: October 1, 2011

Summer has faded into cooler days and the foliage is turning brilliant colors. Autumn beckons families to play outdoors. Carve out some family time to enjoy crisp apple cider, navigate a corn maze, pet farm animals, transform pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns or be scared silly by mischievous spirits. From tame outings to frightful fun, the Triangle offers a bountiful selection of fall fun. Be sure to check the daily calendar events section for more seasonal activities.

Use your best judgment as to whether some of the more frightful activities are suitable for your children, and be sure to call ahead to verify hours and dates. If you visit a corn maze at night, remember to take a flashlight.


Go for a hayride, get lost in a corn maze or search for the perfect pumpkin together. Don’t forget your camera!

Fearrington Village’s PumpkinFest
2000 Fearrington Village Center, U.S. 15-501, Pittsboro
919-542-2121 • 
Oct. 30, 6-8 p.m. Admission is free.
Activities for kids include Spooky Storytime at McIntyre’s Fine Books at 6 and 6:30 p.m. and a Pumpkin Walk from 6-8 p.m. featuring dozens of elaborately carved jack-o-lanterns.

Ganyard Hill Farm
319 Sherron Rd., Durham
919-596-8728  •
Open daily through Oct. 31, Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. General admission is $12.50 for ages 2 and up.
Pumpkin patch, hayrides, three crop mazes, farm animals, giant haystack, farm store and picnics.

Green Acres Farm
1132 Morrisville Carpenter Rd., Cary
919-481-2435  •
Open through Oct. 31, Fri. 4 p.m. until dark, Sat. 9 a.m until dark, Sun. 11 a.m. until dark. Night maze available Fri.-Sat. until 9 p.m. (October only).
General admission is $10 for ages 4-adult, free for children 3 and younger; other fees vary by activity.
Pumpkins, hayrides, corn and hay mazes, Bessie the Milk Cow, tractors, fire trucks, bounce house and more.
Green Level Gourd Farm
3800 Green Level Rd. West, Cary
919-387-7352  •
Open through Oct. 30, Wed.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
General admission is $4 for toddlers and up; additional fees for face painting.
Pumpkins, spooky hayrides, corn maze for small children and play area.

Gross Farms
1606 Pickett Rd., Sanford
919-498-6727  •
Open through Nov. 5, Wed.-Fri. by appointment only for groups; Fri. 7-10 p.m. (October only); Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 1-6 p.m. General admission is $3, free for ages 2 and under; other fees vary by activity.
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, hayrides, John Deere tricycle track and play area.

Hill Ridge Farms
703 Tarboro Rd., Youngsville
919-556-1771  •
Open Mon.-Sun., 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
General admission is $10 for ages 2 and up.
Fall Harvest and Pumpkin Festival through Nov. 13 features pumpkin patch, covered wagon hayride, 80-foot giant slide, farm animals, fish-feeding dock, kids’ play land, country store and live music. Pony rides, gemstone panning and unlimited train rides cost extra.

Jolley Family Fun Farm
1204 N.C. 96 Hwy. S., Zebulon
Hours through Oct. 29: Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 1-7 p.m. Halloween hours: Oct. 30, 1-10 p.m.; Oct. 31, 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Nov. 4-5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Nov. 6. 1-6 p.m. General admission is $9 for ages 13 and up, $7 for ages 2-12. Group rates available.
Eight-acre pirate treasure corn maze, hay rides, mini mazes, corn box, slides, pumpkins and more.

Ken’s Korny Corn Maze
3175 Benson Hwy., Garner
919-779-4765  •
Open through Nov. 13, Fri. 4-10 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun. 12-8 p.m. Admission is $10 for ages 6 and up; $5 for ages 3-5; free for under 3.
Six-acre corn maze, hayrides, children’s play area, rope maze and picnic areas. A separate haunted attraction open from 7-11 p.m. on select nights in October requires a $17 admission fee and is not recommended for young children.

McKee’s Cornfield Maze
5011 Kiger Rd., Rougemont
919-732-8065  •
Open through Oct. 31, Fri. 3-8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 1-7 p.m. Admission is $8 for ages 3-adult, free for ages 3 and under.
Pumpkins, hayride, mazes, concessions and more. Haunted trail and cornfield maze Oct. 22 and Oct. 28-31 from 6-10 p.m. Admission is $10.

Phillips Corn Maze and Family Fun
6701 Good Hope Church Rd., Cary
919-795-0675  •
Open through Nov. 1, Mon.-Thurs. by appointment only for groups; Fri. 3-7:30 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Sun. 1-6 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and kids ages 13 and up, $6 for ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 and under.
Corn maze, hay mountain, cow train, tube swing, pumpkin launcher, peddle carts, corn cannon and more. A separate haunted attraction open from 8-11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights in October requires a separate admission fee and is not recommended for young children.

Ragan & Holly’s Pumpkin Patch
Corner of Hwy. 751 and Lewter Shop Rd., Apex
Pumpkins and fall produce.

Vollmer Farm
677 N.C. Hwy. 98 E., Bunn
919-496-3076  •
Open through Oct. 30, Sat. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun.
1-5 p.m. Admission is $13 for ages 2 and up.
Pumpkins, hayrides, barrel train, mazes, 80-foot underground slide, corn cube, tot rocket zip line, pumpkin jump trampoline, playgrounds and farm animals.


Clayton Halloween Parade
919-553-1555  •
Oct. 31, 2:30-4 p.m.
Kids trick-or-treat in costume in a parade that begins at the Main Street parking lot and ends at the Town Square with games, activities and treats.

Crossroads Plaza Trick-or-Treating
Walnut Street, off U.S. 1/64, Cary
Oct. 31, 4-6 p.m.
Halloween characters, face painting and fun treats at participating stores.

Goblins in the Park
Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Rd., Garner
919-773-4442  •
Oct. 29, 6-9p.m.
Hayrides, haunted trail, costume contest and more.

West Point on the Eno Park,
5101 N. Roxboro Rd., Durham
919-471-1623  •
Oct. 31, 6-9 p.m. Admission is free.
Hayrides, campfire stories, face painting, entertainment and treats.

Halloween Carnival
Carrboro Town Commons
919-918-7364   •
Oct. 31, 6-8:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Carnival games and prizes.

Halloween Express Trains
3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill
919-362-5416  •
Trains run Oct. 22 and Oct. 29 at 4 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 9 p.m. Admission is $9 for all ages. Advance ticket purchase required.
Ghostly entertainment on a train ride through the woods from Bonsal to New Hill and back.

Halloween Fun Ride
Clayton Community Park,
Amelia Church Rd., Clayton
919-553-1555  •
Oct. 21, 4-6 p.m. $3 per child; parents ride free with every paying child.
Hayride features Halloween characters, games and refreshments for kids 12 and under.

Halloween Spooktacular
Flaherty Park Community Center,
1226 N. White St., Wake Forest
919-435-9560  •
Oct. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Ghostly games and activities for kids 12 and under. Costumes optional.

Halloween Trail
Durant Nature Park, Raleigh
South Entrance at Gresham Lake Road, Raleigh
919-870-2871  •
Oct. 21-22, 6-9 p.m. General admission is $7 for adults and children 4 and up, and free for children 3 and under.
Hike along the trail to encounter costumed characters performing family-friendly, nature-based skits. Storytelling, crafts and games. A hayride to and from the parking lot is included. Preregistration is required with a choice of three arrival times. Registration ends Oct. 18 for Friday walks, Oct. 19 for Saturday walks. See website to register online through RecLink or at any Raleigh community center.

Halloween Trick-or-Treating
at University Mall
University Mall, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill
919-967-6934  •
Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m.
Mall shops hand out candy to trick-or-treaters.

Haunted Mordecai Festival and
Lantern Tours
Mordecai Historic Park, 1 Mimosa St., Raleigh
919-857-4364  •
Oct. 29, 5-10 p.m.
Games, crafts, food and a kids’ costume contest at
6 p.m. Festival admission is free. Half-hour haunted lantern tours of the Mordecai House from 5-10 p.m. are $5. Purchase tickets at the Mordecai House gift shop, via the website through RecLink or call 919-857-4364.

Haunting at Harris: Sherwood Forest
Harris Lake County Park,
2112 County Park Dr., New Hill
Oct. 29, 2-6 p.m. Admission is free.
Hayrides and Harry Potter-themed games and activities. Tickets for hayrides available on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 2 p.m.

Howlin’ Good Halloween Celebration
Herbert C. Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave., Cary and Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary.
919-469-4061  •
Oct. 29, 5-9 p.m. Admission is $1.
Fun frights from 5-7 p.m. include games and prizes at the Herbert C. Young Community Center and a hayride to Ashworth’s Village to enjoy trick-or-treating between Ashworth’s Village and the Cary Arts Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The fun continues at the Cary Arts Center with not-so-scary storytelling from 5:30-7 p.m. and bluegrass music from 6-8 p.m. The Applause! Cary Youth Theatre Fright School hosts its sixth annual Haunted House from 6-9 p.m. Admission fee is $1. Visit the website for a complete schedule of events.

Safe-N-Sane Halloween Celebration
Cary Towne Center Mall, 1105 Walnut St., Cary
919-771-1295  •
Oct. 31, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Costume contest, pumpkin weight and candy guessing contests, storytelling, magician and trick-or-treating throughout the mall for ages 15 and under.

Southern Village Halloween Event
Village Green at Southern Village,
Market Street, Chapel Hill
919-969-7301 ext. 231  •
Oct. 29, 12:30-3 p.m.
Candy Land-themed event features a trick-or-treat walk, dance performances, Peppermint Twist dance lesson and other activities. Please bring canned goods or other non-perishable food to donate to PORCH, a local charity stocking food pantries.

The Spooktacular at the Factory
1839 S. Main St., Wake Forest
919-453-1839  •
Oct. 28, 5-8 p.m. Admission is free.
Trick-or-treating, giant inflatables, face painting, Halloween-themed skating exhibitions, magic shows, movies and more.

Spook-tacular Haunted Trail
Morrisville Community Park,
1520 Morrisville Pkwy., Morrisville
Oct. 29, 6-10 p.m. Admission is free.
Family-friendly trail with mild scares from 6-8 p.m. Haunted trail for ages 10 and up from 8-10 p.m.

Trick-or-Treat in Downtown
Historic Fuquay-Varina
Oct. 28, 2-5 p.m.
Kids trick-or-treat in costume visiting merchants in historic Fuquay-Varina.


Restless spirits stir up frights and howls of delight at the following special events.

Clayton Fear Farm
1620 Loop Rd., Clayton
919-553-0016  •
Open through Oct. 31 on select nights. See website for complete schedule. Admission to one attraction is $12 and eight attractions is $25.
Haunted hayride, houses and cemetery, Fear Farm Academy, spinning Black Hole and 5-acre corn maze. Non-haunted corn maze and attractions open on select days through Oct. 31.

Darkside Haunted Estates
11875 N.C. 222 W., Middlesex
Open through Oct. 31 on select nights, 7-10 p.m. See website for complete schedule. (Expect delay when loading site.) Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for kids 12 and under.
Haunted house, trail and hayride. Low-scare night for younger kids Oct. 30, 5-7 p.m., features carnival games, face painting, popcorn and trick-or-treating. Admission is $5.

Haunted Trolley Tour
Departs Mordecai Historic Park,
1 Mimosa St., Raleigh
919-857-4364  •
Oct. 22, 28 and 29, 6-10 p.m. Admission is $10.
An hour-long journey past Raleigh’s most haunted places with a special stop at City Cemetery. Tours depart every hour. Purchase tickets at the Mordecai House gift shop, via the website through RecLink or call 919-857-4364.

Haunted Twilight Tour of Downtown Cary
Page Walker Arts & History Center,
119 Ambassador St., Cary
919-460-4963  •
Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Admission is $13, ages 13 and up. Purchase tickets online at
Tour guides share spooky legends and tales.

Historical Ghost Walk
Riverside Cemetery, corner of South Second and Church streets, Smithfield
Oct. 27, 7 p.m. Call for ticket prices.
Small groups will be guided through the cemetery where costumed re-enactors tell stories about historical characters buried there.

Oakwood Lantern Walk
Historic Oakwood Cemetery,
701 Oakwood Ave., Raleigh
Oct. 29, 6-10 p.m. Admission is $6 for ages 11 and up, $3 ages 6-11.
Groups stroll along a luminary-lined path in the Confederate section of the cemetery and watch actors relive events from the Civil War. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

Raleigh Haunted Footsteps
Ghost Tour
Meets at the Wake County Courthouse,
316 Fayetteville St., Raleigh
919-371-2653  •
Tours start at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Sept. 30; Oct. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29; and Nov. 4-5. Admission is $15 for adults, $9.99 for ages 8-13. Purchase tickets online at
Family-friendly, 1.5-mile walking tour for ages 8 and up that combines local ghost stories, folklore and history and takes guests to several ghost and paranormal sites in downtown Raleigh.

Reel-ly Scary Cary:
Movies by Moonlight
Koka Booth Amphitheatre,
8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary
Oct. 25-29, movies start at dusk (gates open at 6 p.m.). Admission is $3; kids under 12 are free.
Visitors enjoy thrills from frightening movie classics on a huge outdoor screen. Features the PG-rated movie Disney’s The Haunted Mansion on Oct. 27. R-rated movies include Misery (Oct. 26), The Blair Witch Project (Oct. 28) and a double-feature Oct. 29 with Scream and Scary Movie. The 1963 movie, The Haunting (Oct. 25), which is not rated, may not be appropriate for young children.

Silent Forest
1600 Northside Rd., Creedmoor
(between Highways 85/15 and 50, just north of Falls Lake)
919-422-7078  •
Oct. 20-22, 28-31, 7:30-11 p.m. Admission is $17.
Spirits haunt the dark woods of Creedmoor for visitors ages 10 and up. Also features a paintball gun zombie shoot with all proceeds going to charity.

Spirits of Hillsborough
Halloween Tours
Tours meet at the Alexander Dickson House,
150 E. King St., Hillsborough
Oct. 28; one-hour tours offered every half hour beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 5-12.
Stroll past Hillsborough’s haunted homes, churches and cemeteries to learn about its fascinating spirits.


Hubb’s Corn Maze
10276 N. U.S. 421, Clinton
910-564-6709  •
Open through Nov. 6, Fri. 6-11 p.m.; Sat. 1-11 p.m.; Sun. 1-6 p.m.
NASA space shuttle-themed corn maze, hayrides, barrel train, jump pillow, corn cannon, pony rides, giant slide, toddler town and more. Haunted trail on Friday and Saturday nights in October.

Oakhaven’s Corntacular Adventure
1434 Dibrell Rd., Pelham
336-939-9125  •
Open through Oct. 30, Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-noon by appointment only; Sat. 9 a.m. until dusk; Sun. 1 p.m. until dusk. Admission is $10 for ages 3 and up.
Six-acre corn maze, giant jumping pillow, hayrides, pumpkin patch, corn cannon, tunnel, petting zoo and more.

Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train
Halloween Festival
300 Tweetsie Railroad Ln., Blowing Rock
800-526-5740  •
Open through Oct. 29, Fri.-Sat. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Admission is $28; kids 2 and under are free. Advance ticket purchase required.
Ghost train rides, freaky forest, haunted house, Halloween characters and shows, 3-D maze and trick-or-treating. Some attractions may not be suitable for young children.


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