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Written by:  Janice Lewine
Date: October 1, 2013

Updated Sept. 18, 2013

The delightful colors and rich scents of autumn beckon Triangle families to enjoy the outdoors together. Spend these cooler days collecting fall leaves, carving a pumpkin or navigating a corn maze. We've put together a vast selection of fall offerings in the Triangle, from tame outings to hair-raising festivities. Check the daily calendar events section and Fall Fun Guide to the Triangle for more seasonal fun.

Parents should use their discretion as to whether frightful activities are suitable for their children. Be sure to call ahead to verify hours and dates.


Visit a pumpkin patch, enjoy a hayride or feed farm animals. Don't forget your camera!

Fearrington Village's
2000 Fearrington Village Center
U.S. 15-501, Pittsboro
Oct. 30, 5-8 p.m.
Admission is free.
Spooky Storytime at McIntyre's Fine Books at 6, 6:30 and 7 p.m., ghoulish goodies (for a fee) at The Goat and a Pumpkin Walk 6-8 p.m. featuring dozens of elaborately carved jack-o'-lanterns.

Ganyard Hill Farm
319 Sherron Rd., Durham
Open daily Sept. 27 through Oct. 31 (call for operating dates and hours after 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 older.
Pumpkin patch, hayrides, three crop mazes, corn cribs, farm animals, giant haystack, barn market and picnics.

Green Acres Farm
1132 Morrisville Carpenter Rd., Cary
Open through Oct. 27, Fri. 4-9 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (ticket office closes at 9 p.m.); Sun. 11 a.m.-sunset (no night maze). Last night maze is Oct. 26.
General admission is $10 for ages 4-adult, free for kids 3 and younger; see website for additional pricing.
Hayrides, corn maze, hay mounds, bounce houses, Bessie the Milk Cow, tractors, corn hole and more.

Green Level Gourd Farm
3800 Green Level Rd. West, Cary
Open Sept. 28 through Oct. 27,
Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
General admission is $4 for ages 18 months and older.
Pumpkins, spooky hayrides, mini corn maze and play area.

Gross Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
1606 Pickett Rd., Sanford
Open Sept. 21 through Nov. 2, 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 1 and younger; other fees vary by activity.
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, hayrides, John Deere tricycle track and play area.

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

Huckleberry Trail Farm
143 Pleasant Hill Church Rd., Siler City
Open Sept. 28 through Oct. 27; Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 1-6 p.m.
Corn maze, hayrides, hay maze, pumpkins and games.

Ken's Korny Corn Maze

3175 Benson Rd., Garner
Open through Nov. 10, Fri. 4-10 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. noon-8 p.m. Ticket sales end one hour before closing.
Admission is $10 for ages 6 and older; $5 for ages 3-5; free for ages 3 and younger.
Six-acre corn maze, hayrides, hay and rope mazes, hay barn and picnic areas. A separate haunted attraction, which requires a $17 admission fee, is open 7-11 p.m. on select nights in October and is not recommended for young children.

Lazy O Farm Maze Dayz
3583 Packing Plant Rd., Smithfield
919-934-1132 (search Lazy O Farm)
Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
General admission is $5 for ages 2 and older; additional fees vary by activity. See website for details.
Pumpkins, barnyard animals, hayrides, stuff-a-scarecrow and picnic area.

McKee's Cornfield Maze
5011 Kiger Rd., Rougemont
Open Sept. 21 through Oct. 31, Fri. 3-8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 1-7 p.m.
Admission is $10
Two corn mazes, pumpkins, farm animals and more. Haunted cornfield maze Oct. 19, 25, 26 and 31, 6-10 p.m.; admission is $10.

Naylor Family Farm and Giant Corn Maze
6016 U.S. 401 N., Fuquay-Varina
Open through Nov. 3, Mon.-Thurs. by appointment only for groups, Fri. noon-7 p.m.,
Sat. 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. noon-8 p.m.
Prices vary by activity. Children ages 3 and younger are free with paying adult.
Ancient Egypt-themed corn maze, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, loose corn play barn and more. Corn maze flashlight nights every Friday and Saturday. See website for hours.

Phillips Corn Maze and Family Fun
6701 Good Hope Church Rd., Cary
Open Sept. 21 through Oct. 27, Fri. 3-6:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Sun. 1-6 p.m.
Admission is $10 for adults and kids ages 13 and older, $6 for ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 and younger.
Corn maze, wagon rides, cow train, combine slide, tube swing, pumpkin patch, pumpkin launcher and more. A separate haunted attraction, which requires a separate admission fee of $20, open 8-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights in October and is not recommended for young children.

Ragan & Holly's Pumpkin Patch
Locations at the corner of Hwy. 751 and Lewter Shop Rd., Apex, and corner of Hwy. 55 and S. Mason Street, downtown Apex
Call for opening dates and hours. The patch will be open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun noon-6 p.m. in October.
Pumpkins and fall produce.

Mrs. Ruth's Farms Corn Maze
1361 Green Level Rd., Apex
Open Sept. 28 through Oct. 27, Sat. 10 a.m.- 6:30 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission is $10 for ages 3 and older, free for ages 2 and younger.
Hayride through the woods to a 5-acre corn maze, 7-acre playground, hay mountain, pedal cars, pumpkins and more. A separate daytime and nighttime zombie paintball hayride costs $10 per person; see website for night hours.

Vollmer Farm
677 N.C. Hwy. 98 E., Bunn
Open Sept. 20 through Nov. 3, Sat. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun noon-5 p.m.
Admission is $13 for ages 2 and older.
Pumpkins, hayrides, barrel train, mazes, 80-foot underground slide, corn box, tot rocket zip line, pumpkin jump trampoline, playgrounds and farm animals.


Clayton Halloween Parade

Horne Square to Town Square, Clayton
Oct. 31, 2:30-4 p.m.
Kids trick-or-treat in costume in a parade that begins at Horne Square and ends at Town Square with games, activities and treats.

Creepy Crabtree
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville
Oct. 26, 3-7 p.m.
Learn about nature's creepy crawlies, listen to spooky stories, make frightfully fun crafts and go on a scary scavenger hunt. Take a haunted hike through the park. Registration is required for hikes 7:15-8:45 p.m.

Crossroads Plaza Trick-or-Treating
Walnut Street, off U.S. 1/64, Cary
Oct. 31, 4-6 p.m.
Kids trick-or-treat at stores and restaurants and enjoy face painting in the food court.

Hallow-Eno West Point on the Eno Park
5101 N. Roxboro Rd., Durham
Oct. 31, 6-9 p.m.
Admission is free.
Hayrides, campfire stories and songs, face painting and treats for all ages.

Halloween Carnival
Carrboro Town Commons
Oct. 31, 6-8:30 p.m.
Admission is free.
Carnival games and prizes for all ages.

Halloween Fun Ride
Clayton Community Park
1075 Amelia Church Rd., Clayton
Oct. 25, 3-4 p.m. for ages 6 and younger, 4-6 p.m. for ages 7 and older
$5 per child; parents ride free with each paid child.
Hayride features Halloween characters, games and prizes.

Halloween Spooktacular
Flaherty Park Community Center,
1226 N. White St., Wake Forest
Oct. 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Admission is free.
Ghostly games and activities for kids ages 12 and younger. Costumes optional.

Haunted Mordecai Festival and Lantern Ghost Tours
Mordecai Historic Park,
1 Mimosa St., Raleigh
Oct. 26, 5-10 p.m.
Games, crafts, food and kids costume contests. Festival admission is free. Half-hour lantern ghost tours of the Mordecai House from 5-10 p.m. are $5 and depart every 15 minutes. Purchase tickets via phone or the website through RecLink.

Haunting at Harris: The Haunted Zoo
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr., New Hill
Oct. 19, 1-6 p.m.
Admission is free.
Take a hayride through a haunted zoo and look for the ghost of the Last Zookeeper. Hayrides leave every 30 minutes. Tickets sold first come, first served the day of the event only. Tickets for 1-3 p.m. rides available just before 1 p.m.; tickets for 3:30-5:30 p.m. rides available just before 3:30 p.m. Costumes optional.

Historic Hillsborough Halloween
Downtown Hillsborough
Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.
Admission is free.
Shops and restaurants downtown Hillsborough hand out candy and other treats to children.

Marbles Kooky Spooky Halloween Party
201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh
Oct. 26, 6-9 p.m.
Advance ticket purchase strongly recommended. Advance tickets cost $8/members, $10/nonmembers. Day-of tickets, if available, are $13/members, $15 nonmembers.
Don a Halloween costume and make ectoplasm slime, create a magical levitating potion and learn about nature's creepiest creations.

N.C. Symphony's Halloween Spooktacular

Meymandi Concert Hall, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St., Raleigh
Nov. 2, 1 and 4 p.m.
$27.25; advance ticket purchase recommended; order via website.
Take a spine-tingling trip into favorite spooky stories with music and theater fun. Wear a costume and join the N.C. Symphony on stage for a Halloween parade.

Pumpkin Carving Hayride

Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr., New Hill
Oct. 26, 10-11 a.m.
$5 for hayride only; $10 for hayride and pumpkin.
Take a hayride to Longleaf Forest to find the perfect pumpkin to carve back at the shelter and enjoy hot cider.

Safe-N-Sane Halloween Celebration
Cary Towne Center Mall
1105 Walnut St., Cary
Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.
Storytelling, magician, costume contest and more.

The Spooktacular at the Factory
1839 S. Main St., Wake Forest
Oct. 25, 5-8 p.m.
Admission is free.
Inflatables, magic and trick-or-treating for kids.

Spooktacular Trail Walk
Morrisville Community Park,
1520 Morrisville Pkwy., Morrisville
Oct. 26, 6-10 p.m.
Admission is free.
Family-friendly trail with mild scares 6-8 p.m. Haunted trail 8-10 p.m. for ages 10 and older. Line stops forming at 9:30 p.m.

Track-or-Treat at New Hope Valley Railway
3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill
Trains run Oct. 19 and 26 at 4, 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m.
Admission is $10. Advance ticket purchase recommended.
Ride a locomotive decorated with cobwebs and jack-o-lanterns through the woods to encounter witches, goblins and a mysterious ghost train.

Trick-or-Treat on Salem Street
Downtown Apex
Oct. 26, 4-6 p.m.
Families trick-or-treat in costumes at businesses in historic downtown Apex

Tricks and Treats
Halloween Bash
Herbert C. Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Ave., Cary
Oct. 26, 5-7 p.m. Admission is $1.
The Cary Teen Council sponsors carnival games, not-so-scary stories and a hayride.

Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Fuquay-Varina
Main, Broad and downtown side streets
Oct. 25, 2-5 p.m.
Kids trick-or-treat in costumes throughout both Fuquay and Varina retail districts.

Trick-or-Treat Junction

Selma Middle School
1533 U.S. 301, Selma
Oct. 28, 6-8 p.m.
Admission is free.
Trick-or-treating, bounce houses, prizes and more.

Trick-or-Treat the Trails
White Deer Park
2400 Aversboro Rd., Garner
Oct. 31, 3-6 p.m.
Kids trick-or-treat in costume around a 1-mile loop trail.


Spirits of the night haunt these frightfully fun events.

Clayton Fear Farm
1620 Loop Rd., Clayton
Open Oct. 4-31 on select nights. See website for 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. Nonhaunted corn maze and attractions open Fri. and Sat. Oct. 5-27 and Oct. 31.

Darkside Haunted Estates
11875 N.C. 222 W., Middlesex
Open Oct. 5 through Nov. 2 on select nights, 7-10 p.m. See website for schedule.
Admission is $16 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and younger.
Mayhem hayride, prison yard, clown town, insane asylum, cemetery and other attractions. Low-scare night for younger kids Oct. 26, 4-6 p.m., features a behind-the-scenes tour of the haunted house, trick-or-treating, face painting and a costume contest. Admission is $5 for adults; kids are free.

Haunted Trolley Tour
Departs Mordecai Historic Park
1 Mimosa St., Raleigh
Oct. 19, 25 and 31; 6-10 p.m.
Admission is $10.
An hour-long journey past downtown Raleigh's most haunted places. Tours depart every 90 minutes. Purchase tickets via phone or the website through RecLink.

Haunted Twilight Tour of Downtown Cary
Page Walker Arts & History Center
119 Ambassador St., Cary
Oct. 26, 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m.
Admission is $15 ages 13 and older. Purchase tickets online at
Tour guides share spooky legends and tales.

Historical Ghost Walk
Riverside Cemetery, corner of S. Second and Church streets, Smithfield
Oct. 24, 7 p.m.
Admission is $3 adults, $2 children.
Small groups are guided through the cemetery where costumed re-enactors portray famous and infamous persons from Johnston County's past.

Raleigh Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour
Meets at the Wake County Courthouse
316 Fayetteville St., Raleigh
Fri-Sat. evenings in October; times vary. See website for details.
Admission is $15 for adults, $9.99 for ages 8-14. Purchase tickets at
Family-friendly, 1.5-mile walking tour for ages 8 and older combines local ghost stories, folklore and history and takes guests to several ghost and paranormal sites in downtown Raleigh.

The Haunted Forest at Panic Point
2808 Cedar Creek Rd., Youngsville
Open select nights Oct. 4 through Nov. 2. Purchase tickets online or at the ticket booth, which opens at 7 p.m. See website for details.
Attraction prices vary.
Haunted forest, maze, hayride, zombie shootout, carny crypt, food, music and more. Some attractions may not be suitable for young children.

Reel-ly Scary Cary: Movies by Moonlight
Koka Booth Amphitheatre,
8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary
Oct. 24-26, movies start at dusk (gates open at 6 p.m.).
Admission is $5, kids 12 and younger free.
Spine-tingling chills from frightening movie classics on a huge outdoor screen. Features the PG-rated movie Hotel Transylvania (Oct. 25), the R-rated film Sleepy Hollow (Oct. 24) and the unrated movie Cape Fear (Oct. 26) from 1962. Movie nights also feature a haunted trail.

Spirits of Hillsborough Halloween Tours
Tours meet at the Alexander Dickson House
150 E. King St., Hillsborough
Oct. 19, one-hour tours 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.


Find more autumn enjoyment a bit beyond the Triangle.

Boo at the Zoo
at the North Carolina Zoo
4401 Zoo Pkwy., Asheboro
Trick-or-treating, games, magic, storytelling, children's costume contest and more.

Hubb's Corn Maze
10276 N. U.S. 421, Clinton (between Clinton and Dunn)
Open through Nov. 9; Fri. 6-11 p.m., Sat. 1-11 p.m., Sun. 1-6 p.m. and other select nights in October.
Admission prices vary.
Dinosaur-themed corn maze, outdoor laser tag, hayrides, pumpkins, barrel train, jump pillow, corn cannon, giant slide, toddler town and more. A haunted trail on Friday and Saturday nights in October is not recommended for young children. See website for driving directions.

Harvest Ridge Corntacular Adventure
545 Service Rd., Ruffin
Open Sept. 28 through Nov. 3; Wed. 3-7 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Admission is $10 for ages 3 and older.
Giant corn maze, giant jumping pillow, hayrides, pumpkin patch, corn cannon, horse racing and concessions.

The Plague and Camp Nightmare
Americamps Lake Gaston Campground
9 Lakeside Ln., Bracey, Va.
Oct. 18-19, Oct. 25-26, Oct. 31-Nov. 2; 7-11 p.m.
$10 for The Plague, an indoor attraction, and $5 for Camp Nightmare, an outdoor tractor ride. Purchase tickets online or at the booth.

14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte
Open Sept. 20 through Oct. 27, Fri.- Sun. 7 p.m.-midnight; Oct. 19 and 26, 7 p.m.-1 a.m.
Carowinds amusement park transforms into a horror-filled nightmare complete with zombies, vampires and sinister creatures. This attraction is not recommended children younger than 13.

Strickland Farm Trail of Terror
7346 Strickland Farm Rd., Macclesfield
Open Oct. 4 through Nov. 2, Fri.-Sat. 7 p.m.-midnight; Oct. 31, 7-10 p.m.
Admission is $13.
Restless spirits haunt a long, winding path in the woods.

Tweetsie Railroad's Ghost Train Halloween Festival
300 Tweetsie Railroad Ln., Blowing Rock
Open Sept. 27 through Nov. 2; Fri.-Sat. 7:30-11:30 p.m.
Fri.-Sat. 7:30-11:30 p.m.
Admission is $28; kids 2 and younger are free. Advance ticket purchase required.
Ghost train rides, creepy carnival, haunted house, freaky forest, 3-D maze, Halloween characters and shows. Some attractions may not be suitable for young children

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