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Written by:  Odile Fredericks
Date: October 16, 2011

Got plans for Halloween? Triangle venues have dreamed up events that cater to a wide range of ages and needs, from not-so-scary to spooky to healthful fun. Some Halloween events—see two below—are free.

* Stroller Strides, a fitness program for moms and their stroller-age children, is offering a free workout and Halloween party on Oct. 31 at Crowder District Park, in Apex. The free class kicks off at 10 a.m., and you're encouraged to wear a Halloween-themed costume. The best child's costume and the best mom's costume will garner a prize each. At 11:15 a.m., a Halloween costume party will feature crafts and stroller trick-or-treating. Take a snack to share; Stroller Strides will provide water, juice for the kids, and a Halloween cupcake. If you're interested in going to the Spooky Stroller Spectacular, meet at Robin Shelter at the park, located at 4709 Ten Ten Rd.

* Marbles Kids Museum will host a family fun night from 5:30-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, exclusively for kids with special needs to experience the museum in a calmer, quieter environment. The free event is exclusively for kids with special needs and their families. Children are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. While you're there, catch an exclusive lower-volume showing of Spookley: the Square Pumpkin in the IMAX theater at 6:30 p.m. for free. Admission to the show is on a first-come, first-seated basis. (If you're looking for Triangle resources for your child with disabilities, visit Carolina Parent's Special Kids directory, where you'll also find personal stories and advice.)

Other Events

Marbles is also now accepting registration to its Kooky Spooky Halloween Party, which is open to any child and parent on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 6-9 p.m. You're invited to show up in costume to see the not-so-scary side of Marbles and enjoy silly surprises and tasty treats. Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for non-members. Kooky Spooky activities include a visit to a phantom pirate ship, a chance to wrap mommy (or daddy) like a mummy, and an opportunity to discover the secrets of a pumpkin patch and attend a Boogie Down Dance Party.

You could also celebrate an early Halloween at the Monster Dash 11, a family event and benefit for the Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation, on Sunday, Oct. 30, at Cameron Village, in Raleigh. The event includes a 1-mile fun run, a 5K competitive run and 100-yard dash for ages 5 and under, as well as a costume contest. Register now to race, to save on the cost. http://www.active.com/running/raleigh-nc/monster-dash-11-2011

Looking for more ways to celebrate Halloween ahead of Oct. 31 or events that won't keep the kids up too late or create nightmares? Check out our comprehensive listing of Halloween fun in the Triangle, from pumpkin festivals to corn mazes, parades and more. Visit our Fall Fun Guide for more freebies, like free Scary Face pancakes and a chance to win tickets toTweetsie Railroad's Ghost Train Halloween Festival in the Blue Ridge Mountains!

This blog was updated on Oct. 25 with correct dates for Marbles Kids Museum events, which we had previously incorrectly listed.



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