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Triangle Area Libraries, SPCA Plan Halloween Fun!

October 14, 2012 9:06 pm
Written by: Odile Fredericks
With Halloween approaching, Triangle venues have scared up a host of creative ways to celebrate. Upcoming events cater to a range of interests and ages, from tots to adults.

This month, for example, Wake County Libraries are sponsoring several free adult programs that draw on popular trends to promote reading. The Haunted Happenings programs offer an opportunity to meet local ghost hunters, authors of novels about vampires and werewolves, and detectives who investigate paranormal activities. View the list of Haunted Happenings at Wake County Libraries here, and if you're interested in attending one, call the host library to register.

The Orange County Main Library will also be hosting Halloween activities for kids of all ages throughout October. Here's a look at the lineup:

Thursday, Oct, 25: Halloween Movie Double Feature
Families can arrive at 5:30 p.m. to watch a short Halloween cartoon classic followed by the feature show—a zany Halloween favorite about three 17th-century witches who are accidentally conjured up in present-day Salem, where they brew a hilarious cauldron of mischief and mayhem. Bette Midler stars with Sarah Jessica Parker in a fun-filled tale of madness, mayhem and witchcraft.  Rated-PG.  The movie titles cannot be publicized, due to copyright, but please call the library at 919.245.2536 for more details.

Tuesday, Oct. 30: Live Performance of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Watch the "Legend of Sleepy Hollow," performed by Bright Star Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 3:30 p.m. In this version of the Washington Irving classic, bumbling schoolmaster Ichabod Crane is in love with the prettiest girl in town, Katrina Van Tassel. Katrina, however, is in love with Brom Bones, the town prankster. One stormy night, Ichabod finds himself being chased by the legendary headless horseman – or is it another one of Brom Bones' pranks? This special performance is open to all ages, but especially recommended for 2nd – 6th graders.

Wednesday, Oct. 31: Story Time and Trick-or-Treat
Enjoy Halloween stories and trick-or-treating. Lap Sit Story Time for 1- to 2-year-olds, begins at 10 a.m.  Preschool Story Time for 3- to 5-year-olds, begins at 11 a.m. Costumed ghosts and goblins of all ages are invited to trick-or-treat at the library, during regular business hours.

Wednesday, Oct. 31: Halloween Party
The Library's Teen Advisory Board is hosting a Halloween Party at 6:00 p.m. and everyone is invited. Enter the costume contest and enjoy face-painting, various activities and, of course, lot of treats!

For more information about these festivities and other library events, please call the library at 919.245.2532 or visit the Orange County Library at www.orangecountync.gov/library.


Durham County Libraries are also hosting Halloween events for kids. Learn more in this listing.


If your kids are wild about pets, you could opt to party with animals at the SPCA of Wake County's 7th Annual Howl-O-Ween celebration on Saturday, Oct. 27. Designed as a fun outing for kids of all ages, the Howl-O-Ween runs from 1 to 4 p.m. at the SPCA's Curtis Dail Pet Adoption Center at 200 Petfinder Lane, in Raleigh. Take the kids to enjoy Halloween crafts, sweets, games and a ghoulish fashion show put on by dogs currently available for adoption. (Note that party goers are asked to leave their own pets at home to allow the homeless dogs, cats, and rabbits to have center stage.) Meet celebrity guest "Martha," star of PBS's "Martha Speaks," who will be visiting from UNC-TV. Vote in the SPCA's Best Black Shelter Cat contest and take part in a storytelling time with SPCA Humane Educator, Vanessa Budnick. If you'd like to help support the SPCA's life-saving programs, take a monetary donation or pet-related item (www.spcawake.org/donate) as admission to the event. For additional details, visit www.spcawake.org/halloween or call 919-772-2326.

For more Halloween events, as well as where to find pumpkin patches, hayrides and corn mazes, visit our Fall Fun Guide to the Triangle and Beyond!



With Halloween approaching, Triangle venues have scared up a host of creative ways to celebrate. Upcoming events cater to a range of interests and ages, from tots to adults.

This month, for example, Wake County Libraries are sponsoring several free adult programs that draw on popular trends to promote reading. The Haunted Happenings programs offer an opportunity to meet local ghost hunters, authors of novels about vampires and werewolves, and detectives who investigate paranormal activities. View the list of Haunted Happenings at Wake County Libraries here, and if you're interested in attending one, call the host library to register.

The Orange County Main Library will also be hosting Halloween activities for kids of all ages throughout October. Here's a look at the lineup:

Thursday, Oct, 25: Halloween Movie Double Feature
Families can arrive at 5:30 p.m. to watch a short Halloween cartoon classic followed by the feature show—a zany Halloween favorite about three 17th-century witches who are accidentally conjured up in present-day Salem, where they brew a hilarious cauldron of mischief and mayhem. Bette Midler stars with Sarah Jessica Parker in a fun-filled tale of madness, mayhem and witchcraft.  Rated-PG.  The movie titles cannot be publicized, due to copyright, but please call the library at 919.245.2536 for more details.

Tuesday, Oct. 30: Live Performance of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Watch the "Legend of Sleepy Hollow," performed by Bright Star Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 3:30 p.m. In this version of the Washington Irving classic, bumbling schoolmaster Ichabod Crane is in love with the prettiest girl in town, Katrina Van Tassel. Katrina, however, is in love with Brom Bones, the town prankster. One stormy night, Ichabod finds himself being chased by the legendary headless horseman – or is it another one of Brom Bones' pranks? This special performance is open to all ages, but especially recommended for 2nd – 6th graders.

Wednesday, Oct. 31: Story Time and Trick-or-Treat
Enjoy Halloween stories and trick-or-treating. Lap Sit Story Time for 1- to 2-year-olds, begins at 10 a.m.  Preschool Story Time for 3- to 5-year-olds, begins at 11 a.m. Costumed ghosts and goblins of all ages are invited to trick-or-treat at the library, during regular business hours.

Wednesday, Oct. 31: Halloween Party
The Library's Teen Advisory Board is hosting a Halloween Party at 6:00 p.m. and everyone is invited. Enter the costume contest and enjoy face-painting, various activities and, of course, lot of treats!

For more information about these festivities and other library events, please call the library at 919.245.2532 or visit the Orange County Library at www.orangecountync.gov/library.


Durham County Libraries are also hosting Halloween events for kids. Learn more in this listing.


If your kids are wild about pets, you could opt to party with animals at the SPCA of Wake County's 7th Annual Howl-O-Ween celebration on Saturday, Oct. 27. Designed as a fun outing for kids of all ages, the Howl-O-Ween runs from 1 to 4 p.m. at the SPCA's Curtis Dail Pet Adoption Center at 200 Petfinder Lane, in Raleigh. Take the kids to enjoy Halloween crafts, sweets, games and a ghoulish fashion show put on by dogs currently available for adoption. (Note that party goers are asked to leave their own pets at home to allow the homeless dogs, cats, and rabbits to have center stage.) Meet celebrity guest "Martha," star of PBS's "Martha Speaks," who will be visiting from UNC-TV. Vote in the SPCA's Best Black Shelter Cat contest and take part in a storytelling time with SPCA Humane Educator, Vanessa Budnick. If you'd like to help support the SPCA's life-saving programs, take a monetary donation or pet-related item (www.spcawake.org/donate) as admission to the event. For additional details, visit www.spcawake.org/halloween or call 919-772-2326.

For more Halloween events, as well as where to find pumpkin patches, hayrides and corn mazes, visit our Fall Fun Guide to the Triangle and Beyond!


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