Alternatives to Trick-or-Treating in the Triangle
Explore your Halloween options
Families in the Triangle can enjoy Halloween in new ways this year in order to stay as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are options for the young and young-at-heart in almost every city and town throughout the Triangle. Start with this list of safer spooky events:
Carving Pumpkins with Goats Spring Haven Farm, 5306 Homer Ruffin Rd., Chapel Hill
Find the perfect pumpkin from the patch and carve it among the cute and friendly goats at Spring Haven Farm in Chapel Hill. The goats love to snack on the pumpkin pulp and bags are available to take home seeds if you’d like to roast them for later. Enjoy fall snacks and drinks, take the Tractor Train Express, tour the Haunted Farm House and hear your fortune in the witches’ hut. Tickets are $13.50 each for all over age 3 (ages 3 and younger are FREE) and pumpkins are an additional $8-16 depending on size. Reservations are available at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays for the remainder of October.
HallowEno West Point on the Eno, 5101 N. Roxboro St., Durham WAIT LIST
Join park staff for West Point on the Eno’s 32nd annual HallowEno! This decades-old Durham tradition has been reimagined as a Halloween-inspired reverse parade. During this family-friendly Halloween celebration, participants will travel through the park’s historic area in their car. The event features Halloween decorations throughout the historic park loop, goody bags, take-home activities, live Halloween music, a fortune teller and more. The event is geared toward children 12 and under and their caregivers. Family groups are encouraged to ride in one car to allow for the maximum number of participants to enjoy the event. The event is FREE and is already on a wait list, so register soon.
Trick-or-Treat Downtown Scavenger Hunt FREE, 123 E. Vance St., Fuquay-Varina
Pick up a scavenger hunt card at the Fuquay-Varina Arts Center weekdays between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. starting Oct. 23, then follow clues to complete the card and collect your bag of Halloween treats. There are a limited number of cards available and you can complete your hunt until Nov. 2. More information about the virtual costume contest will be available on the organizer’s event listing.
Trick or Treat at Old Mill Farm 8794 NC Highway 751, Durham
Dress up in costume and take pictures with costumed animals, explore the haunted vineyard, pick a pumpkin to take home and of course, collect candy at Old Mill Farm in Durham. Because of popular demand, organizers added ticket availability on Oct. 24. Hour-long admission is $25 for children and $12.50 for adults, and includes feed for animals, a pumpkin to take home and individually packaged trick-or-treat bags with candy and toys from varying stations around the farm.
Trick-or-Treat at The Matthews House 317 W. Chatham St., Cary
Trick-or treat from local businesses on site, explore themed gardens and admire the haunted grounds of The Matthews House in downtown Cary. Tickets are $5 each (plus convenience fee) and have staggered arrival times from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 31.
Trunk or Treat Vendor Event Clayton General Store, 10522 Hwy 70 Business, Clayton
Wear your Halloween costumes and bring your trick-or-treat bags to the Clayton General Store for a fun option on Oct. 31 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Witch’s Haunted Barn Firefly Farm, 4911 Hunt Rd., Hillsborough
Firefly Farm will be open to visitors each Saturday in October from 1-5 p.m. for Halloween fun for all ages. The barn will be full of spooky characters and kids will receive a bag of candy, visit farm animals and hike a trail to the sunflower field. Tickets are $15 per family and must be purchased in advance.
Be sure to read each event’s detailed COVID-19 safety protocols and make your plans well in advance–these events are quite popular!