Family-Friendly Halloween Events In and Near the Triangle

Jump, scream, and laugh at these 9 eerie events
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The month of Halloween is here and there is a lot to howl about. From fright nights to skate nights the Triangle has a lot to offer this year. With so many events to choose from it can be a bit overwhelming, so we narrowed down the list to 9. Happy Haunting!


Charity Pumpkin Patch, Meridian Waste – Shotwell C&D Landfill, 4724 Smithfield Rd, Wendell, NC 27591
Every Saturday in October the Charity Pumpkin Patch is open from 9am-1pm. Expect a bounce house obstacle course, face painting, corn hole, animal balloons, hayrides, and a touch-a-truck display. Additionally, grab a pumpkin for a suggested donation of $5-15 depending on the size. Paint the pumpkin at the event or bring it home to carve. The event is free but donations are welcomed.


Fright Night, Edison Johnson Recreation Center, 500 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704
Get ready for a jam-packed night of frights and fun! From 6-9pm on Friday, Oct. 15, encounter carnival games, puppet shows, a fun house, and a movie. Wear a costume. enter the parade, and capture the moment in the photo booth. Bringing a teenager? The haunted trail is a solid choice that will not disappoint. The event is free. Durham Parks & Recreation is hosting many more themed events. Check out the full list here.

Chapel Hill

Garden Party: Spooky Science, Kidzu Children’s Museum, 201 S Estes Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Let’s party, garden party that is. From 5-6:30pm on Friday, Oct. 15 visit the children’s museum and investigate chemistry with a mad scientist, explore skeletons and bones, and build your own ghost. Before you leave make sure to take a peek at the robots’ spooky new costumes. Tickets are free but registration is required.

Skate Night Spooktacular, Southern Community Park, 1000 Sumac Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
On Saturday, Oct. 16, dust off your roller skates and glide to Southern Community Park for a night under the stars and eerie glowing lights. A DJ will provide creepy music, games, and challenges throughout the night. Costumes that are skate-safe are encouraged. Three time slots arranged according to age (Ages 8-10: 6:30-7:45pm; Ages 11-14: 8-9:15pm; Ages 15+: 9:30-10:45pm) are available for registration. Residents of Chapel Hill pay $10 per person while non-residents pay $12. Chapel Hill and Recreation 13 Days of Halloween campaign has a lot to offer this season. Check out the full list of things to do here.

Wake Forest

Halloween Boo Bash, E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Rd, Wake Forest, NC 27587
Boo! Bring the family to a bash recommended for ages 12 and under. The festival will include ghostly games, activities, and a free pumpkin giveaway while supplies last. Wear a costume and perhaps be featured on the Town of Wake Forest‘s social media. The festivities get underway Thursday, Oct. 21 from 4:30-7:30pm. While you are in town check out their ghost tour, Spirits of Wake Forest, at 8pm.


Zombiepalooza 2021, The Cary Theatre, 122 E Chatham St, Cary, NC 27511
Locally produced zombies and their hand sanitizer make debuts on the big screen on Friday, Oct. 22 starting at 7pm. Watch several short films (1 to 5 minutes in length) made by teens and adults about the inevitable zombie apocalypse.  Wear a costume and be entered into the costume contest.  Hold on. Can we get back to the hand sanitizer? Yes, each entry must have hand sanitizer incorporated into the film (last year it was hair dryers). The event is free and indoors. Town of Cary has five additional chilling events to join. Check out all 5 here.


Tunnel of Lost Souls: Haunted Car Wash, The Car Wash Lodge, 4717 Hwy 42 West, Garner, NC 27529
Talkin’ about the car wash, the haunted car wash. Here you can kill two birds with one stone: get your car cleaned and get a scare. Claimed as the most haunted car wash, you be the judge. The fun happens on Oct. 22-23 & 29-30 from 7-10pm. Prices range from $15-30. Buy your tickets in advance here.


Marbles Kooky Spooky Halloween Party, Marbles Kids Museum, 201 East Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
Come in costume for a ghoulish good time on Friday, Oct. 29 from 6-8:30pm! Experience the magic of Marbles after dark at this family-friendly Halloween spooktacular with activities like the Mad Scientist Lab, Pumpkin Pounding, Monster Mash Dance Party and more! Tickets are $15 for members and $18 for non-Marbles members. Tickets are limited and capacity is reduced, so get yours today.

Spellbound Square at Moore Square, 200 S. Blount Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
Moore Square transforms into Spellbound Square on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 10am-3pm. Watch squirrels, pedestrians, and acorns magically change into creatures, magicians & fortune tellers, and pumpkins. In addition, stage performances, spooky crafts, and enchanted items can be found within the park. Alter your appearance as well and join the costume contest and parade (no horror, gore, or full-face masks, please). Enjoy spooky fun for the whole family at this free event. See more about this event and other Halloween events brought to you by Raleigh Parks & Recreation here.


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