Fun Things to Do in the Triangle This Week, Oct. 30-Nov. 2

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Learn about the history and culture of the Day of the Dead this week at the Middle Creek Community Library.

This week, enjoy a fun story from a favorite series and pumpkin craft at Historic Yates Mill Park in Raleigh, a Halloween parade with North Carolina First Lady Kristin Cooper in downtown Raleigh, a class about the Day of the Dead in Apex and the chance to learn art techniques from a professional artist in Hillsborough.

Park Tales: Mouse's First Halloween FREE

Join Historic Yates Mill County Park staff for a fun yet spooky tale by favorite author Lauren Thompson as you follow Mouse on his evening explorations. Then decorate your own mini pumpkin using fun craft supplies. This FREE activity will be held Oct. 30, 11 a.m.-noon, and is intended for all ages. Adult accompaniment is required for all children and preregistration is not required.

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North Carolina Museum of History Halloween Parade FREE

On Oct. 31, enjoy a day of costumes, crafts and treats at the North Carolina Museum of History, and a Halloween parade, led by North Carolina First Lady Kristin Cooper. Come in costume and participate in Halloween crafts. Crafts will take place 11 a.m.–2 p.m. in the museum lobby. Lunch will be available for purchase from So Good Pupusas food truck, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., which will be parked on Edenton Street next to the museum. The Halloween parade will begin at 2 p.m. at the top of Bicentennial Plaza (between the North Carolina Museum of History and North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences). Led by First Lady Cooper and the Helping Hands Mission Band, parade through downtown Raleigh until you reach the Governor's Mansion. The Raleigh Fire Department will be at the museum talking about Halloween safety, passing out free glow-in-the-dark hats for children, and showing off a fire truck. RSVP here. (Oct. 31 is a teacher workday for traditional calendar schools in Wake County.)

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K-5th Adventures FREE

Learn about the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead and its historical and cultural significance. The event is intended for kids in grades K-5 and takes place at the Middle Creek Community Library Nov. 1, 4:30-5:15 p.m. Preregister here.

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Make Art with Renzo! FREE

Professional artist Renzo Ortega from the Arts Center in Carrboro will offer instruction in basic painting and drawing techniques and work with kids in grades K-12 to create artwork inspired by folk art, objects and images from collections at the Orange County Historical Museum. This class takes place Nov. 2 , 5:30-7 p.m., at the Orange County Historical Museum. All materials are provided and no preregistration is required. Parents, please plan to remain with your child for the entire class period.

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