Halloween Light Displays In Your Neck of the Woods
Plus, an app that will help you get there
Holiday lights evoke memories of a colder time of year. However, Halloween lights have increased in popularity over time, and this year is no exception. A few displays listed below are brought to you by cities and towns while the majority are brought to you by private citizens thrilled to share their favorite holiday. Most private homes mentioned below can easily be found using a Durham-based app called Built Story. Currently, this self-guided tour app has 28 homes highlighted in the “Raleigh Area’s Best Halloween Decorations” and 11 in “Halloween Homes in South Durham“. Each tour can be purchased for $10 and can be used for 30 consecutive days. Time to jump in your car, hit the road, and get a scare in or two.
P&C Holiday Lights, Briar Chapel Community, 38 Bennett Ridge Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Walk through singing pumpkins, creepy animatronics, and devilish lights. Open now through Halloween from 6:30-9pm. Donations collected will be given to Carolina Animal Rescue & Adoption.
A Festival of Frights, South Durham, NC 27713
A haunted pirate ship and a minion to match have taken over the yard. Not to mention the fire-breathing dragon, spiders, and the pumpkin man make appearances too. Drive by as part of your second stop on the “Halloween Homes in South Durham” tour.
Edward’s Battle Haunted Yard, 9401 S Mere Ct., Raleigh, NC, 27615
Have you heard of Edward’s story about beating cancer? In summary, Edward is a teenager who battled Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, beat it, and now has taken his love of Halloween to raise money for Give Kids the World: Critically Ill Children’s Resort. Check out the full story here. On Oct. 14-31 from 7-10pm support Edward and other children across the world by visiting his drive-by attraction. Keep an eye out for their new Cruella window dressing and the scariest looking ram you’ll ever see.
Fall Drive-thru at Carolina Pines Park, 2305 Lake Wheeler Rd, Raleigh, NC 27603
Drive through favorite Halloween scenes on Monday, Oct. 25 from 6:30-8pm. Organized by the Raleigh Parks, this event is free and open to the public. Not only is it free, but you may even win a prize and collect snacks along the way!
Oakwood Halloween House, Historic Oakwood Community, Oakwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27601
If you live in downtown Raleigh you are aware of this legendary house, unless you’ve been hiding under a tombstone. A whopping 4 to 6 thousand trick-or-treaters visit this house each year. For this reason, police are hired to block off the street and keep the foot traffic safe. The owner of the house admits that when he was a kid he dreamed of having an amazing Halloween house. It wasn’t until he was an adult that his dreams came true. Now the house is packed with evil clowns, a velociraptor, Game of Thrones’ The Night King, and so much more!
Pumpkin Flotilla at Bond Park, Boathouse, 801 High House Rd, Cary, NC 27513
A light show you can be a part of too! Carve a pumpkin at home and donate your masterpiece on Thursday, Oct. 28 from 3-6pm to the Pumpkin Flotilla. Watch the following night from the edge of the lake as your ghoulish gourd floats around Bond Lake. Boat rentals are from 4:30-6:30pm (discounts for drop-off pumpkin donations and friends in costume) on Friday, Oct. 29th and the Flotilla beings at 6:30pm. If Friday is packed with other spooky plans, join the second lighting on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 6pm. This event is brought to the community by the Town of Cary.
The Skeleton House, Skygrove Drive, Holly Springs
Jack Skellington would be proud to call this house home. Although he doe not reside here, nearly 50 other skeletons do. Fun fact: The skeletal system helps support our bodies. Speaking of support, donations can be made to Skeletons for St. Jude to help raise money for the Research Hospital. Their new goal is $25,000 after meeting and surpassing their first two monetary goals.
Fleming Family Lights, Rothes Court, Clayton, NC, 27527
Seek out strobe lights and ghosts at the Fleming Family Lights. According to their Facebook page, the display is getting set-up and will be ready for Halloween soon. When the okay is given, the house will come alive from 5:30-10pm each night.