Weekend Fun: 12 Things to Do With Kids in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill

Pumpkin patches, fall festivals, Halloween events
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PHOTO COURTESY OF NORTHGATE MALL
Paperhand Puppet Intervention's Fire Dragon entertains crowds.

1. Register to attend Marbles Kids Museum’s Kooky Spooky Halloween Party, 6-8:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, to enjoy a family-friendly Halloween event. Find details on ticket prices here. 

Photo courtesy of Marbles Kids Museum

2. A Halloween Spooktacular event, 4-7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 25, outdoors on the Northgate Mall’s plaza will feature a lineup of fun in Durham. Enjoy performances by Durham Symphony Orchestra and Paperhand Puppet Intervention. Little River Cloggers will offer an intermission performance, and the High Strung Petting Zoo will invite children to learn about instruments hands on. Don your Halloween costumes and enter the "Best Costume" contest. Deli-icious and The Wandering Moose will provide food truck fare. In the event of inclement weather, the event will move indoors to Northgate’s Center Court.

3. Enjoy the Chapel Hill Philharmonia "Halloween Treats" performance at Kenan Rehearsal Hall on the University of North Carolina campus at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25. Guest conductor Evan Feldman will use music to conjure up fantastic holiday characters, from goblins and skeletons to Caribbean pirates. Admission is free. 

4. Head to downtown Cary’s Harvest Festival, 2-6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, for carnival games, bounce houses, food and entertainment. 

5. Slink over to “Creepy Crabtree,” 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Lake Crabtree County Park in Morrisville to celebrate creatures of the night and enjoy spooky surprises. Wear a costume if you like.  

6. Flit to the Haunted Mordecai Festival at Mordecai Historic Park in Raleigh, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, for music, games, crafts and kids’ costume contests. Festival admission is free. 

7. Take in the splendor of the NETworks' presentation of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," a musical at the Durham Performing Arts Center in Durham Oct. 23-25. 

Jillian Butterfield stars in NETworks' presentation of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast." PHOTO COURTESY OF MATTHEW MURPHY

8. Meet the animals and learn about museum careers at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences Open House, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in downtown Raleigh. 

A VOLUNTEER SHOWS OFF AN ALBINO CORN SNAKE AT REPTILE AND AMPHIBIAN DAY AT THE NORTH CAROLINA MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCES. PHOTO BY KAREN SWAIN COURTESY OF NORTH CAROLINA MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCES

9. Take your kids to a Superhero-Themed Kids Party and Parade Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon, Oct. 24 at Durham Main Library Auditorium (300 N. Roxboro St.), ending at the downtown early voting location (201 N. Roxboro St.) in Durham (Durham Board of Elections). 

10. Show your support for the Durham Bulls at its Fall Fan Fest, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Take batting practice and play catch on the field, and enter into a raffle to win a Trick-or-Treat outing with Wool E. Bull. Admission is free. With a donation of at least three canned food items, fans will be placed into a raffle to win a Trick-or-Treat outing with Wool E. Bull. All canned food items will be donated to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

Photo courtesy of Durham Bulls Baseball Club

11. Take your four-legged friend to Dogtoberfest, a new event in Knightdale, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Ashley Wilder Dog Park. The event will kick off with a “2k9” fun walk/run, along with a costume contest for dogs, pet adoption and pet-related vendors. Admission is free. The first 100 participants will receive a goody bag!

12. Head to the North Carolina State Fair at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh for fun that ranges from live homegrown music to browsing handmade crafts in the Village of Yesteryear.  Take your kids for rides and games and to the State Fair Ark to see farm animals raised in North Carolina.

Photo courtesy of the North Carolina State Fair

Find many more ways to celebrate Halloween and the Harvest season in the Triangle and further afield in our roundup of Pumpkin Patches, Hayrides, Corn Mazes, Halloween and Trick-or-Treating Events. Choose from Not-So-Scary Events for Boys and Ghouls or, if your kids are older, check out the Thrills and Chills section.

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And here's one more harvest event that just came in! 

Durham Parks and Recreation invites you to enjoy a swim and choose your pumpkin at its Pumpkin Splash 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Campus Hills Pools, located at 2000 S. Alston Ave. in Durham. Pick out your favorite pumpkin from one of many floating in the pool. They can then dry it off and use paint, stickers, and craft supplies to decorate it. All swim levels are welcome and life vests will be provided. An adult needs to enter the water with children 9 years of age and younger. The cost ranges from $5 -$11, and you can pay when you get there.

Photo courtesy of Durham Parks and Recreation

 

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