Time for this week’s “Localista Picks” for your Eat~Play~Shop Local consideration and it’s a special super-scary-sized serving of treats around the Triangle as I highlight a few area activities and events for Halloween. All are worthy of a slot on your very busy agenda (though it would be difficult to fit them all in without a teleportation device of some sort). So, without further ado…
It’s a Pumpkin Carving and Costume Contest on the Weathervane patio at A Southern Season, Oct 27 (4 pm). Join an evening of pumpkin carving and painting, drink specials, face painting and live music. Price includes buffet and pumpkin, and carving utensils and paints are provided. Costumes are encouraged and a prize will be awarded for the best costume. To reserve your spot call 919-929-9466 (tickets may be purchased at the event but are subject to availability – Adults $15, children $10).
Join Carrboro Farmers Market for a Halloween Pumpkin Party and Food Truck Rodeo on Wednesday (Oct 30). Have fun painting a pumpkin, tasting Fall treats, participate in a costume contest, play cornhole and more from 3:30 – 6:30 pm. Stay after for a post-market food truck rodeo with American Meltdown, Only Burger, Foster’s On the Fly, Baguettaboutit and beer from Steel String Brewery (7 – 9 pm).
There’s a Halloween Fall Festival planned for Western Wake Farmers Market Saturday (Oct 26). Starting at 9 am (for $5 admission) parents will find fun activities for the kids like pumpkin painting, potato sack races, a bean bag toss, as well as giveaways and refreshments.
Saturday (Oct 26) is the final market of the season for Midtown Farmers’ Market and they’re closing out the year with “Boos and Beers”. Look for fun events like the Kids Costume Parade and Contest (10 am to 1 pm), face painting, scarecrow stuffing and pumpkin bowling with Sparians. Adults will enjoy the local beer samples and Craft/Home Brewing Workshops.
They’re planning a big Halloween costume bash at the Southern Village Farmers Market on Oct 31, complete with fun Halloween activities. Children can come in their costumes and will receive small gifts. The activities include pumpkin painting, Halloween crafts & face painting. Elsewhere in Southern Village Market you’ll find tastefully (or perhaps frightfully) decorated scarecrows and you can vote for your favorite!
New Hope Valley Railway hosts Track or Treat, a spooky ride on the Halloween Express on Saturday (Oct 26), at the rail yard in Bonsal, located off of U.S. Highway 1, just 30 minutes southwest of downtown Raleigh. Children and adults ride a real locomotive decorated for the holiday. As riders pass through the Haunted Woods they’ll encounter witches, goblins and a mysterious ghost train. Visitors can also see the G-Scale garden railroad, visit the North Carolina Railroad Museum and see real railroad cars and equipment in the yard. Two of the five departure times are sold out, but you can still take a ride on the Track or Treat if you get those tickets now (here)!
CAM Raleigh is throwing quite the bash this year at Fright Night (Oct 26). The evening’s agenda includes a costume parade led by Paper Hand Puppet Intervention, a DJ, a video installation, an altar and authentic cuisine from Centro, all contributing to transform the museum for the night. Make sure you show up in your best costume for a chance to win prizes awarded in five categories. Find more information and purchase tickets via the website.
Beginning Friday (Oct 25) and continuing through Halloween, the Carolina Theatre of Durham presents Universal Classic Monsters Film Series, featuring great monster in time like The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Mummy, The Wolfman, The Phantom of the Opera, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein and good ol’ Frankenstein too. If contemporary horror films are more your style, you’ll enjoy the Retrofantasma double feature showing of Heavy Metal and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on Friday (Oct 25).
Ok, so technically Oktoberfest isn’t akin to Halloween festivities, except that they fall in the same month. But the thought of missing Oktoberfest is Saxapahaw on Saturday (Oct 26) is really just plain scary. I shudder at the thought of not partaking in the fabulous food and free music performances. If you’re up for a real bone-chilling thrill, you need to plan a visit to the Original Hollywood Horror Show in nearby Snow Camp, post Oktoberfest-ing.
It’s baa-aack! Pumpkinfest returns to Fearrington Village on Oct 30, and features family-friendly festivities, including dinner at The Fearrington Granary (5-8 pm), Live Music in the Village (6-8 pm), Spooky Storytime at McIntyre’s Books (6, 6:30 & 7pm), Ghoulish Goodies at The Goat, and Capp’s APizza & Colin’s Hot Dogs in the Village. This event is free, open to the public and fun for all! The intricately carved pumpkins (created by Fearrington staff) will also be on display on Thursday, October 31st, but without the Village festivities.
Take the kids for a ride on the Pumpkin Patch Express at Durham’s Museum of Life and Science (last rides for the season run Oct 25 – 27). Climb aboard the train for a journey to the museum’s pumpkin patch to pick the perfect pumpkin to take home. Partake in crafts and play a variety of carnival games before returning to the station. Then spend the rest of the day exploring the entire Museum (your ticket price includes all-day admission to over 80 acres of outdoor exhibits).
Where will all the creepiest kids be hangin’ on Halloween? At Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle for the “Mondo Zombie Boogaloo” show, an album and tour celebrating Halloween. Yep Roc released the album, a collection of new music from legendary bands The Fleshtones, Los Straitjackets, and Southern Culture On The Skids, Oct 1 (but saved the bestest part for Oct 31). The show set will include originals and standards from each band and promises to leave you “Zombified”.
Festival of Legends is throwing a party at Mystery Brewing called Unseelie Eve this Friday (Oct 25). We’re all invited to join in this celebration of the “spirits of Autumn” by drinking a Mystery Brewing beverage or Starrlight Mead (if you prefer), enjoying live music (the ever popular and highly entertaining My Three Kilts will perform), and revel in the company of friends (old and new). Admission is $10 at the door and the door opens at 7 pm.
Interested in learning about the dark legends behind the constellations? Then Scare-olina Skies at Morehead Planetarium is for you. The Halloween take on the popular “Carolina Skies” planetarium show returns with shows on Oct 26 & 30, and a milder family-friendly version on Oct 26 & 27.
In another part of Chapel Hill, you might think you’re hearing voices if you take the Preservation Chapel Hill “Voices from the Grave” walking tour of the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery. Three things you’ll need to participate in the tour: good walking shoes, a flashlight and reservations. Call 919-942-7818 to make your reservations for tour times on Oct 25 or 26, running every 15 minutes between 7 and 10 pm.
Things will get Reel-y Scary at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre for three evenings (Oct 24 – 26) where the winding paths are transformed into a Spooktacular Haunted Trail providing the setting for spine tingling chills. As you enter the venue, take a stroll through the Creepy Corridor (recommended for fans 12 and under). If you’re really brave, try the all new “Trail of Terror” (described as not for the faint of heart and not appropriate for children under 12). Tickets are $5 (with kids under 12 free). Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics (including beer and wine) are permitted. The film schedule includes:
- 10/24 – Cape Fear (1961) – Not Rated
- 10/25 – Hotel Transylvania – Rated PG
- 10/26 – Sleepy Hollow – Rated R
Described as a “Southern Gothic Formal”, the Zombie Prom at Fullsteam Brewery promises to raise the living dead on Oct 26 (8 pm til late). Admission is free. Beer will be flowing (zombie’s still gotta drink beer – it’s a little known fact) and Undead DJ will be spinning tunes. Start practicing your best zombie lurch moves and pack an extra set of brains (to share with new and old zombie friends).
Raleigh’s Big Boss Brewing and the Mission Valley Theater have paired up for the “Harvest of Horror” movie series, featuring a classic chiller each Wednesday evening at 10 pm. The final film (Oct 30) is the one and only original Halloween. By the way, you may be aware that there is a recreation of The Myers House located in Hillsborough, where they hold an annual Halloween bash. This year however, the bash is scaled back a bit due to a current film project. But never fear! Everyone can check out the house from 7 – 10 pm on Halloween (Oct 31) to see bonfires, jack-o-lanterns, tricks, treats and horror movies projected on the side of the house throughout the night.
Here’s a special opportunity to celebrate Halloween (on Oct 30, 5:30 – 8 pm) at Marbles Kids Museum with an evening of boo bubbles, splotch monster art, ooey gooey pumpkin science and bat bungees – oh my! The Family Fun Night Spooktacular is for kids with special needs and their families to experience Marbles in a calmer, quieter environment. In addition to the activities, families can enjoy an exclusive lower-volume showing of Room on the Broom at IMAX at Marbles at 6:30 pm.
Durham Parks & Rec welcomes all to the annual Hallow-Eno event at West Point on the Eno on Thursday (Oct 31) 6 – 9 pm. The event is geared to children ages 12 and younger and features campfire stories and songs, hayrides, treats, performances, face painting, and creative activities. Best of all it’s FREE. Come on out, rain or shine!
Little ghosts and goblins (accompanied by parental ghosts and goblins) can Trick or Treat in Downtown Fuquay-Varina on Oct 25 (2-5 pm). The annual Halloween event is sponsored by the merchants along the Fuquay and Varina Retail Districts. Just grab a bag and visit the merchants that display the sign, “Trick or Treat Here!”
In Carrboro, you can hang out for Stories under the Stars at Weaver Street Market Oct 25 (5-7:30 pm). The annual Halloween Ghost Stories telling features music, treats, costume contests for the kids, and spooky stories of course. In the event of rain, the event can be found in the Century Center.
We’re invited to celebrate Halloween in the Village (North Raleigh’s Lafayette Village that is) on Oct 25 (5-9 pm). Trick or treating begins at 5 pm. Watch for the pumpkins at merchant doors to find all the treats. Then grab your blankets, some popcorn and get ready to enjoy Hotel Transylvania at 6:30 pm on the green.