Start a celebrating the Halloween season with these family-friendly events happening throughout the Raleigh area.
Don’t forget this is the last weekend to visit the annual N.C. State Fair. Check out our article on the “Top 5 Reasons to Visit the N.C. State Fair” – from the largest Ferris Wheel to live entertainment to all your sweet & savory eats there is so much to see and do at this year’s State Fair!
18 Spooky and Not-So-Spooky Family Events Happening October 25th – 27th
*Events are subject to change. Be sure to click on the event link to verify date and time.
Friday, October 25th – Saturday, October 26th | Wake County Public Libraries
Visit your favorite local library branch for a Halloween-themed family storytime, costume parade, trick-or-treating, crafts and much more. Visit HERE to learn more about each event.
Friday, October 25th | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Abbott’s Creek Community Center, Raleigh
Get your costume ready and be a part of District 1’s Annual Boo Bash. Trunk-or-treating, FANGtastic games, walk through a Spooky Bus (both scary and non-scary versions available) and more fall fun!
Friday, October 25th | 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Downtown Apex
Shop, eat and enjoy some witchy fun on Salem Street. Come early with the family (5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.) and stay late with the witches (7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.). Be sure to wear your Witches hat for special discounts at shops on Salem Street.
Friday, October 25th & Saturday, October 26th
It’s Halloween time and the Town of Cary is helping families celebrate with a number of events from a Pumpkin Flotilla, Herbert’s Haunted House, Cary’s Great Pumpkin Carve, a Halloween Mall Crawl, Zombiepalooza and more!
Friday, October 25th | 5:30 p.m. | Knightdale Station Park
Get your costumes ready and come out to Knightdale Station Park’s annual Trunk or Treat with a family movie starting at 7:00 p.m. Food trucks will be on-site, too!
Saturday, October 26th | 8:00 a.m. – Noon | The Commons at Midtown Farmer’s Market, Raleigh
Spend the morning at the farmer’s market with seasonal beer, fresh local grown food and a morning family-friendly activities – pumpkin bowling, pumpkin decorating, a Waffle Wagon Food Truck, live music, a kids costume parade & contest, a craft beer tasting and much more!
Saturday, October 26th & Sunday, October 27th | Visit HERE for Trolley schedule | The Trolley Lot, Raleigh
Hop aboard The Great Raleigh Trolley and enjoy a ride through Downtown Raleigh with a Halloween themed storytime, character visits, crafts and a visit to the pumpkin patch. You must purchase tickets for this event.
Saturday, October 26th | 1:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. | Meymandi Concert Hall at Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts, Raleigh
Come discover who killed the composer as the Lemony Snicket’s popular children’s book, The Composer is Dead, is brought to life with music by Nathaniel Stookey. Families will enjoy preconcert activities and a costume contest!
Saturday, October 26th | 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Triangle Town Center, Raleigh
Trick-or-treat throughout the mall with festive music, giveaways, character visits, pumpkin painting, games, a LIVE mural and much more.
Saturday, October 26th | 6:00 p.m. | Flowers Field at Dorothea Dix Park, Raleigh
RSVP in advance. Bring money for food trucks! Pack your favorite picnic blanket or camping chairs and enjoy an evening out with Food Trucks and a family-friendly feature movie “The Addams Family”. (An Adult Feature movie, Scream, will show at 8:15 p.m.)
Saturday, October 26th | 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Mordecai Historic Park, Raleigh
FREE event. Halloween-themed fun with food, music, games and crafts on the lawn at Mordecai Historic Park. Costume contest for kids up to 16 years olds starting at 1:00 p.m. Ghost Guild, a paranormal investigation group will be site to share their scary findings from the Mordecai House.
Saturday, October 26th | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Sugg Farm at Bass Lake, Holly Springs
A family-friendly event celebrating all things Holly Springs! Live entertainment, holiday shopping at the Arts & Crafts Alley and Harvest Market, a free Kids Zone, Fire Truck & Police vehicles on display and much more.
Saturday, October 26th | 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Hatcher Creek Trail, Morrisville Community Park
Come dressed in your favorite costume and trick-or-treat from costumed characters, trunk-or-treat amongst the Town of Morrisville Police & Fire Department cars and don’t forget to bring money for food trucks, too!
Saturday, October 26th | 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Nash Square, Raleigh
Come dressed as a zombie for the 13th annual, family-friendly Zombie walk through Downtown Raleigh. Lurch through the streets and enjoy a ghoulish-themed meal of burgers, milkshakes and more at Square Burger in the new Moore Square. Bring money for food and drinks.
Saturday, October 26th | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Blue Jay Point County Park, Raleigh
Family program for ages 5 years and up. Learn all about the reintroduction of Red Wolves into the N. C. wilds and about the expansion of coyotes into N.C. territory. Pre-registration is required.
Saturday, October 26th & Sunday, October 27th. | N.C. Zoo, Asheboro
Come celebrate Halloween at the Zoo! Trick-or-treat games, live music, entertainment, face painting, animal encounters and a popular children’s costume contest. Tickets for Boo can be purchased at the entrance gates.
Saturday, October 26th | 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Read With Me, A Children’s Book & Art Shop, Raleigh
Wear your best Hogwart’s attire! Celebrate All Hallow’s Eve at Hogwarts with potions, pumpkins, food and fun! Create magical crafts, enjoy food, brew up some potions, and decorate a Potteresque pumpkin and more. This is a ticketed event.
Sunday, October 27th | 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Lafayette Village, Raleigh
Enjoy a family-friendly celebration with trick-or-treating amongst participating merchants at Lafayette Village. Don’t miss character visits from princesses and super-heroes.
Tell us in the comments your favorite Halloween-themed events happening throughout the Triangle!