Fun and Frightful Halloween Activities

All Hallows’ Eve is just around the corner, and Western Wake offers lots of options for having fun — or a good scare — to celebrate.

Howlin’ Good Halloween Celebration

Downtown Cary will be home to a fun, family-friendly Halloween celebration on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 5-9 p.m.

Cary Teen Council’s Tricks & Treats Bash at Herbert C. Young Community Center from 5-7 p.m. will have games, prizes, hayrides and more for $1 admission. Pumpkin painting will also be on-site and requires pre-registration. From 5:30-7:30 p.m., kids can trick-or-treat between Ashworth’s Village and the Cary Arts Center.

The Arts Center has many events in store, including clay pumpkin carving (registration required), Not-So-Scary Storytelling presented by Cary Players from 5:30-7 p.m., bluegrass music from 6-8 p.m., and the Cary Youth Theatre Fright School’s Haunted House from 6-9 p.m. for $1.

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Safe-n-Sane Halloween

On Halloween night, the Town of Cary is teaming with Cary Towne Center for a festive celebration for kids 15 and younger. The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. “Not So Scary” Storytelling at Centerstage, plus pumpkin weight and candy guessing contests. From 6-7:30 p.m., kids are welcome to trick-or-treat throughout the mall. A costume contest will reward those with the best outfits in different age groups. Secret judges will select among all attendees to participate in the costume contest finals, held at 7 p.m. at the Centerstage. In order to be considered for the costume contest finals, participants need to be trick-or-treating throughout Cary Towne Center beginning at 6 p.m. Also at 6:30 p.m., The Magic of Shaun Jay will perform at the Centerstage.

Mysteries and Secrets

The Friends of the Page-Walker Hotel will present “More Mysteries and Secrets: Exploring Cary-Area Cemeteries” to address questions about some of Cary’s historic gravesites. The public is invited to join the Friends for an intriguing and enlightening presentation that highlights significant facts related to some family cemeteries located in the Cary area. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center. For additional info, visit

Hunting for Halloween

The Cary Town Band will perform in the new Cary Arts Center Theater on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. Musically experience a full day of hunting with Bucalossi’s humorous A Hunting Scene and a side trip into Zaninelli’s Dark Forest. After a peaceful evening in the small village of Kahlenberg (Bald Mountain), venture up the mountain for the night as Halloween reaches its peak and All Saints’ Day finally dawns. See for additional information.

Reel-ly Scary Movies by Moonlight

Koka Booth Amphitheatre extends its Movies by Moonlight series to the fall with a Reel-ly Scary Cary Halloween movie series from Oct. 25–29. The tree-lined surroundings of the venue add to the chills. Gates open at 6 p.m., with the movies starting at dusk. Admission is $3, and kids 12 and younger are free. Picnics are allowed, and concession stands will be open.

The lineup is:

Tuesday, Oct. 25: The Haunting (1963)
Wednesday, Oct. 26: Misery
Thursday, Oct. 27: Disney’s The Haunted Mansion
Friday, Oct. 28: The Blair Witch Project
Saturday, Oct. 29: DOUBLE FEATURE — Scream followed by Scary Movie

A portion of the proceeds from Disney’s Haunted Mansion on Oct. 27 will be donated to the WakeMed Foundation’s Just for Kids Kampaign.

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Haunted Twilight Tour

Join the Cary Players for a macabre tour of historic downtown Cary. Your tour guides will share spooky legends and tales of yesteryear, guaranteed to send a chill up your spine. Tours begin at 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, starting from the Page Walker Arts & History Center. Ages 13 and up. For info, see

Raleigh Jaycees Haunted House

From Oct. 20-31, a very scary haunted house dubbed Terror at Possum Creek: Power Outage will be open for visitors at 2526 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh. It’s entirely planned, designed, built, and hosted by volunteers from the Raleigh Jaycees. Admission is $10. See for more information.

Fright at the Museum

Adults can have their Halloween fun on Saturday, Oct. 29, at an inaugural event at CAM Raleigh downtown. Fright at the Museum: A Halloween Party runs from 8–11 p.m., with a VIP party beginning at 7 p.m. The evening will include a costume contest, dancing, pop-up dance performances, graffiti art, fire and aerial performances and more. Tickets are $15 for CAM/now members, $25 for CAM Raleigh museum members and $30 for non-members. More information can be found at

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