Halloween fun in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill is definitely not confined to All Hallows Eve. Halloween events in the Triangle region of North Carolina run all month long. From haunted houses to scary movies, from in-costume, charity bike rides to spooky train rides there's tricks and treats for all. Top picks for Halloween events in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill are listed by date below.
The Carolina Ballet presents Dracula. Dracula is Principal Guest Choreographer (and two-time Tony Award® nominee) Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s new ballet based on Bram Stoker's Gothic novel. This Halloween “double feature,” set to original music by J. Mark Scearce, also includes The Masque of the Red Death, a new work from Artistic Director Robert Weiss based on Edgar Allan Poe’s short story. Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Raleigh.
Triangle residents have their choice of several haunted corn-field mazes. Here are two of the most popular:
- McKee Cornfield Maze Two-acre children's maze and 12-acre family maze. The big maze has approximately 4-miles of labyrinth pathways. Pumpkin patch. Fridays 3-8pm; Saturdays 10 a.m. -8 p.m.; Sundays 1-7 p.m. The Haunted Trail and Cornfield Maze occurs October 22,23,29,30 and 31. Check McKee Cornfield Maze for times for the Haunted Trail and Maze. Cedar Creek Farm is located 15 miles from Durham, North Carolina; in Northern Orange County off of Highway 57 on Kiger Rd. Ken's Korny Corn Maze Two and a half mile corn maze. Rope maze. Hay rides. Haunted Corn Maze October 15,16, 22,23, 29,30,31. $17 admission to haunted maze. Check website for haunted corn maze discounts. Hwy. 50, South Garner.
Go here for a longer list of corn mazes and pumpkin patches in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill.
The Durham Jaycee's Haunted House is an annual event that has been entertaining and frightening people of all ages for 35 years. All are welcome to come for spooks and fun. Tickets are $7. Northgate Mall. Durham.
The NC Museum of Life and Science brings you Spooky Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Special programs include Spooky Chemistry, Masks, Spooky Slime, Spiders, Frogs and other Feeding Frenzies and more. Durham.
Ride the Halloween Express Train on the New Hope Valley Railway. All aboard! A trip through the woods of Wake and Chatham County makes for a spooky and fun adventure. Expect witches, ghouls and ghostly entertainment for all ages. Departures on both dates begin at 4 p.m., with the last train departing at 7:45 p.m. All tickets $9. Advance tickets are required for New Hope Valley's Halloween Train. Off Hwy. 64 between Apex and Pittsboro.
Mordecai Historic Park is going all out for Halloween. Enjoy a haunted trolley tour on October 23rd, 29th and 30th. Take the Haunted Trolley Tour of downtown Raleigh with a special stop at City Cemetery. Then on October 30th, from 5-10 p.m., there will be a Halloween festival featuring food, music, games and crafts. The kids costume contest begins at 6 p.m. The festival will also feature late-night lantern tours to explore the park's paranormal activity. The festival on October 30th is free. The lantern tours are $5 and the Haunted Trolley Tour is $10.
Click to register for tickets to the Haunted Trolley Tour and the Late Night Lantern Tour. Raleigh.
KoKa Booth Amphitheatre is hosting REEL-LY SCARY movies to get you into the Halloween spirit. Here's the lineup:
- Tuesday, October 26 – Poltergeist Wednesday, October 27 – Zombieland Thursday October 28 – Monsters, Inc. Friday, October 29 – The Birds Saturday, October 30 – Bran Stoker's Dracula
The Raleigh City Museum Presents The Ghosts of Fayetteville Street. This production/walk will feature actors from Burning Coal Theatre Company who will accompany you to several spooky sites along Fayetteville Street and around Raleigh. Audiences will encounter “some of the most haunting (and hysterical) citizens of Raleigh's past. Friday and Saturday performances start at 6:30 p.m. And the Sunday performances begins at 2 p.m. $10-$15 per person. Raleigh.
The Chapel Hill Preservation Society presents Haunted Chapel Hill tours of Chapel Hill's Old Town Cemetery. 7 p.m. Tickets $10. Chapel Hill
Carrboro's 2010 Halloween Carnival is Friday, October 29 from 6:00-8:30 pm at Carrboro Town Commons.
Now in its 7th year, the Habitat Halloween Bike Ride benefits Habitat for Humanity of Durham. Experience scenic views of Durham County as you ride 17, 31, 62, or 100 miles. All routes are fully supported and start and finish at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in downtown. Gear up for a "ghoulish" good time and compete for best costume! 9am. Durham.
Masquerading Angels Ball Formal black and white costume ball. Casino, Live band, Silent auction, Local celebrities and more. Durham Hilton near Duke University. 6 p.m. - midnight.
The North Carolina Symphony conjures up “Halloween Magic!” for kids. Children are invited to wear their costumes. The concert will feature Jay Alexander who is a nationally recognized magician who has performed on the Today Show and Good Morning America. Music will include "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," selections from Harry Potter and more. Concerts are an hour long and scheduled between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are $20. Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Raleigh.
Homegrown Halloween. Chapel Hill's Franklin Street Halloween celebrations were legendary attracting upwards of 80,000 revelers in 2008 and costing the town more than $200,000 in safety and services. In an effort to reduce the crowd sizes and costs, the town introduced measures to make it difficult for non-residents to join the party. In addition to numerous street closings and restrictive parking, downtown restaurants and bars close their doors at 1 a.m. And charge a minimum $5 cover to patrons not attending a private event.