Parks, Recreation
  and Cultural



Halloween Events

Howlin' Good 2013

Thursday, October 27- Saturday, October 29

Reel-ly Scary Cary Film Series

Koka Booth Amphitheatre | 6 p.m.

$10 (includes access to the Haunted House); kids under 12 free
Those who love all things spooky are invited to attend the REEL-LY SCARY FILM SERIES — a Fall fan favorite —  as the spacious lawn at Booth Amphitheatre is transformed into an outdoor film venue. For more, visit Booth Amphitheatre or call (919) 462-2025.  

Saturday, October 22

Costume Dance Party
Cary Arts Center
1-2:30 p.m. | Ages K5-12 with caregiver | $1 per person
Dress up in your favorite costume creation for our Costume Dance Party! Party includes light refreshments, an art activity, dancing and costume awards. For more information, call (919) 469-4069.

Friday, October 28

The Cary Theater
7 p.m. | Free
The zombies have upon The Cary Theater!  We’re excited to bring you the 1st annual Zombiepalooza!  Featuring local filmmakers’ own zombie films; cosplay zombies, and classic films to scare the pants right off of you!  Show up hungry – Brew at The Cary and Crosstown Pub and Grill will be serving up delicious brains (not really – but awesome eats and treats!)  

Make Your Own Zombie Film!  
We know that there are zombie aficionados out there – we’ve got an opportunity for you to get creative and tell your own zombie story! Films should be from one to five minutes in length. You can make this film on any type of video camera, including your phone!  We’ll screen them outside (beside the theater - in the scary zombie dark!) Prizes provided by downtown merchant Mosquito Wizard - $100 for first place and $50 for second!  Plus – win an awesome 1st annual Zombiepalooza trophy! Full details available here.  

Release Your Inner Zombie!  
Show up dressed as your best zombie! Or come dressed as a character from your film! Downtown Merchant Prestige Day Spa will be on site doing scary face painting and will award a prize for the best dressed zombie!  

The Night of the Living Dead (Free Outdoor Viewing)
The Cary Theater 
9:30 p.m. | Free
The classic1968 version directed by the father of the zombie film genre, George A. Romero.

Saturday, October 29

Cary’s Great Pumpkin Carve 
135 W. Chatham Street in Downtown Cary
2-8 p.m. | All ages | Free
Join us for Cary’s Great Pumpkin Carve! Stop by the Pumpkin Patch to pick out the perfect pumpkin to carve at one of the carving stations or bring your own. Pumpkins will be lit for display and judged in a variety of categories. Stay for family friendly Halloween specials shown outdoors, including “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”! Pumpkins are for sale at low cost; all other activities are free. For more, call (919) 469-4061.


Pumpkin Patch and Carving Stations | 2-5:30 p.m.
3D Pumpkin Carving Instructional | 2:30 & 4:30 p.m.
Pumpkin Lighting & Judging | 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Family Friendly Halloween TV Specials | 6:45-7:45 p.m.

To sign up for the 3D Carving Instructional, please email Ryan.O' Instructional is appropriate for ages 13+ and is free with the purchase of a $5 pumpkin. 

Haunted Tales of Yesteryear 
Page-Walker Arts & History Center
7 & 9 p.m. | Ages 12 and up | $17
Spooky stories and ghostly legends sure to send chills up your spine are dramatized by Cary Players.  Encounter the long-departed Caryites brought to life by the power of a "spiritual medium" in the haunted halls of the old hotel that saw it all. Seating is limited -- get your tickets soon through Etix! For more information, call (919) 460-4963.

Herbert’s Haunted House 
Herbert C. Young Community Center
6:30–9 p.m. | All ages | $2 
Join us at Herbert’s Haunted House where the Cary Teen Council will take you on a spooky walk through their house of horrors. Those who dare will navigate through the building to experience all of the thrills that Cary’s teens have dreamed-up to get your adrenaline rushing! All ages welcome but parental discretion is advised! For more information, call (919) 460-4965.

Halloween Mall Crawl 
Cary Towne Center
4–5:30 p.m. | All ages | Free  
Calling all goblins, ghosts, princesses, superheroes, and everything in between!  Dress in your best Halloween costume and join us for an afternoon of trick-or-treating, storytelling, and a magic show—The Comedy Magic of Sam The Magic Man!  This event was formerly the Safe-N-Sane event.

Sunday, October 30

Pumpkin Flotilla
Bond Park Boathouse 
4-7 p.m. | All ages | Free
Bring your carved pumpkin from 4-5:30 p.m. and join us for Bond Park's first Pumpkin Flotilla! Enjoy a discounted boat ride and a Boathouse snake on the deck while you see your pumpkin float on the lake. Pumpkins will set sail across the Bond Park Lake at twilight - 6:30 p.m.  Visit the Bond Park Boathouse online for details on how to prepare your pumpkin.  

For information about these and other Halloween programs, call (919) 469-4061.