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Halloween Events

Howlin' Good 2013  

Cary’s Howlin’ Good Halloween – SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday, October 24, Friday, October 25, and Saturday, October 26 (EVENINGS):

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Spooktacular Haunted Trail

at Koka Booth Amphitheatre:


9:00 p.m. - Reel-ly Scary Cary Film Series

at Koka Booth Amphitheatre: 

10/24: Cape Fear (not rated)
10/25: Hotel Transylvania (rated PG)
10/26: Sleepy Hollow (rated R)

See the amphitheatre transformed into a Spooktacular 10/26: Haunted Trail that provides the perfect setting for one of the most frightening classics shown on the big screen! Gates open at 5:30pm; tickets are $5 (ages 12 and under are free) and are available starting 10/1 at

Pumpkins will be available for purchase ($3.00) on Friday, October 25 during Reel-ly Scary Cary’s viewing of Hotel Transylvania! Pick out a great pumpkin and stop by Downtown Cary the following day, Saturday, October 26, to carve your pumpkin and enter it in Cary’s Great Pumpkin Carve! Please see below for more information about Cary’s Great Pumpkin Carve.

Saturday, October 26:

2:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Cary’s Great Pumpkin Carve

on the Performance Green in Downtown Cary (Free, except the cost of a pumpkin)

Pumpkins for sale - $3.00; Family Friendly Halloween TV Specials are FREE

Pumpkin Patch & Carving Stations – 2-6 p.m.
3D Pumpkin Carving Instructional (space is limited to 15 per session**) – 3 & 5 p.m.
Pumpkin Lighting – 6-7 p.m.
Family Friendly Halloween TV Specials – 7-8 p.m.
“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” & “Scooby Doo: Halloween Hassle at Dracula’s Castle”

Ribbons & Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Best Family Pumpkin, Best Youth Pumpkin, Best Adult Pumpkin.

Ribbons will be awarded in the following categories: Scariest Pumpkin, Funniest Pumpkin, Most Artistic Pumpkin, Most Original Pumpkin.

**To sign up for the free (with the purchase of a $3 pumpkin) 3D pumpkin carving instructional lesson, please email Sarah at Day of signups will be available if both sessions are not yet filled.

2:00 – 6:00 p.m. - Downtown Harvest Festival
at Ashworth Village (Free)

Join us downtown for an afternoon of games, food, and fun! Visit for more information or to become a sponsor of this event.

5:00 – 7:00 p.m. - Tricks & Treats Halloween Bash
at Herbert C. Young Community Center (Cost is $1 per person)

Come join the fun at the family-friendly carnival sponsored by the Cary Teen Council. Carnival games, not-so-scary stories, and FUN! Bring your family for a great time! Age 3-8. Tickets are $1 per person and include a hayride!

6:30, 7:00, 7:30 p.m. - Haunted Twilight Tour of Downtown Cary
at Page-Walker Arts & History Center (Cost is $15)

Hear spooky legends and tales of yesteryear, guaranteed to send a chill up your spine with ghosts and apparitions from the past presented by Cary Players! These macabre walking tours of historic Downtown Cary are offered at three times and perfect for those 13 & older. For more, call (919) 460-4963 or visit Tickets maybe be purchased at the Cary Arts Center or online at Space is limited!

Thursday, October 31:

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. - Safe-N-Sane Halloween Celebration
at Cary Town Center (FREE)

Dress in your coolest or scariest costume and join us for some indoor Halloween fun! Trick-or-treat around the mall and enjoy story-telling, sing-a-longs, a magic show, a costume contest and more! Co-sponsored by Cary Towne Center and the Town of Cary. For more, call 919-771-1295.

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