Parks, Recreation
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Halloween Events

Howlin' Good 2013  

Thursday, October 22, Friday, October 23, & Saturday, October 24

Reel-ly Scary Cary Film Series
Koka Booth Amphitheatre
$10 (includes access to the Spooktacular Haunted Trail); 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. 
Thursday, October 22The Ring (2002) PG-13
Friday, October 23 — ParaNorman (2012) PG
Saturday, October 24 — Frenzy (1971) R

For more, visit Koka Booth or call (919) 462-2025. 

October 25 through November 1

Fright Fest at The Cary Theater!
The Cary Theater - 122 E. Chatham Street
All movies are $5 except Nosferatu with live accompaniment by Mallarme Chamber Players (tickets for this event are $13-$15).  

Oct 25                   2:00 p.m.               The Shining
Oct 29                   7:00 p.m.               Scream
                              9:30 p.m.               The People Under the Stairs
Oct 30                   7:00 p.m.               A Nightmare on Elm Street
                              9:00 p.m.               Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
Oct 31                   7:30 p.m.               Nosferatu (with live accompaniment by     Mallarme Chamber Players)
                             10:30 p.m.              Poltergeist (1982)
Nov 1                    2:00 p.m.               The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Full details and tickets at
The Cary Theater. 

Saturday, October 24
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.

Heart of Cary Association’s Downtown Harvest Festival 
Downtown Cary
2-6 p.m. | All ages | $2 for kids ages 2 and up (adults are free)
Kids and adults can enjoy an afternoon of fall fun with carnival games, corn hole, bounce houses, food, and entertainment! Costumes are welcome. For more, visit Heart of Cary's Downtown Harvest Festival.

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” and "Casper's Halloween Special"! 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 p.m. | Ages 12 and up | $17

Spooky stories, ghostly legends, and bit of mystery dramatized by Cary Players will send a chill up your spine! Experience macabre scenes performed in the historic rooms of the 1868 Page-Walker and enjoy apple cider and other tasty autumn treats during intermission. Seating is limited -- get your tickets soon! For more information, call (919) 460-4963.

Herbert’s Haunted House
Herbert C. Young Community Center

6:30–9 p.m. | All ages | $1 

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.

Friday, October 30
Witches Tea
Cary Senior Center
2–4 p.m. | Ages 55 and up | $10  
“Eye of newt, and toe of frog, wool of bat, and tongue of dog!” What possible surprises will we brew? Definitely tasty treats and hot teas, or maybe some lizard legs and spider knees. Costumes are welcome but not required! To reserve your spot, register by October 23. For more information, call (919) 469-4081.

Saturday, October 31: 
Safe-N-Sane Halloween Celebration
Cary Town Center 
6-8 p.m. | All ages | Free
Dress in your coolest or scariest costume and join us for some indoor Halloween fun! Trick-or-treat around the mall, enjoy story-telling, and watch a magic show! Co-sponsored by Cary Towne Center and the Town of Cary. For more information, call (919) 771-1295.

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