Parks, Recreation
  and Cultural



Halloween Events

Howlin' Good 2013  

Wednesday, October 29

2-4 p.m. - Witches Tea (Age 55+)
Cary Senior Center ($10 per person/course code:77566
"Eye of newt, and toe of frog, wool of bat, and tongue of dog!" What possible surprises will we brew? Tasty treats and hot teas, or lizard legs and spider knees? Costumes are welcome but not required. Join us for a wickedly good time! Ages 55+! For more, call (919) 469-4081. 

Thursday, October 30

7 p.m. - Nosferatu accompanied by the Mallarme Chamber Players
The Cary Theater; 122 E. Chatham Street ($15 per person)
Watch the terrifying silent film, Nosferatu, accompanied by live, spooky chamber music performed by the Mallarme Chamber Players. Nosferatu was one of the original vampire movies released in 1922, directed by F.W. Murnau. Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new resident and real estate agent Hutter's wife. Silent classic based on the story "Dracula.' For more, call (919) 469-4061. 

Friday, October 31:

6-8 p.m. - Safe-N-Sane Halloween Celebration
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.

Thursday, October 23, Friday, October 24, and Saturday, October 25

6-9 p.m. - Spooktacular Haunted Trail

at Koka Booth Amphitheatre

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

at Koka Booth Amphitheatre 

See the amphitheater transformed into a Spooktacular Haunted Trail that provides the perfect setting for one of the most frightening classics shown on the big screen! Gates open at 5:30 p.m.;tickets are $10 (age 12 & under are free) and are available at

Pumpkins will be available for purchase ($3.00) on Friday, October 24 during Reel-ly Scary Cary’s viewing of a family friendly movie! Pick out a great pumpkin and stop by Downtown Cary the following day, Saturday, October 25, 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 25

12:30-2:30 p.m. – Creative Costume Dance Party 

Cary Arts Center (age K5-12; $3 per person or $10 for a group of four)

Dress up in your favorite costume creation for our first Orange & Black Costume Party including light refreshments, lots of dancing and costume awards. Our dance party coincides with the Marvelous Music Family Series performances -- Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel at 10 a.m. and The Emperor's New Clothes at 3 p.m. (Tickets sold separately to those performances.) For more information, call (919) 469-4069. 

2-8 p.m. - Cary's Great Pumpkin Carve 
Performance Green in Downtown Cary (Free)

Pumpkins for sale - $3.00; Family Friendly Halloween TV Specials are free to enjoy outdoors!

Pumpkin Patch & Carving Stations – 2-6 p.m. 
3D Pumpkin Carving Instructional (space is limited to 15 per session) – 2:30 & 4:30 p.m. 
Pumpkin Lighting – 5:30-6:30 p.m. 
Family Friendly Halloween TV Specials – 6:45 p.m. (includes “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”) 

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

3D Pumpkin Carving Instructional (2:30 & 4:30 p.m.) - Learn how to carve a 3D face on a pumpkin! Recommended for ages 12 and up or with the help of a parent or guardian. Space is limited to 15 people per session. To sign up for the free (with the purchase of a $3 pumpkin) instructional, please email by Friday, October 24 at 5 p.m. If spaces are still open for the 3D carving instructional the day of the event, walk up sign ups will be welcome! For more, call (919) 469-4061 or email

5-7 p.m. - Tricks & Treats Halloween Bash 
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 a lot of other fun activities! Bring your family for a great time! For ages 3-8. For more, call (919) 460-4965. 

6:30–9 p.m. - Herbert's Haunted House 
Herbert C. Young Community Center (Cost is $1 per person) 
The Cary Teen Council will take you on a spooky walk through their house of horrors. Those who dare will navigate throughout the building to experience all of the thrills that we have dreamed-up to get your adrenaline rushing in spirit of the Halloween holiday All ages welcome, but parental discretion is advised. For more, call (919) 460-4965. 

6, 6:20, 6:40, 7 p.m. - Haunted Twilight Tour of Downtown Cary 
Page-Walker Arts & History Center (Cost is $15; age 13 & up; $15 per person)
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 always a sell-out so get your tickets early. For more, call (919) 460-4963 or visit Tickets maybe be purchased at the Cary Arts Center or online Space is limited!