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Halloween in Cary to be Howlin' Good Time

Post Date:10/20/2017 2:16 PM

Parents looking for safe, fun options for their kids this Halloween can find the perfect bag of treats and tricks in the Town of Cary; the Town has brewed up loads of activities for kids of every age as part of this year’s Howlin’ Good Halloween October 27-31. 

Friday, October 27

Pumpkin Flotilla with Bands, Bites, & Boats
Fred G. Bond Metro Park Boathouse, 4-7 p.m.
Bring your carved pumpkin and watch it set sail across Bond Lake at twilight. Enjoy a discounted boat rental, too. Cousins Maine Lobster and Stuft food trucks will be on site while Justin Runyon performs. For more, visit Pumpkin Flotilla 

Herbert's Haunted House
Herbert C. Young Community Center, 7-9 p.m. | $2 per person
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 are welcome but parental discretion is advised. For more, call (919) 460-4965. 

The Cary Theater's ZOMBIEPALOOZA!
The Cary Theater, 7 p.m.
We’re excited to bring you the 2nd annual Zombiepalooza, featuring 14 local filmmakers’ own zombie films, a costume contest and a free screening of George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead—sure to scare the pants right off of you!  All films will be shown outside on Chatham Street, just in front of the theater. For more, visit www.thecarytheater.com or call (919) 462-2051.

Saturday, October 28

Costume Dance Party
Cary Arts Center, 1-2:30 p.m. | $1 per person; pay at the door | ages 3-10 with caregiver
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, call (919) 469-4069. 

Cary’s Great Pumpkin Carve
Downtown Park, 2-8 p.m.
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.

Schedule:
Pumpkin Patch and Carving Stations| 2-5:30 p.m.
3-D Pumpkin Carving Instructional | 2:30 & 4:30 p.m.
Pumpkin Lighting & Judging | 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Family Friendly Halloween TV Specials | 8 p.m.

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

Harvest Festival 
Academy and West Chatham Streets | 2-6 p.m.
The Heart of Cary Association hosts its annual Harvest Festival in Downtown Cary along Academy and West Chatham Streets. Admission to all events is free. Family-friendly activities include trick-or-treating at local businesses, a petting zoo with a "kissing" selfie llama, cookie decorating, local musicians, pumpkin carving with the Town of Cary and face painting. The festival will also host a variety of street vendors, featuring local arts and crafts, food trucks, and a beer and wine garden. A portion of the festival’s vendor fees and money contributed by attendees will be donated to the Viequeslove Fund to benefit hurricane victims in Vieques, Puerto Rico. For more, visit www.heartofcary.org. 

Herbert's Haunted House
Herbert C. Young Community Center, 7-9 p.m. | $2 per person
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, call (919) 460-4965. 

Ghost Walk in Downtown Cary – SOLD OUT
Page Walker Arts & History Center, 6:30, 7, & 7:30 p.m. | Age 10 & up | $15
Spooky stories and ghostly legends sure to send chills up your spine are dramatized by Cary Players. These macabre walking tours of historic Downtown Cary are offered at three different times for your convenience. For more, call (919) 460-4963. 

Halloween Mall Crawl
Cary Towne Center, 4-5:30 p.m.
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. Sam Billingsley will perform a magic show suitable for children age 5 and older that everyone will enjoy. Claire Ramsey will tell fun interactive Halloween tales that may be a little spooky, but not too scary for all ages. And, the Cary Police Department will be there with their child ID machine. For more, call (919) 467-0145.

Tuesday, October 31

Witches Tea - SOLD OUT
Cary Senior Center, 2-4 p.m. | Age 55 & 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 24 using course code 102577. For more, call (919) 469-4081.

 


 

As a reminder, the Town of Cary does not regulate whether or when Halloween is recognized; most families in Cary go door-to-door in costumes for candy and fun on October 31, regardless of the day of the week. Residents should check with their neighborhood to verify dates and times.

For the complete schedule, ticket information and more, search “Halloween” at www.townofcary.org or call (919) 469-4061. And for more fun in Cary, follow the Town on Twitter @TOC_Fun and check out the Meetings and Events Calendar at www.townofcary.org.

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Primary Contacts

Lyman Collins, Cultural Arts Manager, (919) 462-3861
Carrie Roman, Public Information Supervisor, (919) 481-5091
Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 380-4240

Resources

Howlin’ Good Halloween
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department
Cary Senior Center
Bond Park Boathouse
Herbert C. Young Community Center
Page Walker Arts & History Center
Meetings and Events Calendar

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