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Cary Scares Up Another Howlin’ Good Halloween

Post Date:10/14/2019 11:34 AM
  • Family-friendly fun starts Friday, October 25 and continues all day on Saturday, October 26.
  • Unless otherwise noted, events are free and open to the public; times vary.
  • Cary does not designate dates and times for door-to-door trick-or-treating; check with your neighborhood.

Cary, NC – Whether you live for thrills or like to play it safe, there’s something for everyone at this year’s Howlin’ Good Halloween celebration. Events start Friday, October 25 and continue throughout the day and into the evening on Saturday, October 26.

Though our popular Ghost Walk in Downtown Cary is already sold out, there’s a wide variety of family-friendly events to get you in the spooky spirit. Herbert’s Haunted House returns to the Herb Young Community Center, jack-o-lanterns set sail at Bond Park for the Pumpkin Flotilla, and Downtown prepares for a zombie invasion in front of The Cary Theater with Zombiepalooza.

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public.


Pumpkin Flotilla
Friday, October 25, 2019 | 4-7 p.m. | Free
Fred G. Bond Metro Park, Boathouse

Dress in your favorite costume and join us for this special event! Bring your carved pumpkin from 4-5:30 p.m. and watch the pumpkins set sail across Bond Lake at twilight (6:30 p.m.). Enjoy food trucks, live music, face-painting, and discounted boat rentals prior to the flotilla. Float space is limited and is on a first-come basis. For more information, call the Bond Park Boathouse at (919) 469-4100.

Herbert's Haunted House

Friday, October 25, 2019 & Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 7-9 p.m.
$3 per person
Herbert C. Young Community Center

Join us for the 6th Annual Herbert's Haunted House featuring more scares, thrills, and screams than ever! Take a spooky walk through the Cary Teen Council's House of Horrors and experience all the spooks that Cary's teens have dreamed up for you. All ages welcome, but parental discretion is advised. The Haunted House and waiting area are indoors. For more information, call the Herb Young Community Center at (919) 460-4965.

Cary’s Great Pumpkin Carve
Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 2-8 p.m. | All ages | Free
Downtown Park

Join us for Cary's Great Pumpkin Carve! Stop by the pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect pumpkin, or bring your own, and then carve it at one of our stations. Pumpkins can be lit for display and submitted for "Cary's Favorite Pumpkin." Stay for family-friendly Halloween specials shown outdoors, including "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!". Pumpkins for sale; all other activities are free. For more information, call the Cultural Arts Department at (919) 469-4061. To sign up for the 3D Carving Instructional, please email Ryan.O' Instruction is appropriate for ages 13+ and is $5, including a pumpkin to carve.

Pumpkin Patch and Carving Stations | 2-6 p.m.
3-D Pumpkin Carving Instructional | 2:45 & 4:15 p.m.
Family Friendly Halloween TV Specials | 6:45-7:45 p.m.

Halloween Mall Crawl
Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 4-5:30 p.m. | All ages | Free 
Cary Towne Center

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 and magic.

Ghost Walk in Downtown Cary - SOLD OUT
Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 7, 7:20, 7:40, 8 p.m. | Age 10 & up
Page Walker Arts & History Center

Hear spooky legends and tales of yesteryear, guaranteed to send a chill up your spine! Buses will carry you up to historic Hillcrest Cemetery and you wind your way back to the Page-Walker. These macabre walking tours cover about a mile. Flashlights are recommended. For more information, call the Page-Walker Arts & History Center at (919) 460-4963.

Friday, October 25, 2019 | 7 p.m. | Free
The Cary Theater

Organize Before They Rise with a zombie-themed block party outdoors in downtown Cary. Pro and hobbyist filmmakers have created their own one-to-five minute zombie films to be shown on the outdoor screen. Dress as a favorite zombie or horror film character, with prizes for best films/costumes. For more information, call The Cary Theater at (919) 462-2051.

Outside events are sprinkle or shine and will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather. The Town will post cancellation information on its weather status page,

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 and details, visit or call (919) 469-4061. And for more fun in Cary, follow the Town on Twitter @TOC_Fun and check out the Events Calendar at

Primary Media Contacts

William D. Lewis, Cultural Arts Manager, (919) 462-3861
Jennifer Warner, Senior Marketing Manager, (919) 380-4240


Howlin’ Good Halloween
Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources
The Cary Theater
Herbert C. Young Community Center
Page Walker Arts & History Center
Bond Park Boathouse
Town Calendar


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