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Malls set trick-or-treating hours; storytimes, spooky science, puppet shows planned Thursday

Posted October 29, 2013

All the kids and parents walked around North Hills for the Halloween parade.

There's been some flux in the forecast, but Thursday is shaping up to be a beautiful day and evening for trick-or-treating and other Halloween fun. (WRAL is forecasting a high of 75 with a slight chance of sprinkles in the afternoon and evening).

Lots of kid-friendly spots have fun planned for Thursday for those kids who are out of school. And, of course, other destinations are offering evening activities if you're looking for an alternative to neighborhood trick-or-treating.

Check our Halloween and Fall Fun Guide for information about other events and pumpkin patches. Many pumpkin patches and corn mazes will remain open through early November.

And if you are taking the kids out into the neighborhood to collect candy, here's some guidance on hours in communities across the region.

Here's what's happening on Thursday if you're hoping for opportunities to get more wear out of those Halloween costumes.

Marbles Kids Museum has special Halloween activities all week, including Thursday. They include a monster mash-up, candy chemistry and more. Be sure to check the schedule when you get there. The downtown Raleigh museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All activities are free with admission.

In Durham, the Museum of Life and Science serves up some Spooky Science from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. It's free with admission.

In Chapel Hill, Kidzu Children's Museum's Halloween Bash is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday. Come in costume for some kid-friendly Halloween themed games, activities and crafts. All activities included with admission.

Kazoom, the downtown Raleigh puppet theater, will present a Halloween show  at 10 a.m. and 11:10 a.m., Wednesday and Thursday, this week (there also was one on Thursday). You're welcome to come dressed in costume. The hour-long show is at ComedyWorx on Peace Street in Raleigh. It's great for toddlers to early grade schoolers. Be sure to bring a picture or letter for Bartlet, the puppet "star" of the show. 

The storytime at Prairie Ridge Ecostation in west Raleigh will feature spiders. It's 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Thursday. There will be a story, activities and a spider hunt. Come in costume (just know you'll be running around outside).

Speaking of storytimes, be sure to check your local library's regular storytimes. It's a good bet that they will be Halloween themed. Check our library resource page for more information.

And here are some places offering alternatives to neighborhood trick-or-treating. If you know of a trunk or treat or other community Halloween event on Thursday, please share in the comments section below.

A note on these spots, especially the malls: These can get very busy and not all stores hand out candy. If it is rainy, the malls can be packed. In past years, parents have reported that there were so many kids on rainy nights that their child left with little or no candy. So be prepared.

Crabtree Valley Mall will host trick-or-treaters from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday. This year, they'll have a photo booth set up and a contest to see who can guess the weight of a giant pumpkin in the food court. There's also a map showing merchants who will offer candy. This is for kids 10 and under while supplies last.

Cary hosts a Safe-N-Sane Halloween event at Cary Towne Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday. Some stores will be handing out candy. There also are stories, a magic show, contest and more planned.

Select stores will be handing out candy at Carolina Premium Outlets in Smithfield from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday.

Crossroads Plaza in Cary will have trick-or-treating from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday. Face painting in the food court.

In Chapel Hill, University Mall will host trick-or-treating and a costume contest from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday.

At North Hills in Raleigh, the Chick-fil-A will host a superhero event from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and some North Hills merchants will be handing out candy to kids. 

The Streets at Southpoint, Northgate Mall and Triangle Town Center do not offer organized trick-or-treating.

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