Weekend Plans: State Fair, Halloween celebrations, fall fun
Posted October 19
Updated October 20
Happy weekend! As always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About calendar for more weekend ideas for the kids and adults in your life.
Here’s what’s happening:
The N.C. State Fair continues through Sunday. We’ve had lots of posts in the last couple of weeks:
- UNC-TV pavilion has Bob the Builder and Thomas the Tank engine on Saturday
- Wake County FFA concessions for cheap snacks and drinks
- The N.C. Department of Cultural and Natural Resources displays inside and outside Dorton Arena
- State Fair guide for families
- Activities at Casey’s Clubhouse
- Details on the new State Fair Flyer
We have a lot of Halloween and fall-related events. Check our fall fun and Halloween database for more. Here are some of them:
- Creepy Crabtree is 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, at Crabtree Lake County Park in Morrisville. The free event explores the “darker side of nature.” Join the freakish festivities, featuring scary scavenger hunts, creepy crafts and gruesome games. Costumes welcome. Drop in anytime.
- A Haunted Homestead Aquatics Center starts at 5 p.m., Saturday, at the center, 300 Aquatic Dr., Chapel Hill. The event will feature a Trunk-or-Treat, games, Spooktacular Swim and Dive-in Movie. The Dive-in Movie is the PG-13 rated “The Addams Family.”
- Marbles Kids Museum’s Kooky Spooky Halloween Party is 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday. Tickets are $18 and still available. (Heads up: Marbles will close at 4 p.m., Saturday, to prepare for the event).
- The Durham Symphony Orchestra will open its 2016-17 with a Halloween concert. The Halloween Spooktacular is 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, outside on the plaza at Northgate Mall in Durham. It's free and open to the public. Paperhand Puppet Intervention also will be part of the performance.
- Kidzu Children’s Museum in Chapel Hill holds a Pumpkin Party from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., Friday. It’s $10 and designed for kids ages 3 to 9. Space is limited. Registration is required. Costumes that aren't scary are encouraged.
- The Midtown Pumpkin Palooza is 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, at Midtown Park in Raleigh. There are free pumpkins for the first 100 families; a chili cookoff; kid zone; mystery scavenger hunt; costume contest and more. The event raises money for Duke Children’s.
The original eight Harry Potter movies are still on the really big screen at Marbles Kids Museum’s IMAX theater.
The Heart of Cary's Fall Festival is noon to 10 a.m., Saturday, in downtown Cary. The event includes live music, food trucks, outdoor games and kid-friendly activities such as a life-size foosball.
The state museums in downtown Raleigh open two exhibits Saturday. The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences focuses on the science inside our bodies. The N.C. Museum of History focuses on the history of governors in an exhibit designed for kids.
The Poe Center for Health Education, 224 Sunnybrook Rd., Raleigh, hosts a family event from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, with music, dancing, arts, crafts, interactive exhibits and more.
And the Kids Cooperative Playschool in Chapel Hill hosts its consignment sale from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday. Most items are half off starting at 11 a.m.