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Free pancakes! Free chicken nuggets! Lots of activities! Check out 10 Halloween day events

Posted October 25, 2017 8:02 p.m. EDT

Families return from the pumpkin patch at Hill Ridge Farms in Youngsville on October 15, 2011.

Halloween is nearly here. And for some kids, particularly Wake County Public School System students on the traditional calendar and many local preschools, Halloween day - Tuesday, Oct. 31, is a day off from school.

If you're wondering what to do with all of this free time and how to spend the day without the kids driving you crazy from asking you if it's time to go trick-or-treating yet, we've got 10 ideas. Here they are:

Eat a free pancake

Start off the day at IHOP. The chain is offering a free scary face pancake to kids 12 and under on Oct. 31. WRAL Smartshopper has the details on this deal!

Join a parade

The N.C. Museum of History in downtown Raleigh is hosting a Halloween event that culminates in a parade to the nearby Governor's Mansion for treats from First Lady Kristin Cooper. It's 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 31.

Check out some Frankentoys

Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh is celebrating Halloween now through Oct. 31 with activities that include spooky art, monster science lab and Frankentoys. Costumes are welcome. It's all free with admission, which is $5 per person.

Strike a pose

Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh's North Hills will have candy and non-food treats, along with a Halloween-themed photo booth. Staff will be dressed up for the holiday. You can come in costume too! It's open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Oct. 31.

Spend the day at a fall fun destination

Walk through a corn maze, climb hay bales, ride a pony. Fall fun farms and other destinations offer plenty of ways to keep kids busy before the sun goes down. Our fall fun database lists locations.

Play in nature

Prairie Ridge Ecostation in west Raleigh offers its regular Nature Play Day from 10 a.m. to noon, Oct. 31. Best for kids ages 7 and younger, be sure to be dressed to get messy. Staff and supplies will be available for activities that might include fort-building, puppets, paint and more. It's free.

Head to a storytime

Wake County Public Libraries are hosting special Halloween Hoot storytimes through Oct. 31. They are, as always, free!

Join a Halloween Bash

Snickerdoodles, the indoor play space in north Raleigh, will host a morning and afternoon Halloween Bash session on Oct. 31 that include a storytime, wooden craft, trick or treating and treats. Open play is $3 per child and covers the activities.

Have a free lunch

Starting at 10:30 a.m., Oct. 31, the Chick-fil-As at Falls Village and Capital Crossing in Raleigh are offering a free four-count Chick-fil-A Nuggets Kid's Meal to kids 10 and under who come in their Halloween costume.

Take part in some art

As part of Historic Yates Mill County Park's Art in the Park series, the park is offering Fantastic Halloween, a free event designed for all ages. It's 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, including Halloween day. Make your own trick-or-treat bags, paper plate jack-o-lanterns and paper bag monster puppets. Registration is not required. Just drop in. The park is south of Raleigh.

Happy Halloween!