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From pumpkin carving with goats to trunk or treats, 14+ ways to celebrate Halloween in the Triangle

Posted October 25, 2020 6:46 a.m. EDT
Updated October 31, 2020 7:43 a.m. EDT

Photo by Łukasz Nieścioruk on Unsplash

It's Halloween week, and while COVID-19 may have scuttled your usual celebrations, there are still plenty of opportunities to dress up and have a little seasonal fun. Here are lots of ways to celebrate Halloween this week across the Triangle. As you make your plans, we checked in with an infection prevention expert at UNC Health to find out what's safe and not safe this Halloween during the ongoing pandemic.

Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, Haunted Trails

Collect your pumpkins. Maneuver through a corn maze. Get spooked on that haunted trail. Many popular destinations are open right now, and our Halloween and fall fun database has the details. The list also includes other local events and activities across the Triangle.

Pumpkin Carving with Goats

Goats get in on the fun as you carve your pumpkins at Spring Haven Farm in Chapel Hill. The farm offers the tools you'll need to carve the pumpkins, and the goats will love to help you scoop out the slimy interior! Other farm activities, including tractor train rides and a haunted farm house. Tickets, which are $13.50, are selling out for these events, so make your plans early! Check out the farm's website for details.

Monster Madness at Marbles

The downtown Raleigh museum is open, with limited capacity, and it will be offering some not-so-scary decor and activities daily through Nov. 1. Take part in pumpkin patch play, creature seeker, maker-your-own monster and more. If you go, don your costume and be sure to get your timed-entry tickets in advance.

Ghost Trail in Apex

Apex is offering a free, family-friendly spooky walk through Pine Loop Trail at Apex Nature Park, 2500 Evans Rd. This is a drop-in event that you can attend at any time through Nov. 2. Be sure to look for ghosts, pumpkins, bats and more, according to the town. You also can listen to a pre-recorded spooky story during your walk. More information is on Apex's website.

Drive-Thru Trick or Treat Trail

Notasium and Smile First Dental in Durham are hosting a Drive-Thru Trick or Treat Trail from 2 p.m. to 4 .m., Oct. 31. Kids can dress up and have treats brought to them curbside while they enjoy some music from Notasium, which offers a play space and music programs for kids.

Kidzu's Virtual Halloween Event

The Chapel Hill museum will be hosting a virtual Halloween bash at 5 p.m., Oct. 30. The event includes a spooky story, experiment, craft and Halloween bingo. Tickets are $3.

Bat Chat

The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences will host a Bat Chat from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Oct. 29. The program is designed for grade schoolers and their families. Bat experts will chat about the importance of bats as pollinators, bat facts and how we can help the bats. It's free, but you'll need to register online.

Library Spooktaculars

Wake County Public Libraries is offering up Halloween drive-thru spooktaculars, virtual Halloween storytimes and more.

HallowEno and more

Durham parks is hosting a series of socially distanced programs this week.

sCary Halloween Walk

Cary is hosting a variety of Halloween-themed art projects, Halloween walks along Cary greenways and more.

Haunted Mordecai

The downtown Raleigh museum is hosting a virtual costume contests, has craft kits for pick up and will be livestreaming a paranormal investigation on Halloween night!

Owl-O-Ween Fly Thru

Piedmont Wildlife Center will be hosting an Owl-O-Ween Fly Thru at Leigh Farm Park in Durham from 5:13 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Oct. 29. You'll meet raptors and other animals as you drive through. A suggested donation is $10.

Family Halloween Movie Night

Dix Park will offer an outdoor screening of Hotel Transylvania on Oct. 31. It's free, but pre-registration is required.

Trunk or Treats

Here are a few trunk or treats that are planned: