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Museums, farmers' market line up Halloween events

Here are some other ways to celebrate this week before Oct. 31 rolls around.

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Marbles Kids Museum all ready for Halloween
Halloween is Friday, but plenty of destinations have been celebrating for the last few weeks. Check our Halloween and fall fun guide for information about pumpkin patches, corn mazes and other seasonal activities, including special events on Friday evening. 

Here are some other ways to celebrate this week before the big night.

From Tuesday to Saturday, the Museum of Life and Science in Durham will offer Spooky Science Lab activities like making glow-in-the-dark slime, bubbling potions and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. The activities are free with admission which is $14 for adults and $10 for kids ages 3 to 12.
Marbles Kids Museum will offer some "spooky" fun this Wednesday through Sunday. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Activities include a Ghostbuster challenge, monster science lab and something called Frankentoys. Kids are invited to come in costume. (Get your money's worth out of those things!). It's all free with admission, which is $5 per person.

Marbles in downtown Raleigh also will hold a free event for children with special needs and their families from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday. Family Fun Night Spooktacular includes boo bubbles, monster art and other Halloween activities, plus a special free, lower volume screening of Hidden Universe 3D in Marbles' IMAX theater. Halloween costumes are encouraged. Again, this is exclusively for children with special needs and their families.

From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Carrboro Farmers' Market will offer a kid-focused Halloween event. Kids are invited to come in costume for mini-pumpkin painting, Halloween coloring books and other activities and information from Orange Literacy, Healthy Carolinians, and the Orange County Partnership for Young Children's Health Check Program. There's also face painting; trick or treat with kettle corn and pumpkin cookies; kids music from Tom Wells starting at 4 p.m.; and a costume contest starting at 5 p.m. It's all free while supplies last.
The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh will focus on the holiday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, inside its Nature Research Center, which stays open late every Thursday. Activities include a pumpkin carving contest with a science theme; a contest for the best science-themed costume; and a cake walk. There's also marshmallow trebuchet launching, creepy crawly animals and a duck taxidermy demonstration in the Naturalist Center. It's free.
And the N.C. Museum of History will host Halloween Safenight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday. Kids can trick or treat for free through the downtown Raleigh museum's exhibits.



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