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Celebrate Halloween with Raleigh Parks

Join us for fun Halloween programs to celebrate the spookiest time of the year! Browse our upcoming programs with full descriptions below.

View a calendar view of Halloween events.

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Have a Hauntingly Good Time at Raleigh Historic Sites this Halloween

All October

Join us for fun haunts with a series of programs at the historic sites and from home! Programs include a variety of fun activities including a costume contest, ghoulish gourds, fall fun scavenger hunts, and more.

Learn more and register for Historic Haunts Programs

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Sanderford Trunk or Treat

Saturday, Oct. 30, 5 to 7 p.m.

Drive through Sanderford Road Park and see all the decorated trunks! We will be passing out candy bags. Get ready to have a howling good time!

No registration is necessary. This event is free and open to the public.

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Not So Scary Spiders

Sunday, Oct. 24, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Curious about spiders? Join us for some hands-on crafts and activities to learn more about what makes these tiny, eight-legged creatures so special! We will also spend some time exploring Lake Johnson Park looking for spiders in their native habitat. Adults must accompany participants; adults attend for free and do not need to register.

Where: Thomas G. Crowder Woodland Center
Ages: 4–6 years
Fee: $3

Register for Not So Scary Spiders

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Pumpkin Painting at Millbrook Exchange Park

Friday, October 22, and Saturday, October 23, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Join us at Millbrook Exchange Park for a morning of pumpkin painting on the patio. Registration is per child and will include a mini-pumpkin and a variety of decorative supplies. Come for the crafty fun, and let us clean up the mess! This is an outdoor event. In the event of inclement weather, it will move indoors. All individuals over the age of 5 are required to wear a mask indoors.
Fee: $6 per child
Ages: 10 years and under

Register for Pumpkin Painting

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Fall Drive-thru at Carolina Pines Park

Monday, Oct. 25, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Drive-thru Carolina Pines Park and enjoy different Halloween scenes. Prizes and snacks along the way!

This event is free and open to the public.

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Family Nature Storytime: Pumpkins

Sunday, Oct. 31, 3 to 3:45 p.m.

Every Sunday afternoon in October, join us at Annie Louise Wilkerson, MD Nature Preserve for a free Family Nature Storytime at the new Wilkerson Nature Library! We’ll share a story and activity on a different theme each week to learn more about the nature that surrounds us.

This will be a special Halloween storytime all about pumpkins! We'll dig into these amazing orange fruits and the plants that grow them.

This program is designed for preschool ages and up. This program is free, but online registration is required.

Register for Family Nature Storytime

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The Haunted at the Pines

Friday, Oct. 29, 8 to 10 p.m.

Join us if you dare for a haunted night at the Pines! Whoever is bold enough to attend and travel through our haunted rooms at Carolina Pines Park. There will be themed rooms and scary music. 

Masks are required indoors and groups will be limited to four (4) individuals.

Cost: $5 per person

Register online

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Spellbound Square at Moore Square

Saturday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Magic, mischief, and mayhem abound in Spellbound Square! Encounter mysterious creatures and amazing magicians, have your fortune told, create spooky crafts and decorate a pumpkin to take home for All Hallow’s Eve. Wear your best Halloween finery to enter the costume contest and parade. Shop for enchanting handmade items and treats from our vendors, enjoy family-friendly stage performances, and experience Moore Square under the spell of Halloween. This is a family event full of spooky fun for children—no horror, gore, weapons, or full-face masks, please.

This event is free and open to the public, and though registration is not required to attend, registering online helps us to present a well-planned event and allows you to receive updates and important information concerning any changes to the event. 

Register for Spellbound Square

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Guess the Costume at Walnut Creek Wetland Center

All October, Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6:30 p.m. and Sunday 1–6:30 p.m.

Just in time for Halloween, the taxidermied animals have been up to mischief and donning costumes! Can you tell what each wetland animal is dressing as? Visit us at Walnut Creek Wetland Center throughout the month of October. Bring your camera for a nice fall photoshoot in the park while you're here! No registration is required. This is free and open to the public. See the hours of Walnut Creek Wetland Center.

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Dark Raleigh Walking Tours

Oct. 28-29, 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Delve into the dark corners of Raleigh's past! Join the Friends of the City of Raleigh (COR) Museum to learn the historic ghost stories of Raleigh's past. Each year, the Friends of the COR Museum brings to life the stories of the capital city’s tortured souls in Dark Raleigh—an “after hours” interactive walking tour that features Raleigh’s great statesmen and leaders who had dark and troubled pasts. Why listen to ghost stories when real ones are so much scarier? Get ready for Halloween on this “true death, true crime” tour. The tour is recommended for those aged at least 16 years because of the mature/adult nature of the stories that are re-enacted by local actors. Six tour times will be provided each night, and each tour will last about an hour. Tours start every half hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. and are rain-or-shine (so bring an umbrella if it looks like rain). The last tour each night (at 8 p.m.) is a member-only and sponsor tour that includes a reception in the museum following the tour when members can grab a drink and hang out with the actors! Become a member today.

Masks are required at check-in and while waiting inside the museum. Masks are encouraged but not required when outside on the tour.

Cost: General admission $25; members $20

Register for Dark Raleigh Walking Tours

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Halloween Fall Festival at Laurel Hills Park

Thursday, Oct. 28, 6 to 8 p.m.

Come one, come all to the spookiest event of the season! This year's Halloween Fall Festival at Laurel Hills Community Center will be family-friendly and packed with fun Halloween games, crafts, and activities for all. Feel free to wear a family-friendly costume and enjoy this free event, which is open to all ages.

Learn more about Halloween Fall Festival at Laurel Hills

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Fall Festival at John Chavis Memorial Park

Thursday, Oct. 28, 6:30 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 30, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join us for festive fall fun!  Come if you dare for two days filled with treats, arts & crafts, music, food trucks, games, vendors, and more. Come for one day or both! Fall in love with John Chavis Memorial Park fall festivities. Wear your costumes and smiling faces!

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Learn more about the Fall Festival at John Chavis Memorial Park

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Halloween at Pullen Arts Center

Saturday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Have you been afraid to try an art class? Join Pullen Arts Center on October 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a special spooky and creative day where you can try out short Halloween-themed workshops in our newly renovated studios, explore the new facility on a spooky scavenger hunt, and visit make-and-take stations for self-guided crafting. Every city has a haunted house, but only Raleigh has a brand new arts center that’s here to support your creativity!

Learn more about Halloween at Pullen Arts Center

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Halloween Fun and Concert at Peach Road Park

Saturday, Oct. 30, 1 to 4 p.m.

Have an afternoon of Halloween fun! Join us at Peach Road Park and participate in games, crafts, and STEAM activities. Costumes are encouraged!

Enjoy a concert from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. by the North Carolina Chamber Music Institute, an exciting program that provides Triangle area music students (generally aged 7 to 19) the opportunity to enrich their playing and learning experiences through small-group ensembles. NCCMI will perform a fun range of music outside in the park.

This event is outside and weather-dependent. It is free and family-friendly.

Learn more about the Halloween Fun and Concert at Peach Road Park

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St. Monica Teen Center Fall Festival

Saturday, October 23, 1–3 p.m.

Join the fun at the St. Monica Fall Festival! Paint your own pumpkin and join us for games, prizes, and a costume contest.

Ages: 12–15

This event is free and registration is not required, however, it does help us to know how many guests to expect. Register online.

Learn more about St. Monica Fall Festival