Kids 5 and older will learn about the past and present uses of pumpkins, then paint small pumpkins to take home from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at Crowder District Park, 4709 Ten-Ten Road, Apex. Registration is required and costs $5 per family. To register, call 919-662-2850.
Halloween Book Bites
Librarians will provide snacks and books from the horror genre, ghost stories and other scary reads at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. To register, call 919-387-2100.
Salem Witch ... shopping?
Wear a witch hat for special discounts at downtown Apex restaurants and businesses from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. For details and a list of participating businesses, go to www.facebook.com/apexdba.
Trick or Treat on Salem Street
Kids and families will trick-or-treat from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, on Salem Street in historic downtown Apex. For details, go to www.facebook.com/apexdba.
Goblins Groove at The Halle
The Halle Cultural Arts Center will host the Goblins Groove Halloween celebration from 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at 237 N. Salem St., Apex. There will be a family-friendly dance, games, contests and treats.
Exploring Haunted North Carolina
Triangle Paranormal Investigations and the Society of Paranormal Investigation and Research will explore haunted North Carolina with ghost-hunters and other stories of the supernatural at Wake County Public Libraries. A discussion will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. To register, call 919-387-2100.
Learn about the adaptations of owls 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at the American Tobacco Trail, beginning in the New Hill parking area, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road.
Trunk or Treat Block Party
Westwood Baptist Church will host its annual Trunk or Treat Block Party at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at 200 Westhigh St., Cary. There will be live music by The Back Porch String Band, food, carnival games, kids’ activities and a kids’ costume contest. The event is free, and cash donations will be accepted for the Western Wake Crisis Ministry.
Monsters in Barnes & Noble
“Romping Monsters, Stomping Monsters” by Jane Yolen will be read to toddlers at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
Halloween Book Bites
Librarians will provide snacks and books from the horror genre, ghost stories and other scary reads at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. To register, call 919-870-4000.
Reel-ly Scary Cary Film Series
Koka Booth Amphitheatre will show movies at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24-26. Tickets are $5; free for children 12 and under. For tickets, go to www.boothamphitheatre.com. Here’s the schedule:
• Thursday, Oct. 24: “Cape Fear”
• Friday, Oct. 25: “Hotel Transylvania”
• Saturday, Oct. 26: “Sleepy Hollow”
Cupcake creations class
Parents and kids will decorate Halloween cupcakes at noon Saturday, Oct. 26, at Whisk in Waverly Place Shopping Center, 316 Colonades Way, Suite 214, Cary. The class costs $29. To learn more or sign up, call 919-322-2458 or go to www.whiskcarolina.com.
Cary’s Great Pumpkin Carve will be from 2-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, on the Performance Green at the corner of Academy Street and Kildaire Farm Road. Buy a pumpkin or bring your own for carving, lighting and contests. The pumpkin patch and carving stations will be open from 2-6 p.m. Pumpkin lighting will be from 6-7 p.m. Family-friendly Halloween TV specials will be shown from 7-8 p.m.
The Tricks & Treats Halloween Bash for families with kids age 3 to 8 will feature games, not-so-scary stories and a hayride from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Herbert C. Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave., Cary. Tickets are $1 per person.
Ghosts of Cary
The Haunted Twilight Tour of Downtown Cary will be at 6, 7 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop. The $15 tour for ages 13 and older will include legends and tales with ghosts and apparitions from the past presented by the Cary Players theater group. For details, call 919-460-4963 or go to www.caryplayers.org.
Exploring Haunted North Carolina
Triangle Paranormal Investigations and the Society of Paranormal Investigation and Research will explore haunted North Carolina with ghost-hunters and other stories of the supernatural at Wake County Public Libraries. A discussion will be 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. To register, call 919-463-8500.
First Baptist Church of Cary will host Festival 31, a festival for kids in fifth grade or younger and their families, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at 218 S. Academy St. There will be food, kids’ activities and trunk-or-treating.
Halloween celebration at Cary Towne Center
A Safe-N-Sane Halloween Celebration will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at Cary Towne Center, 1105 Walnut St. Dress in a costume for trick-or-treating in the mall, story telling, sing-a-longs, a magic show and a costume contest. For details, call 919-771-1295.
The Cary Town Band will play in a concert with a “Menacing Music” theme at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave.
Great Punkin’ Chuck
Cary’s Great Punkin’ Chuck will be from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road. Teams will compete for prizes by throwing pumpkins with trebuchets at targets and for distance. There will also be a mini-makers’ faire with science and technology exhibits. For details, go to carypumpkinchuck.com.
‘The Unintentional Comedy of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow’
A play-within-a-play retelling of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, to Saturday, Oct. 26, at Stars Theater and Arts Center, 123 E. Vance St., Fuquay-Varina. Tickets cost $12; $8 for seniors and students. For tickets, go to www.starstheaterandart.com.
Fuquay-Varina will host trick-or-treating for children from 2-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, on historic Main and Broad streets. For details, visit www.fuquay-varinadowntown.com.
A free Halloween sundae social for preschoolers will be from 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at the Fuquay-Varina Community Center, 320 S. Main St. Make reservations at 919-552-1430.
Fall Fun Hayrides
Hayrides will begin at 2 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Loblolly Shelter of the Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill. The program costs $5 per family or $3 per person. Register at least two days in advance at 919-387-4342.
Haunting at the Mims House
The Mims House will host a haunted house from 6-10 p.m. Oct. 24, 25, 26 and 31 at 100 Avent Ferry Road, Holly Springs. Donations of $10 will be accepted. For details, call Rick at 919-434-1057.
Pumpkin Carving Hayride
A hayride will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Loblolly Shelter of the Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill. Participants will meet for apple cider and pumpkin carving after the hayride. The program costs $5 per family or $3 per person; pumpkins cost an additional $5. Register at least two days in advance at 919-387-4342.
Haunted train rides
The New Hope Valley Railway’s annual Track or Treat Halloween train rides will be at 4 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at New Hope Valley Railway, 3900 Bonsal Road, New Hill. There will be scary and not-so-scary additions to the interactive Halloween scenes on the train ride and haunted cabooses. Tickets cost $10 at www.TriangleTrain.com.
Kids and families will learn about bats, snakes, spiders and other “creepy crawlies” with crafts, a scavenger hunt and spooky stories from 3-7 p.m., and a haunted hike will be from 7:15-8:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville. Registration is required for the hikes. For details or registration, call 919-460-3390.
Annual Spooktacular Haunted Trail
A free family-friendly trail will be from 6-8 p.m., and a trail for ages 10 and older will be guided through a haunted circus from 8-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Morrisville Community Park, 1520 Morrisville Parkway.