2015 Guide to Halloween in Cary


Cary, NC — As the air turns chilly and the evenings become darker, Cary plays host to many events that are sure to get you in the Halloween spirit. Our Cary Guide to Halloween is the perfect companion to help you plan the best ways to celebrate fall with family and friends. 

2015 Guide to Halloween in Cary

A hauntingly fun list of corn mazes, outdoor shows, spooky films, tours, festivals and more awaits you. For your convenience, the events below are detailed in chronological order.

Pumpkins & Corn Mazes

Check out our list of pumpkin farms and corn mazes to find the best places to find pumpkins and enjoy family-oriented agritourism (hayrides, feeding animals, corn mazes and more) in Cary. We listed three farms, because each has something different to bring to the table:

  • The Upchurch Farm has the largest variety of pumpkins you can pick yourself (with a field just for tots) and a huge corn pit to play in (like ball pits but better).
  • Phillips Farms is known for its very-scary corn maze and haunted farm for adults.
  • Green Acres is known for large, advanced corn mazes with an added trivia component.

All have great pumpkins, corn mazes, animals, hayrides and activities great for little ones.

Recurring Fall Music & Shows

6-8:30 pm – Walk of Art at Waverly
at Waverly Place, corner of Tryon Road and Kildaire Farm Road
This event is free; $10 donation to sample wine.

Each Thursday in October and November, enjoy a free show and art walk as Waverly Place becomes a visual art piece with music, dance and artistic displays. Visit shops and restaurants of Waverly as you view en plein air painters, jewelry crafters and more. A $10 donation to the Kay Yow cancer fund gets you a sampling glass for wine sampling from 6-7:30 pm.

The music schedule is as follows:

  • October 8 – Dr. Bacon
  • October 15 – The Will McBride Group
  • October 22 – Four Founders
  • October 29 – Rythymicity & Outside Soul
  • November 5 – New Reveille
  • November 12 – Youma

6-9 pm – Acoustic Nights in the District
at Park West Village, 3400 Village Market Place, Morrisville
This event is free.

Enjoy live, free outdoor music every Friday and Saturday night through October 24, 2015. Local musicians will play from 6-9 pm on the stage in front of the movie theater.

The music schedule is as follows:

  • October 9 – Garth Robertson
  • October 10 – Tony Barnes
  • October 16 – Erin Mason
  • October 17 – Garland Mason
  • October 23 – Garth Robertson
  • October 24 – Nick Driver

Saturday, October 10, 2015- Postponed til Sunday Oct 11

(due to rain)

11 am-2 pm – Fall Family Fun Day
at Parkside Town Commons, 7119 O’Kelly Chapel Road, Cary
This event is free.

Near Five Guys and Brixx, there will be a free pumpkin patch for kids 10 & under, a pumpkin decoration station, bounce houses, face painting, costumed characters, games, prizes, crafts and Cary safety vehicles. Look out for great offers from stores and restaurants, too.

Thursday, October 22 – Saturday, October 24, 2015

6-10 pm – Reel-ly Scary Cary Film Series
at Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary
Tickets are $10 on etix. 12 and under free.

The majestic trees and winding paths at Booth Amphitheatre are transformed into the perfect setting for spine-tingling chills. Patrons will thrill to some of the most scary movie classics on the big screen while moonlight and fright set the stage for a haunted house.

The price includes the movie and one visit through the haunted house. Additional visits are $2 each. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are permitted. No alcohol is permitted. Venue food and beverage stands will also be open and selling an assortment of beer, wine and snacks.

Movie Schedule (movies start at 7:30 pm):

  • October 22 – The Ring (2002) PG-13
  • October 23 – ParaNorman (2012) PG
  • October 24 – Frenzy (1971) R

Saturday, October 24, 2015

1-2:30 pm – Costume Dance Party (ages 5-12)
at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Avenue, Cary
This event is free.

Dress up in your favorite costume for this dance party with light refreshments, an art activity, dancing and costume awards. Kids must have a caregiver with them.

2-6 pm – Downtown Harvest Festival
in Downtown Cary
Adults are free; $2 for kids ages 2 & up

The Heart of Cary Association’s annual event is an afternoon of fall fun with carnival games, corn hole, bounce houses, food and entertainment. Costumes are welcome.

2-8 pm – Cary’s Great Pumpkin Carve
in front of the Ivey-Ellington House, 135 W. Chatham Street, Cary
This event is free unless you buy a pumpkin.

Pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch or bring your own to carve at various carving stations. Watch a carving instructional at 3 pm and 5 pm. Pumpkins will be lit for display at 5:30 pm and judged in a variety of categories. Halloween TV specials start outdoors at 6:45 pm.

2:30-3:30 pm – Haunted Carolina
at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary
This event is free.

Explore ghosts & haunts of North Carolina this month! Ghost-hunters and scientific explorers of the paranormal & occult Curt House from Triangle Paranormal Investigations will be visiting West Regional Library to talk about the spooky side of our state.

4-10 pm – Trick-or-Treat the Trail
at the Morrisville Community Park Fields
This event is free.

Come trick or treat from 4-7 pm on the safe and friendly 1/4 mile paved Hatcher Creek Trail. Collect goodies from costumed characters, play on the bounce houses or grab a bite to eat from local food trucks. Don’t forget to wear your costumes. Following the trail, see the family friendly movie “Hotel Transylvania” (PG) on baseball field #1 (weather permitting).

6:30-9 pm – Herbert’s Haunted House
at the Herb Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Avenue, Cary
Admission is $1 a person.

The Cary Teen Council will take you on a spooky walk through their house of horrors. All ages are welcome but parental discretion is advised.

7-9 pm – Haunted Tales of Yester-Year
at the Page-Walker Hotel, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary
Tickets are $17 on etix. Seating is limited.

Spooky stories, ghostly legends and mystery dramatized by the Cary Players will send a chill up your spine! Experience macabre scenes performed in the historic rooms of the 1868 Page-Walker and enjoy apple cider and tasty autumn treats during intermission.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

3-4:30 pm – Halloween Terrariums
at Garden Supply Company, 1421 Old Apex Road, Cary
Starting at $25.

Get ready to create a spooky Halloween terrarium using a container from your home or one selected from the store. Instruction and building materials such as gravel, activated charcoal, moss and dirt will be supplied. Plants, containers and spooky accessories are extra.

5-7 pm – Trunk-or-Treating
at Woodhaven Baptist Church, 4000 Kildaire Farm Road, Apex
This event is free.

The entire community is invited to the church’s fall festival. On the agenda is a free hot dog supper, festival games and trunk-or-treating from 6:30-7 pm.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

4-8 pm – Trick-or-Treat & Movie
at Park West Village, 3400 Village Market Place, Morrisville
This event is free.

A fun-filled, safe trick-or-treat will run from 4-6 pm at Park West. Afterwards, bring your blankets and chairs to the green space in front of the movie theater for a free outdoor screening of a Halloween movie. There will be free cotton candy, a bounce house and popcorn.

Friday, October 30, 2015

2-4 pm – Witches Tea (55+)
at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place, Cary
Register in advance for $10.

Adults over 55 can enjoy a costume and tea party with friends. Reserve your spot by October 23 using course code 85546 at www.townofcary.org.

7:30-9 pm – All Hallows Eve Eve
at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Avenue, Cary
This event is free.

It’s the evening before Halloween – All Hallows Eve Eve – and the Cary Town Band will musically celebrate the waning of October and the Celtic New Year.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

9 am-1 pm – Trick-or-Treat at Waverly
corner of Tryon Road and Kildaire Farm Road
This event is free.

The 4th annual Halloween Costume Contest and Trick-or-Treat at Waverly Place starts on the Promenade with pumpkin painting and games followed by a fall fashion show and costume contest. It follows with one hour of trick-or-treating around Waverly Place.

3-5 pm – Halloween Boo-Fest
Crossroads Plaza in Cary
This event is free.

The annual Boo-Fest is filled with kid-safe family fun. Meet Princess Elsa, Spiderman and a Stormtrooper. Trick-or-treat at 60 plus stores with pedestrian-friendly, well-lit sidewalks and enjoy Halloween entertainment including face painting and balloon animals.

6-8 pm – Safe-N-Sane (Indoor Trick-or-Treating)
at Cary Towne Center, 1105 Walnut Street, Cary
This event is free.

Regardless of the weather, dress in your coolest costume and join the mall for some indoor Halloween fun. Trick-or-Treat around the mall and enjoy storytelling and sing-alongs.

7:30-9 pm – Nosferatu & Chamber Music
at The Cary Theater, 122 E. Chatham Street, Cary
Tickets are $13-$15 on etix.

Nosferatu is a 1922 silent film and adaptation of Dracula. To celebrate Halloween, come and watch the creepy film accompanied by live chamber music by the Mallarme Chamber Players.

9 pm-onward – Annual Halloween Party
at Rally Point Sport Grill, 1837 N. Harrison Ave., Cary
Admission is free.

At this party, live music by Sanity Station starts at 9 pm. Costumes are highly encouraged, prizes will be given away throughout the night and the bar will introduce a new RallyPoint Selfie Booth. Folks from Miller Lite will be out with freebies as well.

Other Halloween Events in Cary?

If we missed your favorite Halloween event, leave a comment below.


Story from staff reports. Photo by shuttermonkey.


CaryCitizen is sponsored in-part by Great Harvest Bread Company, the Heart of Cary Association’s Downtown Harvest Festival, events at Waverly Place and RallyPoint Sport Grill

3 replies
  1. First Baptist Church, Cary
    First Baptist Church, Cary says:

    October 31, 4:00-6:00pm!
    For children ages 12 and under and their families.

    Come join us on Saturday, October 31 for an evening of fun, food, and games! We will have carnival games, inflatables, trunk-or-treat, police cars, fire trucks, and TONS OF FUN! Park in our parking lot on the Academy St. entrance, or across the street in our Harrison Ave parking lot. If you register at one of our registration tents, we will give you a voucher for a free hot dogs, and drinks for your family. Come, hang out, and enjoy yourself!

  2. Megan
    Megan says:

    HighCraft Beer Market is having a Halloween party on Friday, October 30th at 7:00. There will be lots of pumpkin beers on tap! Costumes encouraged.

  3. Matt
    Matt says:

    The Whisky Runners (classic rock) are playing at Tra-li in Morrisville for a Halloween Party, Halloween night 8:30 – ?

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