40+ of the Best Halloween Frights and Delights Around the Triangle

By Tess Howard
Friday, Oct 19 2018

Calling all ghouls and goblins! Have you been looking for the perfect way to get spooky this season? Well, we've got you covered. From hair-raising, horror movie thrills to adorable Howl-o-ween costume contests, the Triangle is serving up exactly what you need to get down this Halloween.

Grab your boos and get to exploring all the frights and delights that the Triangle has to offer.

(Psst! Don't find what you're looking for below? Peruse our calendar in RaleighDurham, and Chapel Hill for even more Halloween events!)

🎃 Durham 🎃

Retro Film Series at The Carolina Theatre
Photo by @spookshow_girl

Retro Film Series

Twenty years of Retro Film Magic! Check out the line up for this years Retro Film Series, it is jam packed with epic movie double features.

Fri Nov 30, 7:00p
Retro Film Series
$10+   .  The Carolina Theatre   .  Durham
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🎃 Chapel Hill 🎃

The Dinner Detective: Murder Mystery Dinner Theater at Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel
Photo by @dinnerdetectiveatlanta

The Dinner Detective: Murder Mystery Dinner Theater +65 fire icon

Ready to find out "whodunnit"? Murder mystery dinner combined with a 4-course meal makes for the best adult Clue game ever.

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The Dinner Detective: Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
$50+   .  Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel   .  Chapel Hill
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Tunes and Fright Films at the Chelsea Theater  at Chelsea Theater
Photo by @chelseatheaternc

Tunes and Fright Films at the Chelsea Theater +32 fire icon

Music and horror lovers alike have a place at the Chelsea Theater on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Tunes and Fright Films at the Chelsea Theater
$10   .  Chelsea Theater   .  Chapel Hill
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Past Experiences

The Upside Down Halloween  at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Photo by @jadedumrath

The Upside Down Halloween

Don't be a mouth breather! Hop on your bikes and travel to the Upside Down! Enjoy a strange experience filled with themed science stations and activities before dancing the night away to 80's hits.

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The Upside Down Halloween
SOLD OUT   .  North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences   .  Raleigh
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The Muse Masquerade at 21c Museum Hotel Durham
Photo by @allysonwvg

The Muse Masquerade

The many various artists from 21c will be transforming the museum into a menagerie. Think dark, provocative, and inspiring. There will be acrobats, magicians, an interactive photo booth, and more.

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The Muse Masquerade
$75   .  21c Museum Hotel Durham   .  Durham
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Duke Homestead’s Halloween Phantasmagoria at Duke Homestead
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Duke Homestead’s Halloween Phantasmagoria

Experience Halloween Phantasmagoria, an event where real and imagined elements blur together. Explore historical concepts of Spiritualism, awe, and wonder.

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Duke Homestead’s Halloween Phantasmagoria
$11   .  Duke Homestead   .  Durham
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Raleigh Zombie Walk 2018 at Imurj
Photo by @occasion.genius

Raleigh Zombie Walk 2018

Lumber, lurch, limp, and crawl your way through the streets of Raleigh in search of brains! This horde of the undead will meet up at Imurj and make their way through the streets of downtown.

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Raleigh Zombie Walk 2018
Free   .  Imurj   .  Raleigh
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Muse Unmasked Magical Afterparty at 21c Museum Hotel Durham
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Muse Unmasked Magical Afterparty

Join for the afterparty of the century, after The Muse Masqeruade and hosted by Everyday Magic.  Dance to live music from Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso, then head to the sacred space for witchy magic. 

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Muse Unmasked Magical Afterparty
$18   .  21c Museum Hotel Durham   .  Durham
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Halloween Movie Nights with Goats! at Spring Haven Farm LLC
Photo by @veronicaanne0425

Halloween Movie Nights with Goats!

The goats are back, people, and this time they are getting in the Halloween spirit

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Halloween Movie Nights with Goats!
$10   .  Spring Haven Farm LLC   .  Chapel Hill
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The Rocky Horror Show Live at Koka Booth Amphitheatre
Photo by @caryhomesellers

The Rocky Horror Show Live

It's Time Warp time! Cary's Booth Ampitheatre presents the live musical version of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Show. Coming to the stage for two nights of live theater genus.

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The Rocky Horror Show Live
$18+   .  Koka Booth Amphitheatre   .  Cary
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Haunted Mordecai Festival at Mordecai Historic Park
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Haunted Mordecai Festival

Stroll through the Historic Mordecai Park and enjoy the Halloween themed fun that is happening on the lawn. There will be tricks and treats, games and crafts for all.

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Haunted Mordecai Festival
Free   .  Mordecai Historic Park   .  Raleigh
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A Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Ball at The Carolina Theatre
Photo by @da_realkris.carmen

A Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Ball

For over 20 years fans have been begging for it, and now finally Retro is going to give it to us. The Carolina Theater and Retro Film Series present a fully-interactive, theatrical extravaganza!

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A Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Ball
$12   .  The Carolina Theatre   .  Durham
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Linda's Halloween Bash  at Linda's Bar & Grill
Photo by @ryanhigginsyall

Linda's Halloween Bash

Halloween on a Wednesday doesn't mean you can't get spooky!

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Linda's Halloween Bash
$   .  Linda's Bar & Grill   .  Chapel Hill
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Witches’ Night Out on Salem St at Apex
Photo by @sophiemolliesbtq

Witches’ Night Out on Salem St

Salem Street will be jam-packed with vendors, food, and fun! Stop by for a witches night out event on Salem Street and shop til you drop. 

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Witches’ Night Out on Salem St
Free   .  Apex   .  Apex
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Dracula Presented by the Carolina Ballet at Fletcher Opera Theater
Photo by @@CarolinaBallet

Dracula Presented by the Carolina Ballet

In the spirit of all things spooky, Dracula returns to the stage by popular demand! Described as hauntingly theatrical and seductively beautiful, this is one you won't want to miss!

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Dracula Presented by the Carolina Ballet
$35+   .  Fletcher Opera Theater   .  Raleigh
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Barktoberfest at Durham Central Park
Photo by @Barktoberfest

Barktoberfest

Dress up your furry friend in their Halloween costume and head down to Durham Central Park for a day of canine fun. Help promote a dog-friendly community and provide services to underserved areas.  

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Barktoberfest
Free   .  Durham Central Park   .  Durham
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Rocky Horror Picture Show LIVE! at Varsity Theatre
Photo by @jackutrata

Rocky Horror Picture Show LIVE!

It's astounding... Time is fleeting... get your tickets sooner than later for the camp classic.

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Rocky Horror Picture Show LIVE!
$5   .  Varsity Theatre   .  Chapel Hill
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Oak City Haunted at The Great Raleigh Trolley
Photo by @l.tau.rus

Oak City Haunted

All aboard the Great Raleigh Trolley for a night of ghoulish adventures. Listen to paranormal expert and storyteller JD Thomas share stories of Raleigh's horrific past as you cruise around the city.

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Oak City Haunted
$36   .  The Great Raleigh Trolley   .  Raleigh
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Hoof 'n' Horn Presents: The Addams Family at Duke University
Photo by @dawn_surratt

Hoof 'n' Horn Presents: The Addams Family

Follow the story of Wednesday Addams and her less than normal family. Laugh along with the wild Addams Family antics in Duke's newest studio theater. 

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Hoof 'n' Horn Presents: The Addams Family
$15   .  Duke University   .  Durham
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Hotel Horror 4: A Haunted Halloween Party at Aloft Raleigh
Photo by @ashlynstours

Hotel Horror 4: A Haunted Halloween Party

For one night only, Downtown Raleigh's hippest hotel transforms into a Hotel of Horror. Test your skills in the Haunted Escape Room, enter the costume contest, and enjoy all the spooky good times.

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Hotel Horror 4: A Haunted Halloween Party
Free   .  Aloft Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Crafter Dark: Museum of Witchcraft & Wizardry at Kidzu Children's Museum
Photo by @thehogwartshouse

Crafter Dark: Museum of Witchcraft & Wizardry

Feel like a kid on Halloween again at this adults-only night at the children's museum. Bonus? It's Harry Potter themed, meaning you'll enjoy sorting, wand making and more. 

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Crafter Dark: Museum of Witchcraft & Wizardry
$15   .  Kidzu Children's Museum   .  Chapel Hill
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Movie By Moonlight: Halloween Double Feature at Dorothea Dix Park
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Movie By Moonlight: Halloween Double Feature

Dorothea Dix is hosting an extra special Movies by Moonlight addition in honor of Halloween. Enjoy a double feature of Casper and Beetlejuice projected onto the big screen in the park.

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Movie By Moonlight: Halloween Double Feature
Free   .  Dorothea Dix Park   .  Raleigh
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Historic Maplewood Cemetery Tour at Historic Preservation Society of Durham
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Historic Maplewood Cemetery Tour

Join in a spooky tour of Durham. Tour-goers will learn about Durham history, people of all walks of life, tombstones, and grave architecture.

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Historic Maplewood Cemetery Tour
$13   .  Historic Preservation Society of Durham   .  Durham
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Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest at Lynnwood Brewing Concern
Photo by @nappingwithdogs

Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest

Get your dog into their spookiest costume and head down to Lynwood Brewing. Prizes will be awarded for best dog costume, and best person + dog team costume.

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Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest
Free   .  Lynnwood Brewing Concern   .  Raleigh
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Get Your Boos On - Pumpkin Decorating Fundraiser at Bull City Ciderworks
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Get Your Boos On - Pumpkin Decorating Fundraiser

Bull City Ciderworks is serving up an epic event of pumpkin decorating, cider, and a caramel apple bar. Swing by and get all the Fall vibes.

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Get Your Boos On - Pumpkin Decorating Fundraiser
$20   .  Bull City Ciderworks   .  Durham
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Strange City of Edgar Allan Poe at Sonorous Road Theatre & Film Studio
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Strange City of Edgar Allan Poe

Wander the dark and twisted corners of Poe's mind during this special Halloween experience. This immersive play will take you through the life, characters, and stories of the famous poet.

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Strange City of Edgar Allan Poe
$25   .  Sonorous Road Theatre & Film Studio   .  Raleigh
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House of Coxx Halloween Haunt at The Pinhook
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House of Coxx Halloween Haunt

Get your spooks covered in glitter and smattered with sequins. Prepare yourself for a night worth living for while Spray, Stormie, Naomi, and others hit the stage. 

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House of Coxx Halloween Haunt
Free   .  The Pinhook   .  Durham
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Witches and Demons: A History of Culture at North Carolina Museum of History
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Witches and Demons: A History of Culture

Dive deep into the history of witched and demons. Laudadio will teach you the cultural history of witchcraft and demonology from the viewpoint of literature, art, music, and history.

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Witches and Demons: A History of Culture
Free   .  North Carolina Museum of History   .  Raleigh
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Halloween Underground II at Durham Fruit Company
Photo by @tobiamakover

Halloween Underground II

Take your pick between two equally creepy rooms. Spend the night in the House of Horror upstairs or the Techno Dungeon downstairs and rock until the break of dawn.

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Halloween Underground II
$20   .  Durham Fruit Company   .  Durham
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NC Sugar Rush Halloween Edition at 200 E Martin St
Photo by @lucettegrace

NC Sugar Rush Halloween Edition

Snag some hauntingly delicious treats from over twenty dessert vendors. Attendees are encouraged to wear their best Halloween costumes and come out for a spooky sweet time. 

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NC Sugar Rush Halloween Edition
Free   .  200 E Martin St   .  Raleigh
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Freaky 4 Miler Fun Run at Bull City Running Co.
Photo by @bullcityrunning

Freaky 4 Miler Fun Run

Hit the pavement for a Freaky Halloween themed 4-mile run. Bull City Running will be hitting the American Tobacco Trail, then throwing an epic after party at their store.

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Freaky 4 Miler Fun Run
Free   .  Bull City Running Co.   .  Durham
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Halloween Party at Boxcar Bar + Arcade
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Halloween Party at Boxcar

Boxcar is serving up some spook-tacular drink specials for this special Halloween Party. Enter yourself, or you and your boos, in a costume contest for some epic prizes.

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Halloween Party
Free   .  Boxcar Bar + Arcade   .  Raleigh
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Halloween Party & Costume Contest at Barley Labs
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Halloween Party & Costume Contest

Deck your dog out in their best Halloween costume. Prizes will be awarded for best dog costume, best human costume, and best family costume.

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Halloween Party & Costume Contest
Free   .  Barley Labs   .  Durham
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Owl-A-Ween Festival at 2431 W Lake Dr
Photo by @cityofoaksfoundation

Owl-A-Ween Festival

Joslin Park will host their second annual Owl-A-Ween festival. Shop through the pop-up tents throughout the park with the owls and other fun surprises.

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Owl-A-Ween Festival
Donations   .  2431 W Lake Dr   .  Raleigh
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Marbles Kooky Spooky Halloween at Marbles Kids Museum
Photo by @lucinda.r.smith

Marbles Kooky Spooky Halloween

Dress your little pumpkin up in their best costume. Experience the magic of Marbles after dark with this family-friendly Halloween spooktacular event. Enjoy the Ghoul School, Mad Science Lab and more!

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Marbles Kooky Spooky Halloween
$12+   .  Marbles Kids Museum   .  Raleigh
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Nightmare on South Street at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
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Nightmare on South Street

Get ready to get spooky with Raleigh's newest Halloween Party! Enjoy some classic Halloween events, as well as a costume contest, and a special showing of Carolina Ballet's Dracula.

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Nightmare on South Street
$100+   .  Raleigh Memorial Auditorium   .  Raleigh
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A Walk in the Dark at North Carolina Museum of History
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A Walk in the Dark

Spend the night in this immersive live theater experience. Follow pirates, pilots, and pioneers as they twist and turn throughout a lantern-lit tour of the real Story of North Carolina.

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A Walk in the Dark
$12   .  North Carolina Museum of History   .  Raleigh
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Southern Charred Pumpkin Carving Contest at Southern Charred
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Southern Charred Pumpkin Carving Contest & Axe Throwing

Carve some time out of your schedule for this epic event. Grab a pumpkin and get to making your masterpiece. You get one beer, one meal, one pumpkin and carving tools.

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Southern Charred Pumpkin Carving Contest
$25   .  Southern Charred   .  Raleigh
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Electromancy Live Halloween Party at The Wicked Witch
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Electromancy Live Halloween Party

Costumes are strongly advised for this spooky dance party with special live performances. Check out some fogged out tricks and treats while you dance the night away.

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Electromancy Live Halloween Party
$7   .  The Wicked Witch   .  Raleigh
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Light Up Halloween Costume Ride at Crank Arm Brewing Company
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Light Up Halloween Costume Ride

Join Crank Arm for this costumed social ride. Deck out your bike and yourself and hit the streets to light up the night with some Halloween flair.

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Light Up Halloween Costume Ride
Free   .  Crank Arm Brewing Company   .  Raleigh
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CFP Howl-o-Ween Pup Crawl at Boxcar Bar + Arcade
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CFP Howl-o-Ween Pup Crawl

Mark your calendar for the return of the Halloween Pup Crawl. Dress your furry friend up in their best Halloween garb and show them off throughout the streets of Raleigh.

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CFP Howl-o-Ween Pup Crawl
Free   .  Boxcar Bar + Arcade   .  Raleigh
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Trick-or-Treat at North Hills at North Hills
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Trick-or-Treat at North Hills

Shops and restaurants around North Hills open up their door for trick-or-treaters. Stop by and get some fun gift cards, and giveaways all day long.

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Trick-or-Treat at North Hills
Free   .  North Hills   .  Raleigh
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Dark Raleigh Walking Tour at City of Raleigh Museum
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Dark Raleigh Walking Tour

Dive deep into the dark history of Raleigh's past. Join this guided tour and hear about the murder, mayhem, and monstrous crimes that happened downtown.

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Dark Raleigh Walking Tour
$18   .  City of Raleigh Museum   .  Raleigh
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Hocus Pocus Trivia at Crank Arm Brewing at Crank Arm Brewing Company
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Hocus Pocus Trivia at Crank Arm Brewing

All Hallow's Eve is drawing near and Crank Arm is ready to run amok with Hocus Pocus Trivia. Gather together your team of four and get ready for an epic trivia event.

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Hocus Pocus Trivia at Crank Arm Brewing
Free   .  Crank Arm Brewing Company   .  Raleigh
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Murder Mystery Alley Cat at Whiskey Kitchen
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Murder Mystery Alley Cat

Help solve the mystery of: "Who Killed the Bike Lanes?" Ride through the city center finding clues, meeting suspicious patrons and citizens of Squirrelsville, and solve who did what.

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Murder Mystery Alley Cat
Free   .  Whiskey Kitchen   .  Raleigh
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Purr Cup Cafe's Halloween Haunt! at Raleigh Provisions
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Purr Cup Cafe's Halloween Haunt!

Raleigh Provisions is serving up Halloween with tricks, treats, and CATS! Wear your best cat or non-cat costume and enter to contest, then enjoy some NC food, wine and beer.

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Purr Cup Cafe's Halloween Haunt!
Free   .  Raleigh Provisions   .  Raleigh
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40+ of the Best Halloween Frights and Delights Around the Triangle
40+ of the Best Halloween Frights and Delights Around the Triangle