Halloween has always been my favorite time of year. If you love this holiday as much as I do, I think it’s perfectly fine to dress up at home this year and have a spooky photoshoot. But if you’re looking for festive events, I’ve put together a list of things to do around Raleigh.
Local businesses are working hard to get creative with ideas to still plan events that allow for social-distancing and keeping guests safe. Check these out:
- Mordecai Beverage Co. is playing Halloween movies along with having food trucks. Tonight (Oct. 16th) they’re streaming Hocus Pocus. October 30th will be the original Halloween.
- Coglin’s Slasher Nights Halloween Party. Tonight (Oct. 16th) Coglin’s is throwing a Halloween themed party on their giant, outdoor patio. There will be a dj and a costume contest with a $300 prize! Enter by 8pm, judging by 9pm. Coglin’s would also be fun to hang out on their Halloween decorated patio on Halloween night.
- Transfer Co. Halloween Night Market. Transfer Co. Food Hall will be holding a pop-up Halloween market with local vendors on Halloween day from 2pm-6pm. Transfer has always been one of my favorite downtown spots. It would be fun to get dressed up with your best Halloween mask and shop around the market.
- Great Raleigh Trolley “Laugh to Death: Raleigh’s Comedy Ghost Tour.” Wear a costume and mask for this Halloween themed comedy tour. Bring your own beer, wine, or non-alcoholic drinks for the ride.
- Raleigh Beer Garden is hosting Halloween trivia night on October 28th and a dog costume contest on October 30th.
- See a drive-in movie at Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre. This drive-in movie theatre is located about an hour outside of Raleigh. They have a wide variety of Halloween movies scheduled to play including Casper, Dracula, Halloween, Scream, Paranormal Activity,and The Ring. A mask is required to be worn when outside of your vehicle.
- Shakori Hills Haunted Hills Terror Drive. This offers a haunted house experience, but all from the comfort and safety of your car. To set a spooky vibe, guests listen to an audio recording in their car about “The Legend of Haunted Hills,” then ride through the attraction. The driving experience is meant to be scary and creepy, but none of the staff will ever try to touch you or your vehicle.
- Haunted Walking Tour with Tobacco Road Tours. The “Raleigh Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour” is a 1.5-mile, family friendly walking tour that meets downtown and talks about the spooky history of places such as the Yarborough House and Haywood Hall.
- Crossroads Corn Maze. Walk through a corn maze, hang out at fire pits, and go on a hay ride for a less spooky Halloween option, if you scare easily.
- Panic Point, Woods of Terror, and Spookywoods. Now if you’re really into Halloween and like scary attractions (like I do) then you’d want to check out one of these. Panic Point is the closest attraction, located about forty minutes outside of Raleigh. However, if you don’t mind the drive I’d highly recommend checking out Woods of Terror in Greensboro. Check out their Instagram account @thewoodsofterror, and you’ll see why it’s worth the drive. If you like scary attractions, this is the place to go. If you’re already going out that way, you could also go to Spookywoods. Each of these places have taken new precautions for keep visitors safe, so wear a mask and enjoy being scared.
At least with Halloween, it’s the most appropriate time to wear a cool mask. I’m looking forward to seeing how creative people are with masks that look cool and keep people safe. Leave a comment to share your halloween plans or what you’re dressing up as!
Jacqueline Lee, Realtor