You might have outgrown trick-or-treating, but you're never too old for a Raleigh Halloween. Revisit some old Raleigh scares as they're resurrected from the dead, and take care if you dare to mix in some boo's with your brews. Characters welcomed, costumes encouraged.
Carve at Crank Arm – Tursday 4 PM, 319 West Davie Street
Kick off the Halloween weekend by joining carvers in competition at Crank Arm Brewing Company. There is a $10 donation per pumpkin, with proceeds going to the local Triangle Spokes Group – an organization dedicated to bringing new bicycles to families in need for the holidays. Crank Arm is outfitted with great décor, a patio, and its own cycling group that meets on Wednesdays. Get your butt in gear and try their newest and appropriately-themed Pumptrack Pumpkin Beer.
Enter the Upside Down at StrangerFest – Saturday 5 PM, Parking Lot of 311 South Harrington Street
Once you've finished binge watching season two of Stranger Things, put on your best 80's costume and travel into "The Upside Down." The once empty parking lot behind Humble Pie and Boxcar Bar and Arcade will be transformed into the famous alternate dimension to benefit the American Red Cross in hurricane disaster relief efforts. With an Eggo waffle bar, a Demogorgon DJ, and plenty of local brews and food, you have every reason to ditch the Netflix and find the long lost Barb at this party downtown.
Final Fridays: Ghostbusters (1984) – Friday 5:30 PM, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Science meets cinema every last Friday of the month at the Museum of Natural Sciences, where this month's screening will be the 1984 original, Ghostbusters. Dive deep and learn about the science of ghosts with this event. After the show, an expert speaker will help separate science from spectre, and North Carolina's own Ghostbusters will be onsite in full gear with the Ecto-1 just in case you're afraid of some ghosts. $5
Raleigh Zombie Walk – Saturday 7 PM, Moore Square Park and London Bridge Pub (110 East Hargett Street)
Just in time, a brave soul has taken up the bloodied cricket bat and brought back the annual Raleigh Zombie Walk from certain death. Put on your best gore to become a zombie, or mark yourself with a red X to be designated zombie bait, and join the horde as they lurch forth from Moore Square Park to infest the streets of downtown Raleigh. Party with the army of the undead afterwards at London Bridge Pub, where you can battle your fellow day-walkers for the superlatives of scariest, sexiest, and funniest zombies, in addition to best character zombie and zombie couple. The afterparty will be everything but dead with a zombie burlesque show, and raffle with proceeds benefitting hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
Oakwood's Haunted House – 504 Oakwood Avenue
Decorated with a giant Tyrannosaurus Rex year-round, the front yard of former N.C. State football player Jesse Jones brings in the most onlookers during the Halloween season. Throngs come in by the literal thousands to see the hundreds of scary decorations from skulls, spiders, and life-sized skeletons with smoke, screams, and lights. This haunted house in the Historic Oakwood neighborhood has become such a landmark that the streets surrounding the corner of Oakwood and East will be blocked off for foot traffic coming view the spooky spectacle on All Hallow's Eve.
Take Part in the Fright Life on The Great Raleigh Trolley
All aboard the Great Raleigh Trolley to get to know the dark side of your capital city on their "Frightlife" ghost tours this weekend. Between stops at Coglin's and Isaac Hunter's, explore the haunted areas of the Historic Oakwood district and add some boo's to your booze. The trolley is BYOB, and costumes are encouraged so don't miss the chance to take a backseat and let your local trolley do all the driving as you learn about Raleigh's strange and mysterious stories.
Renee is a sit-down comedienne and event photographer when she's not at her day job. While it doesn't pay the bills, her talents are an excuse to day drink craft brews on rooftops, get into festivals on Fayetteville Street, and general gallivanting. Outdoors she's usually seen with her default date: her dog Max, scoping out a spot to people watch and heckle passersby. Her mother says the two worst things you can give her indoors are a drink and a mic.