Enjoy fall festivities for the entire family this Halloween weekend!
Compiled by Hannah Larson
Halloween Owl Bombs – Through Saturday, 3:30pm – Invite a live Piedmont Wildlife Center owl into your Halloween-themed virtual meeting or classroom. Learn about common owl myths and how you can help owls in your neighborhood. During the week of Halloween, Owl Bombs are discounted to $40.
Lollygagger Links – Thursday-Sunday, 1pm – Golfers of all levels are welcome to practice and play the new Lollygagger Links at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. To ensure safety, guests will be required to wear face coverings.
Sugar Skull Decorating Workshop – Thursday, 6-8 pm – Calaveras La Catrina hosts a sugar skull decorating event at Crafts & Drafts NC to celebrate Dia de los Muertos. Learn about the history and significance of the Mexican sugar skull and receive supplies to decorate your own. To ensure safety, ticket availability will be limited.
‘Ghostbusters’ – Thursday-Saturday, 7pm – The Carolina Theatre screens this action comedy about three former parapsychology professors who set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. Bring chairs and blankets to watch the film outside. To ensure safety, everyone must wear masks.
‘In Conversation’ – Friday, noon – Through Nov. 13, Duke Arts and Duke Performances present a lunchtime online series to meet artists and musicians on Zoom. During this program, members of Grammy-winning, Charleston-based quintet Ranky Tanky join Duke professor Laurent Dubois for a live conversation, exploring the ways in which their music and performance draw on the living Gullah traditions of the lowcountry.
Socially Distanced Trick or Treating – Friday, 3-7pm – Hi-Wire Brewing teams up with Crayons2Calculators to host a safe and socially distanced trick-or-treating event for friends and families. There will be a maze of tables (minimally 6 feet apart) for trick-or-treaters to follow, stopping at each table to collect a special Halloween treat from volunteers at Crayons 2 Calculators. There will be Halloween music and decorations throughout the building, and admission of $10 gets you one beer token and up to six entries in your group. Only 15 groups will be allowed per 30-minute session to allow proper social distancing. All ticket proceeds go directly to the Crayons2Calculators.
From the Window – Friday, 5pm – Enjoy live music as Kym Register of Loamlands – a distorted country music outfit based in North Carolina that places queer storytelling at the forefront – performs from the window of The Carolina Theatre’s Connie Moses Ballroom during the venue’s takeout concessions hours. The artist will perform above and away from the concessions pickup area and any guests.
The Streetery – Friday and Saturday, 5pm-9:30pm – Downtown Durham Inc. opens multiple streets in the center of downtown to pedestrian traffic, with festive lights, music and performers. The Streetery runs every Friday and Saturday through Dec. 19. “This is our way of welcoming folks to a safer, socially distanced, outdoor downtown experience,” Nicole J. Thompson, Downtown Durham Inc. president and CEO says.
‘Alien’ – Friday, 5:30pm – Food Truck Flix screens this science-fiction horror film at Frontier RTP. Food trucks NC Bulkogi, Gussy’s and Dusty’s Donuts will be on-site to get a bite to eat. There will also be a costume contest and a trunk-or-treat. Purchase tickets in advance.
Trick or Treat, Stay 6 Feet – Friday, 6-8pm – Holton Career and Resource Center hosts a contactless drive-up event for Halloween. Show up to pick up free candy and other goodies. Time slots are limited, so register in advance.
A Nightmare on Corcoran Street Part II – Friday, 7-10pm – This spooky night at Unscripted Durham features The Wiley Foster’s band headlining the hotel’s second annual costume party on The Patio with an open-air environment. Enjoy a “Tito’s Blood Bag” cocktail, a specialty menu available through contactless ordering and a costume contest. Socially distanced seating. Early arrival suggested.
Live Halloween Spooktacular – Friday, 7pm-midnight – Tune in to this live event presented by Ultimate Comics. Listen to scary stories, wear a costume, and grab a bowl of candy on your way in.
Lemur Center Virtual Gala – Friday, 8pm – Duke Lemur Center and Duke alumnus Martin Kratt co-host a virtual gala to commemorate World Lemur Day and premiere its presentation video, “Me and You and Zoboomafoo.” Martin will share his knowledge of lemurs and wildlife conservation. There will also be contests, prizes and an online auction. Register early to access this event.
Urban Bush Women – Friday, 8pm, and Saturday, 1pm – Celebrating its 36th anniversary, this Brooklyn-based dance company performs a unique virtual show with audience interaction, conversations and a dance party, hosted by Duke Performances.
Sarah Shook & The Disarmers – Friday, 8pm – The country-punk band performs live at Motorco for a safe, socially distant concert with “pods” for up to six people. Purchase tickets in advance; doors open at 6pm.
Trick-or-Treat – Saturday, 9am-6pm – Old Mill Farm Durham celebrates Halloween with pumpkin carving, candy and other fun activities. Ticket buyers are encouraged to dress up in a costume and take photos with festive animals. To ensure safety, everyone must wear masks. Purchase tickets beforehand, as time slots are limited.
Durham Bulls Mascot Trick or Treat – Saturday, 10am-1pm – Dress up, get candy and take pictures with Durham Bulls mascot Wool E. Bull and his friends, like Elsa from “Frozen,” during a 15-minute session at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Attendees must wear masks.
Therapeutic Goat Yoga – Saturday, 11am and 12:30pm; Sunday, 11am – Hux Family Farm hosts its weekly wellness program during a one-hour yoga session with trained cuddly goats. Bring a mat and register in advance.
‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ – Saturday, 4:30pm and 8pm – Enjoy another movie hosted by Food Truck Flix at Frontier RTP with the Halloween classic “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Saturday’s food trucks feature Pie Pushers, Chirba Chirba and Buzzy Bakes.
From the Window – Saturday, 5pm – Enjoy live music by singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Skylar Gudasz from the window of The Carolina Theatre’s Connie Moses Ballroom during the venue’s takeout concessions hours. The artist will perform above and away from the concessions pickup area and any guests.
Ghost Stories of Durham – Saturday, 5-7pm – Join in on a 10-mile guided bike tour with Bike Durham and learn more about Durham’s ghostly and ghastly past. The seven stops include the North Carolina School of Science and Math, which used to be a hospital, and Duke’s Parapsychology Lab, where you will learn more about Carl Jung’s poltergeist. Wear a costume, and bring lots of bike lights for extra spooky fun.
Horror House featuring the Cut Throat Freak Show – Saturday, 5pm – Accordion Club turned its basement into one of the scariest places in Durham! Get your tickets via instagram @accordionclub, or swing by the bar. Every ticket comes with two drinks.
Halloween Block Party – Saturday, 5pm-9pm – DJ J’Mar hosts a gathering at Big C Waffles to kick off Halloween. Everyone is welcome to join and enjoy spooky activities, including carving and painting pumpkins.
Halloween Movie Night – Double Feature – Saturday, 6-10pm – Join in this free, Halloween edition of Movies in the Beer Garden at The Glass Jug Beer Lab. “The Witches” (1990) screens at 6:30pm, followed by “The Conjuring” (2013). Enjoy a glass of hot apple cider (non-alcoholic or spiked) or mulled wine to stay warm while you watch the show; arrive early to grab a seat at one of the picnic tables with new outdoor heaters. Gator on the Grill food truck will be on site.
Johnny Cash Halloween Bash – Saturday, 8pm – Johnny Folsom 4 pay tribute to the iconic songwriter with a performance at Motorco. Purchase tickets beforehand; doors open at 6pm.
Chatham County Line – Sunday, 2pm – This local bluegrass group has released seven albums since its inception in 1999. Don’t miss their second performance this month at Motorco. Purchase tickets in advance; doors open at noon.
Carolina Waves – Sunday, 6pm – This award-winning, multi-platform brand brings a number of aspiring artists to the outdoor stage at Motorco. Purchase tickets in advance; doors open at 5pm.