Trick-or-Treating in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill is for most people a neighborhood event. In all the local municipalities it is celebrated on the actual day of Halloween, October 31, whether that falls on a weekend, midweek, a school night or whatever. Most people head out around dusk and the majority of the traffic tapers out around 8:30 p.m. if not earlier. Sometimes there will be some older children still making the rounds until 9:30 or so, especially if Halloween falls on a Friday or Saturday night.
In the larger planned communities, often the community association will designate specified areas or streets for trick or treating. In these cases, there is often a communal candy drop-off to make sure there is enough candy for everyone.
If you don't live in a neighborhood where the houses are far apart or in a rural area, you have a couple of choices. We live in such a neighborhood and we often spend Halloween with friends in a neighborhood that is more trick-or-treat friendly. Another option is to take your kids over to one of the retail groups that offers Halloween activities.
In 2010, because Halloween falls on a Sunday, most of the community and retail events are happening on Friday and Saturday, but there are a few October 31 events as well. Here are a few ideas:Friday, October 29
Crabtree Valley Mall Trick-or Treat for Halloween At participating retailers while supplies last. Raleigh 6-8 p.m. Calling all ghouls, goblins and witches. Trick or Treat at Crabtree Valley Mall and enjoy a fun, climate controlled environment for Halloween!Saturday, October 30
Trick or Treat on Salem Street Downtown Apex, Salem Street. 5-8 p.m. A costume contest at 6:30p at the Chamber of Commerce in Apex. A professional photographer will be in front of Green Pea Baby.
Crossroads Plaza Trick-or-Treat Crossroads Plaza, Raleigh/Cary. 4-6 p.m. Spend the evening before Halloween trick or treating at Crossroads Plaza! Participating merchants will offer tasty Halloween treats. Stop by the food court patio for face painting and caricatures.Sunday, October 31
Safe-N-Sane Halloween Celebration and Trick or Treat Cary Towne Center Mall 2:30-4:30 p.m. Costume contest, pumpkin weight and candy guessing contests, storytelling, magician and trick-or-treating throughout the mall.
Hallow-Eno West Point Park, 5101 N. Roxboro Rd. 6:30-9 p.m. Hayrides, campfire stories, entertainment, treats and more.
Holy Ghost Weenie Roast Christian Assembly Church, 5516 N Roxboro Rd. 6-9 p.m. A safe and fun alternative to trick-or-treating, featuring hotdogs and drinks, lots of candy for the kids, happy costumes, face painting, a Moonwalk, Hay Ride, games, entertainment, prizes, and giveaways.
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