Halloween is just around the corner which means that, along with cooler weather and too much candy, so are everybody’s favorite Fall festivals and kid-friendly Halloween celebrations in Durham. Here are a round-up of all the ones we could find, sorted chronologically. (Links to events in titles)

Be sure to check out our complete guide to Durham this Fall including festivals, pumpkin patches, and Halloween celebrations.


September 21st | 6 to 10pm | Liberty Arts | $25, 21 and up

Beer and cider from local breweries, food prepared for the season and, of course, s’mores made by you over Liberty Arts’ own fire pits.

Need some entertainment? Watch your date dancing to fabulous music by local classic rock band Wyde Open and our good friend Alec Ferrell with his mad DJ skills. Feeling creative? Design and create your own Autumnal Tiara at the Tiara Table. Seriously, where else are you going to find this kind of fun?!?

Carve Pumpkins with Baby Goats

Head to Spring Haven Farm to carve your pumpkins this year with baby goats jumping up on the tables around you, putting their cute little heads inside of hollowed out pumpkins, petting them, and feeding them. Tickets must be purchased online, not at the farm. Grab them now before they sell out!

Festival of Nations

October 12 | 11 am- 4 pm | Duke Homestead 


Come have fun and share in the culture of Tanzania, England, Greece, Russia, Japan, China, Mexico, Costa Rica and Romania. Activities include:

  • Children’s Activities with the Scrap Exchange
  • International Foods
  • Raffles, Silent Auction, Art, Souvenirs, Door Prizes
  • Exhibits of the Cultures of Durham’s International Communities
  • International Dance & Music Groups
  • International Beer Garden

Admission is $5. Children under 12 are free

World Beer Festival

October 19 | Durham Bulls Athletic Park | Tickets $40-75

Get a tasting glass with unlimited 2oz tastings from over some of the finest beers and ciders! Access into the Art of Beer Experience for beer ingredient samplings, pairings, educational seminars, a mini commercial brewery and more!

With VIP access, get a bonus selection of rare and unique beers, and a VIP lounge with air conditioning and real bathrooms.

Take on Zombies at Xtreme Combat Park | Select dates in October 

You’ll ride on a 40-foot military truck with mounted paintball guns to shoot at roaming zombies in the night, enjoy a zip line in the dark and face a challenge in a mini escape room.

Ride at Pumpkin Express at the Museum of Life and Science | Oct 6-27 (Weekends Only) 

Pick the perfect pumpkin to decorate and take home, then enjoy crafts and a variety of carnival games before returning to the station. (Grab tickets because they will sell out!)

Duke Homestead’s Halloween Phantasmagoria

Photo: Duke Homestead

October 25 | 6:30-9pm

Phantasmagoria, noun: a bizarre or fantastic combination, collection or assemblage; a dreamlike state where real and imagined elements blur together; a magical event at Duke Homestead on October 25.

Explore historical concepts of Spiritualism, awe, and wonder from the 19th century at Duke Homestead. You are invited to wander the property to see what wonders you can find. This will be unlike any other Halloween experience you will have!

Appropriate for all ages. (No experiences are designed to scare!) 

$10 plus tax per adult in advance, $15 plus tax at the door. $5 plus tax for kids 12 and under

Bike-a-Bull City Festival

October 26 | 9 am- 2 pm

Choose from three rides that all end at noon at Durty Bull, followed by family-friendly celebrations! Followed by food, drink, socializing and activities like a bike maintenance workshop, tire changing contest, raffle prize drawing, and tables from local bike-related vendors and supporters.

Goat Kid Festival- Halloween on the Farm

October 27 | 1-5 p.m. | Prodigal Farm | $5 per car

Just a short drive away in Rougemont, you can tour the 95-acre Prodigal Farm and milking parlor, play with the wee goats, meet the milking does, and taste nationally award-winning cheeses.

Come as your favorite animal — or as a farmer for Halloween!  Stay for goat story time. The Humble Pig food truck will be serving food, Mystery Brewing Company will be serving beer.


October 26 | 3-6pm | Durham Central Park

Join Durham Parks and Rec. for an afternoon of doggone good times at Durham Central Park. Local celebrity judges will determine the winner of the costume contests, and you can enjoy treats from local food trucks and brewers while watching canine attendees show off their wooftastic tricks.

Ticket or Treat on Ninth Street

Bring your kiddos in their best costumes on Halloween. Perfect for the little ones with an early bedtime.

Celebrate Halloween at West Point on the Eno | Oct 31  

Designed particularly for children ages 12 and younger, this special event features campfire stories and songs, hayrides, treats, crafts, games, and face painting. No need to register – just come out, rain or shine!

Get weird at the Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Ball | Oct 30 & 31

A fully-interactive, theatrical FX-driven, light show-blazing, fog-blowing, call-backing, costume-wearing, motion picture extravaganza at Carolina Theatre.

Note: This list was updated September 2019. If you know of a festival or activity that should be included, please shoot a note to info@bestofthebull.com. (In order to maintain accuracy, the data below is constantly refreshed based on new information.)

Be sure to check out our complete guide to Durham this Fall including festivals, pumpkin patches, and Halloween celebrations.

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