Halloween falls on a Thursday this year which means the parties span two weekends. Hope you’ve got your costume ready. Here’s where to get weird.

Halloween Phantasmagoria

October 25, 2019 @ 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at Duke Homestead State Historic Site

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

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 25th. You are invited to wander the property to see what wonders you can find. We won’t spoil the surprises, but we can tell you that this will be unlike any other Halloween experience you will have.

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October 26, 2019 @ 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Durham Central Park


Cost: Free

Durham Parks and Recreation and Beyond Fences are joining forces to provide a fun-filled afternoon with our canine friends! Costume contests, live music, photo booth, a pet market, beer and food are all on the agenda.

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Halloween Party at Barley Labs

October 26, 2019 @ 4:00 pm to 9:30 pm at Barley Labs

The line up:

4-7 p.m. Scare Away Hunger Food Drive & Photo Booth: Bring 5 cans of food or 1 bag of pet food and get a Halloween photo by Alycat Photo & Video Services benefiting The Animal Protection Society of Durham and Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.

7:30 p.m. Grab your team of 2-4 for Halloween Trivia.

8:30 p.m. Halloween costume contest winners announced. Prizes for best human costume, best dog costume, and best family (dogs + humans) costume.

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Pop! Halloween at Bull McCabe’s

October 26, 2019 @ 5:00 pm to 2:00 am at Bull McCabes

5-8 pm FAMILY Friendly Halloween with trick-or-treating, a kids’ costume contest, games, facepainting, and even a doggo costume contest!

9pm- 2am Aduts Only with a costume contest with big prizes, a DJ, and lots of creepy good times!

As always, there’s no cover, family friendly until 9pm, and 21+ 9pm onwards.

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Durham Bulls Fall Festi-BULL

October 26, 2019 @ 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Durham Bulls Athletic Park

Fans are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite character and take part in a costume contest at 6:30 p.m. Hayrides around the playing field will be offered for the first hour, and a fan-choice movie will begin at approximately 7 p.m.

Other activities include inflatable whiffle ball and skee ball, pumpkin decorating (while supplies last) and photo opportunities with princess and super hero characters. Bull City Street Food and other local food trucks will be on-hand to serve their delicacies, and White Claw Hard Seltzer and other refreshments will also be available.

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Durham YMCAs’ Trunk-or-Treat

October 28, 2019 @ 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Durham Central Park

Get a head start on Halloween fun on Monday, October 28, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Costume up the entire family and come on out! Take a tour of the haunted buses! 

Prizes for the best trunk and costumes. Attendees are encouraged to bring two bags of candy to help keep the trunks stocked.

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2nd Annual ROCKY Horror Picture SHOW Halloween Ball

October 30, 2019 @ 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm at The Carolina Theatre of Durham

A Retro annual tradition! More than just a movie screening, Retro once-again presents a full-theatrical, FX-driven, light show-blazing, fog-blowing, call-backing, motion picture extravaganza.

Tickets: $12

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BooFest at MLS

October 31, 2019 @ 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at Museum of Life and Science

Included with Admission, Free for Museum Members

Kooky (but not so spooky) activities for all to enjoy, from close encounters in the Insectarium to getting lost in our Halloween storytime. Get here early to take advantage of the Teal Pumpkin treat stations (while supplies last!). Costumes encouraged for all guests.

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Halloween Party at The Jug

October 31, 2019 @ 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm at The Glass Jug Beer Lab

Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Order a beer and get a free candy to go with it. It’s like trick-or-treating, but for adults…and with beer!

They will be screening four Halloween movies throughout the evening. There will be a different movie showing in the bar and in the Atrium at 6:00 PM and at 8:00 PM. The 6:00 showings will be family friendly, and the 8:00 showings will be for adults.

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Trick-Or-Treat on 9TH Street

October 31, 2019 @ 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at The Regulator Bookshop

Come Trick-or-Treat on 9th Street! The Regulator Bookshop will join fellow Ninth Street merchants in welcoming Halloween trick or treaters on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Stop by The Regulator to trick-or-treat starting and then head down the street to Elmo’s Diner for the Halloween Costume Contest that starts at 5:00 p.m.

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Wonderpuff+The Parlour Halloween Party!

October 31, 2019 @ 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at The Parlour

Wonderpuff and the Parlour are celebrating Halloween with cotton candy clouds, special spooky ice cream flavors, and a Halloween costume contest! (Yes, there will be prizes.)

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October 31, 2019 @ 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at West Point on the Eno

Cost: Free

Designed particularly for children ages 12 and younger, this special event features campfire stories and songs, hayrides, treats, crafts, games, and face painting.

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Museum of the Moon

October 31, 2019 @ 6:00 pm to 10:00 am at CCB Plaza

Cost: Free

For the first time in North Carolina, a giant breathtaking spherical replica of the moon – with a diameter of nearly 23 feet – will hang above Bull City as part of a free community experience. The mesmerizing, internally lit sculpture will be suspended over CCB Plaza in downtown and open to the public for four days over Halloween weekend, supported by free events and fundraising components giving back to the community.

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Annual Halloween Costume Party at Growler Grlz

October 31, 2019 @ 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm at Growler Grlz

This year it all happens on Halloween Night! Come dressed in your scariest, funniest, ugliest, and most original costumes to impress the judges! (Or just come and enjoy the show) Prizes for the top costumes! Live music on the patio from the Robert Cellucci Band and some great beers, cider and wine!

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Latte Art Spooktacular at Joe Van Gogh

October 31, 2019 @ 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm at Joe Van Gogh

Looking for a devilish good time? We’ll try not to scare the neighbors with latte art featuring fiendishly terrifying demon skulls, scream-inspiring hairy spider webs and rickety broken skeleton bones (along with the usually ghastly swans!)

It’ll be at Joe Van Gogh’s Woodcroft cafe at 4711 Hope Valley Rd., Durham. First pour at 7pm Come in costume. Bring the kids! There will be candy and prizes!

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Halloween Dog Costume Contest at Hi-Wire

October 31, 2019 @ 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Hi-Wire Brewing at Golden Belt

Bring your furry friends dressed up in a costume and win prizes in a handful of categories.

Entry is free, just be sure to signup starting at 6pm in our taproom. Contest starts at 7pm. Categories: Best overall, Scariest, Bartenders choice, Best circus theme, Most waggiest

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Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Ball

October 31, 2019 @ 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm at The Carolina Theatre of Durham

Tickets: $12

A Retro annual tradition! More than just a movie screening, Retro once-again presents a full-theatrical, FX-driven, light show-blazing, fog-blowing, call-backing, motion picture extravaganza!

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The Deep Creeps- Halloween Night at Kingfisher

October 31, 2019 @ 8:00 pm to 12:00 am at 321 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701-3351, United States

Deeply creepy creatures from the Deep Ocean and Underground are taking over Kingfisher on Halloween night! Themed drink stations, fabulous costumes and decorations, and AN ALL OUT DANCE PARTY hosted by King.

Cocktails will be appropriately strange, surprising and deeply creepy.

Doors open at 8pm. 21+ as always. Dance party 9-midnight. COSTUMES REQUIRED.

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One More Time: A Daft Punk Tribute

October 31, 2019 @ 9:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Luna Night Club

Tickets: $15

Halloween Costume Party Featuring special guest: One More Time: A Tribute to Daft Punk – Recreates the incredible act we wish we could see “ONE MORE TIME!” They’re the first and only REALISTIC tribute of their kind!

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All Hallows’ Eve at Duke Chapel

October 31, 2019 @ 10:30 pm to 11:30 pm at Duke University Chapel

The Chapel’s candlelit All Hallows’ Eve service takes place on the eve of All Saints’ Day, the festival in the Church that recalls the faith and witness of those who have carried on and cherished the Christian faith throughout history. The service celebrates the Church’s continuing communion with these men and women and memorializes the recently deceased.

Free parking for the event is available in the Bryan Center Parking Lot at 125 Science Drive. ADA parking is available in the Bryan Center Surface Lot at the same address.

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Bull Moon Ball Fundraiser

November 1, 2019 @ 8:00 pm to 11:59 pm at Unscripted Durham

The Fund-‘rising’ event of the year will take place at Unscripted Hotel, with music, dancing, cocktails, beer, wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres, all under the incredible light of Museum of the Moon. ATTIRE: Cocktail with silver moon touches.

TICKET PRICE: $125 | Proceeds will benefit Durham’s Museum of Life and Science and Keep Durham Beautiful.

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