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October 10
​Creep it Real with Wake County Parks

Halloween is weeks away, but if the thought of waiting that long for a fright has you scared out of your gourd, Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space has a treat for you. Give your kid-friendly costume a trial run and join us for one (or both!) of these spook-tacular events.

Haunting at Harris


During a full moon in October, the mystical powers of the moon are revealed in many ways. Join us on Sunday, Oct. 13, for the 16th Annual Haunting at Harris: Fall Moon Rising, and be on the lookout for live scarecrows, werewolves and more at this free event.


  • A spooky wagon ride (tickets are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis at the event)
  • Full moon folklore, stories and creepy critters galore
  • Games, crafts and live animals
  • A costume parade

Haunting at Harris takes place from 1–6 p.m. at Harris Lake County Park. Details, including information about wagon ride tickets, are available at wakegov.com/hauntingatharris.

Creepy Crabtree


Explore the darker side of nature at Creepy Crabtree on Saturday, Oct. 19! The event is a unique opportunity to celebrate the creepy things that make Halloween great while learning about wildlife native to our area. This free, family-friendly festival features:

  • Eerie exhibits
  • Creepy crafts
  • Gruesome games
  • Petrifying prizes
  • Freakish fun

Each of the park’s three shelters will feature a different theme—stop by and get grossed out by barf, insects and spiders, or bloodsuckers and parasites. And discover what you can learn from these seemingly shocking subjects.

Creepy Crabtree runs from 2–6 p.m. at Lake Crabtree County Park. Learn more at wakegov.com/creepycrabtree.

About Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space
Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space strives to provide outdoor recreation and educational opportunities while promoting environmental and cultural stewardship through a managed system of parks and open spaces. In 2018, more than 1.3 million people visited Wake County’s 10 parks and nature preserves.

To learn more about Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space, follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @WakeGovParks. You can also check out each of our parks on Facebook.


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