Chatham County Halloween 2013

Pittsboro, NC — Halloween in Chatham County means corn mazes, hay rides and haunted houses. Oh yes, and haunted trains. Here are some ideas for the spooky season west of Jordan Lake.

Huckleberry Trail Farm Corn Maze

Just about 9 miles from downtown Pittsboro is Huckleberry Trail Farm. This autumn, enjoy 3 corns mazes, a hay ride, pumpkin patch and farmyard play area.

Huckleberry Trail Farm
Corn Maze, Hay Ride & Pumpkin Patch
143 Pleasant Hill Church Road
Siler City, NC  27344

Haunted House in Snow Camp

Just over the line in Alamance County is the Original Hollywood Horror Show in Snow Camp. It’s a production of two Hollywood horror flick veterans, Dean and Starr Jones.

Expect great makeup, special effects and performances from the zombies and spooks in this unique Halloween production.

More info: OriginalHollywoodHorrorShow.com

Pumpkin Run 4K

Just up 15-501, get your running shoes on for the Pumpkin Run on October 26, 2013.

The famous Pumpkin Trail Run will be held on the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 26th. The Pumpkin Run is a 4K (2.49-mile) trail race along a Carolina North Forest trail just north of Horace Williams Airport in Chapel Hill. This is not your typical running event! We promise to provide complete fun for the entire family with not only the run but a DJ, dancing, contests, food (PIE!), prizes, giveaways, costume contest, and more!

More info: http://www.fleetfeetcarrboro.com/racing/premier-events/pumpkin-run

Pumpkin Fest at Fearrington

It’s Halloween Fun the Fearrington way on Wednesday, October 30, 2013.

  • Family-Friendly Dinner at The Fearrington Granary: 5-8pm
  • Live Music in the Village: 6-8pm
  • Spooky Storytime: 6, 6:30, 7pm at McIntyre’s Books
  • Ghoulish Goodies at The Goat
  • Capp’s APizza & Colin’s Hot Dogs in the Village

Fearrington staff carves some wicked pumpkins which will be on display, appropriately lit, as the sun sets. The event is free and open to all.

More info: Fearrington.com/pumpkinfest

Track or Treat Halloween Express

Right on the eastern border of Chatham County is New Hope Valley Railroad. They run old-timey trains for sightseeing and special events.

On October 19 and 16 (2013), take a ride on the Track or Treat Halloween Express.

The annual Track or Treat Halloween Express train rides on October 19 & 26 will feature new haunted caboose tours and activities for all ages. Additions, both scary and not-so-scary, have been made to the live, interactive Halloween scenes set up along the 8-mile train ride from Bonsal to New Hill and back.

New to the rail yard are two walk-through haunted cabooses that will be open for tours during the family friendly event. One caboose will be converted into a candle-lit witch’s home, where she’ll consult her crystal ball for information about her young visitors.

The other will feature a mad scientist whose caboose has been transformed into a laboratory. Kids will enjoy making his smoke-filled Boo Bubbles disappear while learning the science behind how bubbles are formed.

Visitors are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes and partake in the photo opportunities upon entering the rail yard through a giant monster mouth. They can even have their photos taken as a princess, mouse, Frankenstein, clown or ghost in a large cut-out photo board.

Kids will receive a toy Monster Repellant to ward off any scary creatures during their visit and a personalized Certificate of Survival as they exit.

In addition to haunted caboose tours in the train yard, visitors will ride in open-air passenger cars pulled by a diesel locomotive that travels past a haunted house emitting cracks of thunder and bolts of lightning.

A steam engine will chug past them on a second set of tracks enveloped in heavy mist, spooky décor and making eerie noises. Crops of craniums, live witches stirring smoking cauldrons and a headless brakeman are a few of the other characters to be encountered during the hour-long ride.

Buy your tickets now for the Track or Treat Halloween Express.

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Photo from Huckleberry Trail Farm.