We’ve almost made it halfway through October. By this point, your front stoop may feature a grinning jack-o’-lantern, your yard may be a soiree of assorted colorful leaves and you may have worn your favorite wool sweater every day this week. Fall is in the air and it is all over our calendars. Take out your schedules and take note of these festive happenings coming up throughout the end of October.
Halloween Fun Fact #1: Dating back to the Middle Ages, the tradition of trick-or-treating began with anxious trick-or-treaters dancing or performing to earn their candy treats.
Close your eyes and imagine the wafting scent of baked nuts, chocolate and cake wafting through the crisp fall air. Now open your eyes and mark this down in your calendar. The Southern Supreme Fruitcake & More Open House will take place from Thursday, October 12th to Sunday, October 15th. From Thursday to Saturday, doors will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Beginning as a much smaller company in a garage, in 30 years Southern Supreme has grown into their 30,000 square foot facility in Bear Creek, NC. From their roots starting at their renowned Nutty Fruitcake, they have developed mail order boxes and baskets of sweet and savory goods for all palates.
This October, they are opening their doors to invite you to try their products and tour their kitchen! The average tour time lasts two hours and there is no admission charge. How sweet!
Halloween Fun Fact #2: Silly string has been banned since 2004 in Hollywood and the ban is only enforced on Halloween.
Looking for some more inspiration for your fall décor? Purchase your ticket for Siler City’s upcoming ARToberfest on Saturday, October 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Chatham Arts Council welcomes you to enjoy a night of dinner and dancing in their efforts to raise money for Siler City Mural Society’s latest project, “Flower Mural.” Your evening begins with a free Open Studio Tour of local galleries and studios from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. As you enter the doors of Peppercorn at 6:30 p.m., you will be greeted with dinner, dancing, drinks and entertainment.
Fill your plate with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a buffet-style meal and your glass with a taste of coffee, tea or an adult beverage. To top it all off, fill your ears with the swaying sounds of Bert Wray Blues!
Tickets can be purchased for $40 at Courtyard Coffee or at this site. All proceeds will go towards the installment of the “Flower Mural” at the North Carolina Arts Incubator building.
Halloween Fun Fact #3: The world’s longest haunted house is located in Lewisburg, Ohio. The Haunted Cave measures 3,564 feet long and was named the longest haunted house by Guinness World Records.
The tradition of Halloween began thousands of years ago with its origins beginning at the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. In honor of this antiqued tradition, celebrate local antiques at the Pittsboro Antiques Fair on Friday, October 20 from 8 a.m. to Sunday, October 22 at 5 p.m. Unite with hundreds of other antique shoppers on the hunt for old-fashioned treasures, such as, furniture, glassware, art, silver, bottles, linens, toys, dolls, industrial and farm machinery, jewelry and wooden items.
Sponsored by Alpha Control Center and Habitat for Humanity, the event will be held at the Alpha Center Property located in Pittsboro. A $5 donation is recommended for admission. Watch out for the ghosts of antiques’ past!
Learn more: http://www.pittsboroantiquesfair.com/
Halloween Fun Fact #4: According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, in 2014, the top pumpkin-producing states were Illinois, California, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and Michigan. These states produced a total of 1.31 billion pounds of pumpkins.
In helping to build an even stronger sense of community throughout Pittsboro and the Chatham County area, join fellow residents in celebrating local craft at the Pittsboro Street Fair. Held on Saturday, October 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the festival will line the sides of Hank Street throughout the day. They invite you to bring a chair, socialize and enjoy the surroundings of local crafters, artists and food vendors. Children’s activities will also be hosted onsite.
Among the area’s many popular vendors, make a stop by Fabled Treasures, Stella and Dot Jewelry and Accessories, King and Lathan Crafts, Project Picturesque and many more. It may only be October, but it’s never too early to get your Christmas shopping out of the way!
To learn more, visit their Facebook page.
Halloween Fun Fact #5: In 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that there were 41 million trick-or-treaters on Halloween night ages 5 to 14. You do the math, that’s a lot of candy!