(Trick or) Treat Yourself

How did trick-or-treating become a Halloween tradition? The century-old tradition we practice of ringing a doorbell and requesting treats has roots in ancient Celtic festivals, early Roman Catholic holidays and medieval practices. Through the years, the trick-or-treat industry has left its mark on commerce, with Americans spending an estimated $3.1 billion on Halloween candy, according to the National Retail Federation.

An empty bucket in hand, where is your family collecting tricks or treats? Instead of spending hours searching for the house with the good candy, stop by one of these community events for your fill!

Trail & Treats – Pittsboro

October 21

Knight Farm Community Park in Pittsboro transforms into a Halloween wonderland on Saturday, October 21 from 2-4 p.m. Children of all ages are invited to walk the decorated, accessible trail, collecting treats from community organizations and local businesses along the way. Families are also invited to partake in festive crafts and activities under the pavilion. Before you leave, make sure to get a group picture in the photo area!

Trail & Treats is a free event and no registration is required to attend.

Chatham County Trunk or Treat Fall Festival – Pittsboro

October 28

From 2-5 p.m., the Chatham County Parks and Recreation Department invites young ghosts and goblins to their annual Trunk or Treat Fall Festival. Dressed in your Halloween best, this family-friendly event will be held at Southwest District Park. Pumpkin carving and painting, games, magic acts, bounce houses and a photo booth will be available from 2-4 p.m. Then, it’s candy time. From 4-5 p.m., trunk-or-treating is open for business!

To host a trunk, contact Mallory Peterson with the Chatham County Parks and Recreation Department at (919)-642-7086 or [email protected].

Halloween Tour & Explore at Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge – Pittsboro

October 28

Who says Halloween treats are just for humans? At Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge in Pittsboro, the treats are for everyone, even the goats! Meet more than 100 of their rescued animal residents, learn their stories and enjoy spook-tacular activities on the farm. Once you arrive, your group will have detailed map of the grounds, guiding you to meeting the goats, sheep, ducks, geese, chickens, turkeys and cows. Tour guides will be accessible throughout your visit, introducing you to the animals and sharing vegan candies.

To add to the Halloween fun, carve a pumpkin and feed the animals a special, themed treat! Costumes are highly encouraged. Tickets are sold on a sliding scale, so you pay what you can!

Halloween Double Feature Movie – Raleigh

October 28

Trick-or-treating and a movie? Consider us there! On Saturday, October 28 at Flowers Field at Dix Park in Raleigh, Halloween activities and food trucks open at 6 p.m. Come in costume and trick-or-treat, roast s’mores or participate in the costume parade. Food trucks include Levy’s Jerkstand, Tombachi, Gussy’s and Kupkake Fairy. You can bring your own beverages, beer and wine are permitted!

At 7 p.m., stretch out on your picnic blanket for a showing of Halloween favorite “Casper.” And for those looking for an extra fright, “Us” starts at 9 p.m. We’ll see you when the sun goes down!