Be very afraid. Plenty of wicked comes this way starting nightfall Friday night. Here’s the deets on some frightening fun — plus a non-freaky FallFest, Pumpkin Palooza and other fall fun for good measure, and a Wine Fest to help you forget your fears.
FallFest at Dix Park
That morning frost may feel more like Father Winter than fall, but somehow it really is October. Buck the frosty temps and get your fall on at Big Field at Dix Park for the first annual FallFest (Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., free). The fam-focused event will feature plenty of food (Taco Grande, Beefy Buns and more), drinks, live entertainment (live music!), pumpkin patch, hayrides and fun (inflatable rides, pony rides, lawn games, etc.).
Movie by Moonlight
You and yo’ boo can spook up your Saturday with a Movie by Moonlight: Halloween Double Feature of “Casper” and “Beetlejuice,” hosted by Dorothea Dix (6 to 11 p.m., free).
Mordecai Paranormal Reveal 2018
Get ghosted — literally — with the Ghost Guild, Mordecai’s official paranormal investigation team, as they go undercover to reveal findings on things that go bump in the night (aka paranormal activity) in Mordecai Historic Park for the Mordecai Paranormal Reveal 2018 (1:15 to 3:45 p.m.). The free event is part of the Haunted Mordecai Festival (1 to 4 p.m.) that includes all kinds of Halloween fun, food, music, games, crafts and even a costume contest for kids 16YO and under.
NC Wine Festival at North Hills
Not scary? The NC Wine Festival at North Hills (Sat., noon to 6 p.m., tickets $45-$65). Sip and savor your way through the state’s largest and longest running wine fest will post up at Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park. General admission and VIP options available — the latter to include homegrown Bull City-brand Bedlam Vodka VIP Experience with specialty cocktails under tented VIP area and private deck, among other treats.
Hotel Horror 4
Get haunted at Hotel Horror 4: A Haunted Halloween Party (Sat., 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., free) at Aloft Raleigh. On the heels of last year’s successful spookfest, the hip NC State adjacent hotel turns house of horrors for a night — think Haunted Escape the Room experience, tarot card readings, DJ, costume contest, drinks for purchase and prizes.
Nightmare on South Street
Why are you screaming? Carolina Ballet presents its first Nightmare on South Street Halloween party and costume contest, featuring a special performance of Carolina Ballet’s “Dracula,” live DJ and dance party onstage with the dancers, drinks, sweets and treats, and optional costume contest. Two tickets included (Fri., 7 p.m.).
“Rocky Horror Show”
Damn it, Janet… the cult classic “Rocky Horror Show” comes to life onstage in musical form for two nights this weekend at Koka Booth. (Fri. & Sat., 7:30 p.m., tickets from $22.50)
There’s no such thing as too much pumpkin. Enter Pumpkin Palooza (Sun., noon to 5 p.m.), where some of our area’s finest food trucks promise to please your palate with their special pumpkin dishes. Think Chirba Chirba, Napoli Cafe, Arepa and much more.