Top Picks For Fall Festivities In and Around Wake Forest

It’s here!  It’s here!1554628_334898533357024_7856148542510072316_n  While the temperature may not yet reflect it yet, and it doesn’t become “official” until September 23rd, if you ask me…the fall season is upon us!  My absolute favorite time of the year!  For me, when I think of the fall season, I think of words like color, comfort, PUMPKIN, crisp air, s’mores, apples, football, fire pits, hay rides, festivals and of course, the State Fair!  I could go on and on about my love for Fall but one of the things I love most about it is family fun!  Sure, every season has it’s own fun, but there is something special about Fall fun!  The holidays are upon us, the weather is changing…finally cooling off from those humid NC summer days, the start of a new school year, new beginnings!  And a chance to make new memories!

In some places, the opportunity to begin making those memories begins this weekend!  Check out some of the area’s recommended activities for your guide to Fall fun!  Huge thanks to WRAL’s Go Ask Mom, Sarah Lindenfall Hall, for compiling such an extensive database.

  • Factory Spooktacular, 1839 S. Main Street, Wake Forest – Features Trick or Treating for the kids, magic shows, specials and so much fun!
    • October 23 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Recommended for all ages
    • Free to attend though some activities require fee.
  • Hill Ridge Farms, 703 Tarboro Road, Youngsville
    • The farm’s annual Fall Harvest and Pumpkin Festival features everything from hayrides and pumpkins to a large playground, train rides and gem stone panning.
    • September 12 thru November 8  Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
    • Recommended for all ages
    • General admission is $12 for ages 2 to 12.  $10 for ages 13 and up.  Under 2 years, free admission
    • 10% discount all military personnel and family
    • Teacher Appreciation Days September 12th and 13th, September 19th and 20th.  Teachers and two family members will receive FREE general admission passes with your school photo id
  • Haunted Forest of Panic Point, 2808 Cedar Creek Road, Youngsville
    • According to their website, Panic Point is 50 acres of pure haunted mayhem with 6 unique attractions.  Expect Haunted Hayride, Corn Maze, Dark Trail and Carny Crypt.
    • Fridays and Saturdays in October, as well as Sunday, November 1st.
    • The Haunted Trail, Dark Walk and Ghost Bus is best for ages 12 and up.  You’ll also find family-friendly hayride, maze, Goblin Shootout, food, music and bonfire.
    • Prices start at $16.  Get your tickets before September 14 and save.
  • Family Fun Night Spooktacular-A Special Night for Special Needs, Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St.
    • Costumes encouraged for this fun evening designed for kids with special needs and their families.  This evening includes a special screening of Hidden Universe 3D.
    • October 28th 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Recommended for all ages
    • Free admission for kids with special needs and their families
  • Haunted Mordecai Festival, Mordecai Historic Park, 1 Mimosa Street, Raleigh
    • Enjoy an afternoon of Halloween themed fun including food, music, games and crafts on the lawn at Mordecai Historic Park.  There will be costume contests for kids up to 16 years old beginning at 1 p.m.  Haunted Mordecai lantern tours and haunted trolley rides also planned at Mordecai.
    • October 24th noon to 4 p.m.
    • Recommended for all ages.  Costume contest for ages 0 to 16.
    • Free admission
  • Marbles Kooky Spooky Halloween Party, 201 E. Hargett Street, Raleigh
    • Come in costume for a ghoulish good time!  Experience the magic of Marbles after dark at this family-friendly Halloween spooktacular with activities like Ghoul School, Mad Scientist Lab, Monster Mash Dance Party and more!
    • October 24th 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    • Recommended for all ages
    • Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of (if available)
  • Monster Dash, 1900 Cameron Street, Raleigh
    • Wear your costumes to this 5k competitive run, one mile fun run and 100 yard dash for age five and under.  Costume contest and prizes.  A portion of race proceeds will be donated to the Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation in honor of Raleigh’s fallen officers.
    • October 25th One mile starts at 2 p.m., 5k starts at 2:30 p.m.
    • Recommended for all ages
  • Raleigh Farmers Market, 1201 Agriculture Street, Raleigh
    • Large farmers market with lots of pumpkins, mums, apples, and other fall fare.  Great for a pumpkin photo opportunity.
    • Monday through Saturday 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Recommended for all ages
    • Free admission
  • North Carolina State Fair, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh
    • Stay tuned for much more information on this in a future blog!
    • October 15-25, Hours will vary
    • Recommended for all ages
    • Cost of admission, ages 13-64 $10 at the gate, ages 13-64 $6, ages 6-12 $5 at the gate, ages 5 & under and 65+ FREE

Excited yet!  Be sure to check out the full database at for many more options; this is a just a sampling! There are many, many more out there in the surrounding areas. Do you know of an event happening in Wake Forest or Raleigh that I didn’t mention?  Be sure to comment and share!  Happy Fall, y’all!

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