The Carrboro Recreation, Parks and Cultural Resources Department is hosting several events for families and community members to celebrate Halloween this year.
One event is the Virtual Pumpkin Carving and Decorating Contest where contestants can submit photos until October 26 at 5 p.m. The winner of the competition will be announced on October 28 on the department’s Facebook page.
Charles Harrington, recreation administrator and acting director of Carrboro Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Resources, said people brought their pumpkins in person to Carrboro Town Commons to carve before the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pumpkin carving contest became a virtual event in 2020 and has remained virtual ever since, Harrington said.
The Carrboro Recreation, Parks and Cultural Resources Department will also be hosting a free Halloween Movie Night at Carrboro Town Commons on October 29 from 6-9 p.m. as part of its Halloween festivities. “Corpse Bride” by Tim Burton will be screened at 7 p.m.
Another event is the Halloween Carnival on October 28 at Carrboro Town Commons from 5:30-8 p.m.
There will be carnival-style games, including a ring toss and musical chairs with cookies, Harrington said.
“The Halloween carnival is probably the oldest event and it probably dates back to the mid-70s,” Harrington said.
Last year, about 400 prize bags were handed out to children at the event, Harrington said.
“It’s a beloved event,” Harrington said. “I mean, really all of them are, but especially the Halloween carnival. We get a number of families coming out.
Portia Hackett, digital and social media marketer and founder of EQUITY Alliance at Weaver Street Market, said the event will feature popcorn, hot chocolate and apple cider for sale at concession stands as well than the Ta Contento Mex Food Truck.
The Carrboro Recreation, Parks and Cultural Resources Department is also partnering with Weaver Street Market on October 21 from 5-7 p.m. for a “Music and Stories Under the Stars” event on the Weaver Street Market lawn.
Hackett said there will be a costume contest for kids 12 or younger at the event.
Susan Romaine, interim mayor of Carrboro, said community members are encouraged to bring blankets and folding chairs to the event.
Romaine said the Halloween events were well received by the public and are a tribute to Carrboro’s recreation, parks and cultural resources department.
“I think they have really exciting activities and a wide range of different activities for kids,” Romaine said.
Catherine Lazorko, director of communications and engagement for the Town of Carrboro, said upcoming Halloween events do not require any road closures, but the public parking lot on South Greensboro Street will be closed.
She added that the Halloween carnival is very charming, sweet and family-friendly.
“Carrboro Town Commons is sure to be bustling with families during Halloween carnival,” she said. “Last year was very busy, super well attended.”
Romaine said Carboro has missed opportunities to celebrate Halloween or had to reduce Halloween activities due to the pandemic over the past two years.
“I’m absolutely thrilled that we’re having all these activities later this month where people can experience the joy of Halloween but also the joy of being together again,” Romaine said.
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