Blog / Halloween & Arts Calendar: 10/30 through 11/1/08


By Libby Lynn

Welcome to Part 2 of the Nasher Blog’s guide to Creepy Creativity in the Triangle Area!

Thursday, October 30th

Looking for a halloween costume in the Triangle area? Check out Halloween and More, Time After TimeThe Halloween Zone, Raleigh Creative CostumesHalloween Express, Party City or Spirit Halloween for your last-minute ensembles.

Durham’s Muscular Dystrophy Association is sponsoring a Haunted Lock-Up. You’ve gotta raise bail money to get outta jail. All proceeds benefit MDA research. Food, activities and prizes for best Halloween costume are included. Information on joining up is here.

Dia de los Muertos exhibit at Duke University Perkins Library – Duke students will borrow the form of the traditional Latin American Dia De Los Muertos ofrenda to curate an exhibit of altars. Students will draw on the collections of the Duke Libraries’ Archive for Human Rights to explore the relationships linking memory, history, community, social action, and power. The exhibit is up from 10/30 through 11/4. Check their website for more details.

Friday, October 31st

Let’s get this out of the way: If you’re headed towards Chapel Hill for the Franklin Street madness and mayhem, you might want to check the town’s official site for information on parking and a long list of rules. There won’t be any shuttle services this year, but there are “Safe Ride Buses” available for those who prefer to avoid DWI’s. Schedules and maps are here. If you’ve never been to Franklin Street on Halloween, you should go. If you’ve already been, you probably shouldn’t, especially if you’re not in college.

The Down Under Pub Costume Bash – Durham’s only non-Irish Pub is celebrating Halloween, with an emphasis on adult costumes and adult beverages. The Costume Bash kicks off at 9PM and will probably go on long after last call. This is a great way to avoid Franklin Street and show off your Durham love. More info is at the Down Under website. And of course, there will be live entertainment, prizes, lots of imbibing, no cover charge and plenty of free parking. If you show up without wearing a costume, though, you might get spanked.

Durham Habitat’s Cubscout Halloween Hoot – Games, candy and costumes for the little ones. The event will take place at the Parkwood Ball Field from 5-7PM. Admission is $1, and all proceeds go to some charity or another. Directions to Parkwood Ball Field are here.

Hallow-Eno! – Enjoy hay rides, campfire stories, pumpkin carving, tricks and treats at West Point on the Eno. This is a perfect Halloween event for families and kids. The river’s beautiful trees are in full autumn bloom right now, so you’ll enjoy one of Durham’s most beautiful outdoor parks. The event is from 6-9PM, and is free to the public. For more information, call 919-471-1623, or visit their site for directions.

Spirits of Hillsborough Halloween Tour – Come out to the Alexander Dickson House on Halloween night for a ghostly walking tour of Hillsborough’s Historic District. Tours are at 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, and 8:30pm and will leave from the Alexander Dickson House, 150 E. King Street, Hillsborough. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-15. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. More info is at the Historic Hillsborough site.

INVASION OF THE SAUCER MEN at The Federal – “They came for the women, and they took our beer!” is this party’s slogan. Durham’s favorite hipster bar will have beer specials and a costume contest with naughty-novelty prizes. And the food is tasty, too. Directions and more info at The Federal website.

Trick or Treat for Kids, Beer Lovers and Foodies at Watts Grocery – Dress you and/or your family up in your Halloween costume and head to Watts for candy, delicious locally-grown food and the finest seasonal local brews. They’ll be serving up Big Boss Pumpkin ale, Triangle Brewery’s Seasonal Abbey and the Foothills People’s Porter along with some mouth-watering dinner specials. The hours are 5:30-10PM. More info at the Watts website.

Saturday, November 1st

Durham Art Walk – One of Durham’s most entertaining traditions features over 200 artists this year. If you’ve never attended the Durham Art Walk (which is one of the largest Art Walks in the world), here’s how it works: You dress warmly, you go to the Durham Arts Council, you get a map (which can also be downloaded here), and then you start walking to all the participating sites and galleries to check out tons of fantastic local art works. If you’re really into art, or if you like to support local artists, you can buy anything that catches your eye or mind (we deeply encourage your support of local art!). This year’s highlights include the newly restored Golden Belt, which features some of Durham’s own visual artists. Shuttle services are available. Music and performances are also on the roster, so check the schedule for information.

The hours are Saturday from 10am-5pm, and Sunday from 1-5pm. More information is available at Durham Art Walk. (Shameless plug: I’ll be doing encaustic painting demonstrations on Sunday at the Liberty Arts Foundry, so stop by and see how to make art from hot wax!).  As always, the Art Walk is free and open to the public.

Peak of Autumn Hike on Penny’s Bend – Take a walk through the colorful fall landscape of this 84-acre Piedmont prairie on the northwest Durham Eno River from 1-4pm. Penny’s Bend is a lovely spot that includes mature forests, remnant prairies, rare regional plants and spectacular autumn landscapes. More information is at the Eno River site.

Preservation Durham’s Ghostly Walking Tour – Join Preservation Durham on Saturday for the first annual Ghost (Buildings) Tour of historic Hotels and Theaters. This tour will highlight the architectural ghosts of by-gone structures that contiue to haunt our fine city. Although the tour hours are from 1-4PM, there is no set schedule. All tour sites will be staffed with docents from 1-4pm. You can visit as many locations as you’d like, in any order you chose. For ticket information, visit Preservation Durham, or stop by their booth at CCB plaza on Saturday.

Durham 2008 Zombie Lurch – The second annual Zombie Lurch is this Saturday from 5:30-8:30pm. Crack open your fake blood, creepy make-up and rotten costumes and dress up like the Undead for this brain-eating (and beer-drinking) event! All lurchers will congregate on Foster Street across from Piedmont Restaurant. Zombies with cameras are strongly encouraged to take pictures. See some of the photos from last year’s Lurch on Flickr for inspiration. More information is at the Durham Zombie Lurch facebook page (somebody really needs to make a website for this event…hint hint).

Habitat’s Halloween Bike Ride – This fifth-annual Halloween Bike Ride benefits Habitat for Humanity of Durham, and kicks off at 9am sharp. Experience scenic views of Durham County as you ride 100, 62, or 31 miles. All routes are fully supported and start and finish at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in downtown Durham. Gear up for a ghoulish good time and compete for best costume. Information on registration and ride details is here.

Happy Halloween from the Nasher Museum Blog! A special thank-you goes out to all the local Durham bloggers for your tips and participation.

Image courtesy of Fletchfoto.

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