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Celebrate Halloween 2019 with the City of Greensboro

Post Date:10/01/2019 8:30 AM

Enjoy the Halloween season with the following free City of Greensboro-sponsored festivals and dances, theater, fun activities for kids and teens, craft classes for all ages, and children’s storytimes. All events and activities are free unless otherwise noted.


Festivals, Special Events & Dances

Monster Mash at Glenwood Recreation CenterOctober 19, 11 am to 2 pm
A family Halloween party with games, story-telling, snacks and plenty of candy for all ages. Bring your own trick-or-treat bucket or bag, and don’t forget to wear your best costume.

Fall Festival & Trunk or Treat: Peeler Recreation Center, October 19, 1-3 pm
A free day of family fun, games, candy, and prizes in a safe environment.

Ghoulash! at LeBauer and Center City Parks and the Greensboro Cultural CenterOctober 26, 2-6 pm
A spook-free Halloween event with games, arts and crafts, bounce houses, a haunted house by City Arts, game booths, and costume contests.

Halloween Spooktacular Dance at Barber Park Event CenterOctober 29, 6-8 pm
Parks and Recreation’s Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation program hosts a Halloween dance for individuals with disabilities, and their friends and families.

Hallelujah Regale at Windsor Recreation Center: October 30, 6:30-9 pm
A free alternative to Halloween for families to enjoy music, games, face-painting, snacks, a non-scary costumes contest and most of all candy. All ages are welcome.

Halloween Hoopla at Brown Recreation CenterOctober 31, 6:30-8:30 pm
A free, family-friendly event with food vendors, candy, face-painting, games, bounce houses, vendors, and more! Children of all ages are welcome.

Adult Recess – Halloween Edition at Country Park: November 1, 6-9 pm
And 21 and older only event. Have all the fun you enjoyed as a kid with hayrides, carnival games, a costume contest, “Thriller” dance-off and more. Adult beverages will be for sale. Parking available at Jaycee Park.

Truly Terrifying Trailblaze at Lake Higgins: November 1, 6-8 pm
Bring your family for an evening hike on the Bald Eagle trail along the banks of Lake Higgins. Come in costume to talk about bats, snakes, creepies and crawlies, ghosts and ghouls!! We will learn some of the history of Halloween and the environmental aspects of this haunting holiday as the season is changing from fertile summer to icy winter. Following our hike come gather ‘round a cauldron fire and sip hot cider to share faerie tales. Bring your own mug and your scariest ghost stories! Call Lake Higgins Marina at 336-373-3739 to register for this terrifyingly terrific event.


The Princess and the Goblin: October 25-27; Friday 7:30 pm; Saturday 11 am and 2 pm; Sunday 2 pm; Odell Auditorium, Greensboro College, 815 West Market St.
When confronting a nasty troupe of goblins (who are more silly than scary) a princess learns how to conquer her fears and become self-reliant. Children are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes to the show. Treats will be on hand. Tickets: $8. Buy your tickets online.

Stage Fright! An Evening of Short Plays: October 24-27; Thursday 6:30 pm; Friday and Saturday at 8 pm; Sunday at 2 pm; Stephen D. Hyers Theatre, Greensboro Cultural Center
A showcase from our Playwright’s Forum, this is a series of short plays featuring the spooky and eerie for Halloween. Suggested Donation: $10.

Fun Activities for Kids and Teens

“Ghosts in the House” Interactive Book Walk at McNairy Library: October 5, 9 am to 6 pm
Make a paper ghost to take with you as you read along with this not-too-spooky Halloween story! All ages are welcome.

Halloween Storywalk at Hemphill Library: October 10, all day
Get ready for Halloween with this indoor storywalk of “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” with interactive fun along the way.

Candy Corn Counting Contest at Benjamin Branch Library: October 18, all day
See if you can guess the number of candy corns in our jar and explore the history of the familiar Halloween treat at this DIY program. The best guesser wins a bag of candy corn.

Halloween Costume Shop at Central Library: October 19, 10 am to 12 noon
Halloween is less than two weeks away! Come into our costume shop and create an original outfit that only you will be wearing. This event is for all ages.

Hilarious Halloween Fun at Hemphill Library: October 19, 3-4 pm 
Superheroes, skeletons and more are invited to join us for a Spooktacular Saturday with silly stories, snacks, and a spiderweb craft. 

Hilarious Halloween Hunt at Vance Chavis Branch Library: October 26, 9 am to 5 pm
Take part in a self-directed scavenger hunt throughout our library. Wear a costume. Complete the hunt and earn some sweet treats.

Halloween Candy Election Day at McNairy Library: October 26, all day 
Drop by any time today to place your vote for your favorite treat and get a Halloween bookmark to color! All ages are welcome.

Spooky Science at Kathleen Clay Library: October 30, 4-5 pm
Have some spook-tacular fun with Halloween STEAM experiments including boo bubbles, ghost rockets, and ectoplasmic slime. This program is for children K-5th grade.

Craft Classes

Fall Wreath Class at Smith Active Adult Center: October 15, 1-3 pm
For adults 50 and older. Learn how to make this unique fall wreath. Register and pay $25 at the front desk of Smith Center by October 8.

Halloween Mask Makerspace at McNairy Library: October 24, 3:30-4:30 pm 
Use our craft supplies to make a Halloween mask! We will have blank ones to create your own design or safari animals to color. All ages are welcome.

Halloween Masks at Kathleen Clay Library: October 26, 2-3 pm 
Stop by the DIY table and make a creepy, silly, or cool mask for Halloween. This program is for families.

Happy Harvest Craft Time at McGirt-Horton Library: October 26, 2:30-3:30 pm
Help the library fill its cornucopia collage with harvest treats. All ages are welcome.

Monster Makerspace at Hemphill Library:
October 26, 3-4 pm
Curious about Frankenstein's monster? Drop in and use our googly eyes, craft sticks, pipe cleaners and other fun art supplies to design a cute or creepy monster of your own. 

Cauldron Bubble Craft Time at Hemphill Library: October 29, 3:30-4:30
Stir up some fun with fluffy pumpkin slime and learn about chemistry at the same time.  


  • Fall Is Here Storytime at McNairy Library: October 15, 6:30-7 pm; October 16 and 17, 11 am
    Families are invited to this evening program for simple books, hand rhymes, felt-board stories, and fun-filled learning.
  • Fall, Fabulous Fall Storytime at Benjamin Branch Library: October 21, 9:30 am and 10:30 am; October 22, 9:30 am, 10:30 am and 6:15 pm
    Join us for a toddler and preschool storytime with books, rhymes, a short film and a craft.
  • Happy Halloween Storytime at Benjamin Branch Library: October 28, 9:30 and 10:30; October 29, 9:30 and 10:30; October 30, 6:15 pm
    Join us for a toddler and preschool storytime with books, rhymes, a short film and a craft.
  • Silly Monsters Storytime at Kathleen Clay Edwards Library: October 29, 9:30 am and 10:30
    Join us for books, flannel stories, movement, and short films for birth through preschool-aged children.
  • Silly Stories for Halloween Storytime at Chavis Branch Library: October 29, 11 am
    Storytime for Babies and Preschoolers. Little ones are welcome to wear a costume. Join us for silly stories, songs, finger plays, a short film, and a simple craft.
  • Gentle Halloween Fun Storytime at McNairy Library: October 29, 6:30-7 pm; October 30, 10 am and 11 am; October 31, 10 am
    Families are invited to this evening program for simple books, hand rhymes, felt-board stories, and fun-filled learning. Tonight's theme is Halloween. Kid-friendly Halloween costumes are welcome!
  • Going Batty Storytime at Glenwood Library: October 30, 3:30-4 pm
    Enjoy stories, rhymes, flannels, and fingerplays about bats. This program also includes a short book-related video and an art activity. This is the perfect after school storytime for ages 3-7 and their siblings, encouraging early literacy skills based on Every Child Ready to Read. Glenwood Library welcomes special guests from the UNCG Bat Research Team.
  • Halloween Fun Storytime at Hemphill Library: October 31, 10-11 am
    Join us for a toddler and preschool storytime with books, rhymes, and a fun art activity.
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