Ghoulash! Halloween Festival

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Ghoulash! is an annual festival featuring fall and Halloween themed activities led by the Greensboro Youth Council (GYC) in partnership with Greensboro Downtown Parks Inc.

The free event is held in downtown Greensboro each October. The festival is a family-friendly and spooktacular afternoon full of games, inflatables, face-painting, candy, and more.

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This year Ghoulash will be held on Saturday, October 26 from 2-6 pm with a majority of activities taking place in the Greensboro Cultural Center, Center City Park and LeBauer Park. Check below for a list of activities and specific event times. Rain or shine the event will happen! In the event of rain some activities will not be offered such as bounce houses.


Downtown Greensboro in the Cultural Center, Center City Park, and LeBauer Park. Free parking is available in the Church Street and Davie Street Parking Decks. 

All Day Activities

  • Game booths
  • Arts and crafts
  • ECO Bus
  • Face painting*
  • Bingo
  • Pumpkin patch*
  • Bounce houses and inflatables* 
  • Haunted House presented by City Arts*
  • Cemetery Walk with storytelling presented by the Greensboro History Museum
  • Craft Market

 *These activities cost a small fee.

Activities with a Specific Time

  • Performances on LeBauer Park stage
  • Costume Contests by age groups

Costume Contest Information

Registration for each contest will begin at 2 pm. Registration ends 15 minutes prior to the contest or until all slots are filled, whichever comes first. We have a new category this year for groups and families! Think Power Rangers or the cast of your favorite show.

Only 25 contestants per each age group. Only 15 groups/families will be registered  for that category.

Winners and prizes will be distributed for each category immediately following the contest and judging.

Ages 0-3
2:30-3 pm Contest & Judging 

Ages 4-6
3:15-3:45 pm Contest & Judging  

Ages 7-10
4-4:30 pm Contest & Judging 

4:45-5:15 pm Contest & Judging

Want to volunteer?

GYC is seeking volunteers to on the day of the event. All volunteers must attend a required volunteer orientation Wednesday, October 23, from 5:30-7 pm at the Greensboro Central Library. Sign up online.

Available Volunteer Shifts:
Set up - 10 am to 1 pm
Shift 1 - 1:30-4 pm
Shift 2 - 4-7:30 pm

2019 Ghoulash! Chair

Viviane Oyinwola is a senior at The Middle College at UNC-Greensboro. She enjoys serving her community GYC,  Habitat for Humanity and volunteering at the library. When not volunteering she likes to draw, read, and watch movies.

To learn more about Ghoulash!, call the Greensboro Youth Council at 336-373-2738 or
e-mail GYC.