Happy Halloween! With October 31st right around the corner, you have no doubt noticed pumpkin patches and costume stores popping up everywhere, pumpkins at the grocery store, and aisles of Halloween costumes and candy at Target and Wal-Mart.
Even if you are weary of all the money you are about to spend this season, Halloween is a great time to be a parent. Whether you have younger or older children, there are fun events available to entertain them. We would like to offer some friendly Halloween entertainment suggestions throughout the month. So even if you don’t have the children on Halloween night this year (which is on a Tuesday), there are still a plethora of options to celebrate with them.
For the Whole Family
If you have the children on Tuesday, October 31st, you can trick or treat with your kids and their friends. The more people the merrier. Map out your route and talk to friends about neighborhoods that give the “best” candy (i.e. whole Hershey bars).
If you have the children on the weekends, Carowinds becomes “Scarowinds” amusement park during the Halloween season! Advertised as a “scream park”, the park features “16 terrifying haunted attractions and shows”, and 500 monsters roaming for “screams.”
For Younger Children
If you have younger children, Halloween is synonymous with pumpkin patches, hayrides, and corn mazes. These all offer wonderful memories (and cute photos) for you and the children. Carolina Parent, a North Carolina parenting website, contains a listing of “Harvest-Themed Family Fun”, with attraction descriptions, locations, and hours of operation. In addition, the website fun4raleighkids.com, which compiles family event listings for the Raleigh Area, has a full listing of 99 fun, kid-friendly Halloween events for your consideration.
Fun Runs and Races
Halloween fun runs and races offer a unique way for you and the children to celebrate Halloween and to get a healthy start to your day. The NC Halloween Half Marathon in Fayetteville can offer your family “games for all ages, health screenings, fitness speakers, costume awards, pumpkin carving competition, sponsor giveaways, free kids race and will end with the Halloween Half Marathon & 5K”.
For Older Kids Who Like a Good Fright
Visit a “haunted house”. Not for the feint of heart, North Carolina has numerous haunted houses to scare older kids and adults alike. The Woods of Terror in Greensboro is locally famous and offers haunted houses, a small amusement area, and a monster parade.
Contact New Direction Family Law
New Direction Family Law is a North Carolina family law firm that represents clients in Wake, Johnston, Lee, Harnett, Cumberland, Nash, Granville, Franklin, and Durham counties. We understand that separations, divorces, and all of the legal issues that come with these events create a turbulent time for our clients. We pride ourselves in listening to our clients and providing practical, intelligent legal guidance so that they can move forward. Call New Direction Family Law at (919) 719-3470 to schedule a consultation, or contact us online at our website.
Sarah J. Hink
New Direction Family Law