This Saturday, October 31, is Halloween, a popular celebration in the United States and a small number of other countries. You can read about the long history of this holiday here, and find out about Chapel Hill’s Homegrown Halloween. Please note the street closures, parking restrictions, and changes to the bus routes.
Many Americans celebrate Halloween by dressing up in costumes, and children go trick or treating. You will see lots of candy and decorations in the stores this week: apparently, nearly $4 billion is spent on Halloween every year!
There are family Halloween events in our region in Carrboro on Friday evening (not Halloween itself, which is Saturday!) and in Fearrington Village, just south of Chapel Hill (I’m told that their annual Jack O Lantern — carved pumpkin — display is a bit hit with the kids!). Plus, for older kids and parents, Morehead Planetarium on the UNC campus is putting on a special Halloween Laser Show during the day on Saturday. This page from the local NBC affiliate has great listings of other fun Halloween activities, including haunted houses!
[Update: Your kids can also go trick or treating at University Mall on Saturday!]
And for an unusual story about one school that will not be celebrating Halloween this year, read this story (thanks to Nao for suggesting it!).
Have a happy Halloween, and please stay safe.