Weekend at a Glance: Films, Farms and Fears

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This weekend, take advantage of Halloween festivities throughout Chapel Hill, whether it be a film festival, a haunted barn or a ghost tour

weekend events – Film Fest 919
Chapel Hill’s annual film festival, Film Fest 919, takes place all weekend long at various outdoor drive-in theaters.

Compiled by Anna Southwell


Orange County Artists Guild Virtual Tour
There are three ways to enjoy the 26th annual event hosted by the Orange County Artists Guild – browse online galleries, enjoy virtual studio visits by appointment only or make an in-person studio visit by appointment only. Admission is free.

‘Haints Misbehaving’ Ghost Tour
Haunted Hillsborough Tours hosts a daily, two-hour tour at 6 p.m. focused on local ghost tales and legends rather than colonial history. Tour guide Enoch Pugh will lead participants through a 1.5-mile route passing through 10 stops, including three haunted houses.

The Great Mask Run Virtual 5K
Heels for the Homeless hosts a virtual 5K to raise awareness and money for local homeless shelters. All proceeds will go towards buying masks for shelter visitors. The run can be completed anywhere and at any time before Oct. 31 at 7 p.m., and there will be a virtual club to keep up with other participants in the community.

Film Fest 919
Film Fest 919, Chapel Hill’s annual film festival, presents various films all weekend long showcasing talented filmmakers at various outdoor drive-in theatres. On Halloween night, the festival features “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 7:30 p.m. at the Drive-In at Carraway Village.

Townsend Bertram & Co. Closing Sale
Townsend Bertram & Co. hosts a closing sale through Nov. 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. before it permanently retires after 32 years of business. There will also be daily raffles and a silent auction for certain store merchandise.


Live Music and Costume Contest
Starting at 6 p.m., Vecino Brewing Co. hosts live music by local band Hank & Brandon, a comedy show by Carrboro-based comedian Jack Crissey and a masked costume contest with prizes to kick off the spooky holiday weekend.

Kidzu’s Virtual Halloween Bash!
Kidzu Children’s Museum hosts live virtual Halloween activities – ghost stories, crafts and Halloween bingo – on Zoom starting at 5 p.m.


Halloween at the Farm
1870 Farm hosts fall festivities  including exploring the farm, petting and feeding animals in costumes, decorating pumpkins and more. Due to COVID-19, guests must register for 1-hour time slots.

Full Moon Music and Costume Parade
Honeysuckle Tea House celebrates Halloween’s full blue moon with this all-day event featuring live music from Popcorn Blue Band and a costume parade at 5 p.m. Japanese food truck Crispy Gyoza will also be on-site as well as women’s clothing store Giants Fall Boutique.

Halloween Spooktacular
The Orange County Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks & Recreation hosts its annual Halloween event from 10 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Activities include a costume contest, pumpkin decorating, cakewalks, bingo, a pumpkin hunt and carnival games. Sign up for one of five time slots; each are limited to 40 people to encourage social distancing. 

The Witch’s Haunted Barn
Firefly Farm hosts this spooky, family-friendly fun event, featuring a barn full of creepy haunted scenes, complete with spiders, aliens and clowns. After the tour of the haunted barn, visit miniature donkeys, horses and chickens. Candy gift bags are given to guests as they leave.

Hills-BOO-rough Ghost Tour
Haunted Hillsborough Tours hosts a special ghost tour for kids 11 and older at 3 p.m. This 2-hour, 1.5-mile tour features light-hearted storytelling that adults will also enjoy.

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