Weekend Best Bets: Scary Movies, Spooky Stories and Santa’s Secret

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Danay Suárez performs at Memorial Hall on Thursday.
Danay Suárez performs at Memorial Hall on Thursday.

Voices from the Grave – Thursday, 6–9pm; Friday, 6–9pm – Delve into Chapel Hill’s rich history and learn about the lives of “those who once were,” including CBS news anchor Charles Kuralt, renowned artist Mary Graves Rees and Word War I veteran John Allen, at Preservation Chapel Hill’s Haunted Cemetery Tour. Intersection of South Rd. and Country Club Rd. on UNC’s Campus; $20; preservationchapelhill.org

Pumpkinfest – Thursday, 6–8pm  Fearrington’s Village Center will be alight with more than fifty silly and spooky jack o’ lanterns, created by local gardeners and chefs. Stay in the spooky spirit with story time (held at 6, 6:30 and 7 pm) and music from Gasoline Stove. 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro; Free; fearrington.com

Danay Suárez – Thursday, 7:30pm – Danay Suárez’s sound merges traditional and contemporary rhythms with socially conscious, poetic verses. Danay is a key figure in Cuba’s underground rap movement, and uses her songs as means in which to tell the stories of the Cuban people. Called a “voice of resilience and passionate self-invention” by The New York Times, Suarez’s show is not one to miss. 114 E Cameron Ave.; $20; carolinaperformingarts.org 

“Seminar” – Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 7:30pm and Saturday and Sunday, 2pm – It’s your last chance to see this hit Broadway comedy! Four aspiring young writers ante up big bucks to learn from a legendary novelist, but their fiction and their egos will be unsparingly dissected before he’s through. Ferociously fun and fast-paced with sparkling wordplay, “Seminar” takes no prisoners. Paul Green Theater, Country Club Rd.; $15+; playmakersrep.org

Pumpkin Carving Contest – Friday, 9:30am–3pm drop-off; 6-8pm voting – Bring your carved jack o’ lantern to Carrboro Town Center to compete in the town’s annual carving contest. Vote on your favorites, and find out the winners at the Halloween Carnival the same evening. 301 W Main St., Carrboro; Free; townofcarrboro.org

Apple & Pumpkin Fest– Friday, 4-7pm – Weaver Street Market holds a sampling fair of two fall staples – apple and pumpkin. Savor old favorites like apple cider and pumpkin pie and sample new fare like pasta with pumpkin sauce and chicken, apple and pumpkin stir-fry. 716 Market St.; Free; weaverstreetmarket.coop

Carrboro Halloween Carnival – Friday, 6–8:30pm Get into the Halloween spirit a day early with traditional carnival games, a pumpkin-carving contest and fall fare like apple cider and hot chocolate. 301 W. Main St., Carrboro; Free; townofcarrboro.org

The Chef and the Brewer Dinner – Friday, 6pm – Celebrate the start of the holiday season by being among the first to taste Carolina Brewery’s “Santa’s Secret Spiced Holiday Ale.” As you sip, local brewers will be on hand to answer questions about the evening’s offerings and other seasonal craft beer trends. Finish by polishing off five stations of varietal cuisine (Bolognese, House-Made Wild Boar Bratwurst and Pulled Beef Short Rib Sliders, among others) crafted by James Clark, Crossroads Chapel Hill’s executive chef. 211 Pittsboro St.; $55 per person, call 919-918-2735 to reserve; carolinainn.com

Murder Mystery Dinner Friday, 7pmThe Phoenix Theatre Company puts on a spook-tacular interactive murder mystery while guests enjoy a three-course meal prepared by Chef Paul Covington. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit Extraordinary Ventures, a local nonprofit that employs young men and women with autism and other developmental disabilities. 200 S Elliott Rd.; $60; events.evnc.org

Scare-olina Skies – Friday, 7pm & 8:30pm – Morehead Planetarium puts a spooky spin on their classic star show. Learn about stars and constellations through ancient lore featuring monsters, mayhem and madness. For adults and teens. 250 E Franklin St.; $7.68; moreheadplanetarium.org

Halloween Costume Party – Friday, 7:30pm – Enjoy an evening of tricks and treats at the Strowd, in celebration of Donald Williams Basketball Academy’s new Community Outreach Program. Wear your best costume and bring your best dance moves, as a panel of celebrity judges (Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, Chief of Police Chris Blue, Phil Ford and Corey Holliday) will be on hand to select winners in both categories. Autographed basketballs and other raffle prizes can be bid on throughout the night. 159 1/2 E. Franklin St.; Free but donations accepted; dwbasketball.org 

Support CEF ConcertFriday, 9pmHomegrown bands Hudson & Haw, Baked Goods and Left on Franklin perform at Local 506 in support of UNC student-run nonprofit, Community Empowerment Fund. The concert’s proceeds will help build a tiny pilot home in Chapel Hill that provides safety and independence for those transitioning out of homelessness. 506 W. Franklin St.; $10; local506.com

Halloween Boo-nanza – Saturday, 12–5pm – This fun-for-all-ages event includes seasonal crafts, games, a photo booth, scavenger hunt and trick-or-treating throughout the library. At 3pm, local author Shannon Fitzgerald will read from her latest book, “Halloween Night.” Costumes welcome! 137 W. Margaret Ln., Hillsborough; Free; orangecountync.gov

Halloween at the Museum – Saturday, 2–5pm – The Orange County Historical Museum offers a spooky afternoon full of history and Halloween crafts. Perfect for ages 4-12. 201 N. Churton St., Hillsborough; $2 donation suggested; orangenchistory.org

Myers House Halloween Bash – Saturday, 6:30pm–midnight – In its seventh year, the Myers house – a life-size replica of the infamous Michael Myers house from horror classic “Halloween” – is host to a scary movie marathon, bonfires, food trucks, jack-o-lanterns, contests, giveaways, tricks, treats and more. Costumes encouraged; young children discouraged. 1520 Hight Ln., Hillsborough; Free; myershousenc.tumblr.com/halloweenbash

CD & Record ShowSunday, 12–6pm – Find your old favorite single or album among the forty tables of new and used CDs, vinyl records and music memorabilia at Carrboro’s 21st annual CD & Record Show, held at Century Center. 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro; Free; Call 919-260-0661 for more information

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