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Clayton's Halloween Calendar is Chock-Full of Fun – Plus Harvest Fest and Shindig!


Clayton has always gone all out for Halloween, and 2018 will be bigger than ever thanks to the Clayton Harvest FestivalShindig, and Taste of Carolina Cuisine, which now coincide with Halloween week!

Halloween officially falls on a Wednesday, but we're starting the fun the week before! Remember the Town of Clayton does not set holidays or dictate when to Trick-or-Treat door-to-door in neighborhoods. Traditionally around the county, it's always done on Halloween, Oct. 31st. Clayton Police do NOT set a curfew but ask parents to use common sense.  Scroll down for more details!

  • Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, Oct. 25-27, join us for free Monster-themed story times and a fun Teen Night at Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library
  • Friday, Oct. 26, it's our Halloween Hayrides and a special showing of the Academy-Award winning, animated feature Coco in Town Square
    Due to the rain - both the FREE Movie Night and the Halloween Hayrides are canceled TONIGHT. Unfortunately, due to the large amount of volunteers needed and set-up necessary for the hayride, the event sadly can't be rescheduled. We will try to find a new date to hold the free showing of Coco. We're so sorry! But we have the Downtown Trick or Treat coming on Tuesday, and the FREE Halloween movie night on Wednesday!

  • Saturday, Oct. 27, Clayton Parks & Recreation hosts the Halloween Special Needs Dance at the Clayton Community Center.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 30, join us for the decades-old downtown tradition of Trick-or-Treating on Main Street. The Downtown Trick or Treat is on a new day and time this year - again, it's on TUESDAY, the day BEFORE Halloween, and it runs from 4:00-5:30 for children age 12 & under.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 31 - Kick-off of the Clayton Harvest Festival with Harvest Halloween - carnival rides and FREE movie.

Here are the details, along with some tips from Clayton Police for safe trick or treating in your own neighborhood:

Monster Story Times - Oct. 25-31 - Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library 

The Clayton Library will host a FREE Teen Halloween Party on Wednesday, Oct. 25th from 5-6:30 p.m. This is designed for middle and high school students only. There will be games, prizes for best costume and FREE food! Please no vulgar or revealing costumes. This great event is sponsored by our Clayton Library Teen Advisory Board

Then enjoy FREE Monster-themed Storytimes from now through Halloween day! Feel free to bring your little ones in costumes! 

  • Tuesdays from 5:30-6:15 p.m. –  Stories, crafts, and special guests designed for kindergarten to 5th-grade students
  • Wednesday from 9:30-9:55 a.m. – Baby songs, stories, giggles, and rhymes for children 2 years and under with their caregivers.
  • Wednesdays from 11-11:30 a.m.  – Stories, crafts, and special guests designed for preschool children ages 2-5.
  • Thursday from 9:30-9:55 a.m. –  Baby songs, stories, giggles, and rhymes for children 2 years and under with their caregivers.
  • Saturdays at 10 a.m. – “Stories with Liza” – Stories and take-home activities designed for children of all ages.

Halloween Hayride – Friday, Oct. 26 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. – Clayton Community Park

Canceled due to rain! We're so sorry! 

Start the Halloween weekend off Friday afternoon with a hayride at Clayton Community Park, 1075 Amelia Church Road!

You’ll meet mad scientists, fairies, witches, pirates, monsters, ghosts and goblins as a tractor pulls you along our trail! Clayton Youth Council volunteers will dress up to play those parts, and you’ll hear Halloween stories at each stop on the hayride thanks to our fun staff from Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library.

Also look for Halloween games, fortune tellers – and of course, plenty of candy – as we transform Clayton Community Park into a festive Halloween Land! Kids and parents are encouraged to don their costumes and get into the Halloween spirit.

Again, that's THIS Friday, Oct. 26 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Children ages 12 and under ride for just $5. Youngsters age 2 and under – plus all parents, regardless of their children’s ages – ride for free!

Downtown Clayton Movie Night – Coco – Friday, Oct. 26 at 5:30 p.m. – Town Square

Canceled due to rain! We're so sorry! 

After the hayrides, head to Downtown Clayton and get ready for an outdoor showing of the Academy Award winning animated Disney feature "Coco" presented by Clayton Steakhouse in Town Square!

Come in your costume! Check-in for costume contest will start at 5:30 and we'll announce the winners right before the movie starts! Thank you to Zaxby's for providing the prizes!!!  At 6 p.m. they'll also be FREE face painting, FREE balloon animals, a bouncy house and more!. Refreshments, food trucks and other vendors are available before and during the movie. 

The movie starts at dark - which is getting earlier and earlier this time of year. 

Enjoy a FREE movie under the stars at Clayton Town Square, located at 110 West Main Street in the heart of Downtown Clayton.

Halloween Special Needs Dance – Saturday, Oct. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. – Clayton Community Center

Come out for the special Halloween-edition of our popular dance for special needs participants in middle school, high school and adults!

Come wearing your favorite costume – we just ask you wear soft-soled shoes so we don't scuff up the gym floor at the Clayton Community Center.

Free games, music, food and fun! 

Great volunteers from Clayton Youth Council, our Clayton Parks & Recreation staff and other organizations help make this possible.

NEW DATE & TIME! Downtown Clayton Trick or Treat – Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. – Main Street

We're looking forward to everyone participating in the annual Trick-or-Treat event on Main Street this year! It's on a NEW date and time, Tuesday, October 30 from 4-5:30 p.m. The event is open to all children age 12 & under.

This special Trick-or-Treat tradition allows costumed children and their parents to take over Main Street…marching down the street and sidewalks where they are greeted by local business owners who are waiting to hand them goodies, treats, or prizes.  It is a great way for families to get to know their downtown businesses and to see that the owners and their employees are friendly, hard-working community members.  We love hearing from parents who say they did not realize a certain business was in downtown and we hope these families all return to shop, dine and do business. Business owners tell us it’s great seeing the cute, smiling children filling Main

Children will gather at Horne Square at 4 p.m. and then make their way down Main Street. Once wrapped up, they head to Town Square (corner of Main and Fayetteville Streets) where the fun continues with games and more goodies, provided by Parks & Recreation staff, Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library staff and Clayton Youth Council teen volunteers. 

For the children’s safety, we close Main Street to car traffic for just two hours from 3:30-5:30p.m. between Smith Street and O’Neil Street.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause for our downtown businesses and their customers.  

Harvest Halloween - Wednesday, Oct. 31 - Clayton Harvest Festival Kick Off - Clayton Chamber of Commerce 

Join us for a night of family fun on Halloween as we kick-off the Clayton Chamber of Commerce's 2018 Clayton Harvest Festival brought to you by Sheetz. The opening night features the opening of the Midway Carnival at 5 p.m. at Horne Square. Then at Town Square enjoy a free movie featuring Hotel Transylvania, a free Kid's Trunk-or-Treat and a Kid's Hot Dog Creation Contest. Of course you can wear your Halloween costume!

Horne Square: 

5-5:30 p.m. - Festival Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Brought to you by Sheetz

5-10 p.m. - Midway Carnival Presented by ElectriCities of North Carolina

Town Square: 

5-10 p.m. - Zaxby's / Fired Up Pizza/ Deep River Brewing Company/Chatham Winery Sponsored by Clayton Flooring

5-6:30 p.m. - Kid's Trunk-or-Treat, A special thanks to Clayton Men of Business (M.O.B.)

5:30-6:30 p.m. - Kid's Hot Dog Creation Contest sponsored by Jones Cafe and Kid's 'R' Kids Learning Academy 

6:30-8:30 p.m.
Movie Night featuring *Hotel Transylvania* sponsored by Zaxby’s of Clayton and Clayton Downtown Development Association

Learn more and check for the schedule at www.ClaytonHarvestFestival.com.

***Due to the threat of Hurricane Florence, the amount of rain in the forecast, and our desire to keep all our vendors, participants, staff, town officials, and volunteers safe, the Clayton Harvest Festival has been rescheduled to October 31-November 4, 2018 from its original dates in September.***

Tips of Safe Trick or Treating

If you still have energy to head out for traditional trick-or-treating this year – watch this video from our Clayton Police Department for some quick tips.

We don't set specific times or dates for trick-or-treating – But we'd love for families to make sure their children trick-or-treat at a reasonable hour and preferably are home by 8:30 p.m.

Clayton Police Department would also like to encourage parents to remember basic safety tips while taking children trick-or-treating. Follow these simple safety guidelines and everyone will have a safe, fun and spooky Halloween:

  • Walk in groups and always with a trusted adult
  • Attach reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you
  • Adults should examine all treats for hazards and tampering
  • Take a flashlight
  • Walk, do not run from house to house
  • Make sure vision is not obstructed by masks
  • Use crosswalks when available and look both ways before crossing a street
  • Use sidewalks when available or walk on the edge of the road facing traffic
  • Only visit well-lit homes (lights off usually means no candy)
  • Never accept a ride from a stranger
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