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Halloween is just around the corner, and North Carolina’s state historic sites and museums are celebrating in a whole bunch of neat ways. To help you get the most of your limited time, we’ve collected the ten of the best ways you can get culture on this Halloween:

1. Take your kids trick or treating aboard the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington.

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2. See how the Victorians mourned their dead on one of Duke Homestead’s Widows and Wakes tours in Durham.

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3. Hear about one of the spookier items in the N.C. Museum of Art’s permanent collection before watching a local magician and sipping on a beer in Raleigh.

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4. Learn about the “secret” history of pumpkins, sample pumpkin-based foods and paint a pumpkin of your own at Historic Stagville in Durham.

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5. Enjoy tales of lost souls, pirates and other mysteries of the Lower Cape Fear region at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport.

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6. Take your kids to hear the ghoulish sounds of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice performed by the N.C. Symphony in Raleigh.

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7. See how Halloween was celebrated around the turn of the 19th century on a night tour of the Poe House in Fayetteville.

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8. Meet friendly ghosts on the grounds of Tryon Palace in New Bern after celebrating “All Hallow’s Eve” with crafts, games, spooky stories and a 1940s-inspired radio show.

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9. Trick or treat through the Tar Heel State’s history at the N.C. Museum of History’s “The Story of North Carolina” exhibit in Raleigh.

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10. Meet a pirate at Halloween in Halifax after seeing Blackbeard’s booty in the Queen Anne’s Revenge traveling exhibit.

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Our event offerings don’t stop after Halloween, so be sure to stay tuned to our events calendar and sign up for our weekly event emails to stay in the loop.

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See how beer was made during the 18th century Saturday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville

An exploration of 18th century beer in Statesville, a look at the view 20 feet from stardom in Raleigh and a lively concert of indie folk tunes in Winston-Salem are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The fun starts Thursday at the coast, where the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras will help kids make sandcastle-themed crafts and host a talk on the Life-Saving Service with author Chip Marshall, as staff from the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh read kids a tall tale after taking a short tour of one of the museum’s wonderful galleries.

Friday, the fun continues at the coast, where the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will offer another of its popular cruises aboard a Duke University research vessel exploring marine life, while the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will celebrate with U.S. Coast Guard’s birthday with an art making session for families inspired by the military branch. Back in the Triangle, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will show the space thriller Gravity under the stars.

Saturday, Statesville‘s Fort Dobbs will turn into a brewery from the past with interpreters making beer using 18th century techniques and explaining how different varieties of the beverage were made, while Fort Fisher in Kure Beach presents hands-on activities and lectures focused on understanding the archaeology of the site’s Civil War past.

In Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of History will offer tours of its outdoor agricultural exhibit and invites the little buccaneers in your family to set sail for the museum for a morning of pirate-themed tales and crafts. Across town, the N.C. Museum of Art will host interactive tours for families followed by studio time where kids and parents can work together to make colorful pieces of art before screening the critically-acclaimed documentary 20 Feet From Stardomand hosting Lisa Fischer, one of the luminaries from the film for a concert.

Music will also fill the air outside the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem as it hosts Hiss Golden Messenger and William Tyler for what is sure to be a fantastic concert of modern folk music.

Throughout the weekend, knights and dragons will take center stage at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo as it offers performances of the classic story of Don Quixote adapted for kids.

Check out DCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

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