They were joined by parents, volunteers of all ages and local residents who came to enjoy the Halloween Carnival, a family-oriented annual event set up by the Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department and Commission, a voluntary citizens' board that advises the department on town recreational activities.
"We want to provide a safe activity, primarily for children, but an activity parents are comfortable with, too," said Carol Rosemond, recreation superintendent for the Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department.
"Commission members and other volunteers work the events and the staff plans and sets it up," she said. "It takes a whole lot of people."
Rosemond said the carnival was probably in its 25th year.
Free game booths and activities like the Bean Bag Toss, the Hungry Caterpillar and the Monster Mash provided plenty of entertainment for visitors like Brandon Henderson, a cowboy and Carrboro Elementary first-grader, who visited the Hungry Caterpillar.
The young cowboy squeezed one of the sock caterpillars that was protruding from a wooden garden and guessed its contents.
"I guessed what the caterpillar ate, silly," Henderson said. "I won a spider ring."
This year's carnival also catered to older children, said Doris Murrell, chairwoman of the citizens' advisory board.
"We always have a lot of older kids out, but there have never been a lot of activities to keep them involved," she said.