2016 Outer Banks Halloween Events & Activities
A personal favorite over the past three years, the Wanchese Woods Haunted Trail delivers big city theatrics and costumes but out here in the sticks! As if the dark drive out to the attraction isn't scary enough, once you sign your life away at the ticket counter you're at the mercy of the woods. The trail is normally composed of several buildings and scenes, and is eerily haunting every step of the way. An inside source has informed me that the woods will be even more alive this year, that more creatures have been unearthed, and you won't be able to catch your breath... sign me up! Shows are Friday and Saturday nights starting October 7th. Tickets are $15 at the gate, or $12 when you come in a group of 10 or more.
It's back! After a two year hiatus, Trick or Treat Under the Sea returns for its 12th year at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island! Spend the evening with the kiddos all dressed in costumes and making your way through the many exhibits. The event takes place from 6pm - 8:30pm on the evenings of October 26th and 27th, tickets are $11+ tax per person for ages 2 and older (2 and younger are free). Ticket sales begin online October 1st, so make sure to get yours early!
While taking place after Halloween, the Evening Lantern Tours at the Island Farm offer a very interesting experience for the whole family. On November 4th and 5th from 7pm - 9:30pm, you get the chance to witness life as it was on the Outer Banks in the late 1800's. See how family members lived on this historic home site and also how they grieved. This is a somber, not scary attraction. Tickets are $10 at the door. Read more about the tours on the Island Farm website.
(UPDATE - THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED) I hate scary clowns. Not that they've ever wronged me, they just come across like they're enjoying your agony a little too much. This year's haunted theme at The Lost Colony is "Carnevil." It promises to be a frightening good time with a full helping of clowns and deranged carnival employees. With scary carnival themes trending over the past few years in television and movies, I expect a large turnout for this year's show. The event takes place Friday and Saturday nights from October 7th through the 29th. Tickets are $13 for regular admittance, and $20 for a "GHOSTPASS" to jump the line.
A perfect way to celebrate fall! The Harvest Hayday takes place on Saturday, October 29th from 10am - 1pm. Bring the whole family out for this celebration of the season as there's plenty to do for all! Activities include: hay rides through the garden, stuff a scarecrow, educational stations, face painting, educational crafts, hay bale maze, music, story time, games as well as hot cider, pumpkin pie and bonfires. Members/Friends of the Gardens are free. Non-Members: Adults $9; Youth (6-17) $6; Children 5 and under are free with a paying adult.
Beer, costumes, and running. What more do you need? The Beer Witch Project is a 1 mile long beer run taking place Saturday, October 29th from 7pm - 10pm at the Outer Banks Brewing Station. Hosted by the OBX Running Company, the run is a chip timed race where costumed participants will have to drink a beer after each quarter mile completion. Prizes will be awarded to the fasted male and female overall winners, plus bonus prizes for scariest and most creative costumes. This is a 21 and over event. Tickets are $38.50 online and this also gets you into the after party. Get your tickets now (limited to 100 participants) at The OBX Running Company website. You can also follow the event on Facebook.
Did you know the Outer Banks was haunted? Of curse you did! (muahaha, curse) With all the shipwrecks, pirates, and long lost colonists, it's only a matter of time until you meet up with a spirit from the past. Do it with the professionals at OBX Ghost Tours!
While their regular summer tours have ended, I've done the legwork for you and verified they are offering semi-private tours throughout the Halloween season. Their tour through Manteo, NC includes a stop in the nation's oldest family run movie theater (Pioneer Theater) and they use EMF detectors just like all those haunting shows you watch on television. Check out their website and Facebook page, then to call to book at 252.305.2976. It's $26 per person with a minimum party of 3. Don't forget, Village Realty guests get an exclusive deal during their regular season tours!
The Outer Banks Halloween Parade is held annually, on the Sunday before Halloween in Nags Head, NC. This year marks the 3rd event and takes place at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern on Sunday, October 30. This is a rain or shine event for all ages, and no admission charge so long as you have a costume! There'll be prizes for the best costumes across multiple categories and other events taking place through the course of "HalloWeek" such as a pumpkin decorating/carving contest and a Halloween International Film Festival. Don't miss out on the action. Visit the OBXEntertainment Halloween Parade website for full details on all the events!
Looking for a spooky-good deal on accommodations for a trip to the Outer Banks over Halloween? Check out this list of available rental homes. Many also offer partial stays so you can enjoy all the space and privacy of a house for less than the price of some area hotel rooms!
As always, thanks for stopping by and make sure to share with some friends who need to get their scare on!