Fall Activities To Enjoy in the North Carolina Outer Banks

Visiting the North Carolina Outer Banks in the fall has perks, such as cooler weather and gorgeous fall colors. There are also many fun things to explore in the North Carolina Outer Banks that only happen in the fall. Discover the many adventures listed below when you book your stay with Atlantic Realty. We offer a premium selection of the best places to stay in OBX with options in the Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, and South Nags Head areas.

Fall is a great time to visit the OBX

Top 10 Fall Activities in the North Carolina OBX

  1. A fall staple in the North Carolina Outer Banks is roasting s’mores over a bonfire at the Nags Head and Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches. Make sure you research the most up-to-date bonfire regulations before starting any fires.
  2. The Outer Banks Seafood Festival is an annual event in Nags Head. It honors the OBX fishing heritage and features yummy food and live music.
  3. Enjoy the beautiful North Carolina fall colors while you hike through Kitty Hawk Woods.
  4. The OBX Pridefest is an annual three-day event in early September. Come here to enjoy many late-night events, the famous drag brunch, and a family-friendly Saturday event with live music, local vendors, and more.
  5. Travelers 21+ can enjoy the Lost Colony Wine and Culinary Festival at the Waterside Theater ground in Manteo, the home of the Lost Colony of Roanoke. At this festival, you can enjoy wines from around the world, cuisine from top local chefs, and live music.
  6. Another highly anticipated North Carolina fall event is the Halloween International Film Festival. This three-day festival features different independent horror films from entries all over the world and is held in Kill Devil Hills. 
  7. The Duck Jazz Festival is a fun free fall event in the North Carolina Outer Banks. Here you can enjoy free live jazz music from award-winning performers and food and beverages available for purchase from local vendors.
  8. The Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival is a long-standing North Carolina fall tradition that began in 1997. Its purpose is to encourage and promote public interest in the Outer Banks wildlife and the land. This fall festival occurs at six different North Carolina wildlife refuges in six northeastern counties. The Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society sponsors this fundraising event with over 90 birding, paddling, photography, art, and natural history activities.
  9. Families with young children can enjoy the Creepy in Corolla Trunk or Treat. Local businesses and residents in the Corella area come together to make this family-friendly Halloween event fun for kids with trick-or-treating and haunted lighthouses.
  10. Check out the Wanchese Woods Haunted Trail if you think you’re brave enough. This fall event is the number one haunted attraction in the North Carolina Outer Banks.

The Best Place To Stay in OBX

Find the perfect vacation rental so you can explore the North Carolina Outer Banks. Book your fall adventure today at the best place to stay in OBX!

Celebrate the New Year with an Outer Banks Vacation

Welcome 2022! Finally, we have entered a new chapter of our lives and can start enjoying it to its fullest. All around the country, we’ve wrapped up our New Year’s celebrations, coming away with refreshed memories and new resolutions. A common resolution among folks is traveling more often. There is no better way to begin fulfilling that resolution than a vacation to the beautiful Outer Banks, NC. As your family and friends start slowly easing back into travel, our barrier island communities provide a wonderfully safe relief from crowded spaces and congested vacation destinations. Let the seaside breezes wash over you! 

Celebrate 2022 with a Trip to the Outer Banks

Atlantic Realty is where your NC barrier island experience begins. We know that folks traveling during the new year are looking for more affordable vacations and accommodation options. For that very reason, we offer amazing amenities and great specials. You’ll get more bang for your buck by using Atlantic Realty guest perks, including discounted tickets and specials. Our selective vacation rental portfolio spans the lovely island Outer Banks communities, from Corolla to South Nags Head. As you get ready for your new year’s Outer Banks vacation, take a quick look at some of our great value opportunities—

Explore the Shore Guest Program

Pack up your family and get ready to vacation like a local in the Outer Banks! Our Explore the Shore program allows you to enjoy a variety of exciting activities, services, and dining deals. We’ve partnered with local businesses to ensure you have a good time.  You can explore the OBX without hurting your pocket! 

Fun ‘N Sun Perks Pass

We encourage you to utilize this guest pass, an exclusive vacation amenity that will get you and yours outdoors! There are fantastic savings to be had up and down the Outer Banks, including ice cream discounts and a free fishing pier pass. When you stay with Atlantic Realty, we want to make sure you get out to enjoy the natural beauty of our surrounding areas. 

Flexible Payment Plan

Atlantic Realty makes booking your 2022 Outer Banks getaway worry-free with our thoughtful flexible payment plan. You can book your stay today, enter the promo code FLEXPAY2022, and just pay 25 percent of the rent amount. You then make your monthly payments on your schedule. Some restrictions apply, so make sure to visit our website. We are committed to helping you find a home that suits your family’s size, style, and budget. 

Book your affordable Outer Banks vacation with us online today! We cannot wait to welcome you and your family to our barrier island.

Holiday Lights on the OBX

One of the most popular Christmas traditions on the Outer Banks (as well as any town) is looking at the local Christmas light displays. The Outer Banks has some truly amazing light displays, one of which has even been on national television. Below is a list of some of our favorites. If you happen to visit the Outer Banks during the holiday season, be sure to check these out!

Private Homes

The Corolla Christmas House, right along N.C. 12 in Corolla– this thoroughly modern light display entertains visitors with their impressive computerized light show.

Grandy Lights, 118 Woodhouse Drive, Grandy– 70,000 lights hooked up to 140 musical segments. Only one word describes it; Wow.

5111 Lunar Drive, Kitty Hawk– Colorful lights and glowing inflatables? Check.

206 Clamshell Drive, Kill Devil Hills–  The Mennicucci family collects donations for the food pantry, so bring some cans when you come look at the lights.

959 Wingina Ave., Manteo-Lights timed to music, courtesy of the Dillon Family

The Outer Banks Christmas House, Ocean Acres Drive, Kill Devil Hills– This is the famed Outer Banks Christmas house, owned by the Poulos Family as seen on the Today show and other extreme decorating shows. You have to see it to believe it!

The Poulos Family has been setting up this massive Christmas display for almost 40 years

Government Sites

Aviation Park, Kill Devil Hills Town Hall, Veterans Drive- Aviation Park does fun things with their frog pond and lights.

Manns Harbor Post Office- A post office? Seriously? Yes. Just across the bridge is a tiny post office with a musical light display and definitely worth the trip.

Downtown Manteo, Roanoke Island Festival Park– You might have seen the Elizabeth II before, but you’ve never seen her all decked out in lights. Impressive doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Elizabeth II all lit up. Photo courtesy of OBX Entertainment.

Elizabethan Gardens Winter Lights

Over a million lights, wooden sculptures, inflatables and more make up this  spectacular display of Winter lights at the Elizabethan Gardens, one of the most beautiful places on the Outer Banks. Tickets are $11 for adults, $9 for youth, and $6 for children. You can find out more about the Elizabeth Garden’s Winter Lights here.

Winterlights at the Elizabethan Gardens features displays including Sir Walter Raleigh and Queen Elizabeth in lights.

Do you know of any amazing displays that we missed? Be sure to share in the comments below. We would love to add to our list.

We wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season and hope to see you on the Outer Banks soon!

International Halloween Film Festival comes to the OBX

Halloween is coming. The Outer Banks may be well known for it’s spooky history and ghost stories, but not so much as a Halloween destination. If you’re a horror movie and Halloween fan, you won’t want to miss the 4th Annual International Halloween Film Festival on the Outer Banks. 

Halloween Film Festival
The 4th Annual Outer Banks Halloween Film Festival is October 3rd – 5th, 2019

This 3 day event feature indie films from prominent and up-and-coming indie filmmakers from all over the world. There are prizes for the films as well. It’s like our very own mini Academy Awards!

This event features three days of Halloween fun with all kinds of film from super short to feature length. There are also question and answer sessions with the directors and stars, photo ops on the orange carpet and nightly meet and greets. There are even after hours parties featuring additional fan films not shown during the festival, costume parties, Scaryoke, and a whole lot more!

The movies are shown at the Outer Bank’s largest movie theater; R/C Theatres Movies 10. It features a 36 foot movie screen, stadium seating and all the concessions you’d expect from a movie theater. And of course, the theater has that ‘Outer Banks’ vibe. To buy tickets and see a complete movie list, visit OBX Entertainment’s website.

Plan your October Outer Banks Getaway today! We can help you find a vacation home to rent for a long Fall weekend so you can enjoy the many local events we have to offer — including the Halloween Film Festival.

Outer Banks Tiny Home Festival

Have you heard about the Tiny Homes? They’re more than just a lifestyle, they’re a social movement. Tiny Homes are popular with people both for their relatively low cost and small environmental footprint.  As people become more socially aware and more interested in minimalism, tiny homes are really starting to take off.

In general, a tiny home is usually less than 500 sq feet, with some of them being as small as 100 square feet. They feature clever ways of storage and furniture layout such as drop down storage cabinets, living rooms with hidden storage, two floors, and living rooms that turn into bedrooms. Staircases, industrial piping, and vinyl or wood flooring and a many more options are available.  Some tiny homes are built to sleep four people.

The Sweet Pea Tiny Home will be on display at the Outer Banks Tiny Home Fesitval June 8-9

Some people think of Tiny Homes as ‘trailers’ but nothing could be further from the truth. A tiny home is more like their full sized counterpart, and their exteriors reflect this. Tiny homes can look anything from a dollhouse, to a Victorian, to a farmhouse even a chapel. Tiny Homes can be portable, since they do fit on hauling trailers, or they can stay in one place built on a foundation just like their full sized counterparts.  They also make great offices, mother-in-law suites, and craft houses.

There are even Tiny Home communities popping up, (one is planned on Hatteras Island.) These communities offer all the benefits of both the Tiny Home movement and the closeness of a real neighborhood. After all, all the neighbors already have one thing in common; a love of Tiny Homes.

Currently, there aren’t many Tiny Homes on the Outer Banks, but that will soon change…

The Oak Island Tiny Home will appear at the Outer Banks Tiny Home Festival June 8–9th
(Photo courtesy of Sam Ross The Radio Scout)

The Outer Banks is pleased to announce the Outer Bank’s first annual Tiny Home Festival. This event runs the weekend of June 8th and 9th and is going to be a great family friendly event. Tickets are low, $10 for one day or $15 for both days. There will be lots of tiny homes to see along with speakers, hosts, musical entertainment, food trucks, a beer garden and plenty of arts and crafts vendors selling great stuff for your tiny (or regular sized home.)

A good time is guaranteed to be had by all. So stop by, see some great Tiny Homes, and enjoy a family friendly day full of fun, dreams, and great memories. And if you need a place to stay for the festival, be sure to check out our VacayYourWay program. These homes aren’t exactly “tiny”, but offer short stays year round when most vacation homes require full week stays.

How to Plan a Low Stress Outer Banks Wedding

With the Annual Outer Banks Wedding Weekend and Expo taking place in less than 2 weeks, we thought we’d share our Low Stress Outer Banks Wedding Planning Guide.

Letâ??s face it; weddings are stressful, especially destination weddings. You want your special day to be perfect, but you also donâ??t want to go crazy in the process. Fortunately, when you have your wedding at the Outer Banks, there are several things you can do to make your wedding as stress free as possible. 

1.  Choose A Location That Is Both Venue And Accommodations   

The biggest stressor of a destination wedding is finding someplace to hold the wedding, the reception, and someplace to put all your guests. However, the Outer Banks has special event homes that can double as both wedding and reception venue as well as vacation home for your guests. These event homes can sleep anywhere from 40-80 people and accommodate more than twice that number for the event. Need even more room?  Many of these homes are next to each other, so you are able to rent multiple homes to house everyone on your guest list.

Our special wedding homes, known as â??event housesâ??, are large oceanfront homes that have huge kitchen, dining areas, gathering spaces, entertainment areas, and of course, plenty of bedrooms. With one single reservation, three of your biggest headaches; finding a place for the wedding, reception, and accommodations, are all taken care of. 

What a relief! Now, letâ??s look what else you can do to lower the stress and raise the enjoyment of your special day.

2. Pre-Plan

One of the best things about the Outer Banks is that itâ??s far enough away, and beautiful enough, to be a destination wedding location, without the hassle of passports, plane fares and other travel issues. In fact, many people can drive to it in a day. You can even make it a fun week or weekend. Come down and experience the Outer Banks and even tour the event house you saw online so you can be assured that itâ??s the best place for your Special Event.

Going to be in town the weekend of January 19-20th? Check out the Outer Banks Wedding Weekend and Expo; all the vendors, homes and everything else you need for an Outer Banks wedding in one convenient place.

3.  Set The Date

Of course, youâ??ll want to book your event house as soon as possible. Some of the more popular ones, book up as far as two whole years in advance. Once you reserve your venture, send out â??Save the Dateâ?? cards so your guests can make their plans. The earlier you secure the home and send out the cards, the more people will be able to come, and more friends and family youâ??ll get to see on the actual day.

4. Choose The Vendors

Now, choosing the vendors is one of the hardest parts of setting up a wedding, especially when you donâ??t have firsthand knowledge of most of them. Fortunately, Event homes keep a list of preferred vendors; everything from caterers to cakes, to music, beauty, flowers, chair rentals and more. These preferred vendors are used to working with these homes to ensure everything goes smoothly for you big day. If you want additional choices, you can also check out the Outer Banks Wedding Association for their list of local vendors.  Have questions? Atlantic Realty’s concierge is a wealth of knowledge of not only the area, but the local business and vendors available to make your event one of a kind!! 

5.  Remember The Marriage License  

Gone are the days when it used to be complicated to get a marriage license out of state. Today, you can get one at any County at the Register of Deeds Office. There is no waiting period, no physical examinations, and same sex marriages are valid too.

6.  Choose your Officiant

You can have a religious wedding or a non-religious wedding, thatâ??s entirely up to you. In North Carolina, you only have to be an ordained officiant. Or you can hire a magistrate to perform your ceremony. You can get one of those by contacting Dare or Currituck County.

7.  Know The Rules About Beach Weddings

A lot of weddings are held on the beach. After all, itâ??s right outside your door at an event home. And just by the search volume on Pinterest, beach weddings are the newest trend. The rules of a beach wedding are simple,and you don’t even need a license in most cases. If your wedding is extra-large, then you might need a â??mass gatheringâ?? license, but there is no special permit needed for a wedding. You can set up music as long as you don’t violate noise ordinances, and tents and chairs as long as you donâ??t block any public beach entrances. Of course, that last part is easy since most event homes have their own direct and private accesses to the beach.


Your wedding day doesnâ??t have to be stressful. The more planning you do, the less stressful it will be. Reserving your home early and taking the local recommendations for vendors eliminates most of the stress right there. Then, when you arrive, everything will be perfect. You can look back at your wedding and be reminded what a perfect day that was.


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#bookdirect day is February 7th

February 7th is National #bookdirect day!  What are the benefits of booking directly with vacation rental company?  Read on to find out! 

There are lots of places to find vacation accommodations online.  Sites like Homeaway.com, Expedia.com, AirBnB, and Booking.com, etc. are a great place to start your search.   These “3rd party sites” help you get an idea of where you want to travel and what type of accommodations are available.  But, we recommend ALWAYS booking direct to avoid the additional “guest service fees” that are added on to the cost of the reservation.  

We believe that vacation rental homes are the best value for your vacation dollar for a number of reasons, but you can save even more and get even better service by booking directly with vacation rental companies, like Atlantic Realty. 


So What Professional Services Do Rental Companies Provide?

Good question.  It’s important to understand that unlike an ad site, rental companies are regulated as ‘real estate companies.’ The Owner has to be a licensed agent and has to follow all the rules for owning a business in the county and state where their business is located. This professional and ethical code followed by Realtors ensures that you’ll have the more professional experience and also gives you certain benefits that third party sites can touch. Here are a few of them.

The Best Prices  

Everyone thinks the third party sites have the best prices. That’s why people use them after all. However, most third party sites aren’t showing accurate prices, just low ones. When they use oddly specific language such as ‘starting at’ or ‘as low as’ followed by the price per night, what they’re actually doing is taking the lowest price it can be in a year and showing you that, regardless of the season. Most often, the true price you pay for peak vacation times is double or even triple that.

Additionally, third party sites are unable to run specials like flash sales, tax free days, or Black Friday deals. These are specials that property management companies use to reward their most loyal fans and guests. You can see a full list of our current specials here.  https://www.atlanticrealty-nc.com/specials

Knowledgeable Local Staff

When you call Atlantic Realty, you can be assured that the person answering the phone lives and works here. That means whether you’re looking for the perfect town, a great place to eat out, or activities you can do on a rainy or sunny day, you can have the best and most up-to-date advice given by a true local.

Professional Cleaning Included

Going on vacation is fun. You know what’s not fun? Having to scrub the house afterwards. Yet, with some of these third party houses that’s exactly what they expect you to do; ready the house for the next renter. The ones that don’t expect you to do that tack on a ‘cleaning fee’ that was never mentioned previously. Remember what I said about third party sites not offering the best deals?

However, when you use a vacation rental company, the cleaning fee is included. All you have to do is leave the house in broom swept condition and the professional cleaner will come in after you and take care of the rest. Best of all, you can be assure that your house had the same high standards of cleaning applied to it before your arrival as well.

After Hours Emergency Phone (For True Emergencies)

So what happens if you get to your house after hours and you can’t get in? Or what if the smoke detector starts beeping in the middle of the night or if the toilet starts overflowing with an endless supply of water? Without a professional manager, you’re on your own to handle these types of disasters. 

However, with a vacation rental company, you’re never on your own. Atlantic Realty provides an emergency after hours number for just such an emergency. You can call us anytime for the true disasters and our office between 8:30am-5:00pm for minor issues. It gives you peace of mind knowing your family isn’t all alone thousands of miles from home.

Makes It Easy On You If Something Breaks

In the rare even something does break, it’s up to the rental company to get a vendor over there to fix it, not you.  It’s also on the rental company to let them in. None of this ruining your vacation with the old ‘we’ll arrive between 10-3’ stuff.  If someone needs to wait at the house, we’ll wait for the repair person.  This way, you can go out, have a fun time and whatever it is should be fixed by the time you get back.

Most of the times the local repair people also put a house managed by a rental company closer to the top of the list than house managed by an individual. This is just good business. After all, who would you give preferential treatment to? A single house managed by one person or a company who manages hundreds of houses and can give you lots of business in the future?

Notifications Of Conditions That Will Affect Your Travel Plans

Let s face it, the Outer Banks is a beautiful place, but not all the time. Sometime we get weather that can adversely affect your plans. If you rented from a third party site, then it’s usually on you to know the travel conditions before you arrive. And nothing’s worse than traveling 12 hours only to find out the bridge is closed due to high winds. (yes, that happens.)

Fortunately, a rental company will alert you in the events of bridge and other road closures, evacuations, or anything else that will ruin your plans to arrive. And don’t worry. Once the condition has been lifted, your house will be ready and waiting for you. (and in the extremely rare case that it’s not, we’ll help you with that too!)

Special Discounts To Local Activities

Another benefit from booking direct is the partnerships that professional managers like Atlantic Realty have with local businesses. 

What does ‘partnered mean?’ it means that Atlantic Realty has agreed to showcase certain companies in exchange for a nice discount for all our guests. These are discount you won’t find the local coupon books or anywhere else. Take a look at some of our partners, (though by no means is this an exhaustive list.)

  • H2OBX Waterpark 
  • Kitty Hawk Kayak & Surf School
  • Roanoke Island Festival Park
  • Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station 
  • Will You Escape The OBX?  The OBX’s First Escape Room!
  • Outer Banks Pier
  • Carolina Club Golf
  • Pointe Club Golf
  • Dairy Queen Mini Golf
  • Frisco Native American Museum
  • Back Country Outfitter’s Corolla Wild Horse Safari Tour
  • Lost Colony Play
  • Elizabethan Gardens
  • Capt’n Johnny’s Dolphin Watch
  • Just For The Beach Equipment Rentals
  • Acoustic Nights Live Music By Graham Outten
  • Corolla & Duck Parasailing
  • Corolla Watersports
  • Bob’s Bait And Tackle 
  • North Duck Watersports
  • Pizza Stop
  • Lotas Yoga
  • Mmaxout Fitness
  • Deja New  (Art Classes)
  • Shooters At The Beach (Professional Photography)
  • Outer Banks Kayak Adventures
  • The Pit Surf Shop
  • Ocean Sands K9 Resort
  • OBX Mystery Dinner Theater   
  • Dirty Dick’s Crab House
  • OBX Skim Camp  
  • OBX Pontoon Man
  • Sea Hunter-Charter Fishing
  • OBX Ghost Tours
  • Photography By Geri
  • Equine Adventures (Horseback Riding On The Beach)
  • OBX Biplane And Helicopter Tours
  • Capt Froggy’s Guide Service(For Hunting And Fishing)
  • Beach Masters Beach Set Up

Final Thoughts

Renting with a professional property management company will not only give you the best price, but also a low hassle vacation with great advice and discounts for whatever you want to do on your Outer Banks vacation. You’ll also have someone to call in case of emergencies. And if it rains an you’re not sure what do with the kids, we can make personal recommendations for that too!  Let’s get started booking that Outer Banks Vacation.  Give one of our friendly and helpful vacation planners a call now — or chat with us online! 


October Outer Banks Events

Fall is here. In some areas of the country, the leaves turn colors. On the OBX, there are other ways to tell Fall is here, particularly  with the fewer number of people, less traffic and of course, the appearance of pumpkins, Fall festivals and Halloween themed fun.

So if you’re on the Outer Banks in October, there are tons of  things to do for all ages.  

Pumpkin Patch At The Island Farm-Saturdays

It’s pumpkin picking time, and your little ones can do it the old fashioned way on the Island Farm. It all starts with an ox-drawn wagon, taking everyone to the patch were the kids can select their own pumpkin to take home. Other activities of the day include candle making, scarecrow stuffing, and corn husk doll creating. There’s even a scarecrow photo booth. Naturally, all the regular farm animals are still there too. Don’t forget to say hi to the chickens. They want to say hi to you.

Wanchese Woods-Weekends

Forget the haunted house, this is an entire haunted woods. Nestled deep within one of the Outer banks most out of the way towns is the â??Haunted Wanchese Woodsâ??. The fright start from the moment you get out of your car to the moment you leave. This place has jump scares, special effects and costumed ‘freaks’ aplenty. They also draw on local legends in addition to the usual tropes. There are two versions offered; a regular version and an extreme version for the bravest of the bunch.  It’s also the largest haunted woods in this part of the state.

Outer Banks Parade of Homes-10/6 – 10/9  October Outer Banks

The Parade of Homes is a self-guided tour of homes around the Outer Banks spanning 50 miles. This year’s collection features homes between 1,240-10,000 square feet so there is a size that is sure to fit your lifestyle. The parade features both new homes and recent renovations.  Homeowners and builders alike are eager to show off the newest and best that the Outer Banks has to offer. It’s a great way to see up close and personal what you may want in your next  home or renovation project.

Seafood Festival- 10/15

The annual Seafood Festival features music, fun, and most of all FOOD. Restaurant’s from all over the Outer Banks join together to show off their cooking styles and what they can do with seafood preparation.  Educational/informational tents will be available for you to learn more about this area and the environment, including NEST, Jennette’s Pier, Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station, Sea Grant and the UNC Coastal Studies Institute. Artesian tents include All Washed Up Jewelry, Coastal Creations by Lauren, Handmade Pottery, and Thunder Hill Arts. And let’s not forget the boats. There will be several of them there so you can learn more about how fish go from ocean to table.

Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival-10/18- 10/23

If you’re a nature lover, this is for you. The National Wildlife Refuges have put together more than 100 trips and programs for nature lovers. It includes programs for birding, kayaking, photography, art, natural history and more. Kenn Kaufman, world reknown birder, artist and author will be a featured speaker. The culmination is a reception and dinner located at the beautiful National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center on Roanoke Island.

Brewtag- 10/22

Creatively named after the Red Bull Flutag, (flying day in German,) Brewtag is a celebration of flight and beer. Rather than making human powered flying machines, the object of Brewtag is to get Kegs off the ground and keep it from crashing. As the tagline says, you WILL believe kegs can fly. There’s also food and miscellaneous vendors, a mechanical shark, and lots of beer.

Outer Banks Stunt Kite Competition- 10/22-10/23

It’s been said that Kitty Hawk is so windy, it could launch a brick. I don’t know about that, but it can certainly launch a kite, particularly a stunt kite. On these dates, stunt kites from all over the nation descend on the Outer Banks and show off their stuff. Categories include precision, choreography, and more. Free kite demos are available.

Halloween International Film Festival- 10/27- 10/29

This is a first for the Outer Banks; the first time we’ve hosted an international film festival of this nature. Indie filmmakers from all over the world submitted their films for your enjoyment. The films will be shown at the multiplex RC theatres in Kill Devil Hills.

Outer Banks Halloween Parade of Costumes- 10/30

Held the Sunday before Halloween, the Kelly’s Annual Costume Parade is now in its third year. This parade is a wonderful and fun event for people of all ages. There’s a costume contest with several judged groups; male/female, ages, couples, families, and a surprise category. The haunted hearse will also make an appearance. Admission is free to anyone wearing a costume.

Great Pumpkin Contest- 10/30   Halloween Outer Banks

Part of the Pumpkin Parade, this contest is for carving the best pumpkin. They can be carved or painted, and there are several categories in which you can win, everything from most creative to scariest.  There’s also a people’s choice award. Pumpkins are provided.

Fun on the Outer Banks doesnâ??t stop with summer! The weather in October is beautiful, there is a lot to do, and there’s still time to lay out on the beach, build sandcastles and make memories.

Ready to get here and attend some of these awesome events?  Let Get Started and Plan Your Fall Outer Banks Vacation Today!!

Halloween Fun on the Outer Banks

Fall is one of the best times to visit the Outer Banks.  Not only is the weather warm, the summer crowds are gone, and the rental rates are low, but there is plenty of activities and events available during the month of October. 

Pumpkin Picking At the Island Farm

Pumpkin picking is a Fall favorite, and the Island Farm adds a new twist. Included with the price of admission, you get to ride in an ox drawn wagon to the pumpkin patch where you and your kids can pick out your future jack o’ lantern.

Draped In Black

For the history lovers in the group, be sure to attend the Victorian funeral at the island farm. You won’t find any ghosts here, just Victorian ‘people’ showing you how funerals in those days were done. You’ll see everything from the festivities down to the mourning attire. If you adore history, this is a not to be missed experience.

Haunted Segway Tour Though the Outback

Though most of these activities are fun for all ages, this one does have both an age and weight requirement. (13-65 years) That’s because you drive your own personal Segway in a “follow the leader” type tour. This tour takes you through the back country of Corova, and tells you all the creepy stories from this part of the Outer Banks. You’ll explore abandoned cemeteries, see where incidents took place, hear some great stories. Who knows? You might even get to see a horse or two.

Costume Parade

On October 25th you can attend the Outer Banks newest parade, the costume parade. Brought to you by Kelly’s Restaurant and Tavern, the same people who bring you the annual St. Patricks’ Day parade.  The costume parade is only in its second year and promises to be bigger and even better than last year.  Young, old, and even pets show up in their best costume to show off, have fun, and maybe win a prize.  There are several prizes available in a variety of categories. You don’t have to be local to enter, you just have to be here. Special ‘guests’ include Queen Elsa from Frozen, Mike Myers, OBX jetpacks, and the Haunted Hearse.


Are you ready for something really scary? Then check out Psychopath, presented by the Lost Colony on the grounds where the real colonists mysteriously disappeared over 400 years ago.  This event is never the same so it’s difficult to predict what it will like. But, I can predict it will be good scary fun for all involved. It’s recommended for ages 10 and up.

Wanchese Woods  Pumpkin Picking at Island Farm

Hidden off the main road is the fishing village of Wanchese. Each Halloween 7 acres of the woods takes on decidedly haunted flavor, mixing local legends with well-known tropes. Though the main attraction is meant for people over 13, this year they have added two new additional attractions. The first is a much less scary version designed for younger visitors and the second is a much scarier version of the woods which is so scary that it requires a special ticket.  Enter if you dare!

It’s no trick to spend Halloween at the Outer Banks and get ‘treated’. All you have to do is check out our selection of homes and our specials page. And if you love Halloween, then spending it here is the best treat you can give yourself.

Check out our Spooktacular Savings!

Happy Halloween.

Outer Banks Seafood Festival

The Outer Banks Seafood Festival will celebrate its 4th year in 2015.   Not only is this festival highlighting the best in local Outer Banks Seafood, but it also features live entertainment, fishing demonstrations, local fishing history, and more.  This article will show you the basics of the Seafood Festival so you can know before you go.

What Is It?

The Outer Banks Seafood Festival is put on by Outer Banks Catch, which is a local organization that works to promote locally caught seafood. It’s an all-day event honoring seafood and the coastal way of life. It features food, drinks, vendors, cooking demonstrations, boat exhibits, live music, crafts, and so much more. Admission is only $3 for people over 12. Sea bucks are available to purchase food, drink and activities. Shuttles take you from the designated parking areas to the Nags Head Event Space. 

When Is It?

The Outer Banks Seafood Festival takes place Saturday October 17th from 10am to 6pm. 


No matter what your age, you’re bound to find something you like at the Seafood Festival . There’s a kids zone set up where your little ones can have fun, learn and play. Storytelling, done in the oral tradition, will thrill you with stories and legends of yesteryear. Cooking demonstrations will give you a new way to cook an old favorite. And boat exhibits will show the history and future of our coastal vessels.


A wide assortment of vendors will be set up with things to buy, things to look at and things to educate. Outer Banks Catch will be there, telling you about the fishing life of local commercial fisherman and the importance of local seafood. N.E.S.T will be there too, to answer all your questions about sea turtles and how you can help. Atlantic Realty will also be there, answering all your questions about buying property on the beach. Many local artists will also be represented, offering sea inspired home and gift times. It’s a great opportunity to do your holiday shopping and maybe get a little something for yourself too. 

Live Music

Live music will be performed between 11:30-5.  Bands featured include the Southern English Band, Unknown Tongues, Croatan Highway Band, Old Enough to Know Better, and Johnny Waters and Company. There will also be an opening and closing ceremony.

For The Wicked Tuna Fansâ?¦

Captains Britt Shackelford, Greg Mayer, Charlie Griffin, and Tami Gray of Wicked Tuna Outer Banks will be on hand  1:30-2:30 p.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m. for autograph signings and to answer questions about the show.  Additionally, Captains Griffin and Gray will be participating throughout the day in activities within the Outer Banks Catch tent. It’s a great way to meet some local celebrities and go home with the ultimate souvenir. Bring your Wicked Tuna gear and your autograph book.


Who could forget about the food? Restaurants from all over have been brought together to provide you with the best seafood the Outer Banks has to offer. Craft beers are also available. Sea bucks is how you purchase food and drink. Buy as many or as few as you need. Some of the restaurants and distilleries included are: Basnightâ??s Lone Cedar Café, Captain Georgeâ??s Seafood Restaurant, Dirty Dicks Crab House,  Jolly Roger, Kellyâ??s Restaurant & Tavern, Mulliganâ??s Raw Bar & Grille, OBX Moveable Feast, Ten O Six, Beach Road Bistro, Stripers Bar & Grille, Outer Banks Brewing Station, Weeping Radish, and many more.

So if you’re in town on the 17th, be sure to check out the Seafood Festival. A good time will be had by all, and a great memory will be made.  Planning a trip, visit our Outer Banks Specials Page for Deals and Discounts on last minute stays.    

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