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.
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.
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.
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