Halloween or October in general is a great time to visit the Outer Banks; not only is the weather usually perfect- not too hot or too cold, but we have some great Halloween themed attractions in the area that you’re going to love!
Island Farm Pumpkin Patch (October 7, 14, 21, and 28)
Even though you’re not home, you can still make pumpkin flavored memories. The Island Farm is open Saturdays in October and has the perfect pumpkin for you. It starts with an ox drawn wagon ride by the last yoke trained ox in the country. The cart takes you to the pumpkin patch were you can pick out your pumpkin. Plus, the Island Farm has appropriate fall themed farm activities such as stuffing a scarecrow, making a corn husk doll, candle making and more. And don’t forget the animals, they’ll be there too. The Island Farm has horses, chickens, sheep, and more.
Wanchese Woods Haunted Trail (Oct 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28)
Fridays and Saturdays in October it’s Haunted Woods time. Located in an actual woods with ‘history’, the woods is an old school style haunt with people, special effects, jump scares and more. It’s not for those with weak hearts, those who scare easily or who are claustrophobic. But, if you love a good scare, then you’re going to LOVE the Haunted Trail. Be aware, because of its intense nature, a waiver is required. (Also, they only take cash)
The International Halloween Film Festival (Oct 26-28)
Featuring 40 independent horror films from around the world, these short films are guaranteed to get you in the Halloween spirit. Some of the headline films are 3 Dead Trick or Treaters (Canada) Sightings (North Carolina), The Barberâ??s Cut (U.K.) and a stop-motion animated The Funhouse Waltz from New Zealand. Many directors and actors will be on hand to talk shop about the films. It’s perfect for the horror film lover and movie buff. Tickets are available for single days or all three.
BrewtÃ¤g (Oct 28)
Ok, this one’s not very “spooky” but they do always have it around Halloween, so I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention it. The Brewtag features inventors who are trying to get mini kegs to fly. You’ll be treated to all kinds of flying machines, and the kegs either fly, or fall with style. It’s family fun for all, with music, food, fun and flying kegs. What could be better?
Halloween Carnival â?? (Oct. 28)
Held at Kmart, this carnival features games, costume contests and great prizes. You’ll also have a chance to see Halfmoon Hollow display of handmade, custom built Halloween animatronics and decorations on exhibit in a special walk-through experience. You’ll be amazed and have a lot of fun.
Halloween Tea Party (Oct 28)
It’s tea party time. The Spice & Tea Exchange is hosting a tea party where you’ll get to sample all four of their specialty Fall teas. You can also make your own candy apple at the candy apple bar, and partake of some frighteningly good treats. This event is perfect for any little girl (or boy) who loves tea parties or any adult who just loves tea.
Outer Banks Halloween Parade of Costumes (Oct 29)
It’s the 4th annual Halloween Parade at Kelly’s. This family friendly event features trick or treating, surprise guests, live entertainment, the haunted hearse, Star Wars 501st Legion, and the biggest costume contest in the county. Everyone is welcome, even dogs, and they can dress up too, or even be in the parade. There are close to a dozen prizes you could win and all kinds of categories you could win them in.
Halloween At The WaterFront Shops (Oct 29)
Duck does Halloween in this fun event put on by the Merchants Association. Trick or treat in broad daylight at the shops along the boardwalk. Get a henna tattoo, caricatures, take a hay ride, participate in a raffle and enjoy the spooky music of DJ Allen. It’s family fun at its best.
Trick-Or-Treat Night Fundraiser (Oct 28)
Though this technically takes place at First Flight Elementary Schoole and is a local favorite, it is open to all. You can trick or treat through the halls, see the haunted house, or participate in the cake walk. There are also fun activities for kids like glitter tattoos, glow necklaces, rock painting, and a photo booth. There’s also a silent auction for adults. Pizza and hot dogs are the kid friendly fair at this event. Best of all, your entry fee supports local education and the food pantry.
Trunk Or Treat (Oct 31)
If you’re spending the actual day of Halloween with us but the kids are sad over missing traditional Trick or Treat night, donâ??t worry, there is an alternative. Corolla hosts Trunk or Treat at the Whalehead Club. Locals and companies gather in the parking lot and have their trucks filled with all kinds of goodies, from candy to trinkets. The kids can go from trunk to trunk (instead of door to door) to collect their treasure and have all the fun of Halloween even though they’re not at home. Best of all, the Whalehead Club vets everyone who wants to participate, so you can be assured of safety.