Fall is one of the most popular times of year to visit the Outer Banks. The weather is still nice, with an occasionally 84 degree day, the fishing is great, the shops and restaurants don't have the summer crowds, and the vacation rental homes are at their "Off Season" rates! And of course, there’s Halloween, everyone’s favorite October Holiday. If you happen to be on the Outer Banks for Halloween, you don’t have to miss your favorite Holiday. Here are some great Halloween events and activities to take part in during your visit.
Wanchese Woods Haunted Trail -- Fridays and Saturdays in Oct
Get ready to scream.... with delight. Famous for being the largest haunted trail in the state, the Wanchese Woods turns everything you know about haunted trails on its head. Set the beautiful (and somewhat creepy) location of a real woods, this trail is old school with chainsaws, clowns and creatures from local legends.
*Note; there is both a regular version and an extreme version of this attraction. Choose accordingly. To purchase tickets, please visit wanchesewoods.com.
Pumpkin Patch Saturdays-- All Oct
Just because you’re not at home, doesn’t mean you can’t have a pumpkin. But why settle from one from the store when getting one can make a memory? Saturdays in October, the Island Farm will have you take an ox cart to their very own ‘pumpkin patch’, where you and your family can pick your own pumpkin to take home. Not only can you go home with a pumpkin, you’ll get to go back in time too with animals, reconstructed building and living history. It’s most fun you can have on a farm.
Haunts For Hunger -- Oct 19-21 & 23-25
Fight hunger and go on a great ghost tour at the same time! The first annual Haunts For Hunger by Outer Banks Tastes and Tales, takes you through Downtown Manteo and regales you with true scary stories of the area. They have both a normal scary tour, and an earlier ‘just scary enough’ tour for little ones. All proceeds go the local Food Pantry. And if you have any leftover nonperishables, you can bring those along too. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Halloween Arts and Crafts Expo -- Oct 24
Held at the Secret Island restaurant, this arts and crafts festival is the perfect way to get yourself into the Halloween ‘spirit’. It features dozens of local vendors selling handcrafted items. Admission is free, which is great because with so much to choose from, you’ll be hard pressed to decide what you’re taking home.
14th Annual Trick Or Treat Under The Sea -- Oct 24 and 25
Due to its immense popularity, Trick or Treat Under the Sea at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island will be held not one night, but two! Tickets must be purchased in advance and cannot be bought at the door. There are games, magic, contests, special programs, live animal encounters, places for the kids to ‘trick or treat’ and more. It’s a safe environment where kids can enjoy the fun of Halloween, even if they aren’t local.
Halloween International Film Festival -- Oct 25 - 27
The third annual Outer Banks Entertainment Halloween International Film Festival spanning 3 days is a great event for older teens to adults who can’t get enough horror. Held in the R/C theater’s decaplex, it features meet and greets with some of the filmmakers, question and answer sessions, photo ops and of course, it’s a chance to meet like-minded Halloween lovers.
October 26th features an After Party at the Secret Island restaurant. *note: this event is not suitable for small children.
Trick or Treat Night -- Oct 27
There’s no need to miss Halloween just because you aren't home. First Flight Elementary sponsors a night that’s open to the public. It includes food, photo booths, crafts, a cakewalk, and so much more. You’re kids and you will have a blast. Plus, you get the added bonus of helping out the local school (since this is their fundraising event of the year.) So, come on down and have a great time!
Halloween Costume Parade -- Oct 28
Originally founded by Mike Kelly, the costume parade is now in its 5th year. This is a free parade for everyone, even the family dog. Thousands of dollars in cash and prizes are given out for best costumes in each category, and there are certainly a lot of categories. The parade begins at 3pm at Aviation Park.
Prior to the parade there is Trick Or Treat party, suitable for all ages. A good time will be had by all.
Roanoke Island Maritime Museum Haunted House -- Oct 31
This is a great haunted house attraction for kids and adults. The antique boats and scary sea stories make a perfect backdrop for an evening of Halloween fun.
After the haunted house, there’s a trick or treat expedition to Downtown Manteo, where kids can knock on the doors of the historic home with their costumes, buckets and pillowcases. If you have a child upset about missing Halloween while on vacation, this is the must do.
Many families flock to the Banks for October. But just because you’re far from home doesn’t mean you can’t have some Halloween fun. There are plenty of events so that your kids, and all Halloween lovers will have a frightfully good time. Give us a call today to get your Outer Banks accommodations for Halloween all set!