Halloween Thrills & Chills on the OBX


Halloween Thrills & Chills on the OBX

Remember when we were talking about fall events on the Outer Banks and we said we'd do a follow-up post on Halloween events, since there were so many? Well, this is that post!

Have you ever spent Halloween at the beach? More specifically, have you spent Halloween on the beaches of the Outer Banks of North Carolina? If not, you should consider it. You don't have to give up any of the Halloween fun just because you're in a beach setting. In fact, there are plenty of ways to get your Halloween thrills and chills here. You do remember that you're in the graveyard of the Atlantic, pirate territory, the land of unexplained lost colonists, and other Outer Banks history, legend and lore, right? Sounds like a perfect setting for Halloween.

Where can you go and what can you do for Halloween on the OBX? Here are few of our top suggestions, ranked from least spooky to most spooky. The last category is not for the faint of heart. Enter at your own risk.

Not Spooky (& Kid-Friendly)

Island Farm Pumpkin Patch, Manteo

  • Saturdays in October Pumpkin Patch for the Kids

Come to Island Farm and take an ox-drawn wagon ride to the farm's pumpkin patch; find your perfect pumpkin to take home. Admission is $8; children ages 5 and under are free. Take home a pumpkin for an additional $5.

Other activities included are make your own corn husk doll, candle making, children's 19th-century toys and games, stuff a scarecrow, scarecrow photo booth for taking your own photos, and interacting with the farms animals.

On the last day of this event, wear your Halloween costume and receive a surprise. Wagon hayrides take place from 10:30am - 12:30pm and again at 1:30p.m. -3:30p.m.

Great Pumpkin Fair, Nags Head Elementary School, Nags Head

  • Saturday, October 17

10a.m. - 3p.m. Enjoy festival, rides, games, food, pumpkins and fall decor. There's also a Petting Zoo, ROBO-Surf, UFO Laser Tag, Bounce Houses, Super Slide, Rock Wall, Mulligan's Food Truck, Tubb's Hot Dogs, Island Snowball, Bake Sale, Cotton Candy, plus an Auction and Raffle. It promises fun for the whole family! Pumpkin Fair kick off 2K Fun Run at 10 a.m. $10 in advance/$15 day of Fun Run.

Harvest Hayday, Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo

  • Saturday, October 24

This autumn-tide event features harvest-themed activities for families on the Great Lawn. Activities typically include: hay maze, build a scarecrow, leaf rubbing, face painting, balloon sculpting, bird ID, corn hole toss, bubbles, pumpkin bowling, apple rolling, entertainment, make and take crafts, hay rides, Fish and Wildlife activities. Refreshments and baked goods are available to purchase. Gift shop sales and plant sales are part of the fall favorite event.

Outer Banks Halloween Parade of Costumes, Nags Head

  • Sunday, October 25

You'll find a little bit of everything here, not just a parade (though it is a highlight). It's more like a Halloween festival with trick or treat stations, surprise guest appearances, celebrity photo ops, live entertainment and so much more. Trick or Treating on the OBX

There's an unbelievable collection of prizes for the best costumes in each age group and category, so be sure to register to participate in the parade. Prizes include a half-day fishing trip with Outer Banks Fishing Charters; $100 off a jet pack adventure with OBXjetpak; complimentary admission tickets to Roanoke Island Festival Park; and Halloween treats for the kids (age 5 and under), just to name a few.

Remember: All costume contest entries must be registered to participate in the parade and to be eligible for prizes, so don't miss out. Registration is at 2p.m., rain or shine, and free for anyone wearing a Halloween costume.

Trunk or Treat at Koru Village, Avon

  • Saturday, October 31

This is a unique twist on a Halloween favorite. Bring the kids to the annual "Trunk or Treat" in the Beach Klub's parking lot. Decorate your car and partake in the festivities or let your kids visit each decorated car to trick or treat in a safe environment. Halloween fun for everyone!

Kind of Spooky

7p.m. – 9:30p.m. Come to Island Farm and join costumed interpreters on a night-time tour into the home of a grieving widow. Experience unique and peculiar ways Victorian families mourned the loss of a loved one. Listen to stories of the farm’s former residents and travel by lantern light to their final resting place in the family graveyard. Admission $10.

This adults-only annual Halloween costume party and Halloween bash offers cash and prizes for costume contest. Come dressed in your best and join the spooky fun dance party on Halloween night.

Very, Very Spooky

PsychoPath, Manteo

  • Friday & Saturday nights in October

Halloween scaresPrepare to be terrified. What are your deepest fears? What makes you cringe? Creatures, Maniacs, Zombies, and Disembodied Spirits, all roam the desolate and deserted Fort Raleigh National Park.

Make plans to brave the haunted trail for an all new PsychoPath. Every Friday and Saturday evening in October, PsychoPath ‘The Terror Within’ returns to the Waterside Theatre. With added frights and new special effects, PsychoPath 2015 is nothing like you have ever encountered before. Expect state-of-the-art scares and Hollywood quality effects along with cutting edge (so to speak) Halloween antics of every shape and form.

Prepare yourself to encounter new levels of terror. Ask about the GHOSTPASS to "appear” at the front of the line without waiting! General admission is $15; GHOSTPASS tickets are $25. PsychoPath begins at dark.

Wanchese Woods Haunted Trail, Wanchese

  • Friday & Saturday nights in October

Get scared at the Wanchese Woods Haunted Trail. Dark woods, remote location, 7 acres of pure terror... what could be scary about that? Speaking of remote locations, this event accepts cash only. Gulp. Admission is $15 per person.

If you're looking for more information on these and other events happening on the Outer Banks of North Carolina during Halloween or any time of year, click here.

What are your plans for Halloween this year? Will you be here?