Are you in the mood for Halloween yet? You will be after experiencing some of these activities happening in our area:
Oct 5-Nov 2
Food & Fright Night. Friday nights, 5:30pm. Three college students stay the night in a creepy, abandoned house and wind up living through some haunted history of their own. The evening features some actual tales of Wilmington NC’s haunted past and a tasty three course menu. Bonus show on Wed, Oct 31. TheatreNOW, 19 S. 10th St., Wilmington. Tickets required; 910-399-3669.
Oct 5-6, 18-20, 30
Ghost Hike. 8pm. Come accompany a Ranger down the trails of Fort Fisher State Recreation Area to explore the unexplained phenomenon that surrounds the Fort Fisher Area. These trails are closed during night hours but they will be open this night for those who join the Ranger on the ghost hike. You may bring flashlights if you like. You must call 910-458-5798 to reserve your spot because space is limited. Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, 1000 Loggerhead Rd., Kure Beach. Advanced reservations required; meet at visitor center. 910-458-5798.
Oct 5-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27, 30-31
Panic Attack. Thurs 6-11pm; Fri & Sat. 6pm-midnight. The largest, most elaborate, scariest, wildest, bloodiest, most intense haunted house the Cape Fear region has ever seen. Panic Attack Haunted Attraction is your worst nightmare come to life. Hollywood-quality special effects, elaborate sets, and terrifying live actors WILL without a doubt scare you and exploit your deepest fears. The shocking and twisted journey through the Panic Attack Haunted Attraction is like a bad dream gone worse that sends you into a blood-curdling, psychological massacre of fears, phobias, and haunts. 1290 S. 15th Street, Wilmington. Admission charge; not recommended for children under the age of 13. 910-685-6551.
Oct 12-14; 19-21
Poplar Grove Halloween Festival. A howling good time for Halloween fans, fun for the fearless and fearful alike. For thrills and chills try the haunted hayride or haunted barn. Afraid of the dark? There’s plenty to do! Rides, games, food, daylight hayride, pony rides, fortune tellers, costume contest and more. Poplar Grove Plantation, 10200 US Hwy 17 North, Wilmington. 910-686-9518.
Oct 19, 20, 26, 27
Ghost Ship Where fear sets sail, it is the most anticipated scare and haunted house of the season as the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA turns into a haunting shade of green and starting Friday night on October 19, the vessel turns into Ghost Ship. No movie set needed for this haunt as the Ship can terrify any soul when set out to wander alone through the decks below. Did we mention we turn off the lights? Don’t worry if you get lost, the ghosts will make sure to find you.
Haunted Halloween Hay Ride & Fall Festival. Boiling Spring Lakes Community Building, Trail #1 Leeds Rd. Free!
Pumpkin Day. 9am-4:30pm. Pumpkin Day at Indigo Farms is held the 3rd Sat in October and is all about celebrating the Fall on a farm filled with old farm games, pig races, hay rides, farm animals, hay maze, pumpkins, pumpkin painting, pick your own pumpkins, music and much more! This event brings out the kid in all of us and allows people an opportunity to relive many old farm memories. Indigo Farms, 1542 Hickman Rd NW, Calabash, NC
Trick or Treat Under the Sea. 5-8:30pm. Now in its 11th year, Trick or Treat Under the Sea offers fun for the whole family! Dress up in costume (no masks for adults, please) and get in on the fun. Scoop up candy and prizes, play Halloween-themed games and more… NC Aquarium at Ft. Fisher, 900 Loggerhead Rd., Kure Beach. Admission required. 910-458-8257.
Spooktacular. 5-7pm. Oak Island Parks and Recreation Department will hold it’s annual Spooktacular on Friday evening at the soccer field at Middleton Park (46th Street SE) on Oak Island. The rain location will be the Oak Island Recreation Center. The event is free of charge and will include carnival games, entertainment, food vendors, a costume contest and lots of fun for the entire family! Middleton Park, 46th Street, Oak Island, NC
Halloween Horse Drawn Ghost Trolley. 6-9pm. Listen to ghost stories tailored for young children, and experience the “Haunted Barn”! Let your little ones enjoy Halloween the way it used to be. Downtown Wilmington, Market & Water St, Wilmington. Tickets required. 910-251-8889.
Trunk or Treat. 5-7pm. Want to take your kids trick or treating in a safe, fun environment? Then Leland’s Trunk or Treat is for you. We are asking businesses and community organizations to decorate their trunks and pass out goodies. Northwest District Park, Leland. Free!
All Aboard the Halloween Ghost Ship. 1-3pm. Climb aboard the ghost ship at the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport. Little mariners will enjoy spooky tales of lost souls, pirates and other mysteries along the Lower Cape Fear. Games and activities for goblins and ghouls include pirate bean bag toss, design your own trick or treat bag, ghost writing, and shadow drawing. Get into the spirit early at the Maritime Museum! The program is free, but you must call to register.
Batty Battleship’s Halloween Bash. 5:30pm. Bring your little ghouls and goblins to the Battleship to go trick-or-treating! Fun games, activities, good and storytelling is all part of the Halloween fun. Battleship North Carolina, #1 Battleship Rd., Wilmington. Tickets required. 910-251-5797.
Ongoing all year long…
Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington: Costumed guides lead visitors through alleyways with tales of haunted Wilmington. Nightly Halloween-theme tours at 6:30pm and 8:30pm. Meets at Water & Market Streets. Admission charge; reservations required. 910-794-1866
Haunted Pub Crawl: (Wed- Sat 7:30pm) Guided tour to 4 haunted pubs. Ages 21 and up. Fat Tony’s, 131 N. Front St., Wilmington. Reservations required. 910-794-1866.
Haunted Cotton Exchange: Chills and thrills await you at one of the most historic and haunted locations in Wilmington. Nightly tours. Cotton Exchange, 321 N. Front St., Wilmington. Tickets required. 910-409-4300.