Wilmington, NC: Did you know that Wilmington, North Carolina is among the South’s most haunted cities? Wilmington’s past is retold year-round on guided ghost walks and paranormal tours. During late October, Halloween-theme events add another dimension with haunted attractions, spooky theatrical productions, scary movies, zombie and costume parties, and other ghoulish events. Craft breweries also celebrate with seasonal brews and spirited entertainment. Families seeking non-scary fun can enjoy fall festivals, carriage rides to a haunted barn, and trick-or-treating at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Here’s a sampling of Halloween Happenings from the river to the sea:
- Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington. 6:30pm & 8:30pm nightly through Oct. 31; then 6:30pm in Nov. (nightly) & Dec. through March (Thurs., Fri., Sat.). Costumed guides lead visitors through alleyways with tales of haunted Wilmington. Admission charged. Departs from Riverwalk at Water & Market streets. Reservations required: 910-794-1866; hauntedwilmington.com
- Haunted Pub Crawl. Wed.-Sat. 7:30pm. Ages 21+. Admission charge. Reservations required. Tickets available at the Black Cat Gift Shop (8 Market St., Wilmington). Call for starting location: 910-794-1866; hauntedwilmington.com/haunted-pub-crawl.html
- Haunted Cotton Exchange Tours. Daily; call for hours. Admission charged. Meets at Cotton Exchange parking lot street entrance, 300 N. Water Street, Wilmington. 910-409-4300; hauntedcottonexchange.blogspot.com
Poplar Grove’s Paranormal Full Moon Tours: October 24, 26, 27
Poplar Grove Plantation: 10200 US-17 Wilmington, NC
On the evening of the full moon, join a guided tour through the Manor House seeking possible paranormal activities. Deceased members of the Foy family still make their presence known in particular rooms of the house, and there are lots of stories to share of how they have introduced themselves over the years. poplargrove.org/dailytours/paranormal-ghost-tours/
NHHS Lyceum Haunted House: October 26, 27, 28, 31
921 Princess St. Wilmington, NC
Experience an annual Halloween Haunted House that shows you why "it isn't safe to walk through these woods alone" with terror that is "unleashed" just in time for the spooky season. A short preview video on their social media page will change the way you view "Little Red Riding Hood". Rated PG 13-- this event is best suited for Ages 13 and over. Admission charged. facebook.com/hauntedlyceum
In Memoriam-A Victorian Mourning: October 25-28, 2018
The Latimer House 126 S Third St Wilmington, NC
Discover the customs and rituals of death in Victorian Era America. Thursday through Saturday evening tours of the house examine the decorations, clothing, burial practices, and foods that were customary for Victorians when death visited their family. lcfhs.org/
Trick or Treat Under the Sea: October 25-27 4:30-8:00 p.m.
NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher 900 Loggerhead Rd Kure Beach, NC
For a spooky and safe place to take the kids on Halloween, visit Trick-or-Treat Under the Sea at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. This family-friendly event features thrills and gills and includes indoor trick-or-treating, face painting, storytelling and haunted gardens. The family can view spooky divers in the massive fish tank and watch performances by the No Sleeves Magic Camp. ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher
Fort Fisher Haunted Trail Tour: October 26, 2018 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area 1000 Loggerhead Rd Kure Beach, NC
Prepare to be scared with this Friday night Haunted Trail through the spooky live oaks at the secluded Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. This is not for younger children, the faint of heart or furry friends (dogs are always welcome on the beach area). ncparks.gov/fort-fisher-state-recreation-area
Monster Movie Madness at the Mansion: October 26, 2018 7:00 p.m.
The Bellamy Mansion: 503 Market St Wilmington, NC
Enjoy a showing of a creature double feature of the original "Night of the Living Dead" and "House on Haunted Hill" at the historic Bellamy Mansion this Halloween. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets--costumes are encouraged. These intense and gory classics are definitely not for children, but are sure to be a spine tingling night out for adults! facebook.com/events/680910535616927
Poplar Grove’s Paranormal Ghost Tours: October 26, 2018 7:00, 8:00 & 9:00 p.m.
Poplar Grove Plantation: 10200 US-17 Wilmington, NC
Enjoy this unique paranormal ghost tour discovering spirits and haunts, or haints, of all eras from 1850 to 1950 as they continue to hover around this historic manor house. There are lots of true stories of the Poplar Grove's Foy Family household haints to share, including a murderous crime of passion. poplargrove.org/festivals/paranormalghosttours/
Halloween Ghost Trolley & Barn: October 26-31 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Market & Water Street Wilmington, NC
Kid-friendly 30-minute horse-drawn trolley ride and a fun spoof in the “haunted barn.” Horses and tour guides are dressed in costume. Halloween-theme stories, songs & treats. Admission charged. 910-251-8889; horsedrawntours.com/id2.html
Tales from the Grand Guignol: Dinner Theatre, October 26-27, Door 6:00 p.m.; Show 7:00 pm.
TheatreNow, 19 S. 10th St, Wilmington
The Grand Guignol was the original theatre of the vampires, specializing in naturalistic horror and alternating with vaudeville-style comedy and variety. TheatreNOW presents three tales with a Halloween-themed dinner menu. Advance tickets required. 910-399-3669; theatrewilmington.com/dinner-shows--events.html
Haunted Halloween Mirror Maze: October 26-27
Museum of the Bizarre: 201 S Water St. Wilmington
You never know who (or what) will pop out to say hello as you try to navigate through this hall of mirrors. Some objects may be closer than they appear. This is definitely not for younger children or the faint of heart.... enter if you dare! Admission charged; museumbizarre.com/events
Costumes in the Surf: October 27
Alabama St. access, Carolina Beach
Surf competitors come dressed for tricks on the water or treats on the beach. A donut eating contest, along with best surfer in costume will take place. It's an all-day event, with the surfers in costume taking to the water around 1 pm. esa-snc.com/calendar/
Trick or Trot 5K + 1 mile Candy Dash: October 27, 2018 9:00 a.m.
Greenfield Lake Park: 1739 Burnett Blvd. Wilmington, NC
Calling all super heroes, princesses, ghosts, ghouls, goblins and more for the invasion of Greenfield Lake Park. Costume awards will be given for running fast and for wearing a great costume.
Spooktacular Trunk-or-Treat Sun Coast Cruisers: October 27, 2018
Riverlights Community: 109 Pier Master Point Wilmington, NC
Have a Spooktacular Trunk-or-Treat time with Sun Coast Cruisers. On Saturday, the classic show cars will have their trunks full of goodies for Trick-or-Treaters. Costumes welcome with trophies and prizes for best costumes and best car. suncoastcruisers.com/
Halloween Brewtacular: October 27
Waterline Brewing Co. 721 Surry St. Wilmington
Come dressed for fun! Costume contest, beer specials and live music. No cover charge. 910-777-5599. waterlinebrewing.com
Halloween Ghost trolley & Haunted Barn: October 27-31, 2018 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Take a ghost ride through downtown Wilmington and enjoy the Haunted Barn experience. Listen to ghost stories tailored for young children, without the gore and violence of today's Halloween and let your little ones enjoy Halloween the way it used to be. Free treats for children, no reservation required. horsedrawntours.com/id2.html
ZombieFest 2018: October 28, 2018 6:00 p.m.
Satellite Bar & Lounge: 120 Greenfield St. Wilmington, NC
7pm. Indoor/outdoor block party for ages 21 +. Costume contest, live music, horror movies, food. Advance tickets required. facebook.com/theyrecomingtogetyou
Howl-O-Ween Doggie Costume Party: October 28, 2018
The Sour Barn: 7211 Market St. Wilmington, NC
The 2nd Annual Howl-O-Ween Doggie Costume Party features games, doggie talent show and prizes for the best costumes. facebook.com/thesourbarn (910) 264-1369
Harvest Festival: October 28, 2018
Poplar Grove Plantation: 10200 US Hwy 17 North Wilmington, NC
The Harvest Festival at Poplar Grove Plantation in Wilmington, NC, features local artisans and crafters, concessions, carnival games, bouncy house, food, and activities for kids. Entertainment provided by Mr. Twister, Mr. Mark from The Broccoli Brothers, and The Folkstone String Band. poplargrove.org
Horror Double Feature: Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein: October 29 & 31, 2018
Thalian Hall: 310 Chestnut St. Wilmington, NC
Thrill to an iconic horror film double feature in the magnificent Thalian Hall Main Stage with the original Frankenstein, this film is followed by the Bride of Frankenstein. Screenings at 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m. thalianhall.org/event/e84598b7ad0bc329470d96085ac300fb#map
Halloween at Mad Mole: October 31 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Mad Mole Brewing: 6309 Boathouse Rd. Wilmington
Let's get spooky! Wear your best costume and dress up the pup for a costume contest, along with live music and food from A&M's Red Food Truck. facebook.com/events/456489808090568/
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