Haunted Manors, Spooky Tales and Terrifying Trails
Make Halloween Extraordinary

As one of the most actively haunted cities in the world, Wilmington has no shortage of spooky stories intertwined with our rich history. With renowned haunted sites on each corner, Wilmington is the perfect place for a Halloween getaway. You’ll find beautiful mansions where souls still linger, a manor house haunted from a murderous crime of passion, haunted buildings, haunted bars and graveyards ranked as some of the scariest in the nation. Tour the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA to see why Syfy network’s Ghost Hunters ranked it as a Top 25 Halloween pick of all time. Between ghostly trails not for the faint of heart, historical haunts and trick-or-treat events perfect for the whole family, there's plenty of Halloween fun for everyone to enjoy in Wilmington and our island beaches this fall.

Haunted Pub Crawl

Murder, mayhem, pure insanity! You'll need a pint or three while venturing through Wilmington's most haunted and intriguing establishments on this 2.5 hour Haunted Pub Crawl. From the disreputable obsession of the merry wench Gallus Meg to the barbarous haunts of a notorious madman, these ales and tales will have you shaking in your boots. Tours take place Wednesday-Saturday 7:30 p.m.

Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington

Journey into the depths of old Wilmington on a 90-minute adventure to the city's most actively haunted homes and burial grounds. Listen to true ghostly occurrences told by professional storytellers and ghost hunters, including actual encounters during recent tours. This nationally-acclaimed, award-winning tour has appeared on MTV, Haunted TAPS, the Discovery, Learning, History and Travel channels and was named "One of America's Top 5 Tours" by USA TODAY and "Top 10 Tour in the U.S." by Trip Advisor. Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington is the perfect mix of history and haunts. Tours occur nightly at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Haunted Cotton Exchange Tour

Learn the history and haunts of one of Wilmington's most paranormal locations. In use since the Civil War, the Cotton Exchange was one of the largest cotton export companies in the 19th century. Today, it is home to 30 specialty shops, art galleries and restaurants - but things still go bump in the night. Tour up the stairs, down alleyways and through courtyards of the eight interconnected buildings and hear their haunting history. Don't forget to bring your camera, people are always capturing strange things on the Haunted Cotton Exchange Tour. Call for tour times.

Poplar Grove's Paranormal Ghost Tour

Spirits and haunts from the 1850s to 20th century continue to hover around the historic Poplar Grove Manor, tenant house, graveyard and grounds. Get your ghost hunting gear ready and fill your Friday evening with a paranormal ghost tour fraught with frightening household haunts, true stories and a murderous crime of passion. Each guest will be provided with a Scroll of the Dead and allowed to focus on one or more rooms to possibly conjure the spirits of Poplar Grove's past. Oct. 31 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Where the dead rest

Both Bellevue Cemetery and St. James Parish were listed on Fox News Travel's List of "Spookiest Cemeteries in the U.S." St. James is home to the haunting story of a man buried alive and featured on the Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington. Bellevue Cemetery appears in the locally-filmed FOX Television series Sleepy Hollow and while enchanting during the day, seems fit for a headless horseman by night. Download the St. James Cemetery Self-Guided Walking Tour (PDF).

Halloween Ghost Trolley & Haunted Barn

Tour the beautiful streets of historic downtown Wilmington by horse-drawn trolley and hear exciting ghost stories linked to the rich history. The Halloween Ghost Trolley is perfect for families, larger groups, seniors or those with mobility issues looking for a unique Halloween experience. After dark, it's sure to get spooky! Tours take place nightly 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. until Nov. 1.

In Memoriam: A Victorian Mourning

Wilmington's exquisite Victorian-style Latimer House opens its doors this Halloween season with a tour based around the customs and rituals of death in the Victorian era. The Latimer House is no stranger to mourning, of the nine Latimer children, five passed away before the age of five. Thursday through Sunday experience the decor, clothing, burial practices and foods that were customary for Victorians when death visited their family. Oct. 31 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

NHHS Lyceum Haunted House

This annual Halloween haunted house ups the fear factor with plenty of spooks and thrills around every corner. This year's theme is a spine tingling take on "Little Red Riding Hood" with a warning to those attending, "You don't want to walk through the woods alone." This fun, spooky haunted house is recommended for ages 13 and up. Oct. 31 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Horror Double Feature: Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein

Shown on the magnificent Thalian Hall Main Stage, this double feature of iconic, horror classics is a Halloween dream come true for any film buff. Various showings Oct 29 and Oct. 31.

Dinner Theater: Tales of the Grand Guignol

The perfect mix of comedy and horror to get you in the Halloween mood, this dinner theater showcases The Grand Guignol, the original theater of the vampires. Enjoy three tales alongside themed food and drinks. Fridays and Saturdays 6:00 p.m. until Nov. 10.