As one of the most actively haunted cities in the world, Wilmington has no shortage of spooky stories intertwined with our rich history dating back to 1739. With renowned haunted sites around every corner and as the backdrop for the current production of the movie "Halloween Kills," it's the perfect place for a Halloween getaway. You’ll find beautiful historic mansions where friendly souls still linger, a manor house haunted from a crime of passion, haunted buildings, 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.

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).

Batty Battleship Halloween Blast

Batty Battleship's Halloween Bash is spooktacular Halloween fun for the whole family. Kids can trick-or-treat aboard the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA and enjoy fun games, storytelling and a petting zoo. Parents, make sure to bring your camera and capture all the memories with your little ghouls and goblins Oct. 29 from 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Halloween Kills

Be on the lookout for knife-wielding Michael Myers as sequels, "Halloween Kills" and "Halloween Ends" of the horror movie franchise, "Halloween" film in Wilmington. Jamie Lee Curtis, who starred in the original, will continue her role as Laurie Strode in both sequels. "Halloween Kills" and "Halloween Ends" will plan to release in 2020 and 2021, respectively.

Spooky Halloween Podcasts

Local podcast, Cape Fear Unearthed, is digging into the haunted side of history with a mini-series exploring the ghosts stories, supernatural encounters and chilling topics at the heart of the Wilmington and its island beaches. A walk through the haunted halls of Poplar Grove Plantation and a look at witchcraft in North Carolina (and its ties to the local area) are among the topics included in the new Halloween mini-series. Episodes debut every Thursday in October! Listen for free on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, iHeartRadio or at CapeFearUnearthed.com