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.

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 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. Things get spooky on Fridays and Saturdays from Oct. 4-26 at various 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).

Fort Fisher Fall Festival

Celebrate Halloween with the whole family at Fort Fisher Fall Festival. Enjoy plenty of spooky, Halloween-themed games, No Sleeves Magic, a bounce house, food trucks and more Oct. 12, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. 

Kooky Spooky

Enjoy kid-friendly Halloween fun at The Children's Museum of Wilmington during Kooky Spooky. Adults and little ones can wear their costumes and enjoy pumpkin-themed activities and exciting things to do like bingo, fall bowling, slime, crafts and more Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Fort Fisher Haunted Trail Tour

The scenic, secluded trails of Fort Fisher Recreation Area become eerie and downright terrifying during the annual Fort Fisher Haunted Trail. Not advised for the faint of heart or younger ages, weave your way through the dark maritime forest while keeping your eyes peeled on who or what could be waiting just around the corner, Oct. 25 from 7 p.m - 9 p.m. 


Enjoy a double feature of the original "Night of the Living Dead" and the "House on Haunted Hill" in the lawn of the Bellamy Mansion. Snack on concessions of hot dogs, popcorn, drinks, beer and wine available for purchase. Adorn your Halloween costume and bring lawn chairs and blankets for a spooky night with a side of history, Oct. 25 at 7:00 p.m. 

Ballet: Vampires, The Return

After a sold-out premiere last year, the US International Ballet and Wilmington Ballet Company return to present Vampires, the Return. This season's production features 40 professional dancers from five different countries alongside choreopgraphers Walter Angelini and Ines Albertini, two acts and two new spectacular scenes perfect for getting in the mood for Halloween. Enjoy ballet with film, special effects and more on Oct. 25-26 at 7:00 p.m. 

10th Annual Zombie Fest

It's a night of the living dead at Satellite Bar and Lounge during the 10th Annual Zombie Fest. Enjoy outrageous costumes, phenomenal live music, special brews and a Zombie Dance Cage Oct. 26 starting at 6 p.m. 

Trick or Treat Under the Sea

Full of thrills and gills, kids are treated to a coastal-themed Halloween at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Scuba divers in costume are sure to mesmerize while there are plenty of fun activities including face painting, spooky storytelling and indoor trick-or-treating. Costumes are encouraged! Get ready for spooky fun under the sea, Oct. 24-26.

Halloween Story Time by the Sea

Join the Snow Queen, Snow Princess and Rapunzel for this beloved annual event at Kure Beach Oceanfront Park. Children can hear stories told by some of their favorite characters and participate in interactive crafts. Costumes are encouraged! This free event takes place Oct. 26 at 10 a.m.

Halloween at Tails

Have a throwback-style Halloween with Vintage Girl DJ's of the Beehive Blondes, Jess James and Hannah Stewart at Tails Piano Bar and Lounge. Adorn your costume, sip craft cocktails and take in the speakeasy vibes of the bygone era while dancing the night away to a retro playlist Oct. 26, 8:00 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. 

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 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 Oct. 25-26 and 30-31 from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. 


Dance the night away as things get spooky at SeaWitch Cafe and Tiki Bar during the Spooktacular Halloween Bash. Enjoy live music from The Cut and sip on Bewitching Beverages like a Green Goblin or Morgue-A-Rita. Individuals and couples can enter the costume contest with a cash prize. Get ready for a cover-free night of music, friends and spooktacular fun Oct. 26 from 8 p.m. - midnight.

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. Experience the decor, clothing, burial practices and foods that were customary for Victorians when death visited their family Oct. 25-26 and Oct. 31. 

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