Celebrate Halloween in Wilmington, NC at haunted attractions, festive parties, a zombie run, a spooky paddle fest and more! Halloween events and activities will entertain the entire family!
From Batty Battleship’s Halloween Bash to the All Hallows Masquerade to Museum of Nightmares, there are exciting events for people of all ages and interests! Mark your calendar today so that you can attend these festive Wilmington events this Halloween season.
Visiting from out of town to celebrate Halloween in Wilmington? The Holiday Inn Wilmington offers a special Ghost Tour Hotel Package! This incredible hotel package features a Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington Family Pass and free hot buffet breakfast at the Market Street Grill located on site! The Family Pass is valid for up to 4 adults OR 2 adults and 3 children. Call the Holiday Inn direct at 866-977-7270 to book the Ghost Tour Package today!
Wilmington NC Halloween 2015 Events:
The Addams Family at Thalian Hall
October 1 - 4, 2015
That creepy and kooky family is back (with an original story), and it's every father's nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family - a man her parents have never met. And if that weren't upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before - keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's 'normal' boyfriend and his parents. Click here for show times and tickets.
Children's Museum of Wilmington Halloween Festivities
During the month of October, get in the Halloween Spirit at the Children's Museum of Wilmington! StoryCOOKS will feature delicious treats including Pumpkin Pancakes, Pumpkin Dip, Pizza Mummies, No Bake Pumpkin Pie and Bone Soup! Enjoy Skeleton Paintings and Freaky Footprints during Art Adventures, Paper Bag Pumpkins and Pumpkin Hunt during Toddler Time, Spiders, Spider Webs and Halloween Discovery Bottles during Baby Play and so much more! Click here for a complete schedule of upcoming events at the Children's Museum of Wilmington. The kids will not want to miss out on these festive activities!
Haunted Pub Crawl
October 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 21-24 & 28-31, 2015
It's Pub Hopping With A Purpose! Hoist a pint or three & celebrate Wilmington's dark history on a 2.5 hour adventure to the city's coolest, most intriguing, "best-hidden" local pubs. Hear true ghostly & non-ghostly tales of murder, mayhem, love, lunacy, humor, debauchery & more. All guests must be 21 or older, have a valid photo id and sign our Liability Waiver & Release Form before the start of the tour. Tours leave at 7:15 PM & journey to at least four pubs. Click here for additional information.
Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington
October 1 - 31, 2015
Join us as we traverse 275-year old alleyways littered with the spiritual debris of privateers and cutthroats. Stroll beneath a canopy of centuries old live oaks, their cryptic limbs dripping with Spanish moss, and hear tales of murder and mayhem. And if you dare, tread upon the unmarked graves of thieves, murderers and other less pitiful souls. Come hear the dismal accounts behind our most unfortunate wretches and discover the poor lost souls that still linger in the Port City. Hear tales past and present, including the most recent encounters with these spirits (many of which have occurred during past tours). With 30 active sites the tour varies nightly. So join us on a family safe, 90-minute journey you will not soon forget. Click here for additional information.
Museum of Nightmares
October 1 - 31, 2015 from 6PM - Midnight
During the month of October, Museum of the Bizarre will be a haunted attraction! Enjoy special effects by featured artist Tony Rosen, credited for Conjuring and Annabelle. Join us at 201 South Water Street, next door to the Cape Fear Serpentarium for this haunted attraction. Follow Museum of the Bizarre on Facebook for more information.
Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise
October 6, 13, 20, 27, 2015 from 6:30 - 8:30PM
Not just a dinner cruise, but an evening adventure where YOU solve the crime. Mingle with unusual characters and watch for clues. The more audience participation, the more for all. If you solve the crime, you might just win a prize! This two hour cruise includes a meal. Boarding begins at 6PM at the foot of Dock Street (corner of S Water and Dock) in historic downtown Wilmington, NC. Click here for tickets.
Poplar Grove’s Paranormal Ghost Tour
October 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2015
For 4 Fridays in October, the Manor House will be open for paranormal ghost tours and in the tradition of all those porch ceilings of the South painted haint blue - to ward off those very restless souls. Spirits and haunts, or haints, of all ages from 1850-1950, continue to hover around the Manor House, particularly in the dining room, upstairs hallway and children's room. There are lots of true stories of Foy family household haints to share, including a murderous crime of passion. Come discover who these phantoms are and why they're still here. We will share a little history with you, provide a scroll of the dead and permit you to focus on a particular room or rooms for paranormal activity. Click here for additional information and event times.
Halloween Ghost Trolley & Haunted Barn
October 23, 24 and 29-31, 2015
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. Tours run October 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31, 2015 from 6PM - 9PM. Meet at Market & Water Streets in downtown Wilmington. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 per child under 12. Free treats for children. No reservations needed. Click here for additional information.
Howl-O-Ween and Zombie Run
October 24, 2015
It's almost HOWL-O-WEEN! Join us for food, fun, and the Zombie Run at Hugh MacRae Park, Shelter #5--it's a paws4people "howl-o-ween" event to remember! Bring the whole family for an evening of trick-or-treating, puppy pictures, games, and more, all leading up to our annual Zombie Run! Race to the finish--and for your life!--on a one-mile course while dodging spooky Zombies. Runners will be allowed to run the 1 mile trail around Hugh MacRae Park at the speed of their choice. The course will be infested with ZOMBIES! The Zombies will be hidden along the course behind trees and bushes, popping out as the runners take the course. Zombies will attempt to retrieve flags worn by the runners. To be eligible for prizes, runners must “survive the course” with their flag intact. Prizes will be awarded to our zombie survivors and best-dressed zombies! Click here for additional information.
Poplar Grove’s All Hallows Masquerade
October 24, 2015
Come in costume if you dare! Attend as a princely fiend or fiendish Queen. We have the backdrop of the 19th century, so Steampunk it, or simply come as yourself. Let the spirits be your guide. This is a 21+ event featuring music by the Phantom Playboys from 7-9PM. Enjoy Wicked Apple Martinis, oyster bar, cigar bar, parade and costume contest, black and white horror films, a double piazza DJ from Cape Fear Entertainment and other surprises too early to mention. Click here for additional information.
Batty Battleship’s Halloween Bash
October 27, 2015 from 5:30 - 8:00PM
Batty Battleship, brother Buggy and their friends return to the Battleship for a spooktacular trick or treating time. A lot of fun and no scares it is the best location for the family to share. But don’t be frightened and don’t you fret we promise we’ll provide a zoo with animals to pet. With candy and sweets there’s plenty of treats you’ll be asking yourself what more should I eat. Come have fun aboard the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA for the 6th annual Batty Battleship's Halloween Bash. Carnival festivities and a bounce house included trick-or-treaters of all ages will be begging not to leave. Admission is $5 per person. Kids 2 and under free. Some activities are weather dependent. Last ticket sold at 7:30PM. Click here for details.
Trick or Treat Under the Sea
October 28, 29 and 30, 2015
Bring the kids to the aquarium for early Halloween trick-or-treating! Candy stations, special programs and decorations provide a fun and safe Halloween building for this event. This popular event is held on three dates from 4:30-8PM each night. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult. Admission is $11.00 for children and adults. NC Aquarium Members receive a 10% discount. Kids 2 and under are admitted free. Click here for tickets.
Spooky Sound Paddle-Fest
October 31, 2015
The Wilmington Symphony’s Spooky Sound Paddle-Fest 2015 is a family-oriented event to raise awareness of and benefit the Wilmington Symphony’s youth education programs including the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra, Junior Strings, Richard R. Deas Student Concerto Competition and Free Family Concert. The event includes standup paddle boards, canoes, kayaks, and any other non-motorized craft. The course is approximately 1 mile, starting and ending at Wrightsville SUP at 96 W. Salisbury Street with a mid-point turnaround at Palm Tree Island. Entry is $15 per person. Since it is Halloween, we will be awarding prizes for best costumes (3 prizes) and strangest craft! There will also be drawings for several cool raffle prizes. Click here for additional information.
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