Best Halloween Events in Wilmington NC
Get ready to celebrate Halloween, Wilmington! Boos and ghouls dressed in Halloween costumes both scary and silly will be haunting the streets of Wilmington NC at the end of October. If you’re all dressed up with no place to go, check out our list of fun, creepy events celebrating Halloween in Wilmington.
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1-5 p.m. Oct. 29, 2016
11 Harnett St.
More than 100 craft breweries and wineries will gather downtown for the 15th annual Beer and Wine Festival in downtown Wilmington. There’s a guide and even an app to help you find your faves among the Halloween suds.
Oct. 29, 2016
This year’s Zombiefest will be at Waterline Brewery, under the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge off Front Street. The band lineup includes Zombie favorites Viva Le Vox, Deadly Lo-Fi, The Phantom Playboys, and the Hooten Hallers. Look for food trucks, a costume contest with a $100 prize, and more!
Tours: Oct. 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2016; $15
Masquerade: Oct. 22, 2016; $50
Poplar Grove Plantation
Friday nights in October bring Paranormal Ghost Tours to Poplar Grove. Delve into true stories of Foy family haints and look for phantoms that remain.
For an elegant evening of revelry and horror films, join the Haint Blue All Hallows Masquerade Oct. 22. An open bar, tarot readers, catered food by Middle of the Island, and a costume contest are included.
Oct. 25, 2016
Battleship North Carolina
$5, Kids 2 and younger free
Trick or treat aboard the Battleship North Carolina! Batty Battleship, brother Buggy, and friends return to the Battleship for a spooktacular evening of non-scary trick-or-treating. Pet animals, jump in a bounce house, and enjoy a carnival at this Halloween event.
Oct. 28-29, 2016
Bellamy Mansion and Burgwin-Wright House
The inaugural Hells Belles and Colonial Damned Haunted Houses will bring a chill to your spine with haunted houses at both locations, plus beer and food from local Wilmington food trucks. The recommended age is 12 and older.
6. Legacy Farms Haunted Farm
Sept. 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and Oct. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 31, 2016
Legacy Farm, Wallace NC
With a real haunted house, corn maze, and zombie hunt, it’s worth a drive to Duplin County for the fright! This year there’s the addition of PG ghost stories for the kiddies ($8, or free with regular admission) and for the truly brave, an actual paranormal investigation by KSPI (Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 and 31).
Oct. 29, 2016
Hilton Riverside, downtown Wilmington
With music by Machine Gun, prizes for best costume, “horrors” d’oeuvres, beer, wine and a signature “spook”tail, this Halloween costume party fundraising event benefits wounded veterans and their families.
Wednesdays through Saturdays, October 2016
Wander through Wilmington’s dark history on a 2 ½ hour tour of hidden pubs with sordid pasts, ghosts, humor, and more. You must be 21 to haunt this tour.
4-8 p.m., Oct. 27-29, 2016
NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
$11, Kids 2 and under free
Candy stations, special programs, and Halloween décor make a fun and safe Halloween adventure for kids, plus Halloween games and magic shows. Behind every corner lurks live animal encounter, face painting and divers swimming among the sharks, and treats for trick-or-treaters.
10. Halloween Ghost Trolley
6-9 p.m. Oct. 21, 22, 28 – 31, 2016
Market and Water Streets, downtown Wilmington
Adults $12, Kids under 12 $5
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. Free treats for kids.
Oct. 14-Nov. 14
$39 for dinner; $21 show only (no dinner); $17 show only mezzanine seats (no dinner)
Based on the Gothic horror works of Edgar Allen Poe, this spooky evening is topped with a devilishly delicious 3-course Poe-inspired meal from TheatreNOW’s Chef Denise. Not a show for children.
7 p.m. – midnight, Sept. 30-Oct. 30, 2016
Shipyard Blvd., Wilmington
$16, Halloween night $20
A live-actor haunted house to give you thrills and screams! This one is too scary for kids, or there’s a tamer daytime version for $10 including an adult and child, extra kids $5.
Daily, call for times
Cotton Exchange, downtown Wilmington
Adults $12, Kids 5 to 12 $5, Dogs free
Scary, creepy and mostly ghostly tales from a 5-star storyteller at one of the most historic & haunted locations in Wilmington.
14. Trick or Trot 5K
8:30 a.m. Oct. 29, 2016
Greenfield Lake Park
Super heroes, princesses, ghosts, ghouls and goblins will invade Greenfield Lake Park for a Halloween 5k and one mile walk in the park. Don’t miss the Candy Dash and prizes for best costume.