Halloween is prime event time in Wilmington. Non-profits hold fundraising galas, churches host "Trunk or Treats", schools put on haunted houses...there's really something for everyone! Here are some of our favorites.
Lyceum Academy Haunted House - $10
Every year, the New Hanover High School Lyceum Academy in Wilmington hosts a haunted house. This year’s theme is Twisted, a scary take on Alice in Wonderland. It’s open every weekend from now through Halloween with an extra day the Thursday before. More Info.
Haunted Library: A Spooky Storytelling Festival for Kids - FREE
The main New Hanover County Library on Chestnut Street in Wilmington will be hosting three floors of fun Halloween activities. The fun will include games, storytelling, dancing, face painting, and more. It only happens on October 25th (Saturday). More Info.
Trick or Treat Under the Sea - $11
This event at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is perfect for young children. Organizations setup booths throughout the aquarium and kids can collect candy at each one. There are also games and prizes, giveaways, a “haunted” forest, and live animal interaction. Also, make sure you check out the giant tank for a special treat. There are four nights of fun (October 23rd, 24th, 29th, and 30th). We suggest buying tickets in advance, because they sell out. More Info.
Poplar Grove Halloween Festival - $10-15
On the outskirts of Wilmington is the Poplar Grove Plantation and every year they host a Halloween event that includes a haunted manor, wagon rides, fortune teller, petting zoo, food, and inflatables. Each activity has its own fee and the daytime portion of the event is better suited for young children. More Info.
Bellamy Mansion Halloween Movie Night - $5
Enjoy the family-friendly Halloween movie Hocus Pocus and Alfred Hitchcock’s famous Psycho from the lawn of the historic Bellamy Mansion downtown. Bring blankets, chairs, coolers and candy. There will be popcorn, beer, and wine for sale. More Info.
Legacy Farms Haunted House, Woods Trail, and Corn Maze - $25.00
If you’re willing to travel an hour outside of Wilmington, there is a great event at Legacy Farms in Wallace. You can get the full Halloween experience with family-friendly daytime events (animals, face painting, inflatables, hayrides, corn maze, etc.) and PG-13 scares (haunted house, haunted woods trail, scary corn maze, etc.) in the evening. Dates and times vary, but most fall on the weekends from now through November 1st. More Info.
If your organization is hosting an event or you have a favorite of your own, please share it in the comments below!