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10 Haunted Happenings in Wilmington NC, fall decorated front door

13 October . 2023

10 Haunted Happenings in Wilmington NC

It’s finally October! With days getting colder, and nights getting longer, you know what that means...it’s spooky season! Get in the Halloween spirit by checking out these 10 haunted and family friendly events happening in the Cape Fear area! 

Phobia Haunted Trail Now - 10/29

Looking for a truly frightening activity? Head to Leland's Phobia Haunted Trail and brace yourself as you are greeted by live actors, scary doctors, and clowns along your journey. This immersive Halloween experience will truly give you an adrenaline rush, and make you face your fears. 

Trask Family Farms Fall Corn Maze Now - 11/5

Head on over to Castle Hayne for some fall fun with the whole family! Enjoy ice cream, pick a pumpkin from their pumpkin patch, hop on a hayride, and explore their lengthy corn maze with over 4 miles of trails. Don’t get lost! 

Torment Haunted Laser Tag 10/6 - 11/4  

Burn off those Halloween treats with a game of laser tag...haunted edition! Jungle Rapids has revamped their laser tag arena with new exclusive Halloween games. This activity is fun for all ages, come test your laser tag skills...if you dare! 

Zombie Run 5K and Monster Mile 10/14  

Looking to burn off that Halloween candy? Sign up for the Zombie Run 5k, taking place in Long Leaf Park. All runners will run a non-timed 5k with zombies stationed and hidden throughout the route looking to pull flags from runners’ flag belts. Not up for a 5k? Run or walk the Monster Mile, where children can trick or treat along the course, and take pictures with zombies along the way. Run in costume, for a chance to win the costume contest! 

Museum After Dark 10/26  

Looking for a spooky date night? Cape Fear Musuem is holding an evening event where adult guests can get in the Halloween spirit! The evening will include activities such as creepy crafts, spooky artifacts, owl pellet dissection, a selfie station, and a costume contest while enjoying beer, wine, mocktails, and food trucks on site. 

UNCW: Dracula 10/26 - 11/12  

If you love a night spent in the theater, then you will certainly enjoy the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s rendition of Dracula. This play, put on by UNCW’s theater department, will bring their own adaptation of this classic story to the stage. While this show is suitable for all ages, parental guidance is recommended for younger viewers. 

Movies in the Park: Ghostbusters 10/27  

Head to Wrightsville Beach Park, for a Halloween edition of Movies in the Park...Ghostbusters! This event is perfect for the whole family. Grab your blankets, lawn chairs, food, and drinks, and gather with family and friends for this spooky classic movie under the night sky. 

Lantern and Lore Walking Tour 10/27 - 10/31  

Join the Historic Wilmington Foundation for a night of real ghost stories and haunted lore. Explore hidden areas, alleyways, and historical houses, while learning about historical Wilmington and its haunted past. Make sure to bring a flashlight! 

Ofrenda: a Dia de Los Muertos Celebration 10/28  

Enjoy a beautiful ballet performance put on by the Ballet Folklórico de Los Angeles at The Wilson Center. This performance is tribute to one of Mexico’s beloved holidays, Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a day celebrating the lives of loved ones who have passed. There will be a live Mariachi band and exquisite, traditional costumes creating an unforgettable experience. This show is great for the entire family, with entertaining dance and music for the kids, and a moving, meaningful message for the adults.  

Goosebumps in the Grove 10/28 - 10/29  

Poplar Grove is holding their Halloween festival, Goosebumps in the Park, a fun-filled family weekend event for 3 and up! Tour their Haunted Manor House, and enjoy food trucks, carnival games, prizes, trick or treating, sing-alongs, photo ops, and over 75 vendors. Make sure to wear a costume!