What Are the Fun Things to Do in Wilmington, NC and Nearby Places This Fall and Halloween 2023?

Peak-a-boo! Enjoy your Halloween 2023 and the Fall Season in Wilmington, North Carolina and in nearby areas with these fun and exciting activities to fill in your calendar.


October 23, Monday

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Pour Taproom, 201 North Front St., G101, Wilmington, NC 28401

  • Ticket includes pumpkin, carving set, $6.66 certificate for a Pumpkin Beer.
  • Event is from 6:30PM to 8:30PM. Prizes awaits winners.
  • For $25, join the event here. 

October 24, Tuesday

Beau Rivage Costume & Candy Crawl

5920 Carolina Beach Rd, Wilmington, NC 28412

  • Dress in your kids in their best Halloween costume and join the trick or treat at the Beau Rivage Marketplace.
  • Face painters and balloon artists will be there.
  • Trick or Treat bags at Pet Supplies Plus will be provided, or you may bring your own.
  • 5PM-7PM. FREE event for kids 12 years old and under with adult supervision. Reserve a spot here.

October 25, Wednesday

Hocus Pocus

Panacea Brewing Company, 4107 Oleander Dr #Ste H, Wilmington, NC 28403

October 26, Thursday

Pumpkins & Pizza

Hubert Bypass Park, Hubert Bypass Park Road, Hubert, NC 28539

  • Come out & mix and mingle with free pumpkin painting and pizza for the whole family.
  • 4PM - 6PM. FREE Event. Register here.

Battleship Yoga

Battleship North Carolina, 1 Battleship Rd, Northeast Wilmington, NC 28401

  • Led by Jess Hartmann for Healthcare Workers Night!
  • This event is open to all skill levels.
  • Get 50% off at checkout, use promo code HEALTH, and bring your healthcare ID to practice.
  • 6PM. Book your tickets here. Price ranges $20-$100

October 27, Friday

Halloween Fest at Maides Park

Maides Park, 1101 Manly Avenue, Wilmington, NC

  • Safe trick-or-treating, games & activities, costume contest, food, music and more.
  • Don't forget to wear your costume!
  • For questions, you may call 910-341-7867 or visit www.maidespark.com.
  • For updates, you may also visit the Facebook page of City of Wilmington, NC Government.

Halloween Silent Disco at Hi-Wire Wilmington

Hi-Wire Brewing-Wilmington, 1020 Princess St., Wilmington, NC 28401

  • Dress up, get spooky, and dance! Music starts at 7:30PM
  • Tickets are $10 for early bird and $15 for general admission. Limited space and headphones available.
  • Get your tickets here.

October 28, Saturday

Halloween on the Farm

Old Mcfaye's Farm, 2814 Peter Springs Dr., Castle Hayne, NC 28429

  • Bring in your family for a Halloween Costume Party at the farm.
  • Enjoy a hay ride, feed the farm animals, and play carnival games.
  • Event times 10AM-12NN or 2PM-4PM.
  • Tickets ranges from $5 to $20. Buy your tickets here.

Spooktacular Pet Halloween Party

House of Poujee, South Water St., Wilmington, NC, 106 South Water Street Suite 102 -Riverfront Wilmington, NC 28401

  • Dress up your furry friends in their most adorable costumes and have some paw time.
  • 3PM to 6PM to enjoy complimentary mimosas, photo booth, and shop at their luxury pet boutique.
  • FREE. Reserve a spot here.

All Hallows Eve Trunk or Treat

Beach Community Church, 5 North 4th St., Carolina Beach, NC 28428

  • Come in your best Halloween costume and be sure to bring trick-or-treat bags to collect goodies from creatively decorated car trunks.
  • FREE event starts at 5PM. Get a spot here.

Murder at the Masked Ball

221 New Bridge St., Suite 500, Jacksonville NC 28450

  • A night of mystery, games, puzzles, conversation, food, libations, prizes and more!
  • 6PM-9PM. $60 ticket. Purchase here.

Halloween Spooky Soiree

14 S 5th Ave., 14 South 5th Avenue, Wilmington, NC 28401

  • Put on your most creative and terrifying costume and celebrate the night of scares and laughter in a haunted haven.
  • Indulge in a variety of delicious treats and spooky cocktails, and dance to haunting tunes.
  • Celebrate Halloween here for only $25 for the benefit of the LGBTQ Center of the Cape Fear Coast.
  • Book your tickets here. Soiree starts 7PM until 10PM

Shagging In the Fall

Duplin Events Center, 195 Fairgrounds Drive, Kenansville, NC 28349

  • Enjoy live music from Heart & Soul, The Fabulous Golden Oldies and the Band of Oz
  • Come on out to have great food and lots of music and dancing.
  • 7PM-11PM. $25 ticket. Buy it here.

The Wilmington Vampire's Ball

The Lookout at Iron Front, 23 North Front St., 4th Floor, Wilmington, NC 28401

  • Enjoy a bloodthirsty night of fun and debauchery  from 10PM to 2AM.
  • To know more about the event and to book your tickets in advance, click here. All costumes are encouraged.

October 28 and 29

The Haunted Manor

507 McRae St., 50 McRae St., Wilmington, Nc 28401

  • Join the spine-chilling experience at The Haunted Manor for a night of frights and thrills.
  • Dress up in your most terrifying costumes and immerse yourself in an eerie atmosphere.
  • Tickets ranges from $10 to $25. Get them here. Event is from 7PM to 10PM.

October 29, Sunday

Howl-O-Ween Yappy Hour Fundraiser

The Venue at Wilmington Brewing Company, 800 South Kerr Avenue, Wilmington, NC 28403

  • Dress up your furry friends  in their most adorable costumes and have them join the contest.
  • Plenty of prizes, games, tricks, and treats .
  • 2PM to 6PM. FREE event. Reserve a spot here. 

Great Pumpkin Tea Party

Cape Fear Spice Merchants, 20 Market St., Wilmington, NC 28401

  • Inspired by It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Enjoy a welcome tea mocktail and snack.
  • There are also educational demonstrations and 3 teas and food pairings.
  • Attendees will receive 25% off the items used during the event.
  • $25 ticket, exclusive of tax. Get your tickets here. Event starts 2:00PM

November 3-5

Cape Fear Kite Festival

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, 1000 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach, NC 28449

  • November 3: A Night with Kites | 7PM-9PM
  • Weekend Daytime : 10AM-4PM
  • Free for spectators. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
  • Stay updated. Visit their Facebook page here.

November 3, Friday

Trees for Coastal Fall Color

New Hanover County Arboretum | N.C. Cooperative Extension, 6206 Oleander Dr., Wilmington, NC 28403

  • Join Lloyd Singleton, County Extension Director and Director of the New Hanover County Arboretum as he shares his favorite trees that can dazzle your landscape palette with color this fall.
  • This is a FREE event. Reserve a spot here.

Downtown Wilmington Treasure Hunt - Walking Team Scavenger Hunt!

New Anthem Beer Project, 116 Dock St., Wilmington, NC 28401

  • Scavenger hunt through the historic downtown Wilmington to follow clues, solve puzzles and crack codes to find and unlock the treasure chest.
  • Hunt involves walking up to 2 miles and typically takes about 60 minutes to complete, 6PM-7PM.
  • 11AM. Tickets range from $12 to $20 and are available on Eventbrite. Click here.

November 4, Saturday

Year of the Trail: Bald Head Woods Guided Hike

Bald Head Island Conservancy,  700 Federal Rd, Bald Head Island, Nc 28461

  • Come take a hike and explore Bald Head Woods with the BHI Conservancy and NC Coastal Reserve!
  • Bald Head Woods Reserve is the 2nd largest maritime forest in the state of North Carolina and features century old live oak trees.
  • Take the 8AM or 9AM ferry to Bald Head Island at Deep Port Marina in Southport, NC. Tickets are $23 for adults and $12 for children 3-12 (roundtrip.)
  • For more details and information, and to book a slot, click here.

10th Annual Taste of Wrightsville Beach

Bluewater Grill Parking Lot under a Ginormous Tent (Rain or Shine), 4 Marina St., Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

  • Celebrate the islands diverse and delicious fare on and around the beach with over 35 local cuisine, beer and wine tasting booths.
  • There will also be live music in the Mega-Corp lounge area.
  • All net proceeds go to the Weekend Meals on Wheels program.
  • $100 for adult general admission which includes a tasting of each dish and samples of beer and wine. Full pours may be purchased. Children under 21 years old pay $25 for food only. Ages 5 and under are free.
  • Get you tickets here fast. Event is from 5PM-8PM.

APPLEARCHY Cider Festival

Brunswick Beer and Cider, 1313 South Dickinson Dr, Leland, NC 28451

  • Enjoy a fun experience sipping some of the Carolinas favorite ciders and fruit forward beers.
  • Each age verified ticket will be provided a 5oz event brand tasting glass.
  • Event pours from 12PM-5PM. 12PM-1PM VIP hour. 
  • Live music, apple pressing, kettle corn and BB&C food available for purchase.
  • Tickets can be purchased here. $30-$35


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