Halloween On the Crystal Coast


Halloween Carnival GamesBoo! It’s almost Halloween, and we couldn’t be more excited! That’s because Halloween is more than just Trick-or-Treating here on the Crystal Coast. There are lots of super fun, family-friends events that everyone will enjoy!

Emerald Isle Halloween Carnival

This annual event put on by the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Department is sure to be lots of kid-friendly fun. Events this year will include creating a glow in the dark mural, face painting, hanging donut eating contest, and more! Fees are two bags of candy per child, which is really not much considering they’ll earn it all back by the 31st! Times are October 24th from 6-8pm.

Seaport Spooks- A Scary Spectacle of Beaufort’s Past

Be one of the first to ever attend this new event put on by the Beaufort Historical Association! This exciting new Halloween event will feature tours of historic downtown Beaufort: the Old Jail, Apothecary & Doctor’s Office, the Courthouse, and the Old Burying Grounds will all be open for tours. Other events will include games and treats for the kids! Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12, and free for children under 6. This is a great deal to not only be able to visit all of these historic sites, but to do it in a way that keeps the kids excited? Sign me up! Times are October 25th from 4:30-8pm.

Run Your BOOty OffRun Your BOOty Off Emerlad Isle

The third annual Run Your BOOty Off marathon will be arriving once again to Emerald Isle! This fun event which goes to support the local Boys and Girls Club, is not only a run, but also a festival and parade! Triple the fun! Costumes are encouraged for this run which participants can join in as a 5K or a 1 mile run. Other events include a costume parade, petting zoo, game booths, a trunk-or-treat, and obstacle course. Special pricing for early registration is available, so make sure to check out early for the best deals. You can join in at this event on October 25, but make sure you don’t forget to register in advance!


Trick Or Treat Under the SeaTrick or Treat Under the Sea

Much anticipated by Crystal Coast locals, this fun family event is hosted by the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium. Decorated "BOO”ths from local business are open for little trick or treaters to fill their bags with yummy treats. But, watch out because there will be plenty of tricks too! Fun tricks though, such as underwater pumpkin carving, face painting, jack-o-lanterns making an appearance in the otter enclosure, and much more! And, for the brave little witches, ghouls, goblins, and superheroes, the limited-time Dinosaur attraction will be open after dark for a special spooky adventure. It’s only $11 for this fun night, with children under 2 getting in for free! Don’t miss out on two days of fun October 29th, and 30th from 4:30-7:30.

Night at the Museum

On Halloween night, there’s more to do than just trick or treating! Head over to the Maritime Museum in Beaufort for a fun, non-spooky "Night at the Museum.” This is a very kid-friendly event (aimed at families with children under 12) that will feature candy, crafts, and fun local stories and legends. Some friendly ghosts will make their debut along with a "haunted” sail boat and some singing skulls. This fun event is sponsored by donations only. Join museum staff and all the other little princesses and pirates October 31st, 6-8pm.

Town of Newport HootenanyTown of Newport Hootenanny

This one holds a special place in my heart as my family and I would always stop by this fun event before trick or treating as a kid…okay, I still go even though I’m all grown up! With promises to be the biggest and best event yet, families can enjoy free food, games, and candy at the annual Hootenany in Newport. Free hot dogs, drinks, cotton candy, and popcorn are just the tip of the iceberg with activities including hay rides, bouncy houses, petting zoo, and over 20 children’s games. There will be a collection of canned goods too for the opportunity to give back. Join in the celebration October 31st 6-9pm.

Halloween Dinner Cruise Aboard the Crystal Coast Lady

For those of you with a special someone in your life, or you just want some time with your friends, this is a fun Halloween party you can enjoy. This event is catered for adults and combines fun Halloween costumes and treats with the beautiful scenes of autumn on the Beaufort and Morehead City Waterfronts aboard the Crystal Coast Lady—the beautiful Supercruiser. This cruise will feature a delicious dinner buffet, bar, and some of the best DJs around. Make your reservations today for this special event on October 31st 7-9pm.

Halloween is more fun on the Crystal Coast! Bring your family down to celebrate Halloween where local history, charm, and scenery bring the spooky fun to life for everyone!

Want some fun Halloween ideas for crafts, costumes, and more? Check out our Pinterest page to get started on some Halloween fun!