Halloween Fun on the Crystal Coast

The Crystal Coast is a boo-tiful place to be this weekend. With Halloween right around the corner, you'll find plenty of frightful fun for all ages. Here's what's happening!

Emerald Isle's Halloween Carnival & Costume Contest
This Friday, October 25, Trick or TreatEmerald Isle Parks and Recreation on Emerald Drive sponsors the Emerald Isle Halloween Carnival and Costume Contest. The carnival takes place from 6-8p.m. and offers fun for the entire family. Activities include a glow in the dark mural, face painting, cake walk, liver toss, hanging donut eating contest, costume contest and more.

The costume contest begins promptly at 7p.m. Pre-registration is required to participate. Three age groups are judged in categories including spookiest, silliest, most creative, and over-all favorite. The admission fee for the Halloween Carnival is two bags of individually wrapped candy per child. Also, please bring a bag for your goodies. You can find more information here. Come if you dare!

Emerald Isle Trick-or-Treat
The town of Emerald Isle officially holds its Halloween Trick-or-Treat on Thursday evening, October 31 from 6-8:30p.m. The town encourages safety first. You can find some great safety tips at the Halloween Carnival or by clicking here.

Fright Night at the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort
Come out to the North Carolina Maritime Museum's Exhibit Hall from 5:30-8p.m. for Fright Night on Friday, October 25 for some sweet treats (and maybe just a few tricks). Dress in costume, bring family and friends, and enjoy an evening of maritime lore and entertainment. Fright Night activities include haunted exhibits, kid-friendly games, and waterfront storytelling.

It's fun for ghouls and goblins of all ages with proceeds benefiting museum education programs and East Carteret's High School Drama Club. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children age 18 and under.

Trick or Treat Under the Sea at the NC Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores
Trick or Treat Under the SeaTrick or Treat Under the Sea (TOTUS) happens on Tuesday, October 29 and Wednesday, October 30 at the North Carolina Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores. The little ones enjoy trick-or-treating each night as they load up on goodies at decorated prize booths throughout the aquarium. Special prizes are awarded for standout costumes and there is plenty of other frightful fun to be had including underwater pumpkin carving demonstrations, otters playing with jack-o-lanterns, face painting, a "goo lab", and more.

Ticket sales at the door are from 4:30-7:30p.m. each night and are $8 per person; $7.20 for members; ages 2 and under are admitted free.

A-Scare-ium at the NC Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores
Don't let the kids have all the fun! This one is for adults age 21 and over. Come to the A-Scare-ium in Pine Knoll Shores on Saturday, October 25 to eat, drink and be scary. This Halloween costume party for grown-ups happens during the bewitching hours of 7-11p.m.

Great prizes are awarded for the best disguises and costumes are compulsory. Enjoy North Carolina's best wine and beer as well as complimentary food and drinks, music, dancing, giveaways, and dueling piano players. Enjoy the haunted waters and a howling good time all for a good cause. The proceeds benefit the sea turtle conservation and research program. Advance tickets are $15 each, $25 for two. Tickets are $20 each at the door.

And More
This is just a sampling of the Halloween fun happening here on the coast of North Carolina. You can find out more about these events and others on the Crystal Coast event page. It's a great resource for all of your Crystal Coast vacation planning.

Speaking of vacation planning, the fall season is a wonderful time of year to enjoy the beaches of our area and to plan a Crystal Coast beach getaway. Less crowds, stunning coastal colors, gorgeous beaches, vacation rental discounts, and plenty of things to dowhat more could you ask for? We hope to see you soon! Happy Halloween!

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