With Halloween around the corner, there is plenty of fright-filled fun than to have on the Outer Banks — from kid-friendly Halloween activities and events for all ages to parties for those ages 21 and older. Following is a sampling of what’s on tap:
Nags Head Elementary School’s Great Pumpkin Fair
This year’s Great Pumpkin Fair, hosted by the Nags Head Elementary School PTO, kicks off Saturday, Oct. 7, with the Great Pumpkin Run, a 1-mile fun run/walk starting and ending at Nags Head Elementary School, 3100 S. Wrightsville Ave., Nags Head.
Registration begins at 9:15 a.m., and the run starts at 9:45 a.m.
The cost is $10 with advance registration at obxgofar.org and $15 on the day of the run.
The run is followed by the Great Pumpkin Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the school.
This year’s fair features a garden full of pumpkins, mums, gourds and corn stalks — just what’s needed to decorate a home or office for the changing season.
There also will be games and activities for kids, including bounce houses and mechanical rides, a rock wall, tattoos, a cupcake walk and more.
Local food vendors will be on-site, and there will be a bake sale, a chance auction and a 50-50 raffle for some great prizes, including a 2017 Toyota Corolla, two Electra beach cruiser bikes or a 55-inch flat-screen TV.
Raffle tickets are $50, and are available in the school office. The raffle is limited to 800 tickets
There also will be a $1 raffle for prizes provided by local businesses.
Proceeds from the Pumpkin Fair support the programs and projects of the Head Elementary School PTO.
The event is rain or shine.
For more information, call (252) 480-8880
Pumpkin Patch Saturdays
Each Saturday in October, historic Island Farm in Manteo celebrates the magic of autumn — and Halloween — with its annual Pumpkin Patch Saturdays.
The recurring event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 7, 14, 21 and 28.
The fall festival features a wagon full of activities, including make your own corn husk doll, candle making, children’s 19th-century toys and games, stuff a scarecrow, scarecrow photo booth for taking your own photos and interact with the farms animals.
Wagon hayrides are offered from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
On the final Saturday, Oct. 28, the farm will offer a surprise gift to anyone wearing a costume. Admission is $8 ages 6 and older; ages 5 and younger are free.
Visitors can also pick out a pumpkin of their choosing for an additional $5.
Island Farm is located at 1140 Hwy. 64, Manteo.
For more information, call (252) 473-6500.
Outer Banks Halloween Parade& Film Festival
The 2nd Annual Halloween International Film Festival returns to Kill Devil Hills Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 26-28.
All fscreenings are at RC Theatres Movies 10, 1803 N. Croatan Hwy., Kill Devil Hills.
The nightly screenings will be followed by Halloween-themed after-parties, complete with costume contests.
The festival is followed by the 4th Annual Outer Banks Halloween Parade of Costumes on Sunday, October 29, at Kelly’s Restaurant and Tavern in Nags Head.
The Halloween International Film Festival aims to promote the artistry of independent films made in the spirit of creativity, support the future of cinema by providing exposure for talented visionary filmmakers, and celebrate a collective passion for Halloween.
The Beer Witch Project,1-Mile Beer Run
Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills will host its Beer Witch Project — a 1-mile beer run – from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.
There is no pre-event day pick up. Check-in is from 5-6:30 p.m. The race is limited to 100 participants.
Zombies, witches, ghouls and Halloween creatures of all varieties will be behind the bar, ready to serve a bloody Mary — or drink of your choice.
The event is for ages 21 and older, and costumes are encouraged.
There also will be a live DJ and admission to a backyard party following the event included.
Admission to the party is $38.50 per person and includes and Chronotrack Live, chip timed, streaming results, and a T-shirt and souvenir glass are included. Prizes to the fastest male and female overall. Wear your Halloween finest, costume contest judging for scariest and most creative following the awards.
Outer Banks Brewing Station is at 600 S. Croatan Hwy., Kill Devil Hills, at milepost 8.5.
Call (252) 449-2739 or visit obbrewing.com.
Roanoke Island Maritime Museum Haunted House
Roanoke Island Maritime Museum, 104 Fernando St. in Manteo, will host its annual Haunted House from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31.
The event is free and open to the public.
The museum — located in the original George Washington Creef boathouse, circa 1857 — boasts a wealth of exhibits that chronicles the exploits of the area’s light keepers, as well as the maritime history of the Outer Banks.
During this special event, the museum will stay open after hours and take on an other-worldly feel (be prepared for a few spooky surprises) The event coincides with a trick-or-treating expedition in historic Manteo along the waterfront.
Trunk or Treat
The Beach Klub at Koru Village, 40920 Hwy. 12 in Avon (mile post 55.5), will host a Trunk or Treat for the whole family from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31.
Volunteers with car trunks decorated for Halloween will hand out candy to all the little ones who stop by.
It’s free and open to the public.
Anyone who would like to volunteer to be a trunker is asked to call (252) 995-3125. Candy donations will be accepted at Spa Koru’s front desk.