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Are there any ‘haunted houses’ in the Wilmington area?

Cece Nunn
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A scene from the Panic Attack attraction in Wilmington. (StarNews file photo)

You’re asking about seasonal entertainments, not so much the real thing, and the answer is yes, quite a few.

Here are some of 2011’s Halloween or Halloween-related events in the Port City and surrounding areas:

New Hanover County

ZOMBIE WALK: The third annual Zombie Walk for the Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina raises food and money for local families in need. Starts at 2 p.m. Oct. 22 at The Soapbox Laundro Lounge, 255 N. Front St., Wilmington [Map this]. Dress up like a zombie and lurch around downtown. Don’t forget to bring a donation. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page. Times: 2-5 p.m. registration and make-up. Walk, “cool down” and live music is 5-9:30 p.m.

ZOMBIE FILM FESTIVAL: An all-day zombie film festival at the Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St. Free, but donations are welcome. 4-10 p.m. Oct. 23.

‘THE SHINING': Cinematique will celebrate Halloween with special screenings of the horror classic starring Jack Nicholson at Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St., Wilmington [Map this]. Tickets are $7. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28-29.

PANIC ATTACK HAUNTED ATTRACTION: Two haunted houses filled with scary characters and movie-like special effects. New this year are the Temple of Terror, Freak Farm and Sewer Escape. Visit www.panicattackhaunt.com. Tickets are $23; $30 for a fast pass that will allow visitors to get in quicker; $5 discount for military and preregistered groups of 20 or more. Not for children under 13. 6-11 p.m. Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27; 6 p.m.-midnight Oct. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-31.

GHOST SHIP: Experience the haunted Battleship North Carolina, 1 Battleship Road, Wilmington [Map this], including hatches cracking open with new designs and scares. No matter where you are on the ship, ghosts will find you. Visit www.battleshipnc.com. Tickets are $10 and go on sale at 6:30 p.m. 7-10 p.m. Oct. 14-15, 21-22.

POPLAR GROVE HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL, 30TH ANNUAL: Includes haunted hayride, haunted barn, rides, games, food, daylight hayride, non-scary Kiddie Funhouse, pony rides, cake walk, fortune tellers and more. All ages enter the costume contest; registration begins at 6 p.m. Oct. 22. Free admission; activities priced separately. Held at Poplar Grove Plantation, 10200 U.S. 17 North, Hampstead [Map this]. Call (910) 686-9518 or visit www.poplargove.com. 5:30-11 p.m. Fridays and 2-11 p.m. (2-6 p.m. is set aside for younger children while 6-11 p.m. is set aside for older children) Saturdays and Sundays Oct. 14-16 and 21-23.

LYCEUM ACADEMY HAUNTED HOUSE 2011, THE CARNIVAL OF CARNAGE: A town carnival ends in death for the visitors who showed up to have a good time. Now, each year on Halloween, the Carnival of Carnage comes back to life, releasing tortured souls to roam the grounds. Travel through 20 spaces to see if you can survive the Carnival of Carnage at the Lyceum Academy’s Haunted House behind Steinmart in Hanover Center near the intersection of Oleander Drive and Independence Boulevard across from Independence Mall. Admission is $10. Not for children under 13. 7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 15 and 7-10 p.m. Oct. 16, continuing 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays, 7 to midnight Fridays and Saturdays and 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays Oct. 20-30, and 7-10 the night of Halloween, Oct. 31.

MURDER IN THE LIBRARY MYSTERY DINNER THEATRE: Also dubbed Storybook Mystery Dinner Theatre and Costume Party. Characters in the books come to life at night and frolic until the sun rises. Annie Oakley may have had too much fun. Sherlock Holmes said the game is afoot, especially when Huck Finn has disappeared. It is up to the audience to decide who did it at this Porch Theatre Company production at The Balcony on Dock, 33 S. Front St., Wilmington [Map this]. Tickets are $40 for adults, $20 for children. Come dressed as your favorite book character. Prizes and candy will be awarded to those in costume. For ticket information, call 232-6611. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27.

BATTY BATTLESHIP’S HALLOWEEN BASH: Trick-or-treating, games, activities, food and storytelling at the Battleship North Carolina. Tickets are $5 per person; children 2 and under free. Call 251-5797 or visit www.battleshipnc.com. 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 25.

KOOKY SPOOKY JAM BOO READ AT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF WILMINGTON: Listen to scary and not-so-scary stories and find some fall-themed goodies and games throughout the museum. Come dressed in your favorite Halloween costume. Admission is $2 for members, $3 for non-members. Visit www.playwilmington.org. 5-7 p.m. Oct. 28.

HAUNTED WILMINGTON’S GHOST WALK AND HAUNTED PUB CRAWLS: Going on throughout October. For more information, visit www.hauntedwilmington.com.

TRICK OR TREAT TROT-5K/10K RUN/1-MILE FUN RUN: Runners will open up their magical broom closets and scare up their best costumes for the Annual Trick or Treat Trot. The course is a 5K USATF certified & sanctioned course starting on Princess Street between Fourth Street and Fifth Avenue. The 1-mile fun run/walk is one half mile up the same course and back to the finish. Runners/Walkers can register online at www.active.com. 9 a.m. Oct. 15.

GHOST HIKE AT FORT FISHER: Come accompany a ranger down the trails of Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, 1000 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach [Map this], to explore the unexplained phenomenon that surrounds the Fort Fisher Area. These trails are closed during night hours but they will be open this night for those who join the Ranger on the ghost hike. You may bring flashlights if you like. Call (910) 458-5798 to reserve your spot because space is limited. Meet at the visitor center. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20-21 and at 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Oct. 22.

TRICK OR TREAT UNDER THE SEA: Indoor trick-or-treating, face painting, story-telling and haunted gardens are some of the highlights at this family oriented fun Halloween party at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher, 900 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach [Map this]. Look for our spooky divers in the big tank. Admission is $6; children 2 years and under get in free. Umbrella strollers only. Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Call (910) 458-8257 or visit www.ncaquariums.com. 5-8:30 p.m. Oct. 26-27.

HALLOWEEN HORSE DRAWN GHOST TROLLEY: Take a ghost ride through downtown Wilmington, starting at Water and Market streets, and enjoy a fun spoof in the ghost barn. Listen to ghost stories tailored for young children, without the gore and violence. Free treats for children. Cost is $12 for adults, $5 for children under 12. For more information, visit www.horsedrawntours.com, call Springbrook Farms at (910) 251-8889 or email horsedrawntours@hotmail.com. 6-9 p.m. Oct. 21-22, 28-31.

THE HALLOWEEN INDEPENDENCE MALL TRICK-OR-TREAT EVENT: Little ghosts and goblins can trick-or-treat from store to store at Independence Mall, 3500 Oleander Drive, Wilmington [Map this]. Visit www.shopindependencemall.com for more information. 4-6 p.m. Oct. 31. (The website also contains news about the mall’s Halloween costume photo contest with chances to win gift cards.)


OAK ISLAND SHOT IN THE DARK HALLOWEEN GOLF TOURNAMENT: Oak Island Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a fun-filled team nine-hole night golf tournament at Oak Island Par 3 at South Harbour. Teams of two will play in a best-ball format. Fee includes one glow ball and glow stick for each participant, door prizes, and heavy hors d’oeuvres before tee off. Limited to first 18 teams. There will be prizes for 1st and 2nd place teams as well as a costume contest! Fee is $15 for SHGL members and $20 for non-members. For more information, call 454-0905. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14.

SOUTHPORT “PYRATE” INVASION!: Includes a pirate invasion of encampments, trial of Stede Bonnet, kids costume contests, activities and storytelling at the Fort Johnston Garrison Lawn, Bay Street, Southport. Also join the festival for “Living History” in the Old Smithville Burying Ground. Event will also include tours of the Old Jail and the Waterfront Movie: “Monster House.” Call (910) 279-4616 or (910) 457-7927. Oct. 14-15.

THE PYRATE MASQUARADE: An evening of fun for the pirate in everyone, featuring live pirates, dancing, raffles, costume contests with prizes and more at the Southport Community Building. Buffet, beer and wine and rum punch. Supports the N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport. Tickets, available Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce, Southport Visitors Center and N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport, are $40 each or $70 per couple. Call the museum at (910) 457-0003 for more information. 6-10 p.m. Oct. 14.

BOILING SPRING LAKES HALLOWEEN FUN: A Haunted Halloween Hay Ride & Festival will take place beginning at the Boiling Spring Lakes Community Building, Trail No. 1, Leeds Road, Boiling Spring Lakes. Admission is free. For more information, call Mary Stilwell at 845-2762. Oct. 22.

PUMPKIN FESTIVAL: To include a hayride, games and a costume contest in Southport. For more information, call Maureen “Cookie” Moore at 457-7945. 6-7 p.m. Oct. 22.

SPOOKTACULAR: The Oak Island Parks and Recreation Department will also host the annual Spooktacular, a free event will be held at the Soccer Field at 46th Street SE and will include carnival games, contests, entertainment, food vendors, and more. If you are a community organization or business who would like to set up a booth at the event, please contact Oak Island Parks & Recreation Department at (910) 278-5518. 5-7 p.m. Oct. 28.


HAUNTED JAIL HOUSE: The Burgaw Middle School PTO is hosting a Haunted Jail House in the Old Burgaw Jail in downtown Burgaw accross from the courthouse. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door and can be purchased from any Burgaw Middle School student or at locations in Burgaw. Email jvchance@hotmail.com for more information. 7-11 p.m. Oct. 27-29 and Oct. 31.

TRICK-OR-TREAT IN THE PARK: The Kiwanis Club of Hampstead hosts its 6th Annual Trick or Treat in the Park at Hampstead Kiwanis Park. 5-8 p.m. Oct. 31.

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One Response to “ Are there any ‘haunted houses’ in the Wilmington area?”

  1. On April 3, 2012 at 11:19 am Jeanne Walker wrote:

    the information on this site is incorrect the information is as follows especially the dates are inccorrect.

    Two Weekends – Oct, 12, 13 & 14 and 19, 20 & 21
    Hours: Fridays, Oct. 12 & 19 – 6PM to Midnight
    Saturdays, Oct. 13 & 20 – 2PM to Midnight
    Sundays, Oct. 14 & 21 – 2PM to 10PM
    Festival Dates, October 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, & 21.

    Number one for paranormal fans. This old plantation is haunting up some fun with a ghostly barn and a spirited hayride. Scared of haunted houses? You’ll find activities for everyone! Inflatable rides, pony rides, games, food, afternoon hayride, non-scary Kiddie Funhouse, palm reader and tarot card reader. All ages can enter the costume contest Oct. 20th, 6pm. Cape Fear starts here! Paranormal paranoia haunt the barn and hayride, plus activities for everyone, inflatable rides, pony rides, games, food, afternoon hayride, non-scary Kiddie Funhouse, palm reader & tarot card reader. Costume contest Oct. 20th, 6pm.

    Activities priced separately. Funds raised for non-profit Poplar Grove Plantation, local high schools and fire departments.

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