October Events at the Crystal Coast


October is one of the best months to visit the Crystal Coast – not only for the amazing weather, but for all of the fun and family-friendly activities planned around the coast. Come spend some time on the Crystal Coast and enjoy great fall and Halloween events all month long! Here is a short list of events to help plan your trip:

Come out to the Howling Hayride at Fort Macon on October 14. This event is free, but donations for the ongoing trail improvements are welcome.

Join us again on October 25 at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores for the Preschool Pumpkin Patch. This fun-filled event is for youngsters 5 years old and younger. Your kids can enjoy games, stories, crafts, costumed characters and photo ops!

The North Carolina Aquarium is also hosting their annual Trick-or-Treat Under the Sea on October 26 and 27. This event brings a splash of Halloween fun to the aquarium with trick-ortreat booths and other specially decorated exhibits. There will also be a costume contest as well as underwater pumpkin carving demonstrations.

Head down to Emerald Isle on October 27 for their Halloween Carnival. Fun for the whole family includes creating a glow-in-the-dark mural, photo booth, cake walk, trunk-or-treat and more. The admission fee to the carnival is two bags of candy per child. This event is sponsored by Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation department. For more details, please call 252-354-6350.

Like flying kites? This free activity put on by Kites Unlimited is just for you. Join us for the 30th Annual Carolina Kite Fest on October 28 and 29 at Sands Villa Resort (1400 E. Fort Macon Road) The night fly will be held on Saturday evening at 6 p.m.

The final Halloween event at the Crystal Coast is the Town of Emerald Isle Trick-or-Treat on October 31 from 6-8:30 p.m.

Here is a quick list of the events we mentioned above – for updates on Crystal Coast events, please like the Crystal Coast on Facebook.

  • Howling Hayride at Fort Macon – October 14
    • 6:30-8 p.m.
  • North Carolina Aquarium Preschool Pumpkin Patch 2017 – October 25
    • 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • North Carolina Aquarium Trick-or-Treat Under the Sea – October 26 and 27
    • 4:30-8 p.m.
  • Emerald Isle Halloween Carnival – October 27
    • 6-8 p.m.
  • Kites Unlimited 30th Annual Carolina Kite Fest – October 28 and 29th
    • October 28 – 29: 10 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
    • October 29: Night fly at 6 p.m.
  • Town of Emerald Isle Trick-or-Treat – October 31
    • 6-8:30 p.m.