Outer Banks Halloween Parade of Costumes

The Outer Banks Halloween Parade is held annually on the Sunday before Halloween in Nags Head, North Carolina!

4th Annual OUTER BANKS HALLOWEEN PARADE - Sunday, October 29, 0217

The 4th Annual Outer Banks Halloween Parade returns to Kelly’s in Nags Head on Sunday, October 29, 2017, starting with the pre-parade kick off party at 2pm, with the walking parade itself beginning at 3pm, to be immediately followed by the Awards Ceremony for the best costumes.

The largest Halloween celebration on the Outer Banks, this free, family friendly event includes trick-or-treating, special surprise guests, live entertainment, and of course Dare County’s ultimate costume contest.

The walking parade around the Kelly’s property will begin at 3pm. Those who do not wish to walk in the parade can watch and cheer it on in the spectators area located in the Kelly’s front lawn. Everyone attending the event is encouraged to dress in costume in the spirit of the season.

All costume contest entries must be registered to participate in the parade and to be eligible for prizes. Online early registration will be available starting in October.

Everyone who registers to walk in the Parade will be entered into the Costume Contest, with the winners to be announced during an Awards Ceremony immediately following the Parade. You must be present and remain in costume until the winners are announced in order to claim any prizes.

Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes among the parade entries in various categories and age groups, including Best Male and Female age 5 and under; Best Male and Female age 6-12; Best Male and Female age 13-adult; Best Couple; and Best Family/Group Costumes.

The annual Halloween Parade is the culminating event of HalloWeek on the Outer Banks, following the 2nd Halloween International Film Festival, featuring independent films of all genres from around the world, including many filmed in North Carolina and even here locally, as well as special guest filmmakers in attendance for Q&A panels and meet-and-greets with fans. (For more information on the film festival, including the full lineup of the screening schedule, and to purchase tickets, please click here.)

Admission to this rain or shine event is free for anyone wearing a Halloween costume.

The mission of the Parade of Costumes is to provide a safe and positive celebration of Halloween and its traditions, for Outer Banks locals and visitors alike, and Halloween lovers worldwide, with live entertainment and loads of fun for adults and kids of all ages.

RSVP for the 2017 Halloween Parade on Facebook HERE!


Halloween Parade 2017 Costume Contest Prizes include: 

  • $100 Smoker Rental from BJ’s Carolina Cafe (Family/Group category)
  • 50% Off Gift Cards from Caped Crusaders Birthdays (age 5 and under category)
  • BBQ Sauce from Wanda’s Creative Catering
  • Gift Cards & T-Shirts from Jimmy’s Seafood Buffet
  • Prizes from Earth 383 Comics & Games
  • Gift Cards from Pirates & Pixies Toy Store
  • 2 SUP Board Rentals from Hatteras Watersports (Couple category)
  • Free Family Beach Portrait Session by Artz Music & Photography (Family/Group category)
  • …and much MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!


Starting at 2pm, enjoy trick or treating, Halloween music, and numerous fun photo ops as you visit our Special Guests! NFL football will also be on TV with drinks and snacks available in the bar at Kelly’s.

…and more to be announced!


The Sea Ranch Resort is the official hotel of the 2017 Halloween International Film Festival and Outer Banks Halloween Parade. Attendees to both events should use the discount code “OBFF” when making reservations online or mention the group “Halloween Film Fest” when booking a room over the phone to take advantage of our special discount rates.

The historic Sea Ranch is located in the heart of Kill Devil Hills, on the oceanfront with beach access right outside the door and just minutes away from the Film Festival screening theater. Amenities at the hotel include an indoor pool and the Beashside Bistro restaurant.

The room block rates are good from Wednesday, Oct. 25 through Tuesday, Oct. 31.

Available Room Types and Rates:

Oceanside, Main Inn Room – $99.00 weekend, $85.00 weekday

Oceanfront (with ocean view) Room – $129.00 weekend, $115.00 weekday

Two-Bedroom Suite (sleeps up to six) – $159.00 per night

** Rates above are based on double occupancy, other than the Suite; additional adult guests will incur a $10.00+ per person, per night charge. 

** Rates do not include Occupancy Tax, currently at 12.75%.

** Check-in is at 4pm, Check-out is at 10am for Suites, 11am for all other rooms.  Early check-in cannot be guaranteed.

** Condo Suites require a minimum 3-night stay. 

** Weekends may not be split; guests who want one night may call to check for cancellations.

** Rates based on availability.

CLICK HERE to book your hotel room at the Sea Ranch Resort using discount code “OBFF”!

See a live streaming webcam video feed from the beach at the Sea Ranch here!


2017 SPONSORS of the Outer Banks Halloween Parade of Costumes include:

OB-Xscape Rooms 2017



Sentinel logo



Pirate 953



Gallop Funeral Services, Inc.



DIXIE 105.7









For information on sponsorship opportunities, please email us at obxentertainment@gmail.com.


CLICK HERE to see the 2016 Halloween Parade PHOTO GALLERY!





OBX Entertainment presented the 2nd Annual Outer Banks Halloween Parade of Costumes on Sunday, Oct. 25 at Kelly’s in Nags Head, featuring another spirited afternoon of holiday themed family fun for all ages.

Watch highlights of the Outer Banks Halloween Parade of Costumes 2015 Awards Ceremony in the player below!

Click HERE to view our 2015 Halloween Parade PHOTO GALLERY!


Click HERE to see hundreds of exclusive images in our full photo gallery from the 2014 Outer Banks Halloween Parade of Costumes!

OBX Entertainment presented the 1st Annual Outer Banks Halloween Parade of costumes on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Kelly’s in Nags Head. You can watch highlights from our inaugural year in the videos below!