Outer Banks Halloween Parade of Costumes

The 5th Annual Outer Banks Halloween Parade is coming October 28, 2018!

OBX Entertainment is proud to announce that the 5th Annual Outer Banks Halloween Parade of Costumes will take place at Aviation Park in the town of Kill Devil Hills, on the last Sunday in October.

Kill Devil Hills Mayor Sheila Davies said, “I’m thrilled that Matt and Sue Artz have chosen to make Kill Devil Hills, Aviation Park the new home for their annual Halloween Parade. Sue and Matt put their heart and soul into creating this special family event and it will be wonderfully fun and entertaining for all ages. The Halloween Parade is sure to be a great community event.”

The Outer Banks Halloween Parade is a free, family-friendly costume event for all ages, featuring a short walking parade and costume contest.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE FOR THE 2018 HALLOWEEN PARADE!

Founded by OBX Entertainment’s Matt and Sue Artz, since 2014, the parade event was held at the former Kelly’s Restaurant in Nags Head.

 “We were fortunate to have the landmark of Kelly’s as our host venue for the first four years, and we could not have asked for a better mentor in developing phase one of an event of this magnitude than Mike Kelly,” said parade co-founder Matt Artz. “We will forever be grateful to the entire Kelly’s team who helped us grow each year.”

With steady increased attendance through positive word of mouth by both locals and visitors, the event has become the largest Halloween celebration on the Outer Banks, with hundreds of costumed participants and many more in attendance as spectators.

“We are beyond excited to bring the Outer Banks Halloween Parade to Kill Devil Hills,” Artz added. “Our new location, based at Aviation Park, is the perfect site for the next phase of the parade, as it will allow for much more growth as a destination event, and much more fun. After more than a year of behind the scenes planning and discussions, we are extremely gracious to the town of Kill Devil Hills for allowing us to use their beautiful park.”

The new venue provides parking available to the public at all First Flight schools, and a slightly longer parade route of about a half-mile, starting and ending at Aviation Park.

It all begins with the pre-parade party, during which parade participants can register for the costume contest, and all attendees can enjoy trick or treat stations sponsored by local non-profit organizations and businesses, positioned around the Frog Pond.

The awards ceremony will immediately follow the conclusion of the parade, with thousands of dollars in prizes awarded to the costume contest winners. Parade participants must be registered in one of the various categories to be eligible to win costume contest prizes. Advance registration will be available online starting in October.

“Every year, the prizes get even more amazing,” said parade co-founder Sue Artz. “It’s all because of the generosity of local businesses that collectively donate approximately $5,000 in prizes to be awarded in eight different categories and age groups, as determined by a panel of local celebrity judges.”

Admission and registration is free, and all attendees, including spectators, are asked to come dressed in a costume in the spirit of the event.  

The 5th Annual Outer Banks Halloween Parade is happening on Sunday, October 28, 2018, at Aviation Park, located off of Veterans Drive in Kill Devil Hills. Registration opens and the pre-parade trick or treat party begins at 2pm. The parade itself begins at 3pm, followed by the awards ceremony. This is a rain or shine event. Alcohol is not permitted.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE FOR THE 2018 HALLOWEEN PARADE!

Non-profit organizations, community groups, or businesses interested in sponsoring a trick or treat station or anyone interested in volunteering to help at the event should contact OBX Entertainment at obxentertainment@gmail.com

The official After Party following the 2018 Halloween Parade will take place at Secret Island Restaurant in Kill Devil Hills, starting at 5pm.

RSVP on Facebook here!

PRIZES

Halloween Parade 2018 prized include:

  • $100 Smoker Rental from BJ’s Carolina Cafe (Family/Group category)
  • 2 SUP Board Rentals from Hatteras Watersports (Couple category)
  • Tickets to OBX Ghost Tours
  • Gift Certificate from OB-Xscape Rooms
  • Gift Cards from Pirates & Pixies Toy Store
  • T-shirts from Nags Head Life is Good
  • T-shirts from Mako’s Beach Grille
  • 1 Gal. BJ’s Eastern NC Vinegar Sauce from Wanda’s Creative Catering
  • Free Family Beach Portrait Session by Artz Music & Photography (Family/Group category)
  • Additional prizes from:
  • Spanky’s Grille
  • Jolly Roger Restaurant
  • Tortoise and the Hair Comics
  • Paparazzi OBX
  • Secret Island Restaurant
  • …and much MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!

*Prizes are subject to change without notice.

PARTICIPATING NONPROFITS

KILL DEVIL HILLS NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH GROUP

DARE COUNTY FRIENDS OF YOUTH

CHILDREN AND YOUTH PARTNERSHIP FOR DARE COUNTY

FIRST FLIGHT SOCIETY

SPECIAL OLYMPICS DARE COUNTY

OUTER BANKS HOTLINE

DARE COMMUNITY CRIMELINE

MUSTANG OUTREACH PROGRAM

KILL DEVIL HILLS COMMUNITY APPEARANCE COMMITTEE

OUTER BANKS HOSPITAL (Offering flu shots!)

SPECIAL GUESTS

PAPARAZZI OBX

SECRET ISLAND RESTAURANT

MAKO’S BEACH GRILLE

TORTOISE AND THE HAIR COMICS

GALLOP FUNERAL SERVICES’ HAUNTED HEARSE

OBXJETPAK

PIRATE 95.3 WOBR’S GUNNER

…and more to be announced!

OUR 2018 SPONSORS

2018 SPONSORS of the Outer Banks Halloween Parade of Costumes include:

Outer Banks Visitors Bureau

Outer Banks Visitors Bureau

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Halloween Daily News

Halloween Daily News

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Pirate 95.3 WOBR

Pirate 95.3 WOBR

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Outer Banks Sentinel

Outer Banks Sentinel

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Secret Island Restaurant

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Paparazzi OBX

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See the full HalloWeek 2018 lineup here!

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CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR 2017 HALLOWEEN PARADE VIDEOS AND PHOTO GALLERY!

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CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR 2016 HALLOWEEN PARADE VIDEOS AND PHOTO GALLERIES!

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CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR 2015 HALLOWEEN PARADE VIDEOS AND PHOTO GALLERIES!

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CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR 2014 HALLOWEEN PARADE VIDEOS AND PHOTO GALLERY! 

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