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.

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.

This event is sponsored in part by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, Secret Island Restaurant, Paparazzi OBX, Gallop Funeral Services, and Halloween Daily News.

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.

RSVP on Facebook here!

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2017 RECAP

The 4th Annual Outer Banks Halloween Parade returned for a final march around Kelly’s Restaurant and Tavern in Nags Head on Sunday, October 29, 2017, and despite some rain, a spirited crowd turned out in costume for what has become the largest event of its kind in the area and a seasonal tradition for many families.

Everyone who registered to walk in the Halloween Parade was entered into Dare County’s ultimate costume contest, featuring eight different categories and all ages, with approximately $5,000 in prizes that were donated by the community and handed out the 2017 winners.

This was the last year for the Halloween Parade to be held at Kelly’s, as the local landmark has recently been sold and is set to close soon. 

OBX Entertainment will be announcing the exciting details of the new location for the 2018 Halloween Parade very soon, but mark your calendars and save the date now for Sunday, October 28 of next year.

You can watch highlights of the 4th Annual Outer Banks Halloween Parade and Awards Ceremony in the videos below, and then scroll down to view more of the amazing costumes in our photo gallery! 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR 2017 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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