Outer Banks Halloween Parade of Costumes
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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!)
SECRET ISLAND RESTAURANT
MAKO’S BEACH GRILLE
TORTOISE AND THE HAIR COMICS
GALLOP FUNERAL SERVICES’ HAUNTED HEARSE
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:
Secret Island Restaurant