Outer Banks Halloween Parade of Costumes

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

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! 

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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.

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!


Prizes for our 2017 Costume Contest Winners were graciously provided by:

Artz Music & Photography
Creative Catering by Wanda
Jolly Roger
Hatteras Watersports
Festival Park
BJ’s Carolina Café
Jimmy’s Seafood Buffet
Cap’t N Franks
OBX JetPak
Sweet-Ts, Stacey
Life is Good
OB X-Scape Rooms
Tuesday Morning
Caped Crusaders Party
Mudpie/The Cottage Shop/Kelloggs
Monkey Business
Fish Heads/OB Pier
OBX Bowling
Pamlico Jacks
McDonald’s MP 9
China King
Natural Nails
Plaza Azteca
Mutiny Bay Putt Putt
My Little Sunshine Store
Professor Tracker’s Mini Golf
Wendy’s KDH
Stack ‘Em High 
Burger King (KDH)
Darrel’s 2 
Awful Authurs
BIG Bucks IceCream 
Children at Play
Kim Twiddy, Independent Scentsy Consultant
Nikki Farrenkopf, Independent Plunder Stylist
Dimensions/Ashley Dashiell
Ocean Blvd

*Prizes are subject to change without notice.


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



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Pirate 953



Gallop Funeral Services, Inc.




DIXIE 105.7








Outer Banks Halloween Parade - October 29, 2017


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!