Outer Banks Halloween Parade Adds Great Pumpkin Contest

Posted By on September 9, 2016

The 3rd Annual Outer Banks Halloween Parade of Costumes returns to Kelly’s in Nags Head, NC on Sunday, October 30, 2016, presented by OBX Entertainment, and this year we are adding an all new event to the festivities, offering yet another spirited, artistic avenue of expressing all the fun of our favorite season, introducing the Great Pumpkin Contest, sponsored by our friends at Outer Banks Entrepreneurs

Registration for the parade opens and the pre-parade Halloween Festival begins at 2pm, featuring live entertainment, special guests, trick or treating, and some new additions for 2016, including the Great Pumpkin Contest, in which entries are pre-prepared jack-o-lanterns that can be hand carved, hand painted, or otherwise “dressed”/decorated to be judged in categories that include scariest, funniest, and most creative.

The winning pumpkin entries in each category will receive a special basket of treats and goodies from Outer Banks Entrepreneurs.

Awards will be presented in the Great Pumpkin Contest for: 

1. Best in Show

2. People’s Choice

3. Hand Carved Pumpkins:

a. Scariest

b. Funniest

c. Most Creative

4. Hand Painted Pumpkins:

a. Scariest

b. Funniest

c. Most Creative

5. Dressed/Decorated Pumpkins:

a. Most Creative

Please note that all of the pumpkins / jack-o-lanterns to be entered into the Great Pumpkin Contest must be fully carved, painted, decorated, and prepared prior to the event and then brought to the Outer Banks Entrepreneurs’ trick or treat table for registration into the contest during the Halloween Parade festival starting at 2pm on Sunday, October 30 in the backyard at Kelly’s in Nags Head.

This event is inspired by the popular Food Network competition series Halloween Wars, airing on Sundays in October.

The 3rd Annual Outer Banks Halloween Parade of Costumes, a short 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.

As in previous years, all Costume Contest entries must be registered to participate in the Halloween Parade 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 5 and under; Best Male and Female 6-12; Best Male and Female 13-adult; Best Couple; and Best Family/Group Costumes, and a new category for 2016 to be announced in the coming weeks.

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.

The Halloween Parade is happening in conjunction with HalloWeek on the Outer Banks, also including the inaugural Halloween International Film Festival, featuring three days of independent films submitted from around the world screening at RC Theatres in Kill Devil Hills on Oct. 27-29; as well as nightly after parties, and additional events to be announced.

For information on sponsorship opportunities, please email us at [email protected].

Stay with OBXentertainment.com for more announcements and prize reveals, and be sure to “LIKE” the official event Facebook page and follow OBX Entertainment on Twitter at @obxe for the latest updates.

RSVP to the Halloween Parade online on Facebook HERE!


3rd Annual Outer Banks Halloween Parade of Costumes - October 30, 2016


Posted by Matt Artz

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