Halloween All Grown-Up

October 5, 2017

I could share with you a long list of kid-friendly Halloween events taking place around Cumberland County, but I’d rather talk about all the fun that grown-ups will be having this month, instead. Are you into creepy cemetery tours? How about costumed pub runs? Or maybe a suspenseful night at the theater is more your thing. I’ve covered all the bases here, and have 10 suggestions for how you and the crew can celebrate Halloween, grown-up style.


Spooky Shows

College students, chainsaws and demons make for a musical comedy that is a must-see for fans of The Evil Dead series (or any horror flick). You have four chances left to catch a performance of Evil Dead: The Musical over closing weekend at Gilbert Theater (Oct. 6-8).

Audrey Hepburn famously starred in the 1967 film adaptation of yet another classic coming to the stage here. The suspense thriller Wait Until Dark will have us on the edge of our seats at Cape Fear Regional Theatre (CFRT) later this month (Oct. 26 - Nov. 12).

CFRT is also bringing The Rocky Horror Picture Show back to the big screen, much to my delight. Fans of the cult classic will be dressing up in costume, pre-partying at Latitude 35 Bar & Grill and enjoying an interactive screening of the flick (Oct. 27, 28 & 31).


Historical Haunts

Among all the festivities planned for Fayetteville Dogwood Fall Festival, three events stand out. At "Historic Hauntings," we’ll get a spooky history lesson while on a walking tour of Cross Creek Cemetery. On the "Hayrides," we’ll take a 30-minute ride through historic downtown while a narrator shares legends and lore behind Fayetteville’s history. And you can bet we’ll be hitting "Dogwood’s Dark Dream Haunted House" by the end of the night, too (Oct. 20-21).

The Cape Fear River offers the perfect setting for a sunset pontoon boat tour with a creepy twist. If you grab tickets early enough, you can embark on either the Zombie Boat Cruise (Oct. 21) or the Ghost Boat Cruise (Oct. 22) from the historic Campbellton Landing.

Gilbert Theater performers act out old Halloween customs and traditions during one of the most popular events to take place at the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex. We’ll step back in time to the World War I era with the Poe family at Hallowe’en Revels: Night Tours of the 1897 Poe House (Oct. 25-27).


Costumed Recreation

All kinds of frights await us around every bend of the Lower Little River, in Spring Lake. Hop on a 3-mile Spooky Glow River Tour and kayak your way through the spooky waters with Spring Lake Outpost—guaranteed to be an unforgettable adventure (Oct. 6-22).

Like you need an excuse to sign up for another run, Fleet Feet Sports Runners Spot is offering a couple additional perks with their 2.5-mile Halloween Pub Run/Walk. The costumed runners will travel through Arsenal Park, which will be decorated for the occasion, and make pit-stops for cold brews at Huske Hardware House Restaurant & Brewery and Latitude 35 Bar & Grill (Oct. 20).

The walking dead show up here once a year to fill the streets of downtown Fayetteville on an epic Zombie Walk. Entertainment and live music will take place at multiple sites, but you won’t want to miss the end-of-walk performances by bands like Motorjunkie and Nephilym (Oct. 27).

Yet another highly anticipated event that draws runners to Cumberland County each year is the North Carolina Halloween Half Marathon & 5K. Get your crew’s costumes ready to enjoy an epic run (Oct. 29).*

*Please note the Half Marathon event was cancelled after this blog was published.


Does my list whet your appetite for more fall-themed fun? The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Calendar of Events shows off the best of Cumberland County’s autumnal festivities and more. We have another great excuse to dress up in costume in October each year; read more about that popular event on “Go Geek for Fayetteville ComicCon.”

Zombie Walk image courtesy of @FayettevilleZombieWalk; Fayetteville Dogwood Fall Festival image courtesy of @faydogwood.


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