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The year-round sunny and warm climate of North Carolina and the Outer Banks region, added to the sand, sun, water, and fun of the area make them an ideal destination for your fall getaway. There are several islands to choose from, but Hatteras Island is full of fall fun for everyone. There are plenty of things to do and see to create a fall escape for you and your loved ones this year for Halloween on the Outer Banks.

NCBBA Red Drum Tournament

The Outer Banks is known for its fishing. This Halloween, make a tournament a part of your itinerary. Watch the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association’s (NCBBA) or register to participate! The tournament features over $10,000 in cash and prizes, as well as the opportunity to fish miles of naturally isolated fishing grounds along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The competition takes place between ORV Ramp 23 and Ramp 38 near Avon. Cast a line anywhere between the boundaries during the 60-hour contest. This year’s tournament runs Wednesday, October 25th – Saturday, October 28th, 2023, just in time for Halloween!

OBX Wind

While the Outer Banks is known for fishing – hosting multiple tournaments throughout the spring, summer, and fall, the islands are also a great place for other water sports. During your Halloween island adventure, take in the contest that is billed as one of the biggest windsurfing events in the country! The annual Wind Competition brings windsurfers of all skill levels together for a fun time on the water, and some friendly competition. Add the event to your Hatteras Island Halloween calendar, as it runs Saturday, October 28th – Saturday, November 4th, 2023.

Trunk or Treat

Enjoy Halloween in a safe environment. Rather than going door-to-door in an unfamiliar town, head to the event that takes place in the spacious parking area of the Beach Klub at Koru Village in Avon. It’s easy to find, right next to the Avon Pier. Participating cars will be decked out in spooky décor and offering a variety of candy and treats. Children and adults are encouraged to dress in their spookiest costumes to attend the free event. The event takes place 5-7 pm on October 31st, 2023.

Surf Fishing Invitational

One of the oldest fishing tournaments on the East Coast returns to the shores of Hatteras Island. Started in 1958, it is also one of the biggest tournaments, with hundreds of anglers descending on the southern Outer Banks. There’s an individual fishing tournament open to the public on Saturday, November 4th, or you can enter the tournament, which runs November 1st-3rd. More information is available on the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club website.


An island adventure to Hatteras Island this Halloween means plenty of time on the beach! Daytime air temperatures remain in the 70s and 80s, and water temperatures in the 70s, you can spend as much time as you please out in the sun or enjoying all the beach activities Hatteras Island has to offer. Lay out in the sun and sunbathe, get some exercise with a walk or run on the sand, or settle down under your beach umbrella with a picnic and a book.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Make a stop at the iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse as part of your Halloween trip. The black and white structure protects one of the most hazardous sections on the entire Atlantic Coast. The green area around the lighthouse is always open to the public, but the iconic stair climb is currently closed for restoration efforts on the staircase.

Hatteras Island Ocean Center

Learn more about the ocean surrounding Hatteras Island this Halloween. The center is also part of the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway, which stretches across Bodie, Hatteras, and Ocracoke Islands, Down East, and the Pamlico Sound. The center is within walking distance of central Hatteras Village, so it may be an easy walk from your accommodations! Take part in activities like a kayak nature tour, join the “Turtle Patrol” – where you’ll learn about the area’s sea turtles and view active nests, or find out more about birding in the Outer Banks.

Hatteras Weather Bureau Station

Built in 1901, this historic wood-frame structure was the area’s primary weather station from that time until 1946. The station provided data on conditions in the Atlantic Ocean from a fixed location, and farther into the ocean environment than any other on the Atlantic Coast during that time. After active operation ended, the station has had several uses, including a living quarters for Weather Bureau personnel and a research station for many of North Carolina’s universities investigating “concerning” marine invertebrates.

Halloween on Outer Banks’ Hatteras Island

Start planning your perfect vacation for Halloween on the Outer Banks! Book a vacation rental on Hatteras Island with Midgett Realty. Choose from a cozy 1-bedroom for a spooky solo or sweetheart trip, all the way up to a sprawling 10-bedroom mansion for a Halloween island adventure that includes all of your loved ones. Prepare any meal or Halloween snack in the fully equipped kitchen, or enjoy a movie or TV show on an entertainment center. Retreat to a private bedroom for some rest and relaxation at the end of a day filled with Halloween fun.

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