Halloween happenings in the Pitt County area
Lots of spooktacular events have been planned in the week leading up to Halloween!
Here's what's scheduled in Pitt County and the surrounding area from Oct. 24-31.
Tuesday, Oct. 24
Haunt on the Tar
Knee Deep Adventures will host Haunt on the Tar, beginning at the Port Terminal Boat Ramp, 940 Port Terminal Road, from Tuesday, Oct. 24 through Tuesday, Oct. 31.
It's billed as "Greenville's first (and only) haunted house in a kayak."
Groups of six kayakers will be led through a half-mile maze in the swamp that's great for a kayaker of any kill level. Each participant will use a single kayak and be provided a life jacket for the guided tour through the swamp.
The evening kayak trips on the Tar River begin at 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m., and 10 p.m.
For details, call 252-714-5836 between 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
A Spooktacular Stories storytelling event will be held from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the Children's Library at Sheppard Memorial Library, 530 Evans St.
Kids ages 9 and younger and their families are encouraged to dress up and bring treat bags to trick-or-treat at the library.
Wednesday, Oct. 25
Bike and Brew, Halloween Style! Bike and Brew, a monthly social bicycle ride, will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25.
Participants are encouraged to wear a costume for Halloween and put glow sticks and fun lights on their bikes. Your bike can even wear a costume! (Remember, this is a family friendly event.) Prizes will be given for the best costumes.
Participants will meet at Five Points Plaza, the parking lot at the corner of Fifth and Evans streets in downtown Greenville.
Bikers will ride along the Greenville Greenway, then cut through ECU's campus back to Five Points -- about 8 miles total. This ride will be no drop.
Once the ride is completed, participants will head to one of the local breweries for a beverage.
Participants should wear helmets and have a rear red light and a front white light on their bikes.
The event is hosted by Greenville's Great Outdoor Provision Co.
Thursday, Oct. 26
Creepy-Crawly Fest River Park North, 1000 Mumford Road, will hold a Creepy-Crawly Fall Fest from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26.
Activities will include free pumpkin carving, marshmallow roasting, trick-or-treat with the River Park North staff, meet and greet a snake, and other creepy-crawly activities.
Children are encouraged to wear costumes.
Cost is $2 for Greenville residents, $3 for others.
Estuscarium The first annual Estuscarium will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the N.C. Estuarium, 223 E. Water St., Washington, NC.
The free event, which celebrates the new Zombie Crab Exibit, is billed as "an evening of all that goes bump, skitters or crawls."
Activities include carnival games; face painting; and interactive presentations on insects, reptiles and amphibians.
Costumes are not required but are encouraged.
Gift bags will be available to the first 50 kids through the door.
Trick or Treatment Greenville Utilities Commission will offer tours of its "Mad Scientist's Lab" at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, 240 Aqua Lane, Greenville.
The tours offer visitors an opportunity to "learn about monsters too small to see," according to a GUC press release.
The free event will include full tours of the plant and interactive science lessons for kids of all ages.
Costumes are welcome.
A limited number of tours are available for groups of 1 to 4 people, from 1-3 p.m. or 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26.
Register for a tour by calling 252-551-3304.
Friday, Oct. 27
Creatures of the Night Ceatures of the Night will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27 at A Time for Science, 949 Contentnea Lane, Grifton.
The event will include a family-friendly hayride, guided tour through the A Time for Science forest to learn about the creatures of the night, and campfire with marshmallows.
Cost is $5 per person.
Reserve a spot by calling 252-746-4470 or visiting www.atimeforscience.org.
Haunted Trail A Time for Science will host a nighttime stroll through the woods on the park's Haunted Trail from 6-9:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28.
Admission includes a campfire and marshmallows.
Cost is $5 per person.
A Time for Science is at 949 Contentnea Lane, Grifton.
Register by calling 2520746-4470 or visiting www.atimeforscience.org.
A Nightmare on Pitt Street Pitt Street Brewing Company, 630 S. Pitt St., will host an evening of spooktacular events from 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, Oct. 27.
The brewing company will release its Pumpkin Stout at 7:30 p.m.
A costume contest will be held, with prizes for scariest, most original, cutest and best couple. Winners will receive gift cards.
Dubtown Cosmonauts will play at 8 p.m.
Halloweeni ARTini The Greenville Museum of Art's annual Halloween fundraising party, Halloweeni ARTini, will be held from 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27 at the museum, 802 Evans St.
Celebrate "stranger things" with heavy hors d'oeuvres from local restaurants; an open bar stocked with signature mARTinis, beer and wine; a live DJ and dance performances; and a costume contest.
Ticket are $35 ($25 for GMA members),
All proceeds support the GMA's mission to promote the Visual Arts through the growing permanent collection, dynamic exhibitions, and meaningful educational programs.
Saturday, Oct. 28
Waketoberfest (Updated on Oct. 26 to change admission fee to free.)
A wakeboard contest and costume contest will be held from 1-6 p.m. at Cable Paradise Park, 9271 N.C. 903, Ayden.
The wakeboard competition ($10 to enter) will include Best Trick on Big Kicker, Best Trick on Dancefloor and Best Slam.
Prizes will be awarded for the best kid and best adult costumes.
The event also will include a Halloween-theme photo booth, face painting, pumpkin painting, pumpkin bowling lane, vendors, raffles, cornhole, volleyball, badminton, horse shoes, giant Jenga, and swimming and waterslide (if weather permits).
Trollingwood Taproom & Brewery and Shep's Farm to Truck will be on site to serve beer, wine and food.
There is no admission fee to attend, or to enter the costume contest.
Tuesday, Oct. 31
Halloween Bike Parade BikECU, ECU’s student-led bicycle organization, will hold its inaugural Halloween Bike Parade, a fun, social ride, from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31.
The ride will begin at the Wright Auditorium Plaza, passing through campus and along First and Fifth Streets, before ending at Trollingwood Taproom and Brewery on Dickinson Avenue.
Riders are encouraged to dress up, decorate their bicycles, and celebrate Halloween on two wheels. Contests for Best Costume, Weirdest Costume, Best Bike Decor, Weirdest Bike Decor, and Best in Show will be held, with prizes for winning riders.
Truck or Treat An Uptown Greenville food truck event, Truck or Treat, will be held along the 200 block of East Fifth Street from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. (A number of downtown streets will be closed to traffic beginning at 6 p.m.)
Enjoy street eats from food trucks, dress up or check out all the fun costumes, and experience a Greenville Halloween.
Participating food trucks include East Coast Wings, Shep's Farm to Truck, Smash Shack, Villa Verde, Williams Catering and Y'all Eat Yet?