The 5th Annual Outer Banks Halloween Parade of Costumes will take place at Aviation Park in Kill Devil Hills on Sunday, Oct. 28, OBX Entertainment announced..
Kill Devil Hills Mayor Sheila Davies said, “I’m thrilled that Matt and Sue Artz have chosen to make Kill Devil Hills, Aviation Park the new home for their annual Halloween Parade. Sue and Matt put their heart and soul into creating this special family event and it will be wonderfully fun and entertaining for all ages. The Halloween Parade is sure to be a great community event.”
The parade is a free, family-friendly costume event for all ages, featuring a short walking parade and costume contest. Founded by OBX Entertainment’s Matt and Sue Artz in 2014, the parade event was previously held at the former Kelly’s Restaurant in Nags Head.
“We were fortunate to have the landmark of Kelly’s as our host venue for the first four years, and we could not have asked for a better mentor in developing phase one of an event of this magnitude than Mike Kelly,” said Matt Artz. “We will forever be grateful to the entire Kelly’s team who helped us grow each year.”
The event has become the largest Halloween celebration on the Outer Banks, with hundreds of costumed participants and many more in attendance as spectators.
“We are beyond excited to bring the Outer Banks Halloween Parade to Kill Devil Hills,” Artz added. “Our new location, based at Aviation Park, is the perfect site for the next phase of the parade, as it will allow for much more growth as a destination event, and much more fun.”
The new venue provides parking, available to the public at all First Flight schools, and a slightly longer parade route of about a half-mile, starting and ending at Aviation Park.
It all begins with the pre-parade party starting at 2 p.m. when parade participants can register for the costume contest, and all attendees can enjoy trick or treat stations sponsored by local non-profit organizations and businesses, positioned around the Frog Pond.
The awards ceremony will immediately follow the conclusion of the parade, with thousands of dollars in prizes awarded to the costume contest winners. Parade participants must be registered in one of the various categories to be eligible to win costume contest prizes. Advance registration will be available online starting in October.
“Every year, the prizes get even more amazing,” said Sue Artz. “It’s all because of the generosity of local businesses that collectively donate approximately $5,000 in prizes to be awarded in eight different categories and age groups, as determined by a panel of local celebrity judges.”
Admission and registration is free, and all attendees, including spectators, are asked to come dressed in a costume in the spirit of the event. The parade itself begins at 3 p.m. This is a rain or shine event. Alcohol is not permitted.
This event is sponsored in part by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau and Halloween Daily News. Non-profit organizations, community groups or businesses interested in sponsoring a trick or treat station or anyone interested in volunteering to help at the event should contact OBX Entertainment at email@example.com.