When it comes to Halloween, Wilmington, NC knows how to celebrate. From haunted streets to dinner cruises to theaters to museums, it seems all our favorite places are getting in on the action.

If you’re looking for a fun and unique way to celebrate our favorite fall holiday, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve scared up five of our favorite ways to have a spooktacular time. Enjoy!

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

Celebrate Halloween by solving an exciting who-dunnit and mingle with unusual characters at the Beau Rivage Ballroom on October 26th. Cocktail Hour starts at 6:15 PM sharp, and you'll be able to get tasty appetizers including: Devilish Chicken Dip w/ Parmesan Pita Points & 'To Die For' Cocktail Meatballs, along with a Cash Bar. 

The dinner itself begins at 7 PM, where you'll have access to Beau Rivage's notoriously delicious Buffett.  All of this while participating in an exciting Murder Mystery!  Don't forget, it's a Mascarade Party, so dress appropriately - there's a prize for best dressed!

Tales from the Grand Guignol

We'd normally recommend the yearly production of Rocky Horror Picture Show at this point, but it was unfortunately delayed until next month due to Hurricane Florence.  But never fear - there's another Horror-themed play happening Oct 19-Nov 10! 

'Tales from the Grand Guignol' is an anthology production, showing a variety of tales based on classic horror monsters like vampires, ghosts, & werewolves.  These alternate with classic vaudeville comedy acts, for a truly unique experience, unlike anything you're likely to have experienced previously.  The show (with an optional dinner for an extra fee) will start at 7 pm at TheatreNOW.

Haunted Cotton Exchange Tour

The Cotton Exchange is a historic landmark in downtown Wilmington, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that in addition to galleries, local stores, and a coffee shop, the place is also teeming with ghosts! And you can meet all of them by signing up for a Haunted Cotton Exchange Tour.

Let by a five-star storyteller, you’ll get the inside scoop on the chills and thrills that await you. Tours take place 7 days a week, tickets are $12, and children under 12 are free. Call (910) 409-4300 to book your spook-fest now.

Creature Feature

If you have a child 5 or under - you can't miss this event.  It's the perfect opportunity to get them interested in the natural world, by introducing them to the things that go bump in the night (aka. snakes, spiders, and other creepy crawlies).  The event takes place Oct. 31st between 10 am - 12 pm, at the Fit For Fun Center.  Call (910) 341-4630 for more info.

Monster Movie Madness At The Mansion

Why should kids have all the fun this Halloween? For an upscale yet scary good time, adults can head to the Bellamy Mansion on October 26th from 7 pm - 10 pm.  There, you'll be treated to a double feature of the original "House On Haunted Hill" & "Night Of The Living Dead". 

They'll project the movies on an outdoor blow-up projector screen, & you'll be able to purchase hot dogs, popcorn, drinks, beer, and wine.  Don't forget to dress up -- and bring your own lawn chairs & blankets for extra comfort!  This is an adults-only party, so - no kids allowed!

Did we leave anything off our list? If so, let us know on Facebook! In the meantime, tell us: what’s your favorite kind of Halloween treat?