Symphony performances, Museum Exhibits, Cemetery Walks and more Mark the Season

Fayetteville, NC –  While Fayetteville and Cumberland County offer traditional fun Halloween fare - full of Zombies and spooky stories – there’s plenty of non-traditional events to help mark the Halloween season.   Visit just a few events and, chances are, you’ll enjoy the outdoors and explore some of Cumberland County’s gems.  Below we’ve provide a few highlights. For the full list, go to

Through November 13 / 1897 Poe House Dressed in Mourning

Visitors on regularly scheduled tours of the Poe House will see a wake scene in the parlor, crepe-covered mirrors, floral offerings, and other mourning traditions typical of an upper-middle class home during the 1910s.

Weekends Throughout October / Stoney Point Trail of Terror
Now in its 13th year, the Stoney Point Trail of Terror is known for its huge thrills. Admission is $5. See the website for dates and times.

October 14-15 / Ole Mill Days

Hope Mills celebrates its heritage as a mill community with a street dance, tractor pull, mill workers reunion, haunted house, vendors and live entertainment.

October 15 / Fall Spooktacular! From the Fayetteville Symphony

Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra's new season kicks off with this special Halloween program for the entire family, led by Guest Conductor Al Sturgis--conductor of the Tar River Orchestra, Carolina Ballet, and the North Carolina Master Chorale. Come in your Halloween costume as you enjoy an evening of "spooktacular" music, both classical and popular, all set to the stories of witches and sorcerers.

October 21/ Night at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum

The Airborne & Special Operations Museum hosts families for a free evening of fun. While guides will take visitors through the museum gallery by flashlight, other activities - games, candy, bounce houses, face painting and a costume contest - happen in the garden area.

October 22 / Spring Lake Fall Festival

Visit Spring Lake for a family-friend evening to celebrate fall. Activities include a hay ride, bounce houses, trunk-or-treat, games, face-painting, costume contest, and more. A very special movie viewing will be held on the big screen outdoors, Hotel Transylvania 2.

October 22/ Zombie Boat Cruise

Listen to creepy zombie stories and legends as you cruise down the Cape Fear River on a sunset pontoon boat. Register early, space is limited. (910) 433-1579

October 26-28 / Halloween Revels: Night Tours of the 1897 Poe House

Actors with the Gilbert Theater portray members of the Poe household as they remember the life and death of Dixie Poe Sutton. These evening tours give visitors a chance to encounter customs and traditions from the past.

October 28 / Halloween at the Boo-tanical Garden

Families are encouraged to walk the pathways of the Garden, lit by carved jack-o-lanterns, lights and luminaries in celebration of Halloween. Hands-on crafts, treats and candy add to the indoor and outdoor activities.

October 28 / Zombie Walk

Not to be missed! Thousands of zombies converge on downtown Fayetteville for this annual parade. The Zombie walk is part of Fourth Friday, a monthly art crawl in downtown Fayetteville.


The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Fayetteville/Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit or call 1-888-98-HEROES. Cumberland County is the America's first military sanctuary.