Celebrate Halloween in New Bern, NC!


What is Halloween?

Some believe it dates back to the ancient Celtics when people would wear costumes and light bonfires to fend off ghosts. Others are very superstitious on Halloween. What’s your take?

Growing up in Western NY, “All Hallow’s Eve” was called Halloween as it is known today. I remember kids trick or treating the night before Halloween and my Mother called it “Beggar’s Night”. The day after Halloween was known as “All Saint’s Day”.

Halloween 2011 in New Bern:

The City of New Bern recommends observing Halloween on October 31st, 2011.

Please remind your children, “If the lights are off, skip the house”. There’s a reason the residents don’t want you to come by.

Safety: Thanks to modern technology, we can track child sex offendors online here. I don’t have any children, but if I did, it would be the first place I visited before letting my teenagers go trick or treating with their friends.

Special Events October 26th – October 31st:

Ghostwalk 2011 – “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”: October 26th, 6-9pm, Cedar Grove Cemetery and the Masonic and Athens Theaters. October 27-28th, 5-9pm, Historic, Downtown New Bern, and Tryon Palace. For more information, please call the New Bern Historical Society at 252-638-8558 or visit their website.

October 27th, 7pm, Halloween Family Movie Festival at the Godwin Memorial Library at Craven Community College’s New Bern Campus in Barker Hall. Movies include Halloween “Looney Tunes”, “Garfield’s Halloween Adventure”, and “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” For more information, please call 252-638-7272 or visit their website.

October 28th, 9:30-11:30am, 10th Annual Parade of Preschoolers presented by the New Bern Parks and Recreation. The costumed walk begins at the corner of Broad and Middle Streets. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at West New Bern Recreation Center, 1225 Pinetree Drive. For details, please call 252-639-2902 or visit their website.

October 31st, 6-8pm, Hallelujah Night at the Without Limits Christian Center on Neuse Boulevard. For details, please call 252-635-6673 or visit their website.

October 31st, 6-8pm, Harvest Festival at Cornerstone Assembly of God on U.S. 70 East. For more information, call 252-638-1052 or visit their website.

October 31st, 6-8pm, Fifth Annual Trunk ‘R Treat at Garber United Methodist Church on Country Club Road.

For more information, please call 252-637-4022 or visit their website.

Ghostly Adventures:

Ghosts of New Bern Walking Tour has teamed up with Morgan’s Tavern and Restaurant to offer specialized ghost tours, Downtown, New Bern. Please call them at 252-571-4766 or visit their website.

Tour the Nightmare Factory’s Halloween Haunted House at 29 Park Lane, Havelock, NC, visit their website or call them at 252-444-FEAR.

Do you know of any Halloween activity or event that’s not listed? Please share with us so others can enjoy it too!

Have a safe and fun-filled Halloween!

Wendy Card

Please feel free to comment below or send me an email. Thanks for visiting New Bern Now!

About New Bern Now
Editor-in-Chief, Wendy Card, founded New Bern Now in April 2009. There were a number of reasons she developed the website. While stationed in Washington DC, she had 30 days to transfer to Naval Hospital Cherry Point and didn’t know much about the area. She was frustrated because there wasn’t a central location on the Internet for information about New Bern. Wendy retired from the Navy in Oct 2007. When our economy dived, she was trying to find her way in life and decided to give back to the community by creating a website that provided a “One Stop, Information Shop” to help people find out what’s happening in our community along with creating a free business listing to help business owners who couldn’t afford to advertise.

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