As Halloween approaches, there will be haunts and horrors galore provided around the area for ghosts and goblins of every age. Here are a few to keep the fun and frights alive.
The brave are invited to explore Terror Town aboard Camp Lejeune
Terror Town will be running from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 25-26 and Oct. 31; and Nov. 1-2 in building 300 on the Holcomb Boulevard traffic circle.
Advance tickets can be purchased at Camp Lejeune’s Information Tickets & Tours, at the Base Theater, and MCCS Community Centers for $6. Tickets may also be purchased on site for $7.
Organizers say Terror Town is not recommended for children under 12, and parental discretion is advised. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Those who suffer from asthma or seizures are also warned to take precautions with the use of fog machines and strobe lights. Terror Town is open to the public; for those without passes for the base can obtain a temporary pass by going to the visitor's center during the hours of the event with their license, registration and proof of insurance and tell them they wish to visit Terror Town.
For more information, call 910-451-2785 or visit mccslejeune.com/terrortown.
Mike’s Farm will be serving up its own dose of fright starting Oct. 24 with a haunted hayride and carnival.
Beginning at dusk through Oct. 26, the farm will offer haunted hayrides. Kids ages 1 to 6 get in free, and anyone 7 and up can ride for $7.
The carnival will be open Oct. 25 and 26 beginning at 6 p.m. and featuring fair concessions, games and kiddie rides.
All proceeds benefit Back Swamp and Fountaintown volunteer fire departments.
Mike’s Farm is located at 1600 Haw Branch Road in Beulaville; for more information, call 910-324-3422.
The Onslow County Parks and Recreation Department and Haws Run Rescue are putting on a night of Spooktacular Fun at the Onslow Pines Park.
There will be craft vendors, concessions, inflatables, and a haunted hayride, which costs $5 for adults and $3 for kids.
The Spooktacular event will go from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26, and will feature a Bow-Wow-Ween costume contest for pets Saturday at 6 p.m., and kid and adult costume contests at 7 p.m.
All proceeds will benefit the Haws Run Rescue.
Costume Contest & Matinee Movie
Onslow County Parks & Recreation and Carmike Cinema 16 are hosting a Halloween Costume Contest & Matinee Movie at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Carmike Cinema 16 behind the Jacksonville Mall.
The cost to attend is three canned goods per person, which will be donated to Onslow County Christmas Cheer. Participants will have a choice of a few different movies which will begin around 10 a.m. after the costume contest.
The event is open to children 12 years and under, and parental supervision is encouraged.
Organizers say 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded for the costume contest in several age groups, and participants will receive free goody bags.
For more information, call 910-347-5332 or visit onslowcountync.gov/parks.
Sleepy Hollow reading
The Surf City Community Center’s Readers Theatre Class will bring to life the haunting tale of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow as written by Washington Irving at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Surf City Community Center gym.
Admission is free. For more information, call 910-328-4887.
The Topsail Island Moose Lodge will hold its 50th annual Children's Halloween Party on Oct. 25 from 6 to 9pm. The community event is open to the public and features games, a hayride, bounce house, food, face painting and more.
The Moose Lodge is located at 13175 N.C. Hwy 50 in Holly Ridge. For information, call 910-329-3541.
Operation Topcat Halloween Party
Operation Topcat is celebrating its third annual Halloween Party at North Shore Country Club on Oct. 26 starting at 5 p.m. There will be food, auctions, DJ Jez and cash bar. Admission is $10 and costumes are optional.
The party helps support Operation Topcat, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the community and homeless/abandoned cats through its trap/neuter/release program. It is an all-volunteer group that offers adoptions, education on feral colonies and T/N/R. OTC is totally funded through donations and fundraisers. Volunteers, donations and foster homes are currently being sought.
For information, visit operationtopcat.com.
Trunk or treat event
Faith Harbor UMC will hold its Annual Trunk or Treat Oct. 26 at 4 p.m.
The church is located on the mainland side of the swing bridge in Surf City.
For more information call 910-328-4422 or visit faithharborumc.org.
Batty Battleship's Halloween Bash will be held Oct. 29 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Battleship North Carolina
Trick or Treat aboard the battleship and enjoy carnival festivities with popcorn, tattoos, caricature drawings and bounce house. Admission is $5 per person. Kids 2 and under are free. Some activities are weather dependent.
For information on the ship, visit battleshipnc.com.