Frightening Halloween Festivities on the Outer Banks


Once the month of October rolls around, many people have two things on their mind – pumpkins and Halloween. The first full month of Autumn weather, October is an exceptional time of year to both vacation and live on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Why? Because the weather is excellent, the ocean water is still super warm, and there are plenty of pumpkins and Halloween festivities to keep you busy all month!

Here’s our list of the most frightening Halloween events during the month of October on the Outer Banks.


Psychopath: The Terror Within

What are you most afraid of? What makes you cringe? Encounter creatures, maniacs, zombies, and disembodied spirits that roam freely on the desolate Fort Raleigh National Park on historic Roanoke Island.

If your plans this October don’t include a trip down PsychoPath’s haunted trail, then you need to seriously reconsider your allocation of free time. Each Friday and Saturday evening in October, experience PsychoPath, The Terror Within at Waterside Theatre in Manteo, NC.

More than 400 years ago, 117 men, women and children mysteriously vanished from Roanoke Island without a trace – a mystery that still unsolved to this day. What will happen during your frightening tour through these mysterious woods? Are you prepared for what America’s most mysterious island has in store for you?

A memorable annual event, PsychoPath promises to be bigger and scarier than ever before, with an experience that’s unlike anything you’ve ever encountered before. Utilizing state of the art scares and Hollywood quality special effects, PsychoPath is way more terrifying than just watching a horror movie on Netflix at home in the dark.

Be prepared to encounter a new level of terror! Ask about the GHOSTPASS which will allow you to skip to the front of the line without waiting. General admission is $15 and GHOSTPASS tickets are $25.

If you get too scared while wandering down the trail, you can always holler “safety” to be escorted out.

Whalehead’s Legends & Lore Lock-In & Tour

whalehead-legends-lore-halloweenHave you ever toured the historic Whalehead in Corolla, NC and wondered what goes on after all of the visitors have left for the day and the lights go out? Now is your chance to experience Whalehead from the inside – overnight and in the dark – on Halloween!

Built in 1925 as an opulent winter hunting retreat for his eccentric wife Marie Louise LeBel, the Whalehead’s original owner Edward Collings Knight only invited 25 guests to stay overnight in their 22-room mansion during the entirety of their ownership of the property. The legends and lore surrounding this century old art nouveau masterpiece, and its regal and reclusive first owners, have grown ever since.

On October 31, at 7:00 pm, sixteen individuals will have an opportunity to participate in a lock-in sleepover at the Whalehead.

Your evening will begin with a ghost tour of the house followed by a movie and snacks in the third floor meeting area.  You will then be led to one of the five floors of the house where you can spread your sleeping bag, plump up your pillow, relax and sleep the night away… if you can.  In the morning, you will be treated to breakfast on the porch of the Whalehead.

All participants will be given a flashlight, bottled water, and a radio to communicate with onsite staff. This adventure is strictly a sleepover and there will be no attempts by the staff to “enhance” the experience. All electronic devices such cell phones, cameras, and tablets are prohibited.  Any one that does not adhere to this rule will be escorted immediately off the property and no refund will be issued.  What happens at Whalehead must stay at Whalehead.

The cost for this unique opportunity is $100 and includes the tour, movie, snacks, breakfast and a chance to experience the Whalehead like you’ve never experienced it before!  As there is a limited amount of space available (only 16 individuals will be allowed to participate), be sure to make your reservation as soon as possible by calling the Whalehead at 252.453.9040.


Wanchese Woods Haunted Trail

Located on Roanoke Island, just a few miles south of PsychoPath, Wanchese Woods is a truly terrifying haunted trail that’s open every Friday and Saturday during the month of October.

Situated in a densely wooded area in Wanchese – Manteo’s neighboring town – this haunted trail has been responsible for countless screams and numerous nightmares for everyone who’s been brave enough to meander down the eerie trail.

The theme of this year’s haunted trail is based on legendary creatures that roam this remote island that’s only accessible by boat or bridge. As you travel down the shadowy trail in the middle of the dense woods, you’ll encounter frightening beings never seen by human eyes and scream at the top of your lungs as Jonny Nepkins, weapon in hand, chases you down the secluded path.

Tickets to Wanchese Woods are $15 a person and available for purchase at the attraction… Cash only!

Freaker Feet Socks Are Now Available Online

freaker-feet-socksBoom boom boom chicka boom boom. Freaker Feet have arrived on the Kitty Hawk Kites online store!

Made by Freaker USA, the company that shook up the koozie industry with crazy beverage insulators that fit every size drink, Freaker Feet have been available in our retail locations since early summer of 2015 and are now also available for purchase online. Skippy bop!

Founder and president of Freaker USA, Zach Crain, was able to get national attention and a brief spotlight on the company when he appeared in front of a panel of well-known investors during an especially memorable episode of ABC’s hit show Shark Tank.

Read our blog post about Freaker USA’s appearance on Shark Tank.

With designs that are just as if not wackier then the Freaker koozies, Freaker Feet certainly stand out compared to your normal, run-of-the-mill socks found at a department store. Freaker Feet are produced by 100% American cotton growers, mills, dyers and packers. Made right here in these United States!

In addition to the off-the-wall designs like Jock Itch and Lance Tiny-Arms Strong, there are also Freaker Feet that tribute each of the 50 states as well as officially-licensed collegiate designs. With four different lines of Freaker Feet and 127 designs in total to choose from, the sock market has officially been freaked!


Freaker Feet Kickstarter

Below is a video Zach Crain and friends put together to launch Freaker Feet through Kickstarter, a company created to help bring creative projects to life. People who back Kickstarter projects are offered tangible rewards and one of a kind experiences in exchange for their pledges.

Hailed as “the holy grail of Kickstarter videos” by the crowdfunding site, Crain makes his case in this 6 minute long video, with the goal of raising $250,000 to help make the mass production of Freaker Feet a reality.

Mustang Music the Place to Be


One of the best festivals anywhere has got to be the Mustang Music Festival coming up next weekend, Friday and Saturday October 10 and 11.

The brainchild of Mike Dianna, owner of Mike Dianna’s Grill room, the festival started four years ago as a benefit concert for the Corolla Wild Horse Fund. It’s still a benefit concert, but Mike also contributes now to the Mustang Music Outreach that helps young musicians learn how to perform.

Held at the Whalehead Club in Corolla, it is a fantastic setting for an outdoor concert–about as good as it gets–and with three stages, there is always music happening. And with food vendors, artisans and a great crowd, there is always something to do.

One of the best features of any event that Mike promotes is how kid friendly it is, and Kitty Hawk Kites will be there with our KidsZone to make sure everyone has a great time.

Yet as good as the setting is, and there’s no denying it’s great for families, the Mustang Music Festival is all about the music, and the music rocks?

Back this year, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band with their funky New Orleans sound. They rocked everyone two years ago and there’s no reason to think they haven’t gotten even better.

With 18 bands ready to take the stage, there is bound to be something for everyone. It’s hard to pick out a headliner in this group but it would probably have to be Rusted Root on Friday night and Keller Williams & More Than a Little on Saturday.

It’s looking more and more as though Hurricane Joaquin is going to pass us by and the long-range forecast for next weekend is looking perfect—temperatures in the mid 70s and sunshine.



Learn to Fly a Stunt Kite!

The Prism Quantum-our favorite entry level stunt kite.

The Prism Quantum-our favorite entry level stunt kite.

Flying a stunt kite on the Outer Banks—or anywhere—is a lot of fun and a great way to enjoy the outdoors.

It’s pretty windy on the Outer Banks right now, but when the winds do calm down—fall under 20 mph—that’s a great time to learn how to fly a two line kite and make it dance across the sky. At Kitty Hawk Kites, we specialize in kites, so of course, we have the best beginner stunt kites around.

Osprey, entry level stunt kite.
Seahawk, entry level stunt kite.

Seahawk and Osprey are our most basic stunt kites, both priced under $40. Featuring a tubular fiberglass frame, these are rugged kites ready to take the beating that is often a part of learning how to fly a stunt kite.

A mid-sized kite—it’s 54”—the pull on it is relatively light making it ideal for a younger flyer. Wind range is 5-18 mph, although at the lowest range you  may need to walk backwards to keep it in the air.

The Comet from HQ Kites.

The Comet from HQ Kites.

The Comet ($59.99) made for Kitty Hawk Kites by HQ Kites, is perfect for someone who is looking for a little bit better kite for their first experience. The frame is a combination fiberglass and carbon fiber, creating a lighter weight kite that is a little more responsive.

The kite comes with a blended line set of dacron and spectra. Not quite as good as 100% spectra which has not stretch, but a great compromise that keeps the price down a bit.

A 64” kite with a wind range of 4-24, the Comet is a great kite to take home to places with lighter winds than the Outer Banks.

Prism nexus.

Prism nexus.

The Prism Nexus ($65.99)is nimble and responsive enough that it can take beginning flyers into some intermediate stunts. The carbon frame cuts the weight down so it can handle lighter winds. The frame is also stiffer making the kite more responsive.

The wind range is 4-22 and the kite flies remarkably well thought the range. Spectra line comes with the kite, giving flyers a quick reaction when steering.

Prism Quantum.

Prism Quantum.

The Prism Quantum is the most expensive ($109.95) of our entry level kites, but Wow (!) what this kite can do.

Boasting a 7’ wingspan, spectra line, carbon fiber frame and ripstop nylon,/mylar laminate fabric, the kite is remarkably light in weight yet very strong with a wind range from 3-24 mph.. A nice feature for beginning flyers, there is a bungi cord at the base of the spine to absorb the shock of a nose first landing.

An exciting kite to fly, put this up in a 15 mph wind and hold on—it’s got some pull. However, that 7’ wingspan and lightweight materials also means it flies very well in light winds.

Add a tail to any kite and dress it up. For beginners it slows things down just a little bit, but mostly it dresses up the sky.

Outer Banks Weather: What to Expect During Your Vacation

Beach in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

The Outer Banks was once considered simply a summer destination for weary vacationers looking to get away from the hustle and bustle that is everyday life and unwind at the highly regarded beaches of the OBX.

During the last half decade or so, travelers have been flocking to the area not only during the sizzling summer months, but also during what is considered the offseason, which is otherwise known as the fall, spring and winter seasons.

With mild winters and a rather pleasant fall and spring, the Outer Banks has been transforming into more of a year-round vacation destination. These barrier islands enjoy around 200 sunny days each year, with a year-round average temperature hovering around 70°.

Wind is an everyday constant on the Outer Banks (the Wright Brothers came here for a reason), and can range from gentle southwest breezes to strong northeast storm winds.

Outer Banks Seasons


Ah, summer! If you’re staying on the Outer Banks during the summer months, expect average lows from the mid 70°’s to highs near 90°, depending on the time of the summer. During this time of year, average temperatures can climb to 85°, but even on the hottest summer days, you can expect a slight to moderate ocean breeze to help keep you cool even though the temperature is scorching. In the summer, the wind typically blows out of the southwest and picks up speed in the late afternoon.


Considered by many year-round area locals to be the best time of year on the Outer Banks, vacationers should consider a trip to the area if they’re at all interested in spending the day outdoors enjoying cool ocean breezes and temperatures in the lower 80°’s in September and mid-70°’s in October. Easily the busiest time of year for events on the Outer Banks, consider planning your trip around the Outer Banks Seafood Festival, OBX Brewtag, Mustang Music Festival, Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival, or the Duck Jazz Festival.


During the winter, temperatures are usually cool, though the wind can make it feel colder. Temperatures during the day usually hover around the lower 50°’s, with nights averaging in the upper 30°’s.


Typically a very mild season, temperatures during the spring months can be very unpredictable. Average daytime temperatures are normally in the upper 60°’s and lower 70°’s

Jennette's Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina

Outer Banks Average Temperature, Precipitation & Wind Chart

The weather readings below reflect the average temperatures (degrees Fahrenheit), wind velocity (MPH), and precipitation (inches) from Cape Hatteras, NC. These temperatures have been provided by The National Weather Service Newport Office.