October is full of festive events for the whole family. From corn mazes to haunted graveyards, every weekend has something to offer. Check out this list to find the perfect Halloween event near you.
Flashlight Corn Maze at Ramsey’s Farms
Fridays and Saturdays in October | Wilmington
Ramsey’s Farm’s famous fall activities are back again! Visit the Farm any Friday or Saturday this month for an evening full of seasonal fun. Families can enjoy hayrides, bonfires and admission to flashlight corn and sorghum mazes. Stop by between 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Hockessin Haunted House
October 18, 19, 25, 26 | Hockessin
This haunted house has been a Northern Delaware tradition for 17 years, and this year is guaranteed to entertain. Guests are invited tour three floors of rooms and passageways at the paranormal House of Winchester. Beware of mischievous ghosts and ghouls and enter the graveyard at your own risk.
Tours operate between 7:00 p.m. – 11 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children under 12. All proceeds benefit Comp Animal Pet Rescue, a no-kill animal shelter.
Thursday through Sunday, October 17 – November 2 | Middletown
With four haunted houses, a 2-mile hayride, carnival games and amusement park rides, it’s no wonder Frightland has gained national recognition. Forbes, Huffington Post and the Travel Channel have named this terrifying scream park one of the scariest haunted attractions in America.
Plus, a portion of all ticket proceeds benefit the Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware. Get scared for a good cause! The ticket booth is open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night. Tickets range from $20 to $25.
Governor’s Halloween Family Fun Fest
October 26 | Dover
Join Governor John Carney at the Woodburn House for an afternoon of fun for all ages. There will be free games, crafts and activities for the whole family! The Governor’s House will be open to guests from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Blackbird Creek Fall Festival
October 19 | Townsend
The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) presents a day of family fun at the Blackbird Creek Reserve. Guests are encouraged to appreciate the beauty of Delaware’s bay by bird watching, kayaking, taking part in a scavenger hunt and wandering through a hay maze.
This year’s event features traditional crafts, demonstrations by a blacksmith and hands-on learning for kids. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free for all.
Hauntings in History
Fridays and Saturdays, October 4 – 26 | New Castle
Have you ever wanted to learn more about New Castle’s history? This October join the New Castle Historical Society on a ghost tour of the town’s most haunted mansions. This chilling tour will take guests into the Amstel House, one of New Castle’s last surviving colonial buildings build in the early 1730s.
Guests also learn about chilling crimes and punishments, funeral customs and legendary hauntings throughout this small town’s history! Tickets are $14.50 for Historical Society members or $16.50 for non-members.
Kalmar Nyckel Halloween Ghost Ship
October 19 | Wilmington
Climb aboard for an afternoon of Halloween fun! Bring the kids for face painting, Halloween crafts and a costume parade all on the Ghost Ship. Plus, take a free tour of the Kalmar Nyckel. Free admission and parking from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Boo at the Zoo
October 17 – 19 | Wilmington
Celebrate Halloween with goats, geckos and ghouls at the Brandywine Zoo! This event is perfect for families with young children who enjoy candy, crafts and animals. Come dressed in your favorite Halloween costume and be ready to trick or treat at with some local businesses. Tickets are $6 for ages 3 and above or free for members.
Paranormal Adventure at Fort Delaware
Fridays and Saturdays in October | Delaware City
Participate in a real paranormal investigation of Fort Delaware with this creepy ghost tour. Guests will use devices and heat sensors to search for paranormal activity alongside Diamond State Ghost Investigators. This three-hour tour leads visitors through areas where the paranormal has been suspected on the island.
The event is great for adults and families with children over 13. Tickets are $50 and include a ferry ride and tour of the island.
Halloween Loop Costume Ball
October 26 | Wilmington
This year marks the 40th annual Halloween Loop celebration in Wilmington! For this year’s beloved event, guests will take to The Queen to celebrate in style with a costume ball. This event is 21+ with a variety of bartenders, legendary bands and prizes for creative costumes.
Purchasing a ticket supports the Light Up the Queen Foundation, which helps provide music education to downtown Wilmington’s low-income schools. Tickets are $40 and doors open at 7 p.m.
Ghosts in the Graveyard
October 19 | Wilmington
Head over to the Olde Swedes Historical Site for a tour of the 1638 Burial Ground. Wander through the grounds and hear stories of the famous and infamous Delawareans buried there. Will you be able to solve the mystery of the tour before time runs out? This spooky evening is suitable for adults and children over 12. Tours run from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and costs $12.
Halloween in Hockessin
October 25 and 26 | Hockessin
The Hockessin Business Associate offers an array of family friendly events this Halloween. First, check out the Jack-O’-Lantern Jamboree at Gateway Garden Center on Friday and Saturday from dusk to 8 p.m. Carve a pumpkin and enjoy some marshmallow roasting and refreshments surrounded by beautiful fall plants.