Location: Poplar Grove Plantation, 10200 US 17, Wilmington, NC 28411
At 3:30pm, on Halloween in 1981, four tourists from upstate New York were visiting the manor house. As the tour guide led them into the bedroom, she described members of the former residents, pictured on the mantle. The tourists listened intently. Suddenly, bedcovers flew up in the air, a white faced zombie jumped out and a ghastly scream pierced the room. That was the first hint of Halloween fun at Poplar Grove Plantation
This year, Cadaver Café, adds it’s gruesome touch to the plantation’s horrific haunts. The rickety barn is crawling with unknown vermin. And, the hayride rambles into a demented forest where the living dead rumored to walk the woods.
Brush off your goose bumps. There’s lots of fun for everyone at Poplar Grove’s Halloween Festival. Inflatables, carnival games, pony rides, and fortunetellers are part of the action. You’ll also find non-scary afternoon hayrides and a kiddie funhouse with a puppet show and storyteller, just right for the little ones.
On Saturday, Oct. 24th, at 6PM you can register for the 7PM Costume Contest. Anyone can enter from lap babies to grandpa. Over the year’s this contest has seen it all, from giant bananas to a woman with a naked pregnant belly painted like a jack-o’lantern. At 2PM that afternoon you can bring your gussied up pooch to the Doggie Costume Contest. Winning pups will receive a gift certificate from Pups Play ‘n Stay.
From devilish hot dogs to wicked good fried dough, there’s lots to eat. Grab a bite and people watch from picnic tables in the center of the action. The Halloween Festival is a fund-raiser for the non-profit Poplar Grove Foundation, Hoggard High School Latin Club, Topsail High School Music Department, NHC Pop Warner Cheerleaders, the Sloop Point Fire Department and the Hampstead Fire Department. Admission is free, activities are individually priced.
Poplar Grove’s Halloween Festival, heart pounding hysteria and family fun all in one place. Watch the previews on Youtube or on our blog http://poplargroveplantation.blogspot.com/
For information call (910) 686-9518 ext. 26, or visit www.poplargrove.com
Historic Poplar Grove Plantation, 10200 US Highway 17 North, Wilmington, NC 28411
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