October Surprises – Fall Fun for Everyone… Boo!


by Donna Byrd

Lately, I’ve been seeing some strange things in my neighborhood.  It seems as if cobwebs have taken over many of the porches and shrubs in our neighborhoods. Huge black spiders have been seen lurking about, dangling from doorposts and hiding in corners.img_3824-large Orange glowing lights shine from balusters, railings, doorways and garages. Pumpkins guard steps and entrances. In a few yards, new graveyards have sprung up and white ghosts can be seen dangling from low tree limbs as they stir about in autumn’s cool breezes. I took my dog, Bama, out for a walk yesterday and once he started barking and growling for no reason. What did he see that I could not? Hmmm….strange, scary things indeed! It’s Halloween in ‘the Ferry’ and Topsail Island.


When October rolls around, people in our little community and Topsail Island know how to celebrate and appreciate the season. People come together and have fall festivals and Halloween parties. Children dress up to scare or charm us, walking from door to door collecting candy. Fire pits glow during back yard get-togethers and the sound of soft laughter can be heard as it spills over fences and flows into the quiet streets. At last! We can sit on our porches and enjoy the cool weather, look up at the starry nights and be grateful for our good lives here on the edge of the the North American continent. (You know, not everyone gets to say that about where they live. Aren’t we the lucky ones?)img_3814-large

Many organizations and churches have events during the fall and Halloween season. I asked for members of several local FaceBook pages to tell me if they knew of any fall or Halloween festivities in our area.  I’ve listed them here if you and your family would like to participate. If you know of one not listed, please put it in the comment section at the end of the blog. Thanks!

P.S. If you come by my house on Halloween, you’ll hear scary orchestral music and smell chili as it bubbles on the stove. We’ll have really good candy too!  “Come on in,” said the spider to the fly…. Boo!



Fall Festival

Surf City Parks and Recreation

located at the Surf City Community Center

October 29 (Saturday) 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Admission $1.00 or 1 can of food per person

Enjoy games, prizes, crafts, treat bags, food vendors, face painting



Haunted Hayride at Mike’s Farm

1600 Hay Branch Road, Beulaville, NC 28518 (about 40 minutes from Sneads Ferry)

It’s worth the trip!





Spooktacular 2016

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

October 21-23, 27-31

Onslow Pines Park, Jacksonville, NC

6-10 p.m

A safe and exciting Halloween adventure for kids of all ages.

Costume contests, Bow-Wow Costume contest, concessions, inflatables,

pony rides, a haunted hayride





North Topsail Church Celebration of Light

October 31, 6-8 p.m.

Hosted by the Sneads Ferry Area Churches

Hayrides, cake walk, great food, inflatables, etc.

808 Old Folkstone Road, Sneads Ferry, NC 28460



Calvary Chapel Harvest Party

1038 Henderson Drive, Jacksonville, NC 28580

October 31    Potluck, candy, games   910-355-9673


North Shore Academy’s Trunk-or-Treat

October 29, 5-8:00 p.m.

1016 Old Folkstone Road, Sneads Ferry, NC 28460

(Grass next to Em R Wings and NY Bagels)

Enter to win trunk decorating contest!  Call/text 910-546-5478




 Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church Pumpkin Patch
Oct 1 – 31st
MondaySaturday  10:30-7:00 p.m.
Sundays 12:00-7:00 p.m.
Great Photo Opportunity!
Raising money for youth events

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