Halloween decorations in the Frist Street area of Kill Devil Hills.

It’s Halloween on the Outer Banks and the truth is, it’s pretty much like Halloween everywhere. Little kids dressed up as ghosts, goblins, witches, princesses and their favorite heroes walk from house to house, holding their parent’s hand until they bolt up the steps, get a piece of candy and leave with a hurried “Thank you.”

Over the years, though, one very Outer Banks tradition has grown. In Kill Devil Hills there is something that has happened that has created the most concentrated gathering of kids, parents and candy-givers imaginable.

There is no clear reason why or how it began, but every Halloween for at least the past 20 years, a four or five block area around First Avenue in Kill Devil Hills is alive with Halloween decorations and thousands of children of all ages celebrating the night.

For about two hours, the only traffic on the streets are the families collecting enough candy to last at least until Christmas, and probably a bit beyond that.

This is the place to go to see a two-year-old Little Red Riding Hood or a miniature Cowardly Lion.  Evidently there is no dominant superhero this year, because no particular superhero costume stood out…although a couple of mother were dressed as Wonder Woman.

It is times like this that we are reminded that even with a few hundred thousand visitors sharing time with us on the Outer Banks, at heart this really is a small town community and it’s a great place to live. Click here and check out some of our wonderful villa rentals in Outer Banks!