It’s October in New Bern, and you know what that means. Two big events, MumFest and Ghostwalk, are coming to New Bern’s downtown!


New Bern MumFest

Get ready for the downtown to be sprinkled with mums!

First, MumFest is just around the corner. The kick-off concert is Friday, October 12, with headliners Dan + Shay! The festival continues throughout the weekend with live music, food, beverages, rides, games, shows and running races, for an incredible couple of days of fun. Downtown will transform with mums and the festivities, so it’s the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends, listen to great music and enjoy the fall weather.

New Bern Ghostwalk

Then it will be time to see “mum-my” like people at the New Bern Ghostwalk!

The second big New Bern October event is the Annual Ghostwalk! When I first heard about this ghoulish event, I was a bit frightened. Eerie houses, cemeteries and ghostly figures lurking around made me recall the one-and-only time I went to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios. One of my friends from New Bern assured me this was no haunted house or scary creatures jumping out in front of me enticing a shrilling scream. This was described to me as more of a calm version of Disney World’s Haunted Mansion. I am up for that kind of creepy challenge.

This year’s theme is “Graves’ Anatomy,” and it is sure to chill you down to your bones! Ghostwalk is a family-friendly event that provides access to historic sites not normally open to the public in a fun-filled, creative environment. With 13 ghostly sites to visit, plan a family evening out for lots of laughs and goblin’ up of food! An added bonus is the proceeds benefit the New Bern Historical Society. Ghostwalk is open Thursday through Saturday, October 25 – 27.

Both events provide us an opportunity to enjoy all that this amazing city represents… a beautiful setting, remarkable downtown, lovely waterfront, friendly residents, community spirit and plenty of fun. It is no longer mum’s the word about these two spectacular weekends in New Bern!