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Crave out a Win at Aquarium

KURE BEACH, N.C.- Pumpkin? Check. Creativity? Check. Looks like you've got what it takes to enter the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher's inaugural Trick or Treat Under the Sea Pumpkin Carving Contest. Get crafty this Halloween season and sculpt your best aquatic–themed jack-o-lantern to win! Pumpkin entries will be judged based on originality, theme and craftsmanship. Winning entries receive scary good prizes including a $50 gift card and four tickets to Trick or Treat Under the Sea for the first place pumpkin.
All pumpkins will be displayed at the Aquarium’s annual pre-Halloween festival 5 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 and Friday, Oct. 25. Thousands of children and adults enjoy dressing up and prowling the Aquarium galleries for spooky good times each year. Besides collecting treats and looking at cool pumpkin carvings, this year’s guests can enjoy roving performers, magic shows, games, spooky divers and, of course, wild critters. The pumpkin carving contest is free to enter. Trick or Treat Under the Sea tickets are $8, children 2 and younger are free. Entry forms, contest rules and advance tickets are available online at and at the Aquarium. The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located just south of Kure Beach, a short drive from Wilmington, on U.S. 421.
 The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission: $8 ages 13-61; $7 for ages 62 and older; $6 ages 3-12. Free admission for: children 2 and younger, registered groups of N.C. school children, and N.C. Aquarium Society members.
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