When you think of visiting Greater Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley, the first thing that may come to mind is “What is there to do?”      


It's fall here in #VisitWilm y’all! That means gorgeous color changes, haunted sights and pumpkin carves! October is a great time to grab the family, the girlfriends, or a group of friends and head to #VisitWilm for a seasonal adventure to remember.    

Here’s what's in store when you visit Greater Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley this October! 


Corn Maze and Fall Fun at Ramsey’s Farm: October 1 – October 30    

Enjoy fun on the farm at Ramsey’s with pumpkins, corn mazes, hayrides and more! If you haven’t already, be sure to check out their Instagram page @ramseys.farm for a sneak peek aerial view of this year's corn maze. Think you can make it through?  

Coverdale Farms Preserve: Events Vary by Date Throughout the Month 

The 377-acre Coverdale Farm Preserve, part of Delaware Nature Society, is comprised of 200 acres of Nature Preserve that is managed to conserve and enhance the biodiversity of the Appalachian Piedmont area of Delaware. Nestled alongside the Preserve is a 177-acre working farm that showcases regenerative agriculture methods. Throughout the month, they open their market, hold plant sales, host cookbook club events, offer hayrides and more. Check out this Bitts and Bites of Greater Wilmington video for more.  

The Great Pumpkin Carve Chadds Ford: October 20-22 

The Great Pumpkin Carve is an annual Chadds Ford tradition. The three-day event highlights more than 70 giant pumpkins carved into "spooktacular" creations. Carvers work through the early evening on Thursday and then illuminate their masterpieces by candlelight. 

Longwood Garden’s Chrysanthemum Festival: October 1 – November 13 


Paranormal Fun in #VisitWilm  

Hauntings in History with the New Castle Historical Society 

If you’re brave enough to creep your way through Historic New Castle when the sun goes down, this tour is for you! The New Castle Historical Society is ready for you to explore New Castle's supernatural side, guiding you through darkened streets to hear macabre tales of hauntings, funeral customs, crime & punishment that span the 360-year history of this Delaware River town. You'll also be invited inside the Amstel House - New Castle's most haunted mansion! Think you can handle it? 

Rockwood Paranormal  

Another paranormal adventure to take is Rockwood Park’s classic Paranormal Program. Investigate the mansion from the unfinished attic to the decayed basement. You will be instructed how to use sophisticated paranormal equipment central to the investigation. Visiting investigators will learn how instrument results relate to those who may have once lived or worked at Rockwood. We hear there may even be some ghost pups...  

Fort Delaware Paranormal Adventure 

The fort by day is a sight to see, but at night Diamond State Ghost Investigators take to the fort for a three-hour recreational investigation. Plan your haunting adventure if you dare and become part of an actual paranormal investigation using electronic magnetic field detectors, data recorders and other techniques. You don’t want to miss this true ghost hunt on Pea Patch Island.  

Seasonal Events sure to bring a Ghoulish Smile to your Face...

Even more events in Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley throughout October...  

Nation of Inventors at Hagley Museum and Library: Opening October 8  

Hagley Museum’s newest exhibit, featuring parts of their famed collection of patent models, is set to open this month after a setback due to Hurricane Ida. Nation of Inventors celebrates the American spirit of ingenuity by taking you on a journey from the early years of the patent system, in the 1790s, through the “golden age” of American invention, in the late 1800s. The exhibit features more than 120 patent models from Hagley’s unique collection, highlighting the diverse stories of inventors from all walks of life. Learn more here -  

Fragile Earth at Brandywine River Museum of Art: On view until January 2023 

A new and unique exhibit for this Brandywine Valley Museum, Fragile Earth showcases the diverse approaches taken by ecologically concerned artists today, illustrating the powerful role they play in advocating for environmental causes. Artists Jennifer Angus, Mark Dion, Courtney Mattison, and James Prosek have created striking works that reflect the vulnerability of the environment. 

Well, would you look at that... a whole month’s worth of events listed here, and there’s still more to explore on our events calendar! Seems to us that this little ol’ city has enough to fill an entire weekend (or more!) And that’s just in the month of October. Be sure to check back next month for fall and winter fun in November!   

Plan your next #VisitWilm getaway today, and don’t forget to share your pictures with us by tagging @visitwilmingtonde on Instagram or by sharing your #VisitWilm photos here.