What Time Should I Arrive
At least 20 minutes before your scheduled tour. Tours leave promptly and you do not want to be late. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to find parking, use the restroom and mosey on down to the river.
What If I Am Late
If you have already purchased tickets and you are late, make your first stop the Black Cat Shoppe at 8 Market Street in historic Wilmington. The Staff will give you the first two stops of the Guides tour so that you can find them. Please note that the tour varies every night and with no fixed routes and over 20 locations to pick from (of which we do 5 stops a night), if you are more than 15 minutes late you may need to wander town trying to locate the tour.
Do I Need To Be Able To Print My Online Tickets
No. All Guides will have an Online Ticket Sale Guest List. Just give us the name you used to purchase your tickets.
Can A Designated Driver Under 21 Attend The Pub Crawl
NO. While we don't want anyone drinking and driving (you can guarantee there will be at least one checkpoint downtown), North Carolina law prohibits anyone under 21 from entering an establishment that serves liquor. Instead what we suggest is that your under 21 DD take the 8:30 Ghost Walk, which finishes around the same time as the Pub Crawl. Then they can meet you afterwards. Of course you can also have a DD who is 21 or older and, provided they have a valid id, they will be permitted in the pubs with you.
Then How Do I Get To and From The Haunted Pub Crawl
It's pretty easy. Here are a few suggestions.
Either way, it's easy not to drink and drive.
Are Tours Rain Or Shine
Yes. We never seek shelter or cancel a tour due to rain, no matter how heavy or wet. Umbrella's, ponchos and raincoats are welcome. You can also buy .99 cent ponchos at the Black Cat Shoppe.
What About More Severe Weather Like Lightning or Hurricanes
Once a tour starts, we finish it. If at any point during the tour your guide feels severe weather is an immediate or imminent threat, they will seek shelter and then continue telling stories under the the safety of the shelter. Once the threat of severe weather passes the Guide will return to their route. If the threat does not pass, the Guide will continue storytelling from the safety of the shelter until the culmination of the tour.
Please keep in mind that in the summer there is always heat, sheet and summer lighting rumbling through the atmosphere, but it rarely impacts our tour. However, if you have concerns with our local weather vagaries, wait to purchase your tickets until just before the tour starts (though keep in mind our tours can sell out).
Regarding hurricanes, once the NOAA issues a watch or warning we cancel our tours and issue full refunds.
What Is Your Refund/Exchange Policy
All tours are Live Venue Performances (ie. theater, concert, sporting event, etc.), with no two performances being alike. Tickets are purchased for a specific date/time performance and are listed as only valid for that performance. Guides are assigned and commit to tours at least 24 hours in advance for Ghost Walks, and 48 hours in advance for Pub Crawl. Prospective Guests are turned away once a performance is "Sold Out," or if remaining tickets exceed guests availability (ie. only 12 tickets remain but they have a party of 13). Therefore our refund & exchange policy is similar to many other Live Venue Performance attractions.
Ghost Walk tickets can be refunded up to 24 hours prior to your scheduled performance. Haunted Pub Crawl tickets can be refunded up to 48 hours prior to your scheduled performance.
Ghost Walk Etix ticket holders must request a refund directly from Etix HERE at least 24 HOURS prior to scheduled performance. No Exceptions
Haunted Pub Crawl Etix ticket holders must request a refund directly from Etix HERE at least 48 HOURS prior to scheduled performance. No Exceptions
Refund terms are the same for Black Cat Shoppe ticket holders, however refund requests must be made IN-PERSON at the Wilmington Black Cat Shoppe, with intact tickets and store receipt
Ghost Walk tickets can be exchanged up to 1 hour prior to your scheduled performance. Haunted Pub Crawl tickets can be exchanged up to 48 hours prior to your scheduled performance.
Online Etix ticket holders must request a ticket exchange directly from Etix HERE at least 3 HOURS prior to scheduled performance. Between 1-3 hours prior to scheduled performance, Etix ticket holders must request their exchanges in-person at the Black Cat Shoppe. No Exceptions
Haunted Pub Crawl Etix ticket holders must request a ticket exchange directly from Etix HERE at least 48 HOURS prior to scheduled performance. No Exceptions
Exchange terms are the same for Black Cat Shoppe ticket holders, however exchange requests must be made IN-PERSON at the Wilmington Black Cat Shoppe, with intact tickets and store receipt
Once a ticket is exchanged it cannot be exchanged a second time, and Guest agrees to forfeit all future refund rights
ETIX: You can also find additional contact information at Etix.com or in your ticket purchase confirmation email.
THE BLACK CAT SHOPPE: 8 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 - 910-772-1410.
Can I Bring My Dog On The GHOST WALK?
On the Ghost Walk, dogs are welcome, but there are a few rules.
Please CLICK HERE to visit NCDHHS for more information on Service Animals
Can I Bring My Dog On The HAUNTED PUB CRAWL
The Haunted Pub Crawl takes place in a more crowded and chaotic environment. For the Pub Crawl, the following guidelines apply.
For answers not found on this Wilmington FAQ's Page, or for additional questions on the Ghost Walk and Pub Crawls, please call the Black Cat Shoppe at 910-772-1410.
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