High Country Halloween



Article Published: Oct. 27, 2011 | Modified: Nov. 1, 2011
High Country Halloween

Make sure you bring your jack-o'-lantern to ward off the evil spirits.

Photo by Rob Moore



There’s no excuse for not having anything to do in the High Country this Halloween weekend.

Through Monday, Oct. 31, parents, children, party-lovers, church-goers and people who love a good scare all have a plethora of happenings to chose from to get their fill of the liveliest of holidays.

It’s the only time during the year people can wear a costume and not look like a fool, so break out your “Star Trek” uniform and “Make it so!”

Ongoing Events

Ashe County Corn Maze
The Ashe County Corn Maze challenges all who enter. Its numerous turns are a test for even those with the sharpest of memory. Navigating the maze can take anywhere from 25 minutes to hours. Mountain Advantage Farms, which operates the attraction, also provides several activities outside of the maze, including a less intimidating hay bale maze for small children, wagon rides and an inflatable bounce house.

Admission is $7 for all ages, but there is a special rate of $6 for all ages arriving in groups of 12 people or more. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

The Ashe County Corn Maze is located at 644 Roy Goodman Road in Crumpler. For more information, visit http://www.ashecountycornmaze.com or call (336) 982-6285.

Haunted Hayride
The Haunted Hayride in Todd takes its riders through the bumps and haunts of the night. Starting at the Riverside Restaurant, it’s a 40-minute sojourn through more than a mile of spooks, which include an old milk barn. It starts at Riverside Restaurant in Todd and will run from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The cost is $8 per adult, $6 for children 12 and under and free for children 3 and younger. A portion of the proceeds will go to the family of Taylor Hayes, a young Ashe County resident battling leukemia. Hayrides depart every 40 minutes.

For more information, call (336) 977-8457.

Haunted Horn Ghost Trail
Those daring to enter the Haunted Horn Ghost Trail at Horn in the West will encounter “A Summer Camp Night Gone Wrong.” A walk through dense, dark, haunting woods will quickly turn into a frantic run, as Jason, from the “Friday the 13th” series of slasher films, will be loose on the grounds looking for blood to shed. Because of the level of fright, the trail is not recommended for children younger than 8 years of age.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students with a valid school ID. Tickets may be purchased at the “Horn in the West” ticket office on the night of attendance. The sponsors of the event, the Southern Appalachian Historical Association and the Appalachian State University Teaching Fellows, will share the proceeds.

The trail will be open nightly at dusk and will operate through Oct. 31, with the exception of Sunday, Oct. 30.

The Haunted Horn Ghost Trail is located at 591 Horn in the West Dr. in Boone. For more information, call (828) 264-2120.

Haunted Hospital
The Haunted Hospital in Jefferson is more terrifying than your latest medical bill. The Old Ashe Hospital, which closed in 1972, has been renovated to accommodate wards of horror. A devil, demon babies, undead corpses and decapitated bodies are among the recently admitted patients.

Admission is $5 per adult. Children under 10 are admitted free with a paid adult. All proceeds from the event benefit the Ashe County Honor Guard. The hospital opens at 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Halloween night.

The Haunted Hospital is located at 410 McConnell St. in Jefferson. For more information, visit http://www.oldhauntedhospital.webs.com.

Lansing Haunted House
The Lansing Haunted House is three football fields worth of terror. The abandoned school building has been completely filled with scary scenes guaranteed to frighten all who enter.
The Lansing American Legion will be selling hotdogs and drinks on site for those who can stomach them.

Admission is $5 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will be distributed to a restoration fund for the building and the Lansing American Legion. The house is open 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. every night through Oct. 31

The Lansing Haunted House is located at 9710 N.C. 194 North in Lansing. For more information, visit http://www.lansinghauntedhouse.info.

New River Corn Maze
The New River Corn Maze is a five-acre cornfield with more than a mile of twists, turns, dead-ends and switchbacks. Get lost in the maize at the historic Brown family farm, which is located on the scenic banks of South Fork of the New River. Train rides around the maze are available, and there’s also a pumpkin patch, where people can purchase their Halloween jack-o-lantern.

Regular admission to the corn maze is $7 for adults, $5 for students and free for children younger than 5. Tickets combining the train ride and the maze are $10 for adults and $8 for students and children. Hours are 10 a.m. to dark on Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. to dark on Sunday. Haunted Maze nights will take place Friday, Saturday and Halloween, from 7 to 11 p.m. All tickets to the Haunted Maze are $10.

The New River Corn Maze is located on Laurel Gap Ridge Road in Boone. For more information, visit http://www.newrivercornmaze.com or call (828) 406-6305.

Tweetsie’s Ghost Train
Tweetsie Railroad’s annual Ghost Train Halloween Festival is undoubtedly one of the most popular seasonal events in the High Country. Come nightfall, the theme park transforms into a Halloween wonderland with Ghost Train rides, trick-or-treating, a haunted house, 3-D maze, black hole and freaky forest.

A limited number of tickets is sold for each night at a price of $28. Children 2 and under enter free. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. The remaining days of the festival are Oct. 28 and 29.

Tweetsie Railroad is located at 300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane in Blowing Rock. For more information, visit http://www.tweetsie.com or call 1-877-TWEETSIE.



Thursday, Oct. 27

Fall Festival
The Western Watauga Branch of the Watauga County Library is hosting the Fall Festival, an evening of family fun with autumn-themed bingo, games and refreshments. Don’t forget to bring a pre-carved pumpkin to enter into the “Best Carved Pumpkin” contest. There will be several opportunities to win prizes, which include children’s Halloween costumes.

The Fall Festival is free and open to the public. Hours are 6 to 8 p.m.

The Western Watauga Branch of the Watauga County Library is located at 1085 Old U.S. 421 in Sugar Grove. For more information, visit http://www.wataugacountylibrary.com or call (828) 297-5515.

Healthy Halloween
Healthy Halloween, hosted by Avery County Smart Start, provides a fun counter-balance to one of the most sugary holidays of the year. Attendees can participate in health-oriented games and activities. Healthy goodies and a chance to win door prizes is available to all. Lees-McRae College and Mayland Community College nursing students will be on hand to measure weight, height and blood pressures.

Healthy Halloween is free and open to the public. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Avery County Rock Gym, located at 185 Shady St. in Newland.

For more information, visit http://www.averycountypartnership.org or call (828) 733-2899.

Trick-or-Treat for Tots
Trick-or-Treat for Tots is an annual event held by University Housing at Appalachian State University. Parents are welcome to bring their costumed children to the residence halls located on the East side of campus for fun-filled and safe trick-or-treating with ASU students. There will also be festive games and activities in some of the building lobbies. Hoey, Cannon, Lovill, East, Doughton, White and Cone residence halls are participating in the event.

The event is free and open to the public. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to park in any East side faculty/staff parking lots. For more information, contact (AppRHA@gmail.com)



Friday, Oct. 28

Happy Harvest Festival
Mt. Vernon Baptist Church’s Happy Harvest Festival is a traditional event with games, hayrides, live music, inflatable playgrounds and festival food. The harvest theme includes the costume contest, which will award a harvest gift basket to the best fruit or vegetable costume.
The event is free and open to the public. Hours are 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Mt. Vernon Baptist Church is located at 3305 Bamboo Road in Boone. For more information, visit http://www.mtvernonchurch.org or call (828) 266-9700.

‘Interview with the Vampire’
Before “Twilight” and “The Vampire Diaries,” there was “Interview with the Vampire.” The film, now considered a modern classic, stars Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise. It will be shown in the Greenbriar Theater in ASU’s Plemmons Student Union at 7 p.m. Admission is $1. Refreshments will be available for purchase. For more information, visit http://www.apps.appstate.edu.

Ital Seeds Halloween Party
Boone-based reggae band Ital Seeds is bringing its Halloween party to Crossroads Pub in Boone. Donning their own festive attire, they will be giving out prizes to the best costumes in the crowd.
Ladies are admitted free, and the cover charge for men is $3. The concert begins at 10 p.m. Crossroads Pub is located at 125 Graduate Lane in Boone. For more information, visit http://www.crossroadspub.net or call (828) 266-9190.



Saturday, Oct. 29

Bafoodus Halloween Bash at Boone Saloon
For the fifth consecutive year, Boone-based band Bafoodus will bring their rock-fusion freak show to the Boone Saloon for a Halloween Bash. The performance will include Bafoodus originals, Halloween favorites and cover songs centering on an “interstellar” theme. Special guest include Melissa Reaves and Kat Chaffin from Lady and the Krunk. Costumed attendees can participate in a costume party dance-off. The best costumes will be rewarded with the newly released self-titled Bafoodus CD.
Cover charge is $7, and only ages 21 and up will be admitted. The show begins at 10 p.m.
Boone Saloon is located at 489 W. King St. in Boone. For more information, visit http://www.boonesaloon.com or call (828) 264-1811.

Blowing Rock Halloween Festival
The Blowing Rock Halloween Festival is an evening full of family activities in downtown Blowing Rock. It will feature the Monster March, Moonlight Scavenger Hunt, Bonfire in the Park, a funhouse, games, hayrides through Blowing Rock and inflatable playgrounds. Children can also trick-or-treat at Blowing Rock merchant locations marked with orange and black balloons.

The event is free and open to the public. Hours are 3 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.blowingrock.com or call (828) 295-5222.

Bonfire Bash and Spooky Stroll
Grandfather Mountain will celebrate Halloween with the Bonfire Bash and Spooky Stroll. The after-dark event is a rarity for the High Country attraction. Guests will be thrilled with frightening ghost stories told by firelight and guided walks through pitch-black woods and a spooky cemetery. Refreshments will be provided.

Tickets are $15 per person. All proceeds will go toward renovations on Grandfather Mountain’s eagle habitat. Space is limited, so reservations are required. Participants must be 12 or older. Hours are 7 to 9 p.m.

Grandfather Mountain is located at 2050 Blowing Rock Highway in Linville. For more information, visit http://www.grandfather.com or call (828) 733-8715.

Char’s Halloween Bash & Costume Contest
Boone partiers will pack into Char for its third annual Halloween Bash and Costume Contest, a favorite event of the nightlife scene. The bash will feature nightlong drink specials, entertainment from DJ C-Ray and a costume contest with cash prizes.

Advance tickets are available at Char now for $6. Tickets are $10 at the door. Only ages 21 and up will be admitted. Doors open at 11 p.m. Char is located at 179 Howard St. in Boone. For more information, visit http://www.char179.com or call (828) 266-2179.

Children’s Trust Endowment Fund Halloween Masquerade Ball and Dinner
Dress up and get a groove on at the Halloween Masquerade Ball and Dinner, hosted by the Ashe County Children’s Trust Endowment Fund Committee. Attendees will have access to a bar, hors d’oeuvres, and a dinner buffet. There will also be dancing and live music from the band, Too Much Sylvia. The event is a fundraiser for grants that will be awarded to Ashe County 4-H and Ashe County Partnership for Children youth projects.

Tickets are $150 per couple and $75 for individuals. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Halloween Masquerade Ball and Dinner will take place at the Clubhouse at Jefferson Landing. Jefferson Landing is located at 193 E. Landing Drive in Jefferson. For more information, call the Ashe County branch of the N.C. Cooperative Extension at (336) 846-5850.

Ghoul School at Blowing Rock School
Blowing Rock School auditorium will host Ghoul School, a special event put on by the Blowing Rock PTO, Ensemble Stage, ASU Theatre & Dance students and Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation.
Tickets are $5. Proceeds will be used to help fund educational needs for Blowing Rock Elementary School classrooms. Hours are 4 to 9 p.m.

Blowing Rock Elementary School is located at 160 Sunset Drive in Blowing Rock. For more information, call (828) 295-5222 or email (blowingrockpto@gmail.com)

Ghoulish Gala
Go NC High Country is hosting the third annual Goulish Gala at Crestwood Resort and Spa. The event, a fundraiser for the Watauga County Humane Society, will feature food, beverages, a raffle, door prizes and a costume contest with cash prizes. Entertainment will be provided by Digital DJs.
Advance tickets are $35 per person. Tickets at the door, pending availability, will be $40. Hours are 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Crestwood is located at 3236 Shulls Mill Road in Boone. For more information, visit http://www.ghoulishgala.com or call (828) 773-5220.

Halloween Bash at Crossroads Pub
Rock the night away at the Halloween Bash, which is being thrown by Crossroads Pub. DJ Jerry Parker will serve up music throughout the night, setting the stage for dancing and a midnight costume contest with cash prizes. Drink specials will run all night.

There is no cover charge. Only ages 18 and up will be admitted. Doors open at 11 p.m.
Crossroads Pub and Neighborhood Grill is located at 125 Graduate Ln. in Boone. For more information, visit http://www.crossroadspub.net or call (828) 266-9190.

Halloween Bash at Paolucci’s
Paolucci’s is throwing a legendary Halloween Bash with music, dancing and more.

The midnight hour will see a costume contest with cash prizes and a VIP giveaway drawing. The prize for the drawing is a private, roped-off VIP section for the winner and 20 of their friends on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night of the winner’s choosing, up to $200 of appetizers and entrees and a private bartender and server. In order to win, entrants must be present for the announcement at the Halloween Bash.

Cover is free for ladies ages 21 and up, $2 for guys and $5 for attendees under age 21. Doors open at 10 p.m. Only ages 18 and up will be admitted.

Paolucci’s Bar is located at 783 W. King St. in Boone. For more information, visit http://www.paoluccisitalianrestaurant.com or call (828) 268-7525.

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The Nth Gallery will celebrate the frightening holiday with its annual Halloween art show and costume party. Bring your own beer and candy and join in the most creative Halloween happening in Boone.
The event is free and open the public. Hours are 7 p.m. to midnight.

The Nth Gallery is located at 683 W. King St. in Boone. For more information, email (nthdegreegallery@gmail.com)

Sugar Grove Developmental Day School Fall Festival and Bingo Night
Sugar Grove Developmental Day School is putting on a Fall Festival and Bingo Night to raise money for the school. The festival will have games, face painting, an inflatable playground, dunking booth and costume contest. Bingo players will have a chance at over 200 prizes.

Cost for the Fall Festival is $3 for adults. Parents can buy an armband for their children for $7 that will include all events for the day. The Fall Festival starts at 2 p.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Bingo will begin at 6 p.m.

The Sugar Grove Developmental Day School is located at 507 Dale Adams Road in Sugar Grove.
For more information, visit http://www.sgdds.org or call (828) 297-4226.

Beech Mountain’s Trick-or-Treat, Halloween Party and Haunted Hayride
The town of Beech Mountain has an evening of exciting Halloween activities planned for trick-or-treating, including a party and a haunted hayride. Children and parents are invited to meet at town hall to visit local businesses distributing candy. Afterward, the party will move to Buckeye Recreation center for free food and spook-tacular games. A haunted hayride a dusk will conclude the night.

Everything is free, with the exception of the hayride, which is $2 per person. Events begin at 6 p.m.
Buckeye Recreation Center is located at 206 Grassy Creek Rd. in Beech Mountain. For more information, call (828) 387-3003.

Trunk-or-Treat at Bethany Lutheran Church
Bethany Lutheran Church will host a trunk-or-treat, safe alternative to trick-or-treating that involves picking up candy from car trunks in the parking lot. Prior to the trunk-or-treat, kids can enjoy several activities, including a pumpkin bag toss and pin-the-face-on-the-pumpkin. A hotdog supper will also be served.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted and will go toward the Bethany youth group Christmas service project. Games start at 3 p.m., supper will be served at 4:30 p.m., and the trunk-or-treat begins at 6 p.m. Bethany Lutheran Church is located at 1030 Big Hill Road in Boone. For more information, call (828) 355-9710



Sunday, Oct. 30

Bethel Elementary School Fall Festival
The Bethel Elementary School eighth-grade class is sponsoring a Fall Festival, which will include games for kids, dinner, cake walk, bingo and a silent auction.

The festival starts at 3 p.m., dinner will be served at 5 p.m., and bingo and the silent auction start at 6 p.m.

Bethel Elementary School is located at 138 Bethel Road in Sugar Grove. For more information, call (828) 297-2240.

‘Dracula’
Ensemble Stage presents the staged radio drama, “Dracula,” a re-creation of a 1938 broadcast from Orson Welles. The popular production is in its third year in the High Country.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 16 and under. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Blowing Rock School auditorium, located at 160 Sunset Drive in Blowing Rock. For more information, visit http://www.ensemblestage.com or call (828) 414-1844.

First Baptist Church Fall Celebration
First Baptist Church of Boone Fall Celebration not only includes children’s activities, but a performance from bluegrass trio The Kruger Brothers.

The Kruger Brothers are putting on a pre-service concert at 10:45 a.m. and will also provide the music during the worship services beginning at 11 a.m. From 5 to 7 p.m., families can return for a trunk-or-treat and games in the church parking lot.

All events are free and open to the public.

First Baptist Church of Boone is located at 375 W. King St. in Boone. For more information, visit http://www.boonefirstbaptist.org.

Hallelujah Festival
Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church will present the Hallelujah Festival, an annual Halloween-style celebration for young children. The fellowship hall of the church will host games, face-painting, a cakewalk and a costume contest.

The festival is free and open to the public. Hours are 4 to 6 p.m.

Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church is located at 1218 Main St. in Blowing Rock. For more information, visit http://www.rumplechurch.org or call (828) 295-7675.



Monday, Oct. 31

Banner Elk’s Trunk-or-Treat
Banner Elk’s eighth annual Trunk-or-Treat will involve loads of candy, a haunted house and an all-age costume contest. To give some incentive for folks providing the trunks full of candy, prizes will be awarded to those who decorate their vehicles as ghost mobiles.
The event is free and open to the public. Hours are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The Trunk-or-Treat takes place at Tate-Evans Park, which is located at 210 Park Ave. in Banner Elk.
For more information, visit http://www.bannerelk.org call (828) 898-5398, ext. 221.

Boone Boo
The Downtown Boone Development Association is throwing the 11th annual Boone Boo in downtown Boone. Starting at 4 p.m. at the Watauga County Library, kids can enjoy arts and crafts, sing-alongs, scary stories and prize giveaways. At 4:30 p.m. the ghouls and goblins parade to the Haunted Jones House, then trick-or-treat with downtown merchants. Balloons will mark participating businesses.
The event is free and open to the public. Hours are 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.boone-nc.org or call (828) 262-4532.

Fall Festival at Oak Grove Baptist Church
Oak Grove Baptist Church will hold a Fall Festival with free food, candy and games. The church is also hosting a hayride and will provide a free family photo.

The event is free and open the public. Hours are 6 to 8 p.m.

Oak Grove Baptist Church is located at 306 Oak Grove Rd. in Boone. For more information, call (828) 773-9350.

Halloween Monster Concert
There’s only one Halloween Monster Concert in the High Country, and it’s been put on by the Hayes School of Music organ studio at Appalachian State University. The fifth annual concert will feature Bach’s famous “Toccata and Fugue in d Minor” with special audience participation, the singing of “pumpkin carols,” a Name-That-Scary-Tune quiz, free candy and a costume contest. The silent movie, “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” will also be shown and will be accompanied by the organ.
The concert is free and open to the public. Music begins at 8 p.m. The Halloween Monster Concert takes place at the Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall on the campus of ASU. For more information call (828) 262-3020.

Grandfather Mountain Beary Scary Halloween
Grandfather Mountain gets in the Halloween spirit with the first Beary Scary Halloween. The day will include numerous Halloween activities, including crafts, ghost stories and costume contests. The educational programs, “Creepy, Crawly Critters,” “Going Batty for Bats” and “Owl Encounter” will also be included.

Beary Scary Halloween is part of a regular admission tickets, which cost $15 for adults 13 to 59, $13 for seniors and $7 for kids 4 to 12. Children under 4 are admitted free. Children in costume will receive a half-off discount. Halloween activities take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, visit http://www.grandfather.com or call (828) 733-8715.
Newland Halloween Extravaganza

The Newland Business Association and downtown merchants are sponsoring the fifth annual Newland Halloween Extravaganza. From 4 to 7:30 p.m., participating merchants will distribute free candy to trick-or-treaters. Heritage Arts Dance Studio is also hosting costume contest at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, call (828) 260-3205 or email (Jason@askcounty.com)
Trunk-or-Treat at Mabel United Methodist Church

Mabel United Methodist Church is holding its annual trunk-or-treat in the church parking lot. The church will also serve hot dogs in the fellowship hall.

The event is free and open to the public. Hours are 5 to 7 p.m.

Mabel United Methodist Church is located at 5932 Old U.S. 421 in Zionville. For more information, call (828) 297-1501.

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