High Country Halloween
Just like this years' early voting slogan “No Excuses!,” there is no excuse for stowing away alone this Halloween.
Watauga County has a slew of events, starting this Thursday afternoon and not ending until the early hours of next Thursday, the morning after Halloween.
Tweetsie’s Ghost Train Halloween Festival
Join Ghost Train engineer Casey Bones and his dreadful crew for a train ride through blind bends and crawling forests. The ride is scarier for its bits of history and train terror. Ghosts and ghouls will hunt Ghost Train’s passengers through the ride and throughout the Wild West theme park, which features a Haunted House, Haunted Forest, carnival rides and more for the occasion. Tickets are $28 and free for children 2 and younger. Gates open at 7:30 p.m., and rides take place Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27. Tweetsie Railroad is located at 300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane in Blowing Rock. For more information, call (800) 526-5740 or visit http://www.tweetsie.com.
Haunted Horn is a 25-minute long haunted hiking trail through themed screams, gunshots and chainsaws. It disorients visitors with black lights and strobe lights through grounds of Horn in the West. The event is presented by the Southern Appalachian Historical Association, organizer Freda Greene, ASU Teaching Fellows and Epsilon Tau Pi. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. The trail is open at dusk from Oct. 25 to 27 and Oct. 30 to 31. It runs until midnight on Friday, Saturday and Halloween night. Horn in the West and Hickory Ridge Living Museum are located at 591 Horn in the West Drive in Boone. For more information, call (828) 264-2120 or visit http://www.horninthewest.com. This event is not recommended for children 9 and younger.
Ensemble Stage will present a staged recreation of the Orson Welles’ 1930s Mercury Theatre radio drama, “Dracula.” The tale of horror and suspense comes alive on stage, just like it did nearly 75 years ago, but with one tantalizing difference. The blood-sucking count has not moved into an English castle, but has taken up residence in Blowing Rock. General seating tickets are $12 for adults and seniors and $8 for students. The performances will be held on Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. “Dracula” will be staged at Blowing Rock School Auditorium at 160 Sunset Drive in downtown Blowing Rock. For more information, call (828) 414-1844 or visit http://www.ensemblestage.com.
New River Corn Maze
The New River Corn Maze is set on the banks of the scenic south fork of the New River. The maze itself winds through five acres of planted corn with more than a mile of twists, turns, dead-ends and switchbacks. Tickets are $7 for adults; $5 for students; kids 5 and younger free. School groups are welcome on Fridays, when teachers get in free and tickets are $3 for students. Train ride tickets are $5, and combination train ride and maze tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. The maze will be open Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27, from 10 a.m. until dark and Sunday, Oct. 28. from 1 p.m. till dark. The corn maze is located at 556 Laurel Gap Ridge in Boone. For more information, call (828)-264-2986 or email (email@example.com)
Thursday, Oct. 25
Trick-or-Treat for Tots and Face Painting
Appalachian State University residence halls of Cone, East, Cannon, Hoey, Lovill, White, Doughton and Summit will each have a fun activity for the children and families living in the Watauga County. Activities will range from games to face painting. Residents of the buildings will be dressed in costumes and handing out candy. All are encouraged to park in any eastside faculty/staff parking lots. Hours are from 4 to 6 p.m. The participating residence halls are located on Locust Street in Boone. For more information, call (828) 262-2160 or contact Andrea Sell at (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Appalachian Heritage Council will present a night of scary stories at Crossroads Café. Come hear the real-life terrifying stories from the Appalachian Mountains as told by the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild. Shiver through gruesome murder ballads told by Trevor McKenzie. The event is free and open to the public. Storytelling begins at 7 p.m. Crossroads Café is located in the Plemmons Student Union on the Appalachian State campus. For more information, call (828)-263-9555.
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. The contest is on Thursday, but guests are welcome to dress up and party on Friday, Saturday and Halloween night. Doors open at 10 p.m. Only ages 18 and older will be admitted. Paolucci’s is located at 783 W. King St. in Boone. For more information, visit http://www.paoluccisitalianrestaurant.com or call (828) 268-7525.
Friday, Oct. 26
Capone's malleable voice can fall into a rumbly baritone or rise to a tingly falsetto. He takes his songwriting cues from the 1970s, by way of the neo-soul artists who reintroduced audiences to the classics — Giorgio Moroder's disco, Philly soul and Detroit funk. Space Capone will be performing at the Boone Saloon. Tickets are $5. Doors open at 9 p.m., and the show starts at 10 p.m. All shows after 10 p.m. are 21 and older. The Boone Saloon is located at 489 W. King St. in Boone. For more information, call the Saloon at (828) 264-1811 or visit http://www.spacecapone.com.
Saturday, Oct. 27
Blowing Rock Halloween
Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation's annual Halloween Festival is a day full of colorful exploration activities. The day will begin at 3 p.m. with inflatables in Memorial Park and games for kids in the Recreation Center. At 5:30 p.m., lineup for the Monster March through downtown starts. At 7 p.m., the costume contest will be held. At 6 p.m., trick-or-treating with the downtown merchants begins. A bonfire will be held from dusk till 9 p.m. The night will end with the Moonlight Scavenger Hunt at Broyhill Lake after the costume contest (be sure to bring your flashlight).
Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation is located at 145 Park Ave. in Blowing Rock. For more information, call Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation at (828) 295-5222.
Sunday, Oct. 28
The Children’s Ministry of FaithBridge United Methodist Church will host a “Trunk or Treat” event “for the young and young at heart.” Church members will decorate their car trunks and give out candy and goodies. The trunk-or-treat is free and open to the public. It begins in the parking lot at 4 p.m. FaithBridge United Methodist Church is located at 196 Aho Road in Blowing Rock. For more information, call (828) 295-8333, or visit http://www.faithbridgeumc.org.
Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church will hold its 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.
Tuesday, Oct. 30
Harvey Carr at Black Cat
Harvey Carr is a North Carolina artist that plays disjointed rock ‘n’ roll. He will be at Black Cat Burrito to play its Hallow's Eve Party. Tickets are $5 at the door. Doors open at 10 p.m. Only ages 18 and older will be admitted. Black Cat Burrito is located at 127 N. Depot St. in Boone. For more information, call Black Cat at (828) 263-9511.
Wednesday, Oct. 31
The Downtown Boone Development Association will host the 12th annual Boone Boo! Halloween Festival in downtown Boone. The event begins with crafts and activities at the Watauga County Public Library at 4 p.m. Around 4:30 p.m., participants will parade in costume to the Jones House Community Center, which has been converted into a haunted house. Appalachian State University's mens' basketball team will be at the Jones House from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. to meet fans, hand out posters and sign autographs. Afterward, everyone will hit the merchants of King Street for trick-or-treating fun. For more information, call the DBDA at (828) 262-4532, or visit http://www.downtownboonenc.com.
Pumpkin Carving Contest
Children are invited to trick-or-treat at Blowing Rock’s historic Green Park Inn, and the first 20 participants who arrive at 6:30 p.m. can participate in a pumpkin-carving contest. Participants must bring their own tools and carving skills, and the inn will provide the pumpkins. Pumpkin lighting begins around 7:30 p.m., and the contest winner receives a prize. Call (828) 414-9230 to reserve your pumpkin or for more information. Green Park Inn is located at 9239 Valley Blvd. in Blowing Rock.
Fall Festival and Trunk-or-Treat
First Baptist Church will hold a Fall Festival with a moonwalk, air walk and cakewalk. There will also be a dress up and an art section, and trunk-or-Treat will be held in the upper parking lot. First Baptist Church will hold its Wednesday night dinner as usual in the fellowship hall at 5 p.m. Tickets for the barbecue dinner are $5 for adults and $3 for children.
The festival and trunk-or-treat is free and open to the public. It begins at 6 p.m. First Baptist Church of Boone is located at 375 W. King St. in downtown Boone. For more information, call (828)-264-2441 or visit http://www.boonefirstbaptist.org.
Fall Festival at Oak Grove Baptist Church
Oak Grove Baptist Church will hold a Fall Festival with free food, activities and games. Oak Grove will have typical festival snacks, like popcorn and cotton candy; candy; drinks and a hamburger and hot dog dinner. The church will have a hayride, games, inflatables 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 Road in Boone. For more information, call (828) 773-9350.
God's Big Story Fall Fellowship
Mt. Vernon Baptist Church’s God's Big Story Fall Fellowship is a traditional event with games, music, inflatable playgrounds and festival food.
The event is free and open to the public. Hours are 5:30 to 8 p.m. The event is located in the gym. 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.
Halloween Monster Concert
Enjoy a frightfully fun evening when the Hayes School of Music’s organ studio presents its annual Halloween Monster Concert. Featured will be Bach’s famous “Toccata and Fugue in D minor” with special audience participation, the singing of “pumpkin carols,” a Name-That-Scary-Tune quiz, a silent movie with organ accompaniment, free candy, costume contests and more. Costumes are encouraged. The event is free and open to the public. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall on the campus of Appalachian State University. For more information call (828)-262-3020 or email Joby Bell at (email@example.com) or visit http://music.appstate.edu.
The Nth Degree Gallery and Studios will host "The Creature from the Nth Lagoon" on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 7:30 p.m. to midnight. The 14th annual HalloweeNth exhibition and costume party is an opening hanging, featuring works from community members across the High Country, and includes paintings, photographs, sculpture and mixed media works. Creative costumes are encouraged, and attendees are invited to bring their own culinary creations to share. BYOB. For more information, visit http://www.nthdegreegallery.com.
Toubab Krewe at Legends
Toubab Krewe is a vibrant Asheville-based band that lustily swirls together rock, African traditions, jam sensibilities, international folk strains and more. They will be playing at Legends on the campus of Appalachian State University. Advance tickets for students are $10 and tickets at the door and for guests are $12. Doors open at 9 p.m. BYOB with a 6-pack limit with identification. For more information, call (828) 262-3030 or (828) 262-3032 or visit http://legends.appstate.edu.
Sic Alps at Black Cat
Sic Alps are a noise pop group from San Francisco and perennially lysergic musical outlet. Their music has been described as a combination of early ’90s lo-fi and Bay Area ’60s psychedelia. Sic Alps are notorious for their exciting and energetic live performances and will be playing at Black Cat in Boone. Tickets are $5 at the door. Doors open at 10:30 p.m. Only ages 18 and older will be admitted. Black Cat Burrito is located at 127 N. Depot St. in downtown Boone. For more information, visit http://www.sicalps.com.
Bafoodus has an eclectic mix of creepy funk, straight-up rock and aggressive jazz-pop fusion. The Boone-based band has a sound likened to The Police and Stevie Wonder. They will be playing at the Boone Saloon, and more than likely in costume. Tickets are $5, and doors open at 8 p.m. All shows after 10 p.m. are 21 and older. The Boone Saloon is located at 489 W. King St. in Boone. For more information, call (828) 264-1811 or visit http://reverbnation.com/bafoodus.
Char's Halloween Bash & Costume Contest
Boone partiers will pack into Char for its fourth 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 $5. Tickets are $7 at the door. Only ages 21 and older 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.