High Country Halloween

By Jesse Campbell (jesse.campbell@mountaintimes.com)

Article Published: Oct. 24, 2013 | Modified: Nov. 1, 2013
High Country Halloween

Casey Bones welcomes passengers aboard the Ghost Train at Tweetsie Railroad.

Photo by Frank Ruggiero

When all things pumpkin hit the shelves of grocery stores, including beer and even milkshakes, you know Halloween is close by.

With hayrides, haunted houses and corn mazes cluttering the events calendar countywide, The Mountain Times has compiled a rundown of spooktacular highlights over the next week to get you in the fright state of mind.

Ongoing Events

Ashe County Corn Maze

Now until Oct. 27
An acre and a half of corn is beckoning at the Ashe County Corn Maze, located in Crumpler.
The maze takes approximately 25 minutes to complete. After finishing the maze, stick around for horseshoes, wagon rides, inflatable fun and more. Little ones will enjoy the playground and hay bale maze. The maze is open through Oct. 27. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 per person, and children 3 and younger are admitted free. Groups of 20 or more receive a $1 discount on each ticket. Visit http://www.ashecountycornmaze.com or call (336) 982-6285 for ticket information and directions.

New River Corn Maze
Through Oct. 31
The New River Corn Maze returns this fall with about two miles of maze through a five-acre cornfield. The maze is located just outside of Boone on Laurel Gap Ridge Road and is open through Oct. 31, from 10 a.m. to dark on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 1 p.m. to dark on Sundays. The farm also offers a pumpkin patch and tractor rides, as well as train rides if weather permits.
Visit http://www.facebook.com/newrivercornmaze for more information.

Lansing Haunted House
Through Oct. 26
For the fifth consecutive year, the once defunct Lansing Elementary School will host one the area’s most revered attractions. More than 20 rooms and hallways will be filled with ghastly sights, including a “claustrophobic room” new for this year. Live actors will provide real scares. The haunted house is open from 7 p.m. until the crowds depart Friday and Saturday night through Oct. 26. Admission is $5. Visit http://www.lansinghauntedhouse.info or search “Lansing NC Haunted House” on Facebook for more information.

Ghost Train at Tweetsie Railroad
Nightly until Nov. 2
The infamous Ghost Train arrives at Tweetsie Junction for more chills and thrills than ever before.
Gates open at 7:30 p.m., inviting guests to experience the haunted house, Tweetsie Palace Spooktacular, rides in the creepy carnival and attractions in “The Boneyard,” including the Black Hole, 3-D Maze and Freaky Forest. The main attraction is the Ghost Train, which runs nightly every 30 minutes throughout the evening. Tickets are $28 per person, and children 2 and younger enter free. The Ghost Train often sells out, so advance tickets are recommended. Visit http://www.tweetsie.com or call (800) 526-5740 for more information.

Haunted Horn
Nightly through Oct. 31
Haunted Horn’s “Circus of Souls” is currently running nightly (except Sunday, Oct. 27) at 7:30 p.m. at Horn in the West until Halloween night. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for Watauga High students with identification. This year’s trail will incorporate a carnival theme. The trail is located at Horn in the West, located at 591 Horn in the West Drive in Boone. For more information, call (828) 264-2120.

Haunted Honey Hole
Honey Bear Campground in Boone will host a Fall Festival Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission costs $5 and includes hayrides, concessions, vendors, games, crafts and a pumpkin patch.
Honey Bear also presents Honey Scare Fright Nights Friday and Saturday, from 8 to 11 p.m. Admission costs $10 per person and includes a haunted trail and scary movie.

Circle C Haunted Hay Rides

Free hayrides are currently being offered at Circle C Tree Farms at 372 Will Cook Road. The evening fun begins Friday, Oct. 25, and continues through Sunday. For more information, call (828) 964-7437.

Friday, Oct. 25

Trunk or Treat
Halloween comes early at Bethany Lutheran Church at 1030 Big Hill Road, as younger fright-nighters are invited to raid the trunks for candy from 6 to 7 p.m. In addition to all the candy you can haul, there will also be a chili cook-off, costume contest, games and face painting. For more information, call Katie Grubb at (828) 355-9710.

Saturday, Oct. 26

Beary Scary Halloween
Grandfather Mountain’s Halloween edition, “Beary Scary Halloween,” kicks off at 9 a.m. with crafts, nature programs, trick-or-treating and a costume contest. The fun continues until 5 p.m. The cost to attend is normal park admission. Children in costume will receive reduced admission. For more information, call (800) 468-7325.

Punkin Fest 2013
Mast General Store Annex in Valle Crucis will host Punkin Fest, a family-oriented pumpkin decorating, games and face painting event from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will also be baked goods and live entertainment available. For more information, call (828) 264-5174.

Creepy Crafts at BRAHM
Bring your little goblins to the museum to observe some Halloween themed art from 2 to 3 p.m. Admission is free. The museum is located at 159 Chestnut St. in downtown Blowing Rock.

Blowing Rock Halloween Festival
Held in conjunction with several other downtown events, the Blowing Rock Halloween Festival features an array of creepy themed fun to accentuate the ghoul infested experience.
Following “Creepy Crafts” at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, check out the inflatables in Memorial Park from 3 to 8 p.m. Games and a fun house follow at the Recreation Center from 3 to 5:30 p.m. If you want to catch a breath of fresh air, jump aboard a downtown hayride, offered from 4 to 8 p.m. Riders will meet at Memorial Park. Not scary enough for you? Check out the High Country’s scariest at the Monster March at 5:30 p.m. at the American Legion. The festivities are turned up a notch at dark with a costume contest at 7 p.m. at the Recreation Center.Halloween in Blowing Rock comes to a close with a Moonlight Scavenger Hunt at Broyhill Lake.

‘The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow’
Ensemble Stage presents a staged radio drama production of “The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow.” Audience members will revisit Washington Irving’s classic tale, as actors read their lines and furnish their own sound effects right on stage. The show starts at 7 p.m. at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium, located on Sunset Drive in downtown Blowing Rock. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $8 for kids, although both children and adults are encouraged to dress in costume. For tickets, call (828) 414-1844 or visit http://www.ensemblestage.com. Pending availability, a limited number of tickets will be for sale at the door.

Sunday, Oct. 27

Haint Hike
Looking for a blood-curdling, skin-chilling ghost story? Hike the Elk Knob Summit Trail at 2 p.m. as a native Appalachian resident tells ghost stories that originated deep within mountain hollows. The hike is dependent on the weather. Hikers will meet at the Elk Knob State Park summit trailhead. For more information, call (828) 297-7261.

Laurel Springs Baptist Church in Deep Gap will hold a fall festival from 5 to 7 p.m. at 7504 U.S. 421. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. Costumes are optional.

Thursday, Oct. 31

Boone Boo!
The Downtown Boone Development Association, the Watauga County Library and the Jones House Community Center will host the 13th annual Boone BOO! Halloween event from 4 to 6 p.m. The autumnal fun starts at the Watauga County Public Library. At 4:30 p.m., the children will walk or “parade” from the library to the Jones House Community Center, which will be decorated for children of all ages to enjoy. Children can then have fun trick-or-treating with the merchants in downtown until 6 p.m. For more information, call (828) 262-4532.

Trick-or-Treat for Tots
From 5 to 7 p.m., children of all ages are invited to attend Trick-or-Treat for Tots at East Campus residence halls at Appalachian State University. Children of all age groups are encouraged to dress in their Halloween costumes and go trick-or-treating at Hoey, Cannon, Lovill, East, Doughton, White, Summit and Cone residence halls. ASU students will be handing out candy, and the lobby of each residence hall will have fun activities available. Parents can stop by Legends to receive a map and further instructions.

Hayes School of Music Halloween Concert
At 8 p.m., the Hayes School of Music organ studio at Appalachian State University will present its seventh annual Halloween Monster Concert in the Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free, and the public is invited. Costumes are encouraged. For more information, call (828) 262-3020 or email associate professor Joby Bell at (belljr@appstate.edu)

HalloweeNth Costume Party
The 16th annual HalloweeNth Show and Costume Party will be held at The Nth Degree Gallery & Studios at 683 W. King St. in downtown Boone. More than 20 community artists will hold the party on the second floor above the Art Mart, featuring an opening hanging of artwork. Costumes are encouraged. The event is BYOB, and light refreshments will be served.

Friday, Nov. 1

Halloween in the Valle
Valle Crucis Elementary School hosts trunk-or-treating at its spooktacular Haunted School House. A walk through the haunted house costs $5, but trunk-or-treating is free. The fun starts at 7 p.m., and all proceeds benefit Valle Crucis school students. For more information, call (828) 963-4179.

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