Return of the Haunted Horn

By Jesse Campbell (

Article Published: Oct. 17, 2013 | Modified: Nov. 1, 2013
Return of the Haunted Horn

Horn in the West’s Haunted Horn trail returns Oct. 23, placing brave visitors in a grave situation.

Photo by Frank Ruggiero

Now in its 11th run, the Haunted Horn Halloween Trail at Horn in the West continues to provide chills and thrills to High Country fright night fanatics.

This year’s trail will operate from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Oct. 23 to 26 and Oct. 29 to 31.

Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for Watauga High students with identification.

Along with providing a blood-curdling experience, the haunted trail also provides a wholesome alternative to High Country youth, organizer Freda Greene said.

“My perspective is that if I can keep one student off the streets Halloween night or winding up in jail, that is all the praise I need,” Greene said.

The trail predates 2003 and was initially geared toward high school students until it later reopened and changed focus.

“It’s also a way students can get their community service,” Greene said.

A metamorphosis can be seen among the students that participate, Greene said. “Some of the freshman students were really skeptical when they came to the trail, but by the time they left, you could see how they blossomed by helping out,” she said.

This year’s trail will incorporate a carnival theme.

“As you go deeper in the trail, you will find there is more to it,” Greene said. “There’s also a graveyard and other things, but I’m not going to give away the rest.”

The trail is located at Horn in the West, located on Horn in the West Drive in Boone.

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