Halloween in the High Country: How Grown-Ups Can Spend a Night on the Town This Year

Published Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 8:15 am

Halloween is the perfect time to get dressed up and go all out! While the High Country plays host to a wide variety of family-friendly functions, this extravagant holiday is not just for the little ones. All you grown-ups out there looking for a chance toFIXE_0029 let loose and have some fun — you’re in luck! Check out what’s in store for you this weekend, including haunted attractions, costume contests and specials at your favorite bars and restaurants. High Country Halloween destinations include:

Banner Elk Sushi Club: Check out Banner Elk’s favorite hot spot for a late night Halloween costume party from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday. Enjoy free entry to this event with $2 well drinks, cash prizes and a performance from Hilltop Entertainment’s Josiah and 80g. Banner Elk Sushi Club is located at 140 Azalea Circle Suite 108 in Banner Elk. Give them a call at 828-898-1940 for more information.

Bayou Smokehouse: Head out to Banner Elk for Cajun food and fun at the Bayou Smokehouse and Grill, located at 130 East Main Street in the Village Shops, on Saturday. The Bayou will operate from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and will feature drink specials throughout the night. Keep the party going on stay for the costume contest between 11 p.m. and midnight for a chance to win a $100 cash prize. Call ‘em up at 828-898-TXLA (8952) for more information.

Black Cat Burrito: Rap and hip-hop duo Wiked Wood has teamed up with Infinite Empire Entertainment to bring the house down at Black Cat Burrito on Friday. The show is open to people 18 and over and admission is only $5. Anybody 21 and over is encouraged to bring their ID in order to enjoy a drink with the show. Be sure to come in your best costume, as a contest will be held with free prizes. To learn more and order tickets for the event, visit blackcatburrito.com or call 828-263-9511. To learn more about Wiked Wood, visit www.wikedwood.com.

Galileo’s: Celebrate this holiday in style at Galileo’s, 1087 W. King St. in downtown Boone, with Harry Potter Halloween Trivia at 8 p.m. on Saturday followed by a 10:30 p.m. dance party with DJ Chris Auber. Call them up at 828-265-9591 for more details.

Legends: “Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band” is coming to Legends Halloween night to deliver a rip-roaring performance that is sure to keep its audience shaking. End the Halloween season with this popular Asheville-based group, which returns to the High Country for its annual performance in Boone at 10 pm on Oct. 31. There will also be a competitive costume contest with prizes, so take the chance to dress up in your favorite costume while you’re at it! Get your tickets online ($10 for students, $12 for the public) or at the door for $12 until sold out. Click here to get the 411 on this funkadelic performance.

The Local: Enjoy a free show with Asheville-based quintet The Fritz at 10:30 p.m. on Friday night at The Local Restaurant, 179 Howard St. in downtown Boone. Return for the Halloween Hoorah on Saturday night starting at 10:30 p.m. with Orlando-based DJ RC3 and a costume contest with prizes for the best entries in each category. No cover! Call The Local at 828-266-2179 to learn more.

Lost Province Brewing Co.: Fun is on tap starting at 5 p.m. on Friday night, with live music from the Worthless Son-in-Laws from 8 p.m. to closing. On Saturday, spend your day with LP and catch the App State football game on the big screen as the Mountaineers take on Troy in the Halloween game. Stick around for live music from Hilltop Riot from 8 p.m. to closing.

Masquerade at Meadowbrook Inn: Have a ball this Halloween! Celebrate the spookiest time of year in style and for a good cause at the inaugural Masquerade Ball to benefit the Hunger and Health Coalition of Boone. This festive inaugural fundraiser will take place at the Meadowbrook Inn, 711 Main St. in Blowing Rock, on Friday, Oct. 30. Show up sporting your favorite costume or buy a mask when you get there. The fun starts at 7 p.m. and the party will carry on through the night! Get your tickets at the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce (828-264-2225) or at the Hunger and Health Coalition (828-262-1628). They’re on sale for $35 per person, or get a table for 10 at $300. Tickets will be $40 at the door, so get yours in advance! Click here to get more information on this new event.

Murphy’s: Finish out your game day festivities in downtown Boone with a performance from The John Portela Experience at Murphy’s, 747 W. King St., on Saturday. Murphy’s will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and live music will start around 9 p.m. Call up Murphy’s at 828-264-5117 for more information.

Nick’s: Head out to Nick’s Restaurant and Pub, 4527 Tynecastle Highway in Banner Elk, for karaoke and a costume contest on Friday night. Nick’s will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., but make sure you’re there around 10 p.m. if you want to join the contest. They’re also open from 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturday. Call 828-898-9613 for more information.

Town Tavern Blowing Rock: Get ready for some seriously spooky good times at the Town Tavern on Main Street in Blowing Rock for this year’s Scareyokee Halloween event. The fun starts at 9 p.m. on Saturday and there’s no cover charge for this party! Enjoy a costume contest and free tarot readings. Call 828-295-7500 for more details.

Twigs: Enjoy live music on Friday and Saturday nights at Twigs Restaurant and Bar, 7956 Valley Blvd. in Blowing Rock, from 5:30-10 p.m. Sport your favorite get-up on Saturday for the annual Halloween costume contest for a chance to win gift cards to Twigs. Judging starts at 11 p.m. on Saturday. Call 828-295-5050 for more information.

High Country ScareGrounds: If you dare, set out to make it through this haunted trail at the High Country Fairgrounds, 747 Roby Greene Road. The terrifying tales begin at nightfall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and you can embark on this frightful adventure for $15. Visit the ScareGrounds online for more info on the trail of fears.


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