Halloween falls on a Monday this year, which means festivities are spread out across the weekend and the days leading up to it. Here in the High Country, the fun begins as early as Thursday. To make your holiday planning simple and show you what’s going on around town, we’ve separated ongoing activities into three different lists.
<span style=”color: #ff6600;”>Halloween on Monday:</span> Boone BOO!, Trick-or-Treating, Fall Festivals, Campfire Stories and MoreHere’s our guide to Halloween happenings on the holiday, Monday, Oct. 31 this year.
The list includes downtown Boone’s popular Boone BOO! event, trick-or-treating at the Boone Mall, trunk-or-treating at local churches, fall festivals, campfire stories and more.
Monday, Oct. 31 from 4-6 p.m.
Hit the streets of downtown Boone this Halloween for an afternoon of fun brought to you by the Watauga County Public Library and the Downtown Boone Development Association.
Start at the library, 140 Queen St., at 4 p.m. for games and arts and crafts, and then join the “costume parade” down to the Jones House Cultural and Community Center, 604 West King St.
Take a spooky, silly tour of the Jones House before you head out for trick-or-treating from 5-6 p.m. with downtown Boone merchants. You don’t want to miss Boone BOO!
More information: Call 828-268-6280 or visit downtownboonenc.com.
Trick-or-Treating at the Boone Mall
Monday, Oct. 31 from 5-7 p.m.
Come in costume and visit shops in the mall for the annual trick-or-treating festivities! Watauga County Parks and Recreation will provide the favorite pumpkin house for all to enjoy and most stores will participate in offering candy and treats. While you’re there and all dressed up, have your photo taken with the F Stops photography club from Appalachian State! Ask for portrait pricing when you get there.
More information: Call 828-264-7286 or visit boonencmall.com.
Trunk-or-Treat Fall Festival at Bethel Baptist Church
Monday, Oct. 31 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Parents and kids, get decked out in your favorite cool costumes and head out to western Watauga County for a free night of fun for the whole family. The church parking lot at 123 Mountain Dale Road in Vilas will be converted into the annual fall festival! Enjoy trunk-or-treating to grab up some candy and snacks, stop by the photo booth and share in a good time with your friends and neighbors.
Fall Family Festival at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church
Monday, Oct. 31 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Join Mt. Vernon Baptist Church for an evening of food, fun, inflatables, games for all ages and so much more. No scary costumes, please. This free community-wide event saw more than 800 folks last year. It’s a safe, family friendly alternative to Halloween, so feel free to invite your friends!
Volunteers and donations of soda and soft candies are needed to help offset the cost of the festival. If you have donations, leave them in the lobby at the festival display.
Mt. Vernon is located at 3505 Bamboo Road in Boone.
More information: Call 828-266-9700 or visit mvbcb.org.
Newland Halloween Trick-or-Treat Festival
Saturday, Oct. 31 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Halloween Trick-or-Treat Festival, Downtown & Avery County Morrison Library in Newland.
Sponsored by the Greater Newland Association.
More information: Visit greaternewland.org.
Fall Fun at Crosspoint Community Church
Monday, Oct. 31 beginning at 4 p.m.
Join the family friendly harvest time fun at Crosspoint Community Church, 325 Council Street in Boone, for hotdogs, candy, bounce house and more. It’s a perfect way to wrap up the day if you’ll be in town for Boone BOO!
Campfire Stories at Grandfather Mountain State Park
Monday, Oct. 31 from 5-6:30 p.m.
Bring a lawn chair and find your spot around the campfire at the Profile Trail Parking Area as Ranger Sicard reads from Belinda and the Brown Mountain Lights, an excerpt from the bookMountain Ghost Stories and curious tales of Western North Carolina by Randy Russell and Janet Barnett. After the reading, join a conversation about the various schools of thought behind the mysterious lights and why they occur, both factitious and scientifically based.
Dress appropriately for the local weather conditions, bring your own chair and be prepared to share and chat for approximately an hour.
Trunk-or-Treat with the Creek
Monday, Oct. 31 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Trunk-or-Treat with Howards Creek Church at Brookshire Park this Halloween!
The park is located at 50 Brookshire Road in Boone.
More information: facebook.com/events/1803309136573119/