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Halloween on Saturday: Events in Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk, Bethel, Grandfather

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.

Here’s our round-up of festivities that will take place on Saturday, Oct. 29.

Weekend fun will include Grandfather Mountain’s Beary Scary event, the annual Halloween Festival in Blowing Rock, Ensemble Stage’s unique adaptation of War of the Worlds at Green Park Inn and a brand new exploration into the paranormal and 18th century Halloween traditions at Hickory Ridge Museum. Saturday is also your last chance to visit Tweetsie’s Ghost Train this year.


Bethel School Scarecrow Sprint and Fall Festival

Saturday, Oct. 29 at 10 a.m.

Wear your best costume and enjoy a fun 1.5 mile walk/run around Bethel Park! Adult run begins at 10 a.m. and the kids run will begin after. Candy will be given out . There will be inflatables and games for the kids to enjoy and lots of family fun for everyone. Participate in the walk/run for $10, a cake walk for $1 and get tickets for games and inflatables at four for $1. Unlimited inflatable bands are $10. All proceeds will support Bethel School’s PTSO.

The park is located adjacent to the school on Bethel Road in Sugar Grove.


Beary Scary Halloween at Grandfather Mountain

Saturday, Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Halloween on the mountain means an entire day of fun for all and an added chance to enjoy fall at Grandfather. Cost to participate is included in your admission to the park for the day, and kiddos in costume get in for half price!

Grandfather Mountain attraction is located at 2050 Blowing Rock Highway in Linville.

More information: Call 828-733-4326, contact mickey@grandfather.com or visit grandfather.com.


Blowing Rock Halloween Festival

Saturday, Oct. 29 beginning at 2 p.m.

The fun begins in the afternoon and continues even after the sun goes down at this annual festival, which offers an action-packed schedule of activities for all ages.

Sponsored by Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation, this Saturday night happening is a great time to sport you favorite Halloween costume, do some trick-or-treating in downtown Blowing Rock and find something new around every corner in town.

Here’s the schedule:

2-3 p.m. Spooky Stories and Creepy Crafts at Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, 159 Chestnut St.

3-8 p.m. Air walks in Memorial Park, Main Street

3-5:30 p.m. Games and fun house in the Recreation Center (white building by the tennis courts)

4-8 p.m. Hay Rides through Blowing Rock (meet at Memorial Park, Main Street)

5:30 p.m. Lineup at the American Legion building, Wallingford Street, for the Monster March costume parade

5:45 p.m. Monster March costume parade travels through town

6 p.m. Trick-or-Treat at downtown businesses marked with black and orange balloons

6:45 p.m. Deadline to sign-up for the costume contest at the Recreation Center

7 p.m. Costume contest at the Recreation Center

Immediately following the costume contest: Moonlight scavenger hunt at Broyhill Lake begins! Bring your flashlight and participate in teams (max three per group)

More information: Call 828-295-5222 or visit townofblowingrock.com.


Trunk-or-Treat at First Baptist Blowing Rock

Saturday, Oct. 29 from 6-7 p.m.

Can’t get enough Halloween fun in Blowing Rock? Immediately following the town’s annual Monster March, swing by First Baptist Church of Blowing Rock at 350 Sunset Drive for lots of cars, lots of candy and lots of fun!

More information: Call 828-295-7715.


Trunk-or-Treat at Historic Banner Elk School

Saturday, Oct. 29 from 5-8 p.m.

One of the most popular family Halloween events in the North Carolina High Country. Children (and adults) come dressed in costumes for a fun trick-or-treat experience from the trunks of vehicles. The festivities include a costume contest for kids, and a separate contest for four-legged friends. Be sure to check out the haunted house and hay rides. Come early for free face painting from noon to 5 p.m.

More information: Call 828-504-0771.


Ensemble Stage: War of the Worlds at Green Park Inn

Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Get ready – a Martian invasion is taking place right in Blowing Rock! Just in time for Halloween, join the Green Park Inn on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. to witness Ensemble Stage perform a unique adaptation of Orson Welles ‘War of the Worlds’ radio drama.

See how the original broadcast went out over the air waves and caused panic in towns all across the country! Ensemble Stage will be performing the original script, with one exception. The epicenter of destruction will take place right here in Blowing Rock! Viewers will be able to see and hear actors perform the script, complete with sound effects.

The performance will be about an hour long and is suitable for all ages! Tickets are $16 for adults/seniors and $10 for kids 16 and under. For more information, visit Ensemble Stage’s website.

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The Haunting of Hickory Ridge

Saturday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m.

Tour the High Country’s only certified haunted attraction and get to know the supernatural residents at Hickory Ridge Museum at 591 Horn in the West Drive. Learn about 18th century traditions of All Hallow’s Eve and find out what life was like then on the eeriest night of the year. Throughout the night you will take part in 18th century Halloween traditions, hear Daniel Boone’s encounters with the paranormal and learn the haunting history of our area.


The hour-long tours will leave every half hour with the first tour leaving at 7 p.m. and the last tour departing at midnight. This event is recommended for ages 16 up due to mature topics that will be discussed. Museum employees are available to talk to parents about whether or not this program might be suitable for their children.

For tickets and more information: Call 828-264-2120, visit hickoryridgemuseum.com or check out the event on Facebook.


Haunted Trail of Ashe County

Saturday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m.

On October 29th the Haunted Trail of Ashe County, NC will be open for their fourth year!

Thrill seekers of all ages are invited to brave the terror that awaits them around every corner!

A guide will accompany patrons through a trail of scenes including a torture chamber, butcher shop, swamp, and who knows what other scares await you!

All your nightmares will come to life Saturday, October 29th starting at 6PM.

The Haunted Trail is located at 175 Maple Avenue in West Jefferson, NC.

Admission is FREE!

The Haunted Trail includes live actors, special effects, music, and scary scenes that may not be suitable for young children. The Haunted Trail is recommended for ages 6+ however, parents should decide if this event is suitable for their child. Unfortunately, the Haunted Trail is not handicap accessible. Please be aware you will encounter fog, strobe lights, and loud noises. We are not responsible for scarred lives or wet pants.

So come on out to the Haunted Trail! We’re DYING to see you!

For more information, visit: http://www.northcarolinahauntedhouses.com/…/haunted-trail-n…


Ghost Train Halloween Festival

Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29 at 7:30 p.m.

Don’t miss your last chance to visit this year’s Ghost Train Halloween Festival at Tweetsie Railroad! The annual series draws to a close on Halloween weekend.

Tickets must be purchased in advance for a specific night and train ride times are assigned in the process. A limited number of guests are admitted nightly, so get your tickets as soon as possible and get there early!

Admission is $36 per person for adults and children, and children 2 and under enter free.

Once you’re behind the gates, check out the haunted house, the Halloween shows on Main Streed, the 3-D Maze, the Black Hole, trick-or-treating, the freaky forest, the warp tunnel, the Tweetsie Palace Spooktacular Black Light Show and the main event — the ghost train ride!

For tickets and more information: Call 800-526-5740 or visit Tweetsie.com.