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High Country Halloween Fun for Everyone; What Are Your Plans for Your Family’s Night of Halloween Fright?

by Madison V. Fisler

Oct. 29, 2013. Halloween is almost upon us, do you have your night’s festivities planned out? This year, the High Country has many different activities and festivities to offer for the entire family to enjoy, from festivals, to trunk-or-treats and much, much more. Check out what is happening for Halloween this week and make it a spook-tacular night to remember.

Halloween Night

Trick-or-Treating at the Boone Mall: Head out to the Boone Mall from 5-7 p.m. on Halloween night for some indoor trick-or-treating! Dress up in your spookiest costume and go from store to store for safe, family friendly fun including trick-or-treating, a pumpkin house and Halloween photos!

Downtown Boone Boo: Calling all pirates, princesses and children of all ages! The Downtown Boone Development Association, the Watauga County Library and the Jones House Community Center are excited to host the 13th annuah Boone BOO! Halloween event on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 4-6 p.m. The fun begins at 4 p.m. at the Watauga County Library where families can participate in crafts and activities. At 4:30 p.m. the children will parade from the Library to the Jones House 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. We hope you can join us for an evening of Halloween fun in Downtown Boone. For more information, please call 828-262-4532.

Trick-or-Treat for Tots: Bring you little ghouls and goblins to the residence halls at Appalachian State University on Halloween for a fun and safe trick-or-treat from 5-7 p.m. The participating residence halls are Cannon, Hoey, East, Lovill, White, Doughton, Summit and Cone. Appalachian students will be present handing out candy to kids in costume of all ages.

Newland Trunk or Treat: On Halloween night, Downtown Newland will host a trunk or treat starting at 4:30 and running until 7 p.m. The costume contest, held at the Guy-Braswell Annex, is open to everyone from tots to adults and begins at 6 p.m.

Banner Elk Trunk or Treat: Banner Elk will host a trunk or treat at the Historic Banner Elk Elementary School on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 5-8 p.m. This celebration will also include face painting from 3-7:30 p.m. and is completely free and open to the public. The celebration includes a pet costume contest, children’s costume contest, face painting and more. All of the fun starts at 3 p.m. and it doesn’t stop until 8!

Hayes School of Music Halloween Concert: The Hayes School of Music organ studio at Appalachian State University will present its seventh annual Halloween Monster Concert Thursday, Oct. 31, at 8 p.m. in the Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free and the public is invited. Costumes are encouraged. Featured during the evening will be Bach’s famous “Toccata and Fague in d minor” with special audience participation, the singing of “pumpkin carols,” a silent movie with organ accompaniment, free candy, costume contests and more.

Tuesday, Oct. 29

Deerfield Ridge Haunted House: Come and join the fun from 7-9 p.m. as we celebrate Halloween with a haunted house and trick or treating. Free food and fun for the whole family located at 287 Bamboo Road in Boone. Everyone is welcome and the event is free.

Friday, Nov. 1

Valle Crucis Haunted House: The Valle Crucis Haunted Schoolhouse will be open at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1. Tickets are $5 per person. Come if you date and prepare to be scared at the Valle Crucis Haunted Schoolhouse.

Week/Weekend-Long Events

Haunted Trail at Honey Scare Campground: Every weekend visit the haunted trail at Honeybear (HoneyScare) Campground from 8-11 p.m. There will be a Halloween movie shown at 8 p.m. and a scary movie shown at 10 p.m. Visit every weekend in October for some good, Halloween fun!

Haunted Valle: Walk the haunted trail for thrills and chills that will keep you coming back for more. This haunted walk through the Daniel Boone Woods is sure to be fun for all. This year’s trail will run from 7:30-10 p.m. through Halloween night. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for WHS students with valid student ID. The Haunted Valle is located at 1471 Broadstone Rd.

Downtown Boone Story Walk: The Story Walk officially beings Oct. 22 and will run through Nov. 6. Read a book page by page in the windows of local merchants in Downtown Boone. What a great way for friends and family to join in on a beautiful walk through town while enjoying a story great for all ages.

Ghost Train Festival at Tweetsie Railroad: It’s safe, scary fun for the whole family! Visit the Haunted House and the Freaky Forest. Step in to another world in the 3-D Maze and the Black Hole. Kids will enjoy the Halloween shows and trick-or-treating. And take a chilling journey on the Ghost Train – if you dare!

New River Corn Maze: Continuing through Nov. 1 this corn maze is located on Laurel Gap Road. The maze also includes a pumpkin patch and train and tractor rides for all ages. The maze is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until dark and on Sundays from 1 p.m. until dark. This great maze is sure to be tons of fun for the whole family.