Halloween is still a few weeks off, but as it seems to be the case with most major holidays, there is plenty to celebrate in the days leading up to the main event.
From pumpkin patches, corn mazes, festivals, haunted attractions and more, the High Country has several Halloween-themed activities for all ages to enjoy.
Following is a list of the major Halloween events in the area.
Ashe County Corn Maze and Pumpkin Festival
The Ashe County Corn Maze and Pumpkin Festival runs Fridays to Sundays through October. The maze itself is five acres and can take from as little as 30 minutes to up to an hour to complete. The pumpkin lot is at the entrance of the festival, where guests can pick and choose from a variety of decorative pumpkins, gourds and sunflowers.
Other activities on site include a paintball safari, pumpkin bowling, inflatables, face painting, tractor hayrides, corn hole and more. Concessions including hot dogs, BBQ, drinks and snacks are available and there is live music every Saturday night.
Located at 2152 Beaver Creek School Road, the corn maze and festival activities run from 3 to 9 p.m. on Fridays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 to 7 p.m. on Sundays. The pumpkin lot is open everyday.
For more information including costs, visit www.ashecountycornmaze.com.
Beary Scary Halloween
Join Grandfather Mountain from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28 for a “Beary Scary Halloween.” Included with regular admission, guests can enjoy a full day of nature programs about animals considered creepy and crawly. The day also includes opportunities to create animal enrichments, as well as trick-or-treat through the animal habitats. Children in costumes are admitted at half price.
For more information, visit www.grandfather.com.
Blowing Rock Halloween Festival
Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation will present its annual Halloween Festival in downtown Blowing Rock on Saturday, Oct. 28. Activities include spooky stories and creepy crafts at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, air walks in Memorial Park, games and a fun house in the Recreation Center, hayrides, the monster march parade, trick-or-treating in downtown, a costume contest and a moonlight scavenger hunt at Broyhill Lake. All events are free and prizes are awarded for the costume contest and scavenger hunt.
For more information, visit www.blowingrock.com.
Every Halloween, Oct. 31, the Watauga County Public Library and the Downtown Boone Development Association host this free family-friendly event. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. at the library with games and arts and crafts, followed by a costume parade to the Jones House Cultural and Community Center. At the Jones House, children can enjoy a “silly and spooky tour with tricks and treats around every corner.” Trick-or-treating with downtown Boone merchants begins at 5 p.m. and concludes at 6 p.m.
For more information, visit www.downtownboonenc.com.
Boone Ghost Tour
Mysterium Escape Adventure in downtown Boone presents “Mountaineer Mystery Tour” on Friday and Saturday nights through October. Explore the paranormal, ghostly spirits and strange happenings in downtown as a storyteller takes guests on a one-hour journey through dark streets, haunting back alleys and eerie graveyards. Hear strange tales of ghostly encounters and maybe even experience one of your own.
Tours leave at 7 and 8:30 p.m. each night. For more information including price of admission, visit www.booneghosttour.com.
Harvest Farm Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
Harvest Farm Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Valle Crucis runs Thursdays to Sundays through October. The corn maze is seven acres and the pumpkin patch features locally grown pumpkins. Guests can also enjoy hayrides. For those looking for more of a challenge, a flashlight maze opens at dusk. Participants must bring their own flashlights. Discounts for seniors and military are available.
Located at 3287 NC 194, the corn maze runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
For more information including costs, visit www.harvestfarmllc.com.
Haunted Horn: Curse of the Wendigo
The We Can So You Can Foundation, Appalachian Mountain Brewery and the Southern Appalachian Historical Association presents “Curse of the Wendigo,” a brand new immersive haunt, every Friday and Saturday in October at the Daniel Boone Amphitheater.
Become part of the action as you follow Joshua, a Colonial Captain, after he makes a horrible mistake that brings a curse upon a small settlement deep in the Appalachian Mountains. Unlock the mysteries behind the curse and find out the fate of Joshua and the settlers as you live out their nightmare. Journey back in time and choose your path as you wander down dark, desolate pathways.
While the trail itself is best suited for mature audiences, each night features live bands on the amphitheater stage, and the kid-friendly “Daniel Boo,” which includes entertainment and games. The Daniel Boo takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and the “Curse of the Wendigo” is from 8 to 11 p.m.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.828haunts.com.
The Hunger and Health Coalition is bringing back its annual Masquerade Ball for year three from 6:30 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Blowing Rock Country Club. The last two events raised more than $20,000 for HHC programs to help those in need in the community.
Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served along with a cash bar. The night features performances from the Appalachian Musical Theatre Ensemble, and there will also be fortune tellers and tarot card readers as well as a raffle. Dress for the costume contest with prizes for winners in the categories of most creative, funniest, most unique, scariest and best overall. Masks will be available at the door.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.tinyurl.com/ya9bxylr.
New River Corn Maze
On the historic Brown Family Farm beside the scenic New River, this giant corn maze offers more than just a challenge. Take a tram ride around the farm, pick your own pumpkin right off the vine and enjoy games such as corn hole.
Located at 660 Laurel Gap Ridge Road in Boone, the corn maze is open on Fridays to Sundays through October. Hours are from 10 a.m. to dark on Fridays and Saturdays and from 1 p.m. to dark on Sundays.
For more information including costs, visit www.newrivercornmaze.com.
Tweetsie Railroad Ghost Train
Tweetsie Railroad in Blowing Rock completely transforms when the sun goes down and the Ghost Train lights up. The festival continues on Friday and Saturday nights through Oct. 28. Attractions include a ride on the Ghost Train, a haunted house, Halloween shows on Main Street, a 3-D maze, the Black Hole, trick-or-treating, the Freaky Forest, the warp tunnel and the Tweetsie Palace Spooktacular Black Light Show. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. each night. Advanced tickets are required.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.tweetsie.com.