Halloween in the High Country

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There is no better place to celebrate Halloween than in the High Country. Halloween falls on a Sunday this year, so be prepared for a weekend of fun filled events! The only thing harder than picking out your costume is deciding which events to attend!

Trunk or Treat at Historic Banner Elk School 

Sunday, October 31st from 5PM-7PM

The Town of Banner Elk’s Trunk or Treat is a must for families in The High Country! Be sure to come dressed in your costumes for a family fun experience of all ages! From a costume contest, haunted house and hay rides, there is plenty for all to enjoy!

Medieval Halloween Party at Buckeye Recreation on Beech Mountain

Friday, October 29th

Start your Halloween weekend off right with an evening of Trail-or-Treat at 6pm-7pm, where kids walk the trail by Buckeye and visit different stations to collect candy. Afterwards, we recommend staying for the Haunted Trail from 6pm-9PM (age 8+ recommended after 8PM)  where the whole family can enjoy food, games, and a kid-friendly haunted trail. Don’t forget to wear your costume and bring a bucket to collect your goodies!

Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train 

September 24th – October 30th | Friday & Saturday Nights

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What we know as the High Country’s Wild West of fun is transformed into the spooky, family-friendly Ghost Train. More ghastly attractions include a haunted house, Halloween Shows on Main Street, trick or treating activities, the Freaky Forest, a “spooktacular” black light show, and so much more. This is a crowd favorite and tickets are recommended to be purchased in advance.

The Haunted Factory, West Jefferson

Friday and Saturday nights at 7PM in October

Folks are raving about Ashe County’s creepy and cool Haunted Factory. This spooky haunted house—complete with ghouls, mazes, and screams—will surely keep you on your toes. Admission may only be $10, but the reaction on your friend’s face will be priceless. For more information, call (336) 977-9025.

Blowing Rock Halloween Festival

Saturday, October 30th From 3PM- 8PM

The agenda for the Blowing Rock Halloween Festival will blow your mind (no pun intended). Whether it be trick-or-treating downtown, a Moonlight Scavenger Hunt at the lake, or a Monster March parade at the American Legion, there will be plenty of family-friendly activities to do all afternoon. Plus, all events are free and prizes are given out for best costume.

Boone Boo

Sunday, October 31st from 3PM – 6PM

As the local favorite, Boone Boo puts the boo in Boone. Every year, Watauga County Public Library hosts this Halloween event filled with free entertainment before the kids embark on their trick-or-treating trek. Family and friends will love free games, arts & crafts, and costume “parade”. After the parade, stay for the spooky tour through the Jones House and trick or treat with local Boone merchants from 5-6pm. Download the full Boone Boo Guide Here.