Halloween in the High Country

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There is no better place to celebrate Halloween than in the High Country. Halloween may fall on a Tuesday this year, but don’t let that stop you from attending some of these fun community events during the weekend. The only thing harder than picking out your costume is deciding which events to attend!

Halloween Party at Buckeye, Beech Mountain

Friday, October 27

Start your Halloween weekend off right with an evening of Trail-or-Treat, where kids walk the trail by Buckeye and visit different stations to collect candy. Afterwards, we recommend staying for the Haunted Halloween Party where the whole family can enjoy food, games, and a kid-friendly haunted house. Don’t forget to wear your costume and bring a bucket to collect your goodies!

Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train Halloween Festival

Friday, October 27 – Saturday, October 28

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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 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 $7, but the reaction on your friend’s face will be priceless.

Blowing Rock Halloween Festival

Saturday, October 28

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.

Curse of the Wendigo and Daniel Boone

Friday and Saturday nights October 28

Halloween would not be the same without a ghost story. Now imagine listening to that ghost story while walking along an interactive haunted trail at the Curse of Wendigo and Daniel Boone. This unique Halloween experience journeys back in time to the curse of the Wendigo, deep in the Appalachian Mountains. Will you survive the settlement of the infected?

Not a big trail-walker? There is more entertainment at the Daniel Boone Amphitheater with beer, food, live music, and family-friendly fun.

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Boone Boo

Tuesday, October 31

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.

Grandfather Mountain’s Beary Scary Halloween

Saturday, October 28

Get back to nature—take Halloween to the next level at Grandfather Mountain. The Beary Scary Halloween is a unique opportunity to trick or treat surrounded by some creepy, crawly friends while exploring animal habitats. Children in costume are admitted at half price.


If you’re still craving the fall spirit, check out our guide to the best pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and apple orchards in the area. As an added bonus, stop by these local favorites and treat yourself to these fall specials.