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Dare to be scared: An Asheville Halloween

Kids love Halloween. Adults love Halloween. Pets love Halloween. Asheville loves Halloween, and here, you’ll find plenty of ways to celebrate the spookiest time of year. Whether you’re interested in learning about Asheville’s haunted history or wanting to experience something a bit scarier, there’s something happening for everyone. So take a break from the leaf looking and check out these Halloween happenings.

Maybe you love Halloween, but don’t exactly love the scarier aspects of the holiday? Well, you can now have your Halloween candy and eat it too with these family-friendly Halloween activities in Asheville. Eliada’s Annual Corn Maze runs from September 14 through October 27th and features a monster mystery scavenger hunt. There’s a jumping pillow (for adults and kids), tractor rides, tube slides, and more. 100% of the proceeds also go to support the children of Eliada. The WNC Nature Center hosts its Howl-O-Ween on October 26. Stop in to enjoy Halloween themed arts and crafts, face painting, a hay maze, and educational animal encounters. There’s also a costume contest so make sure you dress up. Downtown Black Mountain will host the 16th Annual Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade. You’ll love watching the pets strutting through downtown in their best costumes. There’s also a costume contest that will follow the parade. A truly unique Halloween experience is the Adventure Center of Asheville’s Halloween Twilight in the Treetops on October 26th. Take a climb in trees with this magical night-time obstacle course, which will be illuminated with more than 15,000 lights and lasers. On October 26th from 10am- 1pm, The Orange Peel, along with Asheville Pizza & Brewing, is hosting the Halloween Outdoor Kid Hop. This event will include an open dance area, live DJ, costume contest, Halloween crafts, bounce house, and Asheville Brewing beer on tap for the parents.

A great way to familiarize yourself with Asheville and learn more about Asheville’s spooky history is a ghost tour. You’ll have several to choose from as each ghost tour is unique. Haunted Asheville Ghost Tours was developed by a renowned paranormal expert and is the only tour that includes admission to the Asheville Mystery Museum. Ghost Hunters of Asheville offers 3 distinct walking tours- downtown Asheville, historic Montford, and downtown Black Mountain. The downtown Asheville is an interactive experience comprised of ghost stories, paranormal information, and Asheville history. Gray Line Trolley Tours offers a Haunted History and Murder Mystery Trolley Ghost Tour from October through mid-November. The iconic red trolleys will drive you around downtown Asheville and spook you with stories like The Pink Lady at the Grove Park Inn, the Ghost of Church Street, or the child spirits at the haunted hospital. LaZoom Haunted Comedy Tour is an adult-oriented comedy and ghost tour for those “who want to die...of laughter”. Recommended for ages 17 and up, beer and wine are welcome aboard the big purple LaZoom bus. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll scream during this 60-minute BOO-ze cruise. In celebration of Black Mountain’s 125th birthday, Black Mountain’s Historic Haunted House Tour will be a 2 hour long walking tour of downtown Black Mountain on October 25 and 26.

And is it really Halloween if you haven’t tested your bravery at one of the Asheville’s haunted houses and trails? The Haunted Trail at Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain runs from October 24-28. This family-friendly trail leads you through a maze of live actors, spooky surprises, eventually rewarding the brave with a party at Pisgah Park. There will be Halloween crafts, contests, local food vendors and Pisgah Beer on tap. Rated one of the best haunted houses in North Carolina, Pinhead’s Graveyard in Asheville is the longest-running outdoor haunted house in Western North Carolina. Here you’ll encounter some of Hollywood’s most notorious horror movie monsters, including Pinhead, Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, and more. About 15 minutes from Asheville, the scariest Halloween attraction is The Haunted Farm- a 50-minute excursion of terror. You’ll walk (and scream) your way through The Woods, The Farm, and The Haunted Hayride.

For the best trick or treating on Ole Hallows Eve, check out these locations:

  • Church Street in Black Mountain is a scene straight out of Halloweentown. Church Street shuts down for trick or treaters and every house is decorated for the evening. Community donated candy means the kids will score big

  • Montford is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Asheville, kids will love the endless selection of homes with candy while parents will undoubtedly fall in love with the historic homes.

  • Vermont Ave in West Asheville is a community dedicated to a fun, safe Halloween experience. The street is shut down to traffic and many of the homes will be decorated to the tens. 

  • South Slope for adult “trick or treating”. Costume contests, beer and Halloween candy pairings, and an endless supply of Asheville’s best breweries, South Slope is the perfect trick or treat afterparty location for 21 and up.

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