Halloween Events Roundup

Published 9:31 am Monday, October 26, 2015

Halloween Events
Scary Stories at Fort Watauga/Elizabethton
Thursday, October 29, 7:30 p.m.
Scary Stories at Fort Watauga is soon to be upon us! On Thursday, October 30th at 7:30 pm, the walls of the historic recreation of the fort will be alive with tales of haints and happenings of days gone by. An annual event not to be missed, Scary Stories is set inside the fort, creating a unique atmosphere for an evening of spooky tales geared to the entire family.
We are excited to welcome three exceptional storytellers to the fort this year; C. Keith Young, and the Front Porch Storytellers – Mary Jane Kennedy, and Chad Bogart. Each of these talented tellers is sure to bring a smile to your face and a chill to your spine!
C. Keith Young, Raconteur, has performed as the featured storyteller/emcee for the Virginia Highlands Festival, First Night Kingsport, Kingsport Funfest Showtime, Fayetteville Christmas Past Festival, Erwin Strawberry Festival, the Stone Soup Festival (South Carolina), Elizabethton’s Covered Bridge Celebration, Roan Mountain State Park Miller Homestead Days, Sycamore Shoals State Park, plus numerous appearances at Tellabrations and Jonesborough Days. His work as a storyteller, emcee, humorist and professional musician spans more than three decades. He serves the area as director of the off-campus teaching site in Elizabethton for Northeast State Community College.
The Front Porch Storytellers developed and co-founded by Mary Jane Kennedy, Sherri Hyder and Chad Bogart is actively presenting storytelling programs throughout the area and in Elizabethton. Be sure to check out their Historic Ghost Walks in downtown Elizabethton! They have been telling stories together for five years at many schools, civic functions, senior homes and organizations throughout the Mountain Empire.
Mary Jane Kennedy spent 30 years teaching in Orlando. She has a background in music, voice over, historical research and storytelling. She is the Co-Founder of The Overmountain Singers, The Homespun Storytellers and The Front Porch Storytellers. She has been actively performing in the area for the last nine years both in music and storytelling.
Chad Bogart comes from a long line of storytellers. His abilities are enhanced by a background in music, living history, and historical interpretation. Chad’s interest in scary stories stemmed from family ghost tales told by his Grandmother, and are a favorite among his listeners.
Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and make it a point to mark your calendar now for this exciting family event! If you would like additional information, please call Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area at 423-543-5808.

Downtown Trick or Treat Event/Elizabethton
Saturday, October 31, 3-5 p.m.
The Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Department and the Elizabethton /Carter County Public Library will once again be joining the Downtown Businesses in their festivities for the annual Halloween Downtown Trick or Treat Event on Saturday October 31, 2015 from 3-5pm.
The Parks and Recreation Department and the Elizabethton/Carter County Library is excited to host their section of this popular event by featuring free inflatables for the kids to enjoy, a live DJ entertaining the crowd, Mr. Bill Entertainment playing games and making balloon animals, a costume contest and a scariest scream contest for all ages to enjoy, and of course plenty of candy to give away.
For more information on this event please contact the Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Department at 423-547-6441.

Treat Street/Elizabethton
Saturday, October 31, 3-5 p.m.
First Baptist Church, 212 East F Street, Elizabethton will host Treat Street, 3-5 p.m. on Oct. 31. Come and enjoy an afternoon of treats, games, fellowship and fun.

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Beck Mountain Corn Maze and Haunting/Elizabethton
Now through October 31, starting at dark; no tickets sold after midnight
A ticket will first get you onto the HAYRIDE. Make sure to keep up with your ticket because the Hayride ends at MURDER MANOR. This haunted house has all your worst fears; so make sure not to wake the dead! If you make it out of Murder Manor alive you might just find yourself in the HAUNTED CORN MAZE. The Maze has 3 acres of goblins and ghosts. You better watch out because you might just meet your worst nightmare!! Maybe you can make it out alive?…Maybe not?? 110 Corn Maze Lane, 423-747-1190;423-543-1045 – bmcmaze@yahoo.com

Milligan College “Trunk or Treat”/Milligan College
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 6-8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
This year’s “Trunk or Treat” will be held in the parking lot of Milligan’s Faculty Office Building, located behind the McMahan Student Center. Parking for the event is available behind the Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts.
A safe and fun environment for children, “Trunk or Treat” gives area youth an opportunity to enjoy this age old custom in a new and exciting way. Milligan students will dress in costume and decorate their cars to house a variety of treats for participants.
“Trunk or Treat” is sponsored by LINC (Linking Individuals to the Needs of the Community). The LINC volunteer center is a student-run organization that connects Milligan students to volunteer needs in the surrounding community.

Haunts & Happenings/Jonesborough
Friday, Oct. 30, 6-8 p.m.
Be sure to visit Historic Jonesborough this Halloween — it’s “spooktacular.”
Downtown Jonesborough will be filled with costumes and activities of all shapes and sizes at Halloween Haunts and Happenings, an annual event that has been a tradition for area residents for over 30 years. Now, thousands come to celebrate this free family event.
Halloween Haunts and Happenings has something for all ages including trick-or-treating along Main Street as well as lots of games and prizes, face painting, fortune telling and even palm reading.
The Historic Christopher Taylor Log House will be transformed into a witch’s den, and a little storytelling and ghost stories will all be within walking distance.
One of the main features of the event will be Scary-oke by the Jonesborough Novelty Band, where the group transforms all the classic tunes into Halloween jingles.
The costume contest starts at 7 p.m. in front of the Courthouse with several categories including children ages 5 and under, ages 6 to 12, teens ages 13 to 18, and one for adults.
A group category and a pet category for your furry friends will also be part of the fun.
For more information, call 753-1010 or visit www.historicjonesborough.com.

Halloween Festival/Johnson City
Saturday, Oct. 31, 6-9 p.m.
Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, will host a Halloween Festival from 6-9 p.m., Oct. 31. Kids in costume will be admitted for $1; all others $3. Game tickets will be available for 50 cents. This event is open to all ages and will feature a “King and Queen” contest, inflatables, football toss, basketball shoot, dart throw and much more. Call (423) 461-8830.

Chills and Thrills Trunk or Treat/Johnson City
Saturday, Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m.
Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City, will host Chills and Thrills Trunk or Treat for all ages, from 5 to 7 p.m., Oct. 31. Bring the family and enjoying a little trick-or-treat fun in the parking lot, arts and crafts activities, a costume contest (6 p.m.) and warm apple cider. A pumpkin carving station will also be available for $1 per pumpkin. Call (423) 434-5750.

Monster Mash Teen Dance/Johnson City
Saturday, Oct. 31, 7-9 p.m.
Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City, will host a Monster Mash Teen Dance for ages 13-17 from 7 to 9 p.m., Oct. 31. Admission is $5 per person. Enjoy music provided by a local DJ with a few Halloween favorites thrown in the mix. Drop-off at 7 p.m.; pick-up no later than 9 p.m. Call (423) 434-5750.

Malloween/Johnson City
Saturday, Oct. 31, 5-8 p.m.
The Mall at Johnson City will host Mall-O-Ween from 5 to 8 p.m., Oct. 31. The event includes trick-or-treating and a costume contest.

Johnson City Trunk or Treat/Johnson City
Thursday, October 29, 6-7:30 p.m.
Memorial Park Community Center
510 Bert Street Johnson City, TN
Free trunk or treat for all ages
Participants are encouraged to wear a costume and join the staff for Halloween fun and candy. Registration is not required.
For more information, please call (423)461-4852.

Ruritan Haunted Forests/Jonesborough
Every weekend through October 31 – (last two weekends to open on Thursday)
152 Hales Road, Jonesborough
Features a storyline through each scene; New escape room, $10 per person
Designed by Paranormal Technology Investigations
Sponsored by Road Runner Markets, Paranormal Technology and other area businesses. All proceeds from Hales Community is put back into the community. The funds go to kids for Christmas gifts, school supplies and clothing.

Fender’s Farm/Jonesborough
Now through Nov. 3
Fender’s Farm, 254 Highway 107, Jonesborough, offers a seven-acre corn maze and three-acre Field of Screams through Nov. 3. Also available this year: Redneck Zombie Paintball. Call (423) 753-4469 or visit www.fendersmaze.com.

Saturday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.
Kingsport Town Center will host Malloween from 6 to 8 p.m., Oct. 31. Kids 12 and under can trick-or-treat from store to store. There’ll be a Kiwanis Club Halloween Carnival, inflatables, and a Halloween costume contest. There’ll also be a photo booth set up for ghouls, goblins and pets. Call (423) 246-3871 or visit www.kingsporttowncenter.com.

“Creature Features”/Jonesborough & Gray
Saturday, Oct. 31, 6:30 p.m.
The Jonesborough and Gray libraries will host “Creature Features” at 6:30 p.m,. Oct. 31, featuring black and white science fiction movies from the 1950s. The Gray Library will feature the 1951 horror/science fiction film that features Gunsmoke’s James Arness as an alien – short on dialog/long on hulking. In Jonesborough, there’ll be a double feature. Includes free drinks, Halloween candy, and popcorn. Admission is free. Call the Jonesborough Library at (423) 753-1800 or the Gray Library at (423) 477-1500.

Teen Halloween Party/Jonesborough
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 6:30-8 p.m.
There will be a Teen Halloween Party from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Oct. 28, at the Jonesborough Library. Students ages 12 to 17 are invited to put on their spookiest or funniest costume and take part in free activities, including a costume contest and games. Pizza and fun Halloween-themed refreshments will be served. Space is limited and registration is required. Call (423) 753-1800.

Stickley Farm Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch/ Bluff City
Now through Oct. 31
Stickley Farm Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch, 531 Timbermill Private Drive, Bluff City, offers a regular maze and a haunted maze through Oct. 31. Also available this year: Ziplash, a 1,000-foot zipline. Call (423) 306-9994 or (423) 306-2173 or visit www.thestickleyfarm.com.

Jonesborough Yarn Exchange Halloween Stories/Jonesborough
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m.
The Jonesborough Yarn Exchange will share untold stories of Halloween traditions and tales at 7 p.m., Oct. 28, at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough. Seating is limited, and tickets are available for $5 for adults and $3 for children. Tickets can be purchased at the Historic Jonesborough Visitor’s Center by calling (423) 753-1010 and visiting http://jonesboroughtheatre.com. Remaining tickets will be available at the door.