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Originally published: 2012-10-25 15:20:18
Last modified: 2012-10-25 15:34:27

All about Halloween

Avery County takes its spooks and specters seriously every October, and this year’s Halloween festivities are no exception. Listed below are details on just some of the many Halloween celebrations planned around the county. Peruse the list below to make plans to celebrate Halloween all week long!

Thursday, Oct. 25

Healthy Halloween

Healthy Halloween will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Rock Gym in Newland. A variety of health-oriented services will be on hand, and the Red Cross Bloodmobile will also be on site from 1 to 5 p.m.

Roan Highlands Nursing Center Halloween Festival

Roan Highlands Nursing Center will host its annual Halloween Festival from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, at its location at 140 Buck Creek Road, Roan Mountain, Tenn. The festival will include trick-or-treat bags, candy, games, food, a cakewalk and a haunted trail. For more information, call (423) 772-0161.

Friday, Oct. 26

Teen Halloween Dance

Mountain Expo will host a Halloween Spooktacular Dance from 9 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Oct. 26, at its Micaville location. Entry is $8 or $5 in a costume. A special gift bag will be available for the first 100 teens. The dance will include door prizes, costume contests and a $50 prize for the teen who sends the most Facebook invites. For more information, click to

Saturday, Oct. 27

Beary Scary Halloween on Grandfather

Grandfather Mountain will host a “Beary Scary Halloween” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Grandfather Mountain animal habitats. Halloween activities are included with regular admission, but kids ages 4 to 12 in costume get in for half price. Children under 4 years of age always receive free admission. Activities will include cookie decorating, crafts, a special bat program, scary stories by storyteller Maggie Christenbury and a “creepy, crawly critters” program. For more information, call Grandfather Mountain at (828) 733-8715.

Trunk or Treat at Elk Park Christian
Elk Park Christian Church at 220 Old Mill Road, Elk Park, will host a Trunk or Treat from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. The Trunk or Treat will include treats, games and hot drinks.

Wednesday, Oct. 31

Newland: Trick or Treat in Town

Newland Business Association is sponsoring Trick or Treat in Town in Newland beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Goodies will be available along Main Street and a costume contest with five age categories and prizes will begin at 6 p.m. at the Guy-Braswell Annex below Morrison Public Library.

Elk Park: Trick or Treat on Main Street

Elk Park is planning its inaugural Trick or Treat on Main Street for 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. All businesses and individuals are invited to participate. Bring your car, a table and plenty of decorations. Once the event begins, Main Street will be closed for safety. For more information, call Elk Park Town Hall at (828) 733-9573.

Crossnore First Baptist Trunk or Treat

Crossnore First Baptist Church will host a Trunk or Treat celebration from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. The celebration will include fall festival games, a hayride and trunk or treating.