Halloween is just a few days away and with it comes a wide array of fun and frightening activities to suit most any tastes. From haunted attractions that dial up the fear factor to the frolicking fun of hay rides and seasonal shows, the area is rich with choices this week.
Here's INK’s latest roundup of local Haunts and Happenings:
• Cleek Farms and Corn Maze, 2233 Cleek Road, Kingsport, offers a five-acre corn maze and the Farm of Fears through Nov. 2. Call (423) 765-3123 or visit www.cleekfarms.com.
• Davidson Farm, 993 Carters Valley Road, Rogersville, offers a day maze and hay ride to the pumpkin patch on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 31. Haunted maze available by reservation for large groups. Haunted maze is open to the public on Halloween night. Call (423) 754-1547 or visit www.thedavidsonfarm.com.
• 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.
• Kim’s Crazy Corn Maze, Walnut Tree Farm, Highway 58, Castlewood, Va., offers an old-fashioned hay ride and four-acre maze. Call (276) 762-5481 or (276) 254-9661 or visit www.kimscrazycornmaze.net.
• Myers Farm, 3415 Gap Creek Road, Bulls Gap, offers a 24-acre corn maze and a 9-acre Trail of Terror through Oct. 31. Call (423) 235-4796 or visit www.myerspumpkinpatch.com/.
• Punkin Patch Farm, 984 Cowans Creek Road, Nickelsville, Va., offers a small maze, hay rides, live music and a petting zoo through Oct. 31. Call (276) 479-3228 or visit the Punkin Patch Farm Facebook page.
• 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.
• There'll 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.
• Milligan College will host its annual Trunk or Treat event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Oct. 28. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held in the parking lot of Milligan’s Faculty Office Building, a new location for the festivities. The building is located behind Milligan’s McMahan Student Center, and parking for the event is available behind the Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts. Milligan students will dress in costume and decorate their cars to house a variety of treats for participants. Trunk or Treat is sponsored by 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. Call (423) 461-8711.
• 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.
• The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office will host its annual Trunk-or-Treat from 6 to 9 p.m., Oct. 31, at the sheriff's office located at 140 Blountville Bypass in Blountville. The event was started five years ago by Sheriff Wayne Anderson to create a safer environment for children to collect candy and to give them an opportunity to meet officers. In addition to various displays set up in the parking lot, children can also check out the haunted house inside the SCSO. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Children should bring a bag to collect candy.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• Halloween Haunts & Happenings will be held on Main Street in downtown Historic Jonesborough from 6 to 8 p.m., Nov. 1. This completely free event includes games, ghost stories, a costume contest and trick-or-treating.
• The Mountain Empire Community College Haunted Forest, 3441 Mountain Empire Road, Big Stone Gap, Va., is open from 7 to 11 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, throughout October. Admission is $5 per victim. This is an outdor event, so please wear appropriate shoes. The Haunted Forest is not recommended for ghouls under age 10. Visit www.mecc.edu or call (276) 523-2400.
• The Painter Hollow Haunted Barn, 337 Montgomery Ave., Church Hill, opens at dusk on Fridays and Saturdays in October. Visit the Painter Hollow Haunted Barn Facebook page for details.
• The Backwoods Haunted House in Lee County, Va., is open weekends throughout October. For details and directions, visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/backwoodshh.
Spook-tacular Stories & Shows
• The Dobyns-Bennett Drama Department will present “The House of Frankenstein” at 7 p.m., Oct. 26-29 and Oct. 31, in the school’s Nancy Pridemore Theatre. Tickets are $5 each and will be available at the door.
• 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.