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Spooky times: Halloween activities in NE Tennessee

Staff Report • Oct 28, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Thursday, Oct. 24

• Scary Stories at the Carter Mansion will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Carter Mansion historic site in Elizabethton, 1031 Broad St. Tales will be told by C. Keith Young, and the Front Porch Storytellers — Mary Jane Kennedy and Chad Bogart. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for this family friendly event. Call 543-5808 or visit www.sycamoreshoalstn.org.

Friday, Oct. 25

• Memorial Park Community Center Pool, 510 Bert St., will host a Pumpkin Swim and Paint Party from 5:30-7 p.m. Admission is $2 per person. Participants will catch a slippery pumpkin in the pool, then paint and decorate their capture. All ages are invited to join this wild and wet fun.

• Jonesborough’s Teen Movie Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Jonesborough Library. The film will be “Hocus Pocus.” The program is free and open to students in grades 6 through 12. Registration is required. To register, call the Jonesborough Library at 753-1800 or the Gray Library at 477-1550.

• Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 212 Sunset Drive (just above the Mall), wil have Trunk or Treat at 6:30 p.m. There will be food, fun, games, scary pictures and more. All are welcome. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/OSLC.TrunkorTreat or call 282-2313.

• The Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center will be hosting the fourth annual Pumpkin Walk on Oct. 25 and 26 at the 4-H Center in Abingdon, Va. On Friday from 4-8 p.m., there will be a Carving Party in Ratliff Hall. Every one is invited to carve pumpkins that will be featured in the Pumpkin Walk on Saturday night. All pumpkins, stencils and carving tools will be provided free of charge.

Activities will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. There will be a safe trick-or-treat throughout the evening. Walk the grounds and see more than 100 pumpkins carved and lit for display. A costume contest with prizes will be held at 7:30 p.m. The carved pumpkins will be auctioned at 8:30 p.m., with all proceeds benefiting the 4-H Center. Call 276-676-6180 with any questions. The 4-H Center is located at 25236 Hillman Highway.

• Christian Care Center’s annual fall festival and trunk or treat will be held from 5-8 p.m. at 140 Technology Lane. Businesses are invited to decorate a vehicle for truck or treating. Prize awarded to the best decorated truck. Arrive an hour early to find a space and set up before the main event. For information, call 434-2016.

• Hands On! Regional Museum will hold its second annual BOO!Seum from 5-7 p.m. in the museum ballroom. It will include treats, games, science experiments, arts and crafts and more. Wear your most festive costume and bring your own trick-or-treat bag. Admission to the event and activities are free (while supplies last). The exhibit area will be closed. This event contains nuts and soy as well as small parts that may not suitable for children under 3. Call 434-HAND or visit handsonmuseum.org.

• Tri-Cities Talent Costume Ball and Freak Show will be held from 7:30-9 p.m. in the Kingsport Renaissance Center Theater, 1200 E. Center St. The event is open to ages 3-14. The fee is $10 per family. There will be an age-appropriate haunted house, face painting, games, a costume contest and refreshments. Email Tricitiestalent@hotmail.com for details.

• Bays Mountain Park, Kingsport, will host its annual Halloween Haunt from 7-11 p.m., Oct. 25-26, at the park. Includes a Haunted Forest, which is not recommended for children under 12. Call 229-9447.

• Witches Wynd will be held at 8 p.m., Oct. 25-26 at The Exchange Place. Tickets required. Call 288-6071 or visit www.exchangeplace.info.

• “Harvest of Souls II” will be held at LampLight Theatre, Kingsport, Oct. 25-27 and Oct. 29-31. Shows are at 6:30 nightly, with additional shows at 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. General admission with a suggested donation of $8. Reservations aren’t required, but recommended.

This production sheds some light on the history of “All Hallows Eve” steeped in pagan customs. Tattie Bogal, an evil scarecrow, will entice you to enter her twisted world. If you aren’t careful, Muck Olla will deceive you into believing his lies as he unleashes his plethora of demonic spirits. When this hellish troupe comes to town for the second year, several teenagers who have forgotten the aftermath of the previous year’s festival are hoodwinked by the power of The Boogey Man, who is out to reap their souls. Some fall prey to his traps. Little do they know the eternal impact that this encounter will have on their mortal lives. Their destiny in the “after-life” hangs in the balance as choices are made under the influence of principalities and dark forces.

Mortality Room’s “Harvest of Souls II” is not for everyone. Due to its true-to-life situations and scary images, this show is rated PG-13. For reservations and information, call the LampLight box office at 343-1766, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. or visit www.lamplighttheatre.com.

• Theatre Bristol Young Actors Guild presents A Night Of Not-So-Scary Halloween One-Acts, Oct. 25 and 26, featuring “Ghost Hunters of Route 66,” “Touched By an Alien,” and “Superhero Support Group” written by D.M. Larson. The production features three separate one-act plays with intermediary acts performed by members of Theatre Bristol’s Young Actors Guild.

Audiences are invited to get into the Halloween spirit and come to the show dressed as their favorite ghost, alien, superhero, or any other not-so-scary character.

For more information, visit Theatre Bristol’s Facebook page or www.theatrebristol.org, call 383-5979 or email info@theatrebristol.org.

Saturday, Oct. 25

• East Tennessee State University and the General Shale Natural History Museum and Visitors Center at the Gray Fossil Site will host a day of Zombie Tag on the ETSU campus. Proceeds from the day will benefit the museum and help provide state-of-the-art exhibits and science education. The festival area, located at the intersection of John Robert Bell Drive and North Dossett Drive (between the Mini Dome and the parking garage), will have face painting, zombie makeup and photo booths set up for all guests to enjoy. The day begins at 10 a.m. with a Zombie 5K.

The Kids’ Event, for ages 5-12 will be held from noon-2 p.m. Zombie Tag for those ages 12-17 will be held at 2 p.m. on the main campus. A game for those ages 18 and up begins at 5 p.m. The goal of Zombie Tag is to “survive” the game. Each player is required to wear a black shirt over a white shirt, with the black shirt denoting “human.” As players are tagged, they must remove their black shirts to reveal their white shirts, which indicates “zombie.”

Participation in the 5K is $20 ($15 for ETSU students) and includes an event T-shirt. Tickets for Zombie Tag are $12 at the gate or $10 when you buy advance tickets online for the teen and adult events. Kids’ event tickets are $5.

More information can be found and tickets purchased at http://zombietix.com.

• The 5th annual Haunted Half Marathon and Boo to Brew 4-Person Relay will begin in Kingsport at 3 p.m. The race is expected to draw around 1,300 participants, many dressed in full Halloween costume. The half marathon features a flat double-loop course with bands, music and other entertainment along the course. The start, finish and all race activities will be located near the new Farmers Market and Kingsport Chamber of Commerce.

The Boo to Brew 4-Person Relay draws over 100 teams with four runners splitting up the 13.1 mile distance, with each team member handing off a wristband from one team member to the next.

Register at http://werunevents.com/haunted-half.

• A Kids Fun Zone will be set up in the Kingsport Farmers Market parking lot at 2 p.m. $5 admission for all ages.

• Rockin’ the Hallows Halloween party will be held inside the Kingsport Farmers Market building beginning at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 (sold at the gate or online at rockinthehallows.com), and include music from Travis O’Quinn, Catfish Frye Band, Ivy Road, Benny Wilson and Wolfcreek. A costume contest with a $1,000 prize for ages 18+ (entry fee required) will be held at 9:45.

• The Little City Roller Girls will present “Night of the Rolling Dead” — LCRG vs. the NRV All Stars from Christiansburg, Va. — at 4 p.m. at the Appalachian Fairgrounds Farm & Home Building. The event will feature costume contests, prize giveaways and “Zombiefication.” Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door, kids 10 and under free. Tickets are on sale at Energy Fitness in downtown Johnson City or online at BrownPaperTickets.com. Find out more at www.LittleCityRollerGirls.com or on Facebook.

• David Crockett High School is hosting a Fall Festival from 2-6 p.m. The event is sponsored by Pioneer Parents and Partners who work to support the school through fundraising and promoting parental involvement. All proceeds go to support DCHS.

The festival will feature something for all ages including Jonesborough arts and craft vendors, antique tractors and cars, emergency vehicles, a cornhole tournament, games and activities for children, karaoke, costume contests, cakewalks, an air rifle contest, Zombie Zones, and silent and live auctions. Barbecue, hotdogs and hamburgers will be some of the food items available for purchase.

Kids 12 and under may bring two canned food items for two free tickets to be used for games. Donations are for Second Harvest Food Bank. Call 753-1150 for information.

• Abingdon’s Haunted Jail will be open Oct. 26, Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 from 6-9 p.m. nightly, at Holston Mountain Artisans, in the old Washington County (Va.) jail, 216 Park St. The artisan co-op purchased the jail and the event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit. The haunted house is appropriate for ages 8 and up. This event doesn’t have the guts and gore that some events feature.

On Halloween evening the faint of heart and younger children can participate in a trunk or treat and harvest games. Apple cider, hot chocolate and baked goods will be for sale in the Artisans Annex. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children 12 and younger. Visit www.holstonmtnarts.org for information.

• Johnson City Parks and Recreation will host a free Super Spooky Saturday event for all ages at Winged Deer Park. From 5-7 p.m., families can enjoy arts and crafts, snacks, a pumpkin patch and more. From 7-9 p.m., participants can take a hayride through the haunted forest. Parents are asked to plan accordingly because the darker the sky, the scarier the ride. All activities will be held at the Robert Young Cabin, adjacent to the Park and Recreation Administration Office at Winged Deer Park.

For more information, call 283-5815.

• HOWLoween with ETSN will be held at Tractor’s Supply, Elizabethton, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This pet event includes pet photos for $5, a costume contest, spooky bake sale, free dog training demonstrations, microchipping for $20, and vendor booths. Proceeds benefit East Tennessee Spay & Neuter. Call 289-5548 or visit www.etnspay-neuter.org for information.

Volunteers are needed as well as spooky baked goods to sell and vendors to set up their own booths. Contact Michelle at ETSN.fundraiser@yahoo.com or call 437-3850 to participate.

Sunday, Oct. 26

• The American Cancer Society’s Bark for Life event will be held in Storytelling Park, behind the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough from 2-4 p.m. This dog-friendly event is a fundraiser for ACS. Activities include a “strut your mutt” pet parade, costume contest, trick contests, a raffle, vendors, demonstrations by a K-9 police dog and more. Sign up and begin fundraising at www.BarkforLifeWashington County.org. Donations should be turned in at the event. The top 13 fundraising dogs will be featured in the 2014 Bark For Life calendar by Happy Tails Magazine. Call 975-0635 or visit the website for more information.

• Duct Tape Madness Masquerade Ball will be held at The Charles, downtown Johnson City. This is a two-part costume competition and masquerade ball. All competing costumed must be made out of Duct Tape.

A children’s party and costume contest, face painting and activities, will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Beginning at 8 p.m., Plankeye Peggy will begin playing carnival rock, a gift shop will open with Duct Tape items available, face and body artists will be there and the organizers are attempting to set a Guinness World Record for the most Duct Tape used in one event.

All labels from rolls used must be presented at door for tabulation to be included in the Guinness Record. For information, visit www.ducttapemadnessball.com.

Monday, Oct. 27

• Milligan College will host its annual Trunk or Treat event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 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.

For more information, contact LINC at 461-8711.

• The Jonesborough Yarn Exchange once again brings the old-fashioned radio hour to the International Storytelling Center stage at 7 p.m. with songs, skits and stories dedicated to sharing untold stories of Halloween traditions and tales. The show will also be recorded for a future broadcast on WETS, 89.5 FM and is part of Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts.

Seating is limited, and tickets are available for $5 for adults and $3 for children. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the night of the performance, or at the Historic Jonesborough Visitor’s Center by calling 753-1010 and visiting http://jonesboroughtheatre.com.

• There’ll be a Teen Halloween Party from 6:30 to 8 p.m. 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 753-1800.

Halloween, Friday, Oct. 31

• Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will host a Halloween Festival from 6-9 p.m. 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 461-8830 for more information.

• Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites citizens to celebrate Halloween at the center, with two special events:

• Chills and Thrills Trunk or Treat for all ages, 5-7 p.m. 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.

• Monster Mash Teen Dance for ages 13-17, 7-9 p.m. 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 MPCC at 434-5750 for more information.

• Mall-O-Ween at The Mall at Johnson City will be held from 5-8 p.m. The event includes trick-or-treating and a costume contest.

• Ghosts and goblins will be roaming Walnut Street in Johnson City during the annual Trick or Treat on Walnut Street event from 3:30-5 p.m. All of Walnut Street will be participating, but the street will be closed to car traffic from Southwest Avenue to University Parkway. For more information, call 461-4550.

• Talking Heads Halloween Costume Contest will be held during Trick or Treat on Walnut Street, from 3-5:30 p.m. (winners announced at 5:30) at the Acoustic Coffeehouse’s Next Door venue, 15 W. Walnut St. Public admission is $5, all ages welcome. First place wins $50. Be judged by the weird and fabulous family of “Talking Heads.”

This contest is to raise public art funds for Southside Neighborhood (aka the Tree Streets) for a bike-inspired art project. For more information, call 833-8474, email vbudadesigns@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/artlandiajc.

Friday, Nov. 1

• Halloween Haunts & Happenings will be held on Main Street in downtown Historic Jonesborough from 6-8 p.m. This completely free event includes games, ghost stories, a costume contest and trick-or-treating.

——— Halloween-themed attractions ———• Cleek Farms and Corn Maze, 2233 Cleek Road, Kingsport, offers a five-acre corn maze and the Farm of Fears through Nov. 2. Call 765-3123 or visit www.cleekfarms.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 753-4469 or visit www.fendersmaze.com.

• 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 235-4796 or visit www.myerspumpkinpatch.com.

• 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 306-9994 or 306-2173 or visit www.thestickleyfarm.com.

• 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.

• Appalachian GhostWalks — Tours include locations in Erwin, East Tennessee State University, Tipton-Haynes, Johnson City, Jonesborough, Greeneville, Blountville, Appalachian Caverns, Bristol, Abingdon, Rogersville, Dandrige and Gatlinburg. Visit www.appalachianghostwalks.com or www.appalachianghostwalks.com or call 743-9255.

• East TN Ghost Tours — Certified tour guides light the way with a candlelit tour through some of the most haunted locations in East Tennessee. Most haunted tours are focused in the Jonesborough area. Visit www.eastTNghosttours.com, call 202-8348 or email kathy@eastTNghosttours.com or robb@eastTNghosttours.com.

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