Fall Fun, Halloween Adventures & More in Asheville and Western North Carolina


October is quickly coming to a close, but the fall fun continues and the Halloween activities begin this weekend. Here are a few of the activities you'll find happening in Asheville and the greater Western North Carolina area. Start making your plans now! Find a cozy mountain cabin rental, sit around the fireplace on these cool nights, and enjoy all that this part of the state has to offer including scenic views, crisp and refreshing mountain air, and an ambiance all its own.

A Beary Scary Halloween at Grandfather Mountain
This Saturday, October 26, Grandfather Mountain in Linville hosts its annual Beary Scary Halloween from 10a.m. to 3p.m. It's a day filled with crafts, nature programs, trick-or-treating, and a costume contest. The Beary Scary Halloween adventures are included in the price of admission. Children who come in costume get in for half price!

You can find the Beary Scary Halloween full schedule of events here.

Howl-O-Ween at the WNC Nature Center in AshevilleHowl-O-Ween at the WNC Nature Center in Asheville
The Western North Carolina (WNC) Nature Center in Asheville offers up a howling good time during its Howl-O-Ween event on Saturday, October 26 from 10a.m. to 6p.m. Enjoy spooky snacks, hot chocolate, arts and crafts, face painting, a hay maze, educational animal programs, and more fun for all ages. Dress in your best costume and be there at 5p.m. for the costume contest.

Regular admission prices apply: $8 for adults; $6 for Asheville City residents; $4 for children ages 3-15; free for ages 2 and younger. Friends members get in for free.

The PEANUTS Pumpkin Patch Express
This is the last weekend that the PEANUTS Pumpkin Patch Express departs from the Bryson City Depot for an excursion based on Charles M. Schulz's classic story "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown". Enjoy a family adventure to the pumpkin patch, take photos with your favorite PEANUTS characters, as well as other activities such as campfire marshmallows, temporary tattoos, trick-or-treating, hay rides, music and more. Wear your Halloween costumes, kids!

Adult tickets start at $55 and children ages 2-12 are $31, under 2 are complimentary.

Guided Cemetery Tour in Asheville
On Sunday, October 27 from 5-6p.m., embark on a different kind of Cemetery Tour at the Riverside Cemetery. It's not a historic tour, but one that focuses on the history and meaning of cemeteries, graves and funerals. If you've ever wondered where the saying "six feet under" comes from, what the origin of the hearse is, and why there are a myriad of styles of gravestone markers, then this is the tour for you!

Ryland Brown, owner of Gateway Seminars and editor of the book If The Stones Could Speak, hosts the tour. The cost is $10.


The Haunted Tra
Halloween Fun in Western NCil at Highland Brewing Company
New to Asheville this year, the Haunted Trail at Highland Brewing Company offers family fun for all ages. The event runs from October 28-30 from 6:30-9p.m. each evening. Activities include the haunted trail, games, arts and crafts, live actors on site, food trucks and more.

Advance ticket costs are $8 for adults; $6 for children ($2 more at the door). For a more information and a list of frequently asked questions, click here.

Well, there you have it. There's quite a bit of spooky fun to be had this weekend. We hope you'll be here to enjoy the remainder of the month of October with us in Asheville and Western North Carolina. Drop us a line and let us know if you'll be here and what your plans are!


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