Haunts & Happenings 2019 (updated 10/17)

Carmen Musick • Oct 8, 2019 at 5:30 PM

Halloween is just around the corner and the region serves up plenty of fun and frightening activities to suit most any tastes. From haunted attractions that dial up the fear factor to the frolicking fun of hayrides and seasonal shows, there’s no shortage of options.

Here’s a look at some of the Haunts and Happenings on tap in coming weeks:


🎃 The Museum of Appalachia in Norris, Tennessee, will host Fall Heritage Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Friday in October. Oct. 18 is Pioneer Trades Day. Oct. 25 is Textiles and Heritage Arts Day. Advance tickets are on sale at museumofappalachia.org; events are free to museum members. Call (865) 494-7680 for more details.

🎃 The Kingsport Farmers Market’s Fall Festival will be held from 8 a.m. until noon on Oct. 19. Join in mini-pumpkin painting while supplies last. There’ll also be kids activities, carving demonstrations, apple butter making demonstrations and a pumpkin carving contest for adult and 12 and under categories. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. and judging starts at 11 a.m. For more details, visit kingsportfarmersmarket.org.

🎃 Unicoi’s Heritage Days Celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the Bogart-Bowman Cabin, 5012 Unicoi Drive. Designed to celebrate southern Appalachian Heritage, the event features exhibits demonstrating blacksmithing, forging, beehive-oven biscuit making, fireside cooking, quilting, basket-weaving and more. To learn more, call (423) 735-0517 or email [email protected]

🎃 The 48th Annual Home Craft Days Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Oct. 19-20, at Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap. The Opening Night Concert featuring John McCutcheon will take place at 6 p.m. on Oct. 18 at the Goodloe Center on the Mountain Empire Community College campus. The concert is free and open to the public. A reception will precede the concert, beginning at 5 p.m.

🎃 A Community Carnival will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 19 at Cassidy United Methodist Church (5801 Memorial Blvd) in Kingsport. The free event features food, inflatables, games, giveaways, face painting, music and more. Held rain or shine.

🎃 Fall Harvest at Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 19 at the Crockett Homestead. Join for a day of winter preparation as they shuck corn, dry pumpkins, make jerky and gather nuts for winter. Free.

🎃 The East Tennessee Historical Society’s Monsters at the Museum will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 19 at the Museum of East Tennessee History in Knoxville. The event will feature a variety of Halloween-themed children’s games, crafts and storytelling. Children can trick-or-treat at various stops around the center. Costume contest on the hour. Museum admission is free during the event. Call (865) 215-8824 or visit www.easttnhistory.org.

🎃 The Kingsport Public Library’s annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest will be held from 2 to 5 p.m., Oct. 21, in the library’s auditorium. Bring your own pumpkin and drop in anytime during the event! Basic decorating supplies will be provided or bring your own! Staff will take photos of completed pumpkins to be entered into the annual pumpkin decorating contest. Not able to attend? Bring your decorated pumpkin by the youth services desk to have its picture taken prior to the evening of Oct. 21. This year’s competition and event is open to all ages. Call (423) 229-9366.

🎃 Warriors Path State Park’s Third Annual Halloween in Campground will be held from 5 to  7 p.m., Oct. 25. Trick-or-treaters can walk through decorated campsites. The first 500 kids to visit the main bathhouse area will receive a small treat bag. There will also be a camper decorating contest. Parking will be at the pool parking lot. All vehicle traffic in the campground will be closed from 4:45 to 7 p.m. There is a $5 suggested donation per car to help support the program.

🎃 HandsOn! Discovery Center’s BOO!SEUM runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Oct. 25, featuring candy, science experiments, crafts and more. Be sure to wear your most festive costume and bring your own trick-or-treat bag! Admission is $10 per person for non-members ages 4 and older. Call (423) 434-4263.

🎃 Halloween Haunts and Happenings runs from 6 to 9 p.m., Oct. 25 with games, activities, contests and trick-or-treating in Downtown Jonesborough. Activities include barnyard train rides, pumpkin tic-tac-toe, scary-oke, a haunted house and more. The Spooky Pooch Palooza starts at 6 p.m. with a costume contest, treats and more for four-legged friends. The popular Costume Contest will return at 7:30 p.m. in front of the Washington County Courthouse. The annual Haunted Flashlight Egg Hunt for children ages 10 and up begins at 8:30 p.m. in Jimmy Neil Smith Park behind the International Storytelling Center. Bring a flashlight and be ready to get spooked during the hunt.

🎃 Kingsport’s Halloween Bash, with a costume contest featuring $1,500 in prizes, will be held Oct. 25-26 at the Kingsport Farmers Market. Doors open at 6 p.m. both nights with food trucks, beer, soda and water available. Friday’s event will be a concert featuring the Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band, Tuesday’s Gone. Local favorites Donnie and Dry Heavers will open the show. Saturday’s Halloween party will feature live music by the Benny Wilson Band, the costume contest and more. There is no age limit for Friday’s concert; Saturday’s Halloween Bash is for ages 18 and older (ID is required). Friday’s tickets are $15, advance; $20, at the door. Saturday’s tickets are $7, advance; $12, at the door. Purchase both nights in advance for $20. Entry fee is $10 for the costume contest. Festival vendors are cash only. The event is a fundraiser for Keep Kingsport Beautiful.

🎃 Kingsport Speedway’s Fall Festival featuring kids’ games, cake walks, racecar trunk-or-treat, costume contests and more, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 26.

🎃 Trick or Treat with the Symphony at 6 p.m., Oct. 26 at the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center in Kingsport. Wear your Halloween costume to the concert for a chance to win a prize. The Symphony of the Mountains will take you on an excursion through Disney’s “Fantasia” into current movie soundtracks. Adult tickets are $25; students and children are admitted free. Call (423) 392-8423 or visit www.symphonyofthemountains.org.   

🎃 David Crockett Birthplace State Park’s Trunk or Treat in Limestone will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Oct. 26 in the park campground. Campers are invited to participate by providing candy and treats, and by decorating RVs for the RV Decorating Contest. Donations of candy for distribution are being accepted prior to the event. Call (423) 257-2167.

🎃 The WNC Nature Center’s Howl-O-Ween event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 26. The event features games, spooky crafts, face painting, special education moments with animal ambassadors, food vendors and two costume contests (12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.) Regular admission rates apply. Visit wildwnc.org for more details.

🎃 Spooks & Spirits Costume and Cocktail Party, a fundraiser for March of Dimes, will be held from 7 to 10 p.m., Oct. 26 at Friendship Ford Bristol (3192 West State Street). Adult trunk or treat, 15-minute mobile haunted escape room, food vendors plus beer, bourbon and wine tasting. Must be 21 to attend. Tickets are $25. Visit eventbrite.com.

🎃 The Fifth Annual Brews and Boos featuring live music and ghost stories will be held from 8 to 10 p.m., Oct. 26, at Jimmy Neil Smith Park, behind the International Storytelling Center, in Jonesborough. Gates open at 7 p.m. The event will include ghost stories told by the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre, local authors, and storytellers. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets; ground seating only. In case of inclement weather, the event will move inside the International Storytelling Center. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at Jonesborough.com/tickets or at the Jonesborough Visitors Center by calling (423) 753-1010.

🎃 Haunts and History will take place from 4 to 9 p.m., Oct. 26-27, at the Museum of Appalachia in Norris. It will feature a trick-or-treat trail, filled with homemade and vintage candies and treats, as well as local storytellers sharing true and inspired stories about our Appalachian ancestors. Guests can also enjoy hayrides, live music, blacksmithing, pumpkin carving demonstrations, and festive snacks. For an additional charge, attendees can pick pumpkins from the patch or choose a pumpkin to paint and take home. Advance tickets are on sale at museumofappalachia.org; events are free to Museum members. Call (865) 494-7680 for more details.

🎃 The Fifth Annual Special Needs Trunk or Treat, hosted by Zachary’s Way Autism Awareness, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Oct. 28, at the Outdoorsman Club, 4535 Hwy 11W in Blountville. The event, for families with special needs children of all ages, will include sensory activities, food, non-candy prizes for children with allergies, and candy. It’s a judgment-free safe zone. For donations or more information, call Melissa at (423) 384-4398.

🎃 A Haunting at the Library will be held from 1 to 6 p.m, Oct. 31, at the Jonesborough Library. The event is free for all ages. Activities will include trick-or-treat bag design, paper lantern crafts, a doughnut race, and Halloween bingo. An all-ages costume contest will be held at 4:30 p.m. that will be split into three age groups. Themed food and drinks will be provided. Call (423) 753-1800.

🎃 Trunk or Treat will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Oct. 31, on Main Street in Rogersville. Activities will include a costume contest, music, fortune teller, face painting and trick-or-treating out of the car trunks. An award will be given for the best decorated trunk. Call (423) 272-2186.


💀 Paranormal investigating at Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site will be open to the public from 6 to 11 p.m., Oct. 22-23 and Oct. 30. S.R.S. Paranormal will guide the hunt as they use investigative equipment and teach the public methods of their profession. Limited to 20 participants per night, ages 12 and older. Cost is $25 per person. Tipton Haynes is located at 2620 South Roan Street in Johnson City. Email [email protected] or call (423) 926-3631 to register.

💀 The Warehouse, a haunted house attraction, is open from 8 until 11 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays. It is located at 313 Legion Street in Weber City, Virginia.

💀 The Hales Community Haunted Forest, designed to scare even the bravest of men, will be open from 7:30 p.m. until midnight, Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 2, and Thursdays beginning Oct. 17, as well as Halloween night. This year’s theme is “Al Capone's Blood Bath Forest.” Funds go towards school supplies for kids, clothes, Christmas gifts and helping less fortunate families with utility bills and food. A haunted escape room, haunted maze and zombie laser tag are also available. Call (423) 491-1473 or (423) 202-8349 for more details.

💀 “CarnEvil — Asylum” is open every Friday and Saturday from dark until 11 p.m. or until the last person is frightened through Oct. 31 at the Wise County Fairgrounds on State Route 680. Admission is $15 per person or $25 for a VIP package with two trips through CarnEvil along with a meet and greet with performers and some hot chocolate. Concessions will be available. For more information on CarnEvil — Asylum, visit Facebook at www.facebook.com/Hauntedfair.

💀 The Carters Valley Volunteer Fire Department’s Haunted Carnival Escape is open from 8 p.m. until midnight, Fridays and Saturdays, in October and on Halloween night. Admission is $10. The event is being held at 5740 Carters Valley Road in Mount Carmel.

💀 The Painter Hollow Haunted Barn in Church Hill will be open Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 26 and Halloween weekend, Oct. 31-Nov. 1. Admission to the haunted barn is $10, and 100 percent of proceeds will be donated to charity. For more information and updates, you can follow Painter Hollow Haunted Barn on Facebook.


👻 Jonesborough Repertory Theatre’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” will run at 7:30 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays, and at 2 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 17-Nov. 3. Tickets are $17, general admission; $15, students and seniors. The theater is located at 125.5 W. Main Street in Jonesborough. Tickets are available at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center, by phone at (423) 753-1010 or online at www.jonesboroughtheatre.com.

👻 Johnson City Community Theatre’s “The Rocky Horror Show” at 7:30 p.m., Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 17-Nov. 2. There will be one midnight performance Oct. 26. Due to strong sexual themes, parental discretion is advised. Anyone 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. General admission tickets are $20. VIP tickets are $25 with two available per show. Visit www.jccommunitytheatre.org.

👻 “A Spot on the Hill,” the original, research-based play, returns to the Old Jonesborough Cemetery for its sixth season at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 18-19 and Oct. 26. There will be 2 p.m. matinee on Oct. 19 and Oct. 26. The Oct. 26 matinee will take place inside the Jonesborough/Washington County History Museum. Tickets are limited and sell out fast. Tickets are $8. Proceeds benefit the Heritage Alliance’s educational programs and initiatives, including ongoing programming in Jonesborough’s historic cemeteries. Audience members should arrive 15 minutes prior to show time. Parking is available at the First Baptist Church and downtown. It is a short walk up East Main Street to the cemetery from the First Baptist Church lot. A golf cart courtesy shuttle will be available for guests who need it. This program is not suggested for children under 10 years of age. To purchase tickets, call (423) 753-1010 or purchase online at Jonesborough.com/tickets.

👻 Eureka’s Mystery Parlor’s “The Haunting of Horace Crawford,” including a three-course dinner, will be held Oct. 18 through Nov. 9. Costumes are encouraged, and the most impressive costume wearer will take home a prize. Tickets are $45 per person and may be purchased at the Historic Eureka Inn, EventBrite or by calling (423) 483-7242.

👻 The Fringe Art Group of the Tri-Cities (FRAG) presents “FRAGOWEEN SHOCKoRAMA,” a Halloween art show, concert and burlesque show, for adults ages 21 and older from 6 to 11 p.m., Oct. 19, at Model City Event Center in Downtown Kingsport. Featuring shows by Jalopy Junction and Buxom Belles Burlesque. Costume contest. Shop 40 artist galleries and enjoy free refreshments. There is no cover charge. However, this is a private event and you must sign up for tickets by emailing your name and the names of those attending to [email protected] To learn more, find Fringe Art Group (@fringeartgroup) on Facebook.

👻 “Dark Rituals,” presented by Northeast State Community College’s Department of Theatre, will be held at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 24-26, at the Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theatre on the Blountville campus. There is a special matinee performance at 10 a.m., Oct. 25, and at 2 p.m., Oct. 27. The play contains mild adult language and content not appropriate for audiences under the age of 14. Call (423) 354-5169 or www.northeaststate.edu/boxoffice for tickets.

👻 “Ghosts of the Nolichucky” takes place at 6 p.m., Oct. 25 at David Crockett Birthplace State Park. Spend an evening learning about the fate of those who lived and died on the Nolichucky River. Take a wagon ride to the Crockett Homestead, walk a lantern-lit hike led by a costumed interpreter and hear stories of those who came before us. The fee is $5, which helps support park programming.

👻 Exchange Place’s Witches Wynd will be held at 8 p.m. Oct. 25-26. Tickets are $10 each and sell out quickly. Guests assemble at the barn, divide into five groups, each with a lantern-bearing host to hear all five storytellers and wind through scenes related to the story just heard. Call (423) 288-6071.

👻 Kingsport Theatre Guild’s “The Crucible” will be held at 7 p.m., Oct. 25-26, and Nov. 1-2, and at 2 p.m., Oct. 26-27 and Nov. 2-3, at the Renaissance Arts Center and Theatre. A school show will be offered Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. Call (423) 392-8427 or visit www.kingsporttheatre.org.

👻 The Jonesborough Yarn Exchange’s Chilling Halloween Tales, featuring mysterious stories and eerie legends, will be held at 7 p.m., Oct. 28, at theh International Storytelling Center in Downtown Jonesborough. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online at jonesborough.com/tickets or call (423) 753-1010. Seating is limited, and reservations are recommended.

The complete list is available online at TimesNews.Net. To add your event to our calendar, please email the information to Carmen Musick at [email protected]

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