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Region readies for frightfully fun Halloween events

staff report • Oct 6, 2012 at 6:38 AM

Looking for some frightfully fun things to do this Halloween season? There’s no shortage of choices. From wicked-fast foot races to spine-tingling stories, there’s a plethora of ghoulish goings-on to choose from in the coming weeks. Here’s a look at some of the offerings:

• Appalachian Caverns will be “haunted” through Nov. 3. “Cave Hill Asylum” is located at 420 Cave Hill Road, Blountville. Email info@hauntedappalachiancaverns.com.

• LampLight Theatre will present “Harvest of Souls” at 6:30 and 9 p.m., Oct. 12-14, 19-21 and 26-31 at the theater, 441 Horton Highway, Fall Branch. Due to its mature themes and scary images, the show is rated PG-13. Suggested donation is $6, with discounts available for groups of 20 or more. Reservations are recommended. Outdoor concessions can be purchased from 5:30 to 9 p.m., nightly. Call (423) 348-7610 or visit www.lamplighttheatre.com.

• Fall Fest — featuring hay rides, games, a fortune teller, face painting, a scavenger hunt, camp fire, ghost stories and more — will be held from 3 to 9 p.m., Oct. 13 at the Sevier Terrace Recreation Center in Kingsport. Cost is $2 for adults and $1 for children, with kids 5 and younger admitted free. Donations of canned/non-perishable food items will be given to local food banks.

• “Glamorous & Ghoulish” is the theme for the 12th Annual Evening with the Arts, to be held at 7 p.m., Oct. 18 at the Downtown Kingsport Association. The event will feature arts, entertainment, and food and drink. Tickets to the black-tie optional event are $50. Call (423) 246-6550.

• Rocky Mount will host “Spirit of the Harvest” beginning at 11 a.m., Oct. 20 at the living history museum in Piney Flats. The event will feature demonstrations, craft classes, stories, apple butter making and apple cider pressing. Admission is $6 per person; members get in free. Call (423) 538-7396.

• Tipton-Haynes will host its annual Stories from the Pumpkin Patch program from 4 to 8 p.m., Oct. 20 at the historic site in Johnson City. Visitors can listen to stories around a bonfire or in the cave, take a hay ride around the grounds, tour the “haunted” house, play games and make crafts, and enjoy roasted hot dogs with all the trimmings. Cost is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children 12 and younger. Call (423) 926-3631.

• Sleepy Hollow, an evening filled with spooky fun and games for the entire family, starts at 6 p.m., Oct. 20 at the Abingdon Market Pavilion on Remsburg Drive in Abingdon, Va. Admission is free. Call (276) 623-5279.

• Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area in Elizabethton will host “Scary Stories” at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 25 at the Carter Mansion. For more information, call (423) 543-5808.

• Jonesborough will host its annual Haunts and Happenings event from 6 to 8 p.m., Oct. 26 throughout the downtown area, with trick-or-treating, games, scary-oke, ghost stories and more. A costume contest will begin at 7 p.m. in front of the courthouse. Call (423) 753-1010.

• Bays Mountain Park in Kingsport will host its annual Halloween Haunt from 7 to 11 p.m., Oct. 26 and 27 at the park. Admission is $10 per car. Call (423) 229-9447.

• Exchange Place will present its annual Witches Wynd storytelling event at 8 p.m, Oct. 26 and 27 at the living history farmstead in Kingsport. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased by calling (423) 288-6071.

• Kingsport Theatre Guild will present “Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe” at 7 p.m., Oct. 26; 2 and 7 p.m., Oct. 27; and 2 p.m., Oct. 28 at the Kingsport Renaissance Center. All seats are $12. Call (423) 392-8427.

• Jonesborough Repertory Theatre will present “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” Oct. 26-Nov. 4, with performances at 7:30 p.m., Fridays; 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturdays; and 2 p.m., Sundays at the theater. Tickets are $14 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors. Call (423) 753-1010 or visit www.jonesboroughtn.org.

• Believe in Bristol will host Pumpkin Palooza beginning at 9 a.m., Oct. 27 at the Downtown Center, located at 810 State St., Bristol, Tenn. There’ll be pumpkin decorating for children and trick or treating at participating downtown stores. Call (423) 573-2200 or visit www.believeinbristol.org.

• The Kingsport Area Safety Council will be at Kingsport Town Center for its annual Halloween Treat Bag Giveaway from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 27. Representatives will be located near Belk on the lower level of the mall.

• Children who come to the Natural History Museum at the Gray Fossil Site from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 27 will receive goodie bags and can try their hand at making a batch of slippery slime, hear ghost stories and more during Halloween in the Miocene. Admission is $6 for adults, and children get in free. Call (423) 439-3659.

• Revelers looking for a Halloween blast from the past can check out Natural Tunnel State Park’s Fall Harvest Festival, to be held from noon to 5 p.m., Oct. 27 at the blockhouse within the park. Members of the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association will take visitors back into time more than 200 years ago with demonstrations of traditional harvest-time activities. The program is free. From 7 to 10 p.m., guests can take a lantern-lit ride down to the last Lighting of the Tunnel for the summer. John Kilgore Jr. and Friends will provide music. Cost is $3 for parking plus the standard cost of the chairlift. Call (276) 940-1643.

• Johnson City Community Health Center will host a “Thrill the World” event from 2 to 5 p.m., Oct. 27 at the amphitheater behind the Cave on the campus of East Tennessee State University. Participants will attempt a world record for the largest simultaneous dance to Michael Jackson’s song “Thriller” at 3 p.m., and must learn the official choreography in advance or attend one of the practices at the ETSU CPA. A $1 minimum donation is required to attend. Register online at www.ttwjohnsoncity.webs.com.

• Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library will hold their third annual Zombie Walk at 5 p.m., Oct. 27 at the library in St. Paul, Va. Registration will begin at 4:30 p.m. Event will feature music by Manic Scum, concessions and door prizes. Admission is a minimum donation of $5; proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Library. Call (276) 762-9702.

• Doors to the inaugural Bel Rae Ballroom Halloween Haunting will open at 7 p.m., Oct. 27 at the Bel Rae Ballroom in Bristol, Tenn., and the festivities will continue until midnight. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple in advance, or $125 for a reserved table of 10; if space is available, tickets will be $20 per person at the door. Admission includes heavy hors d’ oeuvres, music by DJ Dracula, dancing and a cash bar. Costumes are required. Visit www.halloween.belraeballroom.com for tickets or more information.

• The Red Room will host a Halloween Dance at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 27 at 270 Industrial Private Drive, Blountville. Music will be provided by Kids Our Age. Admission is $8 per person or $15 per couple. Prizes will be awarded for the best costume. For reservations, call (423) 323-3770.

•Wesley Memorial United Methodist, 225 Princeton Road, Johnson City, will host Trunks of Treats beginning at 3:30 p.m., Oct. 28. All ages are welcome. Call (423) 282-6722.

• Downtown Kingsport will be the site of the Rockin’ the Hallows Halloween festival Oct. 27 in downtown Kingsport, beginning with the Haunted Half Marathon and Boo to Brew 4-Person Relay at 3 p.m. at the Farmer’s Market on Clinchfield Street. The event will also feature costume contests, trick or treating, a children’s corner, concessions and live music by Ivy Road, Wolf Creek and the Benny Wilson Band. For more information, visit http://rockinthehallows.com; to register for the races, log onto http://werunevents.com/haunted-half-marathon/

• Lakebridge Health Care Center in Johnson City will hold a Halloween Extravaganza for children 10 and younger beginning with trick or treating at 6 p.m., Oct. 29, followed by a costume contest at 7 p.m. Call (423) 975-0095, ext. 308 or email activities@lakebridgehealthcarecenter.com.

• Kingsport Town Center will host a night of Halloween Trick-or-Treating from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Oct. 30. Children 12 and under can trick-or-treat store to store while supplies last. Visitors can also enjoy the Kiwanis Club Halloween Carnival, Halloween photos and a Halloween costume contest, which begins at 6:30 p.m. on the upper level next to Music Masters and All Seasons. Cost to enter the costume contest is $2 per category. Call (423) 246-1697 or visit the mall’s website at www.kingsporttowncenter.com for details.

• The Bristol Mall will celebrate Halloween with trick or treating, a costume contest and other free fun beginning at 6 p.m., Oct. 31. Call (276) 466-8331 or visit www.bristolmall.com.

• Greg McClellan and Mike and Michelle Tankersley will host Nightmare on Cumberland Street, an adult Halloween costume party fundraiser, beginning at 8 p.m., Nov. 3 at Rascals Teen Center in downtown Kingsport. The event will feature music spun by DJ Ashley Hill, a full bar and free hors d’ oeuvres, prizes for the best costume and more. Admission is $10, with proceeds benefiting Rascals. Call (423) 378-5050 or email amy@rascalsteencenter.org.

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