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Haunts & Happenings: October offers portal to fall fun

October 16th, 2013 4:35 pm by Carmen Musick

Haunts & Happenings: October offers portal to fall fun

Photo courtesy of the Mountain Empire Community College Haunted Forest.

Editor's Note: This list was updated with new events on Oct. 17.

October has arrived bringing with it 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 month.

To help you make those decisions, here is INK’s annual roundup of local Haunts and Happenings:

A-maze-ing Adventures

• 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

• 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

• 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

• 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

• 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

• 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

Band Festivals

• The 29th Annual Appalachian Classic Music Festival will be held at 3 p.m., Oct. 19, at Sullivan Central High School. Admission is $5. Children under 5 will be admitted free with a paying adult.

Friendly Fun

• Creation Kingdom Zoo will host “Ghost in the Darkness” from 8 to 10 p.m., Oct. 18-19, and “Boo at the Zoo” at 7 p.m., Oct. 25-27. Zoo is located at 1642 Snowflake Rd. in Gate City, Va. Call (276) 690-5450.

• Rocky Mount Living History Museum, 200 Hyder Hill Rd., Piney Flats, will host Spirit of the Harvest from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 19. Call (423) 538-7396 or visit

• Carters Valley Elementary School in Church Hill will hold its Fall Festival and Craft Fair from noon to 3 p.m., Oct. 19, at the school. There’ll be lots of vendors, food, games and inflatables. The public is invited.

• The City of Kingsport Parks and Recreation Department, along with InsideOut Tennis and the Mountain Empire Tennis Association, will hold a Tennis & Treats Carnival from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Oct. 19, at the Kingsport Farmer’s Market. This is a free family event that is open to all ages! Participants are encouraged to test their skills and abilities at various tennis skill stations scattered over the Farmer’s Market grounds. Halloween costumes are encouraged!

• Jonesborough’s Teen Movie Club will meet at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 25, 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 (423) 753-1800, or the Gray Library at (423) 477-1550.

• Hands On! Regional Museum will hold its second annual BOO!Seum from 5 to 7 p.m., Oct. 25, 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. Note: This event contains nuts and soy as well as small parts that may not suitable for children under 3. Call (423) 434-HAND or visit

• Tri-Cities Talent Costume Ball and Freak Show will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m., Oct. 25, in the Kingsport Renaissance Center Theater, located at 1200 E Center Street. 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 for details.

• Bays Mountain Park, Kingsport, will host its annual Halloween Haunt from 7 to 11 p.m., Oct. 25-26, at the park. Includes a Haunted Forest, which is not recommended for children under 12. Call (423) 229-9447.

• Church Hill Middle School will host the Panther Prowl 5K Costume-Themed Race/Walk and Fall Festival, beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing throughout the day, Oct. 26, at Church Hill Middle School. Car show from 1 to 3 p.m., corn hole tournament at 3 p.m., haunted field house from 6 to 9 p.m. There'll also be a silent auction, medallion hunt, concessions and craft vendors, as well as door prizes throughout the day. ETSU football coach Carl Torbush will be our special guest from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Registration forms are available at the school website. Visit

• 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., Oct. 26, 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 get in free. Tickets are on sale at Energy Fitness in downtown Johnson City or at the online at Find out more at or find us on facebook/littlecityrollergirls.

• East Tennessee State University and the General Hale Natural History Museum and Visitor Center at the Gray Fossil Site will host a day of Zombie Tag on Saturday, Oct. 26, on the ETSU campus. Proceeds from the day will benefit the museum and help provide state-of-the-art exhibits and science education. The day will begin at 10 a.m. with a Zombie 5K co-hosted by ETSU Campus Recreation. 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.” Tickets for the teen event are $10 and may be purchased online at

• 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.

Haunted Happenings

• 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 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

Scary Stories

• Scary Stories at the Carter Mansion will be held at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 24, at the Carter Mansion historic site in Elizabethton. Call (423) 543-5808 or visit

• Witches Wynd will be held at 8 p.m., Oct. 25-26, at The Exchange Place. Tickets required. Call (423) 288-6071 or visit

Spook-tacular Shows

• The Twin City Radio Theatre Troupe of King University’s Theatre Department will present “The Hitch-Hiker and Other Chilling Tales,” a trio of mystery-themed dramas from the golden age of radio, at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 18-19, and 2:30 p.m., Oct. 20, at the Theatre Bristol Artspace, located at 512 State Street in Bristol, Tenn. Tickets are $5, general admission; $2 for area students, and free with a King University ID. Call (423) 652-4800 or visit

• The Dobyns-Bennett Drama Department will present “The House of Frankenstein” at 7 p.m., Oct. 26-29 and Oct. 31, and at 2 p.m., Oct. 27, in the school’s Nancy Pridemore Theatre. Tickets will be available at the door.

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