Hawkins haunted events lead up to Rogersville's massive Halloween 'Trunk-or-Treat'

Jeff Bobo • Oct 9, 2018 at 9:18 AM

ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County always offers a variety of spooky Halloween activities during the month of October, and as has become tradition over the past decades, the biggest of them all is Rogersville's Oct. 31 massive downtown Trunk-or-Treat event.

The 10th annual Rogersville Trunk-or-Treat on Main Street is Oct. 31 from 5-8 p.m.

It's always one of the most poplar Halloween events in the region, with 30 decorated “trunks” handing out candy to more than 3,000 children last year.

Organizers printed up 2,500 free pass cards that were handed out to children as they entered the festival on the east end of downtown, but officials ran out of cards around 7 p.m., and kids were still going through at 8:30 p.m.

This years activities include a costume contest, live music, fortune telling, face painting, and of course, trick-or-treating along Main Street.

Businesses, churches and various agencies and organizations station their decorated “trunks” along Main Street, handing out candy to costumed kids.

There's also a contest for best decorated "trunk," which last year was won by Hawkins County Memorial Hospital, anchored by its Zipper Face nurse, whose costume was definitely among the most photographed.

The kids costume contest winners last year included "Pennywise" the clown winning the 8-13 age category, “Coppertone Girl” winning the 4-7 age group and “Chicken Little” winning the 3 and under group.

The Rogersville Chamber of Commerce is still seeking sponsorship for the event, as well as additional "trunks." For more information or to reserve a spot on Main Street contact the Chamber at (423) 272-8751.

Heres a rundown of other Hawkins County Halloween activities going on this month:

Slaughter Valley Haunted Corn Maze

The Slaughter Valley Haunted Corn Maze will be open Fridays and Saturdays all month, as well as Halloween night, beginning at sundown at 414 Caney Creek Road, just north of Rogersville.

Slaughter Valley is described as a "home grown haunted corn maze," and admission is $10.

The Old School House Haunted Forest

The Carters Valley Volunteer Fire Department has revived its annual haunted forest behind its station at the old Carters Valley Ruritan, located at 5740 Carters Valley Road, Mount Carmel.

For years the CVVFD Haunted Forest was a Halloween "must do” event, with all proceeds benefiting the fire department. Organizers say they're "bringing back the haunted forest on a whole new level."

The Haunted Forest is open every Friday and Saturday this month 8 p.m. to midnight, as well as Oct. 29-31. Admission is $8 per person, but groups of 10 or more can get in for $6 each.

Davidson Farm Pumpkin Patch Family Day

The Davidson Farm Pumpkin Patch offers a somewhat less scary option for Halloween fun.

The pumpkin patch is open all month Saturday 10 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 1-6 p.m. at 993 Carters Valley Road just north of Surgoinsville.

But the big event will be Family Day on Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. featuring live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, a clown magician, a petting zoo, hay slide, pumpkin painting, games and a bouncy house.

The big payoff, however, is when the family takes a hay ride to the pumpkin patch to pick out their own pumpkin.

Groups over 20 are asked to call Tiffany Wilson at 327-2070.

Regular weekend pumpkin patch days are $12 per person (2 and under free), but Family Day is $14.

Mount Carmel Fire Department Truck-or-Treat

The Mount Carmel Fire Department hopes to begin a new tradition on Saturday, Oct. 27 with its first annual "Truck-or-Treat".

The event features candy and games and will be held 6-9 p.m. at the Mount Carmel Fire Department, 213 Hammond Avenue.

LaFollette’s Haunted Maze

LaFollette’s Haunted Maze will be open Friday and Saturday all month at 3660 Stanley Valley Road, Surgoinsville.

The Haunted Maze opens at dusk and the admission cost is $10.

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