Burke County and the surrounding areas will have plenty of spooky fun activities to offer as Halloween approaches:
» The Sleepy Hollow Experience: Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 24-27 and Oct. 31 to Nov. 3
The Mountainside Theatre at 688 Drama Road in Cherokee will present "The Sleepy Hollow Experience" Thursday through Sunday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Oct. 24-27 and Oct. 31 to Nov. 3. The show is a modern retelling of the "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" portrayed in a 360-degree theatrical experience. Action will take place all around the audience. The production is a re-imagining of the tale that was named one of the "Top Five Halloween Plays" in the U.S. by "American Theatre" magazine. Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for children ages 12 and younger. To purchase tickets, visit www.cherokeehistorical.org
» Ghost tours: Oct. 25-26
The city of Morganton will offer special “Ghost Tours” of the downtown area at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Oct. 25 and 26 starting on the grounds of the old Burke County courthouse at the Sen. Sam Ervin statue. During the 1.5 hour walking tour, a guide will share tales of strange sightings, folklore and local history dating back more than 500 years. Tickets are $5 each. For more information, contact the Morganton Main Street office at 828-438-5280 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
» Spooky Meadows Haunted Hayrides: Oct. 25-26
The city of Morganton and the Morganton Department of Parks and Recreation will offer their annual Spooky Meadows Haunted Hayrides from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26, at Catawba Meadows Park. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children from pre-K to age 12. Toddlers and those younger may attend for free.
» Fall Festival and Haunted Library: Friday, Oct. 25
The Morganton branch of the Burke County Public Library will hold a Fall Festival and Haunted Library event from 3-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25. The free celebration will include trick-or-treating on the front lawn of the library, scary stories with Nanny P, Halloween-themed crafts, a performance by The Dance Factory, paranormal presentations and haunted tours of the library. Lucky Dogs Food Truck will sell food onsite. In case of rain, most activities will be moved indoors. For more information, contact the library at 828-764-9260.
» Trunk-or-Treat: Friday, Oct. 25
Myra's famous Friday Night Cruise-In will hold a Trunk-or-Treat event at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25 at 212 Main St. in Valdese. The celebration will include a special guest from Lake Hickory Haunts. All costumed trick-or-treaters are invited.
» Candy Crawl and Costume Contest: Friday, Oct. 25
The city of Hickory will present its annual Candy Crawl and Costume Contest from 4-5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, at Union Square. Costumed children ages 12 and younger are invited to the celebration, which will feature candy distributed by local businesses and pumpkin painting. A costume contest will take place at 5 p.m. Parents can register their children at the HDDA booth that will be located near the Sails between 3:45-4:45 p.m. Three categories of costumes will be judged by the Hickory Community Theatre Guild: ages birth to 6, ages 7-12 and families. Winners in each category will receive tickets for a family of four to see the HCT's production of "Newsies." For more information, contact the Hickory Downtown Development Association, who is sponsoring the event, at 828-322-1121 or email@example.com.
» Historic Haunted House Tour: Oct. 25-26
The town of Black Mountain will host its Historic Haunted House Tour with tours taking place every half-hour from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, and Saturday, Oct. 26, starting at the Swannanoa Valley Museum and History Center at 223 W. State St. in Black Mountain. The tour will take visitors to some of the oldest structures in the town, where costumed guides will spooky tales of the town's history. At the final stop on the tour, guests will be treated to live music and a light meal. Tickets are $25 for museum members and $35 for non-members. Proceeds will support the museum. For more information, contact 828-669-9566.
» Trunk or Treat: Friday, Oct. 25
Shiloh AME Church at 1323 Powerhouse Road in Morganton will hold a Trunk or Treat event as part of its fall festival from 6-8:30 p.m. The event will include a costume contest, prizes, food and candy.
» Spooktacular Family Fun Festival: Saturday, Oct. 26
Faith Community Church at 2670 Shady Grove Road in Connelly Springs will hold its 5th annual Spooktacular Family Fun Festival from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. The celebration will feature a haunted house, a world-famous illusionist, music, games, refreshments and candy.
» Trunk or Treat: Saturday, Oct. 26
Augustana Lutheran Church at 1523 16th St. SE in Hickory will hold a Trunk or Treat celebration from 5-8 p.m. The event will include free hot dogs, candy and music. For more information, contact the church at 828-328-6706.
» Beary Scary Halloween: Saturday, Oct. 26
Grandfather Mountain will present a "Beary Scary Halloween" from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. The event will include trick-or-treating, spooky arts and crafts, enrichment-making activities and a costume contest. General admission prices are $22 for people ages 13 and older and $9 for children ages 4-12. Children ages 3 and younger may attend for free. Children who attend in costumes will be admitted for half-price. For more information, visit www.grandfather.com.
» Maggie Valley Monster Mash: Saturday, Oct. 26
The Maggie Valley Monster Mash will take place from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Maggie Valley Pavilion at 3987 Soco Road in Maggie Valley. The event will feature a Halloween dance party, haunted house, costume contests, cake walk, kids' games, cookie decorating, refreshments and more. Admission is $5 per person or $20 for a family. Children under 3 may attend for free. Admission to the haunted house is an additional $2. Proceeds will benefit the Maggie Valley New Year's Eve event at Market Square. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
» Fall Festival: Wednesday, Oct. 30
Gibbs Chapel Wesleyan Church at 1741 Jamestown Road in Morganton will hold its annual Fall Festival from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30. The celebration will feature a trunk-or-treat, bounce house, crafts, face-painting, hayride and a hot dog supper.
» Downtown Halloween Spooktacular: Thursday, Oct. 31
The city of Morganton will hold its Downtown Halloween Spooktacular from 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, on the grounds of the old Burke County courthouse. Surrounding businesses with ghosts hanging in their windows will distribute candy. A map of participating businesses is available at www.downtownmorganton.com. The event will include a carnival with inflatables, games and activities and a costume contest. The costume contest is free to enter and is open to children from birth to 10-years-old, as well as families of three or more. Registration for the contest will open at 3:30 p.m., and judging will take place at 5 p.m. Downtown Bucks will be awarded for first, second and third-place winners in four age group categories. For more information, contact the Morganton Main Street office at 828-438-5280 or email@example.com.
» Great Pumpkin Party: Thursday, Oct. 31
First Baptist Church of Morganton will hold its annual Great Pumpkin Party from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31. The celebration, which is free to attend, will include bounce houses, games, refreshments, a cake walk contest and lots of candy. For more information, contact the church at 828-437-2544.
» Treats in the Streets: Thursday, Oct. 31
The town of Valdese and the Valdese Merchants’ Association will hold its annual “Treats in the Streets” celebration starting at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, in the downtown area. Local merchants will distribute candy from 4-6 p.m. Candy goes fast, so come early and your trick-or-treater will not be disappointed. The Silver Sneakers Dancers will give a special performance in front of the Wells Fargo parking lot on Main Street. Special guest “Mother Gothel” from Disney’s “Tangled” will mingle with visitors to choose the best 10 costumes. Best costume winners will be presented with a special medal, trophy and cash prize. Treats in the Streets will kick off the fall season in Valdese. Numerous other events will be offered to celebrate the upcoming holidays. For more information on events in Valdese, contact 828-879-2129 or go to visitvaldese.com.
» Trunk or Treat: Thursday, Oct. 31
Denton's Chapel United Methodist Church at 5358 Denton's Chapel Road in Morganton will host a Trunk or Treat celebration from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Food will be served inside.
» Trunk-n-Treat: Thursday, Oct. 31
First Baptist Church of Glen Alpine at 205 Church St. will hold a Trunk-n-Treat from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The celebration is free and open to the community.
» Trunk or Treat: Thursday, Oct. 31
Walker Road Baptist Church at 100 Walker Road in Morganton will hold a Trunk or Treat celebration from 6-8 p.m.
» Take a Treat: Thursday, Oct. 31
Morganton Church of Christ at 404 Lenoir Road will hold a Take a Treat celebration from 4-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31.