High Country 2020 Fall Family Fun

Can you believe that fall is just around the corner? We want to share ways you can have fun this fall. Please keep checking back as we will add to this post as we receive information.

Families love a good corn maze and pumpkin patch!

New River Corn Maze – They are opening the weekend of September 19.

Days and Hours: Friday and Saturday 10 am until dark and Sunday 1 pm until dark. Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, they are not operating the ride this year or selling drinks and snacks. They encourage families to bring picnic blankets as well as their own snacks and drinks for optimum health safety and comfort.

Address: 556 Laurel Gap Ridge Rd, Boone, NC 28607
Website: http://www.newrivercornmaze.com/


Watauga Parks and Recreation – Trunk-or-treat is happening Thursday, October 29th from 5-7 p.m. This is a drive thru ONLY event for trick-or-treaters. The neighborhood will be set up in the new Watauga Community Recreation Center parking lot. RAIN OR SHINE EVENT.


Beech Mountain’s Halloween Party and Trail or Treat – October 30th 6pm ($5)
Buckeye Recreation Center, Beech Mountain
Zombies are everywhere! Stock up on candy from the trail or treat and then head out on the haunted trail.


West Jefferson Drive Thru Trick or Treat – October 31st 3-5pm
Enter off Second Ave to continue down the backstreet
Handing out prepacked bags.


Drive Thru Halloween @ The Playhouse – Drive Thru Halloween at The Children’s Playhouse will be held from 4:00 pm to 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 31st. This is free but you must register to participate. The Playhouse will be handing out treat bags via a pumpkin chute off of our porch. The bags will contain a simple craft and individually wrapped chocolate and cookies. The bags will have been packed and sealed for several days prior to Halloween.

Visit The Children’s Playhouse to learn more about the play kits they are offering families.


Howard’s Creek Church Trunk or Treat on October 31st (4-6 pm)

Address: 240 Howard’s Creek Rd, Boone, NC 28607


Apple Hill Farm – Reservations are required. The tour is generally 45 to 60 minutes in length and is a guided walking tour. The tour is all outdoors, so come dressed for the weather. Note that this is a real working fiber farm! Your tour will be an educational tour where you learn about the animals who live and play at Apple Hill Farm. Most of the animals are very friendly, but they are not a petting zoo and let the animals choose if they will come over to interact with the tour or not.


Neighborhood and Community Fall Fun Ideas

Maria Bailey, CEO of BSM Media, shares creative ideas that families can enjoy in their neighborhoods this year.

Wagon parades and costume sidewalk shows will lead the way as new Halloween celebrations this year. 

Moms are innovative and social distancing is no challenge for their creativity in making memories for their children.  Radio Flyer and Little Tikes can expect to see spikes in sales as moms turn their wagons into Pinterest-worthy costume extensions with their children comfortably seated inside.  Ask yourself how your brand can fill those wagons with treats?

Drive-by trick or treating and porch treat drops will replace door to door trick or treating for 2020.

Drive-by trick or treating and porch treat drops will replace door to door trick or treating for 2020. Forty-seven percent of moms surveyed say they will participate in drive-by trick or treating if today’s conditions persist in October. Smart brands like Party City are on trend now offering car decorations, door drop favors and yard decorations that support these new celebrations.

Booing will be the most used verb of the 2020 Halloween season. 

Not sure what “booing” is? Don’t worry, we won’t leave you in the dark.  Booing is the act of leaving treats or decorations at the home of a neighbor with no indication of where they came from.  The surprise is fun and leaves friends wondering “who is the ghost who left his mark?” This is great news for home décor, snack foods and small toy brands.  Booing is an opportunity for incremental sales during the preholiday season.

Drive-in at Valle Crucis Fairgrounds

The Hunger and Health Coalition (HHC) is Watauga County’s biggest Food Pantry and only Free Pharmacy! They provide services so that no one in our community needs to make the choice between affording their medication or affording to eat. They provide quality treatment for individuals with low income and provide food and other necessities to help our neighbors in need get a leg up.

HHC is hosting a family-friendly Drive-in Fundraiser at the Valle Crucis Fairgrounds. Let’s help them make this fundraiser a huge success!

Find tickets on Facebook here: Beetlejuice |  Hocus Pocus

Beech Mtn Announces Fall Outdoor Activities

We live in such a beautiful area to enjoy the outdoors. Fall is no exception. Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation has announced its fall lineup of outdoor activities.

Also as a reminder, Beech has two canoes and a kayak that you can reserve to enjoy a beautiful outing on their Buckeye Lake. Reserve your date and time here. There is no charge.

2019 Boone BOO!

Calling all pirates, princesses, and children of all ages! Every Halloween, the Town of Boone hosts this popular, family event in downtown Boone for kids of all ages.

Arts & Crafts, Apple Tastings, & Magic Show at the Watauga County Public Library beginning at 4:00 PM

Twist the Balloon Man at the Jones House from 4:30 – 6:30 PM

A spooky and silly haunted house tour of the Jones House from 4:30 – 6:30 PM.

Trick-or-Treating with downtown merchants from 4:30 – 6:30 PM

Appalachian State Hosts 2019 Trick-or-Treat Event

It’s time to finalize the family’s costumes because next week is the fun and exciting Trick-or-Treat event at Appalachian State University’s dorms!

Please bring non-perishable food donations and check-in at the East Hall Parking lot tent before trick-or-treating through the halls. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019

Time: 3:45pm Registration begins

4:45pm Trick or Treating begins

7:30pm Event ends

East Hall
175 Locust St.
Boone, NC 28608

Watauga High School’s Fall Festival – Oct. 7, 2019

Lots of fun is planned for Watauga High School’s Fall Festival. All events will be in the stadium parking lot.

Address: 300 Go Pioneers Dr, Boone, NC 28607

Happier & Safer Halloween! – Teal Pumpkin Project!

What is the Teal Pumpkin Project®?

Teal Pumpkin Project® is a movement to raise awareness of food allergies and to create a safer, more inclusive Halloween for all trick-or-treaters. Putting a teal pumpkin on your doorstep will let trick-or-treaters know that your house is food allergy-friendly. This can mean that you offer non-food treats or trinkets, such as glow sticks or small toys, and/or that you have allergy-friendly candy which is free of the top 9 allergens (including sesame). This simple act allows kids to enjoy the same allergy-friendly trinkets or treats whether they have food allergies or not. Teal is the new orange, and we hope you will join us in painting Halloween teal. Getting started is easy:

  1. Provide non-food treats and/or allergy-friendly candy (free of the top 9 allergens, including sesame) for trick-or-treaters
  2. Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home to alert trick-or-treaters that you have a food-allergy friendly home
  3. Add your home to the Teal Pumpkin Project map
  4. Spread the word! Share the Teal Pumpkin Project® with your friends and family

Find out more details about the Teal Pumpkin Project® by watching the below video. We hope you will support this project this Halloween!

High Country Boone NC Corn Maze Locations

Looking for a fun activity to do with your family this fall? Check out these great corn maze locations that are for sure to bring a lot of laughter and fun for your family.

Harvest Farm Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

Harvest Farm Corn Maze

When: September 21  – October (Date TBD)
Thursdays 11am – 6pm
Fridays 11am -10pm
Saturdays 10am – 10pm
Sundays 1pm – 6pm

The theme this year is “Believe in Someone” and the corn maze is Sasquatch!

Where: 3287 NC 194, Valle Crucis, NC 28691

Rates: ages 13 & up: $12
ages 4 – 12: $7
ages 3 & under: Free
• $1 discount for seniors, military
• Children 12 & under must be accompanied by a
parent or guardian
• For questions or concerns please call 828-260-0765 or visit http://www.harvestfarmllc.com/homepage.shtml.

New River Corn Maze

When: September 13 – October
Friday and Saturday 10 – dark and Sunday 1 – dark.

Where: 660 Laurel Gap Ridge Boone, NC 28607

Rates: Corn Maze
$7.00 Adults
$5.00 Students/Kids
Kids age 5 and under FREE

Tram Ride
$7.00 Adults
$5.00 Students/Kids
Kids age 5 and under FREE

Combo Ticket (Maze & Ride)
Student/Kid discount does not apply
Kids age 5 and under FREE

Pumpkins are priced by size

For questions or concerns please visit website.

Ashe County Corn Maze

When: September 27 – November 1

Friday – 3:00pm -9:00pm
Saturday – 10:00am -9:00pm
Sunday – 1:00pm -7:00pm

Where: 644 Roy Goodman Rd. Crumpler, NC 28617

For questions or concerns please call (336) 982-6285 or visit the website.

Enjoy Family Fun at the Fall Festivals in the High Country

The fall season is filled with lots of family-friendly excitement. On this page, we have tried to generate a thorough list of the Fall Festivals in the High Country. If you know of a fall festival, or you would like yours to be listed here, please contact us. Are you looking for corn mazes? Click here for the information.

Tweetsie Railroad Halloween Festival

When: September 20-21, 27-28, October 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26

Where: Boone/Blowing Rock, NC
Ghost Train rides, haunted house, black hole, 3-D Maze, freaky forest, face painting, clogging, spooks, and other such Halloween mischief. Safe Family adventures. Best bet is to purchase tickets in advance.

Cost: Admission is $44 (adults) and $28 (children 3-12), and children 2 and under are free)

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Parkway Elementary Fall Festival

When: October 4, 2019; 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Where: Parkway Elementary

The event will feature JUMP! inflatables, face-painting, cake-walk, silent auction, game room, snacks like cotton candy and popcorn and more!

For more details, visit the PTO website!

Brushy Mountain Apple Festival

When: October 5, 2019
Where: Downtown N Wilkesboro, NC

The Brushy Mountain Apple Festival is one of the largest one-day arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast. The Brushy Mountain Apple Festival is not just this club’s largest fundraiser but has become one of Wilkes County’s biggest fundraisers. Over 100 civic, church and other non-profit organizations participate in the festival. Over 160,000 people visit this festival during the day and it’s FREE. Explore the website to learn more about the Brushy Mountain Apple Festival!

Cost: FREE
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Hardin Park Fall Festival

When: October 4, 2019

Where: Hardin Park Elementary

Festival from 5:00-8:00pm. There will be games, food vendors, raffles and MUCH more!

Mabel Fall Festival

When: October 5, 2019

Where: Mabel Elementary

Mabel Elementary School is having their 45th annual Fall Festival on October 5th, 2019 from 1pm-5pm with dinner and bingo to follow. More info can be found at Mabel PTA’s Facebook page!

Daniel Boo!

When: Friday and Saturday nights in October beginning October 12

Where: Haunted Horn’s Family Friendly Event

During the Daniel Boo! hours (6:00-7:30 pm), guests of all ages can come enjoy some spooky, no-so-scary fun. Both children and parents alike can play fall-inspired games, win prizes, wander through the Wacky Woods on an interactive scavenger hunt, and much more! Also new this year is Witch Craft, a beer garden featuring local breweries.

Ticket prices:

*Daniel Boo!: $10 for ages 3-17. Parents are FREE with purchase of child’s ticket, 2 and under also free.

Sugar Mountain OktoberFest

When: October 12-13, 2019; 10AM-5PM

Where: Sugar Mountain, NC

Over 40 artisan’s and craftspeople open their stands at 10:00 am each day. A sampling of this year’s vendors includes: chair canning, wooden toys, oil paintings, stain glass, handmade furniture, dolls, copper art, ceramics, honey, beeswax candles, birdhouses, and much more.

Enjoy the beautiful fall foliage and a panoramic view of the surrounding area from the mile and a half long chairlift ride to Sugar’s 5,300 ft peak. Everyone, even mountain bikers are welcome to ride the lift.

The children’s activity center, located in the Ski School Play Yard will keep the young ones entertained from noon until 5:00 pm Saturday & Sunday.

Kids can enjoy hayrides, inflatable bounce houses, and a chance to meet Sugar Bear & Sweetie Bear. Cotton candy, popcorn, caramel apples, homemade cookies, and drinks are also available in the children’s activity center. All ages are welcome to participate.

Cost: Free

Valle Country Fair

When: October 19, 2019; 9AM-4PM

Where: Valle Crucis, NC

The Valle Country Fair is an overgrown church bazaar set in the center of one of the most picturesque valleys in the North Carolina mountains at the peak of the fall color season. All monies raised go to fund High Country organizations which serve people in need. Last year more than 10,000 people enjoyed:

* 135 juried fine art & crafts booths
* Freshly pressed apple cider
* Hot-out-of-the-kettle apple butter
* Homemade jams & jellies
* Brunswick stew, chili, barbecue

Cost: Parking: $10 per vehicle

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Woolly Worm Festival

When: October 19-20, 2019; 10AM-4PM

Where: Banner Elk, NC

Don’t miss this one of a kind festival where racing woolly worms is a highlight. A true predictor of the coming winter weather is the honor bestowed upon the winner of the final heat on Saturday. Woolly Worms are racing all day for this event with the Championship race held Saturday at the end of the festival close to the day’s end for the festival. You will find great food, a woad wace, live entertainment, and lots of arts and craft vendors. All proceeds are given back to the community to enhance schools, promote business, and tourism.

Cost: Admission $5.00 (adults) $3 (kids 5-12) under age 5- free, Woolly Worm Registration $5.00

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App State University Housing Trick or Treat 

When: October 24, 2019 4:45pm-7:30pm

Where: University Dorms

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Camp Lutherock Harvest Festival

When: October 25 – 27, 2019

Where:  84 Camp Luther Rd Newland, NC

Come enjoy the sites, sounds and flavors of fall in the mountains! The weekend will be full of fun for everyone; bring your family or bring your youth group. Families will be housed in camper cabins. Enjoy all the festivities of the harvest festival on Saturday followed by the Harvest banquet, a wonderful homemade dinner with all the flavors of fall in the south. End the day with a lively campfire and gourmet smore’s bar! Register now online at lutherock.org or by calling 828-209-6301.

Cost: Free

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Blowing Rock Halloween Festival

When: October 26, 2019; 3:00pm-9:00pm

Where: Downtown Blowing Rock

All free and open to the public!

Join Blowing Rock for some family-friendly fun all afternoon!
Prizes Awarded for the Costume Contest.
Matinee Showing of Hocus Pocus at Blowing Rock Elementary School Gym.

3-5:30 Games and Funhouse for Kids

3-8 Airwalks in Memorial Park

4-8 Hayrides Through Blowing Rock

5:30 Monster March (Line-up at American Legion)

6:00 Trick-or-Treat Downtown and Trunk-or-Treat and Blowing Rock First Baptist

7:00 Costume Contest (Sign up by 6:45 at the Rec Center)

After Costume Contest Moonlight Scavenger Hunt at Broyhill Park (Ages 6-13. Bring a Flashlight)

9:00 Evening Showing of Hocus Pocus at Blowing Rock Elementary School Gym

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St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Trunk or Treat

When: October 26, 2019 4:00pm-7:00pm

Where: St. Mark’s Lutheran Church

Stop by for a BBQ Fundraiser & Trunk-or-Treat for the kids!

Menu: BBQ, slaw, baked beans and chips.
Purchase a to-go plate or BBQ by the pound.

Cost: By donation. All donations go to ministries of outreach in our community.

Mount Vernon Fall Family Festival

When: October 30, 2019 6:00pm-8:30pm

Where: Mount Vernon Baptist Church

Food, Inflatables, Games and MUCH more!

Downtown Boone BOO!

When: October 30, 2019, 4:30pm-6:30pm

Where: Watauga Library, Jones House and Downtown Businesses

Twist the Balloon Man at the Jones House from 4:30 – 6:30 PM

A spooky and silly haunted house tour of the Jones House from 4:30 – 6:30 PM.

Arts & Crafts, Apple Tastings, & Magic Show at the Watauga County Public Library beginning at 4:00 PM

Trick-or-Treating with downtown merchants from 4:30 – 6:30 PM

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Halloween Spooktacular Event at Tanger Outlets Blowing Rock

When: October 31, 5:00pm-7:00pm

Where: Tanger Outlets Blowing Rock

Fun, Safe Family Event:
~Donate blood with The Blood Connection while the kiddos are in the fun haunted maze!
~Trunk OR Treat with Blowing Rock Fire & Rescue and Blowing Rock Police Department and Tanger Outlets, Blowing Rock Retail Stores!
~Hayride with Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation
~Mohr Fun Events DJ and photo booth
~ Blue Moose Coffee Lodge
~Blowing Rock ElementaryPTO Popcorn

Help OP Smiles donate candy to our Troops!

We hope you had a wonderful Halloween celebration. OP Smiles announces their annual candy buy back! They pay you $1 per pound for your unwanted candy. Bring it into their office now through November 8th, and they will buy it from you to send to our troops! Please help us pass the word along.

Address: 373 Boone Heights Drive
Boone, North Carolina 28607