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.