BOO! Halloween events in the Tri-Cities

TRI-CITIES, TN/VA (WJHL) – News Channel 11 is compiling a list of Halloween-themed events in our region. Events are still streaming in, so if you do not see a particular event on this list please be patient or feel free to send us details of the event to and we will add the event to our list.


Mall at Johnson City – free event
Mall-O-Ween Fest & Food Truck Junction
Day of Halloween festivities to include hayrides, inflatables, food trucks
October 28 – 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Note: The annual mall trick or treating will be held on this day instead of October 31. For more details check out the mall’s website:

ETSU’s Department of Physical Therapy’s
DPT Annual Zombie Run – 3K Fun Run
Saturday, October 28, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
1275 Gilbreath Drive
Sign up early and register to run as a human or zombie. For more information, click here.

Girl Scouts Trunk-or-Treat
Kappa Delta at ETSU
ETSU BucRidge Clubhouse
426 Treasure LN
Frida, October 20, 2017
This sorority at East Tennessee State University is hosting a trunk or treat for the Girl Scouts. The girls will go around different locations on campus and collect candy. There will be fun and games for the Girl Scouts. To register, click here. 


Halloween Bash in the Tri-Cities — Area’s largest Halloween party and this year it will be held on October 28 at the Kingsport Farmer’s Market.
Free event
Trunk or Treat from 2 00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Music by Acoustifried
$1500 costume contest
Food trucks and beer
Games and more
Tickets to the Halloween Bash are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at If you want to register for the costume contest there is a $10 entry fee, payable at the event.

See also: Halloween Bash returns to Kingsport on Oct. 28


Twin City Radio Theatre at King University to Present “Frankenstein and Other Tales of Horror” Sept. 29 – Oct. 1  – Twin City Radio Theatre at King University will present the play “Frankenstein and Other Tales of Horror” in the Fine Arts Theatre on King’s main campus in Bristol, Tenn. The production takes place Sept. 29-30 at 7:30 p.m. each evening and on Oct. 1 at 2:30 p.m.  The Twin City Radio Theatre Troupe, under the artistic direction of Christopher R. Slaughter, associate professor, and chair the Theatre Department at King, brings the magic of old-time radio to the live stage. Tickets for the performances of “Frankenstein and Other Tales of Horror” are $5 general admission and free for King students, faculty, and staff with a King University ID. Tickets will be available at the door one hour before each performance. For more information, call Chris Slaughter at 423.652.4800.


Barter Theater
“Ghost, Ghost, Come Out Tonight”
A Barter Theater original world premiere murder mystery thriller by Catherin Bush. Runs September 14 through November 12, 2017
Click here for ticket information and more details about the play. 


Elizabethton GhostWalk
The evening lantern-led walking tours expound on the early interactions between pioneers and native Cherokee hosted by Appalachian GhostWalks.  Features tours of the Covered Bridge, Old Law Office and Bonnie Kate Theater. You can make reservations online or call (423) 743-WALK.

Sycamore Shoals State Park
Scary stories of Fort Watauga – October 26
7:30 p.m.
Strange things happen around All Hallows Eve, especially at an old fort by the river. Bring the family and for tales of woe and terror, the weird and macabre, with a touch of wit thrown in for good measure.
1651 West Elk Avenue
Elizabethton, TN 37643
1-423-543-5808 –


Halloween Happenings
Tuesday, October 31
Free event for the entire family
In downtown Greeneville on Main Street, the town will sponsor “Halloween Happenings” on Tuesday, October 31, from 4 to 6 p.m. The community, businesses, churches and the county courthouse will treat youngsters with candy if children are under 13 years of age and are accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Costume Contest will be held at the Kathryn Leonard Administrative Building at the corner of West Depot and South Irish Streets beginning at 4:00pm with the winners announced at 6:00pm. The contest will have age categories of 0-3 years, 4-6 years, 7-9 years, 10-12 years and a family entry. Prizes will be awarded to the winners in each age category. Volunteer judges and prizes will be furnished by the Greeneville City Schools Education Foundation. Activities will include hay rides, chalk drawing in the street, Spooky Tales in the Old Gaol (Jail), Haunted Hospital, and Haunted Theatre along with Tusculum College’s Arts Outreach Program cast members of ‘Oliver’ who will hand out candy. Any business that would like to participate in handing out treats can call the Main Street Office at 639-7102 for your location along the route. Further details will be provided to the media closer to the event.

Greeneville Morning Pointe
Assisted Living Residence
October 26 – 6:00 p.m.
324 Mt. Bethel Road
Greeneville, TN 37745
Join them for some ghoulish candy, freak fun, and frightening food.
Bring a candy bag and come dressed up and enjoy a Boo of a time in Morning Pointe’s Hallowed Halls.  For more information, call Amanda Hurley at 423-588-7095 or call 423-787-1711.


The Haunted Forest of Hales Community
152 Hales Road
Several new scenes
All new escape room
September 29, 30
October 6,7, 13, 14, 19,20,21, 26, 27, 28, 31
Admission – Haunted Forest $10, Escape Room $10, both $15
For more information call 423-202-8348 or 423-218-8648 or check out its Facebook page.

Jonesborough GhostWalk
The town is rich in Pre-Civil War architecture. Many of the building were built before 1850. The town was established in 1779. The walks elaborate on a former U.S. President haunting the historic streets of Jonesborough. Hear the sounds of the footfalls of a horse and the mysteries that lie on or near the train tracks in Tennessee’s oldest town. For more details call (423) 743-WALK or click here to make reservations online.

Third Annual Brews and Boos in Downtown Jonesborough                                                                                            Friday, October 27 from 8 to 10 p.m. in Jimmy Neil Smith Park behind the International Storytelling Center. The event is an extension of the popular Main Street Brews and Tunes series with a slight twist dedicated to Halloween. The event will include ghost stories sure to provide chills and suspense with each spooky tale. Main Street Café & Catering will also be serving selections of seasonal craft beer while The Corner Cup will offer hot cider, cocoa, and coffee. The gate will open at 7:00 p.m. so come early and grab a beverage before the start of the show and enjoy some live tunes. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at or at the Jonesborough Visitors Center. Tickets will also be available at the gate.

Halloween Haunts and Happenings
From 2-8 p.m. on Saturday, October 28, 2017
The annual event has been taking place for over 40 years and provides fun for the whole family. Downtown Jonesborough will be filled with tiny tots and even furry friends dressed in costumes of all sorts. Treat stops, activities, games, music and more will take place the whole day. Find the schedule of contests and activities by clicking here.


Boo at the Zoo
Creation Kingdom Zoo will host its 9th annual charity Boo at the Zoo on October 26-29 from 6-9pm each night. Visitors can see the Zoo and animals under soft lighting, kids can visit candy stations throughout the zoo, enjoy tacos, hotdogs, funnel cakes, etc and free hayrides into the zoo. Our Festival of Jackolanterns also showcases some of the coolest/creepiest pumpkins in the Tri-Cities!
Children under 12 in costume: free with a canned food item
Ages 12 and up: $10
Proceeds benefit the area hungry
Creation Kingdom Zoo
1692 Snowflake Rd
Gate City, VA 24251


Blowing Rock, NC – Ghost Train® — Friday and Saturday nights, September 22 – October 28

Tweetsie Railroad Ghost Train

Tweetsie Railroad will host a Halloween celebration the whole family can enjoy. Ghost Train includes trick-or-treating, the Freaky Forest, the Haunted House and more. The Ghost Train has been named one of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society. A limited number of tickets are available; buying tickets in advance is highly recommended.

Grandfather Mountain, NC – Beary Scary Halloween at Grandfather Mountain
October 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Nature programs focused on animals considered creepy and crawly. Activities include opportunities to created Halloween-themed enrichments for the animals and kids will be able to trick-or-treat through the habitat overlooks. Children in costumes are admitted at half price.  Admission prices: Adult 13-59 $20; Senior 60+ $18; Child 4-12 $9; Children under 4 Free. For more details, click here.

Charlotte, NC,  – Carowinds will debut a gruesome new maze this season when it transforms into SCarowinds, one of the largest Halloween attractions in the Carolinas, select nights September 15 through October 29. Guests can experience more than a dozen haunted attractions and live shows, hundreds of monsters lurking in the midway and some of the top roller coasters in the nation. New attractions also await at The Great Pumpkin Fest , the family-friendly daytime fall festival featuring the iconic PEANUTS™ characters, returning Saturdays and Sundays September 16 through October 29.
SCarowinds’ newest haunt maze,Depths of Darkness, traps guests in horror as they journey into the mind of the infamous State Line Slasher.  Catch Blood Drums, a grisly two-some of high-intensity punk rock; Rocktoberfest, an explosive concert of the best in 70s and 80s arena rock; or Skeleton Crewa high-flying acrobatics show of supernatural talent. Throughout the event, more than 500 monsters roam the park, stirring suspense and screams. SCarowinds offers guests even more frightful experiences with the purchase of a Fright Lane Pass with Skeleton Key. This premium add-on experience allows guests to skip the lines and get special access to a more frightening and up-close experience in each Scare Zone. SCarowinds begins Friday, September 15. New at the Great Pumpkin Fest is Monster’s Lip Sync Madness, where kids can perform their favorite songs at PEANUTS™ Showplace throughout the day. In addition to the new attraction, kids can stroll through Linus’ Great Pumpkin Patch to decorate a mumpkin (mini-pumpkin), follow the path of Peppermint Patty’s Hay Bale Maze or meet some furry friends at the petting zoo. The festival welcomes costumes for younger guests, and holds Lucy van Pelt’s Costume Contest as well as trick-or treating in Planet Snoopy every day. The Great Pumpkin Fest is held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays beginning September 16 throughout October in Planet Snoopy. For a complete list of attractions and details on SCarowinds or the Great Pumpkin Fest, visit



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