Rolling with Stone

By Jessi Stone Guide editor | Oct 23, 2013
Jessi Stone and Matt Welborn dressed as the Riddler and Poison Ivy for Halloween 2012.

Halloween history

Welcome to the Halloween issue of The Guide. I hope you are as excited as I am and I hope you can find something in this week’s publication that will make your spooky holiday memorable.

Halloween is my second favorite holiday (right behind St. Patrick’s Day of course). What can be more fun than being someone (or something) else for a day? My husband doesn’t get as excited as I do about finding a costume. Actually, every year is a struggle as he bears the anxiety of finding something. This year I decided to save him the stress of searching and told him what we will be.

We’ve had a pretty good history of couple outfits since we met at a Halloween party/concert in 1999. One year we were Andy and Duckie from the 80s classic movie “Pretty in Pink.” In 2007, Matt dressed up as Slash from Guns N Roses and I was a groupie and last year we were The Riddler and Poison Ivy from Batman. This year I ended up going with the Wicked Witch of the West and told Matt he would be my flying monkey.

My older brother always throws a barnburner Halloween shindig at his house in the woods so that is where will be this weekend.


Halloween in Haywood

But there is plenty to do in Haywood County in the next week.

No matter what you are looking for, I think we have a little something for everyone. Those who are brave enough can venture out to Pinhead’s Graveyard outside of Canton for a good scare from infamous horror movie characters. Read more about the outdoor haunting on page 12.

If you are into dressing up and having a good time, I recommend heading out to Bear Waters Brewing Saturday night for the Women of Waynesville’s Halloween fundraising party. I promise these women know how to throw a party, have a blast and raise money for a good cause in the process so show them support. Read more about the party on page 7.

If you are looking for something safe and fun for the kids, many churches and businesses are holding trunk or treat events between now and Halloween. The Downtown Waynesville Association will be holding Treats on the Street from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31. The Shelton House will be holding its annual ghost stories event this Saturday as well. Read about it and other family friendly events on page 5.

If you celebrate Halloween with scary movie marathons, you have a couple of options — The Strand on 38 Main will be showing “Ghostbusters” this weekend or you can stay at home and rent the recommendations from our horror expert and comics columnist Eric S. Brown.

Lastly, I’d like to thank everyone who participated in our Facebook Halloween costume photo contest and congratulations to the winners. We had so many great and original costumes submitted and the cutest kids dressed up! The photos with the most “likes” on Facebook were the winners plus I chose and “Editor’s Choice” award to my favorite. To see all the photos that were submitted, visit The Mountaineer’s Facebook page.


New Guide feature

You will notice a new feature in this week’s Guide — Artists in our Town. Local artist Margaret Roberts will be writing a monthly column highlighting different local artists in Haywood. She felt like the community had too many talented artists doing amazing things and wanted to showcase them. Her column will give you more background on the artist and tell you where you can find their work in town. Thank you to Margaret for taking on this project. If you have suggestions for an artist to feature, email me at and tell me why.

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