Spooky, fun ways to celebrate Halloween in Asheville

Oct 12, 2016
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Whether you’re looking for a special event only Asheville can offer, something for the children or a fun Halloween night on the town for adults, there are plenty of options in and around Asheville.

Lazoom Haunted Comedy Tours — See Asheville after dark as you’ve never seen it before with LaZoom’s Haunted Tour. Explore Asheville’s strange, sometimes sordid past. Bring your camera. You won’t believe your eyes! You will see ghosts!

Haunted Tours run approximately 60 minutes. Beer and wine are welcome onboard, but absolutely no liquor. Passengers must be at least 17 years old to ride. Content is adult-oriented and not for the faint of heart or easily offended.

Tickets cost $23, and resrevations are recommended. Haunted Tours depart from behind The Thirsty Monk Pub, at 92 Patton Ave. in downtown Asheville, near the Commerce Street entrance.

Book your visit at http://www.lazoomtours.com/tours/haunted-tours/.

Haunted Asheville: Classic Walking Tour — See Asheville's haunts up close and personal for approximately 2 hours. Guides will lead you safely through the streets of downtown Asheville, providing storytelling thrills and chills, on this family-friendly experience. Participants will learn about The Pink Lady who haunts the Grove Park Inn, chilling apparitions from a suicide at Helen's Bridge, a young lady brutally murdered in the Battery Park Hotel, spirits from the madman who executed our city's largest killing spree and a body entombed in the wall of St. Lawrence.

Tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for children age 9 to 14, age 8 and under are free. The tours are offered very Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, at 8 p.m. This year, we also will run a special tour on Halloween night, Monday, Oct. 31, at 8 p.m.

Haunted Asheville: The Supernatural Tour — This two-hour tour is the ultimate for intellectuals who want to take a step outside the bounds of a usual tourist experience. Guides will explain, in the library of the Asheville Masonic Temple, what masonry is all about, and explore the conspiracies with participants. You will also pass through some alleyways where dark and tragic events have transpired. You'll then get the full scoop on our local vampire scene, tribal rites in Pritchard Park, dark spirits on Church Street, Native American mysticism, and much more. Participants should meet behind the Asheville Masonic Temple at 80 Broadway St. in Asheville. This tour includes late-night access to the Asheville Mystery Museum. It runs on Friday nights at 8 p.m.

To purchase tickets for the walking tour or supernatural tour, visit http://freecharm.com/SupernaturalTour.html.

Grayline Ghost Tour— This is a Gray Line Trolley Tour of Asheville that explores Asheville’s dark side while telling stories of spirits and spies, ghosts and goblins, hauntings and hoodlums and mountain-made murder and mayhem. The stories include The Pink Lady of Grove Park Inn, The Ghost of Church Street, the 1936 unsolved murder in Asheville, child spirits and the haunted hospital, an architect walled into his own church, the killing spree of 1906, Nazi agents based in Asheville, arson at the hospital that claimed Zelda Fitzgerald plus more.

Tours are offered at 7 p.m. on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday through mid November. The trolley departs from Pack’s Tavern, 20 S. Spruce St. in downtown Asheville. Tickets cost $23, $11 for children. Book your ticket by calling 828-251-8687 or visit http://graylineasheville.com/ghost-tours-asheville.html.

Howl-O-Ween — Come to the WNC Nature Center on Oct. 24 for a howling good time at this year's Howl-O-Ween. From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., will be spooky arts & crafts, games and face painting, a hay maze, refreshments available for purchase, and educational animal encounters throughout the day. Don't forget to dress in your best costume for the costume contest at 5 p.m. Regular Nature Center admission rates apply; Friends members receive free admission. There will be arts and crafts, face painting, tattoos, red wolf discovery table, apple decorating, Captain Dave's Pirate Dawgs, High Touch High Tech, Hummingbird Insurance, a creepy crawler discovery station, bat bingo, a candy corn count contest, a hay maze, friends raffle and more.

For more information, visit http://www.wildwnc.org/news-and-events/howl-o-ween-october-24th-2015.

Haunted Grove House Inferno — On Saturday, Oct. 29, The Grove House Entertainment Complex, 11 Grove St. in Asheville, will host the scariest and best annual Halloween costume and dance party in WNC. Guests will be terrified by monsters lurking around every corner…beware as you walk through each themed-area dripping with creepy décor. You will succumb to your fears as you migrate throughout the Haunted Grove House Inferno's three levels - themed to Dante's Nine Circles of Hell. There will be four DJs playing a variety of music genres and four bars available.

Don’t forget about the costume contest — the winner receives a $1,000 prize so deck out in your best. The gates open at 9 p.m. and a $25 gate fee gives you access to the entire complex. Advance tickets cost $20. The contest judging is at 1 a.m. and the event ends at 3 a.m. To purchase advance tickets, visit http://www.thegrovehouse.com/gh_halloween_eventdetails.html.

Trick or Treating on Vermont Avenue — For years, thousands of trick or treaters have been flocking to Vermont Avenue in West Asheville for candy and a community feel on Halloween night. Neighbors will block off Vermont Avenue to Car Traffic for Safe Trick or Treating starting at 5:30 p.m. Parking is suggested at West Asheville Park or along Haywood Road, or better yet, walk or bike. Most of Vermont Avenue and parts of side streets will be closed to car traffic. As always, barricades are manned to allow access to EMS vehicles.

People who live on the street ask visitors to help keep the evening safe and low-key. Trick-or-treating lasts until the candy runs out, which will probably happen before 9 p.m.

Vermont Avenue, Westgate Road and portions of Olney Road and Vance Crescent will be closed to through traffic during the event. For details and information, visit www.vermontavehalloween.com.

Ghost Hunters of Asheville tours — Asheville's Only Interactive Ghost Tours, these ghost tours offer free access to ghost-hunting equipment. The tours being offered currently include “Downtown Spirits” “Haunted Montford.” The guides are carefully chosen for storytelling abilities, paranormal knowledge, and fun and friendly personas. Four guests are needed to hold a tour. Downtown Ghost Tours leave at 8:30 p.m. from the Battery Park Book Store & Champagne Bar in the Grove Arcade at the corner of O’Henry and Battery Park Avenues. The Haunted Montford Stroll leaves at 8:30 p.m. in front of the Nine Mile Restaurant at 233 Montford Ave. Tickets cost $20, $13 for children.