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Spookiest Ways to Enjoy Halloween in Haywood


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Glowing Jack O' Lantern

Just like the smoky fog that flows down the mountains of Haywood County, the Halloween season brings an aura of mystery and intrigue to our towns. The sudden arrival of cool air and seasonal colors means it’s about to get creepy around here! This year’s events have been adapted for covid safety and we encourage you to #embraceunusual as you get your spook on!

Attend our Signature 2020 Scary Events

There are plenty of haunting seasonal sights to see and celebrations to take part in. These are all family-fun events kids of all ages can enjoy!

  • Oct. 30 -31:   Drive in Movies @ Lake Logan in Canton
  • Oct. 30 -31:   Hillbilly Jam Show & Shine @ Maggie Valley Festival Grounds
  • Oct. 31:         Skeleton Hunt & Skate @ Smoky Mountain Sk8way in Waynesville
  • Oct. 31:         Halloween Trunk or Treat @ Buttered Biscuit in Waynesville
  • Oct. 31:         Community Fall Fest @ Smoky Mountain Event Center in Waynesville
  • Oct. 31:         Trunk or Treat @ Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville
  • Oct. 31:         Drive Through Trunk or Treat @ First United Methodist Church in Waynesville
  • Oct. 31:         Fall For Waynesville @ Main St Waynesville

Discover the Legend of the Boojum

One of our favorite local tales, The Legend of the Boojum and Hootin’ Annie, surfaces around this time every year and makes its way around the internet to help explain some mysterious noises heard around Haywood County. Read up on this story and decide for yourself the truth behind the Boojum!

Get Lost in the Cold Mountain Corn Maize

A classic and eerie adventure, the corn maze at Cold Mountain promises plenty of excitement and surprises around every turn. Check out The Carpetbagger’s experience at the maze last October!

Hike Mysteriously-Named Trails

There are a few trails around Haywood with some slightly scary names—but we promise you aren’t in any danger of being spooked! But with views like these, you might end up a little breathless.

Devil’s Courthouse is a short but challenging climb, but its name warrants a second glance. It’s said the devil himself held court in the cave that lies beneath the rock. In Cherokee lore, this cave is the private dancing chamber and dwelling place of the slant-eyed giant, Judaculla.

Graveyard Fields is another scarily named hiking spot. The origin of its name is the result of a deforestation effort years ago that caused the landscape to appear barren and destroyed but left behind scattered tree stumps that looked like gravestones.

Graveyard Fields and Falls Overlook Hike


Ready to make the most of the scariest season? Check out some other ways to spend fall in Haywood County.

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