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! As usual, there’s no shortage of events going on, but there’s something different about the excitement that Halloween brings us.
Attend our Signature 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. 10-13, 17-19, 24, 25, 31: History, Haunts and Legends of Haywood County Walking Tour with Leap Frog Tours
- Oct. 19-21, 26- 28; Nov. 2- 4: See The Bad Seed at HART Theatre
- Oct. 19: Zombie Skate at Smoky Mountain Sk8way & Fun Zone
- Oct. 19: Halloween Double Feature at The Strand on 38 Main
- Oct. 25: Night of Fright – Dodgeball Tournament at the Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center
- Oct. 26: Waynesville Paranormal Tour with Leap Frog Tours
- Oct. 27: Trunk or Treat at Cabbage Rose
- Oct. 27: Fall Festival @ The Haywood County Fairgrounds
- Oct. 27: Shelton House Ghost and Growlers Masquerade Ball
- Oct. 27: REACH Halloween Party at Mad Anthony’s
- Oct. 28: Train or Treat at Buffalo Creek
- Oct. 31: Treats on the Street in Downtown Waynesville
- Nov. 2: Art After Dark in Downtown 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 earlier this October!
Get Scared at Pinhead’s Graveyard
Western NC’s longest running outdoor haunted house, Pinhead’s Graveyard focuses on main horror movie characters. This year, they’ll have a special guest providing shrill thrills for visitors: R.A. Mihailoff, who played “Leatherface” in Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3.
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.