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Costumed children are welcome to visit the residence halls on the east side of ASU’s campus, including Hoey, Cannon, Lovill, East, Doughton, White, Summit and Cone residence halls. ASU students will be handing out candy, and the hall lobbies will be bustling with treats, games and other fun activities, as well.

Parents and children must check in at the East Hall parking lot, between Highway 321 and East Hall, to receive a map and instructions for the evening’s festivities. Parking is available in the faculty/staff parking lots on the east side of campus.

Have a ball this Halloween at the inaugural Halloween Masquerade Ball at Blowing Rock’s Meadowbrook Inn and Conference Center. The event takes place at 7 p.m. on Oct. 30 and includes festivities such as story telling, a pumpkin contest, a dance contest, face painting and a special performance by Appalachian State University’s theater students.

Tickets are available at the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce by calling (828) 264-2225 or at the Hunger and Health Coalition at (828) 262-1628. Tickets cost $40 at the door or $35 in advance. Get a table for 10 for $300. Meadowbrook Inn is located at 711 Main Street in Blowing Rock. Boone BOO!

King Street will be closed from Appalachian Street to Waters Street from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. The street closure will assist with pedestrian safety and allow for safe and fun trick-or-treating for children and families. As for safety tips, organizers recommend that children stay together in groups, watch out for cars and carry glow sticks or flashlights.

ScareGrounds at the fair grounds promises to be the scariest 50 minutes you’ll ever have. The walking trail is open from dusk until the last “victims” clear out. The inaugural event includes the Zombie Zone, Executioner’s Station, Jason’s Jurisdiction and Ghostly Grandstand. Admission is $15.

Tweetsie Railroad’s 26th annual Ghost Train Halloween Festival continues this year, jam-packed with events for every pirate, mummy and ghost. The celebration began Sept. 25 and has continued every Saturday and Sunday night in October. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. and the park closes at 11:30 p.m.

Visitors can also wind through the Freaky Forest, taking dark twists and turns sure to chill you to the bone. The Boneyard, which is in the Hacienda, is the home of the Black Hole, 3-D Maze and the Warp Tunnel. Brave visitors must not miss the Haunted House, which is home to 13 ghostly rooms, and is sure to send chills down the spines of its occupants.

According to the Tweetsie Railroad website, officials recommend that children ages 8 and younger avoid going through the Haunted House, Freaky Forest or Ghost Train. However, patrons of all ages are welcome to trick-or-treating throughout the park, a black light show at the Haunted Palace Saloon, amusement rides at the Creepy Carnival, and a costume dance party on Tweetsie’s main street.

On Halloween, Blowing Rock hosts its annual Halloween Festival from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. The festival, which is hosted in downtown Blowing Rock, features spooky spectacles such as hayrides, trick-or-treat, a moonlit scavenger hunt and the annual Monster March.

The festivities begin at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, with fall fables starting at 1 p.m. and creepy crafts starting at 2 p.m., aimed for children ages 4 through 10. Later at Memorial Park, festival patrons can enjoy an air walk starting at 3 p.m. and hayrides throughout the town starting at 4 p.m.

At the Recreation Center, children can practice their astronaut walk at the inflatable fun house. Games will also be available at the Recreation Center from 3 until 5:30 p.m. Afterward, children can show off their Halloween garb at the Monster March. To participate, line up at the American Legion building at 5:30 p.m.

Sugar Tree Baptist Church will host a Fall Fun Day on Oct. 31 beginning at noon. Activities include hayrides, games, pumpkin painting, apple butter making and more. There will be something fun for all ages. A pork BBQ dinner will be served at 4 p.m. with a Trunk or Treat to follow.

The program of “fright music” includes Bach’s “Toccata in d minor,” which conjures images of a haunted mansion. Charles Ives’ variations on “America,” which is in keeping with a presidential candidates costume theme, William Albright’s “Totentanz” also known as “Jig for the Feet” as it is played solely on the foot pedals, and Lèon Boëllmann’s “Toccata” from his “Gothic Suite.”

The town of Newland and the Newland Business Association invite the public to join in the fun at the annual Halloween Downtown Trick-Or-Treat Extravaganza on Oct. 31 starting at 5:30 p.m. Contests for best carved pumpkin and best costume start at 7:30 p.m.

The even takes place throughout downtown Newland, and at the Guy-Braswell Annex below the town library. Local merchants will be handing out special treats for trick-or-treaters and everyone is invited to dress up in their most creative Halloween costume.

On Halloween, join the Howards Creek Church at the Trunk or Treat with the Creek. Kids of all ages may dress up and collect candy in from decorated trunks in the parking lot of Brookshire Park in Boone. The event lasts from 5 to 7 p.m. and is open to “anybody and everybody.”