Halloween Happenings 2016

By on October 21, 2016

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halloween-1001677_1920When you live in a place like West Asheville every day can be Halloween. But the spooky holiday only comes around once a year, and there is no wonder that residents of our town make the most of it. If you want to have a ghastly good time this Halloween season, where are the best events? Let’s help with a list to ghoulish gatherings, frightening fetes, and scary shindigs to get the blood pumping this year.

Sunday, October 23:

The Burger Bar is hosting a Pumpkin Carving Party. The event, sponsored by New Belgium Brewing, will have the brewery’s Pumpkick beer on special. Pumpkins and carving tools provided. The event starts at 9 p.m.

Monday, October 24:

Short Street Cakes is making this haunted holiday a little sweeter with Sugar Skulls at the bakery. This fundraising event starts October 24th but runs through November 2nd for the Day of the Dead. They will be selling blank and pre-decorated sugar skulls that make great gifts for this traditional Mexican holiday. They will also provide a decoration station for anyone who wants to personalize their own sugar skull. Cost is $5 for undecorated and $10 for decorated skulls. A portion of the sales will go to CIMA, an organization that supports immigrant rights in WNC.

Friday, October 28:

Firestorm Books will break out the games for their Game Night event. While this isn’t specifically a Halloween event, there is no reason attendees can’t get into the holiday spirit. Games will be available or you can bring you own. (We recommend Betrayal at House on the Hill for some haunted fun!) Games run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Burger Bar is at it again with a Halloween Hoedown. From 9 p.m. until closing, celebrate this tradition with the song stylings of Bryan Marshall and His Payday Knights (show at 9:30). There will also be bobbing for PBRs, sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon, and cocktail specials. Costumes encouraged.

Saturday, October 29:

Haywood Comics is giving away free comics and encouraging fans to dress up for this most costume centric holiday during their participation in Halloween Comicfest. They will be celebrating their 1 year anniversary with a comic store tradition 5 years in the making. All around the country, stores participate in Halloween Comicfest. The first 50 people in the door will get free goodie bags. And everything in the store is 10% off. The event is all day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Patton Avenue Pets wants us to get our furry friends involved and join them for Trick or Treat at their West Asheville location. You can dress up your pooch and visit any of the Patton Avenue Pets locations to get a free bag of treats. Or, if your pet is of the feline variety, bring a photo of your costumed kitty and get a free bag of treats they’ll love.

Cider is inextricably connected with fall, so what a better time for the 3rd Anniversary and Halloween Par-Tay at Urban Orchard. The event will be all day, but adult fun time starts at 8 p.m. There will be free Halloween entertainment, fire flights of spicy cider, and a hotdog buffet. Don’t miss the costume contest!

The Rainbow Community School will have their annual Harvest Hoedown from Noon to 3:30 p.m. to raise money for school improvements and Children First CIS of Buncombe. This family friendly festival is great for Halloween fans of all ages. Wear your costumes, enjoy live entertainment, and take a trip through their haunted house.

Asheville on Bikes Annual Pumpkin Pedaller gathers at New Belgium Brewing at 2:30pm, rolls at 3:00 p.m., and returns to New Belgium 5:00 p.m.-ish for a Halloween party with music, food, and activities.

Stay into the evening at New Belgium Brewing for a free wicked awesome Dance Party from about 5-10 p.m. Get your groove on under the stars, rain or shine. Pumpkins, costume contests and fun surprises round out the night including tapping of special release beers.

Trinity United Methodist Church is hosting their 2nd annual Halloween Concert with organist Nolan Anthony. The concert is free of charge and open to the community. There will be a spooky reception following the concert. The event starts at 7 p.m. and costumes are encouraged.

Newcomer UpCountry, formerly Altamont, will host a Halloween Blues Party from 9 p.m. until close. Several musicians will entertain while you enjoy the beers and atmosphere.

Westville Pub will also be celebrating Halloween on Saturday night, with a DJ and Costume Party.

The Admiral will transform into the Deadmiral for their Masque Up Halloween Dance. Starting at 11 p.m., kick up your heels at this wildest dance party of the Halloween season.

And the Burger Bar packs in another Halloween event this season. Join them in your best formal-undead at the Zombie Prom starting at 9 p.m. They will have a crowning ceremony at midnight. Enjoy music, dancing, cocktails, and treats all night long.

Sunday, October 30:

OWL Bakery and the other businesses along the route will host Halloween on Beecham’s Curve. This all day festival, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., has plenty for everyone to enjoy.

  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Real Owls! Watch the birds of prey exhibitions.
  • All Day: Make sugar skulls at Short Street Cakes.
  • Noon to 6 p.m.: Pop-up barber shop for men’s haircuts. Free beer!
  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Villagers will host a costume contest.
  • 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Pop-up vintage clothing shop. All items $5 to $20. Wine, treats, and music, too.
  • 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Apple Cider Press demonstration at Villagers
  • Starting at 6:30 p.m.: International Swine and OWL tasting diner featuring 6 courses plus wine. Tickets available at OWL Bakery.

Monday, October 31:

If you don’t know about the all-out extravaganza that is Vermont Avenue for Halloween then you’ve probably been living under a rock the last few years. Vermont Avenue is closed to traffic from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. to keep all the little ghouls and goblins safe, and trust us you will see A LOT of awesome costumes. Volunteers are still needed, so head on over to http://vermontavehalloween.com/ and sign up!

At the head of Vermont Avenue is The Brew Pump, which is a favorite haunt for adult beverages and spontaneous dance parties.

Orbit DVD celebrates Halloween Comicfest on Halloween day. Comics for older monsters will be available at noon, and reading treats for the younger set available in the evening. Yes, you’ll be able to hit up Vermont Avenue and then step across Haywood Road to Orbit DVD for a free comic. Spooky musical entertainment provided by Krekel and Whoa!

The Mothlight will also have a Free Halloween Cover Night on Halloween proper. And when they say “covers” they mean it. Three bands will be playing tributes of your favorite artists, like Neil Young, all night long. Show starts at 9 p.m.

The Asheville Food Park is providing a family- and dog-friendly space for Trunk-or-Treating at their location on Amboy Road from 5:30-8pm. Cars are asked to be loaded in by 5:30pm. There will be costume contests, food trucks, and games, as well as cocktails for parents.

Likely, there is even more happening then listed here. We encourage you to check out your favorite Haywood Road hangouts for more Halloween happenings and impromptu gatherings.

We’ll keep updating our list of Halloween fun happening throughout West Asheville, on the On Haywood Road Facebook event page. Like and share the page to see more about the West Asheville corridor all year long.

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