As Halloween weekend approaches, many families are left scratching their heads on what to do.
Questions have been swirling throughout the community such as “Is trick or treating safe?” “Where can we go on Halloween with our kids?” “Where can we trick or treat in the area?”
Fortunately, organizations and businesses in Haywood County have gotten creative and will be offering an array of opportunities to enjoy safe and spooky fun this weekend. Here are the many offerings happening this weekend to choose from:
Even thought the annual Treats on the Street event held in downtown Waynesville every year has been canceled, there will still be plenty of fun happening downtown this Saturday.
After the Fall for Waynesville event planned for Oct. 10 had been postponed due to inclement weather, Buffy Phillips, executive director of the Downtown Waynesville Association, decided to move it to Halloween day.
“We didn’t cancel Halloween — Halloween is Halloween,” Phillips said. “We were not able to invite 5,000 young kids and their families downtown to parade Main Street after dark to collect candy due to the pandemic, but we are keeping our community safe.”
Instead of Treats on the Street, Waynesville will be closed off to vehicles to allow a fall celebration along Main Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 31. There will be musicians performing along the street, including the Montreat Scottish Pipes and Drums, as well as jam sessions and jugglers.
A crafts table will still be available for children, led by Teresa Pennington, where children can paint pumpkins.
And while the event isn’t specifically aimed at trick or treating, some downtown merchants will still be dressing up and handing out candy inside their business.
“I rescheduled it for this weekend giving the community a special fall day,” Phillips said. “Falling on Halloween makes the event extra special. Some merchants plan to dress in spook-tacular outfits.”
Guests are still asked to wear masks, observe social distancing and wash hands often.
Where can you trick or treat?
Downtown Canton merchants have decided to offer traditional trick or treating along Main Street in downtown Canton from 5-8 p.m. on Halloween night.
Merchants will be handing out candy this year to visitors, so families are welcome to visit the merchants for a trick or treating experience.
The Buttered Biscuit in Waynesville is also taking a more traditional route this year and will be hosting its 5th annual trunk or treat event in their parking lot, located at 1226 Dellwood Road in Waynesville.
The event will look just like it has in year’s past, with children trick or treating in person and there will be inflatables outside the restaurant for kids to enjoy
Families are invited to come enjoy out from 5-8 p.m. to enjoy the fun in costumes.
For those who would like to stay in their vehicles, the The Waynesville Police Department and Waynesville Civilan Police Volunteers will be offering a drive-thru trick or treating event from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 at Ingles in Hazelwood.
The public is invited to dress up and drive to 1670 Brown Ave. in Waynesville to collect treat bags. They will be handed out while supplies last.
Trunk or treats are also happening throughout Haywood County, some from inside the car, and some out in the open.
First United Methodist Church in Waynesville will be hosting a drive-thru trunk or treat event from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, in the parking lot.
Masks will be worn by all volunteers handing out candy and the candy will enter children’s bag through a chute as they practice safe social distancing. Masks will be required in cars for children age 3 and older. Participants must stay in the car.
For families in Canton, West Canton Baptist will also be hosting a drive-thru trunk or treat event from 5-8 p.m. in the parking lot at 75 Lowe St. in Canton.
Families are invited to dress up in their spooky best and visit the church on Halloween.
Halloween at the drive-in
Lake Logan organizers saw the spooky season as the perfect time to put Halloween favorites on the big screen, which is exactly what’s happening this weekend.
This Friday night at 7 p.m., Lake Logan will be showing “Friday the 13th” for a spooky drive-in movie, open to everyone over the age of 17.
But Halloween night will be for the children. On Oct. 31, Lake Logan will be offering a Trunk or Treat event starting at 4 p.m. and then will later be showing the film “Ghostbusters” at 7 p.m.
Concessions will be available during both nights, and will feature hot dogs and hamburgers, caramel apples and popcorn and there will also be campfires going to roast marshmallows.
Lake Logan is also offering a Haunted Trail event both nights for all the movie-goers, with a $5 admission that will support scholarships for Camp Henry.
Masks will be required when social distancing is not maintained, and masks will be required during the trunk or treat event. The drive-in movie setting will also allow guests to be kept 6 feet apart in their vehicles.
Fall festivals and more
The Smoky Mountain Event Center is hosting a community fall festival with free candy, free food and a free live concert from 5-9:30 p.m. Oct. 31.
The Jason Lovins Band will be performing at 7:30 p.m. They are a praise and worship band based in Kentucky.
The festival will be held at 758 Crabtree Road in Waynesville, formerly called the Haywood County Fairgrounds.
Not far from the Smoky Mountain Event center, there will be a haunted trail and festival held outdoors at the Stillhouse Creek Farm, located at 4879 Crabtree Mountain Road in Clyde.
Shawn Best and the nonprofit Operation Wolf Eyes is hosting this family-friendly bash to help bring awareness to human trafficking.
This event will include a haunted hayride, bouncy house, food trucks, a cupcake station, caramel apples, candy, music, dance, games and a costume contest. The festival will be held from 4-10 p.m.
For those who want something more creepy, the Haunted School in fines Creek will be open and offering tours on Halloween from 7 p.m. until midnight on Oct. 30-31.
The Haunted School is located in the old Fines Creek School basement, located at 190 Fines Creek Road in Clyde. The school was built in 1927 and there may be a few resident ghosts awaiting a visit.
Masks will be required and temperature checks will be taken. Social distancing will be required so there may be a wait time to take the tour.