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Bringing the boos: Events lined up to get you into the Halloween spirit

Jessica Fuller • Updated Oct 24, 2017 at 11:38 PM

This week is full of tricks and treats as Halloween looms around the corner. Whether it’s candy-hunting, ghost stories or pumpkin carving, the area is full of Halloween events for the whole family:

Ongoing events

HAUNTED FOREST: For 30 years, the Hales Community Haunted Forest has helped raised funds for the Ruritan Club. Proceeds from the forest go to helping the less-fortunate in the area with things like utilities, school supplies and Christmas gifts for children. This year, the event also includes an escape room, and the event runs Thursdays through Saturdays for the next two weeks and on Halloween starting at 7:30 p.m. The forest is located at 152 Hales Road in Jonesborough, and tickets are $10 for the forest, $10 for the escape room, or guests can get a package deal of $15 for both events.

FARM FRIGHTS: From a haunted maze to zombie paintball, Jonesborough’s Fenders Farm has several events to get visitors into the spooky spirit. The corn maze is open every day of the week, and the farm has several haunted events for those who want a little more of a scary experience. New this year is the Insane Inn, the farm’s version of a haunted house, and Redneck Zombie Paintball, where guests can try their hand at shooting automated zombies with paintball guns. Visit www.fendersmaze.com for more information on events, times and pricing.

OH, THE (ROCKY) HORROR: Johnson City Community Theatre is back with its production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The theater has four more showings of the cult classic — Friday at 8 p.m., two showings on Saturday at 8 p.m. and midnight, and a Halloween showing at 8 p.m. Call the JCCT box office at 926-2542 for tickets.

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN: Jonesborough Repertory Theatre is putting some laughs back into the scares with its production of The New Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankenstein. The show runs on Oct. 27, 28, 29 and Nov. 3, 4 and 5. Visit www.jonesboroughtheatre.com for tickets.

Thursday, Oct. 26

BY-THE-BOOK TRUNK-OR-TREAT: Memorial Park Community Center is putting some spice into its trunk-or-treat event with fire engines and police cruisers holding all the candy. Families can attend the free event and check out some cool vehicles while they’re at it. Participants should bring their best costume game and a bag for all the candy. For more information call 434-5758.

Friday, Oct. 27

BREWS AND BOOS: For the third annual Brews and Boos event, the town of Jonesborough is offering spooky tales in addition to the craft beer, hot cider and hot chocolate. The tales will begin at 8 p.m. at the Jimmy Neil Smith Park behind the International Storytelling Center. Main Street Cafe will provide seasonal craft beers while The Corner Cup is in charge of ciders, coffee and hot cocoa. Tickets are $10, and gates open at $7 with some live music. Visitors are encouraged to bring a blanket and chairs as the event is ground seating only. For more information call the Jonesborough Visitors Center at 913-8212.

AQUATIC PUMPKIN PATCH: Citizens of all ages will be able to visit an aquatic pumpkin patch at the Memorial Park Community Center Friday from 4 to 5:45 p.m. Swimmers will select a pumpkin to decorate for $5 a person. Registration for this event is required.

Saturday, Oct. 28

THRILLER: Grab your dancing shoes for the annual Thrill the World event at the Johnson City Public Library at 4:30 p.m. Thrill the World is an annual worldwide simultaneous dance of Thriller in an attempt to break world records.

Dancers must have attended at least one Thrill the World practice to participate, and a review of the dance will precede the dance at 6 p.m. Zombie makeup and costumes are encouraged. For more information call 434-4458.

ZOMBIE RUN: Zombies are taking over Saturday morning for the 3K Zombie Run hosted by the East Tennessee State University Department of Physical Therapy. This isn’t just a normal 3K – runners will have to dodge zombie attacks throughout the course, protecting their two flags from them. Runners who make it to the finish line with one or both of their flags are considered survivors of the run. Registration for runners is $25, and those wishing to pose as zombies may do so for $20, although spots for zombies are limited.

The race will begin and end at the Tri-Hall Field behind Centennial and Governors Halls on campus. The top three finishers will be awarded prizes, and a prize will also be awarded for the best zombie costume. All proceeds from the race go to support physical therapy research and physical therapist student education. To register or for more information, email Conner Hensley at hensleycj@etsu.edu or Christina Wakefield at ZCMJ4@mail.etsu.edu.

HAUNTS AND HAPPENINGS: Jonesborough will be continuing a 40-year tradition with Halloween Haunts and Happenings, except this year, organizers decided to expand the hours and activities for visitors of the event.

From 2 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, visitors can participate in a number of events including The Great Carved Pumpkin Contest, a costume contest, music, activities and games for the whole family.

New this year is the Spooky Pooch Palooza, which begins at 3 p.m. in front of the Courthouse. Dog parents can bring their furry friends for a costume contest, a photo booth and paw readings. Prizes will be awarded for dogs for the funniest, scariest, most creative, best dog/owner combo and best dog pair/team categories.

Also new this year is the Flashlight Haunted Egg Hunt offered for children ages 10 and older beginning at 7 p.m. in Mill Spring Park. Participants can bring a flashlight and begin the search for hidden black and orange eggs filled with candy, but should keep an eye out for spooky characters along the way.

For more information on Halloween Haunts and Happenings, visit www.jonesboroughtn.org.

Monday, Oct. 30

BUFFALO-STYLE TRUNK-OR-TREAT: Milligan College students will dress up and decorate their cars Monday for the annual Trunk or Treat event on the college’s campus. From 6 to 8 p.m., families can come to the college’s faculty office building parking lot for families to trick or treat in a safe environment. Parking for the event is available behind the Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts. For more information, call 461.8711.

Tuesday, Oct. 31

WALNUT TRADITION: Walnut Street businesses will hand out candy in the popular Trick or Treat on Walnut Street Tuesday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. A tradition for many families, the event draws hundreds of trick or treaters per year.

HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL: Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., will host its 31st annual Halloween Festival from 6-9 p.m. This event is open to all ages and will include a variety of Halloween fun and games. Admission is free for children ages 6-16 in costume, $1 for adults in costume, and $2 for anyone not in costume. Game tickets will be $.50 each. Best costume prizes will be awarded. For more information, please call 423-461-8830.

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