(WJHL) – The COVID-19 pandemic has lasted longer than most everyone anticipated, and now it is impacting Halloween festivities.
Below are Halloween events in the region that will still take place and those that have been canceled.
Events that WILL happen
Candy Crawl Drive Thru Trunk ‘R Treat – The Mall at Johnson City will host the socially distanced event. Registration is required for 500 cars. The event has been sold out.
Mysterious Candlelight Tours of the Carter Mansion – Take a guided tour of the Carter Mansion and hear about its over 200 years of history in the dark. Listen to tales of strange happenings and sights at the mansion in the candlelight. Pre-registration is required. $10 for adults and $5 for kids 17 and under. Learn more by clicking here.
Halloween at the Moonlite Drive-In – The Barter Theatre will be putting on two shows each on the nights of October 30 and 31: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Dracula. Treats will be delivered to each parking spot ahead of the shows and costume and carving contests will be held. Click here for more information.
3rd Annual Zombie Kat Howl-o-Ween Festival – Petworks in Kingsport is hosting its 3rd Annual Howl-o-Ween Festival on Saturday, October 24. According to the event organizers, the festival runs from 4-8 p.m. and includes animal adoptions, concessions and costume contests for animals and owners. A trunk or treat will also be available and Donny and the Dry Heavers Band will perform. Admission by donation to the event.
2020 Boo at the Zoo – Brights Zoo will still be hosting its annual event on Halloween in two time slots with COVID-19 restrictions. Pre-sold tickets will be sold for the event. No tickets will be sold at the gate. There will not be trick-or-treating, but kids under 12 will be given a bag of candy on their way out of the zoo. For more information, click here.
Faith Promise Church Candyland Drive-Thru – The Faith Promise Church in Bristol, Tennessee will be hosting a Candyland Drive-Thru from 5-7 p.m. on Halloween. You can find the church across from Walmart in Bristol at 2133 Volunteer Parkway. Participants will drive through stations like the board game, meet Candyland characters and visit game locations.
Sunnyside Baptist Church Trunk-or-Treat – The Sunnyside Baptist Church in Kingsport will be hosting a trunk-or-treat from 6-8 p.m. The event will be held in the church parking lot at 406 Cooks Valley Road. No registration is required.
The Dam Haunted Woods – A Not So Scary Trick or Treating event will be held on Halloween from 4-6 p.m. before the adult haunt opens in Kingsport. The haunt is more than a quarter mile long and will only feature a few actors that will be temperature screened and wearing gloves and masks during the kids portion. Children will be handed candy in plastic bags, and there is a bonfire with s’mores at the end. During the month of October, the haunt will be open ever Friday and Saturday complete with zombies and mad scientists.
Ghoulish Goodies – The Washington County Jonesborough Library will be hosting the virtual trick-or-treating event with downtown businesses and secret codes. The hunt starts on September 30 through October 28. To collect codes for candy and prizes, go to wclibrarytn.beanstack.org or download the Beanstack app.
Jack-O-Lantern Drive Thru – The Main Street event in Jonesborough is running from October 29-31. To participate, pick up a pumpkin from the Visitors Center on Monday, October 26 from 2-6 p.m. Bring your carved pumpkin back to the Visitors Center on Wednesday, then enjoy driving or walking through town among the jack-o-lantern lights. Winners will be posted to Main Street Jonesborough social media pages.
Sugarwood Subdivision Halloween Celebration – Food trucks and trick-or-treating will occur at the Blountville neighborhood event on Halloween. The event will be from 5-8 p.m. and trucks will be at Amelia Court. Some of the food trucks include Opie’s Pizza Wagon, Sam’s Snowball Paradise, Trucky Cheese and Baked and Loaded.
Grace Christian Church Drive-Thru Hullabaloo – The church will host the free event in the church parking lot at 1713 E. Sevier Avenue in Kingsport on Halloween. The drive-thru runs from 6-8 p.m. and guests will receive pre-made bags of candy and informational material about the church.
Abingdon Main Street Halloween Scavenger Hunt – The scavenger hunt runs from 3-7 p.m. on Halloween. For more information, click here.
Fall Harvest Pumpkin Walk – On Halloween, the Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Johnson City will hold the Fall Harvest Pumpkin Walk from 5-7 p.m. There will be carved pumpkins and decorated trunks with self-serve prepared treat bags for children. A socially distanced hayride will be running at the church, as well as a bonfire where stories can be told. Kids costumes are welcome, and families should bring flashlights. In the event of rain, the event will be a drive-thru viewing of the pumpkins with snacks provided. The church is located at 353 Cedar Grove Road, Johnson City, TN.
Trunk or Treat at Sullivan East – The drive-thru trunk-or-treat will be held on October 29 from 6-8 p.m.
Drop By the Farm – The Drop Collaborative and Kids Like Us Community Learning Center are partnering to create the Halloween event “Drop By the Farm.” According to organizers, the event is free and COVID-19 compliant with limited guests at a time. The event will be held on October 24 and 25 for kids ages 5-8 and those with special needs of any age. You can learn more and reserve a time by clicking here.
Haunted Caverns 2020/ Trunk-or-Treat – Appalachian Caverns is hosting its haunted caverns and mystic woods event on October 23-25 and October 30-31 from 6-11 p.m. On October 30-31, Appalachian Caverns will also hold a trunk-or-treat with treats already packaged. Tickets are limited and pre-sold, starting in October. Click here for more information.
Keller Williams Trunk-or-Treat Bash – Keller Williams Johnson City will be hosting the event on October 30 at the KW building at 3009 Greenline Road. The event will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Attendees can expect treats, games and a costume contest for both kids and families.
Three Nights of Fright – Explore historic buildings with paranormal investigators at Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site in Johnson City on the nights of October 20, 24 and 27. For more information, click here.
True and Chilling Tales from Jonesborough’s Past – The Heritage Alliance in Jonesborough is hosting a guided, walking tour that starts at the Chester Inn Museum. The tours start at 7 p.m. on October 29-31, but try to arrive by 6:50 p.m. The 1-hour tours require preregistration. Tickets are $8. Click here to get your tickets. UPDATE: SOLD OUT
Trick-or-Treating at Bass Pro Shops-Cabela’s – On Halloween from 2-7 p.m., Bass Pro Shops-Cabela’s at the Pinnacle will host a trick-or-treating event with social distancing measures in place. For more information on the event, call (423) 990-5213.
New Grace Baptist Church Trunk-or-Treat – Saturday, October 24 from 6-8 p.m. 3055 W State Street, Bristol, TN 37620
Port City Church Boo Bash Drive Thru Trunk-or-Treat – The Port City Church in Kingsport will hold a drive-thru trunk-or-treat on Halloween from 5-8 p.m. Hot chocolate and a movie will be provided. Click here for more information.
Jonesville Trick-or-Treating – The Town of Jonesville, Virginia will have trick-or-treating on Halloween from 4-7 p.m., as well as a drive-thru trick-or-treat event at Cumberland Bowl Park at the same time.
Movies on Main: Drive-In Edition – Starting at 7 p.m. on October 30, the Town of Jonesborough will show Halloween-themed movies behind the Washington County Courthouse. Movies include “Toy Story of Terror,” “Scared Shrekless” and the main feature “Hocus Pocus” at 8 p.m. Moviegoers are encouraged to arrive early and park around 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per car, but upon arrival guests will receive $10 in JAMSA coins to be used at most downtown businesses. To get tickets, click here.
Family Campfire Night & Spooky Story Time at SWVA 4-H Center – The event will be held on Friday, October 30 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Register online by clicking here.
Haunted Hill Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treat – The event will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. on October 24 at William King Museum of Art in Abingdon. Drive the loop to socially distant trick-or-treat. For more information, click here.
The Lomax Street Cemetery Yard Haunt – The annual yard haunt in the 1100 block of Lomax Street in Kingsport will just feature a static display this year to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Hand sanitizer and masks will be provided upon request. Trick-or-treaters will receive candy on Halloween from 5-10 p.m. or until candy runs out. The first 300 kids will receive a witches wand. For more information, click here.
Events that WILL NOT happen
Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Trunk-or-Treat – The sheriff’s office said it would be unable to comply with CDC and local health department guidelines due to the large crowd the event draws.
Town of Erwin Main Street Trick-or-Treating – The Town of Erwin announced they will not be closing Main Street for the annual event and hope that families will participate in their own neighborhood activities.
Marion’s Halloween Madness – The town has canceled the annual trunk-or-treating event after originally making plans to space out the vendors. Town officials say individual trick-or-treating is up to residents, but the rise in COVID-19 cases forced the cancelation of the town event.
Grundy Haunted House – The haunted house was canceled for 2020 after Grundy Mayor Dennis Ramey was sent a letter from the Virginia Department of Health, strongly advising the event be canceled.
Warriors Path Halloween in the Campground – Halloween in the Campground at Warriors Path State Park has been canceled due to COVID-19 precautions.
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