Halloween Happenings: Where & when spooky celebrations kick off in Tri-Cities

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TRI-CITIES, Tenn./Va. (WJHL) — Spooky season looms ahead, and many communities across the region have announced trick-or-treating plans along with other haunts and happenings.

News Channel 11 compiled a list of districts and their “Halloweekend” plans.

Abingdon

  • According to town officials, Halloween will be observed on Oct. 31, with trick-or-treating concluded before 10 p.m.
  • A Facebook post from leaders said trick-or-treating is limited to children 12 years and younger.
  • Another trick-or-treat opportunity is planned for Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. at all Washington County, Virginia Public Library locations.

Bristol, Tennessee

  • The city does not regulate Halloween trick-or-treating, but there are events planned for the community to join in on the fun.
  • Parks and Recs teamed up with Believe in Bristol to sponsor Pumpkin Palooza and Downtown Trick or Treating at the farmers market at 801 Anderson St. On Oct. 30 starting at 9 a.m., the public can pick up free pumpkins to take home for decorating. From 10 a.m. until noon, downtown merchants will host a trick-or-treating event for children.
  • The Bristol Tennessee Police Department will host Trunk or Treat on Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. at Downtown Center under Bristol’s country music mural.

Gate City

  • Boo at the Zoo will be from Friday until Saturday at 9p.m. at Creation Kingdom Zoo. Hayrides, costumes, trick-or-treating and a Festival of Jack-o-lanterns will be at the event. Music, lights, food and more will be available, and all proceeds will help provide food items for families over Thanksgiving.

Johnson City

  • City officials told News Channel 11 that the city does not designate trick-or-treating dates or times. There are several Halloween festivities, however, planned for the entire family.
  • The fun begins on Oct. 23 with Super Spooky Saturday at 510 Bert St from 5-8 p.m. This will include free games, crafts, a cake walk, marshmallow roasting, pumpkin patch inflatables and more.
  • Pups and Trucks Trunk or Treat will kick off Oct. 28 at 510 Bert St. from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Proof of dogs’ vaccinations is required. There will be a pet costume contest, candy and prizes.
  • A Halloween Festival is planned from Oct. 30 at 322 W. Watauga Ave. from 4-8 p.m. It’s $1 per person, but those under 18 years dressed in a costume get in free. Carnival tickets are $1.

Jonesborough

  • Hocus Pocus drive-in movie night is planned for Oct. 29 behind the Washington County Courthouse, with parking beginning at 6 p.m., and the movie begins at 8 p.m.
  • Brews and Boos will kick off in downtown Jonesborough on Oct. 30 from 8-10 p.m. Tickets can be purchased HERE.
  • Downtown at Dusk will launch on Oct. 29 — it’s a trick or treating festivity, but for adults.

Kingsport

  • The city does not designate Halloween or trick-or-treating dates or times. There are spooky events available, though.
  • The community can check out Cinema Under the Stars with Hocus Pocus for Halloween for $10. The show will be part of Bays Mountain’s 50th anniversary. It will be on Oct. 22 from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Downtown Kingsport will host Downtown Trick or Treat on the Street, with crafts, sweets, dog costume contests and more. Festivities start Oct. 30 at noon.
  • “Pete the Pumpkin” will be hidden around town from Oct. 25 to Oct. 28, and hunters can send his picture to Kingsport’s Parks and Rec Facebook page to win special prizes!

Wise County

  • Wise County officials and the City of Norton Chamber of Commerce released the county’s Halloween plans.
  • Appalachia — Saturday, Oct. 30 from 5-8 p.m.
  • Big Stone Gap — Sunday, Oct. 31 from 5-8 p.m.
  • Coeburn — Sunday, Oct. 31 from 5-8 p.m.
  • Norton — Sunday, Oct. 31 from 5-8 p.m.
  • Pound — Saturday, Oct. 30 from 5-8 p.m.
  • St. Paul — Saturday, Oct. 30 from 5-7 p.m.
  • Wise — Sunday, Oct. 31 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Carter County

  • Scary Stories at Fort Watauga at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28.

Mosheim

  • 1000 Main Street – Saturday Oct. 30 from 5-8 p.m.

Sunnyside

  • Sunnyside’s Volunteer Fire Department will host a trunk-or-treat on Oct. 30 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at 420 Sunnyside Rd.

Unicoi

  • The Unicoi Fire Department will host a trunk-or-treat at the 3907 Unicoi Dr. fire station from 6-9 p.m.

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