Halloween means it’s time for pumpkins, ghosts, and all the crazy costumes! If you’re a huge fan of this mysterious holiday, then you’re in for a real treat when it comes to Asheville. If you’re worried about what to do this season, we’ve got you covered. When you come to Asheville, NC, there are a ton of events going on — alongside some truly spine-tingling adventures.
Creep it Real at These Halloween Events!
Whether you have kids along for the ride or you’re out with your adult friends, there is plenty to keep you occupied while visiting Asheville this time of year. Take your pick, from Halloween-inspired shows to glow trails and bar crawls. This will be one adventure that will leave you howling with excitement!
Year-Round – Haunted Asheville Tours
10/8 – 10th Annual Haunted Trail and Glow Trail at the Adventure Center of Asheville
10/14 – TCH Guild Holiday Craft Show at Masonic Lodge
10/15 – Spooky Shuffle 5K at Carrier Park
10/21 – Rocky Horror Music Show at The Grey Eagle
10/22 – 5th Annual Wicked Halloween 5K & Fun Run at Carrier Park
10/28 – Shelton House “A Haunting on the Hill”
10/29 – Halloweenfest on E Main St.
10/29 – 10th Annual Haunted Trail at the Adventure Center
10/29 – Asheville Halloweekend Hangover Bar Crawl
10/31 – Mac Sabbath at The Grey Eagle
Get Real Spooky with REAL Haunted Locations
Asheville is full of history, which means it is also full of some ghost tales and sinister stories of the paranormal. If you’re an avid supernatural and oddities lover, you’ll have to make a pit stop at each of these incredibly ghostly locations.
Thomas Wolfe Memorial
Thomas Wolf was an American writer known for an array of books throughout the 1900s. Wolfe died in the mid-1900s, at the age of a young 37 due to tuberculosis. You can come visit this late author’s victorian home, but you might not know that it is also haunted. In fact, the home is allegedly haunted by a woman and man. The woman is often seen in the dining room while the man is frequently sitting in the rocking chair. Is it the ghost of Thomas Wolfe, himself?
Helen’s Bridge was constructed in the 1900s to provide accessibility to a nearby mansion. The tale speaks of Helen, who apparently lived in or near that mansion with her daughter. Fast forward to Helen’s daughter dying in a fire, with a shattered mother (Helen) hanging herself from this bridge. Stop along this bridge and call out to her name to see if her spirit appears. Beware, however, as some people’s cars will not start when they try to leave.
Battery Park Hotel
In the mid-1900s, the Battery Park Hotel became a significant site of the murder of Helen Clevenger. While her uncle came to wake her up, he noticed that Helen’s face was brutally slashed, beaten, and shot. Legend says that Martin Moore, a janitor at the hotel, confessed to the murder and then took it back saying he was coerced. Years later, a woman stays in that same hotel room and wakes up with a feeling that someone else was there. Lightening strikes, a storm of rain falls down, and she realizes that it was Helen haunting her.
Reynolds Mansion B&B
Don’t you love a haunted location that you can stay at? The Reynolds Mansion B&B has been the focus of several paranormal groups in Asheville. It is said that the Historic Riverside Cemetary is the burial ground for authors and the builder of this Reynolds Mansion Estate. Staying at this B&B, there have been several guests reporting mysterious noises, shadows, and random scents of perfume amidst these very walls. Is it haunted? Find out for yourself.
Save Your Screams for a Weekend in Asheville
Of course, you can also never go wrong with a little ghost tour throughout town to spark your Halloween excitement. Any way you go, you’re bound to have fun in Asheville when you choose it as your spooky location. Looking for an eerily decorated bar? Head to The Crow & Quill — a cocktail bar named in honor of Edgar Allen Poe.