Stunning leaves aren’t the only focal point for North Carolina mountain residents this fall; Halloween is creeping over the horizon. Your doorstep may be set with festive fall décor like gourds, ghouls, and Jack-O-Lanterns, but without a little preparation, the heart of the holiday may pass you by. Ready for some safe, spooky community fun? Here’s how to make the most of your Lake Nantahala real estate this Halloween.
Trick or treaters might have trouble finding our mountain community, but that’s no reason not to prepare! Clear leaves and debris from your driveway and sidewalk, trim any branches that may snag costumes, and keep the outside of your house well-lit if you’re handing out candy. If you’ve created a true haunted house masterpiece, make signs so kids can find you. Arrows on tombstones, distressed boards marked “enter if you dare,” or spooky graphics on posters should do the trick!
Haunted Festivals and Ghost Tours
With all this autumn mountain scenery, it’s no wonder haunted festivals, fall competitions, and ghost tours abound. Enjoy one of the stellar ghost tours at our local national forests, or wrap up NOCtoberfest with the pre-Halloween party on October 26th. The festivities will include food, games, live music, and a costume contest to get you in the Halloween spirit!
Families that prefer to avoid the sinister atmosphere of All Hallow’s Eve can still enjoy sweet treats and entertainment. Check your local church calendars for fall festivals, costume parties, and game nights. Instead of scary decorations and undead neighbors, many churches offer nights of family fellowship, kid friendly competitions, and tasty treats that capture the bounty of the season without stumbling into spooky graveyard territory.