With a name like Transylvania County it should be no surprise that Halloween is a popular time here.
The 36th Annual Halloweenfest will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, in downtown Brevard (read the related story about the festival in this publication).
Other events include:
•Pumpkin Fest, a lighted carved-pumpkin Halloween spectacular held at Silvermont Park in Brevard, will be Friday and Saturday from 7-9 p.m. on Oct. 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27. Pumpkin Fest will include a beautiful display of lighted carved pumpkins in multiple scenes along a half-mile, handicap-accessible trail in the park, including “Under the Sea,” “Pirates’ Cove,” “Butterfly Garden,” “Ghost Circle Dance” and many others. Large and small white squirrels will roam the woods, and community actors will visit in Halloween costumes to entertain visitors. Small wooden white squirrels are hidden along the path to provide a scavenger hunt for children and their families. Children will also enjoystory telling, a photo opportunity with the white squirrel, coloring pumpkins and outdoor games. Local musicians will provide music each night from 7-9 p.m., and food trucks and other refreshments will be available
This non-scary artistic Halloween festival is produced by hundreds of volunteers working with the Friends of Silvermont as a fundraiser for the park and mansion. If you can, bring a flashlight. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, visit www.Facebook.com/pumpkinpatchrevenge. The 100-year-old Silvermont Mansion will also be open, with docents to share the history of Silvermont and for the public to see the recently refurbished first floor of the mansion, with new floors, paint and window treatments.
•“The Legend of Tommy Hodges” — an outdoor drama at the Cradle of Forestry — is another popular Halloween tradition in the county. It was Halloween night in 1906 when Tommy Hodges, one of the students at the Biltmore Forest School, disappeared. His story is presented as an outdoor drama along the paved, one-mile Biltmore Campus Trail. As the audience walks the trail from scene to scene, it meets characters from the historic Pink Beds community and hears stories, including some based on the diaries of students who attended the Biltmore Forest School from 1903-1907. Warm clothing, walking shoes and flashlights are recommended. This year’s outdoor drama will be held Friday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Oct. 20. There will be three show times each night: 6:30, 7:45 and 9 p.m. For more information, including admission costs, call (828) 877-3130 or go to www.cradleofforestry.com.
•On the night of Wednesday, Oct. 31, Brevard’s streets will likely be taken over by young and old dressed in a variety of costumes, making it a perfect family night out, particularly on Park Avenue and Maple Street, where the roads are blocked off. For more information about all local activities, go to www.transylvaniaexplorer.com.