It should be no surprise that Halloween is a big deal in a place named Transylvania County. On Saturday, Oct. 26, Brevard will host the annual 37th Halloweenfest, a family-friendly celebration of all things Halloween. The festivities will include music and competitions, such as pumpkin carving and costumes. Other events will include a street festival, a costume parade — human and pet — and a blood drive. For more information about Halloweenfest, go to www.brevardnc.org.
The morning of Halloweenfest will kick off with foot races. The Flight of the Vampire is put on by the Brevard Rotary and will begin at 9 a.m. at the American Legion building on Jordan Street in Brevard. For more information on the race, go to www.brevardrotary.org.
Other Halloween-inspired events include:
•The Fifth Annual Pumpkin Fest, a lighted carved-pumpkin Halloween spectacular held at Silvermont Park in Brevard, will be on Friday and Saturday from 7-9 p.m. on Oct. 11-12, 18-19 and 25; and 5-9 p.m. on Oct. 26. Pumpkin Fest will include a beautiful display of lighted carved pumpkins in multiple scenes along a half-mile, handicap-accessible trail in the park. Large and small white squirrels will roam the woods, and community actors will visit in Halloween costumes to help entertain visitors. Small wooden white squirrels are hidden along the path to provide a scavenger hunt for children and their families. Children will also enjoy storytelling, a photo opportunity with the white squirrel, coloring pumpkins and outdoor games. Local musicians will provide music each night 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 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 Saturday, Oct. 19. For more information, including admission costs, call (828) 877-3130 or go to www.cradleofforestry.com.
•On the night of Thursday, 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.