Conscious party: Full Circle Farm Sanctuary throws a Halloween benefit

SWINE AND DANDY: Nestled in the mountains of Yancey County sits Full Circle Farm Sanctuary, where pigs, goats, chickens, guinea fowl, ducks, geese, cats, dogs and a llama roam the land in peace (aside from the occasional holiday-themed photo shoot). Photo of Penelope Persimmon Pigsworth by Kayla Worden

WHAT: Night of the Living Punkinheads

WHERE: Sanctuary Brewing Co. of Hendersonville

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 7-10 p.m.

WHY: Full Circle Farm Sanctuary and Sanctuary Brewing Co., are partnering up to celebrate the trick-or-treat season in addition to both organizations’ year-round pursuit: animal welfare.

“We are happy that Sanctuary Brewing Co., will be hosting one event a month for Full Circle at their venue,” says the Farm Sanctuary’s founder and executive director, Kayla Worden.

The next joint occasion is Night of the Living Punkinheads — a Halloween fundraiser with a competitive side. Attendees can enter to win a prize for the most attractive carved pumpkin, best costume and most flavorful vegan pumpkin pie. Proceeds will help pay for a “new, much-needed barn currently under construction” and cover some veterinary bills.

In keeping with Full Circle’s animal-friendly mission, all of the event’s finger foods and drinks will be vegan, “and our vegan pumpkin pie contest will set an example of how tasty and easy it is to transform traditional, familiar holiday recipes we all grew up with into delicious, healthy, kind, plant-based versions,” Worden adds. “Going vegan is not only healthy and environmentally friendly, but it is fun, creative and all about deliciousness.”

Singer/songwriter and ukelele aficionado Tessia Doerfler plays from 7-9 p.m., and Worden has also planned a raffle with prizes from area businesses and individuals, “so it will be a night of frightful, delectable fun,” she says.

A $5 admission fee includes entry to win a prize drawing. Participation in the vegan pumpkin pie contest and carved pumpkin contest also cost $5 per person. Visit for more information.


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About Kat McReynolds
Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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