Today we associate Halloween with costumes, candy and jack-o’-lanterns. But at the start of the 20th century holiday customs were quite different. The supernatural remained a component, but a large emphasis was on romance.
In 1898, residents were spooked by an unusual glow inside a vacant house. A few years later, another resident offered the local paper insight on how to deter ghosts from haunting homes.
With Halloween proper falling mid-week, the opportunities to celebrate span several days leading up to and following the quintessential autumnal observance.
In October 1918, in the midst of a worldwide influenza pandemic, Asheville residents opted to wear medical masks as opposed to Halloween costumes.
In previous years, the city’s temporary use permit, which is required to shut down Vermont Avenue, cost the event’s organizers $100. This year, the price jumped to $500.
Black Death ice cream, Corpse Reviver cocktails and chocolate sugar skulls are just a few of the Halloween goodies on the menu around Asheville.
Halloween falls midweek this year, which means while many ghoulish entertainments will take place the preceding weekend, there are still some events to look forward to on Halloween night itself.
The Bad Seed induces a disturbing, psychological message for the ages. If a child can be manipulative and clever enough to get away with murder — what will happen when they become an adult in a position of power and authority?
“I took my teenage autistic son trick-or-treating in West Asheville, off Haywood Road, and was so outraged by these jerks who dress and talk like hippies, who were bullying and judging kids.”
Xpress joins paranormal investigator Joshua P. Warren and company as they delve into mysterious rumors of secret tunnels hidden beneath the Asheville Masonic Temple.
It’s time to get to the polls, Buncombe voters! We’ve got your general election voter guide, with Q&A with candidates for Asheville mayor and City Council, as well as a roundup of other contested Buncombe municipal races.
Does your furry friend have their annual Halloween disguise? If not, don’t despair! Thanks to Asheville Pet Photography, Bone-A-Fide Pet Boutique, the Asheville Humane Society and Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, we have some last minute inspiration from some of the fanciest pets around. With just a little creativity (or perhaps a trip to your local pet store) your […]
Estimates place the number of haunted house attractions in the United States in the thousands. Xpress caught up with some of the local haunts to get a behind the scenes look at the industry.
Here’s a selection of costumed capers, ghoulish gatherings and pumpkin-spiced parties. From autumnal festivities to puppet shows, there’s a celebration for nearly every reveler.
**UPDATED OCT. 26** Devil’s Night returns to South Slope breweries, Urban Orchard turns four, Burial celebrates “Stranger Things” and more local beer news.
Like any good Southern city, Asheville’s history is steeped in the gothic and the paranormal. While the facts and claims behind these legends vary from story to story (and storyteller), Asheville’s “ghosts” play an often unheralded role in capturing and preserving the city’s past.
Looking for yet more spooky celebrations? Check out our roundup.
Ride a bike, cut a rug, revisit Neil Young, tour a haunted house or celebrate the spookiest season with poetry and pie. There are as many ways to commemorate All Hallows Eve as there are sexy zombie costume possibilities.
From October: Dr. Dog, Trampled By Turtles, Drive-by Truckers, Rayland Baxter, Grace Potter, LEAF Festival, Colonel Bruce, Unspoken Tradition, Widespread Panic and more.
Proud of your costume, pumpkin-carving skills or decorum? Tweet or Instagram your festivities, using the #avl hashtag. We’ll add it to our story!