Asheville is a town that can slip into a festive spirit as easily as a witch slips onto her broom. The end of October brings with it much anticipation of haunted Halloween happenings around town.
Here are several neighborhoods, broken down by region but by no means an exhaustive list, of some of the tried and true neighborhoods that welcome trick-or-treaters and Halloween festivities.
West Asheville goes all out for Halloween with storefronts fully bedazzled and occasionally even a band set up at the Brew Pump on Haywood Road on Halloween night.
Vermont Avenue, the main corridor through historic West Asheville, welcomes hundreds of families for trick-or-treating. Some homes put on shadow performances and blast spooky music. In recent years, the road has been closed to through traffic, making room for shoulder to shoulder treat-seekers. Parking can be a challenge, but there is a large lot at the West Asheville Park at the bottom of Vermont Avenue.
For a quieter and more traditional Halloween experience, head to west West Asheville in the Malvern Hills neighborhood. Sidewalks and wide roads make for a good pedestrian experience for children. The mix of many generations means that there are plenty of homes offering candy and ample younger ones disguised and seeking candy.
Beverly Hills neighborhood is the go-to spot in East Asheville. This neighborhood has tons of children, so the atmosphere is super kid-friendly. The Halloween hub is on Kingsgate Road in the center of the neighborhood.
South Asheville has a handful of larger neighborhoods located close to school districts which makes for a great family vibe where you can cover lots of distance without getting in a car. Oak Park and Biltmore Park near the T.C. Roberson School district are two stalwart Halloween locations in the south end of town.
North Asheville’s classic neighborhoods are welcoming to little haunts. Kimberly Avenue, with its wide, tree-lined roads, is a fantastic location for trick or treating. Adults can simultaneously enjoy the beauty of the architecture and the Grove Park neighborhood. The historic Rose Garden at Gracelyn and South Griffing often turns into quite a crowd of costume-clad children.
Homes near Weaver Park and Beaver Lake also have a great Halloween scene. A bit further to the north, the small town of Weaverville has an historic district downtown that offers convenient, walkable fun for families adventuring out on the 31st.
In the Montford Historic District near downtown Asheville, Montford Avenue is the hot spot for haunted romping. Houses are decked out from Nine Mile to the Montford Park. The hosts of the historic Bed and Breakfasts along the avenue greet guests in full regalia with full sized candy bars.Park on side streets or walk from downtown Asheville to check out the decorations along this beautiful road.
Kenilworth neighborhood, just a few miles south of downtown Asheville, has long been a favorite Halloween destination for locals. The homeowners go out of their way with elaborate decorations and jack-o-lantern displays. Most people start at the big church on the corner of Kenilworth Road and Chiles, and then walk up and down the sidewalks of Kenilworth Road, venturing into the smaller side streets..... if they dare.
Wherever you may roam this Halloween, we wish you a safe and fun evening!
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