Photo by Dan Barham for BIKE Magazine.

Dear Traveler: 

Now is the very witching hour. The sun is down. The moon is up. I have wheeled the mountain bike out of the castle crypts and have attired myself in my favorite bike shorts (black), t-shirt (black), cape (black) and helmet (reflective, because Safety First!) in order to take to the darkest trails where I might embody my legendary reputation as “Terror of the Carpathians and Scourge of the Single-Track.”

Ah yes! You can run, but you cannot hide . . . from Halloween in Transylvania County, where they put the “creep” in Creeptastic, the “spooky” in Spooktacular and the “extreme fun” in all family- and undead-friendly events. I’ll be around, as they say, so keep an eye out on the dark nights, lest you wander too far off the trail, into the deepest shadows where you might find me in the moonlight, fangs glinting, as I drink rounds of Dale’s Pale Ale, Brevard Brewing’s Red Ale and Ecusta’s Dead Drift Pale Ale with my cycling buddies, Frankenstein and the Wolfman. Who knows what evil and unpredictable plans we may put into motion? Could be shenanigans. Could be fly-fishing. Who knows?


Until then, I remain forever (literally) yours, 
Count Adventurist

Artwork by Karen Newgard
Feather in Your Cap

"As The Crow Flies" Invitational Art Exhibit
TC Arts
349 S Caldwell St, Brevard
October 1-20

Looking to scare up some crow art? Well, this marvelous invitational art event features a variety of works by celebrated clay-artist Christine Kosiba and some of her very talented friends. With an emphasis on pottery, woodwork and paintings, this exhibit is guaranteed to be a spellbinding treat for artists and connoisseurs alike. 


Fly this way for more information 

Shiver Me Timbers!

Forest Festival Day and Intercollegiate Woodsman's Meet
Cradle of Forestry
Saturday, October 7 


What happens when you mix craftspeople, a slew of competitive, aspiring woodsmen and a festive atmosphere on a mild autumn weekend? A Paul Bunyan-sized good time for the whole family. Learn about traditional mountain living, see glorious local arts and crafts and cheer on your favorite Paul Bunyan in archery, ax throwing, pole felling and more.


Any questions? Ax them here

Leaf Your Worries Behind

Colors of Fall Guided Paddling Trip
Headwaters Outfitters
Saturdays, October 7-28

The banks of the French Broad River are thick with brilliant foliage this time of year.  And there is no better way to enjoy a glorious, sunny autumn morning than taking in the view on an easy–paced canoe ride. The guides at Headwaters will lead you on a four-hour trip through a breathtaking stretch of riverside. Paddles provided. Bring your own sense of adventure.


Get current here.

Scary Tails

Silvermont's Lighted Pumpkin Patch and Revenge of the White Squirrels
Silvermont Mansion
364 E Main St, Brevard
October 13,14,20,21,27 & 28

We don’t exactly know what the white squirrels have dreamed up to startle visitors over at Brevard’s historic Silvermont Mansion, but rumor has it that Halloween enthusiasts of all ages will find lighted trails through a pumpkin patch, ghost stories, live music, a scary squirrel scavenger hunt, games and a fearsome beast best described as a “Giant Squirrel Roaming the Trails.”


Go nuts here.

Spin City

White Squirrel Cycling Classic
Blue Ridge Adventures
Saturday, October 14

This gorgeous, fully supported fall ride takes cyclists through some of Transylvania County’s most scenic stretches at the vibrant edge of leaf season. Enjoy 20, 40, or 63 mile routes at this classic event.


Pedal up over here for more details.

Make Hay While the Sun Shines

Down by The Barn Stories & Music
Allison-Deaver House
2753 Asheville Hwy, Pisgah Forest 
Saturday, October 21

Experience an old-timey autumn celebration at this family-friendly event curated by the Transylvania County Historical Society. Hear mountain music, listen to classic ghost stories and whet your appetite for Halloween treats with a marshmallow roast by an open fire.


Crawl in your time machine here


Frightful Friendfest at PARI
Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute
Saturday, October 21

Those mad scientists at PARI have come up with a particularly fiendishly fun event that includes Haunted Hayrides, Bonfire Ghost Storytelling, Scary Scavenger Hunts, Telescope Observing (for possible aliens). Tickets are only $25 and include a delicious BBQ dinner.


Teleport to here for all the info.

Running Scared

Flight of the Vampire 1, 5 & 10K
Downtown Brevard
Saturday, October 28

Join witches, vampires, ghosts, ghouls, werewolves and their ghoulish friends as they try to beat their personal best while wearing capes and fangs with their running shoes. This beloved yearly race event gives runners the chance to get in a solid workout before a full day of candy-eating at Halloweenfest.


Get the blood pumping here.

Bright Frights!

Downtown Brevard 
Saturday, October 28 

In Monster, “Transylvania” means “Party,” and that probably accounts for why ghosts, goblins, witches, warlocks, zombies and even your sweet old mummy are probably headed to Brevard during the scariest (and most colorful) time of year. This all day event features costume contests, parade, pumpkin carving, a cook off, haunted house, live music ghost tours, food and more fun than a barrel of vampire bats and flying monkeys.


Trick or treat here.

Ghostly Bells Are Ringing

Atlanta Concert Ringers
First United Methodist Church
325 N Broad Street
Saturday, October 28

Handbells are not typically associated with things that go bump in the night. But as a very special Halloween-y treat, this celebrated ensemble will put their creepiest spin on some seasonal classics at this “Shivers and Shakes” performance.


Ring in the season here. 

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