Halloween is a Month-Long Event Around Here
Even way back when I was growing up, Halloween was a big deal for kids. We started talking about what we were going to “go as” weeks in advance. Years in the neighborhood were measured by how many Halloweens someone had lived there. My how this holiday has evolved! It is a month-long series of events, mazes, hayrides, haunted houses, pumpkin patches, parties . . . the list goes on and on. Sure, the kids still talk incessantly about what they are going to wear, but now, so do the adults! We can thank all the parties and local watering holes for making this a great time of the year for young and old alike. The Loafer, with candy bar in tow, has checked out a number of the more popular activities and venues. Here’s a look at some of them.
The Stickley Farm
This amazing place on Beaver Creek about a mile or two from Hwy. 394 in Bluff City has the most unique idea for their corn maze. Every year they pick a theme, set their GPS coordinates, and create a unique maze out of their large cornfield. The Stickley Family Farm’s 12th annual design for 2017 will feature Dale Earnhardt Jr. for his final racing year in Bristol. “Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been a big part of Bristol for the past 20 years and I wanted to do something special to honor him,” said Al Stickley, owner of The Stickley Farm. “The corn maze is a wonderful way for the whole family to spend a fall day together at the farm. The paths of the maze will twist and turn with as you try to get through Dale Jr.’s a-maze-ing race car maze path.” “Earnhardt has had an incredible NASCAR career and I think the kids will really enjoy the design this year,” said Nick Stickley, director of The Stickley Farm.
The Stickley Farm is open now and will remain open through October 29th. They offer fun for all ages with a zip line, haunted house, corn maze, inflatables, animals, hayrides, pumpkins and more fun for the entire family! The haunted maze scare starts around dusk. All ages are welcome but please keep in mind the attraction is meant to be as intense as possible so use discretion. The Stickley Farm also offers corporate events and birthday parties. For more information, visit Thestickleyfarm.com.
Fenders Farm, on Hwy. 107 in Jonesborough, is an adventure for all ages; laughter by day, and screams by night. They have a 7-acre corn maze, 3 acre “Field of Screams”, Insane Inn and private facilities for parties and corporate events. They offer over 50 activities to enjoy, and the store carries a full line of decorative items.
When the light has slipped from the sky and darkness envelopes the grounds, what is imagined becomes real; and reality is uncertain. It isn’t the fear of what lurks in the shadows, but what may skulk into the light. With each step that is taken, the weight of watchful eyes are all that drives you. Encounters with the undead, chainsaw wielding psychopaths and deranged clowns are to be expected. Come celebrate fifteen years of TERROR at Fender’s Farm, where you’ll pay to get in and pray to get out!
Beck Mountain Haunted Corn Maze
Located in Elizabethton, a ticket will first get you onto the Hayride. Make sure to keep up with your ticket because the Hayride ends at Murder Manor. This haunted house has all your worst Fears, so make sure not to wake the dead! If you make it out of Murder Manor alive you might just find yourself in the Haunted Corn Maze. The Maze has 3 acres of goblins and ghosts. You better watch out because you might just meet your worst nightmare!!
Maybe you can make it out alive?…Maybe not?? Due to the NEW Haunted House, Murder Manor and the way the attractions are set up now, the Hayride takes you to the attractions and you make your way back towards the barn and your cars on foot.
This attraction is on Walnut Grove Road in Bluff City. You know those stories of traveling carnivals that ventured through the countryside, stopping at small towns along the way to the delight of young and old alike? The FUNHOUSE was once a part of one of these merrymaking shows. That is until the disappearances started. First it was the odd teenager here and there…maybe they just ran off together folks said, but then the children started vanishing at an alarming rate. It was soon noticed the vanishing children coincided with the arrival of the carnival. On a warm Fall day in October the towns people rose up in typical mob style and marched on the carnival grounds. The freaks and clowns ran into the Funhouse where the crowd pursued them. What they found filled them with horror and disgust. They set torch to the entire building… flames burned all night and the embers wouldn’t cool for weeks. The entire mess was buried to be forgotten. That is until many years later when some local children started digging. They thought it was fun and games, but a grave disturbed will always bring retribution… so it was The FUNHOUSE rose from the ashes that very October and every year since… claiming those foolish or brave enough to enter it’s depths and face its twisted denizens… just follow the faint scent of cotton candy on the wind and the crying of the calliope… Will you join them?
Can You Carve a Pumpkin?
Here is a unique way to celebrate Halloween – and win a prize at the same time. The Loafer has teamed up with Tri Liquors in Piney Flats for the 4th Annual Underworld Famous Drunk-O-Lantern contest. Open through 9:30 PM on the 31st, all you have to do is carve your version of a drunkin punkin, bring it to the store with an entry form (www.triliquor.com) and get photographed. Winners will be announced in the Nov. 7 issue of The Loafer and online. Take a look at some of these entries from previous contests. The creativity amazes me – and so do some of the wonderful prizes you can win. But never fear – every entry gets a prize, so you can’t lose. I picked up my pumpkin and gourd yesterday (yes, up to two are allowed per entry) and have my basic concept down. Now if I can just stay between the lines!
There is way more to do in the Tri Cities area than we can cover in this article, so get out there and have some fall fun – and maybe get scared at the same time. Oh, and keep your eye out for the Great Pumpkin – I know Linus is!
Stickley Haunted Farm
531 Timber Mill Private Dr, Bluff City, TN
Beck Mountain Haunted Corn Maze
110 Corn Maze Lane, Elizabethton, TN
Fender’s Farm Fall Fun
254 Highway 107, Jonesborough, TN
The Haunted Forest
141 Hubbard Drive, Elizabethton, TN
1065 Walnut Grove Rd, Bluff City, TN
by Paul Kavanaugh