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West Jefferson comes together for Halloween

Demons, ghouls, demented surgeons, and other creatures of the
night will abound the Jeffersons this Halloween to provide entertainment
for thrill chasers of all ages.

Originally published: Oct. 26, 2011
Last modified: Oct. 26, 2011

Jesse Campbell

Trick or treaters and many others are expected to invade West Jefferson Monday night while downtown streets are closed and several attractions cater to Halloween festivities.

The intersections that will be barricaded from 5:30-9 p.m. are as follows:

·      North Church Avenue at West Main Street

·      West First Street at College Avenue

·      West Second Street at College Avenue

·      West Third Street at Wilton Avenue

·      West Fourth Street at North Jefferson Avenue

·      Ridge Avenue at North Jefferson Avenue.

In conjunction efforts and planning by the town and the Ashe County's Farmer Market, volunteers with the West Jefferson First Baptist Church will again host the 12th annual Trunk or Treat event in the church parking lot.

Church Activities Committee Chair David Birdsell said the event has grown with the passing of every year. He last year's event drew approximately 2,000 youngsters and their parents.

Volunteers, adorning an array of costumes, will hand out treats and candy at several decorated trunks lining the church parking lot.

There will also be story-telling and hayrides from the grassy area behind the Farmer's Market on Backstreet.

“It's grown every year we've had it and now we are happy it's become a community involvement with the farmer's market becoming involved by handing out candy along with help from the fire department and the town shutting down some of the streets for the event,” said Birdsell. “This is a great opportunity for the community to come together and provide safe entertainment for the family.

“The important thing is the event will end in time for parents to get their kids home and ready for school the next day.”

At least two haunted houses are also in the area.

The Haunted Hospital at 410 McConnell Street in Jefferson started offering chills and goose bumps on Sept. 30 and will continue Friday, Saturday and Halloween night. Doors open at 7 p.m. on Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturday. Admission cost is $5 per person and kids under 10 get in free.

The event is staged in the basement of the defunct Jefferson Hospital for what event organizer Time Winters believes will be “a darker and spookier” set up than last year.

“It's all new from last year,” said Winters. “We've changed the whole thing.”

With up to 35 volunteers frightening guests per show, Winters said the turnout for this year's event has yielded “really good feedback.”

“It varies from night to night, but we've had folks from as far as Taylorsville and Charlotte up here,” said Winters.

Winters said he fully believes local legend that the hospital is still frequented by former patients.

“There will be nights when we are working downstairs and have the entire building locked up and still hear people walking around upstairs even though no one is up there,” said Winters. “There is also an old elevator that will ‘ding' and it hasn't been in service in years.”

Organizers at the Lansing Haunted House say their event offers nearly three football fields worth of friends, according to an event website.

The event is in its third year. Admission is $5, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Old Lansing School building and the Lansing American Legion. 

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