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Family-friendly ways to celebrate Halloween in Asheville

FILE -- Children trick-or-treating along Vermont Avenue in October 2016. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

There’s no shortage of ways to celebrate Halloween in Asheville. However, some events may be a bit too scary or hectic for your child (or you).

If you’re looking for some festive fun that the whole family can enjoy, check out these local activities!

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Eliada Corn Maze

WHEN: Sept. 30. – Oct. 31; Click here for hours of operation
WHERE: 2 Compton Drive, Asheville, N.C.
COST: $10 for children, $12 for adults

Eliada’s Annual Corn Maze has been open since September, and kids can still take part in all the fall-themed activities until Oct. 31.

Along with the main attraction, people can enjoy the famous jumping pillow, hay rides and spiderweb climber. All proceeds from the corn maze benefit the children that Eliada serves through its nonprofit. Click here to buy tickets online.

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Howl-O-Ween at the Nature Center

WHEN: Oct. 21; 10 a.m. 6 p.m.
WHERE: WNC Nature Center (75 Gashes Creek Road)
COST: Event included in price of regular admission. See full list of admission prices here.

Take a walk on the wild side and visit the WNC Nature Center during its Howl-O-Ween celebrations!

On the Friday before Halloween, the Nature Center will enhance your visit with a costume contest, arts & crafts, bat ecology games, face painting, animal presentations and treats!

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Montford Fall-O-Ween Festival

WHEN: Oct. 27; 5 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Montford Community Center (34 Pearson Drive)
COST: Free admission

Celebrate Halloween in Montford! Their Fall-O-Ween Festival is hosted by Asheville Parks & Recreation and includes game booths, crafts and fun the whole family can enjoy.

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Camp Cedar Cliff's 2nd annual Fall Festival

WHEN: Oct. 28; 10 a.m. 1 p.m.
WHERE: Camp Cedar Cliff (5 Porters Cove Road)
COST: Free admission ($5 meal tickets available for purchase)

There's definitely no shortage of activities to choose from at Camp Cedar Cliff's Fall Festival. Expect to see live music, a photobooth, games, free snacks, rock climbing, horseback rides, humvee hay rides and more!

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Hocus Pocus screening at The Orange Peel

WHEN: Oct. 30; 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Orange Peel (101 Biltmore Avenue)
COST: Free admission (Concessions available for purchase)

“Hocus Pocus” has become a Halloween cult classic that mixes spookiness and silliness that most people in the family can enjoy. It stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as three witches who were executed 300 years ago in Salem, Massachusetts, who suddenly find themselves in the 20th century.

This is a rare opportunity to watch the 1993 film on a big screen. The movie is rated PG, but may be a bit scary for very young children.

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Boo Bash

WHEN: Oct. 31; 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
WHERE: Asheville Outlets (800 Brevard Road)
COST: Free admission

Enjoy trick-or-treating, crafts and family-fun activities all in one central location -- the Asheville Outlets! Trick-or-treating and other activities are from 5–7 p.m., with more activities and games starting at 6 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m.

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Halloween Night at B Street

WHEN: Oct. 31; 6 p.m. 8 p.m.
WHERE: Burton Street Rec Center
COST: Free

Asheville Parks and Recreation hosts this Halloween night event at the Burton Street Rec Center, and will have food, games and music.

According to the event's Facebook page, the first 100 kids at the event will get a "trunk o' treat" goodie bag.

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Halloween on Vermont Avenue

WHEN: Oct. 31 5:30 p.m. 9 p.m.
WHERE: Vermont Avenue in West Asheville
COST: Free

Vermont Avenue is the place to be for any trick-or-treater in Asheville. The neighborhood gets deep into the Halloween spirit each year with elaborate decorations, costumes and candy. A section of the road is closed off to car traffic between 5:30-9 p.m., giving families time to gather their treats safely.

A word to the wise -- thousands of people come to this event each year and parking is tricky. The Halloween on Vermont Avenue website suggests parking at the West Asheville Park or along Haywood Road. Bikes and walking are also encouraged.

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