Spooky Spirits and Autumn Activities Abound in Abingdon, VA

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The Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau presents - Spooky Spirits and Autumn Activities Abound in Abingdon, VA

With its beautiful natural surroundings, Abingdon is the ideal place to experience the beauty of fall. And the town’s long and fascinating history includes more than just a few ghost stories. Whether looking for pumpkins or ghosts, a day trip with friends or a weekend of family fun; find it in Abingdon.

Barter Theatre, the professional theatre located in Abingdon, is adding to the paranormal activity this fall with “The Ghost in the Meadow,” a present-day ghost story by Joe Simonelli. But if the spooks are too much, catch one of the four other productions currently showing at Barter’s two unique theatres on Main Street.

For even more paranormal fun, ask about the Haunting Tour package. For $35 per person, see “The Ghost in the Meadow” and take a walking tour of Haunted Abingdon led by the acclaimed storyteller, Donnamarie Emmert, the Haint Mistress herself. Available October 18-30; visit BarterTheatre.com for more info.

Besides theatre, the Abingdon area boasts a number of other fall festivities. This includes a local pumpkin patch and the 4-acre Corn-Fusion corn maze just 20 minutes away from downtown Abingdon on Brumley Gap Road. Admission: $7 for Adults, $5 for Kids (free for kids 3 and under). Open October weekends. For info about hours, call 276-623-1326.

The Holston Mountain Artisans’ Haunted Jail will be another Halloween event to catch this year. This artists’ association just incorporated the old Abingdon jail, giving them the perfect venue for a thrilling evening. It contains 40 cells full of spirits and spooks. Harvest games and a “trunk or treat” will be taking place Halloween evening. Open 6-9pm October 26 & 31, and November 1 & 2. Admission: $5.

For an evening of free, safe Halloween fun, check out the 4th annual Pumpkin Walk on Oct 26th at the Abingdon 4-H center. Over 100 carved pumpkins will be lit and distributed around the grounds. The evening will also include “trick or treat” activities, a costume contest, and a pumpkin auction.

Can’t fit all your fall fun into one day, stay overnight. Abingdon is full of charming hotels and B&Bs, great restaurants and shopping. Visit http://www.abingdon.com to browse accommodation options and other Abingdon activities.

For more info on all these events, contact the Abingdon Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-435-3440.

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