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Fall-O-Ween at Lake Julian Park

In a year that’s already been plenty scary, many traditional ways of celebrating are now more frightful than usual as they bring the risk of spreading the coronavirus. Accordingly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued new guidelines on how safely to celebrate fall holidays like Halloween, Día de los Muertos, and Thanksgiving.

With that in mind, Buncombe County Recreation Services has transformed the annual Fall Festival at Lake Julian Park from an event with carnival-style games to a kooky, spooky, haunted drive through the park from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, October 29. Fall-O-Ween is a free community event aimed at families with kids 10 and under. Families will remain in their vehicles and are encouraged to wear costumes as they drive through the park while the sun sets.

While there is no charge to attend, organizers ask for advance registration for planning purposes. REGISTER HERE >

“While door-to-door trick-or-treating and events that don’t allow for people to remain six feet apart from others who don’t live in the same household remain higher-risk categories, this is a way for families to remain in their vehicles and take in enchanted sites along the main circle at Lake Julian Park,” says Peyton O’Conner, Director of Buncombe County Recreation Services. “Virtual activities or ones that you do largely with members of your own household are the lowest risk activities. We plan to wear cloth face coverings and gloves to hand out goodie bags at the entrance to the park while supplies last, but anyone who wants a true touchless experience can put a note on their dashboard and we’ll wave them through.”