GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN, N.C. – Celebrate Halloween with a spooky new opportunity at Grandfather Mountain.  October 29, from 7 to 9 p.m., the Mountain will open its gates to guests for a rare after dark event.

The “Bonfire Bash and Spooky Stroll” will thrill guests with frightening ghost stories told by firelight and guided walks through the pitch-black woods and a spooky cemetery.  Local storytellers Maggie Christenbury and Owen Gray lead the night’s eerie tales rich in Appalachian folklore.  Hot apple cider, marshmallow roasting sticks and chairs will be provided.

Guests should bring blankets, flashlights and s’more ingredients to enjoy around the fire.  All proceeds from the Bonfire Bash go toward renovations on Grandfather’s eagle habitat.  These renovations include building a roof for the habitat that will play a vital role in sheltering any partially flighted eagles that the Mountain may house in the future.  To learn more about this project or to reserve a spot for this event, contact the habitat staff at 828-733-8715.  Admission is $15 per person.  Participants must be 12 years of age or older.  Space is limited and reservations are required.

Grandfather Mountain is a globally recognized nature preserve famous for its 360-degree vistas, native wildlife habitats and Mile High Swinging Bridge. The attraction is located on US Highway 221, two miles north of Linville, NC, and one mile south of the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 305.

The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is a  not-for-profit corporation established to preserve Grandfather Mountain, operate  the nature park in the public interest and participate in educational  research activities. For more information phone 800-468-7325 or plan a  trip at