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Halloweenfest 2021 Event Details

Count Dracula may not live full time in Transylvania County, but we’re pretty sure he clears his schedule every year for Heart of Brevard’s Halloweenfest, the trickiest, treatiest, most spooktacular celebration around.

Join us this year for our 2021 Halloweenfest & Spooky Stroll Downtown Open House! For this event we will close our downtown streets to traffic to allow for our annual costume competition and parade, pet costume competition and parade, live music, virtual pumpkin carving contest, downtown trick or treating and more. Open streets will allow us to create a safe and fun environment for all participants and attendees, ensuring plenty of space for social distancing.

This year’s event will be held on October 30th, 10am-4pm, in the Heart of Brevard. More information is available below! 

For many years, Halloweenfest has been one of our community’s most anticipated and beloved events. Last year we were forced by the pandemic to cancel all major downtown events. Our special events require months of planning to ensure a fun and successful event for all and we have been planning since the spring to bring Halloweenfest once again to downtown.  With the health and safety of our community as our highest priority, we will continue to monitor the recent surge in the Delta Variant, determine the best strategies moving forward in light of this ever-changing situation, and make any warranted changes or cancellations to ensure the safety of our community.

Volunteer for Halloweenfest

We can’t produce these fun, community events without your help. Volunteer opportunities include event set-up, volunteer check-in, assisting attendees and HOB staff, distributing event maps and information, manning the HOB tent, assisting vendors, working the Halloween Costume Contest and more.If you’ve got it, haunt it! 

Volunteers are STRONGLY encouraged to dress up in costume for Halloweenfest. There will be a spooktacular prize for HOB staff’s favorite volunteer costume! HOB will provide refreshments at each shift, plus perks!

Each volunteer shift will earn perks, including downtown gift cards, Pumpkinfest tickets and other fang-tastic prizes!

Learn more about volunteer opportunities and sign up below.

HOB Spooky Stroll Downtown Open House Information

Halloweenfest will expand on the open house model we introduced in 2020 by closing some downtown streets and encouraging businesses to activate the spaces in front of their storefronts. We will NOT have retail vendors on our streets for Halloweenfest though we will offer a limited number of spaces to Nonprofit Vendors and Food Vendors. Open streets create a safe and fun environment for all participants and attendees with plenty of space for social distancing.

Jack ‘o’ Lantern Jubilee Pumpkin Carving Contest

Presented by The Transylvania Times.

Hone your carving skills and sign up to participate in the Jack ‘o’ Lantern Jubilee, The Transylvania Times’ annual pumpkin carving contest. View the Jack o’ Lantern Jubilee flier, here. Details below:
  • Pumpkins may be carved and/or decorated, and other materials may be incorporated.
Individual Entries:
  • Individual entries will be organized into three categories, broken up by age: Children 0-9, Youth 10-17 and Adult 18+.
  • In these categories 1st place winners will receive a $50 VISA gift card and 2nd place winners will receive a $25 VISA gift card.
  • Individual entry participants should send photos of their pumpkins to [email protected].
Heart of Brevard Business Entries:
  • Only Heart of Brevard businesses may enter the Business Category.
  • Judging for the HOB Businesses Category is October 26th
  • The business category winner will receive a 1/2-page ad in The Transylvania Times.
  • Participating businesses should sign up in the Spooky Stroll Sign Up Form here.

Halloween Costume Competition and Parade

Presented by Brevard Insurance Agency

We can’t wait for our annual Costume Competition and Parade at this year’s Halloweenfest! Check out the details below:

1. Complete and submit the entry form by NOON on October 29

2. VIRTUAL CATEGORY ENTRIES: Photos must be taken at the Brevard Insurance Wing Mural (32 E. Jordan Street). The mural is located on the side left of their building.

Competition Categories:

Best Character (Characters from TV Shows, Movies, Books, Comics, etc.)

Best Family/Group (2 or More People)

Best Homemade Costume

Best Makeup

Best Monster (Vampires, Mummies, Witches, etc.)

Best in Show

Brevard Insurance Virtual Entry

Competition Prizes

A 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place winner will be selected in each category. The 1st place winner will receive a $100 cash prize. One contestant will be tapped as Best in Show for a $250 prize.

Pet Parade and Costume Competition

Presented by The Grateful Dog and Wolfbrew Bottle Shop.

Always a favorite activity at Halloweenfest–The Pet Parade and Costume Competition will be held again this year, from 2pm-3:30pm.  Join the pawty!

  1. Create an awesome costume for your furry (or not so furry) friend. Human costumes are encouraged too!
  2. Meet at The Grateful Dog parking lot at 2pm on October 30. Participants may park here during the event.
  3. Strut your stuff with the other participants up to Wolfbrew Bottle Shop for the judging and a chance to win awesome prizes. 
  4. After enjoying HOB’s Halloweenfest, head back to The Grateful Dog where you can use your $2 participant coupon for a treat for your pet.

Fangtastic Prizes
1st place: The Grateful Dog/Wolfbrew Bottle Shop gift basket worth $300
2nd place: The Grateful Dog/Wolfbrew Bottle Shop gift basket worth $200
3rd place: The Grateful Dog/Wolfbrew Bottle Shop gift basket worth $100
Honorable mention: The Grateful Dog/Wolfbrew Bottle Shop gift bag worth $50

Halloweenfest Vendor Information

Thank you all for your continued support and interest in participating in Heart of Brevard Events.  We have missed gathering with you all in our downtown!

We will offer a limited number of spaces to Nonprofit Vendors and Food Vendors. We will NOT have retail vendors on our streets for Halloweenfest.

As always, the safety of our community and of our festival attendees is our top priority. Stay safe and well!

Food Vendor Information

Registration for vendors for Halloweenfest 2021 is now CLOSED.

We have a limited number of spaces available for Food Vendors. Please fill out the online Food Vendor Application/Agreement Form via the button below if you are interested in participating. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, September 29.

Please note, food vendors must agree to accept up to (2) “Truck Bucks” coupons, each redeemable for a full meal or equivalent. HOB’s logo will be printed on the coupons. Vendors must instruct staff to accept “truck bucks” as payment.

Nonprofit Vendor Information

Registration for vendors for Halloweenfest 2021 is now CLOSED.

We have a limited number of spaces available for Nonprofit Vendors. Please fill out the online Nonprofit Vendor Application/Agreement Form via the button below if you are interested in participating. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 8.

Please note, nonprofit vendors are required to have an activity or game to engage event participants. Examples from past festivals included cornhole, face painting, raffles, merchandise for purchase, blood drives, live music and more. If you need some ideas, reach out to Heart of Brevard at [email protected] We’re happy to help!