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Explore Asheville’s haunted history with tours of Riverside Cemetery led by staff of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial.

With Halloween just a week away, the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources offers a variety of ways for visitors to have a “boo-tiful” cultural experience.

The fun has already begun at the Museum of the Cape Fear, where visitors can take Victorian-themed Halloween tours of the Poe House and enter their prized pumpkins in a Jack-O-Lantern contest. The Museum will also offer nighttime tours of Poe House and a trick-or-treat event on the weekend.

Friday afternoon, the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will have hands-on activities for children complete with junior docents telling local ghost stories. Later in the evening, visitors can witness a recreation of a séance popular in the 19th century and hear performances of North Carolina folk ballads at Duke Homestead in Durham. Friday also features haunted exhibit halls at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort, and ghost ship Ghost Ship tours Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington, which will be continued on Saturday.

Saturday afternoon, staff from the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville will lead tours of the historic Riverside Cemetery exploring the personalities and stories of the people of Asheville’s past, while the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport will present games, stories and other activities for the little goblins and ghouls in your family. Visitors to Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead will have the chance to experience the night as it appeared to the Mound Builders nearly 1,000 years ago on firelight tours, while the North Carolina Symphony presents its annual Halloween Spooktacular in Raleigh.

The spooky season rounds out with a Halloween bash complete with trick-or-treating, a bounce house and an animal petting zoo at the Battleship North Carolina on Tuesday and Halloween Safe Night at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh on Wednesday.

For more on North Carolina’s haunted history, check out the NCpedia articles on Ghosts and Folklore.

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