This Halloween, Spookfest will once again bring spooky Halloween joy to folks in Williamson and the Tug Valley area. “This year marks the 5th annual Spookfest event in Williamson, and will certainly be our most unique yet,” says Wes Wilson, Executive Director of the Tug Valley Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
A Spooky Good Time
In the years since Spookfest started, it’s become a fixture for folks in the area, and despite COVID-19, organizers wanted to continue giving people a way to celebrate. They worked together and alongside healthcare professionals to ensure that it could happen safely. “We knew this was one event we wanted to pull off for folks, especially the kids in the area,” Wes says. “Our board met many times and had lengthy discussions to determine what our safest route was.” He says they made a lot of changes, but Spookfest will still be bringing a spooky good time!
One big change is, there will be no vendors present this year. “We’ve developed a great relationship with those people (vendors), and they were very understanding of our situation,” Wes says.
This year, Spookfest will be hosting a Drive-Thru Trick or Treat to give kids the chance to have a genuine Halloween experience. The Drive-Thru-Trick or Treat is scheduled for 5pm - 7pm on Armory Road in West End Williamson near the former National Guard Armory building. Another change is the inclusion of the new West-End Drive-In also located in West End Williamson. Beginning at 9:30pm, the drive-In will be showing Halloween (1978). Tickets are available through eventbrite now!
Spookfest will also feature the annual Stephen Casey Memorial Fireworks Show. “It is one of the best and most unique shows in the area,” Wes says. “The Williamson Fire Department does an awesome job with it, and keeps wowing attendees every year.” Fireworks are slated to begin at 8pm and should be visible from anywhere in the West Williamson and South Williamson area near Tug Valley Appalachian Regional Hospital. The Tug Valley Area CVB event page notes, a safety area will be observed in the area that surrounds the Williamson Field House/football field area, meaning spectators will not be allowed to view the show from that area for their own safety. The fireworks show is free!
For Wes, the most exciting thing about this year’s Spookfest will be the visit from actor Tony Moran, who played Michael Myers in Halloween (1978). This will be the actor’s second time visiting Williamson. “The thing that has me most excited is Tony Moran joining us on Halloween night in Williamson. It’s really an honor to have such a legendary Hollywood character in our city. He could be anywhere in the world, and he chose to be right here with us,” says Wes
According to the event schedule, the Tony Moran meet and greet will begin at 5pm. Anyone wishing to meet this Halloween legend and receive his autograph will be able to do so at a cost of $25.00 per person. For $35.00 per person, fans can also take a photo with the original Michael Myers! This will be a cash only event, fans are asked to bring exact change, and masks will be required.
For additional information and details about Spookfest, check out their Facebook page!
Schedule photo provided by Tug Valley Area CVB.