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More information on Heart of Brevard 2021 Halloweenfest plans will be available at this page closer to the date! Checkout our Events page for more information on other upcoming events!


Halloweenfest, the popular fall festival held in Downtown Brevard, is going virtual this October with a creative spin. This year’s events will offer a weekend of online activities including an online costume contest, make-up and pumpkin carving tutorials, and a special interview with a Vampire, Transylvania’s own, Dracula. Halloweenfest activities will begin the week before Halloween and will run through November 1. Scroll down for more information on each event.

Heart of Brevard will partner with the Transylvania Times to promote the annual Pumpkin Carving Contest in downtown. For the first time in the competition’s history, downtown merchants are invited to participate by displaying their decorated pumpkins at their business downtown for judging.

Transylvania, Romania might be the origin of Count Dracula’s character, but Transylvania County and Brevard have the best celebration! (And it’s the closest Transylvania there is!)

Everyone is sure to find something to please on this Spooktacular Halloweenfest in Transylvania County!!

Read the complete press release on Halloweenfest and the Heart of Brevard’s other 2020 Virtual events HERE.

View the complete Schedule of Events here.

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Costume Competition 

How can I participate? Participating in this year’s costume competition is easy! The hardest part will be deciding what to dress up as! Check out our competition categories below. Choose your costume. Take a picture of yourself, and/or your group if you’re submitting in the Family/Group category, in your costume in downtown Brevard. Remember, it doesn’t matter where, but to be considered for the competition your photo must be taken in downtown Brevard. Submit your photo using the link below, by Midnight on October 31. And, that’s it!

Prizes! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places will be awarded for each category. 1st place winners will win a $25 gift card.

Pro Tip: Need a little help finding what you need for the perfect costume? Head up town to Penny Lane Exchange or A Blast from the Past for all your Halloween attire needs!

Submit your Costume Competition entry and photo HERE.

Costume Categories: 

Best Makeup 

Best Family/Group (2 or More People)

Scariest Costume 

Best Pet Costume

Best Overall – Adult

Best Overall – Child (0-10)

Best Overall – Youth (11-16)

Most Creative 

Best Homemade 

Funniest Costume

Makeup Tutorials

Check out these videos for some tips on doing your Halloween makeup!

6 Easy Makeup Tutorials for Women

10 Last Minute Halloween Makeup Tutorials

Halloween Makeup Time Lapse


Pumpkin Carving Contest

This year, the Heart of Brevard is partnering with the Transylvania Times for the Pumpking Carving Contest. Entries are due by October 29 at 5pm. Please submit your photos to [email protected]

This year’s competition is open up to anyone but the categories are broken up by age, see below. And, for the first time there is a special category just for downtown businesses! Please see the specific categories below:

Downtown Businesses




Prizes will be awarded in the Adult, Youth and Kids categories. Winners of the downtown business category will receive a honorary certificate and have the title of Business with the Best Pumpkin Carving Skills for the entire year.

Need some tips for honing your carving skills? Check out these awesome recources below to sharpen your technique!

11 Tips for Carving a Better Jack O’ Lantern

72 Different Ways to Decorate Your Jack O’ Lantern without Carving (from Goodhousekeeping)

Turn Your Jack O’ Lantern into a Minion

Pumpkin Carving Advice from Professional Carver, Jonathan Barwood

Carving a Pumpkin Like a Pro

Cool Lion Pumpkin Carving Time Lapse


Family Fun for Halloween

2020 has been a different year in so many ways and Halloween may be different for you as well. If you’re looking for some fun and festive family friendly activities you can do at home, we’re here for you! Check out some ideas here below.

40+ Easy Halloween Crafts for Kids

60+ Halloween Kids’ Snack Recipes