Lisa Sledzik
Spooky Suggestions & a Fall Field Trip

“They can’t touch me, they can’t touch me, they can’t touch me”~ this is what I said to myself over and over as I squeezed the life out of Konni’s hand while making our way through the much talked about haunted attraction, Panic Attack! Located in an 11,000 square foot warehouse, the originators of the concept have invested a reported $500,000 in what can only be described as an incredibly detailed attempt to scare the daylights out of you~ around every corner. I have a bit of a weak stomach and I am certainly NOT a fan of all things horror but I have to admit, this was very entertaining.  If you enjoy Halloween, grab some friends that are good conversationalists and brave the long line.  One last suggestion… happy hour prior to….is probably not a good idea.  (Bento Box in the Forum or Yo Sake downtown would be great spots to ‘unwind’, post Panic)


Interested in something seasonal, family oriented, & age appropriate?  Check out Wrightsville Beach Elementary’s Fall Festival.  Extremely well done every year, this is traditional, old school family fun complete with costumes, face painting, games, etc.  If you don’t fill up at the festival, head over to Vito’s Pizza or Tower 7.

Wrightsville Beach Elementary Fall Festival…Friday, October 29th 4-7pm

Last but not least, if you are looking for some leaf peeping opportunities, set your sights on Asheville! At a little more than 5 hours away from Wilmington, there is no better place to take in the beauty of the mountains.  For the more adventurous souls, an exciting way to get up close and personal with your surroundings is on a zip line tour!  While I just returned from a short jaunt to Asheville, I did not have the benefit of this information during my trip or I would post a photo of myself zipping through the forest, however my parents gave this a whirl 2 weeks ago and they are raving about it…..

My all time favorite place to stay while in Asheville is the Grove Park Inn, it feels very New England’y’ and even a bit reminiscent of ‘Maineiac’ Steven King’s Shining.  Not in a totally creepy way, just cool ambiance provided Jack Nicholson is not roaming the halls.  Several years ago we spent Thanksgiving there and it was AWESOME!  The grand foyer was filled with people playing chess, drinking hot toddies & hot chocolate~ the enormous fireplaces were ablaze and the Christmas trees adorned.  Coupled with a candlelight tour of the Biltmore, this was a holiday my boys still talk about.  A little snowstorm on the eve of our departure provided ammunition for the ensuing golf course snowball fight!  We returned home just in time to snuggle up and head down the street to watch the Wrightsville Beach Holiday Flotilla.  Can’t say how many times I thought about how lucky we are to live in the beautiful state of North Carolina~ from the snow covered mountains to a boat parade at the beach….all in one day. Nothin’ could be finer.


TTFN, have a great weekend, be safe & Happy Halloween!