Updated for 2010
Everyone knows what makes October in southern West Virginia spook-tacular. It’s the haunted houses! No, wait, it’s the festivals! Right?
Actually, it’s both. Plus, the colors. We have great leaves. Adds to the atmosphere. Of course, when it’s dark out, the colors don’t matter, and all that crunching is probably letting whoever’s hiding in the woods know EXACTLY WHERE YOU ARE! MWWAHAHAHA!
Too much? Sorry. A blog isn’t the best place to scare people. So we put together a list of some Halloween haunts that will do just that. Plus, there’s a big list of activities that aren’t scary at all, right down below.
Here are both calendars. And here’s hoping you have a happy and safe southern West Virginia Halloween this year…
HAUNTED HOUSE CALENDAR
5th Annual Haunted Hotel: This one’s in Mount Hope, WV, in the former Mountaineer Hotel. Open October 15, 16, 22, 23, 25-30 from 7-10 pm. $8 admission or $6 plus two can food items to be donated to the Raleigh County Homeless Shelter. Children 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Little Beaver State Park Haunted Trail: Oct 22-31st. Dark until 10 weekdays, until 11 weekends. $6 for adults, $4 for children 304-763-2494
MSU Forensic Investigation Association’s Annual Haunted House: Takes place at the Crime Scene House, 703 S Kanawha St. The house will be open from October 13-31st (closed on Oct 17, 20th and 24th). Times: Mon-Wed and Halloween Sunday 7-11pm; Thurs-Sat 7-Midnight. Cost is $8 Mon-Wed and $10 Thurs-Sat and Halloween night. There is a different theme every year at the house – the theme this year is “Scary Movies”.
MSU’s Criminal Justice Club will host “MSU Solve that Crime” a real life version of the popular board game Clue. Dates are Oct 8,9, 15 and 16th at MSU’s O’Dell Hall located at 210 Minnesota Avenue in Beckley.
For more information about both of these MSU events visit the Mountain State University blog
First Annual Fright Nights @ The Resort at Glade Springs: Once the sun sets, visitors travel down the Haunted Trail where the nightmare begins. Haunted hay rides, horse rides and carriage rides. $15 Adults, $10 for ages 12 and under. http://www.facebook.com/GladeSpringsWV?v=app_6009294086
16th Annual Second Creek Haunted Trail: This is a haunted trail that benefits the community as well as families in need. It’s the 16th year of operation and the trail sees upwards of 1500 guests each year! Dates are Oct 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, and 30th. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for under 12. No children under 5 allowed. Open from dark to 11pm. www.wvhauntedtrail.com
304-645-7450 or 304-645-2696
Princeton City Park Haunted Trail: Hours will be at the from dark-11pm October 16, 22, 23, and 30th. Park at the Princeton Rec Center then take a hayride to the park. The Trail will be in Princeton City Park. Admission is $5/person. Info: 304-487-5040.
The Haunted House in Pineville: Opens on October 22nd and runs through October 30th from 7-10 pm. Located in the old Sears building in downtown Pineville. Admission is $5 per person and proceeds benefit the Wyoming County 4-H. 304-732-6255 ext 11.
Haunted History Tours: This one’s at the Whipple Company Store in Scarborough. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays in Oct. No one under 21 yrs of age. This is NOT a haunted house of smoke and mirrors, nothing is fake, this is authentic haunted history. $25 per person. 8:30 to 11 pm. Flashlights provided. http://www.whipplecompanystore.com/hauntedhistorytours.html
Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze: Each weekend in October, the Okes Family Farm in Shady Spring will feature a different event, such as pumpkin carving and painting, homemade apple butter to sample and buy, hay rides, bonfires and an acre-and-a-half corn maze. For more information, call 304-673-3268 or 304-673-3308 or visit www.okesfamilyfarms.com.
Tailgate Halloween: The Youth Museum of Southern WV will present the 24th Annual Tailgate Halloween in uptown Beckley from 11am to 1pm on Saturday, Oct 30th.
Autumn Fest in Pineville: from 5 to 9pm this Saturday, Oct 23rd. Includes a Halloween Tailgate Party for children, annual chili cook-off, pie-baking contest, pumpkin decorating contest, cake walk, adult and children’s costume contests and more. Fest info 304-732-6255 ext 11.
Pipestem’s Annual Pumpkin Run: October 30, 2010 www.pipestemresort.com
304-466-1800 or 800-225-5982 31st Annual 5k, 10k Pumpkin Run. Get out there and run your pumpkins off!!
Byrnside Branch Farm: Open Fridays – Sunday through November 7th. Corn maze, pumpkins, hayrides, mini-horse and wagon hitch ride, antique tractor train ride. Located in Union, WV. www.byrnsidebranchfarm.com or 304-772-3131
Cinderella Pumpkin Farm: Open Monday – Friday through October. Features hayrides, moon bounce, corn maze and more. Red Sulpher Springs, WV. www.cinderellapumpkinfarm.com