Looking for a way to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve this year in West Virginia? Here are ten great things to do with the family (though some are for older kiddos only).
1. Tour the “haunted” old penitentiary at Moundsville
The Dungeon of Horrors tour take you throug the former West Virginia Penitentiary at Moundsville, which once housed up to 2,000 prisoners—including several dozen who were executed there by the state. Haunted house tours begin at 7 p.m., last about 45 minutes and the final one of the season will be on Halloween. Tickets run between $20-$30 depending on the night you go.
2. See a show at the Apollo in Martinsburg
To raise money for the historic old building, the Apollo Civic Theatre in Martinsburg hosts Apolloween! Events inlude the Haunted Theatre, where volunteers often talk about paranormal encounters occurring in the historic downtown structure. Tickets are still available for performances of The Haunted Theatre (Oct. 28-30), Paranormal Investigators (Oct. 28) and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Oct. 29).
3. Visit the world famous Pumpkin House in Kenova
The Pumpkin House in Kenova usually draws about 30,000 people to its display of 3,000 hand-carved pumpkins which this year will include the nation’s presidents as well as a debate between presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Free through Oct. 31.
4. See the fireball in Williamson
Williamson Halloween Bash and Fireworks Display offers a family-friendly atmosphere on Oct. 31 that includes games, prizes and treat bags for the kiddies from 6-8 p.m. The Halloween-themed fireworks begin at 8:30 p.m. with a display that will feature haunted house music, a UFO attack and 100-foot fireball.
5. Play games with the family at Point Pleasant’s Harvest Fest
Thanks to the Harvest Fest and All Hallows Eve Encampment, Fort Randolph at Krodel Park in Point Pleasant will celebrate the Halloween holiday with family games, Tales of the Tavern, 18th century ghost tales, cider making and a free showing of “Sleepy Hollow.” Event runs Oct. 28-30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Additional information, call 304-675-7933.
6. Meet the ghosts of Shepherdstown
Shepherdstown “Boo!Fest” Halloween Celebration is now in its fourth year and will include a variety of events concluding with local trick-or-treating on Halloween night. A “Meet the Stars of Ghosts of Shepherdstown” will be held Saturday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Other events include a vampire ball Friday night, special Halloween concerts at the Opera House (Friday, Saturday and Monday), Saturday evening Thriller dance/street party and Sunday costume competition. There will also be history walks, carriage rides and many children’s activities on Saturday and Sunday.
7. Journey deep into the Tran-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
The Asylum’s “Malice,” a haunted house “not for the faint of heart” is being presented at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, which was formerly home to Weston Hospital where the state’s mentally ill patients were housed for decades. Tickets are $25 each and will be available through Oct. 31. Ticket sales begin at 6 p.m. and the doors open at dusk..
8. Explore haunted Ripley
Ripley’s 3rd annual “Do You Believe” ghost walks begin at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Professional storyteller Susanna “Granny Sue” Holstein will guide the lantern tours which offer a blend of local folklore and ghost stories. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. The walks are not recommended for young children. For information, call the Ripley Convention and Visitors Bureau at 304-514-2609.
9. Watch the pumpkins fall in Weston
Lewis County will be home to the 2nd annual Weston Pumpkin Drop on Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. The Weston Volunteer Fire Department will provide the aerial truck for the event which is free and open to the public. It will be held at the Robert L. Bland Middle School. Earlier in the day, a Children’s Halloween and Safety Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St. Patrick School Gym in Weston.
10. Try your hand at this corn maze near Milton
Cooper Family Farms near Milton will be offering a haunted corn maze, as well as other seasonal fun including a pumpkin patch, campfire (complete with s’mores) and a corn crawl crib. Closing date is Sunday. Hours of operation are Friday (9 a.m. – 10 p.m.), Saturday (noon to 10 p.m.) and Sunday (1-5 p.m.).