It has become a yearly tradition for thousands from West Virginia (and beyond) spend time at a former state mental hospital.

October is when folks really flock to the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.

Many maintain that it is now home to various ghosts and ghouls.

Business picks up in October, when special activities draw state residents and tourists to the Weston landmark.

As if the abandoned asylum wasn’t frightening enough on its own, throw in some incredible actors, horrific costumes and blood curdling screams for a night to remember.

Make that a heart-pounding night to remember.

Interested? Not too afraid?

Then here are some special Halloween events being held at the historic spot:


The Deviant haunted house, which will be held through Nov. 4., gets bigger and more frightening each year. Those involved with the event work hard each year to stretch the limits of the imagination, and ensure that everyone has a frighteningly good time.


During this event you will be given 30 minutes and 100 paintballs to take down a horde of zombies trying to take over the asylum’s farm. The ride takes place Friday and Saturday nights through Nov. 4 and costs $20 per person.


The Asylum Ball is held annually. This year it will be held Oct. 21 inside the asylum’s Civil War section beginning at 6 p.m. Everyone attending must be in costume, and 18 years of age or older. The event will feature live music and costume contests.


Here’s an opportunity to step inside this 150-year-old national historic landmark which operates historic and ghost tours on a regular basis throughout the year.