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Area parks offering haunted trails, hayrides, more

Oct. 24, 2010 @ 11:00 PM

Halloween will soon be here and area state parks and outdoors hot spots have plenty of activities -- some scary and some not -- planned for families.

They include costume contests, haunted trails, hayrides, storytelling, games, campground decorating and more.

Here's a look at some of the haunted trails and Halloween happenings in the outdoors.

Camp Arrow through your head

The Tri-State Area Council's Camp Arrowhead, 4200 Boy Scout Road, in Ona, hosts its 8th annual Haunted House with all the trimmings.

A four-in-one special, the event features a hay ride, the Haunted House of Screams, a Haunted Cemetery and the Dark Forest -- A Trail of Horror.

The haunted attraction, which benefits the Tri-State Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, is open 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. Oct. 22-23, and Oct. 29-30.

The cost is $10 per person and group rates are available. All children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, call 304-523-8403 or e-mail at doctordekay@zoominternet.net.

Red Rum at Greenbo

It's murder he wrote at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park in Greenup as the park host its Edgar Allan Poe-inspired Haunted Trail that runs from dark until 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22-23, and Oct. 29-30.

Haunted Trail walks begin at the community pool parking lot. Admission fee is $5 per person and includes hayride back to parking lot. The haunted trail is definitely not for the faint of heart.

A kinder, gentler experience can be experienced at the campground for Camper Halloween that runs those same weekends with a scavenger hunt, hayrides, costume contest, pumpkin carving, and site decorating contest and campsite trick or treating.

For more info, call 1-800-325-0083.

Creepy, crawly caves

It's just a 45-minute drive west from Huntington to the dark underground world of Carter Caves State Resort Park, home to some 20 caves.

They have daily tours of two of those caves, X-Cave, and the area's largest cave, Cascade Cavern, as well as some frights above ground. The half mile Carter Caves Haunted Trail runs 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15-16, and Oct. 22-23. Trail admission is $8 per person. Concessions will be sold at the beginning of the trail. This activity is not recommended for young children. Transportation to and from the trailhead will be provided by the park. Tickets are sold at Carter Caves Public Pool. Call 606-286-4411 for more info.

Carter Caves is also hosting its Sixth Annual Camp-Out and Ghost Stories, Oct. 29-30.

Some of the special activities include site-to-site trick or treating, pumpkin carving contest, costume contest, spooky mini golf and a campsite decorating contest. On Saturday night imagine yourself encased in total darkness with only the sounds of bats flying through the air for the Ghost Stories in a Cave Program. Bring along a chair and your imagination.

Call 606-286-4411 for more info.

Haunted Hayrides

About an hour and a half down the Country Music Highway, the Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, in Prestonsburg, Ky., hosts its Haunted Hayride, Oct. 22-23. This is one tractor-pulled hay ride that you soon won't forget. The Haunted hay Ride will be in the campground and will begin at dark. Fee is $4 per person. The park is also sponsoring a pumpkin-carving contest for school children. Deadline is Oct. 26. The judging will take place at 5 p.m. on Oct. 28. Pumpkins will be displayed at the park through Halloween weekend. Call 1-800-325-0142.

Jenny Wiley is also hosting a Haunted Campground Halloween, Oct. 22-23, with a costume dance, a live ghost hunt, costume contest and much more. Call 1-800-325-0142.

The Haunted Frontier

Turn back the clock to the dark and bloody ground of Kentucky for Old Fort Harrod State Park's unique Haunted Frontier: A Settler's Nightmare, that runs Oct. 28-31.

The historic fort in Harrodsburg, (south of Lexington), features a haunted house 236 years in the making. Actually it's a haunted fort. One of the most popular events of the year returns to scare the pants off of the brave crowds who dare to enter the Old Fort at night. Not recommended for children under 6. Call 859-734-3314.

Camper's Halloween

Paintsville Lake State Park in Paintsville, Ky. hosts its family-friendly Camper's Halloween, Oct. 29-30. Spook up your campsite for our best decorated Halloween campsite contest. First and second place winners in both RV and tent camping will win free camping. The staff will have treats for the kids and they can also visit other campsite for treats. Call 606-297-8487.

Halloween party

North Bend State Park in Cairo, W.Va., just east of Parkersburg, hosts family-friendly Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 30, with fun games, prizes for best costume, crafts and much more. Call 304-643-2931 or go online at www.wvstateparks.com.

Halloween train

On Saturday, Oct. 30, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park hosts a special train to Whittaker with surprises along the way and special treats for all ages. Includes a rare night descent back to Cass, followed by a lantern tour of town. Reservations required. For reservations and event info, call 304-456-4300 or go online at www.wvstateparks.com.

Haunted Hocking

Hocking Hills State Park in Logan, Ohio, hosts its Haunted Hocking @ Hocking Hills featuring lots of fun at the Old Man's Cave campground including campsite and pumpkin decorating, hayrides, trick-or-treat and movies on Oct. 29-30. For more information call 740-385-6841.

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