Scaring up some fun
HUNTINGTON — It’s October and we regret to inform you the newsroom has been overrun with Zombies who’ve forced us to let you know about every creepy, haunted attraction in the Tri-State and beyond or they’ll eat our brains — or what’s left of them.
Go ahead call us the Haunted Herald, the Herald Scream-Patch, we’ve heard worse, and without further ado here are more haunting and Halloween happenings than should be legal.
Five miles west of Huntington at the sign of the creaky, smiling clown, Camden Park, dives back into its Halloween-themed weekends, Spooktacular, now in its 14th season.
Running 6 to 11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in October, Spooktacular features the 109-year-old family-run amusement park all creeped out with the haunted train ride, the Haunted House, two mazes, a new Midnight Run as well as 20 regular rides and attractions.
Admission is $14.99 Fridays and $19.99 Saturdays. Go online at www.camdenpark.com.
You think BW3’s blazin’ wings make you scream, head across the highway as the Ironton Lion’s Club reopens arguably the region’s coolest annual haunted house, the creepy abandoned tunnel sitting high above U.S. 52 and Route 93 (across from BW’3s).
The Haunted Tunnel will be open 7 to 11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in October. Donation is $5 for the Lion’s largest charity fundraiser of the year.
Doctor DeKay to perform surgery at the Kyova mall
Formerly held for years at Camp Arrowhead in Ona, Doctor DeKay, the brilliant mad man, and about 40 of his closest bone-sawing, brain-eating buddies have relocated to Kyova Mall in Cannonsburg, Ky., across from the food court, where Doctor Dekay’s House of Screams runs 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October.
There will also be a kinder/gentler haunted house with a safe Trick-or-Treat night for kids on Tuesday, Oct. 30, and a special Halloween blowout as well.
Nightmare on Third Avenue
For the past seven years, Carlos and Crystal Leep have had haunted houses in Huntington.
This the fourth year they’ve struck terror in the heart of Huntington at Nightmare on Third Avenue, located at 801 3rd Ave., in the former Fun Factory. This year, the haunted house starts Monday, Oct. 8 and runs 7 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. The house will be closed Sundays.
Cost is $5 per person, or as Carlos likes to say, $5 a head and bodies get in free. All of the money above costs go to local charities, among them Cricket’s Kids and Breakfast With Santa.
For more info on the haunted house or if you would like to volunteer, call the Leeps at 304-412-7712.
Between the old West Virginia State Pen in Moundsville and the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, West Virginia is flush with historic and nationally known haunted spots.
The intimidating stone Asylum, which gives year-round heritage and ghost tours, hosts Fall Fest, Oct. 5-7 at the Asylum in Weston where as many as 2,400 mental patients were packed into a facility originally built in the 1800s for about 250 people. This weekend enjoy free admission to the fest which includes live entertainment, children’s masquerade ball, Summer Knights Cruzin Car Show, children’s builders workshop, games, kid’s costume contest, food and craft vendors. (Fees apply for Flashlight and Haunted House). Through Nov. 4, the Asylum has tours Tuesday through Sunday.
For a private paranormal or historic tour visit www.trans-alleghenylunaticasylum.com.
Trail at the Caves
Carter Caves State Resort Park in Olive Hill, Ky., hosts its Carter Caves Haunted Trail, a 1/4-mile haunted trail. Admission is $8. Ticket sales run 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the pool. Trail hours are 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12-13 as well as Oct. 19-20.
Call 606-286-4411 or go online at www.parks.ky.gov and click onto Carter Caves for more info.
Dining with the past
For the seventh year, historians will tell true tales of the Ashland Tragedy and the Secret Service man who captured President McKinley’s assassin during “Dining With the Past,” which features tours at 3, 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Proceeds benefit the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center and the Ashland Cemetery Preservation Fund.
The dinner tours begin at the Highlands Museum where attendees will board a bus and go to the cemetery for the tour. A box dinner will be served at the museum. Cost is $15 for the dinner and tour or $10 for the tour only. Tickets sold at the Museum (606-329-8888) and the Ashland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (606-329-1007).
To bleed or not to bleed
OK, that’s from Hamlet, but there will be blood as longtime Shakespeare fan and actor Mike Murdock is in the director’s chair taking a stab at updating, “Macbeth,” one of Shakespeare’s bloodiest, most popular and most quotable plays.
The production is set to run Oct. 12-14 as well as Oct. 19-20, with 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday shows and 2 p.m. Sunday matinees. Tickets are $10 and dinner and a show reservations (Friday and Saturday only) are $25. There will also be a school show that is almost sold out set for Thursday, Oct. 18. Call 304-733-ARTS for dinner reservations.
History talks, Guyandotte walks
In Huntington, the Haunted and Historic Guyandotte Ghost Tours have two big upcoming weekends.
The Ghostly Encounters Tours will be Oct. 26-27, while the Civil War Days Haunted Tours will be Nov. 2-3. Both weekends feature walking tours through this historic section of Huntington with tales of the witchy woman (who predicted the 1937 Flood) and tales from the cemetery’s occupants to the Civil War.
The tours begin at the public library, 203 Richmond St., and you can start picking up tickets at 6 p.m. the night of the tours. Tours run from 7 to 10 p.m.
Greenbo Lake State Resort Park in Greenup, Ky., will hosts two big Camper Halloween Weekends, Oct. 19-20 as well as Oct. 26-27. There will be a Chili Supper on both Friday nights and on Saturdays, (Oct. 20 and 27) there will be scavenger hunts, hayrides, costume contest, pumpkin carving, site decorating contests, and trick or treating. Call 606-473-7324.
Shawnee Halloween Campout
Running Oct. 12-13, the Halloween Campout is set for Shawnee State Park just north of Portsmouth, Ohio. Just a few of the activities include free hayrides, a spooky sounds night hike, campsite decorating contest, a costume contest, and trick or treat.
One of the most unique parts of the weekend is a Moonlight Float on Roosevelt Lake. Meet at Roosevelt Shelter at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Don’t forget, nearby Camp Oyo Boy Scout Camp features a Haunted Trail from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, and a Haunted House from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Cost for either is $2 per person.
Little Victories Zombie Walk Festival
At 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, is the 2nd annual Zombie Walk Festival hosted by Little Victories Animal Shelter at Pullman Square in downtown Huntington. The Zombie Walk is at 8 p.m. Cost is $15 (includes T-shirt) or $10 (without T-shirt).
Activities include a brain-eating contest, pumpkin decorating contest, zombie corn hole games, a caricature artist, fortune teller, zombie coloring competition, zombie photo opportunities, face painting and more. There will also be food and drink vendors.
There will be prizes for cutest and scariest costumes for children, adults and pets as well as best owner and dog couple costume. A king and queen of the zombie walk will be crowned. All proceeds support Little Victories Animal Rescue.
A cemetery stroll
If you’re heading up to the Gorge his weekend, stop off at Hawk’s Nest State Park in Ansted, where at 10 a.m. folks will meet to drive to the Westlake Cemetery for a presentation on gravestone iconography and symbolism; proper etiquette and epitaph reading. Some historic graves include Julia Jackson (mother of Stonewall Jackson) and Col. George Imboden. Participants must age 12 and older to be able to traverse unlevel ground and inclines. Call 304-658-5196.
‘Phantom of the Opera’
ACTC and director Edward Figgins brings to life Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic, “Phantom of the Opera,” at 8 p.m. Oct. 18-20 and 25-27. Matinee shows are 2:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and 28 at ACTC, 1400 College Drive, Ashland.
Haunting with Jenny
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, located in Prestonsburg, Ky., has a double shot of Halloween fun with its Haunted Campground on Oct. 26-27, as well as the park’s haunted hay ride. Join naturalists for an actual ghost hunt as they will be joined by professionals that do paranormal research and see all the equipment they have. Other activities for the evening include a costume contest, camper decoration contest, face painting, and more. Check out the Haunted Hay Ride for extra fun. Contact Trinity Shepherd at 1-800-325-0142 or email at email@example.com for more information.
A CUP full of blood
Last year, Curtains Up Players took on the campy Bat Boy Musical for Halloween, and this fall they fire up, “Dracula: The Musical,” the suspense-filled Goth romance, at the Jeslyn Performing Arts Center, 1030 4th Ave., Huntington. “Dracula” runs at 8 p.m. Oct. 26-27 and Nov. 2-3, as well as Sunday matinee shows at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 28 and Nov. 4.
Tickets are $15 and $12 for students. Go online at www.curtainsupplayers.org for more info.
Into the maze
The Maze at Cooper Farm, located behind the old Milton Middle School, gets its spook on for four big nights at the eight-acre corn maze.
The haunting schedule is Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 26-27. Cost is $10 per person regardless of age. No discounts or reservations.
For more info, call 304-743-0548 or 304-634-MAZE during business hours. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also go online at www.cornfieldmaze.com. Click Visit a Maize, then West Virginia and Milton.
Out Wayne Trail
As part of the Wayne Fall Fest, set for Oct. 12-13, there will be a haunted trail that will run at 8 p.m. both nights. Cost will be $2. The fest will also feature an 11 a.m. parade on Oct. 13, followed by a noon car show, a chili fest, basketball and corn hole, wrestling, gospel from 1 to 6 p.m. with Under His Blood, New Vision, The Kendricks, Red River and Highway 316, and from 6 to 9 p.m. bluegrass music from the Hillbilly Gypsies.