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Your Guide to the Weekend

Oct. 19, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

Spotlight: A Haunting We Will Go

All Hallow's Eve is creeping ever so close with only 13 days left until the spirits rise. However, my ghoulish friends, this is America and we wait for no holiday to have our fun.

Here are just a few of the Tri-State's haunts to check out.

Nightmare on Third Avenue: Carlos and Crystal Leep's Nightmare on Third Avenue, located at 801 3rd Ave., runs 7 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and Sunday as well as late on Friday and Saturdays, 7 p.m. to midnight. 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.

Carter Caves Haunted Trail: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 19-20, at Carter Caves State Resort Park in Olive Hill, Ky. Admission is $8. Concessions available at the beginning of the trail. Not recommended for young children. Transportation to and from the trailhead will be provided by the park. Ticket sales are each event night from 7:30-10 p.m. at Carter Caves Public Pool. Call 1-800-325-0059.

Spooktacular: Running 6 to 11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in October, the 14th annual Spooktacular features the 109-year-old family-run amusement park all creeped out with the haunted train ride, the historic Haunted House, two mazes, a new Midnight Run as well as 20 regular rides and attractions. Admission is $14.99 Fridays and $19.99 on Saturdays. Don't miss the recently restored haunted house painted by one of the world's greatest dark house painters, Connecticut artist Chuck Burnham. Coupons are available throughout the area and on the website at www.camdenpark.com.

Bullets Fly At the B&O: The Huntington-based Murder and Merriment Murder Mystery Troupe has tromped all over the region performing its interactive dinner theater. As the New River Trains pull into Huntington, the troupe will be on hand here at home to provide entertainment for those guests as well as the public at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 and Oct. 27, at the old B&O station at Heritage Station. The Collis. P. Huntington chapter of the National Railway Historical Society is presenting these two performances of "Another Fistful of Bullets," a railroad-themed murder mystery that features a robbery, hostages and bounty hunters. Tickets are $40 for the evening meal and entertainment. Call 304-523-0364 and 866-639-7487.

Pump Up the Fun: Pump up the Fun is hosting a Halloween Party from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19. Entertainment includes magician Keith Matheny and a special appearance by Batman. Drawings and prizes. Wear your favorite Halloween socks. Adults are free, but kids are $10. Food available. Call 304-733-2386.

Haunted Rec Center: The Marshall Recreation Center hosts the 4th annual "Haunted Rec" event 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23. At "Haunted Rec" kids can take on an opponent as they tackle the haunted obstacle course, which will include howling hurdles, creepy ladder drills, horrifying hula hoops, bone-chilling box jumps and much more. All participants will be able to take part in the Rec's "Eat This Not That" challenge with a spooky, Halloween twist. Every participant will leave the Rec with a goody bag full of treats. Participants are asked to wear costumes. Call 304-696-2943 for more information.

Clay Center Spooktacular: Come in costume and enjoy fun family activities at the Clay Center's annual Halloween bash, Spooktacular, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Just a few of the events include a haunted lab from noon to 3 p.m., a trick or treat trail, a wicked weather science demo, pumpkin decorating and much more. For even more spooky surprises, find out about the astronomical origins of Halloween in the "Harvest Skies" planetarium show. All Spooktacular activities are $6 for children and $7.50 for adults. Films and planetarium shows are additional. Visit www.theclaycenter.org or call 304-561-3570.

The Haunted Tunnel: You think BW3's Blazin' wings make you scream, why 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 tunnel will be open 7 to 11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in October. Donation is $5 for the Lion's largest fundraiser that helps support such efforts as Ironton In Bloom, the Ironton-Lawrence County Memorial Day Parade Committee, the City Mission as well as providing service dogs for sight-impaired residents.

Fri., Oct. 19

Roll Out to Ritter and Get Your Pedal On

The weather is perfect for pedaling around town, and you can enjoy cycling with about a 100 of your closest friends at 6:30 Friday at the Ritter Park fountain in Huntington for Critical Mass.

The free monthly six-mile bicycle ride through Huntington, celebrated its third-year anniversary back in July.

Everyone is invited to bring their bicycles of all shapes and sizes out for the six-mile flat ride through the city of Huntington. The group meets at the fountain at Ritter Park at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19. This is a fun, free group ride and not a race.

The Critical Mass monthly bicycle events began in San Francisco in 1992. Local cyclists do a Critical Mass ride every third Friday at 6:30 p.m. beginning near the Ritter Park fountain.

For more info, check out the Huntington Critical Mass Facebook page, organized by local bike commuter, Joel Mullins who has been to every monthly Critical Mass Huntington ride since the community bicycle event began in July 2009.

Sat. Oct. 20

Last Call For Crowe

Lexington, Ky.-based Grammy Award winning banjo player J.D. Crowe was instrumental in shaping the careers of a slew of now legendary pickers from Tony Rice and Ricky Skaggs to Jerry Douglas and the late Keith Whitley.

Crowe, who started with Jimmy Martin and is best known for his cutting edge grass with New South, brings his top shelf unit to the stage of the Mountaineer Opry House in Milton for one last time.

Crowe, who also formed the supergroup, the Bluegrass Album Band, with Tony Rice, Bobby Hicks, Doyle Lawson and Todd Phillips, announced his retirement earlier this year.

Crowe and New South appear at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Opry House, just off the I-64 exit in Milton. Cost is $15, $12 for seniors and students and $5 for children 12 and under.

Other upcoming shows at the Opry House include: Oct. 27, Monroeville and Broad Hollow; Nov. 3, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver; Nov. 10, Larry Stephenson Band; Nov. 17, Southridge; Nov. 24, Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain; Nov. 30, Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa; Dec. 1, John Lilly and Blue Yonder; Deb. 8, Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers, and Dec. 15, The Rarely Herd.

Sun. Oct. 21

Let There Be Blood

There will be blood at the Huntington High Renaissance Center as long-time 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 dramas.

Starring Greg Morris as Macbeth, Kate Morris as Lady Macbeth as well as such theater veterans as Paul Neace, Bil Neal and Sarah Diamond Burroway, "Macbeth" is set for its last weekend run splaying open the timeless tale of political ambition, fate, deception and treachery of men vying for glory and the crown.

Dates are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday show, Oct. 19-20, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, matinee. 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.

Mon. Oct. 22

Take A Fall Foliage Hike

While peak color is still a couple weeks away, there's still some color popping on a hardwood tree near you.

Around Huntington, try a stroll in Ritter Park, just named one of the Top 10 public spaces in the U.S., or try some disc golf at the hilly Rotary Park, or why not check out The Herald-Dispatch's three-mile historical walk of downtown Huntington that starts and ends at Pullman Square.

You can pick up a brochure at The Herald-Dispatch or go online at www.herald-dispatch.com and click onto the walking tour to download and print out a PDF of the map. You can also download a podcast of the walking tour.

Take off on a nice three mile journey downtown that's filled with some wonderful foliage including 4th Avenue's Gingko trees, as well as the mature oaks along the avenue of churches and down by Marshall University's campus and at Harris Riverfront Park.

Tues. Oct. 23

'Capitalism' Rolls Into Charleston

Edgy musician, writer and artist, Henry Rollins hits the campaign trail this fall for a two-month tour hitting all 50 state capitals.

That tour, which started Sept. 6 at Hawaiian Brian's in Honolulu, Hawaii and wraps up on the eve of the Presidential election at the 9:30 Club in the nation's capital, is called "Capitalism," and it touches down in the region at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, with a show at the Culture Center Theater, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. East, Charleston. Cost is $20.

On "Capitalism," Henry will continue to dish anecdotes gleaned and perspective gained from the road less traveled -- sharing experiences that include recent visits to North Korea, Mongolia, Bhutan, Vietnam, India, Tibet, Sudan, Uganda, Haiti and Cuba. And in the spirit of the season, of course, expect both pointed commentary and wry observations about the American democratic process as it unfolds.

Go online at http://henryrollins.com/ and you can buy your tickets for the Charleston show at Brown Paper Tickets (www.brownpapertickets.com/event/257753). Click on any of the BPT widgets or links to get your tickets.

Wed. Oct. 24

Civil War Invades Guyandotte Library

The Guyandotte Public Library will host "Civil War 150," a nationally traveling exhibition on display from Tuesday, Oct. 30 to Saturday, Nov. 17, during normal library hours (9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday).

Experience the battle through the eyes of major political figures, solders, families and freedmen. By virtue of letters, personal accounts and images learn how people grappled with the end of slavery, the nature of democracy and citizenship, the human toll of civil war, and the role of a president in wartime.

The Gilder-Lehrman Institute developed the exhibition to mark the Civil War Sesquicentennial. The exhibition is divided into five panels: The Nation Divides, 1861: The Union is Dissolved, The Cruel War, 1863: Turning Point, and The Price of Victory (1864-1865). Each section traces major events during the Civil War.

The Guyandotte Public Library is one of 50 sites nationwide to host the exhibition.

An opening reception with live Civil War music by Keith and Michael Garvin will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, Jack Dickinson, local scholar and author will speak at 7 p.m. on "Guyandotte : 1775 - 1875 - A Century of History."

The library will also host its used Book Sale during Civil War Days. The hours for the Book Sale will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 2-3, and noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 4. Call 304-528-5698 or online at http://cabell.lib.wv.us/pages/aa-guyandotte.html.