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October 15, 2011

Host of haunting choices for area set

How long has it been since you’ve had a good scare — the kind that makes your heart thump wildly in your chest and leaves your limbs tingling with adrenaline?

Leave the trick-or-treating to the babies — if you dare — and check out some of the murderously menacing, extreme haunting events in our area:

- The Resort at Glade Springs will hold its second annual Fright Night deep within its haunted woods. This event promises to have fun activities for the entire family, from haunted hay and carriage rides to a haunted maze.

Fright Night will be Oct. 21, 22, 28, 29 and 30 from dark until 10:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $15, and a portion of this event’s proceeds will benefit United Way.

- Mountain State University’s Forensic Investigation Association’s annual haunted house is to die for.

The haunted house is open from 7 to 11 p.m. Monday through Wednesday now through Oct. 31. Thursday through Saturday, the house is open until midnight and will stay open until midnight on Halloween.

The house is closed on Sundays. Tickets are $8 each Monday through Wednesday, and $10 each Thursday through Saturday and on Halloween. Admission for MSU students with a university ID and current semester sticker is $5.

The haunted house is a community favorite that also serves as a fundraiser for the Forensic Investigation Association. Proceeds from admission costs support the students’ trip to at a national forensic investigation conference in Washington, D.C.

- Burning Rock will host Independence High School’s 2012 Project Graduation fundraiser, “Terror on Tams.” This special walking trail tells the story of northern college students who get lost deep inside the woods at Tams, wreck their ATVs ... and may not get out alive!

Tours have started and will continue Oct. 21, 22, 28, 29, and 31 from 7:30 through 10:30 p.m. Admission is $10 per person, $5 for children under 12 years old.

All visitors must sign a Burning Rock liability waiver form or have a parent sign for those under 18.

- Little Beaver State Park will freak you out with its annual Haunted Trail.

This year, the horror begins Oct. 21 and runs through Oct. 31. The trail opens at dark and runs through 10 p.m. on weekdays, and until 11 p.m. on weekends.

Tickets are $6 for kids 11 and under and $8 for those 12 and up.

- If haunted history gets your goat, the Oak Hill Business and Professional Association and White Oak Train Depot are teaming up for the second annual Haunted Train Depot. The event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the White Oak Train Depot in Oak Hill. A $1 donation is requested for those who want to go through the Haunted Depot.

- If you are looking for ghouls in the Princeton area, the Princeton City Park will hold a haunted trail again. This year, attendees should park near Southern Highland and 12th Street Extension and walk across the bridge to purchase tickets. The trail will be open Oct. 22, 28 and 29 from dark until 11 p.m. Admission is $6 per person.

- A tried and true terror, the 17th annual Second Creek Haunted Trail benefits several local charities and families in need. This Greenbrier County haunted trail is located off Highland Park Road in Second Creek.

The trail is open Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29 from dark until 11 p.m.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Attendees must be over 5 years old.

- Screams will emanate from the former Mountaineer Hotel in Mount Hope again this Halloween. The sixth annual Haunted House is open from 7 until 11 p.m. every night now through Oct. 31. Admission is $12 per person, $10 with two canned food items to donate to the Raleigh County Homeless Shelter.

- Get your tarot read or be spooked by Madame Marie at the Haunted Hospitality House in Alderson. The house will be open between 7 and 9 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27. The Hospitality House is located at 203 High St. (Monroe County side). Visitors should park on Railroad Avenue by the train depot or at the Presbyterian Church on South Monroe Street.

The suggested donations are $5 for the house tour (ages 7 and up) and $5 for tarot card readings. All proceeds benefit the Hospitality House.

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If masks and corn syrup blood aren’t up your Halloween alley, you may want to look for real ghosts in southern West Virginia.

- Whipple Country Store in Scarbro, Fayette County, will take ghost hunters back in time with authentic haunted history. Drinks and dessert will be served post-tour as you watch results of previous paranormal investigations. These Haunted History Tours are available Friday and Saturday evenings from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. in October. The tour is $25 and available to individuals age 21 and up.

Private tours are available for groups of eight or more. Please call 304-465-0331 to reserve a spot.

- Ghost Tours of Lewisburg can be taken every Friday and Saturday in October from 8 to 10 p.m. Guides in period costumes will take you through a candlelight walking tour of Lewisburg’s most famous haunts.

Adults can attend for $20, students for $16 and children under 7 go free.

Call 304-256-TOUR for reservations.

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