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:
- Mountaineer Trail Riders of West Virginia will host their first fall riding event Oct. 26 at Burning Rock Outdoor Adventure Park. The guided off-road night ride will take place at 8 p.m. following Burning Rock’s second annual Kids’ Halloween Trunk or Treat event and costume contest from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Proceeds from the night ride ($10 per vehicle), barbecue meals and prize raffle will benefit Kathy (Cook) Brewer from Sophia, who needs a bone marrow transplant.
- Little Beaver State Park will freak you out with its annual Haunted Trail.
This year, the horror has already begun and will open for its final weekend Oct. 25 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.
- The Resort at Glade Springs will hold its third annual Fright Night with a bigger and badder theme — “Zombie Apocalypse.” This event promises to have fun activities for the entire family, from haunted hay and carriage rides to a haunted maze. New this year, Fright Night will have a Zombie Hunt Laser Tag and a 3D Haunted house.
Fright Night will come to a close on Oct. 26 and 27 from dark until 10:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $15, and a portion of this event’s proceeds will benefit United Way.
- Greenbrier County’s first Williamsburg Haunted Schoolhouse will be held at the Old Williamsburg School Oct. 27, 28 and 31 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is $5. Concessions will be available.
The event is sponsored by the Williamsburg Volunteer Rescue Squad. For more information, call 304-657-1318.
- Get creeped out high in the air at the New River Gorge Bridgewalk Haunted Tour Oct. 21, 26, 27, 28, and 31.
Who knows what lurks in the Bridge’s shadows and below? Dress warm but dress up! Cost is $49 but for those who come ‘‘dressed for the occasion’’ will pay half price, $24.50. Tours begin at 7 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 304-574-1300. For more information, visit www.bridgewalk.com.
- 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. 26 and 27 from dark until 11 p.m.
Admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children under 12. Attendees must be over 5 years old.
- Be spooked at the Haunted Hospitality House in Alderson. The house will be open between 7 and 9 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31. 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, $3 for children 11 and under. All proceeds benefit the Hospitality House.
- The Haunted House in Pineville opens on Oct. 25 and runs through Oct. 27 from 6 to 10 p.m. and is located in the former Cook’s Hardware building on Back Street.
This year’s theme is “The Haunted Sanitarium” and the sponsored by the Wyoming County Career and Technical Center’s LPN program.
Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children or $18 for groups of six or more.
- Greenbrier County Emergency Ambulance Service will host the fourth annual Haunted Barn located at the small livestock arena at the State Fairgrounds. Doors will be open for everyone to come and experience the horrors and chills of Halloween. The macabre multi-themed barn will twist and turn through a dark maze of live-action ghosts, ghouls, zombies, and demons. Visitors will also experience firsthand scenes pulled from such horror classics as “Poltergeist,” “Friday the 13th,” “Chucky,” and of course everyone’s favorite masked homicidal maniac — “Halloween.”
The terror will run Oct. 26 and 27 and Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m.. Admission is $5 per person. Proceeds will help support the Greenbrier County Emergency Ambulance Service.
- If you are in the mood for an eerie show, check out Beckley Dance Theatre’s annual fall concert, “Trick or Treat.”
The concert will be held Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Woodrow Wilson High School Auditorium. Tickets are $8 and are available at the Dance Theatre School, 112 Raleigh Avenue, or at the door the night of the event.
The show is thematically choreographed around a Halloween celebration and will feature the premiere of a new dance work based on the “Spoon River Anthology,” written by poet Edgar Lee Masters in 1915.
- Walk the green mile at Gary Bowling’s House of Art’s Psycho Circus haunted House in the old Bluefield City Hall Jail Complex, now the Bluefield Area Arts Center on Bland Street, Oct. 26, 27, and 31 from 7 p.m. until midnight.
Admission is $6, but with a canned food donation to benefit Tender Mercies Ministries, Inc., of Princeton, it is only $5. For more information, please call 304-324-4242.
- If you're in the mood for a spooky train ride, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park will be running a special Haunted Train ride at 6 p.m. on October 27. This ride Includes a rare night descent back to Cass. Passengers are encouraged to wear costumes. The traditional Halloween script (crypt) will be broadcast. The haunted Dining Car will be looking for customers so check to see if you’re on the menu.
Train ride and Halloween activities are $32 for adults and $26 for children 5-12. Children under age 5, $16. Reservations required, 304-456-4300.
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. Call 304-465-0331 to reserve a spot or visit www.whipplecompanystore.com for more information.
- Ghost Tours of Lewisburg can be taken every Friday and Saturday in October from 8 to 10 p.m. beginning at the General Lewis Inn. Guides in period costumes will take you through a candlelight walking tour of Lewisburg’s most famous haunts, including Old Stone Church Cemetery and The North House II.
Adults can attend for $20, students for $16 and children under 7 go free.
Call 304-256-TOUR for reservations.