By Wendy Holdren
The Humane Society of Raleigh County is hosting its third annual Howl-O-Ween festival Saturday, Oct. 26, from noon until 5 p.m. at the shelter, located at 325 Gray Flats Road in Beckley.
This year’s event will include fun for the whole family, including a variety of vendors at the shelter for mom and dad, as well as face painting and coloring for the kids.
For the special pet in your life, there will be pet costume contests with a variety of categories. Dr. Gunter will have an “Ask the Vet” booth to answer common pet questions.
For potential pet parents, an adoption booth will be on site for you to meet some new furry friends.
Mannings BBQ will be at the shelter with lots of hot food available also.
Humane Society board member Melissa Lyons said this year’s festival comes with an added bonus — a haunted trail for the older kids and adults.
“Helter Shelter’s Miss Macabre’s Carnevil and Freak Show” haunted trail will be held at the shelter, starting at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $8 per person, with group discounts available.
This spooky carnival-themed trail offers fortune telling and DJ Tray Terra Joines’ Halloween playlist.
Refreshments, hot food and hot and cold beverages will also be available.
New River Community and Technical College and the Beckley Area Derby Dames are assisting the shelter with the event.
“It is vitally important to the Humane Society that we have the support of our community,” Lyons said.
“The majority of the shelter’s funding comes from public donations and fundraising events. The Howl-O-Ween festival has been a big hit for the past two years and we hope to see continued success with that event and add to that success with the Helter Shelter event.”
Lyons said 100 percent of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Humane Society and help them continue to care for sick and unwanted animals until they can find a forever home.
For more information, call 304-253-8921.
— E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org