Halloween events

Halloween fiery

Area Trick or Treat Times

West Virginia

Hundred: Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Littleton: Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Middlebourne: Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
New Martinsville: Cruising for Treats, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Howard Jeffers Drive aka Hydro Drive, which will be closed to traffic.
Paden City: Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sistersville: Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Smithfield: Oct. 31, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Tyler County: Cruising for Treats, Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Tyler County Fairgrounds.


Clarington: Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Hannibal: Trunk or Treat at the Hannibal Locks, Oct. 31, 4 p. m. to 7 p.m.
New Matamoras: Oct. 31, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Powhatan Point: Oct. 31, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Shadyside: Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Woodsfield: Oct. 31, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.


From the Northwest Region Health Department via the Wetzel-Tyler Health Department:
– Face masks/coverings must be worn by all.
– Social distancing still applies.
– No Halloween parades!
-- Trick or treat in residing community only.
Utilize Tyler or Wetzel county’s drive-thru trick or treat: Wetzel’s is Sunday, Oct. 25, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. along Hydro Drive and Tyler’s is Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Tyler County Fairgrounds. This is contingent upon both counties being GREEN or YELLOW status.
Ideal situation would be to have alll communities hold trick or treat the same day at the same time to avoid intermixing of communities.

Sistersville goes virtual with online costume contest

SISTERSVILLE – The Sistersville Lions Club is keeping the Halloween spirit alive by going online with a virtual parade and online costume contest.
As with years past, costumes will be judged for Cutest, Scariest and Most Original for the pre-K, elementary, middle and high school age groups. To enter, photos are to be posted to the Sistersville Lions’ Facebook page Oct. 28 – Oct. 31.
An identifiable landmark, such as the Sistersville Park or oil derrick, should be in the background of the photo and entries must include the category with the photo submission. Winners will be announced the following week and will be contacted via the Facebook account that posted the submission.
“We invite everyone to go to the Sistersville Lions Facebook page and read the contest rules,” Lion Linda Leasure said.


While the coronavirus may have foiled Sistersville’s Hocus Pocus, Spookhouse and parade, Paden City’s Haunted Trail, New Martinsville’s Boo at Bruce and many other area events, efforts are being made to ensure the younglings get those sugary treats but denies them exercise since most are primarily drive-thru events and, more fortunately for home owners, no chance for those tricks!

  • The Monroe Theatre, 104 N. Main St. in Woodsfield has a series of haunting flicks to put you in a scary state of mind, as if 2020 hasn’t already brought us all to our knees. Thursday, Oct. 29, is the R-rated House on Haunted Hill at 7 p.m., followed by everyone’s favorite PG-rated Hocus Pocus Friday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, kicks off at noon with G-rated Casper the Ghost “Trick or Treat” before Halloween in the Village [next item]. Then it’s the date night R-rated double feature Fright Night Thrillers. Doors open at 6 p.m. Show begins at 7 p.m. Admission is still free and concessions available. See their Facebook page for complete details.
  • Woodsfield’s Halloween in the Village, 1-5 p.m., Oct. 31. Trunk or Treat and Halloween games in the city square and Methodist parking lot; 5-6 p.m., trick or treat through town. Sponsored by Woodsfield Fire Department and the Breakthrough Community Group. Call 740-213-0762 for more info or to volunteer.
  • Bellaire House Halloween 2020, 1699 Belmont, Bellaire, Ohio. Oct. 30-Nov. 1. The cream of the creepiest gather at the Bellaire House for a full Blue Moon Halloween weekend! Paranormal investigations at 9 p.m. Oct. 30, $75 per person. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 31 Spirit Fest. 740-579-1841.
  • Halloween Weekend by Roseland Resort and Campground, 11 a.m., 925 Nolte Ln, Proctor, WV 304-455-3838. Oct. 30 - Nov. 2.
  • Clair Tavern’s Halloween Bash, 7 p.m. Oct. 31, Clair Tavern and Grill, Clarington, Ohio. It’s freaky, it’s fun! It’s the annual Halloween Bash at Ohio Valleys No. 1 party spot. Live DJ Ricky ReMixx spinning hits all night long, costume contest, prizes and so much more. 740-458-1148.
  • Pumpkin Drop, 10 a.m., Noble County Airport and Fly-In Campground, Caldwell, Ohio. Oct. 31. Join this initial pumpkin drop that’s planned to become an annual event. Camping available for pilots and company. Chili cookout target will be displayed on the runway and pumpkins will be dropped from airplanes by a single passenger. Check out their Facebook page for more information. [Editor’s note: “As G-d is my witness,” this is in no way related to that infamous WKRP turkey drop on another Fall holiday. 😉 ]
  • If your ideal version of Halloween prefers a more adult classic, you can catch The Rocky Horror Picture Show Saturday, Oct. 24, at The Strand Theatre, 811 5th St., Moundsville. See their website https://www.strandtheatrewv.com/ for more information.
  • Anchorage Mansion Private Investigations, 9 p.m.-3 a.m., Hidden Marietta Tour Co., Marietta, Ohio. Oct. 31. The nights are getting longer, and the spookiest time of year will soon be upon us! Book a private Anchorage Mansion paranormal investigation for your group this autumn. This once stunning Italianate mansion was the home of Marietta’s wealthiest couple, Douglas and Eliza Putnam. It was built for Eliza, at her special request, but she died just three short years after it was completed. She is said to still be seen, however, standing forlornly in the tower or at the top of the main staircase. Later, other families came to live in the house, but after the last owner died in the early 1960s, the building became a nursing home. Many spirits are said to reside in this lonely mansion, including a little girl who is seen all over the house and has been heard calling out by many visitors. Sounds of a gurney can be heard on the upper floors, as well as footsteps and the sound of sighing, talking and screams. Bring your private investigation group and spend six hours overnight in the mansion and see what you can find! Flat fee of $500 for up to eight people, each additional participant is $65. 740-373-1788.

Always worth the trip!

The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (formerly the Weston State Hospital) was constructed between 1858 and 1881 and is the largest hand-cut stone masonry building in North America.The original hospital, designed to house 250 souls, was open to patients in 1864 and reached its peak in the 1950s with 2,400 patients in overcrowded and generally poor conditions. Changes in the treatment of mental illness and the physical deterioration of the facility forced its closure in 1994. In the halls of what once was the area’s most reputable hospital, a demented doctor has brought his patients’ nightmares to life. Society’s undesirable souls have been abandoned in the dark recesses of this once safe haven. Their sole purpose is to serve the good doctor and his sadistic experiments. Scratching and clawing their way through their new existence, patients succumb to delirious visions before becoming one of the doctor’s creations. Can you survive a journey into the Asylum, where the veil between realities is twisted? What souls will cry to you when you visit? Visit www.theasylumwv.com or call 304-269-5070 for more information. Face masks and temperature checks required.
Asylum After Dark. In a celebration of all things spooky during October, visit the award-winning Haunted House and three flashlight tours of the main building. Thursday through Sunday all October.
Oct. 25 - Oct. 31, BEDLAM. Stretch the limitations of your imagination in the Haunted House. You and your friends will have a horrific good time and have something to talk about ’til the next year’s haunted house.
Oct. 25 - Oct. 31, Flashlight Tours. Did you see that? You just might when you join a flashlight tour at the Asylum!

Moundsville Prison tour, 90 minutes – Get ready to face your fears at Moundsville Prison, do you dare? Perhaps choose a guided tour of astonishing history, a touch of art, cold hard facts and an insight into the justice system. Stroll through this Gothic-style structure in amazement and wonder - and maybe a little fear? You’ll see the location of the riot of 1986, as well as cell blocks, “The Alamo” that once housed the most dangerous and violent inmates, and “New Wall,” where some visitors have been LOCKED UP! Cameras allowed, face masks mandatory and 20 people per tour. No open-toed shoes or heels, well-behaved pets OK and all tickets and payments are non-refundable, but are transferable by calling 304-845-6200.
Nightmares at West Virginia Penitentiary, 45 minutes — Do you have the courage to walk into a nightmare? This is not your average “haunted house.” After all, it’s at the penitentiary, as in - a dungeon! Will you manage to keep up with your group and not get separated? Do you have what it takes to make it through? Don’t worry, their actors will be there to help you along ... The Dungeon of Horrors utilizes fog machines, multiple strobe lights, low ceilings, stairs, jump scares and general disorientation, so beware if you have a medical condition triggered by those activities, and it is not recommended for anyone younger than 13. Interactive elements such as the casket ride, the slide and the possibility of being locked into cells has been temporarily discontinued due to COVID. Masks required and handrails, doors, and high-touch areas sanitized in between groups. Print your tickets or take a screenshot of your codes for faster check-in; designated waiting areas for each event coincide with the timed entry. For example, if your ticket is for 7 p.m., you will go to the holding area :00. 9:15 would go to the :15 area and so on. The Dungeon of Horrors is not wheelchair accessible. If you are planning on attending both the Dungeon of Horrors and the North Walk on the same night, then you MUST schedule to do the North Walk first.
Paranormal flashlight tour, 45 minutes — Known as the area with the most paranormal activity, a place where murders, violence and brutality were common everyday occurrences, you will visit where the most dangerous inmates were housed, the maximum security area, North Hall. The inmates called it – The Alamo. You will enter this part of the prison through the “Administration Building” and the “wheel” – these areas have been closed to the public for years and only opened for the Haunted House season.
The North Walk is NOT an attraction, but a flashlight tour of an area that was once considered one of the bloodiest institutions in the nation. The North Walk is not a staged attraction. You will not see Halloween props or any actors to scare you. The North Walk is a guided tour led by one of our regular tour guides. You will hear real stories of the prison and have the opportunity to experience real paranormal activity. There will be no lights on for this event. Just you, your group, the tour guide, a flashlight ...and whatever (or whoever) you might encounter.
Face masks mandatory; this event is not wheelchair accessible.
If you’re planning on attending both the Dungeon of Horrors and the North Walk the same night, you MUST schedule the North Walk first.

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