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Ripley ice cream shop has scary theme

RIPLEY — A new ice cream shop in Ripley is scarier than a mile of rocky road.

I Scream Sundae on Main Street features desserts, floats and shakes based on scary movies. Menu items at the ghoulish ice cream parlor include Killer Clowns from Outer Space, Black Gashberry and Stranger Cheesecake Things.

“It’s all about providing quality ice cream treats combined with monster classic themes,” owner Charessa Wilkinson said. “It’s a destination experience. We’re seeing customers from the Kanawha Valley and from, Ohio, too.”

The decor resembles that of a haunted house with an interior decorator. An inflatable Stay Puft Marshmallow Man character from the “Ghostbusters” movie greets customers in the parking lot.

Inside, the Wicked Witch of the West from the “Wizard of Oz” peers over everyone’s shoulder. Movie posters featuring “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” and “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” adorn inside walls.

Table decorations are comprised of various plastic skulls alongside napkins.

The selection of sundaes, floats and milkshakes is an ever-evolving process for the innovative staff. Suggestions have also been generated by enthusiastic customers.

New for fall at the shop, which opened this summer, is The Pumpkin Eater. The Garbage Pail Kid has a base ingredient of chocolate ice cream mixed with Cracker Jack.

There’s a wax bottle on the side and it comes with a bubble gum playing card, too.

Cups of I Scream range from $3-$7. Bloody sundaes are $5 to $9 with unlimited toppings of sprinkles, whipped cream and marshmallows. A selection of six Slashed Throat Float flavors are $5.

Larger treats include the cake batter-flavored Krusty the Klown and ET Phone Home, which comes with Reese’s Pieces.

“It’s all about enjoying the experience,” said Wilkinson, who also is a partner in the adjacent Sold Sisters Realty. Also, she’s gearing up for the second Halloween season with her nearby Go Go Scare Show, a non-traditional haunted house.

I Scream Sundae is located at 516 W. Main St., a mile from I-77 Exit 138. Hours are noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The phone number is 304-532-4230.

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