Local communities ready for Halloween

PARKERSBURG – Halloween events are planned over the next couple of weeks throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Several area communities will be holding Trick or Treat early on Oct. 26 (Williamstown, Marietta, Belmont and St. Marys), while others will be waiting for the Halloween holiday on Oct. 31 (Parkersburg, Vienna, Belpre, Elizabeth, Harrisville, Pennsboro, Ravenswood and Ripley).

Among the activities scheduled during the next two weeks – including some beginning tonight – are:

* In Marietta, Campus Martius Museum will hold “Halloween at the Museum” from 6-9 p.m. Friday at the museum at 601 Second St. The cost is $15 per person. Entertainment and activities will be available for children from third grade and up. Adults are encouraged to attend with their children. For reservations, call (740) 373-3750.

* In Mineral Wells, the fourth annual New Era One Room Schoolhouse Museum haunted schoolhouse will be held from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Oct. 25 and 26 on the campus of Mineral Wells Elementary School.

Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for students. A graveyard, Frankenstein’s lab and a torture chamber with more than 20 animated characters, storytelling, refreshments and gifts for purchase will be available.

* In Parkersburg, the Parkersburg Art Center will hold a Halloween party for adults called “MasqueRave” from 8:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday at Eighth and Market streets in downtown Parkersburg.

Tickets are $25 for singles and $40 for couples and are available by contacting the art center at 304-485-3859.

The event will feature live music by Huntington band “Qiet,” along with costume contests, snacks, a photo booth and silent horror movies (complete with bloody popcorn). The art center will be decorated in a gothic horror style, with help from Keith McClung of Crown Event Rentals, one of the evening’s sponsors.

Prizes will be awarded in several costume categories, from prettiest to scariest. The party is a fundraiser for the art center’s education programs

* In Marietta, Zombie Walk V will be 6 p.m.-midnight Saturday in the 100 block of Maple Street, Marietta. For more information, call (740) 215-4663.

* In Belpre, the Halloween Kids Fest Children’s Charity Event will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Howes Grove Park.

* In Lubeck, the Lubeck Volunteer Fire Department will hold its 2013 Haunted Trail beginning at dark Saturday and Oct. 26 at the fire station at 1340 Harris Highway, West Virginia 68.

The last tickets will be sold at 11 p.m. The cost is $5 per person, with children 3 and under admitted free. For more information, contact John Davis at 304-488-0532.

* In Belmont, Carehaven of Pleasants at 506 Riverview Drive will hold its Haunted Halloween Trail from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 24. Treats will be served and participants are encouraged to wear a costume and bring a bag for candy. For more information, call 304-665-2065.

* In Marietta, the Marietta College Legacy Library will hold its fourth annual “Ghost Stories from the Stacks” from 8-11 p.m. Oct. 25 in the library’s reading room on the MC.

Admission is free and refreshments will be available. For information, contact (740) 376-4758. There will be activities, a magic show and horror movie clips. The first session of ghost stories begins at 9 p.m. and the second at 10 p.m. Readers will be college staff and students, along with some guests.

* In Marietta, the Marietta Noon Lions annual Halloween Parade will be held noon Oct. 26 in downtown Marietta.

Line-up will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Marietta College parking lot at Third and Butler streets. The parade will go from the parking lot to Putnam Street, to Front Street and end at Muskingum Park for Halloween in the Park.

The parade, which is more than 65 years old, is free and open to the public. Prizes will be awarded for children 18 and under in three categories: most original, scariest and funniest. There will also be a Best in Show prize and judging will begin at 11:40 a.m.

Children must participate in the parade to gain entrance to the Halloween in the Park, an event that will feature games, food and treats. A sticker will be given to each child prior to the parade and must be visible to participate in the Halloween in the Park.

* In Parkersburg, Downtown PKB is organizing the first “Monster Mash on Market” event from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 26 in downtown Parkersburg.

Organizers will close off Market Street between Seventh and Eighth streets for the event. There will be activities and fun for the whole family, including a pumpkin decorating contest, food vendors, fun activities and a costume parade. The “Monster Mash” will culminate with the costume parade at 8 p.m., ending at the Smoot Theatre at 213 Fifth St., which will be hosting a showing of the original “Frankenstein” movie.

* In Newport, the Newport Baptist and Newport United Methodist churches will hold a Trunk or Treat program from 3-5 pm. Oct. 26 at Newport Baptist Church. Newport’s Trick or Treat starts at 5:30 p.m.

There will be games, cake walks, treats, jewelry making, skin tattoos and other activities. In the event of bad weather, the event will take place inside the church.

* In Parkersburg, Trunk-or-Treat, a community event open to all children, will be held 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 1210 20th St. For more information, call 304-422-1300.

* In Kanawha, a Trunk or Treat program will be 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 28 at Kanawha Elementary School on West Virginia 47. There will be costume judging, an outdoor dance with a live DJ, a fog machine and cars parked around the school’s walking track handing out Halloween treats. The rain date is Oct. 29.

* In Waverly, the Crossroads United Methodist Church will hold Trunk ‘n’ Treat Tuesday, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29.

The church is located on the Old Saint Mary’s Pike between West Virginia 31 and 2.

* In Parkersburg, the Criminal Justice Organization at West Virginia University at Parkersburg will hold a Halloween Party for the family from 5-9 p.m. Oct. 31 in the multi-purpose room at WVU-P.

Admission is $5 for 13 and over or $3 with the donation of canned goods, while children 12 and under are free. There will be a costume contest, games, music and dancing, food and refreshments. Monetary proceeds will benefit Shop With a Cop, while canned goods will be donated to the Latrobe Street Mission.