Parkersburg Art Center preps annual Halloween party

Photo Provided Nicole Harris and Courtney Smith as a peacock and Van Gogh’s Starry Night at last year’s “MasqueRave.”

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center’s League, the “PAC PALS,” will host its annual Halloween “MasqueRave” party on Friday, Oct. 20 from 8 p.m. to midnight.

The event will take place at the art center, located on the corner of Eighth and Market streets in downtown Parkersburg.

According to Kasey Snyder, “MasqueRave” chairperson, this event is an opportunity for people 21 and over to enjoy Halloween. “Why should kids have all the fun? This is a great evening to dress up, dance, and have a fun night out, all while supporting our local art center,” Snyder said.

“Last year was the first year we had this party, and we had over 100 people in costume. We hope to double that number this year. The money we raise goes directly to the art center’s fund that supports art-based educational activities for our area’s kids, so we want everyone to come help us celebrate,” Snyder said.

This year the PALS have once again lined up Premier Productions to sponsor the event as well as to DJ. “They bring such a fun and upbeat element to any event and we are truly blessed to have them sponsor MasqueRave once again. They keep the party going and the dance floor moving,” Snyder said.

Photo Provided Spooky decor for last year’s party, courtesy of sponsor Crown Florals and Rentals.

In addition to dancing, the PALS will also offer refreshments, costume contests with prizes, a photo booth, and spooky decor. All made possible by donations and sponsorships from the community.

Starting Oct. 16 the PALS will be hiding their “PAC Party Pumpkins” around the community with a free ticket attached. Once the pumpkin is found, the rules require the finder to post a selfie with the party pumpkin to their social media with the hashtag “#PACPartyPumpkin” and tag the Parkersburg Art Center.

The PALS will hide two party pumpkins a day from Oct. 16 through Oct. 20. Clues can be found on the Parkersburg Art Center’s Facebook page.

Tickets can be purchased online at or at the art center’s front desk. Tickets are $20 each in advance and $30 at the door.