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Ripley getting into the Halloween spirit

The Go Go Scare Show’s theme this year is “The Brothers Grimm and Other Twisted Fairy Tales.” (Photo Provided)

RIPLEY — Thrill seekers and spooky enthusiasts alike will have the opportunity to participate in Halloween season events this weekend in Ripley.

Tonight will feature a ghost walk coordinated by Ripley’s Convention and Visitors Bureau. According to Mike Ruben from Ripley CVB, the ghost walk was the first event planned when the bureau was formed in 2014.

Susanna Holstin, Sandyville native, leads the walks and shares “true stories and unusual things that have happened in the Ripley community,” Ruben said.

Those stories include information about the last public hanging in West Virginia, the hatchet murders and a story about Harry Ripley, the namesake for the town.

Ruben said the ghost walk is not just for scares.

Susanna Holstin, “Granny Sue,” will lead a ghost walk in downtown Ripley at 8 p.m. today at the Jackson County Courthouse. (Photo Provided)

“The ghost walk is an unusual event in that while it’s a Halloween season event, these are true stories that she talks about,” Ruben said. “Granted, they’re sad stories but they’re history nonetheless and she’s carrying on the history.”

Admission for the ghost walk is $10.

Another attraction is the Go Go Scare Show, a haunted house created by Charassa Wilkinson, owner of I Scream Sundae.

Wilkinson created the event last year as a thank you to the community for supporting her realty business.

“The community has supported me big time and I wanted to give back,” Wilkinson said.

The attraction is located at 108 Academy Drive in Ripley and tickets are $13. Guests will experience a theme centered on the “Brothers Grimm and Other Twisted Fairy Tales.”

Don’t be fooled by the fairy tale theme. The attraction will feature the Brothers Grimm stories in their true, twisted nature. Each room has a different theme and story.

A dark version of Alice and Wonderland will also be included in the haunt.

Despite the creepy nature, the event is family friendly.

“We are a clean haunted house. (There’s) no language or sexual things but we’re really scary,” Wilkinson said.

So far the event has seen success, Wilkinson said.

“I do this for the love of teenager and the young adults,” Wilkinson said. “I love seeing little kids with excitement and thrill in their eyes.”

The ghost walk takes place tonight at 8 p.m. and the Go Go Scare Show is tonight at 7 p.m. The haunted house also runs every Friday and Saturday in October, Halloween night and the first weekend of November.

For other events in the Ripley area, visit the Ripley WV Convention and Visitors Bureau Facebook page.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.

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