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WV State Parks plan spooky Halloween

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State parks across West Virginia will offer a variety of activities associated with Halloween on the days leading up to Oct. 31. From a zombiefest with proceeds supporting area food banks at Chief Logan State Park to afternoon Halloween parties at Blackwater Falls and North Bend, activities planned create a wholesome experience — some a little more scary than others. 

The big event of the season is the Halloween Train at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park on Oct. 27. The 6 p.m. departure includes surprises along the way to Whittaker Station. 

"We encourage passengers to wear a costume to create a festive trip up Cheat Mountain," said Monica Fleming at Cass Scenic Railroad. Park staff recommend that costumes worn should allow for good visibility. For Halloween Train reservations call 304-456-4300. 

Other Halloween activities at West Virginia state parks include:

  • Oct. 19-21 - Wagon Ride and Halloween Haunted Walk; Tomlinson Run State Park. Halloween party is at the Group Camp Dining Hall from 1 until 3 p.m. $2 per child. Activity cost is $3 per person. Contact: 304-564-3651. 
  • Oct. 19–31 - Little Beaver Haunted Trail; Little Beaver State Park. Ten nights of ghosts and goblins lurk on the haunted trail. Fun for all ages. Walking trails, shelter mazes, staged areas for Halloween fun. Activities are offered from 7-10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays. and 7-11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The trail costs $8 for adults; $6 for children aged 12 and younger. Contact: 304-763-2494. 
  • Oct. 20 - Halloween Party; Blackwater Falls State Park. The haunted area is back! Offered in the rain, snow or sunshine, the haunted area is based at the Harold Walters Nature Center at Blackwater Falls State Park. Enjoy lots of scary fun for children up to the seventh grade. Refreshments available for attendees and family. There is no activity fee to participate. Contact: 304-259-5216. 
  • Oct. 20 - Kids Halloween Party; Tomlinson Run State Park. The party is open to children ranging from toddlers to age 9 and is designed to help them enjoy Halloween fun. Halloween party is at the Group Camp Dining Hall from 1 to 3 p.m. Contact: 304-564-3651.
  • Oct. 26-27 - Halloween Masquerade; Cacapon Resort State Park. Join us for a weekend of spook-tacular activities. Dinner, masquerade movie and Halloween fun! Packages are available for two nights lodging, entertainment and some meals. For information or to make reservations, call 304-258-1022. 
  • Oct. 26-27 - Wagon Ride and Halloween Haunted Walk; Tomlinson Run State Park. Take a wagon ride to the Haunted Walk at the Group Camp. Activity cost is $3 per person. Hours are 7–9 p.m. The ride and walk costs $3 per person. For information, call Tomlinson Run State Park at 304-564-3651.
  • Oct. 27 - 35th annual Pipestem Pumpkin Run, Pipestem Resort State Park. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. at the Canyon Rim Center. 10,000 meter run, 5,000 meter run, 5,000 meter and a fun run scheduled. Race begins at 10 a.m. Contact: Shirley Martin or Nathan Hanshaw, 304-466-1800. A registration form is posted online at www.pipestemresort.com. 
  • Oct. 27 - Halloween Party; North Bend State Park. Celebrate Halloween at North Bend State Park with games, prizes, children costume contest, crafts, and much more. Event is 1-3 p.m. at Shelter No. 3. The party is free. Contact: 304-643-2931.
  • Oct. 27 - Halloween Train; Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. Haunted train ride goes to Whittaker Station with ghostly surprises for all. Train departs at 6 p.m. Includes a rare night descent back to Cass. Passengers are encouraged to wear costumes. The traditional Halloween script (crypt) will be broadcast. The Limestone Cut has surprises. The haunted Dining Car will be looking for customers. Glow sticks and Halloween tricks greet passengers upon arrival at Whittaker Station. Train ride and activities cost $32 for adults, $26 for children ages 5-12, $16 for children younger than age 5. Reservations required. Contact: 304-456-4300.
  • Oct. 27 - Hay-Rides, Haunted Trail, and Fun by Firelight!; Cacapon State Park. American Cancer Society: Relay For Life is sponsoring a frightening fun haunted trail on the multipurpose trail at Cacapon State Park. Meet at the Nature Center to enjoy the spooky festivities. Activities will begin at 7:30 pm and end at 10 p.m. Fees apply. For information, call 304-258-1022 x5209 or email Renee.M.Fincham@wv.gov. 
  • Oct. 27 - Logan Zombiefest; Chief Logan State Park. Zombies and Zombie-lovers alike need to get ready for the first Logan ZombieFest. Registration is at noon with the lineup and walk at 2 p.m. Event tickets are $15 and include participation in the Zombie walk, Thriller dance party, costume contest, concert and prize drawings. Rules, concert information and ticket information are online at ZombieFest.com. A zombie walk is an organized public gathering of people who dress up in zombie costumes. The LEAD Community Organization is the event sponsor and proceeds will assist the Huntington Food Bank.
  • Oct. 27 - Laurel Lake Spooktacular; Laurel Lake WMA. Laurel Lake Wildlife Management Area Foundation will sponsor the "Laurel Lake Spooktacular" starting at 1 p.m. Oct. 27 and continuing throughout the day. The Foundation invites the community to come dressed in Halloween costumes and to be ready for a great time! Open to the public without charge. Contact: 304-475-2823. 

For  information about specific Halloween activities call the park directly. For information about West Virginia State Parks and Forests, visit www.wvstateparks.com.

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