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Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: October 16, 2012

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Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov

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Sissie Summers, West Virginia Parks and Recreation  Sissie.A.Summers@wv.gov  304-558-2764

“Boo”dles of Fun planned at many West Virginia State Parks

            SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. –State parks across West Virginia offer a variety of activities associated with Halloween and days leading up to October 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 state park , 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 October 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. 

            Events and activities at state parks and forests throughout the year are posted on www.wvstateparks.com, Events Calendar.

Halloween Activities at West Virginia State Parks

October 19-21 - Wagon Ride and Halloween Haunted Walk
Tomlinson Run State Park
Halloween party is at the Group Camp Dining Hall from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. $2 per child. Activity cost is $3 per person. Contact: 304-564-3651

October 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.  Activity 7 - 10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs. and 7 - 11 p.m. on Fri. and Sat. Fee based. Adults: $8; Children 12 and younger, $6. Contact: 304-763-2494

October 20 - Halloween Party
Blackwater Falls State Park
The haunted area is back! Rain, snow or sunshine, meet at the Harold Walters Nature Center at Blackwater Falls State Park.  Enjoy lots of scary fun for children, infant to seventh grade. Refreshments available for attendees and family. There is no activity fee to participate. Contact: 304-259-5216

October 20 - Kids Halloween Party
Tomlinson Run State Park
Toddlers (walking) to nine years old enjoy Halloween fun. Halloween party is at the Group Camp Dining Hall from 1 to 3 p.m. Contact: 304-564-3651

October 26-27 - Halloween Masquerade
Cacapon Resort State Park
Join us for a weekend of spook-tacular activities. Dinner, masquerade movie, and Halloween fun! Package available for two nights lodging, entertainment and some meals. For more information or to make reservations call 304-258-1022.

October 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 p.m. – 9 p.m.  Activity cost is $3 per person Contact: Tomlinson Run State Park, 304-564-3651

October 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.

October 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 #3.  There is no cost to participate in this semi-outdoor fun. Contact: 304-643-2931

October 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 – check to see if you’re on the menu?   Glow sticks and Halloween tricks greet passengers upon arrival at Whittaker Station. If the sky is dark and clear, the stars will cast a spell; if the moon is high, could there be a witch sweeping by?  Train ride and activities: Adult, $32; Children 5-12, $26; Children under age 5, $16. Reservations required. Contact: 304-456-4300

Cacapon Resort 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 pm. Fees apply. For more information contact: 304-258-1022 x5209 or Renee.M.Fincham@wv.gov.

October 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 more information contact: 304-258-1022 x5209 or Renee.M.Fincham@wv.gov

October 27 - Logan Zombiefest
Chief Logan State Park
Zombies and Zombie-lovers alike: Get ready! This is 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 is a citizen group that works to encourage pride and involvement in our communities and towns. Proceeds from this event assist the Huntington Food Bank supporting area communities.

October 27 - Laurel Lake Spooktacular
Laurel Lake WMA
Laurel Lake Wildlife Management Area Foundation sponsors a “Laurel Lake Spooktacular” on Saturday, October 27, starting at 1 p.m. and continuing throughout the day. Food: 1-2 p.m. Games: 3:30-5:30 p.m. Movie: 3:30-5:30 p.m. Bluegrass music jam session: 5:30-8 p.m. Litter free. No alcohol. 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 detailed 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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