State parks across West Virginia offer a variety of activities associated with Halloween and days leading up to Oct. 31. 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 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.
The haunted train ride goes to Whittaker Station with ghostly surprises for all, including a rare night descent back to Cass. 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?
The cost of the train ride and activities is $32 for adults, $26 for children 5-12 and $16 for children younger than 5. Reservations are required. To make reservations, call 304-456-4300
Blackwater Falls State Park's Halloween Party will be Saturday. The haunted area is back. Rain, snow or sunshine, participants will meet at the Harold Walters Nature Center at Blackwater Falls State Park.
Enjoy lots of scary fun for children, infants to seventh grade. Refreshments will be available for attendees and family. There is no activity fee to participate. For more information, call 304-259-5216
Events and activities at state parks and forests throughout the year are posted on the events calendar and online at www.wvstateparks.com.
For detailed information about specific Halloween activities, call the state park directly.