Halloween Tricks & Treats for Ghouls and Boys

Looking for Halloween-inspired fall activities? Here’s a list of local events happening this month!


Apollo Civic Haunted Theater: Oct. 4, 5, 11, 12, 19, 25, 26 and Nov. 1 and 2, 7 p.m.–11 p.m. Tickets for sale at the door – $10. Children 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Food venders and daycare will be provided.

Paranormal Investigations: Oct. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 25 and Nov. 1 and 2 from midnight to 4 a.m. Tickets – $25; Advance reservation only! 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Oct. 19 and 26 at midnight. Movie accompanied by the Apollo Civic Theater shadow cast. Tickets for sale at the door – $15. ID required. 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

“Dread the Dead: Undead Zombie Run”

October 26, 12 a.m. at Martinsburg Mall

The Zombie Run is a 5K fun run ending with a military style obstacle course. The catch is there will be zombies all over the course trying to pull flags off the runners. The object is to finish the course with at least one or more flags to stay alive at the end. If the runner at any point during the run does not have any flags left, they can still finish the race but will not be eligible for any awards. You’re not running against the clock, you’re running from flesh-eating zombies to stay alive! This is the ultimate zombie apocalypse survival training course. All ages are welcome to attend this event. Upon finishing the zombie infested run, participants will be welcome to join the Life After Death Party! All are invited and admission is free for all participants and spectators. Zombie Jamslive DJ will be spinning dance music. Refreshments and beer will be sold (must be 21). There will be Zombie Run merchandise so you can order event t-shirts. Sponsor tents or partner tents for hospitality.

Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival

Saturday, Oct.19

8–9 a.m. Apple Arrangements Contest

8–9 a.m. Apple Growers Contest

8:30 a.m. Bob Elmer Celebrity Sports Breakfast

10:30 a.m. Walkers/11:30 a.m. Runners

5K Apple Trample Run/Walk

1 p.m. Grand Feature Parade

3–7 p.m. Fall Finale Cruise-In/Car Show

7–11 p.m. Panhandlers Square Dance

8–12 p.m. Grand Ball

Sunday, Oct. 20

9–6 p.m. Arts and Crafts at the Roundhouse Center

First Annual Shepherdstown Boo!Fest

The Boo!Fest will begin with a Vampire Ball at the Community Club the evening of Friday, Oct. 25 and conclude with the town’s traditional trick-or-treating on German Street on Halloween night, Oct. 31. In between, there will be a wide variety of activities that everybody can enjoy with a special emphasis on activities for children and families. Most activities will be free and everyone is welcome. The Oct. 26–27 weekend, in particular, will be full of things to see and do, including the following:

• Sessions devoted to pumpkin-painting and the making of monster masks

• Free showings of favorite Halloween movies

• A “Get your Zombie ON!” street dance

• A special vaudeville show at the Opera House

• A Halloween costume contest and fashion show

• A haunted house at the Community Center

• Town ghost tours

• Story-telling sessions

• A Creepy Cocktail Crawl, featuring special adult beverages at local restaurants

• Halloween-themed menus at local restaurants

On Halloween night, in addition to the traditional trick-or-treating, there will be a ShepTREAT at Shepherd University with Halloween games and events and a haunted house at the Community Center.

PumpkinFest – Ridgefield Farm and Orchard

Rollicking hayrides, a confusing corn maze, pumpkin-picking, magic shows, live music, the famous pirate ship, our country store and fresh cider –– all have made Ridgefield Farm a favorite farm experience for generations. Grab a wagon and head off to the pumpkin patch to pick the perfect pumpkin or a buy a bag of fresh apples. Take in the magic show or grab some food and listen to great music. There’s plenty to do at Ridgefield Farm by day, but there’s even more at night. Be prepared for a chilling evening with Haunting Season on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. The music begins around 11:30. First magic show is at 12:15. Petting zoo is generally from 12–3, depending on the mood of the animals. $5 per person. Children 2 and under are free.


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