Halloween-related events this weekend

From staff reports

Several Halloween-related activities are planned this weekend.

In downtown Parkersburg, the annual Monster Mash on Market Street will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the 400 block of Market Street, with activities between Fourth and Fifth streets, as well as the parking lot of Huntington Bank.

Admission is free. Monster Mash is a family-centric Halloween party made possible by Downtown PKB and local businesses and community organizations who set up to be vendors for the event. Children will experience hands-on activities and trick-or-treat giveaways provided by the local businesses and community organizations. Limited concessions will be available for purchase.

Following the Monster Mash activities on Market, children will walk over in Halloween Parade fashion to the historic Smoot Theatre to watch “Toy Story of Terror!” The movie is free and will begin at 7:45 p.m. For adults, a showing of “Beetlejuice” will follow at 9 p.m. Admission is $5 per person.

This year’s Monster Mash is sponsored by Classic Plastics Toy Store.

Other Halloween related activities are taking place this weekend include:

¯ In Mineral Wells, the eighth annual New Era One Room Schoolhouse Museum on the campus of Mineral Wells Elementary School will be filled with spooks and goblins from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday for the Halloween holiday.

Admission is $2 with ages 3 and under admitted free. There will be a graveyard, Frankenstein’s lab, torture chamber, animated characters and concessions. New additions to this year’s event include a haunted train ride and campfire tales.

¯ In Mineral Wells, the West Virginia Interstate Fair Halloween Fun Night will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the fairgrounds on Butcher Bend Road at Mineral Wells.

Admission is $2 for children up to 5 and $3 for ages 6 and up. There will be a hayride, haunted barn, games, food and fun. A costume contest will be 8:30 p.m. each night. For more information, contact 304-699-6629.

¯ In Marietta, The Castle will hold Ghost Tours from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 418 Fourth St. in Marietta.

Participants will take a guided tour through The Castle by lantern, with the chance to experience the ghostly occurrences that have haunted The Castle and its staff. Tickets are $8 per person. To register contact The Castle at 740-373-4180 or visit mariettacastle.org.

The tours will start every 15 minutes with the last one leaving at 8:30 p.m. Registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcomed on a first-come-first served basis.

¯ In Parkersburg, the Parkersburg Lions Club will hold a Halloween 5K Run/Walk for Sight on Saturday at City Park in Parkersburg.

Registration is from 7 to 8:30 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. The registration fee is $20. Online registration is available at runsignup.com. There will be age group awards. Bring used eyeglasses to the park on the day of the race for recycling.

Trick or Treat

SATURDAY

¯ Lowell: 6 to 7:30 p.m.

¯ Ludlow Township: 5:30 to 8 p.m.

¯ Marietta: 6:30 to 8 p.m.

¯ New Matamoras: 6 to 7:30 p.m.

¯ Oak Grove Recreation Center (trick or treat around the track): 6:30 to 8 p.m.

¯ St. Marys: 6 to 7 p.m., with the Pleasants Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Halloween Parade at 7:30 p.m. downtown

TUESDAY

¯ Belpre: 6 to 7:30 p.m.

¯ Beverly: 6:30 to 8 p.m.

¯ Parkersburg: 6 to 7:30 p.m.

¯ Vienna: 6 to 7:30 p.m.

¯ Wesley Township: 6 to 7:30 p.m.

¯ Williamstown: 6:30 to 8 p.m.