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Favorite haunts for kids of all ages

October 7, 2013 - Erin O'Neill
Fall is my favorite time of year. I love fires in the fireplace and the oranges, browns and reds in the trees. I love sweaters and hot apple cider and hay rides. Full disclosure, I was also born on Halloween so there’s a bit of a connection there as well. Fortunately, we live in an area where we get to experience fall in all its glory and there are a lot of activities to keep the family entertained.

No matter what age your child, there is something within driving distance for everyone’s enjoyment. So, as a courtesy to readers of this column, I present some must-do fall trips:

¯ Dungeon of Horrors at the West Virginia Penitentiary; 818 Jefferson Ave., Moundsville; through Nov. 2; tickets $20 to $25; visit for tickets and more information.

¯ Dead Acres Haunted Hoochie, 13861 East Broad St. SW, Pataskala. Thurs.-Sat through Nov. 2. Tickets $20, VIP $30.

¯ The Scare-a-torium, Northland Plaza, Columbus; General admission $20. For times, visit

¯ Ghost trek walking tours of historic and haunted downtown Marietta, through Oct. 26; Fridays and Saturdays; 8 p.m. $15 adults, $12 children 12 and under; Marietta; or (740) 629-1805.

¯Victorian Wake and Funeral reenactment, 1 to 4 p.m., Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20, The Castle, 418 Fourth St., Marietta; it is advised for visitors to dress in black; Victorian funeral costumes welcomed and encouraged; $15 per person; children under the age of 10 not permitted; 373-4180 or

¯ Hill United Methodist Church’s annual fall foliage tour, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, three stops, The County Home, Sweetapple Farms, then the church, 5 miles past Broughtons on Ohio 26, turn right on Ohio 333 and follow signs; for lunch and bake sale, homemade soups, cornbread, hot dogs, sauce.

¯ Marietta Noon Lion’s annual downtown Halloween Parade and Halloween in the Park, noon, Oct. 26, line up 11:30 a.m., Marietta College parking lot, Third and Butler streets to Third, Putnam, Front streets to Muskingum Park for Halloween in the Park event only for children who participated in parade with special stickers; prizes; judging at 11:40 a.m.; games, food and treats; no pets; politicians and political materials of any type, including shirts: signs, badges or promotional materials forbidden.

¯ Reno Lions Club’s Halloween “Trunk-N-Treat,” 6:30 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, Marietta Township Community Center, 260 Sandhill Road; (740) 434-5428.

¯ Halloweekends at Sweetapple Farm; spooky hayrides and daylight hayrides, corn maze and flashlight maze, pumpkin patch, crafts, food; Fridays 4 to 10 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sundays 11a.m. to 6 p.m. 149 Sweetapple Rd, Vincent, (740) 678-7447.


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