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The bewitching time

Area observes Halloween many ways

October 27, 2011
By Erin E. O’Neill ( , The Marietta Times

The weekend before the official holiday of Halloween will be chock full of events for those looking for a good scare or those wanting to unwind.

On Saturday, the Betsey Mills Club at Fourth and Putnam streets will once again open their doors to those daring enough to enter its annual haunted house.

"We have four students from the Marietta College Leadership program and they have helped us a lot," said Shauna Dunaway, activities coordinator at the Betsey. The students have helped with setting up the event and will also be some of the actors.

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ERIN O’NEILL The Marietta Times
Marietta College freshmen Kaely Becker, left, and Maggie Zook add some dried leaves for details as they prepare for the annual haunted house at The Betsey Mills Club. The woman are volunteering as a part of the college’s leadership program.

Dunaway said last year, which was her first year with the Betsey, was actually one of the best attended.

"We made a little over $1,000 so that's pretty good flow through, at $5 each," she said.

All money raised at the event goes back into the Betsey's fund for repairs and other needed projects. Dunaway suggests that parents use discretion as to whether or not the haunted house would be suitable for their child.

Fact Box

If you go

Haunted house

- What: Betsey Mills Club Haunted House.

- When: Saturday, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

- Where: Betsey Mills gymnasium at Fourth and Putnam streets, Marietta.

- Cost: $5.

- Contact: 373-4981.

Ghost tours

- When: Adult only: Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 7 p.m. and running every 15 minutes. Last tour leaves at 9 p.m. Tours last 45 minutes. Tours for children: Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m.

- Where: The Castle, 418 Fourth St., Marietta.

- Cost: Adults $8; for children's tour, children $6, adults $8, 10 percent off with costume.

- Contact: 373-4180

Murder Mystery Weekend

- When: Saturday and Sunday.

- Where: The Lafayette Hotel, 101 Front St., Marietta.

- Cost: $209 plus tax, per person.

- Contact: 373-5522.

Ghost Stories From the Stacks.

- When: Saturday, 10 and 11 p.m.

- Where: Legacy Library at Marietta College.

- Cost: Free and open to the public.

Ghost tour and seance

- When: Friday, 8 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, 8 to 11 p.m.

- Where: Mid-Ohio Valley Players Theater, 229 Putnam St.

- Cost: $5 for tour, $5 for seance.

- Contact: 374-9434

Trick or Treat calendar

Macksburg:Oct 27, 6 -7:30 p.m.

Barlow/Vincent: Oct. 29, 6 -7:30 p.m.

Lowell:Oct. 29, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Lower Salem / Warner / Whipple:Oct. 29, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Ludlow Township: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29

Devola: Oct. 29, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Williamstown: Oct. 29 from 6:30-8 p.m.

Marietta: Oct. 29, 6:30-8 p.m.

Belmont, W.Va.: Oct. 29, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

St. Marys, W.Va.: Oct. 29, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Ripley, W.Va.: Oct. 29, 6-7:30 p.m.

New Matamoras: Oct. 29, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Newport: Oct 29, 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Oak Grove: Oct. 29, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Reno: Oct. 29 - 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Ravenswood, W.Va.: Oct. 29, 6-8 p.m.

Palmer Township: Oct. 30, 6-8 p.m.

Beverly/Waterford: Oct. 30, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Vienna, W.Va.: Oct. 31 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Parkersburg: Oct. 31, 6-7:30 p.m.

Belpre/Porterfield: Oct. 31, 6-7 p.m.

Cutler / Bartlett: Oct 31, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

"It will be scary and we will have lights and loud noises," she said.

If pretend haunted houses aren't your thing, however, perhaps a ghost tour of The Castle would be another option. Starting at 7 p.m. and running every 15 minutes, guests are led on a 45-minute tour through The Castle, which will be lit only by oil lamps, according to Jessie Goodnight, education director.

"This one is really for adults but we will have one for children (earlier in the day) with the lights on," she said.

Some of the stories the four tour guides will tell have to do with apparitions, hearing footsteps and objects in the museum that have their own supernatural histories.

Or perhaps a good old-fashioned "whodunnit" murder mystery weekend away from home would be more enticing. The Lafayette Hotel, with help from M.O.B. Inc., a murder mystery theater company based in Cleveland, will present guests with a series of untimely endings throughout the weekend.

"Sometime throughout the first evening, the first murder will occur and by the end they will be asking guests to decide who the killer is," said Sheila Rhodes, general manager.

Guests will get clues at the hotel and from different merchants around town. The person who has the best guess wins.

Rhodes said there are still rooms available and still time to get in on the fun.

Finally, the popular "Ghost Stories From the Stacks" event returns at Marietta College. Linda Showalter, special collections associate, said some of last year's readers will return, as well as new readers from among the faculty, staff and students. Stories will include "The Raven," by Edgar Allan Poe and traditional tales of terror from the region.



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