In Fayetteville, the Historic Fayette Theater has "Frankenstein: Readers Theater Version" at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday for $10 for adults and $7 for children and seniors. In Readers Theater, actors read from a script, using vocal expression rather than visuals to tell the story. Call 304-574-4655 or visit www.historicfayettetheatre.com.
Prefer not to be scared out of your wits this weekend? There are plenty of festive but not frightful happenings for all ages.
First, Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St., has a free Harry Potter Halloween from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Play HP trivia to earn Honeydukes treats, search for a Golden Snitch, play wizard chess and relive favorite moments from the series during a read-aloud. Costumes are encouraged. Call 304-342-1461.
On Saturday, the Junior League of Charleston's annual Pumpkins in the Park runs 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the state Capitol complex. There will be inflatables, carnival games, healthy children's activities, a 5K race, bake sale and basket raffle. Admission is free, though tickets (50 cents each) are required for some activities. All-day wristbands are $10. Call 304-346-5856.
Also Saturday, spend a day with the undead during the all-ages Logan Zombiefest from noon to 11 p.m. at Chief Logan State Park. The action begins with zombie walk registration and makeup services at noon; the walk steps off at 2 p.m. It's followed by a "Thriller" dance party and costume contest at 3 p.m., which is also when live music begins.
Tickets are $14; proceeds benefit the Huntington Food Bank. Visit www.loganzombiefest.com.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation holds its Witchy Weekend Saturday and Sunday at the venue, 520 Kanawha Blvd.W. Activities Saturday include a psychic fair from noon to 5 p.m. ($10 for readings), seminars, a drumming invocation at 6:30 p.m. and the Witches' Ball with live music and costume contest at 7 p.m. ($5 admission or $3 if in costume).
Sunday is a solemn ceremony in observance of Samhain at 7 p.m. (Group preparation for the rituals begins at 6:30 p.m.) Donations of non-perishable food for the Covenant House food pantry are requested. A shared feast follows the ceremony. Call 304-345-5042 or visit uucharlestonwv.org.
In Milton, Cooper Family Farms' The Maize is open from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. It begins at the old Milton Middle School, where visitors park and take a hayride to the maze site.
There are also train rides for children, a pumpkin patch, the Corn Crawl Crib and s'mores making around the campfire. Admission is $7 for adults, $6.50 for children ages 4-11 and free for children under 3. Call 304-634-6293 or visit www.cooperfamilyfarms.net.
In Kenova, the Pumpkin House, 748 Beech St., will light up at least 3,000 hand-carved pumpkins on Friday. Weather permitting, they will stay lit through Halloween. Find out more at "Kenova's Famous Griffith Pumpkin House" on Facebook.
Tied to the Pumpkin House is the C-K AutumnFest on Friday and Saturday at various locations in Ceredo and Kenova. Activities include crafts both days and a scavenger hunt, pumpkin carving/decorating contest, cruise-in with live entertainment and the Kenova Elementary School Carnival on Saturday.
"Introduction to the Paranormal" talks are 6 and 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Ramsdell House in Ceredo. "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" will be staged at 7:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pumpkin House
For a full schedule and detailed activity information, visit www.ckautumnfest.com.
On Wednesday, the Culture Center hosts its annual Halloween Bash from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The free event features a haunted forest, text panels of West Virginia ghost stories (Mothman, the Braxton County Monster, Greenbrier Ghost and more) and games like pumpkin bowling and eyeball bounce. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Call 304-558-0220.
For the most part, these events aren't restricted to adults only, but they are probably things that will be appreciated more by an older crowd. All three are on Saturday.
First is the Marmet Rec Center's Halloween dance from 7 to 10 p.m. In addition to music by Southern Draw, there will also be a costume contest and party food at this alcohol- and smoke-free event. Costumes are not required. Tickets are $8. Call Barry Pauley at 304-949-9692.
At 8 p.m., FireSide Grille in Hurricane kicks off its Halloween Party, which features a costume contest, specials and music by Lost Cause. All proceeds go to Basket of Hope, a children's cancer charity. Call 304-757-4700.
Finally, at 10 p.m., Samadhi Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Troupe kicks off its Belly Dance Spooktacular at the Kryptonite bar (formerly The Pour House), 4030 Washington St. W. It features dancers from West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. Cover is $5. Call 304-552-4168 or visit www.wvbellydance.com.
Reach Amy Robinson at flips...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4881.