Travel Notes: Oct. 21, 2012
Scary fun at state parks
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A variety of Halloween activities are planned at West Virginia's state parks.
A Halloween train departs at 6 p.m. Oct. 27 from Cass Scenic Railroad State Park in Pocahontas County. The haunted train travels to Whittaker Station and back to Cass with surprises along the way. Passengers are encouraged to wear costumes. Adults $32, children 5-12 $26, children younger than 5 $16. Reservations required. Call 304-456-4300.
The 35th annual Pipestem Pumpkin Run begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 27 for a 10K run, a 5K run, a 5K walk and an 800-meter fun run (fun run is for kids 12 and younger). Registration is at the Canyon Rim Center. Races ($15 in advance; $20 on race day) begin at 10 a.m.; fun run is free and starts at 11 a.m. Contact Shirley Martin or Nathan Hanshaw, 304-466-1800. A registration form is posted at www.pipestemresort.com.
North Bend State Park will throw a free Halloween party from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 27 at Shelter No. 3. The party will feature games, prizes, children's costume contest, crafts and more. For more information, call 304-643-2931.
Chief Logan State Park is having its first Zombiefest on Oct. 27. Registration for the Zombie Walk is at noon with the lineup and walk at 2 p.m. There's also a Thriller Dance Party, costume contest, concert and prize drawings. Tickets are $15. Visit www.loganzombiefest.com for the rules and other information. Event proceeds go to the Huntington Food Bank.
Little Beaver State Park, in Raleigh County, offers nights of ghosts and goblins on its haunted trail from 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Oct. 31. Walking trails, shelter mazes and staged areas for Halloween fun. Adults $8, children 12 and younger $6.
For details about specific Halloween activities, call the park directly. For information about West Virginia state parks and forests, visit www.wvstateparks.com.
Historical dinner guests
MULLENS, W.Va. -- Clara Barton and Robert E. Lee will be portrayed at Twin Falls Dinner Theater on Nov. 10.
Performers Karen Vuranch and Al Stone will bring two noted figures in U.S. history to the stage during a "History Alive" presentation following dinner. The dinner theater price is $44 per person. An overnight package of dinner, theater and accommodation for two is $151. Reservations are requested.
Twin Falls State Park, in Wyoming County near Mullens and Pineville, features a 47-room lodge, hiking and biking trails and full-service restaurant. For more information about the dinner theater, call 304-294-4000 or visit www.twinfallsresort.com.
Bluesman in Marlinton