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State Parks offer zombie walks, haunted trains and trails

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A zombie walk and dance, a haunted train ride, hay rides and haunted trails will be among Halloween activities taking place in state parks across West Virginia in coming weeks.

The zombie walk is among several ZombieFest activities taking place on Oct. 27 in Chief Logan State Park. Registration and makeup services begin at noon, followed at 2 p.m. by an hour-long zombie walk and a Thriller dance party from 3 to 5 p.m., with instructors providing tips on how to dance to the Michael Jackson zombie classic. Costume judging will take place during the dance party. Live music will continue at the park's amphitheater until 11 p.m.

 Event tickets are $15 and include participation in the Zombie Walk, Thriller dance party and costume contest, the amphitheater concert and prize drawings. Proceeds from the event, sponsored by the LEAD Community Organization, will assist the Huntington Food Bank and the area food pantries it supports.  For more details or to register, visit www.loganzombiefest.com, or stop in at Hot Cup Coffee's downtown Logan location.

Also on Oct. 27, Cass Scenic Railroad will host a haunted train ride to Whittaker Station, departing from the Cass depot at 6 p.m., followed by a rare night descent back to Cass.  Passengers are encouraged to wear costumes and be on the lookout for eerie sights along the way, particularly along the Limestone Cut. Glow sticks and Halloween tricks will be dispensed to passengers upon arrival at Whittaker Station, and a haunted dining car will be a part of the Halloween train.

The train ride and activities cost $32 for adults, $26 for children 5-12, and $16 for children under 5. Reservations are required, and may be made by calling 304-456-4300.

Little Beaver State Park in Raleigh County is offering haunted walking trails, shelter mazes, and staged areas for Halloween activities, starting on Friday and continuing nightly through Oct. 31. The Halloween action will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays,and from 7 to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Cost is $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and younger.  For more information, call 304-763-2494.

At Tomlinson Run State Park near New Manchester near the tip of the state's Northern Panhandle, guests can travel either on foot or on a wagon on the haunted trail to the park's Haunted Group Camp. The haunted activities take place nightly from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday, and again on Oct. 26-27. Cost is $3 per person. For more information, call 304-564-3651.

In the Eastern Panhandle, Cacapon Resort State Park near Berkeley Springs will host hayrides and a haunted trail from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 27, starting from the park's Nature Center. The event is sponsored by the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. For details, call 304-258-1022..

Also on Oct. 27, the Laurel Lake Wildlife Management Area Foundation will host a "Laurel Lake Spooktacular," featuring food from 1 to 2 p.m., games and the movie "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" from 3:30 to 5:30, and a bluegrass jam session from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The free program of events takes place at the Laurel Lake Widlife Management Area near Lenore in Mingo County. Halloween costumes are encouraged.

Reach Rick Steelhammer at rsteelhammer@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5169.


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