MASON COUNTY — Halloween is growing in popularity, and while the holiday is Oct. 31, events to celebrate it in Mason County are ongoing during the entire month of October.
More than 171 million Americans plan to celebrate Halloween, according to the National Retail Federation. The federation estimates an all-time high of $8.4 billion will be spent in the U.S. this year, most of which will go for costumes and candy.
Local events begin Saturday with haunted houses in both Southside and Apple Grove.
“Southside Haunts” will be held at the community center, 18171 Kanawha Valley Road, each Saturday in October, as well as Friday, Oct. 28. Doors open at 7 p.m., and tickets are $7 each.
“Field of Screams” will be held every Friday and Saturday of the month at the Valley Fire Department in Apple Grove. The field will be open from dark until midnight, and concessions will be sold. Admission is $7 for ages 12 and over, $5 for children ages 6-11, and free for children 5 and under.
A third haunted event will be later in the month at New Haven. “House of Frightmares” will be held at the New Haven Community Building Oct. 21-22 and 24-31, beginning at 8 p.m. Concessions will be sold, and admission is $5.
A “Halloween Bash” for teens is slated Oct. 8 at The Center, located at 516 Adams Street in Mason (the former Mason Elementary School). Open to all students in grades 7-12, there will be prizes for the best costumes, games, food and more. The bash will be from 6-10 p.m. and is free.
Trinity United Methodist Church in Point Pleasant will host its annual “Trunk-or-Treat” on Oct. 23 from 6-9 p.m. Scheduled are trick-or-treating, food, a costume contest and a haunted hayride.
Trick-or-treating throughout Mason County will be Oct. 27, with most towns hosting parties after.
All unincorporated areas of the county (as set by the county commission) and the City of Point Pleasant will be treating from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The annual Halloween Block Party will follow at the Point Pleasant Riverfront Park from 6-8 p.m. There will be games, candy and prizes for the children.
The Bend Area towns of New Haven, Hartford, and Mason will have trick-or-treat from 6-7 p.m. A party will follow at the New Haven Fire Station at 7:30 p.m., which will include costume judging. In Hartford, a party will immediately follow trick-or-treat at the community center with costume judging and refreshments.
Letart will celebrate Halloween with a party at the community center on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. There will be a haunted house, costume judging, and pumpkin judging for anyone bringing a carved or decorated jack-o-lantern. Games will be played, and those attending are asked to bring finger foods or drinks to share.
These are the events which have been reported to the Point Pleasant Register as of today. Additional activities can be emailed to email@example.com for free printing in a future edition.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.