Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Local News

October 24, 2010

Halloween happenings, trick-or-treat times

BLUEFIELD — During the week leading up to Halloween, businesses, charities and other community organizations are hosting a variety of spooky events.

The Craft Memorial Library is hosting its annual Family Pumpkin Decorating Story Hour today from 5:30-6:30 p.m. A play will be performed by the library’s Tween Reader’s Theatre Group and then families can decorate a pumpkin with supplies provided by the library.

The event is free and sponsored by the  Friends of the Craft Memorial Library. Families must be

registered to participate due to space limitations. Families can register to participate in person at the library, online at the library website, or by calling 304-325-3943. The Craft Memorial Library is located at 600 Commerce Street in Bluefield.

The Pocahontas Exhibition Mine will be hosting its 2nd annual Haunted Mine Tour beginning on today through Oct. 31.

“The basic storyline is a group of paranormal investigators come to the mine to investigate activity there and disappear in the mine,” said Debra Sipp with the Pocahontas Town Hall. “We have a movie of lost clips done by the paranormal investigators done in a Blair Witch style on our Facebook page.”

Beginning today through Thursday, Oct. 28 tours will be conducted from 6-10 p.m., and also on Friday, Oct. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 31 tours will be from 6-12 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person and $2 for those age six and under. Refreshments will be for sale during the tours.

The McDowell County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a “Halloween Costume Judging Team,” which will visit in-county establishments to judge costumes being worn by local officials on October 29.

The time of judging will last from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and “to-be-judged” individual’s places of business or activity. Those wishing to be judged as part of the activity can call 304-436-4620 or 304-436-3883, visit the chamber offices or email Appointments for judging must be made prior to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28.

On Oct. 29, Cole Harley Davidson will be hosting a Halloween bash in Bluefield. Contests, spirits and food will be offered. For more information, call 304-324-8116.

Princeton will be hosting a Haunted Trail at the Princeton City Park from dark until 11 p.m. For more information on the trail, call 304-286-5040.

Spooky World USA is sponsoring a haunted house tour of the Major Graham Haunted Mansion in Max Meadows, Va. The tours will be held from 8-10 p.m. Oct. 28-30 and then from 7-10 p.m. on Halloween night. Parking is free but admission to the haunted house is $10 per person.

The haunted house tour will feature a “spooky trail, bloody barn, kid’s krypt and freaky food vendors.” The mansion is located at 2115 Major Graham Road.

For more information on the haunted mansion tour, call 276-284-0006 or visit

The Super Stop and Hot Rod Cafe in Cedar Bluff, Va., will be sponsoring it’s Trunk-or-Treat Car Night on Oct. 30 from 5-9 p.m. with free admission.

The event will feature a costume contest for kids and adults with cash prizes. The first 20 classic cars to arrive at the event will also win a gift card. Cars should bring treats in their trunks for trick-or-treaters.

Music will be provided by Sundance and no alcohol will be permitted. For more details, call 276-880-1119.

The Southern West Virginia Animal League is sponsoring a “Howl-O-Ween Party” for pets and their families on Oct. 30 from 3-5 p.m. at the All Creatures Veterinary Clinic on 1916 West Main Street in Princeton. The event will feature costume contests for dogs, cats and children as well as a bake sale, pet adoption fair, and professional pictures.

Admission to the party is $5 and all proceeds from the party will go to benefit the animals in the Southern West Virginia Animal League’s fostering program.

The Bluefield Ghost Tours will continue on Oct. 29-30 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the East River Arts complex. Admission is $12 for the basic walking tour and $32 for the VIP Lights Out Tour of Central Junior High School. Tickets are available at Landmark Antiques, Cole Subaru and at the Concord University Bookstore. For more information, contact Mark Painter at 304-952-0077.

— Contact Kate Coil at

Witching hours


Bland, Va.      No set time

Bluefield, Va.      6-8 p.m.

Tazewell, Va.      5-8 p.m.

Richlands, Va.       5:30-8:30 p.m.

Cedar Bluff, Va.  6:30-8:30 p.m.

Pocahontas, Va.  6:30-8:30 p.m

Anawalt        4-8 p.m.

Bramwell, Davy, Gary    5-7 p.m.

Kimball, Matoaka    5-8 p.m.

Bluefield         5:30-8 p.m.

Princeton, Athens    6-8 p.m.

Northfork        6-8 p.m.

Oct. 31    

Welch    5-7 p.m.

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