Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 26, 2011

Halloween activities are conjured to haunt the two Virginia’s this week

PRINCETON — The two Virginias abound with fun and frightening events this weekend as various community organizations in the area hold Halloween celebrations.

A Halloween Carnival will be held Friday, Oct. 28 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Stumpkin Pumpkins’ Farm on Old Oakvale Road in Princeton. Carnival-goers will have a chance to enjoy a haunted hay ride, face painting, marshmallow roasting and pumpkin picking. Tickets for all events are $10 with a $5 charge for the haunted hay ride. All proceeds from the event go to benefit the Jonathan Powell Hope Foundation. Those wanting to attend can call for tickets in advance at 304-431-7109.

The Princeton Park and Recreation Department will hold the 12th Annual Haunted Trail Ride on Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29 from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. Those wanting to get a good scare can call 304-387-5040 for tickets and more information on the event.

Beginning on Friday, Oct. 28, the Pocahontas Exhibition Coal Mine in Pocahontas, Va. will be hosting the 3rd Annual Haunted Coal Mine. The mine is open from 7 p.m. through 9 p.m. on Oct. 28 through Oct. 30 and then from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Halloween, Oct. 31. Admission is $5 per person and concessions will also be available.

On Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29, Gary Bowling’s House of Art, Inc. will be continuing their first annual haunted house, “Walk the Green Mile at Gary Bowling’s House of Art.” Visitors will get to tour the original jail cells in the building.

The haunted house will run from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. both nights. Tickets are $5 per person and event organizers recommend attendees be at least 13.  

The Green Valley Bowling Center and active JROTC cadets, recruiters, alumni and program supporters in Mercer County will be hosting a Halloween Zombie Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Green Valley Bowling Center with check in starting at 9 a.m. and bowling from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be first, second and third place trophies, a first place team trophy, the Silver Strike, and a Team Spirit Award. There is also a special trophy for Best Dressed Zombie. The admission is $7 for three games including shoe rental.

Also on Saturday, Oct. 29, East River Arts will be holding a Halloween party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with admission $10 at the door. Margo and the Bluegills will be performing. There will also be horse-drawn carriage rides with a headless horseman in attendance.

Additionally on Oct. 29, the Historic Bank Lobby will be hosting a Halloween party from 7 p.m. until midnight. Paranormal tours will be taking place on floors two through seven, starting every hour on the hour until midnight. No admission is charges. Attendees will also have a chance to participate in costume contests, music and more.

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