From zombie parades and costume contests to haunted houses and hayrides (to haunted anything!), the Halloween season casts its spell and awakens our inner ghouls and goblins. As part of FrightQuest -- a MapQuest series on spooky destinations and activities -- here are three options to celebrate Halloween in West Virginia that are sure to be a scream.
— David Webb
Demented madmen roam the horrible halls of Bedlam at the Asylum, a haunted house the organizers describe as "an intense theatrical experience." "Nightmares and fears are brought to life" by the Doctor, who rules the trapped souls' emotional states. Held on the grounds of the historic Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, the West Virginia attraction is open from Wednesday through Sunday in October. Admission is $16, and children 13 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
71 Asylum Dr., Weston, WV 26452 | Get Directions
Foggy Bottom's Festival Of Fright
The Festival of Fright in West Virginia is a haunted-house attraction built from the ruins of a 140-year-old farm, where the ghost of Jebediah Fogg is said to roam, looking for his lost daughter, Sarah. Beware of the fog. Since screaming can work up an appetite, there's a cafe on-site and a soft-serve ice cream stand. Easily frightened family members can skip the haunted house and play a round of mini-golf at the nearby course. The Festival of Fright is open weekends in October, and admission is $13 for three separate haunting experiences.
68 E. Cove Ave., Wheeling, WV 26003 | Get Directions
Doctor Dekay's House Of Screams
Zombies have been reportedly roaming around Ona, West Virginia, infecting everyone with a deadly virus. The living dead, who have gruesome scars all over their bodies, seem to be gathered in greater numbers at Doctor Dekay's House of Screams. The haunted house is open the last four weekends of October, admission is $10 per person, and all children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
4200 Boy Scout Camp Rd., Ona, WV 25545 | Get Directions
Doctor Dekay makes fright a delightful experience at the House of Screams.
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