Events Abound During October

A former classmate this past week said when she begins reading the Sunday News-Register she first turns to this column to find out what events will be taking place in the coming week so she can plan her schedule.

Well, this week’s activities will be some annual events, several of which bring out-of-towners to Moundsville and Marshall County.

How about the second annual Zombie Walk, the 15th Dungeon of Horrors, the eighth annual Smithsonian Museum Day and the second annual Scarecrow Lane at the Cockayne Farmstead?

Let’s start with the Moundsville Zombie Walk, sponsored by the Moundsville Economic Development Council. Both participants and watchers are being asked to bring a non-perishable food item to the event. The items in turn will be given to the House of the Carpenter II, which assist families in need.

By the way, the Zombie Walk will take place on Saturday.

Those planning to participate in the Walk can begin signing up at noon at the former West Virginia Penitentiary. Also, at noon there will be music along Jefferson Avenue in the vicinity near the former prison. Eric Wellman and Mary Blake will perform from noon until 1 p.m., and the RipRockets will entertain from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Zombie Walk participants are to park their vehicles in designated areas near the former WVP, and be will be transported to Walk’s starting point, which will be at Second Street and Jefferson Avenue.

The Walk will begin there at 3 p.m., and proceed southward along Jefferson Avenue, and once they arrive in front of the former penitentiary, they will join in a “flash mob” Thriller dance.

According to a MEDC press release, area businesses and organizations are planning several activities for visitors during the day -from a street fair to special menu items.

Getting back to the Dungeon of Horrors, in addition to the tours of the lower half of the structure there will be a companion event to be known as “The North Walk.” The first “North Walk” will take visitors through North Hall, where for years the most hardened inmates spent their time, will be Oct. 5.

Tickets to “The North Walk” can be purchased online, (, or will be available at the door.

Those taking this “walk” will enter the facility through the old Administration Building (818 Jefferson Avenue, which for years was the address used for the former prison). Once inside the old front gate, those taking the tour will go through the “wheel.”

The Dungeon of Horrors will be held Friday and Saturday of this week, and starting the following weekend, Oct. 5-6, both the haunted house and North Walk will take place. Both will become three-night attractions the weekend of Oct. 12-14. Of course, the Dungeon of Horrors will be open on Halloween Night, Oct. 31.

The two special children’s nights will be Oct. 29 and Oct. 30. On Oct. 29, ages 2-6 will participate in an event which include games, while on Oct. 30 ages 6-12 can participate in a scaled down Dungeon of Horrors.

Fifty-two actors have been employed for different “jobs” necessary to scare people.

The MEDC has purchased computerized sound and light equipment, which Tom Stiles, internal coordinator of penitentiary tours, believes will pay for itself in two years. He said the equipment has a battery backup good for two hours.

The Dungeon of Horrors hours will be 7-11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 7-10 p.m. on Oct. 14, 21 and 28. The North Walk times being 8-11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 8-10 on Sundays.

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The Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville will join with three other West Virginia Division of Culture and History museums and more than 1,400 others across the country on Saturday for educational adventures that celebrate the state and countries rich culture and history.

Special events and activities will be held as part of the eighth annual Smithsonian Museum Day.

At the Grave Creek Mound, visitors can walk to the top of one of the largest known conical earth burial mounds in the world and tour the expanded interpretive garden. Events will be from noon until 4 p.m., weather permitting.

In addition, visitors also can try their hand at using the atlatl, a replica spear thrower used for hunting in prehistoric times, and take in a special showing of the documentary, “West Virginia: A Film History.”

Of course, events at Grave Creek Complex are free. The complex is open Tuesdays through Sundays.

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Scarecrow Lane at the Cockayne Farmstead is under way and will continue through Oct. 13.

The main attraction is a Scarecrow contest with the public invited to vote on the decorated “scarecrows.”

There will some 13 scarecrows available for judging. This year they will be placed on the south yard.

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There will be a fall clean-up in Marshall County, with the Marshall County Commission and the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority providing free dumpsters.

The first dumpsters will be from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Oct. 6 at the old Roberts Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, and at the parking lot of Sherrard Middle School. The dates and times for the other dumpsters will be announced soon. They will be in October in the five municipalities in the county.

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Thursday is the deadline for making reservations for the Marshall Chamber of Commerce’s annul dinner, which will be held Oct. 4 at the Moundsville Center located within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

The featured speaker will be Darrell Bull, general manager of Williams Ohio Valley Midstream which is one of the energy-rated companies operating in Marshall County.

Reservations may be made by calling the Chamber office at 304-845-2773.