4 WV state parks to visit this Halloween

What reminds you of Halloween? Is it costume parties? Candlelit nights? Bats and other nocturnal creatures? Or perhaps just some good ol’ tricks and treats. No matter what your preference, West Virginia state parks and forests have just the activity that will get you in the Halloween spirit. Here’s four parks with Halloween events the whole family can enjoy. Check them out!

1. Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park

Blennerhassett Island offers the unique opportunity to tour the mansion by candlelight on Oct. 8 and 9. Firebaskets and lanterns light the paths to the mansion as the island is transformed into an island paradise where Margaret and Harman Blennerhassett have gathered all their friends for an 18th century party. Mingle with guests and re-enactors decked out in period attire while enjoying horse-drawn wagon rides, period music and a harvest supper. You’ll feel like you’ve been transformed back in time!

2. Kanawha State Forest

Thanks to Dracula, bats may have gotten a bad rap over the years. But these shy, elusive creatures of the night are quite beneficial in keeping the mosquito population in check. Biologist Doug Wood leads a Bat Night Bonfire Oct. 23 at Kanawha State Forest. Learn about the importance of bats to the environment and delve into details about the nine species of bats that live in the area. For the kids, there will be bat crafts, bat games and bat cookies. Cap off the evening with a bonfire, hot chocolate and s’mores.

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3. Cacapon Resort State Park

Don’t trick yourself—treat yourself to a spa session at Cacapon Resort State Park. Enjoy Halloween Treats at Healing Waters Spa. From Oct. 25-31 the spa offers boo-tique specials on retail products as well as discounts on beauty spells, potions, masks and other salon treatments. If you visit the spa on Halloween, choose from a trick or treat bag and receive a sweet surprise! On Oct. 30, Cacapon offers an evening of Spooktacular fun for the whole family, including a campfire and Haunted Hayrides. If the nighttime ride is too spooky, daytime hayrides are planned on Oct. 23 and 30. (Stop by the Nature Center for details.)

4. Twin Falls Resort State Park

Bring the kids in costume to Ballfield Trunk of Treat Oct. 29 at Twin Falls Resort State Park. Local businesses will assist with decorating and handing out candy to youth ages 12 and under. Then return to Twin Falls Oct. 30 for a nighttime Zombie 5K Run/Walk. As runners race to the finish line, they must contend with a legion of the undead who try to steal their waist flags. It’s sort of like flag football, only creepier! Bring a headlamp and costumes are encouraged. Live music will be provided. 

Check the calendar to find a complete listing of activities and events at West Virginia state parks and forests. Plan an overnight stay and reserve your lodging online!

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