BE AN ODDBALL
Hosted by Crittenton Services and Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, the Odd Ball is a Halloween-themed, haunting bash and a celebration of all things strange! Set for 8-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, the Odd Ball will include hearty hors d’oeuvres, a signature drink and cash bar, specialty entertainment and a lively reverse raffle with a Wheeling Island staycation as the grand prize. Shake your bones on the dance floor to the Easystreet Band. Costumes are optional, but fun is guaranteed! Tickets are $35 and can be purchased here or by calling 304-242-7060 ext. 134. Must be 21 years or older to attend.
Prepare to be scared out of your gourd at The Witch’s Brew, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at West Virginia Northern Community College. The WVNCC Foundation and Friends of the College “spooktacular” evening will include food stations from the Culinary Cauldron (crafted by WVNCC culinary arts students) with freakishly scary eats and desserts along with ghoulish signature cocktails. Guests can enjoy live music by Hit Play and a show by master magician/illusionist Aedryan Methyus. Join in the frighteningly good fun with your creative costume! (Costumes not required.) Tickets online, by phone 304-214-8906 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOO AT THE ZOO
Dress up in your favorite costume for Boo at the Zoo at the Oglebay Good Zoo, Friday, Oct. 25, through Sunday, Oct. 27. There will be trick-or-treat stations, a spooky train ride, select zoo animals and a Halloween-themed laser light show. Event proceeds benefit the care and conservation of Good Zoo animals. For times and admission rates, call 304-243-4100 or visit the website.
HELL ON EARTH
A cool shudder trickles down your spine. Glancing around nervously, you see old bloody tools scattered around from behind layers of dust, seemingly penetrating your very being. Cold, hesitant light streams in through a cracked window, casting eerie shadows on the walls. As you walk forward, you can’t help but feel that someone is following you. Whirling around, you see nothing but the empty hallway, the vast darkness and the safety you left behind. “Turn back,” you say to yourself, but you swallow a nervous whimper and continue into the dark bowels of Infernum In Terra. … You’re being drawn in, drowned in slumbering evil, there is no escape. … The Infernum in Terra, Wheeling’s newest haunted attraction, is now open at 4302 Jacob St. in Wheeling. For more details, read Weelunk’s story or visit the attraction’s website.
The West Virginia Penitentiary is even more scary than usual this time of year with special Halloween events set for next week. For more details, send an email to email@example.com or call 304-845-6200.
• Kid’s Night, 6-8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 28
Children 12 and under are invited to the Moundsville Center (located through the North Wagon Gate) for Kid’s Night, a trick-or-treat style event, where children will gather goodies from several tables, play games, take pictures on a fire truck, get their faces painted and have fun!
• Family Night, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29
The penitentiary will welcome families with children ages 7 -12 for “Lil Dungeon of Horrors” from 6-8 p.m. The scaled-down version of the haunted house is specifically designed for younger children who might not be ready for the “full” dungeon.
• Halloween Bash, 8-11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31
Your ticket purchase will take you through the prison’s dark halls and into a section of the facility that confined some of the most depraved inmates ever hidden from the public. There will be games, live entertainment, music, a costume contest, raffles, refreshments, dancing and, of course, the prison itself. Costumes are encouraged.
FIND YOUR THRILL ON OGLEBAY HILL
Take a scenic Thrill on the Hill 5k Fun Run/Walk through the paved Susan Wheeler Walking Trails and Arboretum Trails on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Oglebay. The course begins and finishes at the upper parking lot of the Oglebay Good Zoo. The hard-surface course is stroller friendly. Pets are welcome but must remain on a leash at all times. $25. Register online through 11:55 p.m. Oct. 24. Cash and check only will be accepted on race day. Race day registration opens at 9 a.m., and the race begins at 10 a.m. Light refreshments will be available for all participants. Event takes place rain or shine.
CALLING ALL LITTLE GOBLINS!
Little goblins up to age 12 are invited to a Halloween Party at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Nelson Jordan Center inWheeling. There will be prizes, treats and games.
From 4-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, enjoy special treats, giveaways and more at the Y-Not Repeat BOO-Tique Sip N Shop at the YWCA Wheeling. Also at the YWCA on Oct. 25: Youth Blow Some STEAM Off Halloween Party (4-8 p.m.); and Extreme Bingo starts at 6:30 p.m.
BIG PRIZES FOR BEST COSTUMES
River City Restaurant’s annual Halloween Costume Party kicks off at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. Best costume grand prize is a trip to Nashville, with three nights at the Sheratan Grand Nashville Downtown plus admission to a Nashville attraction. More than 12 additional prizes.
WHAT THE FREAK!
Undo’s Sports Bar in Wheeling will host Freakshow 2019 with Tongue ‘N Cheek and Old Buddy Jack, at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Get your best costumes on, get there early and get ready to ROCK!!!
Attention all ghouls and goblins! You are cordially invited to the Return of Monsters’ Ball, 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Vagabond Kitchen. The party kicks off with spooky jams, complimentary snacks, and special Halloween-themed drink and food menus. Sport your most terrifying attire and enter the costume contest — winners will receive $100 gift cards for Vagabond or Hot Rod Tattooing! Costume categories include: punniest; best duo or group; best Wheeling themed; WTF!?!; most likely to get arrested; baddest ass overall. A live DJ will be spinning the spooky tunes. Advance tickets are $10, or $5 with costume. Admission the evening of the event is $14, or $7 with costume. Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets.
OH, THE HORROR!
The Strand Theatre in Moundsville will host a showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Allowable props include newspapers, flashlights, rubber gloves, noisemakers, party hats, toilet paper, playing cards, bells and small squirt guns. (No food and no open flames.) Admission is $15, and an additional $5 will get you a bag of props for an all-on audience participation experience. Must be 17 years old to attend and must have valid ID.
Celebrate Halloween at the Museum, 2-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Weirton Area Museum & Cultural Center. Enjoy the Creepy Art Show and Macabre Maker’s Market on the first floor; a fun and kid-friendly one-act play by members of the Ashley Marie Performing Arts Center at 4 p.m. on the second floor; and adaptations of tales by Edgar Allan Poe by The Ohio Valley Cloak & Dagger Company at 7 p.m. on the second floor. There will be children’s activities — including a free make-your-own-monster collage station — and lots of local historical exhibits. Light refreshments and candy will also be available. Join the fun in your favorite costume.
The City of Moundsville Arts & Culture Committee invite the public to a free Pumpkin Paint event to celebrate fall, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at the East End Playground. There will be pumpkins to paint, popcorn and apple cider for all!
HALLOWEEN WSO ON THE GO
The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra’s Percussion Ensemble will perform at the next WSO on the GO concert, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at C.A. House Music in St. Clairsville. The concert is free and open to the public. The family-friendly event features kids’ activities, a costume contest and snacks. The WSO on the GO ensemble, led by WSO musician Eliseo Rael, features musicians Andrew Ferdig, Daniel Zawodniak and Michael Culligan. More information available at the website.
The third annual Bike Wheeling Halloween Ride is set for 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, winding its way through the city of Wheeling. The ride starts at the north end of Wheeling’s Historic Centre Market and takes you on a ride to Wheeling’s newest haunted house, Infernum In Terra haunted attraction. Then ride back to the Centre Market to Brew Keepers for some Halloween festivities. Your donation of $26 will include a VIP ticket into the haunted house ($20 value), a Brew Keepers commemorative pint glass ($5 value), one draft of your choice at the completion of the ride ($5 value), appetizers and a ticket to win raffle prizes! A food truck will be parked at Brew Keepers for some grub after the ride.
SPOOKY BIRTHDAY TO NAIL CITY RECORD
Nail City Record will celebrate its second year in business with a free street festival, Halloween Extravaganza 3.0, from 7-11:59 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, on Water Street. Come in costume, listen to live music, laugh at comedians (Chrissy Costa and Jonas Notaro) and visit food, beer and art vendors.There will adult trick-or-treat, a costume contest and much more. Bands to perform include: The Pussyfooters, Concrete Teepee and TrailHeads. Country Roads BBQ and the Wood Fired Pizza Company will bring food, while art vendors selling their creations will be Mimi Albon Designs, Hannah Wagner, Alex Wright and Jennifer Mull Staley.
WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN?
A musical combination of styles and personalities will be in the spotlight at the Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Songwriter’s Circle at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Hosted by Joe Zelek, the evening will feature Ananga Martin, Tom Breiding and Carl Besece. Zelek is known for his high-energy performances at Jamboree In The Hills. Martin’s music is reflective of her journey from a young girl in the orange groves and mountains of Southern California to the soft, lush hills of West Virginia. UMWA troubadour, former Music Row staff writer and 20-year veteran of Pittsburgh’s music scene, Wheeling native Breiding crafts epic songs that echo the voices resonating from Appalachia, making apparent a distinction between the distant idealization of the working man and the real life of the working man; the distinction between country — and coal country. And, with roots stretching from Appalachia to Alaska, Besece is a multi-instrumentalist songwriter and muleskinner. His band, the Gypsy Cowboys, brings an energetic and eclectic take on Americana roots with a seamless combination of, blues, bluegrass, rock, Celtic and old-time country influences. $12.50. Tickets online or call 304-242-7700.
Celebrate German heritage at the German Fest Dinner from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Church in Wheeling. Tickets ($10 adults/$5 children 4-12)) includes entree, choice of three sides, beverage and dessert. Tickets available from church members or by calling 304-280-0939.
FAMILY FUN ALL DAY
Family events are slated all day beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, during the free Family Fun Day at the Wheeling YMCA. Classes, giveaways, inflatables, face painting and much more.
A special Harvest Tea is set for noon Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Eckhart House, 810 Main St., Wheeling. Traditionally served full luncheon tea fare is offered, including assorted tea sandwiches/savories, scones with sweet cream and jam, fresh fruit, sweets and gourmet tea. $20. Reservations required. 304-232-5439.
Eleven-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson — “one of the greatest country singers of our time,” according to the Washington Post — is coming to The Capitol Theatre, 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. Johnson is one of only a few people in the history of country music to win two Song of the Year Awards from both the CMA and ACMs. His 2008 album, That Lonesome Song, was certified platinum for 1 million in sales, and his 2010 ambitious double album, The Guitar Song, received a gold certification. Tickets available online.
A TASTE OF ELM GROVE
Sample food from various area restaurants at A Taste of Elm Grove, 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Shriners Temple. Vote for the best entrees, side dishes, appetizers and desserts. Enjoy good food, music and basket auction. $25. Tickets available at Main Street Bank and Paree Insurance Centers.
A SIP OF WINE
The October chill is the best time to whip out some Zinfandel, Primitivo and Port because of their warming rich fruit and hearty alcohol content. Good Mansion Wines will explore these wines at the tasting at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. Wines will be served with cheeses and French baguettes. $15 at the door, no reservations needed. Occupancy limited to 40.
LUNCH WITH …
• Lunch With Books at noon Tuesday, Oct. 29, features Wheeling 250: The Sisters of St. Joseph in Wheeling (1853-2019). As we celebrate the 250th anniversary of the city of Wheeling, this presentation by Sister Mary Palmer and Sister Kathleen Durkin will engage the audience in looking back on the history of the Sisters of St. Joseph and their presence throughout the city since 1853. It will also invite the audience into the present day life and mission of the sisters and associates of St. Joseph, sharing how they continue their ministries of health, education, social and spiritual services in new ways and with new partners in the city.
• On Halloween, host “Or-Sean Wells” returns to lead a Thursday edition of Lunch With Books in a reprise of the popular interactive re-enactment of the famous 1938 radio broadcast of “War of the Worlds” at the War of the Worlds Redux, at noon Thursday, Oct. 31. Various regular Lunch With Books attendees will take lead roles while smaller parts and sound effects will be provided by audience participation (not required, but encouraged). Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are provided. 304-232-0244; www.ohiocountylibrary.org
UP THE ROAD …
• Skyflight Productions presents Noah Derksen with show opener Jane Kramer at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25, at the Albert S. George Youth Center at 130 Fair St. in Barnesville. An American-citizen born and raised in the heart of the Canadian prairies while maturing on the west coast of British Columbia, Derksen writes with the groundedness of harsh Manitoba winters mixed with the optimism of British Columbia’s coastline. Kramer from Asheville, North Carolina, has been described as “born to gypsy poets and raised by Emmylou Harris.” She has garnered international recognition for the sultry, heartrending originality of her vocals and for the heavy-hitting lyrical eloquence of her songwriting. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., and the show will begin at 8 p.m. $10. 423-276-2653 or Skyflight Productions on Facebook. Tickets at brownpapertickets.com.
• Join Lee Terbosic, widely considered one of the foremost magical experts on Houdini, as he explores the mysteries surrounding the magician’s astonishing life and death in “The Life and Death of Harry Houdini” now through Nov. 17 at Liberty Magic in Pittsburgh. Houdini died on Halloween night in 1926. It seems quite appropriate that the world’s most famous magician should pass away on the year’s most “magical” day. Even more intriguing, Houdini was 52 years old when he died, the exact number of playing cards in a deck. Further, he was born 26 years before the start of the new century, and died 26 years into the next one — as if his “life’s deck” had been deftly cut in half by Fate, the ultimate magician. For a full 10 years after Houdini’s death, his wife Bess conducted a séance on Oct. 31. These séances were always attended by the top names in magic, as well as personal friends of the great magician. Houdini had told Bess that if it were possible, he would send a message to her “from beyond,” in secret code. Tickets are available for “The Life and Death of Harry Houdini” online. Also, back by popular demand, Lee Terbosic’s hit show, “In Plain Sleight,” returns to Liberty Magic for an encore performance, now through Nov. 24. The interactive performance of incredible magic, comedy, illusion, sleight of hand, mindreading and storytelling is all rolled up into a 75-minute show that will leave you wanting more. The audience becomes part of the show with several opportunities to participate in the deception. Terbosic’s mastery of decades-old magic traditions brings a new dimension to the world of parlor magic. An internationally touring magician, comedian, actor, daredevil and entertainer from Pittsburgh, he proves that anything is possible. For tickets to “In Plain Sleight,” click here.