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WV Weekend: Haunted Trails

WV Weekend: Haunted Trails

Looking for a good tale of paranormal? Greater Parkersburg plays host to a number of haunted sites and tours each autumn. Tour historic hotels, bike through haunted tunnels, or take one of the most popular ghost tours in the nation!

October 6, 13, 20, 27, 31 and November 3

Haunted Parkersburg Ghost Tours

Downtown Parkersburg

The Haunted Parkersburg Ghost Tours is one of the most popular ghost tours in the nation and take individuals through the quaint streets of downtown Parkersburg and recount its haunted history and famous paranormal tales.

Tour guides will tell you various supernatural stories that are unique to the Parkersburg area. Tours are offered Friday and Saturday evenings through early November. Tours begin at 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Blennerhassett Hotel (corner of 4th and Market Streets) and takes approximately two hours (walk is two miles). 

$12 Adults | $10 Seniors & Students

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October 5, 12, 19, 26, 30 and November 2

Haunted Parkersburg True Crime Tours

Downtown Parkersburg

Walk the wicked way and explore the dark corridors of old Parkersburg to shed light on some of the most famous and gruesome crimes in the city's history. Did you know that in 1867 downtown Parkersburg had a serial killer? What about the post-Civil War hanging on Fort Boreman Hill? Did you know one of the condemned men escaped, was caught and hanged later on Staunton Avenue? During the Civil War Parkersburg was said to be "wickedest city on the Ohio River" and Seventh Street was referred to as the "Bloody Quarter," there were so many knife fights and murders. Join us as we carefully track the footsteps of a heinous serial killer while seeing the sites and hearing about other fascinating crimes. (Not suitable for small children)

Tours begin at 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Blennerhassett Hotel (corner of 4th and Market Streets) and takes approximately two hours (walk is two miles). 

$15 Adults | $12 Seniors & Students.

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October 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27

Putnam Street Ghost Trek

Downtown Marietta

THURSDAYS & SATURDAYS

The new Putnam Street Ghost Trek invites participants to learn about the creepy old buildings that loom over them in shadow and of a dark past filled with murder, suicide, and executions. This tour starts at 8 p.m. Group will gather at the Washington County Courthouse on the corner of Second and Putnam Streets to learn about Marietta's history and mystery.

 

The total distance covered is a little over one mile. Handicap accessible. Although the entire course of our Ghost Trek tours are over paved or brick streets, comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended. Well-behaved pups are welcome to join us. Ghost Trek runs May-October.

 

$15 adults | $10 kids 12 & under

90-minute tour

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October 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28

Front Street Ghost Trek

Downtown Marietta

FRIDAYS & SUNDAYS

The Front Street Ghost Trek allows participants to discover the early history of Marietta, Ohio, hear stories of vice, accidental deaths, and spirits.  This tour starts at 8 p.m. The group will gather at the fountain in front of the Lafayette Hotel to begin a walk through the shadows of history.

The total distance covered is a little over one mile. Handicap accessible. Although the entire course of our Ghost Trek tours are over paved or brick streets, comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended. Well-behaved pups are welcome to join us. Ghost Trek runs May-October.

 

$15 adults | $10 kids 12 & under

90-minute tour

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October 20

Halloween Fun Run/Walk & Hunted Tunnel

North Bend State Park & Rail Trail

Celebrate autumn with a weekend at North Bend State Park. Celebrate Halloween with games, prizes, costume contest, crafts, and much more.

 

 After the fun run/walk enjoy a leisurely bike ride along the North Bend Rail Trail. The trail was formerly a rail corridor by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad between 1853 and 1857. Today the North Bend Rail Trail stretches from Parkersburg to Wolf Summit, spanning 72 miles of beautiful tunnels, bridges, and foliage.  And don’t miss learning more about the legend of the Silver Run Tunnel ghost!

 

Legend has it a girl was on her way to be married when something happened on the train and she disappeared. Since then, a girl in a long white dress has been seen in the Silver Run Tunnel. When people approach, she screams and then shoots straight up into the air and vanishes!

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October 26 & 31

Ghost Tour

The Castle, Marietta

Take a guided lantern tour of The Castle to hear, and maybe even experience, the ghostly apparitions, sounds, and strange occurrences that are recorded to have impacted the staff, volunteers, and guests of The Castle in the past. Tours begin every 15 minutes and last approximately 45 minutes. Limit of 12 per group. (Recommended ages 8 and up.) $8 per person. 

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October 26

Boo Cruise

Valley Gem Sternwheeler, Marietta

The Valley Gem Sternwheeler will host a new Boo Cruise! Come in your best costume and enjoy appetizers, music and a cash bar from 8 to 11 p.m. Must be 21 or older. Admission is $32 per person.

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October 27

Monster Mash on Market Slated

Downtown, Parkersburg

The annual Monster Mash on Market will return to the 400 block of Market Street (between 4th and 5th Streets), as well as the Huntington Bank parking lot, on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 6-7:30 p.m.

 

Monster Mash is a family-centric Halloween party made possible by Downtown PKB, local businesses, and community organizations. Children will experience hands-on activities and trick-or-treat giveaways. Following the Monster Mash activities on Market, children may walk over in Halloween Parade fashion to the historic Smoot Theatre to watch a movie! There is no admission charge for the event. Come dressed in your favorite Halloween costume.  

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Other Points of Interest to See In the Area:

Dining – The Coffee Bar (Parkersburg, WV)

Dining – Parkersburg Brewing Co. (Parkersburg, WV)

Shopping – Berdine’s 5 & Dime (Harrisville, WV)

Shopping – American Flags & Poles (Marietta, OH)

Attractions – Parkersburg Art Center

Attractions – Fort Boreman Historical Park & Overlook

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