Thursday, October 09, 2008
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Halloween guide: Plot your scares

It's never too early to start planning -- or celebrating -- the only holiday that encourages haunted houses and costume parties.

HAUNTED HOUSES

Dixie Caverns Haunted Cave -- No longer in use (Oct. 09)

7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October. 5753 W. Main St., Salem. $10, general; $5, ages 12 and younger (children allowed at parental discretion). 380-2085.

Haunted Monster Museum

A haunted house as part of HalloScream week designed by Mark Cline, whose creatures have been seen in Alice Cooper's stage shows, Six Flags theme parks and on NBC's "Today" show. 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 23 to 25 and Oct. 30 to Nov. 1. Natural Bridge. $10. 464-2253.

Terror at the Station

A haunted attraction, not intended for children younger than 10. 7:30 to 11 p.m. Oct. 25 and Oct. 29 to Nov. 1. Virginia Museum of Transportation, 303 Norfolk Ave., Roanoke. $10; $9 with a canned food donation. roanokejaycees.com.

HAUNTED TOURS

Floyd Ghost Tour

A one-hour walking tour through downtown Floyd featuring old houses and tombstones. 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 8 with 8 p.m. tours Oct. 24, 25, 31 and Nov. 1. Meet at Black Water Loft, 117 S. Locust St., Floyd. $6. 745-5638, strangetalesoffloydcounty.com

Ghost Tour Series

Presentations and room-by-room tours of Avenel, the historic Bedford estate, by the group Ghostec. Each seating limited to 30 people per night, reservations accepted. 7 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 23. Avenel, 413 Avenel Ave., Bedford. $15. 875-9180.

Ghosts and More Tour

A vintage tour bus ride through Rocky Mount featuring more than 60 volunteers in 20 scenes telling stories of violent deaths, spirit sightings, unexplained happenings and more. Buses depart when the sun leaves the sky, Oct. 18 and 25. $13, advance purchase recommended. 483-1890, fchistory@swva.net.

Salem Museum Ghost Walk

A living history tour through East Hill Cemetery. Costumed re-enactors portray local leaders buried in the cemetery, telling about their lives and the history of their town. Reservations strongly suggested. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25 and 28. Salem Museum, 801 E. Main St., Salem. $6 suggested donation. 389-6760, salemmuseum.org.

FAMILY FUN

Halloween Spooktacular

Full days of Halloween activities featuring a haunted house and ghost express chairlift rides, mask-making workshops for kids, pumpkin carving workshops, kids' Halloween party and more. Check the Web site for prices and a full schedule. Oct. 24, 25, 31 and Nov. 1. Wintergreen Resort. (434) 325-8180.

Belview Pumpkin Run

Proceeds from this 5K run/walk benefit the educational needs of Belview Elementary School students. $15 before Oct. 18; $20 on race day includes T-shirt for the first 100 participants. 8:30 a.m. Oct. 25. Shelter No. 2, Bisset Park, Radford. 381-1433, mcps.org/belview/pumpkinrun.pdf.

Pumpkinfest

Trick-or-treating at 10 a.m., costume contest, children's play area, hay rides, a silent pumpkin auction and more. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 25. Salem Farmers Market. $1; children in costume free. 375-3057.

Appalachian Spooky Tales

An hourlong storytelling program featuring spooky stories and a discussion of how they might have changed from generation to generation. 7 p.m. Oct. 25. Otter Creek Campground campfire circle, milepost 60.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Big Island. Free. (434) 299-5496.

Hillbilly Opry's Haunted Halloween Dance

Costume contest, prizes, food and more for all ages. No smoking or drinking. Admission at the door, reservations accepted. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 25. 4929 State Park Road, Dublin. 674-5561.

Spooky Ghost Stories

Supernatural tales steeped in the lore of the Peaks of Otter area. Costumes welcome; reservations accepted. 6:30 and 8 p.m. Oct. 25. Flat Top Room at the Peaks of Otter Lodge. Free. 586-4496.

Howl O'ween Walk for the Animals

Proceeds benefit the Roanoke Valley SPCA. All individual and team participants must register for the walk; each person must raise an average of $50 to qualify for the official Howl O'Ween T-shirt. 12:30 p.m. Oct. 26, Elmwood Park, downtown Roanoke. rvspca.org.

Halloween Costume Contest

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 31. East Market Square, downtown Roanoke. downtownroanoke.org.

Halloween Carnival

Trick-or-treating for elementary school-aged children (4 to 6 p.m.), plus entertainment, children's activities, an all-ages costume contest and more. 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. Blacksburg Farmers Market parking lot. 951-0454, downtownblacksburg.com.

PUMPKIN FARMS AND CORN MAZES

Corn Acoustics

A corn maze called "Bluegrass Music: Old Time Ways" in the shape of a banjo, fiddle and guitar in the center of a six-acre challenge. Proceeds benefit the Vesta Rescue Squad and Meadows of Dan Fire Department. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. (Haunted from 8 to 10 p.m. Oct. 24, 25 and 31.) Mountain Meadow Farm and Craft Market, 84 Concord Road, Meadow of Dan. $8. 593-3279, mountainmeadowcrafts.com.

Fun Field Days at the Corn Maze

Maze with the theme "USA Decision 2008" based on the upcoming presidential election, a hayride, hay maze, apple launcher, slide and more. Picnics welcome. $6, general; $4, ages 5 to 11; free for ages 4 and younger. 1 to 9 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 7 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 1. Doe Run Farm, Ararat. (276) 251-8287.

Jeter Farm Fall Fest

With pumpkin picking, a corn maze, hayrides, barnyard zoo and more. 3 to 7 p.m. Fridays; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 2. Jeter Farm, 181 Blue Ridge Blvd., Roanoke. $6. 977-2128, e-mail jeterfarm@gmail.com.

Layman Family Farms Maze and Pumpkin Festival

Featuring a "Beamer Ball" corn maze, hayrides, pumpkin picking, a pumpkin maze, children's activities, a corn cannon and more. Flashlights required after dusk. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 8. Layman Family Farms, 1815 Mountain View Church Road, Blue Ridge. $10, general; $9, ages 10 to 17; $8, ages 2 to 9. 966-3056, laymanfamilyfarms.com.

Pumpkin Festival

Pumpkins, squash, gourds, hayrides to the pumpkin patch and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays through October. Sinkland Farms, 3020 Riner Road, Christiansburg. Free. 382-4640, sinklandfarms.com.

Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, gourds, Indian corn and more with proceeds benefitting the service and mission projects of the youth and other church groups. 10 a.m. to dusk Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 30. South Roanoke United Methodist Church, 2330 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke. 344-4437.

ESPECIALLY FOR KIDS

Halloween Madness

A trick-or-treating event. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 25. Downtown Marion. mariondowntown.org.

Costume Party

A safe night of games and goodies for elementary and middle school-aged children. Proceeds benefit Dance.tech Performing Arts Company. 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 25. Dance.Tech Studio, 1101 N. Main St., Blacksburg. $5. 961-5949.

Jacksonville Center's Halloween Kidfest

Children will learn how to use color to express cheerfulness and scariness in pumpkin carvings, plus there will be storytelling, fortune telling, apple bobbing and refreshments. Costumes encouraged. 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 26. Sinkland Farms, Christiansburg. Free. 745-2754, jacksonvillecenter.org.

Halloween Trick-or-Treating

An annual event with more than 40 businesses providing treats for children ages 12 and younger. Participants are encouraged to bring a container for the goodies. Pollard Street, Lee Avenue and Jackson Avenue will be closed for the children's safety. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 30. Downtown Vinton. Free. 983-0613, vintonva.gov.

Halloween safety party

For children ages 12 and younger and their accompanying adults. With refreshments, trick-or-treat bags, games, prizes and Crime Dog Scruff McGruff. 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30. VFW Post Home, 390 N. High St., Christiansburg. 552-0381.

Tanglewood Trick-or-Treat

Trick-or-treating with mall tenants, games, a costume contest (6:30 p.m.) and other activities.

5 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31. 989-4394, shoptanglewood.com.

Safe Treat

Trick-or-treating hosted by Pheasant Ridge Assisted Living Community. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31. 4435 Pheasant Ridge Road, Roanoke. 725-1120.

Trunk or Treat

Large parking lot full of cars and goodies. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Melrose Baptist Church, 3520 Peters Creek Road, Roanoke. 366-6631.

FOR GROWN-UPS

Howl'oween Ball

With music by Smokehouse Brown and Friends, food, entertainment by Elvis impersonator and DJ Blaine Compton, dancing, a costume contest, silent auction, cash bar and more to benefit the animals at the Franklin County Human Society's Planned Pethood Clinic and Adoption Center. 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 25. Franklin County Y Essig Center, Rocky Mount. $25. 489-3491, plannedpethoodrockymount.com.

Halloween Blast

With music by Burning Bridges. Ages 21 and older only. 8 p.m. Oct. 25 to 1:30 a.m. Oct. 26. $10. Salem Civic Center. sponsorhounds.com.

The Halloween Connection

Featuring a showing of the 1920 silent film "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" while Richard Cummins improvises an organ accompaniment to the famed horror film. With a guest appearance by the Greene Memorial church ghost. 8 p.m. Oct. 29. Greene Memorial United Methodist Church. 402 Second St., downtown Roanoke. Free. 344-6225.

K92 Boo Bash Halloween Party

Party and costume contest hosted by Danny, Zack and Miss Monica. Oct. 31. Awful Arthur's in downtown Roanoke (108 Campbell Ave., 344-2997) and Blacksburg (213 Draper Road, 443-9109). k92radio.com.

Halloween Party

With Guns N' Roses and Run-DMC tribute acts. Oct. 31. Awful Arthur's at Towers Shopping Center, 2229 Colonial Ave. S.W., Roanoke. 777-0007.

Halloween Hop

With music by DJ Joey Nicely and His Vintage Video Show, hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, costume contest and silent auction. Dress is costume or casual. Proceeds benefit the Vinton Dogwood Festival. 8 p.m. Oct. 31. Vinton War Memorial, 814 Washington Ave., Vinton. $15. 983-0613, vintondogwoodfestival.org.

Square Society Halloween Party

With music by WJJS personalities Styles and Nicky, appetizers and a costume contest (11 p.m.). A portion of the proceeds benefit Center in the Square. Ages 21 and older only. $10. 8 p.m. to midnight Oct. 31. Blue 5 Restaurant, corner of Kirk Avenue and Second Street, downtown Roanoke. squaresociety.org.

Halloween bash

Featuring the Accordion Death Squad with Rock and Roll Cannibals and a costume contest. 9:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Gillie's Restaurant, 153 College St., downtown Blacksburg. 961-2703, myspace.com/gilliesmusic.

"Rocky Horror Picture Show"

The famous cult movie returns for Halloween showings with a live cast and audience participation. Friday night's theme is "Storybooks and Fairy Tales." Saturday's theme is "Christmas Comes Early." Audience is encouraged to come in costume. 10 p.m. Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Squires Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires Student Center, Virginia Tech. $3, admission; $1.50, Rocky Horror Survival Packs. 231-1849, rocky-horror.org.vt.edu.

Halloween Midnight Movie

Showing "Killer Klowns from Outer Space." Midnight Oct. 31. Grandin Theatre, Roanoke. $5.75, free cotton candy to the first 100 people. 345-6177, grandintheatre.com.

Did we miss any events? Send them to events@roanoke.com or call 981-3269 to add them to future listings.

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