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Dave's Drive-Through Weekend

Dave's Drive-Through Weekend

Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend 

Hi Dave Lavender here from The Herald-Dispatch, here’s my Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend picks for this weekend.

It’s only a week until Halloween and we are in the heart of this Spooktacular season.


Let’s gut and carve up this holiday before our pumpkin spice latte gets cold.



Here’s a look at some not-to-miss events this weekend around the Tri-State.



In Ohio, don’t miss Ironton’s Haunted Tunnel, a Tri-State tradition since 1992. It’s located across from the HillsShopping Center just follow the screams on Friday and Saturday nights at 7.



In Kentucky, Mickey Fisher, creator of the CBS sci-fi TV show, “Extant,” will be a special guest during the upcoming free Halloween Storytelling Festival that runs 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the McConnell House in Wurtland, Ky. Enjoy live music and other celebrity storytellers.



In West Virginia, gather up the fam and head to Huntington’s Heritage Station Friday night at 8 for the classic comedy horror flick, “Gremlins.”


Admission is a donation to the Huntington Middle School PTSO (Parent, Teacher, Student Organization). There will be full concessions and shops open later hours.


Go online at www.herald-dispatch.com  and click onto multi-media to watch a trailer of the PG-rated film, “Gremlins.”




My picks for haunted trails this weekend



The Boy Scouts’ Camp Arrowhead will be the place for some Halloween trail running fun at 7:30 p.m. Friday for the KT Darkness Falls  — a Night Trail and Scare Run that features six scare stations. Headlamps are required.



Dive into some Halloween fun at Dreamland Pool  — It’s the last weekend of  Nightmare At Dreamland —  The Haunted Trail at Dreamland runs 8 to 11 Friday and Saturday.



Last but not least, enjoy a free, haunted walking tour from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Guyandotte. Meet the library for one for a costumed, guided walk with eerie tales of ghostly encounters. Ticket distribution is at 6:30 p.m. The tour is not recommended for very young children.



Here’s some more info on the Run ....


 Registration is 6 to 7:15 p.m. at the shelter by the lake for the run (either 3.5 or 7 miles) that is marked by 500 glow sticks and that features half a dozen scare zones along the way with zombies and other ghouls.


  Cost is $10 and you can pay an additional $15 for a shirt (at Robert’s Running). Enjoy a post-run soups and S’mores campfire.


Go online at http://www.active.com/ona-wv/running/races/kanawha-trace-darkness-falls-night-trail-run-2014 for more info.



The 11th annual Halloween Campout


CarterCavesStateResortPark, Olive Hill, Ky., hosts its Halloween Campout Celebration, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24-25.


Special activities include site-to-site trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving contest, costume contest, spooky mini-golf and a campsite decorating contest. Call 606-286-4411.


CarterCavesStateResortPark, Olive Hill hosts its annual 'Spooktacular' Cave-in Movie, Saturday, Oct. 25 inside CascadeCave. Watch a family-friendly spooky flick inside the cave. Price is $5 at the door. Seating is not provided, so it is BYOC (bring your own chairs). Popcorn and drink concessions will be available at the cave on a cash-only basis. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Tickets are sold at CascadeCave. Call 606-286-4411.



AARF’s Monster Mash


The Ashland Animal Rescue Fund is hosting a Monster Mash Halloween Party at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25  at  Park Place, 1701 Carter Ave., in downtown Ashland. Enjoy music, appetizers, door prizes, a costume contest and auction. It’s a BYOB party. All proceeds go to Ashland Animal Rescue Fund. AARF depends on donations and fundraising to support their no kill shelter.


Go online at https://www.facebook.com/AARFKY for more info.



Go On the Road for Foliage and A Bowl


Roll down to ChiefLoganState Park in Logan, West Virginia, at the height of the fall foliage season to try your hand at the ancient and awesome sport of Irish Road Bowling.


There's a tournament at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at the park, put on by the West Virginia Irish Road Bowling, which puts on about 20 events all over the MountainState each year from spring through fall.


Lodging available at Chief Logan Lodge, 304-855-6100. For more information, contact Terry Mullins at 304-855-8591 or tmullins@chiefloganreccenter.org, or ChiefLoganState Park at 304-792-7125.


Go online at www.wvirishroadbowling.com .



ARTS is ‘Crazy for You’


Nothing casts some sunshine into a day like some great tunes by George and Ira Gershwin.


Head over to ARTS, Arts Resources for the Tri-State, 900 8th St., where they are closing out the main stage for 2014 with a blockbuster musical that’s the largest musical in ARTS history.


Directed by Stephen Vance, the musical is set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24-25 and Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. There will also be Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2.


Set in the 1930s, the story revolves around a young banker who dreams of being on the Broadway stage. When he is sent out west to foreclose on an old theatre, he meets the girl of his dreams and tries to save the theatre. It's a high energy comedy with mistaken identity, plot twists, fabulous dance numbers and classic Gershwin music.


Tickets are $15 for show only and $30 Dinner and a show (by reservation). Call 304-733-2787 or go online at www.artstristate.org.



My road-trip pick this weekend is to Ceredo and
Kenova, West Virginia for the world famous Pumpkin House, which is lit nightly through Halloween and for the C-K Autumn Fest.



C-K AutumnFest will take place Saturday, Oct. 25 with a full date of events most at C-KCommunity Center and CeredoPlaza. Paranormal discussions will be held at the Z. D. Ramsdell house in Ceredo. Ric Griffith’s world-famous Pumpkin House, on Beech Street in Kenova, will take place in the days leading up to Halloween and a bit beyond. Thousands of pumpkins are lit by Halloween night, which is Friday, Oct. 31. This year you can carve a pumpkin and display it at the Pumpkin House. Cash prizes will be awarded. See C-K AutumnFest.com for details. Volunteers are always needed for scooping and carving the hundreds of pumpkins. Details of all events are on our website at C-K AutumnFest.com or by calling 304-360-1381.



That’s just a few of the things happening this weekend, check us out online at www.herald-dispatch.com and in the box. 

Dave Lavender is the author of “Dave Trippin: A Daytripper’s Guide to the Appalachian Galaxy of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.” Follow the H-D reporter on Facebook or Twitter @DaveLavenderHD.

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Dave Lavender writes about regional travel for The Herald-Dispatch. Go online at www.davetrippin.com for more information.