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Halloween inspires spooky events

October 17, 2012
By Sharon Bopp - The Marietta Times ( , The Marietta Times

Calling all those who crave the spooky screams, pumpkin carvings and supernatural sightings of Halloween-there's something happening for just about everyone who loves Halloween this weekend in Marietta.

The Castle will host its annual "Halloween Overnight" Saturday for those in the third to fifth grades. The sleepover will include crafts, a ghost tour, pumpkin carving, scavenger hunt and spooky stories.

The not-too-scary, educational and fun event begins at 5 p.m. Saturday and ends at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

The cost is $50 per child which includes activities and meals. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 373-4180.

The "Haunted House" at the Betsey Mills Club promises chills and thrills galore for anyone over the age of 8. The event will run from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

"It is scary," said Shauna Cornwell, activities coordinator for the Betsey Mills Club. "People do jump and there will be loud noises."

Fact Box

If you go

The Castle's Halloween Overnight

Where: The Castle, 418 Fourth St., Marietta.

When: Saturday into Sunday, 5 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Cost: $50 per child; all activities and meals included. For third to fifth-graders. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 373-4180.

The Betsey Mills Club's Haunted House

Where: The Betsey Mills Club, 300 Fourth St., Marietta.

When: Saturday, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Cost: $5. Not for children under 8 due to loud noises and bright lights.

Contact: 373-4981.

Chasing Spirits with the Mid-Ohio Valley Ghost Hunters

Where: Campus Martius Museum, 601 Second St., Marietta.

When: Saturday, 8 p.m. to midnight. 8 to 9 p.m. "experiences" from employees and volunteers; 9 p.m. to midnight Mid-Ohio Valley Ghost Hunters present table tipping, pendulum dowsing and more.

Cost: $15 adults; $12 children (must be accompanied by adult). Limited to 40.

Contact: 373-3750.

Psychic Readings

Where: The Castle, 418 Fourth St., Marietta.

When: Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Private, individual sessions featuring readers Joyce Vest, Bettie Harris, Rhonda Newhart.

Cost: $35 per reading. Reserv

ations required.

A group of Marietta College students from the McDonough Center for Leadership and Business are organizing the haunted house for a class project.

"They pick themes for each room," Cornwell said. "They're your classic scary movie themes."

As many as 10 rooms throughout the Betsey will be tricked out for the event including the pitch-black maze in the gymnasium where guests start the haunting tour.

"People are on edge already. There's loud music the whole time (in the maze) so you can't hear anything that's coming," said Cornwell.

The Betsey's pool area will be reminiscent of a scene from the "Friday the 13th" movie series featuring "Jason."

Dropping down into the basement of the Betsey Mills Club, attendees will be treated to a "Freddy Krueger" classroom scene from the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" film series.

"It's scary enough without anything in the basement," said Cornwell.

The basement's boiler room will be "spooked up a bit with body bags hanging down and people all over jumping out," she added.

Dashes of history and spiritualism will be featured at the Campus Martius Museum Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight as the museum hosts "Chasing Spirits with the Mid-Ohio Valley Ghost Hunters."

Campus Martius employees and volunteers will share their "experiences" with spirits at the museum.

"These kind of (experiences) are a little unnerving sometimes," said Glenna Hoff, education/program director for the Campus Martius and Ohio River museums.

One night as Hoff and another staffer worked late upstairs in the Campus Martius Museum they heard what sounded like footsteps going across the lobby floor.

"(People have) heard coat hangers on the coat rack tinkling when there was no breeze or air blowing or anyone around," Hoff said.

"It's all in fun," she added. "It's a lot of fun to be scared a little bit or question things."

Members of the Mid-Ohio Valley Ghost Hunters will discuss table tipping, pendulum dowsing and other ways those in the spiritualism movement of the mid to late 1800s contacted spirits.

"It teaches people some historical ways that people in the spiritualism movement communicated with spirits before modern ghost hunting," said Valerie Wright, a member of the Mid-Ohio Valley Ghost Hunters.

Attendance is limited to 40; cost is $15 for adults, $12 for children (children must be accompanied by an adult). Reservations can be made by calling 373-3750.

People will have the opportunity to explore the ancient art of divination in comfortable, historic surroundings as The Castle offers private, individual "Psychic Readings" from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Featured readers are Bettie Harris, Rhonda Newhart and Joyce Vest, who are area residents selected to participate in the readings based on the accuracy of their predictions and the positive nature of their guidance, said a flier from The Castle.

Each reading lasts approximately 20 minutes and costs $35 per reading per person. Reservations are necessary and can be made at 373-4180.



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