Do you know the only state to secede from a confederate state and join the Union during the Civil War? That’s right. That’s what West Virginia did. You would think the ghosts at the 2013 haunted houses in West Virginia would be happier considering they were on the victorious side. But they were rewarded for their loyalty with the Census Bureau designation they are part of the South! So I’m sure you now understand why they have so much rage when you encounter one at a West Virginia haunted house.
Best 2013 Haunted Houses in Charleston, Wheeling, Morgantown, Huntington
Charleston Haunted Houses
West Virginia was built upon its natural resources. And the area around Charleston was rich with salt, natural gas, and coal. But it was built on the back of the laborers who mined these natural resources. And you’ll find there ghosts scattered about the haunted houses in Charleston, West Virginia.
The Haunted Barn, Winfield WV
Open since 2006, The Haunted Barn is located at 426 Beauregard Street, Charleston, WV 25311. This haunted house features live actors and lots of animatronic scares. The venue is the Kanawha Players Theater. Oh yeah at this place the actors can grab you. This haunt is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from October 11th through November 2nd plus November 9th.
Shocka-Con - 426 Beauregard Street, Charleston
Located at the Kanawha Players Theater (also runs The Haunted Barn) comes this Horror and SciFi convention held on September 20-22, 2013. It’s a haunt, a con, a concert and so much more. They also have a costume contest with prizes. Tickets are $8.
The Asylum, Weston WV
The Asylum presents Aberration Haunted House every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in October 2013. Tickets are $20 per person. The address is 71 Asylum Drive, Weston, WV 26452. Do you recognize the address? It is the home of the former Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. A real asylum now popular with locals for real ghost tours, heritage tours, overnight paranormal events, parties and lots of activities every day. Aberration opens at dark and runs until midnight on Friday and Saturday or until 10 pm on other nights. The building is a living monument to the history of mental illness. It was the largest hand carved building in North America and home to thousands of patients. The Delirium haunted houses takes over the facility each October at dusk for a terrifying haunted house event. The story is that Doctor Cerebus ran sadistic experiments clouding the veil between the living and dead. Once a reputable hospital is now home to undesirable souls. You can tour the facility during the day or come back at dusk when the dead come out to play.
Huntington Haunted Houses
In 2008, the Centers for Disease Control called Huntington one of the unhealthiest cities in America. The ghosts were upset their health wasn’t taken into account and have been haunting houses ever since.
House of Morbid Minds – Will not be opening in 2013
Wheeling Haunted Houses
Wheeling was the capital of West Virginia after it seceded from Virginia. In a bitter dispute with the residents of Charleston for capital status, we expect the ghosts of early residents are still disturbed that they ended up losing the battle for capital status.
West Virginia Penitentiary Dungeon of Horrors
Dungeon of Horrors is located inside the former West Virginia Penitentiary at 818 Jefferson Avenue, Moundsville, WV 26041. Tickets for the haunted house are $25 o Friday, Saturday, and Sunday September 28th through Halloween. The prison housed up to 2000 prisoners with many deaths and accidents. Over 90 prisoners were executed by the state at this prison. Ghosts are rumored to haunt this place. Now this facility is home to daily tours, overnight ghost tours, parties, festivals, a zombie walk, and in October the Dungeon of Horrors haunted house. Call 304 845 6200 for event details.
Morgantown Haunted Houses
The home of West Virginia University is pretty scary during the daylight with all of those crazy students. Turn off the lights and you’ve got a real freak show worthy of the price of admission!
Martinsburg Haunted Houses
The ghosts in Martinsburg have been worn down by years of commuting into DC for work. We can’t imagine that they’re that scary.
The Apollo Civic Haunted Theatre - 2013 event is Apolloween
Apolloween is a complete October 2013 experience put on by the Apollo Civic Theater. The address is 128 E. Martin Street, Martinsburg, WV. They operate four fun events in October. The Haunted Theater is a haunted house that runs on October 4, 5, 11, 12, 19, 25, 26, and November 1, 2. It is open from 7 pm to 11 pm. The ticket price is $10. Paranormal Investigation is looks for ghost activity in this haunted place. It runs on October 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 25 from midnight until 4 am. Tickets cost $25. Trick or Treat is held on October 27th. Donations are accepted but this is a free admission event for children under age 13. It includes a lighted tour of the haunted theater attraction. Finally comes the Rocky Horror Picture Show on October 19th and 26th at midnight. This cult classic movie runs at midnight for the ticket price of $15. Seating is limited to the first 526 people. A fun event for all.
Haunted Trail - Cottageville, WV
Located at the Jackson County Junior Fairgrounds is this terror filled half mile walk meant only for adults. Tickets are $5 for the trail. Also available is a $3 not so scary horse drawn wagon ride. Attractions are open on Friday and Saturday, October 25-26 from 8 pm until 11 pm.
It may be faster to get to a haunted attraction in another state. So add these potential options to the list of West Virginia haunted houses.
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