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Haunted happenings in the Tri-State area

Haunted happenings in the Tri-State area

October 05, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

Whether it's houses, cornfields, factories or hayride routes, the ghosts don't appear to be picky about location.

Tri-State area residents have plenty of opportunities to see how far their stomach will drop this spooky season thanks to a variety of haunted happenings.

Washington County

KOA Kampground added four animated props to its Creekside Manor Haunted House, so there are 13 animated props from The ScareFactory in Ohio. The house, which takes about 15 minutes to tour, is appropriate for ages 12 and older. Owner John Durham says there is nothing distasteful; nothing with sex, children or religion. There are in-your-face scares. The campground has a Fun House, an inflatable maze, that is appropriate for ages 12 and younger. Fun House admission costs $2 or is free for children of paying guests. Haunted House costs $12. For groups of 10 or more, $10 per person, but must make advanced reservations. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through October; 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 15, 22 and 29 and Thursdays, Oct. 19 and 26. Ticket booths open at 7 p.m. and stop selling tickets at 10 p.m. KOA Kampground, 11759 Snug Harbor Lane, Williamsport, by Conococheague Creek. Call 301-223-7571.

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Haunted Hager House tours. Hear true stories of unexplained happenings at the home of Hagerstown's founder, Jonathan Hager. Tours are at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 13 to Oct. 28; Sunday, Oct. 29; and Halloween on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Cost is $3; free for ages 5 and younger - though some material might not be suitable for ages 12 and younger. Reservations required. Hager House, 110 Key St., Hagerstown's City Park. Call 301-739-8393.




The Leitersburg Haunted House has a new story line this year that will be later revealed to visitors, says Kelly Eakle, one of the organizers. Going through the house takes about 30 minutes, including mazes and a 15-minute seated show that often involves visitors. Appropriate for all ages, based on parent's discretion. Cost is $10; free for children smaller than the "monster" at the ticket booth. Opens at 7 p.m. with ticket sales starting at 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 13 to Oct. 28. Shows are run until everyone gets in. Won't stop selling tickets before at least 10 p.m. Proceeds go to Leitersburg community projects. Sponsored by Leitersburg Ruritan Club and Leitersburg Youth Organization. Call the hot line at 301-766-0039.




The Park at Dark in Doub's Woods Park on Saturday, Oct. 21, will feature low- to medium-level scares suitable for school-aged children (kindergarten to 5th grade). Includes games, spooky maze, hayride at dusk, cider, snacks and costume contest. Prizes for the scariest, funniest, youngest, oldest and best of show costumes. Bring spare clothes, such as long-sleeved shirt and pants, to make scarecrows to take home. Wear your costume to the park. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Limited space. Call 240-313-2805 to preregister. Cost is $4 per person to preregister; $6 at gate.




Guided Downtown Hagerstown Ghost Tours will be held Friday, Oct. 27. Suitable for all ages. Reservations are recommended for walking tours and required for wagon rides. Tours begin from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Washington County Free Library, where tours also end. Walking tours cost $3, adults; $1, ages 6 to 12; and free for ages 5 and younger. Hay wagon tours cost $10 per seat. For reservations or more information, call 301-739-8577, ext. 183.




Frederick County, Md.

Spirits of the Furnace allows the "spirits" of historic Catoctin Furnace to share their stories with visitors around a campfire at Cunningham Falls State Park. Bring a flashlight, lawn chairs or blanket and clothing appropriate for the outdoors. Also bring marshmallows for roasting and a thermos of hot chocolate to keep warm. Suitable for adults and children able to sit and listen for an hour or so. 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. Catoctin Furnace Historic Site off Md. 806, off the northbound side of U.S. 15. Rain date is Saturday, Oct. 14. Call 301-271-7574 or 301-271-3676 for more information.




Candlelit Ghost Tours of Frederick has updated its guided tour of "authentic" haunted sites with ghostly news from the past year. Guides dress in period attire from the city's past and lead visitors through dark streets and alleys as they take them on a fun adventure with haunting tales. Few spots were left for this Saturday's tour at 8:30 p.m. New hours are 8 p.m. Fridays starting Oct. 13 and 7 and 9 p.m. Saturdays starting Oct. 14 through Nov. 11. Meet in front of Brewer's Alley Restaurant and Brewery, 124 N. Market St. Costs $8 for adults, $4 for ages 6 to 12, and free for ages 5 and younger. First come, first served. Reservations required for large parties. Call 301-668-8922 or go to www.marylandghosttours.com.




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