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Halloween-related events now playing in Tri-State area

Halloween-related events now playing in Tri-State area

October 07, 2007|By JULIE E. GREENE

Fans of all things spooky will have a chance to pay respects to Leitersburg Haunted House this month, as organizers will let the treasure trove of scares R.I.P. after this, its 30th season.

The volunteer effort required and the increasing difficulty in meeting fire safety and building code requirements have led the Leitersburg Ruritan Club and Leitersburg Youth Organization to declare this season the last for the popular Leitersburg Haunted House, said Kelly Eakle, one of the organizers.

But those who want a little fright in their lives can welcome back a popular Halloween treat as Friends of Fort Frederick State Park are bringing back the Fort Frederick Ghost Walk at the fort after a two-year absence.

Despite the big job it takes to organize the Ghost Walk at Fort Frederick, the event returns Saturday, Oct. 20, due to demand, said Ralph Young, retired park manager and one of the organizers. The last one was in 2004.

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The walk, which includes a tour through the woods and into the 18th-century stone fort, has attracted as many as 1,800 people during its one-night run in the past, Young said.

Here's more information about these two popular haunted treats and other Halloween-related terrors in the Tri-State area.

In Washington County:

· Leitersburg Haunted House

The haunted house has a new story line this year that will be revealed to visitors, says Kelly Eakle, one of the organizers. Going through the house takes about 30 to 35 minutes, including mazes and a 15- to 20-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. Ticket sales are 6:30 p.m. to midnight. Tours start at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 12 to 27. Shows are run until everyone with a ticket gets in. Proceeds go to Leitersburg community projects. Sponsored by Leitersburg Ruritan Club and Leitersburg Youth Organization. Call the hot line at 301-766-0039.

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· Walking in the fort

Fort Frederick Ghost Walk at Fort Frederick State Park on Md. 56 near Big Pool. A period-costumed guide will lead groups through "haunted" woods, inside the stone fort's walls and into the barracks.

Characters will include soldiers from the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Gate closes at approximately 9 p.m.; anyone in line by then will get in. Walk takes 20 to 30 minutes. Recommended for ages 6 and older. $5, ages 12 and older; $3, ages 6 to 11; and free for ages 5 and younger. Starts at park visitors center. Fundraiser for Friends of Fort Frederick State Park, a nonprofit group that helps the state park by buying equipment and interpretive supplies and costumes. Call 301-842-2155.

· Creepy campground

KOA Kampground's Creekside Manor Haunted House has a maze and a new story line this year as well as 13 animated props from The ScareFactory in Ohio. The house, which takes about 20 minutes to tour, is appropriate for ages 12 and older. Co-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. The Fun House is free for children of anyone paying to go through Creekside Manor. Haunted House costs $13. For groups of 10 or more, $10 per person, but must make advance reservations. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through October; 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 21 and 28, and Thursday, Oct. 25. Ticket booth opens at 7 p.m. and stops selling tickets at 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 9:30 p.m. Thursday and Sundays. KOA Kampground, 11759 Snug Harbor Lane, Williamsport, by Conococheague Creek. Call 301-223-7571.

· Haunted Hager House

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. 12 to 26; Sunday, Oct. 28; and Monday, Oct. 29. Cost is $3; free for ages 5 and younger. Reservations required. There is nothing particularly scary about the tour, but it is a ghost tour inside a dark house, so parents should take into account how easily their child scares. Hager House, 110 Key St., Hagerstown's City Park. Call 301-739-8393.

· Study superstitions

During Grim Reapings, a free lecture at the Hager House, learn about American burial customs and superstitions from the 17th century to early 20th century. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6. No reservations required. Hagerstown's City Park. Call 301-739-8393.

· The Park at Dark

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