Scary stuff

Tri-State area is site of many Halloween thrills and chills

Tri-State area is site of many Halloween thrills and chills

October 06, 2008|By JULIE E. GREENE

It seems like it was just summer and already the ghosts are jumpin' in the Tri-State area with several haunted activities under way and more beginning soon.

New this year is Terror Behind Bars in Chambersburg, Pa. The fundraiser uses the former Franklin County Prison, zombies and riots to scare up money for two charities.

Here's more information about haunted happenings in the Tri-State area.

Washington County

Ghost walk

Fort Frederick Ghost Walk at Fort Frederick State Park on Md. 56 near Big Pool (Exit 12 off Interstate 70). 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, Revolutionary War and Civil War. 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. 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 for ages 6 and older; 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 new maze and a new story line, taking people a little bit longer to tour this year. There are 15 animated props from The ScareFactory in Ohio. The house, which takes about 25 minutes to tour, is appropriate for ages 12 and older. Co-owner John Durham says there are in-your-face scares but nothing distasteful - nothing with sex, children or religion. The campground has a Fun House, which is an inflatable maze, appropriate for ages 12 and younger. The Fun House is free for children with 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 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 1; and Sunday, Oct. 26. Ticket booth opens at 7 p.m. and stops selling tickets at 10 p.m. KOA Kampground, 11759 Snug Harbor Lane, Williamsport, by Conococheague Creek. Call 301-223-7571.

Haunted Hager House

Hear stories of unexplained happenings witnessed by visitors and employees at the home of Hagerstown's founder, Jonathan Hager. Tours are at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 10 to 24; Sunday, Oct. 26; and Monday, Oct. 27. 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 consider how easily their child scares. Hager House, 110 Key St., Hagerstown's City Park. Call 301-739-8393.


A free lecture and slide show at the Hager House about witch hunts in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30. No reservations required. Hagerstown's City Park. Call 301-739-8393.

The Park at Dark

The Park at Dark in Doub's Woods Park on Saturday, Oct. 25, will feature low- to medium-level scares suitable for school-aged children (kindergarten to fifth grade). Includes scary stories, snacks and candy, hayrides, Moonbounce, spooky graveyard, games, Halloween music, Halloween photo opportunity and costume contests. Bring old, spare clothes, such as long-sleeved shirt and pants, to make scarecrows to take home. Wear your costume to the park. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Costs $5. Family members may accompany participants free of charge. Limited space; preregistration required. Call 240-313-2805 or go to

Ghosts with a guide

Guided Downtown Hagerstown Ghost Tours, via foot or wagon, will be held Friday, Oct. 24. Stories about ghosts and haunted happenings include tales of apparitions of children that have bothered employees in downtown shops. Suitable for all ages. Reservations required. Tours begin at Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St. Walking tours are at 7, 7:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m. Hayride tours start at 7, 8, and 9 p.m. Walking tours cost $3, adults; $1, ages 6 to 12; and free for ages 5 and younger. Hayride tours cost $10 per seat. Must be paid in advance. For reservations or more information, call 301-739-8577, ext. 183. Refreshments will be available.

Frederick County, Md.

Ghosts in the furnace

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 recommended: marshmallows for roasting and a thermos of hot chocolate to keep warm. Suitable for adults and children able to sit and listen for about 45 minutes. 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. Catoctin Furnace Historic Site off Md. 806, off the northbound side of U.S. 15. Rain date is Saturday, Oct. 25. Free. Call 301-271-7574 for more information.

Candlelit tours

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