Haunted happenings await in the Tri-State area

October 03, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

There's a chill in the air, but is it just the autumn weather? Or is there a ghost lurking nearby?

Walking tours of "haunted" towns, haunted corn mazes and a haunted theater are just a few of the haunted happenings in the Tri-State area this season.

But some ghostly sightings won't be seen this year. There will be no Fright-Night in Chambersburg, Pa., this season, according to It will return in 2010.

There's also no Terror Behind Bars at the former Franklin County (Pa.) Prison this year. Organizer Bob Fink said that was a one-time fundraiser in 2008.


But don't fret. There will still be plenty of frights.

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

Washington County

Ghost tours

Hear "true" ghost stories, legends and history of Sharpsburg as Stonecrest Farms presents ghost tours Thursdays in October and on Saturday, Oct. 31. The walking tour through downtown Sharpsburg takes about 90 minutes, with a break for a snack and beverage at the halfway point. Appropriate for ages 5 and older. Begins and ends at Captain Benders Tavern, 111 W. Main St., Sharpsburg. Meet between 6:30 and 7 p.m. $10 for ages 8 and older; $5 for ages 7 and younger. $1 per person will be donated to next year's Sharpsburg Heritage Festival. If drizzling, bring an umbrella. Canceled if rain is heavy. For more information, call 301-991-0265.

Creepy campground

KOA Kampground's Creekside Manor haunted house has a maze and a new story line featuring 16 animated props from The ScareFactory in Ohio, co-owner John Durham says. The house, which takes about 25 minutes to tour, is appropriate for ages 12 and older. 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 accompanying anyone paying to go through Creekside Manor. Haunted House costs $14. For groups of 10 or more, $10 per person, but advanced reservations required. 7:30 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 31. Ticket booth opens at 7 p.m. and stops selling tickets at 10:30 p.m. KOA Kampground, 11759 Snug Harbor Lane, Williamsport, by Conococheague Creek. Call 301-223-7571 or go to

Haunted Hager House

Hear stories of unexplained happenings witnessed by visitors, volunteers and employees at the home of Hagerstown's founder, Jonathan Hager. Tours are at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 9 to 23; Sunday, Oct. 25; and Monday, Oct. 26. The tour also is offered at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6. 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.

Civil War ghost stories

Haunting ghost tales of the Civil War will be part of the John Brown Halloween Spectacular at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown's City Park on Friday, Oct. 16. 6 to 9 p.m. $5 per person. "Gen. Grant" discusses his life, the war and his family's connection to Brown. His wife, "Julia Dent Grant," will bring reproductions of garments worn during the Civil War- era. Children will have the opportunity to participate. Ann Griffith tells Civil War ghost stories relating to items in "The Unwritten War" exhibit. Art workshops on carving a white clay "bullet" and making a silhouette. Refreshments. Call 301-739-5727 or go to

Costumes in the park

The Park at Dark in Doub's Woods Park on Friday, Oct. 23, will feature low- to medium-level scares suitable for school-aged children (kindergarten to fifth grade). Includes scary stories, candy, hayrides, coloring contest, temporary tattoo parlor, spooky graveyard, Halloween photo opportunity and costume contests. Costume contests include scariest, funniest, youngest, oldest and best-of-show. Bring old, spare clothes, such as long-sleeved shirt and pants, to make scarecrows to take home. Youths and adults encouraged to wear costumes to the park. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Costs $5. Older family members may accompany participants free of charge. Limited space; preregistration required. Call 240-313-2805 or go to .

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