Haunted Houses and Spooky Happenings

Frights and Delights
Haunted Houses and Spooky Happenings

Everyone loves a good scare. Here's a few haunted treats to get you started:

Terror at Creekside Manor: 11759 Snug Harbor Lane, Williamsport. 301-223-6663. www.creeksidemanor.com. This haunted house is part of the KOA Kampground off Kemps Mill road and has been around for 5 years. It is owned and operated by John and Judi Durham and their son JC. Creekside Manor is a house with all the fixings to make your visit a real life horror. Mable and all of her friends will try their best to scare you out of your wits. Last year, Richard, Mable's brother, struck terror in visitor's hearts...this year Mable and her sister arrive for revenge!
When visitors arrive they will see an old two-story boarded up home and a hearse delivering a fresh body to the graveyard where fog rolls under your feet. Screams from inside the house will cause you to shudder and second-guess your confidence and amount of courage.

The Haunted Theatre: 128 East Martin Street, Martinsburg. 304-263-6766. www.apollo-theatre.org. This attraction takes you on a haunted tour of the theatre. During the tour you will walk the theatre to different rooms until you end up in the ballroom maze. Going into its third year, the Haunted Theatre is known for its original ideas and great scares.

Pumpkin Carving Contest and Ghost Stories: General Adam Stephen House, 313 E John Street Martinsburg. 304-267-4434. October 25 and 26 from 6-9pm.

Haunted Hager House Tours: Jonathan Hager House located in Hagerstown's City Park. 301-739-8393. www.hagerhouse.org. Tour one of the oldest residences in Hagerstown - our founding father - Jonathan Hager - and listen to and look for the spirits who have stayed behind. This event runs October 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 26 & 27, 2008 at 7, 8, & 9pm.

Ghost Walk: Fort Frederick State Park, Md. 56 near Big Pool. 301-842-2155. On October 25, a period-costumed guide will lead groups through "haunted" woods, inside the stone fort's walls, and into the barracks. Characters include soldiers from the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. The gates close at 9pm, so if you are in line before that, you will get to experience the Ghost Walk. Recommended for ages 6 and older. $5, ages 12 and older; $3, ages 6 to 11; and free for ages 5 and younger. Call 301-842-2155 for more information.

During Grim Reapings: set for September 25, learn about Early American burial customs and superstitions from the 17th century to early 20th century. This FREE lecture is being held at 7pm at the Jonathan Hager House located in Hagerstown's City Park. No reservations required. Hagerstown's City Park. Call 301-739-8393 or visit www.hagerhouse.org for more information.

Haunted Happenings: Hagerstown City Farmers Market, 25 West Church Street, Hagerstown. 301-739-8577 x183. Enjoy ghost stories from around Hagerstown beginning at 5am on October 20, 2008. Live with Lou is from 9-11am.

Oct. 24: Teens After Hours: Hancock War Memorial Library, 220 Park Rd, Hancock. 301-678-5300. Looking for something to do? Chill out at the Library after hours on October 24 from 7-9pm! Refreshments, music (bring your favorite CDs), games (check out our Wii games or bring your own), and yes, the computers will be available! Ages 12-18 only!

Ghost Tours of Harpers Ferry: Meet in the gravel lot beside the Swiss Miss Restaurant located on Potomac Street in old town Harpers Ferry. 304-725-8019. Ghost Tours are nighttime walking tours through the town of Harpers Ferry. They stop at different buildings and locations, tell you the ghostly story of that location, and, when it is known, share the history of what caused the spirit to remain behind. The tour lasts about an hour, however, guests who are interested in a Christian theory are invited to remain after the tours end for Christian-based theories and discussion. Starting Memorial Day weekend and running through the first weekend in November, tours are offered on both Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm. Suitable for all ages. Costs $5 for ages 5 and older. Flashlights encouraged. Reservations are required. Call 304-725-8019 or go to www.harpersferryghost.20m.com.

Manor Ghost Tale Tours: at Rose Hill Manor House in Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. 301-600-1650. www.rosehillmuseum.com. Lead by candlelit, learn local and traditional "ghost" stories, and learn about 19th century funeral rites and mourning rituals while touring the 200-year old house. Tours every 15 minutes from 7 to 9pm Saturdays, Oct. 11, 18, and 25. Tour lasts 45 minutes to one hour. Cost is $5 for 10 years through adult. For more information, call 301-600-1650.

Candlelight Ghost Tours of Frederick: Tour guides dressed in period attire lead visitors on a 90-minute excursion through the city's dark streets and alleyways for an informative, yet hauntingly fun adventure, in search of the infamous, the unknown and the unexplained. Tours are approximately 90-minutes in length and leisurely cover 1.2 miles. Tours start at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday nights, October 17th - November 8th and meet Brewer's Alley Restaurant and Brewery, 124 North Market Street, Frederick. Costs $8 for adults, $4 for ages 6 to 12, and free for ages 5 and younger. Call 301-668-8922 for more information.

Trick or Treat! This event is being held on Saturday, October 25 at Hagerstown's City Farmers Market, 25 West Church Street. 301-739-8577 x183. 5:00am. Vendors hand out treats to children 9-11am. Children can decorate their own trick-or-treating bags 9-11am while supplies last.

Halloween Storytelling: Fahnestock Barn in Waynesboro. 717-762-0373. renfrewinst@innernet.net. This event is taking place Wednesday, October 29 from 6:30-8pm. Annual evening of spooky tales featuring a guest storyteller. Bring flashlights.

Witchcraft! Jonathan Hager House & Museum is having a hair-raising event on Thursday, October 30 starting at 7pm. 301-739-8393. www.hagerhouse.org. The Jonathan Hager House & Museum is located in the City Park in Hagerstown. The witchcraft hysteria was not just limited to Salem! Learn about witches in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania.