It's October and that means people scaring the bejeebers out of each other. Hagerstown and its surrounding areas are full of haunted history, where ghosts and ghouls add to the daily hustle and bustle. Are you curious to whom haunts the Hager House? Interested in searching for the ghosts of the Civil War? Want to know who haunts The Pry House?
Pack your ghost buster gear and head out for the Halloween night of your life (or nightmares)!
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 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.
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. 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.
Downtown Hagerstown Ghost Tours: October 24, 7pm, Downtown Hagerstown. Call for more information & reservations. Call 301-797-8577 x 183 for more information.
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 at Renfrew Park in Waynesboro. 717-762-0373. firstname.lastname@example.org. Thrills and chills and spooky stories about "things that go bump in the night" will be on tap at Renfrew Institute's annual Halloween storytelling session taking place Wednesday, October 29 from 6:30-8pm. The stories will be suitable for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult. The program is free of charge and open to the public. Those attending should bring flashlights and dress for the unheated barn setting.
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.