West Virginia October 05, 2015
The 9 Most Terrifying, Spooky Places To Visit In West Virginia This Halloween
From a prison to a psychiatric facility and a university to an abandoned theme park, West Virginia has some really creepy places. There are many reported ghost sightings all over the state.
Here are some of the most terrifying, and a list of when you can visit them in time for Halloween.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. West Virginia University
At WVU, residents of Boreman Hall claim to have encounters with ghosts. One woman claims a ghost hid her toothbrush and then later put it on her pillow. She also claimed the ghost would flicker the lights on and off and turn door handles. Others have reported hearing furniture being moved above them, even though they were on the top floor. And that’s just one of the supposedly haunted places at WVU.
To find out more, consider participating in a ghost tour. West Virginia’s Spectral Heritage will host is annual ghost tour of the campus on Oct. 31 from 7 to 9 p.m. The tour starts in the Mountainlair and includes ghost stories and context about their history.
Parkersburg is said to be home to ghosts and other supernatural beings and the site of an alien spaceship landing. There's a ghost tour this year if you're interested in hearing more. Ghost tours are being held every Friday and Saturday in October. Tours meet at 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Blennerhassett Hotel.
3. Harpers Ferry
Harpers Ferry was an important city during the Civil War. and like other historical cities, is reported to have lots of ghostly activity. If you’re looking for something spooky to do this Halloween, there is a ghost tour of the city. The website describes the tours as family friendly and not too scary. More information is available here.
Read more here.
4. The abandoned Lake Shawnee Amusement Park
An abandoned, reportedly haunted amusement park in Rock, West Virginia. The park is planning its Dark Carnival, to be held on from 8 to midnight Fridays and Saturdays in October. There’s a photo and history tour and a "Lake Nightmare” staged haunted event.
5. The Haunted Barn in Charleston
Just because it’s not real, doesn’t mean it’s not terrifying. The Haunted Barn on Charleston’s East End will scare you to death. The staff have been their art for nearly 15 years.
It's open for much of October and on Nov. 5. For more information,
visit their Facebook page.
Guyandotte is a very historic town, and as such, is reported to be haunted. One such ghost, dubbed the “Lady in Black,” was reported as early as 1905 in a former newspaper. According to reports, the woman wore black and was seen walking along the street with people.
Guyandotte has two ghost tours in time for Halloween.
7. Camden Park
This amusement park is kind of spooky anyway, and it's rumored to be haunted. But on Halloween, look out! The park’s annual Halloween “Spooktacular” will be on Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 11 p.m. in October.
8. The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
No proper list of terrifying places in West Virginia is complete without the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. It’s a former psychiatric hospital in Weston that dates back to the Civil War and has a lot of ghost stories of the people that passed while it its care. The facility is now decommissioned and is used as a tourist attraction. There are many different options for visiting, including a ghost hunt that lasts all night!
Click here for more information.
9. The West Virginia Penitentiary
The Penitentiary was the site of a riot, numerous executions and murders. It was decommissioned in the 1990s, after a Supreme Court ruling found the prison’s cell size was “cruel and unusual punishment." Check out
West Virginia Penitentiary Tours
for more information about when tours are available.
Have you been to any of these places on Halloween before? Do you plan to go to any of them this year? Let me know in the comments.
Also let me know if there’s anywhere I missed!