By Jewlina Matthews, Contributing Writer
It is almost that time for pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, and watching horror movies! Halloween is a holiday for people of all ages; it isn’t just the holiday you remember from a stomachache the morning after eating too much candy as a child. It is the holiday for starting new traditions like baking pumpkin seeds, going to haunted houses with your friends, and exploring corn mazes.
In West Liberty’s endeavors to make the holiday fun for all ages, campus activities posted events on their online calendar. Campus activities set up numerous Halloween themed events on their calendar. This year, the 4-H club is hosting the first annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Each pumpkin costs five dollars and must be picked up by Wednesday, Sept. 30.
The sorority, Alpha Xi Delta is selling tickets to the Moundsville Penitentiary until Oct.2. The proceeds from Oct. 2 go to Alpha Xi Delta’s philanthropy, Autism Speaks. Attending the penitentiary is the perfect spooky way to celebrate Halloween, while donating to charity.
Campus Activities have filled the last two weeks of October with Halloween fun. A paint and sit is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct.21 8 p.m. in the Alumni room, kicking off the celebration. Tuesday, Oct. 27 you can get both healthy Halloween treats and s’mores in the same day.
West Liberty Paranormal will lead the Boyd Haunted House on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 10p.m. Another tour will be given Thursday, Oct. 29 at 9 p.m. This is a great opportunity to learn of the paranormal that lurks around campus. In Wheeling, children will trick-or-treat Thursday night Oct. 29 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Halloween extravaganza comes to a close on the Hilltop with the Haunted Halloween dance Friday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m.
If you’re looking for corn mazes Nicky’s Garden Center is said to have a corn maze and pumpkins. They are right over the hill, located on Bethany Pike. If you’re willing to travel a little further for the sake of Halloween fun, Trax Farms does hay rides and always has their four acre corn maze during their fall festival.
This year, the fall festival will be from Oct.2 to Oct. 30 on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Take the scenic evening hayride of the farm and pick out your own pumpkin. Then enjoy the adventure through the corn maze.
Attend this celebration of Halloween this year both on and off campus! Create new traditions! Happy Halloween!