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Spookyville Comes to Valley Park

Valley Park got spooky this past weekend with a two-day Halloween. Spookyville was held on October 22 and 23, featuring so many frightfully fun activities that it was downright scary.

A fire pit was set up in the big field, and Bethany Adkins of the Putnam County Library told spooky stories around the campfire. Children could make slime and ghost lantern crafts in the craft tent, and a bounce house and slide gave them even more fun things to do. A craft fair took place under the big shelter, providing shopping opportunities for parents and other guests.

On Saturday morning, there was a 5K run/walk, with half of the proceeds going to the Putnam Wellness Coalition and WV Human Resources Department Foundation.

On both evenings, the Lincoln County Cloggers dressed up in Halloween-themed costumes and danced to seasonal favorites such as “Thriller” and “Monster Mash.” Magician Joey Stepp put on a magic show, asking members of the audience to volunteer on stage.

Towards the end of each night, families lined up to go on the Haunted Trail around the pond. The trail offered treats but no tricks, with costumed volunteers with the Story Booth Characters giving out candy at various stations on the trail. Each volunteer stood beside a painted door featuring decorations inspired by the fairy tale character they were portraying to simulate the experience of actually going trick or treating.

Other activities held over the weekend included a costume contest, hayrides, obstacle course, and Halloween movie showings.

The event was very well received, with many area families coming out to enjoy two evenings of family friendly Halloween activities.

The Lincoln County Cloggers put on a Halloween-themed performance. (Photos by Betsy Allen)
Bethany Adkins of the Putnam County Library reads spooky stories around a fire pit. (Photos by Betsy Allen)
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