West Virginia Penitentiary Para-Con

The West Virginia Penitentiary Para-Con is this Saturday July 20th at the former West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville from 11am to 8pm.

Celebrate the supernatural in one of America’s most haunted prison’s. Built in 1866 this gothic fortress was intended to lock away some of West Virginia’s most dangerous criminals. In its 129 years of operational history, this maximum security correctional facility saw 998 documented deaths including 94 executions at the hands of the state’s capital punishment laws. This left behind a powerful energy that many believe remains behind these bars, and many say that the lost souls of these inmates can still be heard from to this day!

Special guests, speakers, vendors, raffles, foot trucks, and ghost tours through the penitentiary.  An overnight paranormal investigation will offered after the convention ends for VIP guests.  Speakers include paranormal investigators and groups, psychic mediums, the owner of the Bellaire House, former penitentiary guards, and more.  One of the tours offered will be an “off limits” tour taking you to areas that have been off limits to the public for decades.

Some of the guests are Mike Goncalves and Doogie McDougal of the Tennessee Wraith Chasers from Haunted Towns on the Travel Channel, world famous psychic Rick Hayes, Paranormal Quest, Kristen Lee, Hidden Marietta Tour, and Adam “Glider” Bonnett.

Standard passes are $15.  VIP passes are sold out.  A special gallery event with medium Rick Hayes from 6pm-8pm at the at the site is available for $40 to get a psychic reading.

Interesting event for anyone interested in ghosts and the paranormal.

 

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The Haymond House Psychic and Metaphysical Fair

The First Haymond House Psychic and Metaphysical Fair on Saturday March 9th from 12pm-6pm at the William Edgar Haymond House Haunted in Sutton.  Co-Hosted by WV Seekers of Spirits.  The Haymond house is 125 years old.

There will be tarot readers, a late-night ghost hunt in the house from 10pm-2am, history talks, psychic readings, guided tours of the house, demonstrations, presentations, vendors, and more.

Those who will be available to readings and meeting include Reiki Master and herbalist Sherry L Ratliff, ghost investigator and author Jannette Quackenbush, psychic medium Chris Delaney, Master Psychic Aeson Knight, and S.P.O.O.K.E. Paranormal Society. 

Vendors include wand maker Tina Works Magic, pagan shop Curiouz Spirit, Feather and Bone Metaphysical Shop, and jewelry maker Vona’s Sparklin Ice.

The event has a $10 entry fee.  The late night ghost hunt is $35.  For $75 you can get VIP Gold Ticket, which gets you into the fair with no waiting, lunch, dinner, in-depth tarot reading from two masters, and into the public ghost hunt.  They will also have t-shirts for sell.

If you are into psychic phenomena or curious about, I would try to make a trip out to this fair.

Grave City Haunted Relic Expo

The 2nd Annual Grave City Haunted Relic Expo, brought to you be the Archive of the Afterlife (the National Museum of the Paranormal) is Saturday March 2nd from noon-6pm at the Archive of the Afterlife in Moundsville.

The event will have presentations, speakers, vendors, and more.

The speakers line-up is Eric Knapp, Adam Bonnett, Miranda Young, Kristin Lee, Stephen Tighe, Ross Allison, Tom Moore, and Bill Reap.  A concert by Matt Van Fossen will be at 5:30-6pm.  They will also have a Meet & Creep with a Freddy Kruger cosplayer doing photo-ops.

Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children, and free to those with military ID.  You will also get into the the Archive with your admission.

Nice gathering for fans of the paranormal who want to learn more.

The Grave City ParaCon has always been about not only educating those on the paranormal field and all that makes up it’s structure, but also promoting UNITY within the paranormal field. In the past the Grave City ParaCon has showcased instructional seminars, informational seminars, haunted relic seminars and presentations, meet & greets with high-profile individuals and even promotion of local businesses and independent representatives.

Archive of the Afterlife is located within the haunted, former Sanford School the mysterious Archive collection awaits your visit. The museum itself is a portal into a realm where history unites with mystery. The relics help illuminate the correlation of paranormal reports with factual historical representation thru research. The collection showcases a vast array of haunted, historical and cursed items ranging from embalming tables, caskets, idols, an iron bed frame from the Eloise Psychiatric Hospital and even an Execution Cap from the Former West Virginia State Penitentiary.

Bonus Round 2018

CharCon’s Bonus Round returns to the Days Inn and Suites in Flatwoods this Saturday September 15th and Sunday 16th, with Friday night pre-convention open gaming.  The event has expanded beyond its original RPG event to include more things to do.  Like a whole grouping for Mermaids, movie screenings, and guests.  Events are even spread out beyond just the hotel around Flatwoods and Sutton.

Guests at the con are actors Josh “TKO” Turner (The Walking Dead, Under the Dome), Kaylie Turner (The Walking Dead, Stranger Things), and Scott “Insane” Lane (The Walking Dead, Spider-man Homecoming), plus paranormal investigator, speaker, and author Dave Spinks.

Role Playing sessions for this include game from Pathfinder Society, SPARKS, and D&D Adventures plus games of Earthdawn Legends of Barsaive, Confluence META, and Warhammer 40k RPG. Other games include Play to win games from Double Exposure Envoy plus a few schedule board and card games, Aerodrome and Gaslands miniature games.

Non gaming events for this are costume contest on Saturday; panels with guests, mermaids, cryptids, world creating in RPGs, and more; a 21+ after party, retro arcade, Braxxie cosplayer, Ghostbusters, and vendors.  The Elk Theatre will screening the films The Flatwoods Monster and The Mothman on Friday and Saturday at 7pm.  Con attendees get in for $3; all others for $7.  Mermaid events are yoga, swimming at Sutton Lake, mermaid swim lessons at the hotel’s pool, and the like.

A full weekend gaming or Mermaid badge is $25, Sunday only $15, and children from six to twelve passes are $10.

Something for gamers, mermaids, paranormal fans, and other nerds who want to hang out with fellow nerds.

The 17th Annual Mothman Festival

The 17th annual Mothman Festival returns this weekend September 15th and Sunday 16th.  The event takes place on Main Street Pt. Pleasant and surrounding area.  The festival is an annual gathering that commemorates the mysterious visit of the “Mothman” in the 1960’s and is an event for all ages.  The combination of a convention and street fair.  The event itself is free, but certain events cost a little extra.

There will be plenty to see and plenty to do.  The even will have guest speakers, cosplay groups (501st Legion, Garrison Corellia, Ghostbusters from WV and Ohio with 40ft Stay Puff Marshmallow man, Men in Black, Bigfoot, Mothman costume), TNT Area Bus Tours, kick starter event on Friday night, covered wagon rides, Mothman hayrides, Mothman 5k, Lowe Hotel, the Mothman Museum, Mothman Statue, Mothman themed food items, live music, carnival games, face painting, Hillbilly Zip Line, an obstacle course. merchandise vendors, Fallout 76 fan event and giveaways from Bethesda, Mothman Pageant winners, and more to check out.

The panels on Men in Black, various cryptids, UFOs, the Battle of Point Pleasant, and more at the Historic State Theater.  On Saturday at 7pm at the , there will be a screening of the first installment of American Monster Tour, “Oklahoma Demon Flyer,” followed by a Q&A.  American Monster Tour is an independent documentary series investigating cryptids across America.  Other speakers include Ken Gerhard, Nick Redfern, and Lyle Blackburn.

Friday night on the September 14th, there will be a screening of three movies about small town monsters on the big screen at the State Theater starting at 6pm.  Admission is free.

I really do believe this is an event that everyone should experience at least once.  Lots to see and people to meet.

Scares for This October

Plenty of haunted houses and attractions, zombie events, ghost tours, and more around the state to enjoy this Halloween season.  Instead of doing a post for each one here is a few words about a few different ones to check out.

Scareview Ghoul School: Saint Albans, based out of the old Fairview Grade School, is a fund-raiser for local volunteer fire department.  Open mid September through the end of October.

Fright Nights WV: Daniels, award winning outdoor haunted attraction, features Appalachian Anarchy Haunted Trail, 3D Nightmare, Biohazard Lazer Tag, Spooky Gold, and Escape Rooms.  Every Friday and Saturday through October 28th.

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum: Weston, formerly the Weston State Hospital serving as a sanctuary for the mentally ill in the 1800’s.  Ghost Hunts, Paranormal tours, normal Heritage Tours, Haunted House, Zombie Paint Ball, and the Asylum Ball on October 21st.

Moundsville Prison/West Virginia Penitentiary: Moundsville, former Gothic style prison, Ghost Tours, Paranormal Investigations, Escape Room, Dungeon of Horrors, North Walk, Zombie Paintball, Kid’s Night October 23rd, and Family Night October 30th.

Dead Zone Haunted House: Charleston, successor to the Haunted Barn.  Attratcion with physical interaction.  Every Friday and Saturdays will have The Haunted Barn, The Asylum, and Sinister Sideshow, every Thursday night they will have The Darkness, live music, pro wrestling, and vendors.

Festival of Fright: Nitro, one night event on Saturday October 14th at Ridenour Lake from 4pm to midnight.  Will have an outdoor showing of Danny Boyd’s Chillers and Invasion of the Space Preachers.  Pumpkin carving, local artists, vendors, paranormal investigators, psychics, pumpkin races, haunted trail, zombie shoot, coffin ride, inflatables, and food.

Morgantown Zombie Walk: Morgantown, put on the by The Illusive Skull.  On Saturday October 21st, zombies gather at 7pm, walk starts at 8pm.  Will start at the Morgantown Farmers Market pavilion and go to the Morgantown Public Library.  After-walk part after that.  Raises money for charity.

Pecks Mill Haunted Trail: Chapmanville, four attractions for one price, Haunted Ride, Haunted Trail, Haunted Barn, and Haunted House and Basement. Every Friday and Saturday night from 8pm to midnight.  Has clowns.

 

 

 

 

16th Annual Mothman Festival

The 16th annual Mothman Festival returns this Saturday September 16th and Sunday September 17th in the heart of main street Point Pleasant.  The event is a combination of town fair, comic con, and paranormal conference.

Things to see and do at the festival include bus tour of the TNT area, visit the Mothman Museum and the other museums in the area, the Mothman Statue, live bands, cloggers,  face painting, games, Hillbilly Zip Line, obstacle course, meet the AIMS Team from Destination America’s “Mountain Monsters” show, Mothman hayrides, Mothman 5k, the Mothman Pageant, and general sights to see.
There is also presentations from guest speakers at the Historic State Theater for free.  There will be talks from paranormal professionals, artists, and authors on topics covering local events and history, 2017 Chicago Flying Humanoids Wave, Southern Sasquatch, Black Eyed Kids, portals, and more.  On Sunday they will have a round table discussion answering questions from the audience.

Special costume appearances from the 501st Legion Carrison Corellia, Ghostbuster chapters from both WV and Ohio (includes giant 40ft Stay Puft Marshmallow Man), Bigfoot, the Men in Black, the Flatwoods Monster, and of course the Mothman himself.  If you have a costume of your own you would like to wear they heavily encourage you get in on the fun.

You can also find vendors selling all kind of merchandise.  Artists, authors, crafters, foods of all kinds, lemonade, and more with a paranormal theme going on.

The festival is free, but some events and places do cost a small fee.  But just hanging out seeing and meeting people is totally free.

A great time if you are interested in the paranormal, county fairs, or something you could bring your norm family too.