Find a good scare this Halloween season

Wells Township HAUNTED HOUSE

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — With Halloween fast approaching, it’s normal to want to feel that fright and chill that come with the season.

The best way to do it? Go to to a haunted house or field.

A brand new venue

Fear Field is a one-of-a-kind haunted attraction that will be holding its grand opening Oct. 12. It will then be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the month of October.

According to Fear Field Director Paul Jefferies, this attraction is unlike a haunted house environment. Fear Field takes place outdoors, leading patrons through the woods on trails, adding to the terror, where they stumble upon various theatrical scenes that are certainly not designed for the faint of heart!

“So you and your friends want to take a walk in the woods at night and y’all stumble upon various shanties in the woods. It’s starting to sound like the beginning of a horror story,” Jefferies said, “But that’s what it is — Fear Field feels like you are in a horror movie.”

Jefferies says because of the outdoor environment Fear Field takes place in, a certain eeriness of the unknown combined with the anticipation of the awaiting scares is designed to put patrons on edge from the moment they purchase their tickets. That sense lasts until the end of the tour, given that they escape. He added that Fear Field is not intended for children 14 or younger and that the event is very interactive.

“You are part of the show,” he said.

Fear Field is located in Crescent, just a few minutes from Ohio Valley Mall outside St. Clairsville.

For those who are too afraid to brave the terrors of Fear Field, organizers are seeking volunteer staff members to join them in their haunt. For more information on how to become a Fear Field volunteer or to ask questions about admission, visit the Facebook page Fear Field Haunt.

A No. 1 regional attraction

Another local spooky attraction is the Wells Township Haunted House in Brilliant. According to Director Sean Norman, this old-style attraction has more than 10,000 square feet of scares and excitement. The outside atmosphere is one the most unique in the industry, featuring old favorite characters and live bands on the outdoor stage. The 170-plus-year-old building boasts its own haunted history, making it the desired destination of multiple paranormal investigators, Norman says on his website. The Wells Township Haunted House is known all over the country for its live action, misdirection and group interaction.

“Get ready to experience the most unique, most intense, most insane, high-energy, high-octane, live action haunted attraction you have ever seen,” Norman said about this destination.

Wells Township Haunted House is open Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 3. Norman said this is not a self-guided walk-through attraction. The guided tour will take you through the depths of the historic building, where you will see scenes and scares develop in some of the most unique setups you can imagine.

“Come see why the Wells Township Haunted House has been voted the No. 1 haunted attraction in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana,” Norman said.”

Scares behind bars

Across the Ohio River in Moundsville is another historic venue with an eerie past. The former West Virginia Penitentiary is a year-round destination for paranormal investigators and those interested in things macabre. During the Halloween season each year, the facility offers its Dungeon of Horrors haunted attraction. According the penitentiary website, more than 10,000 people attend annually.

Visitors can experience the horror of being locked in a cell and making their way through a frightening maze, where staff members are on hand to startle or guide you, as the situation dictates. General admission begins at 9 p.m., but an express entry option is available. tickets are available online for tours offered Oct. 12-13, 19-20, 25-28 and Oct. 31. Visit wvpentours for tickets or more information.