Fun, family-friendly events planned to jump-start your fall


TAYLOR COUNTY—There is a chill in the air, and that means one thing, fall is officially here. In the upcoming weeks, the community of Taylor County has many family-friendly events planned to celebrate the season.

On Friday and Saturday, October 19-20, head out to Tygart Lake State Park for the Annual Terror on The Tygart-Haunted Hayride event.

The event is hosted by the Tygart Lake State Park Foundation. The hayride is family friendly with only a $3 admission.

The weekend is sure to be loads of fun for the whole family with a live band on Friday to a costume contest on Saturday.

Attendees will also be able to enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, monster bash munch (candied popcorn), hot dogs, burgers and much more!

More information about this spooky fun event will be featured in Wednesday’s edition of the Mountain Statesman.

Then on Saturday, October 20, be sure to head out to West Taylor Elementary School for their 7th Annual Fall Fest from noon to 4:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The event is a great way for families to celebrate fall with hayrides, games, face painting, cake walks and many more activities.

There will also be basket raffles and a chance to win a 60” Hisense 4K UHD TV with HDR and more.

This is the PTO’s largest fundraising event and the monies go to field trips, curricular supplements, family nights, end-of-year fun day and more.

Also, on Saturday, October 20, Flemington Elementary School will be hosting their Annual Fall Festival from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the community.

These will be amazing baskets that teachers and students have worked hard to put together that will be raffled at the event.

Families will be able to enjoy fun games, great food, the haunted hallway, a cake walk and so much more. Money raised from the event will help fund field trips and other activities for students.

Monday, October 22, the Anna Jarvis Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization is sponsoring a Trunk or Treat that is free to Anna Jarvis families, at 6:00 p.m.

Students will check in by grade level and will be given a bag to collect their treats. There will also be allergy friendly treats for those that need them.

During the event there will be a costume contest with prizes.

Parents are welcome to decorate their trunks but must pre-register by October 9 to do so.

The school is also holding a candy drive until Friday, October 19, for the event. All candy donations may be dropped off in the collection boxes in the front lobby. All candy must be unopen.

In addition, the school ask that students keep the school policies in mind when choosing their costumes, and parents must accompany their child. More information about the event and to RSVP will be sent home to parents.

Also, on Monday, Rosewood Center, located at 8 Rose Street, will be hosting a Halloween party at 6:00 p.m.

This spooky great time is free and open to the public and is for children ages toddler to fifth grade. Guests will be able to get some sweet treats and enjoy refreshments.

If you have questions, please call Pauline Retherford or Jonathan Bolyard or 304-265-0095.

Then Friday, October 26, Message of Freedom Ministries will be hosting its annual trunk-or-treat from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

The night will be filled with games, bouncy houses, prizes, food and candy. The event is free and open to the community. Organizers ask please no bloody or gory costumes.

Then on Wednesday, October 31, the big night is here for all the ghouls, goblins and witches to come out.

Many residents can start their trick-or-treat night with Taylor Health Care Center.

The center will be hosting trick-or-treating from 5:00-6:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Also, many community members and business owners will be downtown for the annual Trunk-or-Treat event hosted by the Grafton CVB, on Wednesday, October 31, from 5:00-6:00 p.m.

For those in the Knottsville area be sure to head out to the Knottsville United Methodist Church, where they will be sponsoring a Trunk or Treat event from 5:30-7:00 p.m. They will be serving hot apple cider and cookies.

Then, get ready to see trick-or-treaters line the streets of Grafton and head door to door hoping to get some sweet treats from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

With so many wonderful events planned for the community it’s sure to be a fun beginning to fall.


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