Halloween activities this October

Halloween approaches


Nick Riles |


Halloween is near! Students of Radford University prepare for this year as we enter into the creepiest month of them all, leading up to that fateful night full of ghouls, ghosts, and goblins. What once was a nostalgic time of trick-or-treating and teepeeing houses on the mischievous night as youths has transformed to a gory, desensitizing, blood bath of emotional torture – I mean metaphorically, of course.

     These days, Halloween is about the tasteful scare and fun traditional experiences with friends. It would be worth checking out the different hallo-themed festivities Radford and its neighboring cities has to offer.

     Everyone has their preferences: You can enjoy the adrenaline rush of a good scare as much as I do, or be the kind of person who runs screaming through a haunted house. If you are not the “surprise me” kind, you can chill and treat your artistic side with many pumpkin patches to explore.

     Oct. 3-4, Sinkland Farms is featuring the annual Pumpkin Festival which takes place in Christiansburg and has been named the “Best Farm to Visit” by Blue Ridge County magazine. Other attractions include hayrides to the pumpkin fields where you can pick your own pumpkin to carve or bake as you please. There is a labyrinth of a corn maze to get lost in, farm animals to admire, and two stages of live musical performances. There are local arts and crafts for sale as well as acapella singing groups and performances by local dance troupes. You can even catch special features like performances from the Radford University Dance Clubs. With additional fees, you can even take horseback trail rides.

     Roanoke’s Jeter Farm Fall Festival & Country Store is also offered between Oct. 2 and Nov. 1. Bones Mill Franklin County offers The Red Barn Corn Maze and More Oct. 3, 10, 17 and the 24. Even the Doe Run Farm in Ararat will be doing something exciting! So regardless of your schedule, there is an available festival to be part of in the spirit of Halloween.

     There are a few different haunted houses to choose from, so you can find the right scare for you. As far as looking like you have seen a ghost, do not forget about the chilling haunted houses such as Radford’s local St. Alban’s Sanatorium featuring “Unchained” this year.     

     Other haunted sites include the Haunted Major Graham Mansion Attraction with their demented zombies, creepy clowns, mutilated mutants, and ghastly ghosts. The Gallows Dead Oak Hollow, Virginia’s #1 Haunted House, is relocating this year only 15 minutes away from Blacksburg. Now including four all-new attractions like Purgatory, Scarecrow’s Harvest, Inbred Jed’s Hospitality Shed, and the massacre at 266. It is just one price for the whole bundle open 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. every weekend this October. Do not miss the scream fest and make sure to have a horrifying Halloween with all the exciting choices this year.