Once a community center in the city of Weston, the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum will once again be alive with activity during the month of October. With a variety of activities available, there is sure to be something for everyone.
The grounds will play host to a haunted house "The Asylum: Ward 24," a family friendly Fall Festival, heritage and paranormal tours and the Witches Ball.
Starting after sunset Oct. 1, the haunted house, "The Asylum: Ward 24," will give guests a look into lives of most volatile asylum patients. This haunted house will operate the entire month of October on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from sundown until 10 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from sundown until midnight.
Admission is $15 and advance tickets will be available online. This haunted house is not for the faint of heart, and any guest younger than the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
On the second weekend in October, the front lawn will be busy with the activities of the fourth annual Fall Festival. This free event will offer live family friendly entertainment by such bands as Sons of Thunder, Praiz'n Jesus, The Vintage Sound, B.O.L.D., Meaningful Gnames, and Matt James and the Progressive Notes. There will be a car show presented by Summer Knights Cruzin' Car Club and a jeep show with RTI ramp demonstrations by West Virginia Jeep Club for guests to enjoy.
For a look into the past, guests can stroll through a pre-1840s encampment with living history demonstrations. Children will have the opportunity to participate in activities such as a builder's workshop, sponsored by Lowe's, and a pumpkin toss.
For a small fee, visitors will have a chance to enjoy the view from a hot air balloon on Saturday and Sunday evenings. A variety of vendors will be set up with food and crafts for sale. This will run from Oct. 8-10.
For a complete schedule of events, visit www.TALAWV.com/ff.
For those interested in the paranormal side of the asylum, there will be several opportunities for guests to experience it for themselves. Every Wednesday during the month of October there will be a two-hour paranormal tour. This is by reservation only and costs $40 per person.
Each Friday and Saturday there will be an overnight ghost hunt for those looking to investigate for their own evidence of paranormal activity. These tickets are by reservation only and cost $100 each.
Both of these types of tours sell out and TALA recommends placing reservations well in advance.
Heritage Tours will be available six days a week and offer visitors a history of the operating hospital. There are two tours available and will operate from noon until 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. Saturday tours will be offered from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. The last tour of each day leaves two hours before close. First floor tours are $10 and fourth floor tours are $30.
The second annual Witches Ball is the region's premier Halloween celebration. Admission is free to this Oct. 30 event until 6 p.m. From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., participants can enjoy live music and children's activities. At 3 p.m. there will be a Children's Costume Contest.
As the sky grows darker, so will the music. Live, heavy metal music will echo across the grounds. Vendors will include tarot card readers, psychics, food and jewelry.
At 11 p.m. there will be an adult costume contest with first prize as $400 and four tickets to spend that night within the asylum walls. Tickets are $25 per person. Those who bring two canned food items for the local food pantry will receive $10 off the admission price.
Advance tickets are available for $15 online at www.TALAWV.com/WB.
Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the National Historic Landmark. All events are an effort to keep the building open for future generations to enjoy.
TALA is also dedicated to bringing economic growth to Lewis County by promoting local businesses and area attractions.