Halloween events begin with ‘Pumpkin’ Saturday
The Halloween season is approaching. To celebrate, several events are scheduled in Berkeley Springs State Park with the donations benefiting local charities.
On Saturday, October 20, a pumpkin carving contest will be held in the park from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in three age groups.
Following the contest will be Pumpkinpalooza, a pig roast and music and dancing from 7 p.m. to midnight. Students from the School of Rock will perform as Ghouls of Rock and Dr. Matt Hahn will host a DJ dance party.
Proceeds from the pumpkin carving and Pumpkinpalooza will go to the Synergy Works Foundation. The Foundation is working to start a chapter of the Boys to Men mentorship program in Morgan County.
Some proceeds will go to Vets Journey Home, a nonprofit organization that runs a free weekend program designed to help heal the emotional wounds of military service.
The events are being organized by Jon Thomas, owner of the Lodge at Sleepy Creek, and Pamela Barton, owner of the Lion’s Lair.
Thomas said Boys to Men and Vets Journey Home were chosen as beneficiaries because they serve those who need assistance.
“These represent the two parts of our society in the greatest need right now – adolescents at risk and combat veterans,” Thomas said.
“I am delighted by the outpouring of support for this event. The Moose Lodge, multiple local businesses, area citizens, so many have stepped up to help make this event a success,” Barton said.
The organizers are seeking volunteers to help with the events. Anyone interested should call Pamela Barton at 304-258-0066.