Midnight at Moonville Halloween Festival

The Vinton County Convention and Visitors Bureau has teamed up with the also-local Moonville Rail Trail Association to put on the Midnight at Moonville Halloween-themed festival for the fourth year in a row. It will be held on Saturday 12 Oct. 2019 at the supposedly-haunted Moonville Rail Tunnel near Lake Hope State Park.

The festival will feature regional crafts people, local food vendors, presentations by historians, dramatic performances by storytellers, spooky wagon rides to the Moonville Cemetery, demonstrations of paranormal investigation methods and more.

There will also be scheduled performance by local musicians such as Todd Martin, Ben Davis Jr., Lincoln Mash, Steve Zarate and more.

Moonville itself self is now a ghost town and one of the very few standing Moonville structures is the rail tunnel. In 1856 the only way to Moonville was via the rail route. The narrow tunnel was extremely dangerous for pedestrians and many accidents occurred in and around the tunnel over the years—this is why some believe the tunnel to be haunted.
During the festival patrons will learn about the history of the area as well as the chilling legends that cropped up due to the dangerous rail tunnel. This is a rare chance to learn about the abandoned town of Moonville from an impressive panel of historians and storytellers.

Are you brave enough to stay until sunrise?

Treat-or-Treat Forecast 2015

Curious about what this weekend will bring? The Victor crew found out about what Halloween 2015 would be like:

The Weather Channel reports that we will likely have light rain in portions of the Great Lakes, middle Mississippi Valley and the Ohio Valley during daylight hours while the rest of the region will have sun and clouds.

Temperatures are expected to max out between 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit across the Midwest. They report that by the average trick-or-treating time most of the rain will be in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. Temperatures will drop as low as the 30s by Sunday morning in the far north and the 50s further south.

Sunset is estimated around 6:24pm

It is looking like costumes with warm and weather proof layers are going to be best in Ohio this year. Many disposable ponchos are transparent enough to see costumes through and fleece garments combined with weather-proof jackets are a great combo for keeping warm and dry. For those kids or parents who have waited until the last minute to get a costume together, incorporating something warm and weather-proof into your costume might not be a bad idea.

To warm up after your family’s sugar fueled adventure here is a simple, but delicious spiced apple cider recipe from well-known homemaking and crafting blog A Beautiful Mess:

“Needed: 4-5 cups apple juice, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, cinnamon sticks and apple slices to garnish.

In a small pot heat the apple juice, spices over low/medium heat. Stir often while the mixture is heating so the spices will blend into the juice (you don’t want any spice clumps). Once it’s hot pour into two mugs and garnish with apple slices and cinnamon sticks. Serve warm, while wearing a turtle-neck sweater (Note: turtle-neck sweater is optional).”

Jody Victor

Halloween on High in Ohio: HighBall Costume Party in Columbus’ Short North Arts District

USA Today called it one of the Top 10 costume parties in the country. FOX News called HighBall “the single most elaborate Halloween event in the country.”

This costume party was founded in 2008. It takes place on High St. in the fabulous Short North Arts District on High Street in Columbus, Ohio. The party began as a single night. The highlight being the party’s “Costume Couture Fashion Show”. Local teams of designers compete for the best costume – the cash prize isn’t a terrible motivator either! The party evolved to included a street party, live art and great stage performances. They’ve also included a public costume contest so the amateurs can get in on the action.

The party has now evolved into a 2-day event along with a month of programming that takes place HighBall Headquarters.

Jody Victor