By SHANNON WATKINS
It’s time once again to get spooked, startled and scared … no, not from looking at your Christmas bills, that’s coming in January. We’re talking about Halloween and all the frightfully entertaining things you can enjoy leading up to the big night.
Fairlawn’s old St. Albans Hospital is now home to the St. Albans Sanitorium, although it’s pretty hard to say how sanitary (or sane) you’ll find the conditions there … if you’re brave enough to go. Their latest theme is “Fairytale Nightmare,” available for your fright and delight every Friday and Saturday night in October, as well as November 1-2, from 7 p.m.-midnight. Parking is free; admission is $10 per person. St. Albans Sanitorium is located at 6248 University Park Dr. in Radford (past the entrance to Wheatland Hills but before the bridge). For more information, call 260-3111 or visit http://stalbans-virginia.com/.
The Haunted Graham Mansion in Max Meadows offers thrills, chills and screams in the historic antebellum mansion, featuring such ghastly diversions as the Spooky Trail and the Bloody Barn. The tour runs every Friday and Saturday in October and Nov 1-2, starting at 7:30 p.m. (gates and ticket booth close at 10:30 p.m.). Kids 7 and under not admitted, kids aged 8-14 must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is $15 per person Oct. 4-5 and Nov. 1-2 and $20 per person Oct. 11-12, 18-19 and 25-26. There is no refund for admission. The Haunted Graham Mansion is located at 2115 Major Grahams Rd. in Max Meadows. For more information, call 276-284-0006 or visit http://majorgrahammansion.com/haunted-graham-mansion-attraction/.
Christiansburg’s Gallows: Foundry of Fear is bills itself as “Virginia’s most terrifying haunted house.” We can’t find any evidence to back that ghoulish claim up … perhaps because we couldn’t find any survivors? Open every Friday and Saturday in October, plus Nov 1-2 and Halloween night. Tickets are sold from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Admission is $15 per head and $20 for a VIP pass, which gives line jump privileges when it’s busy. No one under 17 is admitted to the Gallows. The Gallows is located at 137 Warren St NW in Christiansburg. For more information, call 998-FEAR or visit http://www.fearthegallows.com/.
Sinkland Farms in Christiansburg offers, along with its kid-friendly Pumpkin Festival and corn maze, the Corn Maze After Dark, when more than corn will pop out at you. Is that rustling noise just the wind? Or did your group just get a new … friend? Open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Admission is $5 per person; tickets are available at the farms’ Cottage Shoppe. A flashlight is required. The Corn Maze After Dark is located on Sinkland Farms at 3020 Riner Rd. in Christiansburg. For more information call 382-4640 or visit http://www.sinklandfarms.com/pumpkinfestival.html.
The Radford Theatre will offer the delightfully campy and ever-flamboyant Rocky Horror Picture Show, featuring the Tolls of Madness performing live. If you haven’t got a water pistol, toast or any of the other accoutrements, have no fear: Rocky Horror Show Survival packs will be available for $2 each (and you can do the Time Warp for free). The movie will be shown Oct. 19 and 26 at midnight. Admission is $6. The Radford Theatre is located at 1065 E. Main St. In Radford. For more information, call 639-0772 or visit http://www.radfordtheatre.com/showtimes.html.