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Celebrating Fall and Getting Ready for the Holidays 

Posted: October 15, 2022, 3:34PM
Celebrating Fall and Getting Ready for the Holidays 

October is an exciting month around Wheeling. Between fall fairs, and Halloween celebrations, there’s no shortage of things to do in the area. We’ve put together a list of programs and events that are worth checking out this month!

But first... October is also the time to start thinking about the holidays. Get a jump start on preparations now so you can breathe a little easier once Thanksgiving and Christmas are actually here! There’s no need to stress because there are a ton of local organizations ready to lend a hand.

Let's have a look at what’s on offer!

Holiday Help

Could you use a little extra support for this coming holiday season? Now is the time to start signing up for food and gift programs that are offered locally. Many of the organizations that offer support start accepting registration in October.

The easiest way to access information about who’s offering what is to dial 2-1-1 on your phone and speak to someone about your specific needs. You can also go online and search for services.

2-1-1 West Virginia is a comprehensive database of support services around the state. Call 2-1-1 or visit their website to get the exact information you need.

House of the Carpenter’s Christmas Kids

It's time to register for Christmas Kids with the HoC! Everyone who qualifies for this special program will get clothing and an item or two from their wish list.

All kids deserve to feel the magic of the Christmas season. The Wheeling community comes together every year to fill the town with joy and laughter. Your neighbors look forward to shopping for your children and grandchildren!

Sign ups for Christmas Kids opens this month! On October 11, 13, 18, and 20 you can go to HoC between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. to register. Before you go, head over to the HoC Facebook page for a complete list of what’s needed to sign up.

October Events 

Looking for something to do as the leaves change and the weather cools down? Join us for these special events!

East Wheeling Clayworks

October 7 – 9 | Oglebay Park

Come check out the delightful array of new pots! There will even be a ceramic pumpkin patch!

This event is part of Oglebayfest, in Tent P24.

Ohio County Country Fair

October 7 –  October 9 | Oglebay Park

It’s the 39th Annual Fair! Admire the fruit and vegetable entries, flower arrangements, and carved pumpkins. Plus, the 4-H’ers will have some impressive exhibits, including livestock.

Get the full schedule.

Halloween Carnival

October 8 | Schrader Environmental Education Center | $10/kid

Register in advance for this spooky event for the kids. There will be a haunted hallway and dance room, a live animal meet-and-greet, a visit from the Mad Scientist, and Halloween themed games!

It’s all happening from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Wheeling University Homecoming & Family Weekend

October 7 – 9 | Wheeling University

Alumni, parents, family, and friends – everyone is invited to celebrate with Wheeling University! There will be tons of fun activities, including:

  • movies on the lawn
  • scavenger hunts
  • a tailgate party
  • disc golf
  • volleyball & soccer games
  • a bounce house for the kids
  • …and more!

The best part is that most of the activities are free!

Village Fall Festival

October 15 | Bethlehem Community Park

Members of the Fall Fest invite you to join them for a day at the park! Enjoy crafts, food, and inflatables for the kids. Spend the day celebrating your community and having fun with the family. 

Free Outdoor Chili Roast

October 15 | Mt. Olivet UMC

Meet up with friends (or make new ones!) while enjoying free, delicious home-made chili at this outdoor evening event. Head over to the Mt. Olivet UMC firepit to enjoy.

Halloween Special: Ah-hoo! Werewolves of Wheeling!

October 25 | Ohio County Public Library

Head down to the library to enjoy 5 spooky stories about werewolves prowling around Wheeling! There will also be a costume contest, food, music, and other surprises- You're guaranteed a howling-good time!

Call 304-232-0244 for more info.

Transportation Options

Need a lift to attend these events? Find a detailed bus schedule.

Fall is a great time to celebrate together! We hope to see you around!

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