Fun, Food, Music Highlight Area’s October Festivities

Spooky season is upon the capital city. With the cooler weather comes chili cook-off’s, races, Halloween festivals and much more. Here’s a look at just a few of the most family friendly events in and around the capital this Halloween month.

Tsubasacon is running its 16th annual convention at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center Oct. 11-13. West Virginia’s largest anime, gaming and cosplay convention is a “three-day convention that offers video and tabletop gaming, informative guest and fan panels, video programming, a cosplay contest and gatherings for fans of anime, video gaming, pop culture and more.” According to its website, tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door.

At the same time as Tsubasacon, FestivALL Fall is scheduled in both indoor and outdoor venues all over Charleston with everything from a Shakespeare production to a Harvest Art Fair.

The Clay Center is hosting its second annual Friends of Clay 5K at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. According to the Clay Center website, the race benefits the center’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Art & Math) education program. Live entertainment and family activities will be available in the front circle until noon.

If you want a chance to “come on down” and win prizes, you are in luck. “The Price is Right Live!” is coming to Charleston at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center. Tickets are on sale now!

The Clay Center’s annual Spooktacular is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19. The cost of regular admission to the Clay Center is $9 for adults and $7.50 for children. Those attending will be able to decorate trick-or-treat bags and walk their trick-or-treat trail, as well as take part in costume parades, science labs and spooky story times!

Close to home, State’s campus has scheduled the 2019 Mountain State A Capella Festival for Saturday, Oct. 26. It will take place in the auditorium in the Davis Fine Arts Building.

Also on Saturday, Oct. 26, the sixth annual Fall Y’all Chili and Wing Cook Off is scheduled in St. Albans. Food and beverage vendors, live music, a kid’s costume contest and free face painting are planned from 11a.m. through 5 p.m.

St. Albans business owner Michael Ervin is proud of the cook off.

“This is just a great way to bring people out in our community to show our love and our appreciation for everyone,” Ervin said. “St. Albans is really good about showing out when it comes to stuff like this. It’s great people, great chili, great wings, great music.”

“There is so much to do in and around this beautiful city, just go out and look for it,” Bobbie Spry, promotions and marketing director for West Virginia Radio Corp., said.

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Shannon O. Wells is the new advisor for the Yellow Jacket and adjunct instructor for the COMM 307-Writing for the Media class. Shannon comes to WVSU after a long and diverse career in journalism, communications, and public relations in West Virginia, Virginia, and Oregon.
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