CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History will host a Halloween Bash on Monday, Oct. 29, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The Halloween Bash is free and open to the public. All guests are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costume or Halloween attire.

 The Great Hall will be decorated with a gnarly-toothed monster, spider webs, an evil pumpkin man, bats, creepy critter eyes and scary trees. Kids can enjoy playing an array of seasonal games, including the spider web walk, mummy wrap and Halloween bean bag tosses.

Bethany Cline, Charleston actress and deputy commissioner for the department, will regale visitors with ghost stories and other tales of the macabre, including “The Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything” and “The Widow’s Broom” in the Library Commission’s reference library.

Prizes for best boy’s and girl’s costume will be awarded in three age categories. Fifth grade students and younger are eligible for prizes. Although costumes are optional, shoes and other cloaking attire are required. All visitors will be treated to light refreshments and holiday music like “The Monster Mash,” “Werewolves of London” and “Season of the Witch.”

For more information, call the Culture Center at (304) 558-0162.