WHEELING, W.Va. – West Virginia Independence Hall (WVIH) in Wheeling will host their Halloween bash on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. All ages are invited to a fun-filled afternoon of crafts and treats. Attendees are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costumes, and light refreshments will be served. The family friendly event is free and open to the public.

The theme this year is the skull. Wheeling is an English corruption of the Delaware word, Weel-lunk. Weel-lunk means literally "Place of the Skull" in the Indian Delaware language. Crafts will be available on the lower level of WVIH.  All children who attend the party will receive a complimentary Halloween treat bag with goodies to take home.

For more information about the event, contact Debbie Jones, site manager at WVIH, at (304) 238-1300 or

West Virginia Independence Hall has been on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) since 1970. It was originally built as a federal custom house in 1859, served as the home of the pro-Union state conventions of Virginia during the spring and summer of 1861 and as the capitol of loyal Virginia from June 1861 to June 1863. It also was the site of the first constitutional convention for West Virginia. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1988, the museum is maintained and operated by the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History, with the cooperation and assistance of the West Virginia Independence Hall Foundation. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, with the exception of major holidays. The museum is located on the corner of 16th and Market Streets in Wheeling.