Things that go bump in the night will have quite a bit of company Saturday night in Big Stone Gap, and elsewhere in Wise County, mostly from people looking for things that go bump in the night.
Southwest Virginia’s homegrown Black Mountain Paranormal Society, a group that investigates reports of spectral activity around the region, will lead ghost tours of the June Tolliver House and the John Fox Jr. Museum in Big Stone Gap.
First up, however, is the presentation of psychic Justin Chase Mullins to a group of about 50 people at the John Fox Jr. Museum, beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Mullins is a native of Clintwood now residing in Kingsport.
Only a few tickets remain for the “gallery reading” by Mullins that BMPS member Holly Mullins said is a case of Justin Chase Mullins “picking up” on psychic signals from individuals in the audience and relating his “readings” to those individuals.
Ghost tours of the museum and the June Tolliver House begin at 8 p.m. For $10, a ticket-buyer can seek ethereal encounters at both places.
While the BMPS group is giving tours, caretakers of the June Tolliver House will be conducting a frightfully good time of their own with a bonfire, a local ghost storyteller spinning spooky tales, and the works.
Local photographer/author Becky Botts Arnott will talk about her book, “Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind,” and show off some of her photo anomalies of a possibly spectral nature.
At the opposite end of Wise County, folks in St. Paul will show how lively zombies can be when it comes to supporting their local library.
The Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library and Cathy Mays State Farm Insurance will host a Zombie Prom from 6-8 p.m. in the old St. Paul High School gymnasium.
Everyone is invited to dress up in their fashionably zombified best for food, fun, prizes and music for a donation of $5 or more. All proceeds benefit the library.
A king and queen zombie will be crowned and prom pictures will be available. Zombie crowd control is not a strong zombie trait, but all zombie children under 12 must be accompanied by a zombie adult.
And in yet one more frightfully fun fling Saturday in Wise County, the Student Virginia Education Association at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise will host a “Pick a BOO-k!” Halloween Carnival for children 12 and under from noon to 2 p.m. at the college’s Greear Gymnasium.
The cost is $5 per child, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults who accompany children are admitted free. Children are welcome to come in costume but the organizers ask no costume be of a very scary variety because little ones will be present. Costumes will be provided for children who desire.
The event will include a silent auction on gift baskets, and children will play Halloween games, make crafts and visit the SVEA’s Pumpkin Patch to select pumpkins and books. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.