No tricks, just treats at Mercer Monster Mash

Last updated: October 26, 2016

Halloween night in Mercer County is magically entertaining and full of spirit. From the brisk chill of the air to the sounds of children laughing and playing, it is a don’t-miss night in Southern West Virginia.

The Mercer Monster Mash will take over the downtown area of Princeton. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.  Make sure you get to the downtown area early to get a good parking spot. A tradition on Halloween night, the Mercer Monster Mash is a favorite with locals and visitors from all over Southern West Virginia.

Children will love the candy and teenagers can walk through the haunted house.  At 10:30 p.m., movie lovers can sit back and relax with their favorite movie “Nightmare before Christmas.”  There is even something for paranormal fans at Gary Bowling’s House of Art. Moon Lit Paranormal will conduct an investigation on site.

Here is  complete schedule for Halloween night:

6-8 p.m. – Trick or Treat on Mercer Street!  Downtown merchants will be open late to pass out treats and feature special activities. Make sure you bring a bucket or bag to collect candy. This is the main event!  We can’t wait to see all the superheroes, princesses  and ghosts come out to play.

6-8 p.m. – Life-Sized Candyland at Princeton Public Library. Love the classic game? Here is your chance to participate in a larger than life version.

6-8 p.m.- There will be 24 pumpkins scattered throughout Mercer Street. Find all 24 and return them to the Golden Rule table.

6-8 p.m.- Ignotum Skate Troupe Demos

8 p.m. –  Costume Contest on The Town Square Stage hosted by Doc Atwell and Star-95

8 p.m -midnight- MOON LIT Paranormal investigation of Gary Bowling’s House of Art.

8:30 p.m.- Creepy Open Mic in The Room Upstairs at The RiffRaff Arts Collective

10:30 p.m- “Nightmare Before Christmas” in The Turnaround.

You can visit the Haunted House at ResCare all evening.  Admission is $2 per person.

What to bring:

Make you bring cash for food and drinks. Dress warm! For more information, visit

Also, remember traditional Trick or Treat will also be from 6-8 p.m. in Princeton, Bluefield and Mercer County.  Please drive with care.