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WORTH THE DRIVE: The Piatt Castles to get in on the Halloween fun in October

Three events will take place at the historic Logan County homes

The Piatt Castles in West Liberty are hosting three October events sure to please history enthusiasts and those who love the spooky Halloween season. 

The castles, named Mac-O-Chee and Mac-A-Cheek, are two stately homes built in Logan County during the 1800s. They have been house museums for more than a century. 

The fifth annual Heritage Day will be held on the ground of Mac-A-Cheek Castle, 10051Township Rd., in West Liberty on Oct. 6. The Greater Ohio Living History Association, WWII US Mech Forces HQ will return for the program, “GI’s and Jerry, Life at the Front.” CONTRIBUTED PIATT CASTLES

Military history 

The fifth annual Heritage Day will be held on the ground of Mac-A-Cheek Castle, 10051Township Rd., on Oct. 6. The Greater Ohio Living History Association, WWII US Mech Forces HQ will return for the program, “GI’s and Jerry, Life at the Front.” 

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The program will focus on living conditions for troops during the 1944 Moselle campaign in France. The free event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Veterans from any war will be given free admission to tour Mac-A-Cheek Castle from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

The grounds of the Piatt Castles in West Liberty are the sight of community events, Shakespeare plays and weddings. Interpretive signs guide visitors through the history of the Piatt family. Pictured is Mac-O-Chee, a 8,000 square-foot-home built by Donn Piatt. LISA POWELL / STAFF (Lisa Powell / Staff)

Gothic literature 

The nearby Mac-O-Chee Castle, 2319 State Rt. 287, will host two ghostly programs focused on 19th century gothic literature. 

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Sansami Creative Works will perform “When the Cross is Made” by Eugene O’Neill Oct. 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. The one act play will be performed on the third floor of the castle. Tickets are $5 and support Sansami Creative Works. 

Space is limited. For tickets and more information: www.Sansamicw.com 

The 18th annual program, Ghost and Goblines: Literature to Scare and Delight, will take place at the Piatt Castles in West Liberty Oct. 27 and 28. CONTRIBUTED PIATT CASTLES

Halloween fun 

Ghost and Goblins: Literature to Scare and Delight will be held Oct. 27 and 28 at Mac-O-Chee Castle. The program begins at 4:30 p.m. with outdoor autumn games popular in the 1880s. Inside the castle, scenes from Frankenstein, Dracula and goblin poems will be read by James Whitcomb Riley. 

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The history and customs of Halloween, a dark cellar walk, trick or treating and, weather permitting, a bonfire will be held on the grounds. 

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Children under 5 are not encouraged to attend. The fee will support literary programs at the Piatt Castles. 

For more information: http://www.piattcastles.org/Home.html

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