What’s spookier than a ghost or a vampire? Not planning far enough in advance to get in on all the Halloween fun being offered in Harrisburg, Pa. this month. The area has a wide variety of special events going on, from haunted attractions to scary exhibits at museums. For families and singles alike, it’s a month full of treats (and tricks). Here are a few can’t-miss events.
Hear a Yarn or Two
The “Out of the Ordinary Tales for Halloween” will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 25 at Fort Hunter Centennial Barn, where storytellers will regale the audience with tales of Halloween trickery. Kids may also enjoy the “Spooktacular Tales” event Oct. 19 at Strawberry Square in Harrisburg, where Gamut Classic Theatre’s Shakesperean trained actors will spin stories that will make kids’ hair stand on end.
Thrills and Chills
The best-known scarefest in the Harrisburg area is Field of Screams, which is voted the top haunted attraction in the area by numerous groups each year. Located just outside of Harrisburg, it offers live entertainment including local bands as well as the haunted experience. Jason’s Woods in nearby Millersville is another thrill-a-minute spooktacular.
Those looking for a more low-key, family-friendly outing might enjoy Happy Hauntings at Dutch Wonderland, a local theme park, or Hersheypark in the Dark, an annual tradition at the Hershey amusement park. Both include rides and games.
Museums, Exhibits and Food
Whether your passion is woodworking or crafting, you’ll appreciate the intricately designed pumpkins, all 150 of them, on display at Hershey Gardens on Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26 for the Pumpkin Glow event. Those who like their fun indoors can try the Trunk-or-Treat at the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum on Oct. 26.
Bube’s Brewery in Mount Joy offers a fun murder mystery program on Fridays and Saturdays in October. Figure out who did it before the entrée arrives. And Rookie’s Sports Bar & Grille in Harrisburg will host a Halloween costume party and Latin dance party. It doesn’t happen till Nov. 1, which means plenty of time to enjoy all the other Halloween activities in the area first.