Beginning Friday, Oct. 19, Hershey Gardens will light up the night with more than 200 carved, illuminated pumpkins (50 more than last year!) for its annual Pumpkin Glow. New for this year, there will also be “live” appearances by various cartoon characters, including Disney princesses.
Kids 12 and under attending Pumpkin Glow, which is held over two weekends only, are encouraged to come in costume and bring a flashlight to trick-or-treat for candy at eight stations along the pumpkin-lined pathway. On all four nights, guests can walk along themed areas of jack-o-lantern displays, such as Haunted Happenings, Toons & Tales, Hero Headquarters, Halloween Zoo, Monster Mash and more; see whimsical scarecrows; and check out fall displays of gourds, pumpkins, straw bails and mums. For added fun, there’s a “Mad Scientists Lab,” located in the Educational & Horticultural Wing, where children and adults alike can check out a collection of live insects, including a tarantula, a whip scorpion, millipedes and hissing cockroaches.
There are some special activities planned for the second weekend of the Hershey Gardens attraction. On both Friday and Saturday evenings, Oct. 26-27, students from Lebanon County Career & Technology Center will demonstrate pumpkin carving techniques. Shorty’s funnel cakes will also be available both nights. On Friday night only, celebrity pumpkin carver Danny Kissel will showcase his intricately carved pumpkins and demonstrate how he carves pumpkins. Kissel, a self-taught carver, was featured on two episodes of Food Network’s “Halloween Wars.”
Pumpkin Glow will take place Oct. 19, 20m 26 and 27 from 6-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $9 for children ages 3-12, $12.50 for those ages 13-61, and $11.50 for ages 62+. Children 2 and under are free. This is a special after-hours event requiring a ticket purchase at the door or online at HersheyGardens.org.