This final week before Halloween is filled with special events and activities offering lots of spooky fun, both in our area and in our neighboring cities, Philadelphia and Baltimore. Here’s a rundown:
Thursday, Oct. 25
“Shock the Block” Trick-or-Treat Night
201 Rock Lititz Blvd., Lititz
Companies in Pod 2 at Rock Lititz use their world-renowned creativity and special effects to create an indoor array of activities, including trick-or-treating throughout the building, fall-themed crafts, games for kids of all ages, a Shock Zone for older kids, hayrides around the Rock Lititz campus, and more. Food and drink are available for purchase. Tickets at the door are $10. Children under 2 are admitted free.
Trick-Or-Treat at the Governor’s Residence
2035 N. Front St., Harrisburg
The courtyard will be decorated with all things Halloween, and for those brave enough, there will be a haunted walk-through tent. As always, members of Gov. Wolf’s staff will be decked out in costume to hand out candy. FREE.
Friday, Oct. 26 & Saturday, Oct. 27
Halloween “Ghost” Lantern Tours at Crystal Cave
963 Crystal Cave Road, Kutztown
Guides, wearing Victorian clothing, present the original Crystal Cave tour from the 1870s. Hear folklore, ghost stories, and history of Crystal Cave guided by the glow of hand-held lantern light. Call 610-683-6765 for reservations. 6 p.m. Friday and 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
Adults $20, children age 8-11 are $12.
Saturday, Oct. 27
Halloween in the Market
Reading Terminal Market
51 North 12th St., Philadelphia
9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Grab your costumes and take the whole family down for Trick-or-Treating throughout the Market with participating merchants handing out candy and allergy-friendly treats. Plus there will be a Halloween-themed storytime at the Book Nook behind Miller’s Twist from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and caramel apple making and pumpkin carving demos at City Kitchen from 11 a.m. to noon. Free.
BOO-Seum Bash: Celebrating Frankenstein
Port Discovery Children’s Museum
35 Market Place, Baltimore, Md.
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Have a shockingly good Halloween at Baltimore’s ultimate Halloween party for kids and families. Dress as your favorite character – and join in fun, interactive and mischievous fun celebrating Frankenstein through science activities that will put a spark in your Halloween fun. Tons of special activities and experiments planned. $15.95.
Chocolate Monster Mischief at The Hershey Story Museum
The Hershey Story Museum
63 W. Chocolate Ave., Hershey
10 a.m-1 p.m.
Children who visit the Museum Experience at The Hershey Story can create their very own monster pop using a Hershey’s milk chocolate bar, Twizzler’s Pull ‘n’ Peel, decorative icing and edible candy eyes. They’ll also receive a vintage Hershey’s mask to assemble. For a fun Halloween photo opportunity, children are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite costume and pose in front of a vintage Hershey’s advertising backdrop. Included in Museum Experience admission.
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road, Ronks
11 a.m.-6:30 pm.
Enjoy a family-friendly Halloween celebration at Strasburg Rail Road’s picturesque Groff’s Grove. Board at East Strasburg Station and then travel to the harvest festival at Groff’s Grove. Along the way, you’ll hear the ghost of old LO&S #9 and pass by the graveyard at Carpenter’s Crossing. At Groff’s Grove, there will be trick-or-treating, games, pumpkin decorating, and themed arts and crafts. Family-friendly costumes are welcome. Board any later train for the return trip back East Strasburg, where Fun Extras (Cranky Cars, Pint-sized Pufferbelly, Pump Car) will be operating until 4 p.m. These activities are included in all Strasburg Spooktacular tickets. $4 for ages 0-1, $13 for ages 2-11, $19 for ages 12+.
Spooky Science Trick-or-Treat
North Museum of Nature and Science
400 College Ave., Lancaster
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Each activity station will have a candy or non-candy treat for all guests. You’ll get a complimentary trick or treat bag to carry your stash of goodies. There will be a Costume Contest at 12pm and 3pm with prizes for the first, second, and third place winners. Other activities include slime brain dissection, build a monster, spider leg potions, and so much more! Included in the price of admission; add a planetarium show for a small additional charge.
Family Fun Fest: Scare at the Ware!
The Ware Center
42 North Prince St. Lancaster
2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
There’s a haunted house in the Ware Center and the raven Poe will take visitors to explore each room. After the shows, the puppeteers invite families (ages 7 and up) to an informal, 30-minute Puppet Magic Q&A immediately following each performance. Learn all about the behind-the-scenes action, illusions and practical effects created for the production of Scare at the Ware. Starting one hour before the 2 p.m. performance ONLY, children are welcome to participate in creative, hands-on activities. $10.
North Museum of Nature and Science
400 College Ave., Lancaster
After hours at the North Museum is Halloween fun for all. Sit by the campfire in the planetarium and listen to some stories including local lore and Native American tales about the stars. Take a flashlight scavenger hunt throughout the Museum and find some creepy, crawly and uncanny collections along the way. Stop by the Mad Scientist’s Lab and learn how to make some terrifyingly fantastic potions. $8.
Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 27 & 28
Dutch Wonderland Happy Hauntings
2-9 p.m on Saturday, 2-8 p.m. on Sunday
Safe, non-scary Halloween fun for kids featuring more than 30 themed rides and family-friendly attractions plus a trip through the Trick-or-Treat Trail on Exploration Island, included with admission where kids can trick-or-treat with over 20 lifelike dinosaurs! $23.99 for ages 3 and up. A discount coupon is in the Oct/Nov issue of Central Penn Parent!
Sunday, Oct. 28
Tiny Town Fall Party
533 Janet Ave., Lancaster
Your child will be able to decorate their own pumpkin, make a party mask, and nosh on some delicious Halloween Treats. Throughout the party, your child will have a chance to play in town, trick or treat at their playhouses, as well as be entered into a costume contest, complete with prizes. Party times are 10 am.-12 p.m., 12:30-2:30 p.m., 3-5 p.m., and 5:30-7:30 p.m. $35 per child (13 months and older); 2 adults free per paying child.
Howl-o’ween: Pets at Fort Hunter
5300 North Front St., Harrisburg
Celebrate the household pet with small dog races, pet and owner costume parade, photo ops with Reily pets, kids’ activities, craft and pet product vendors, and Steppin’ Woofs demonstration. Hot dogs and beverages available for purchase. Free.