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October is full of harvest and haunted fun
The days are getting shorter, the air is cooler and the leaves are changing.
Fall has officially arrived.
I can’t think of a better place to be in October than Pennsylvania. The leaves are changing and simply gorgeous. The breweries are rolling out their Octoberfest brews. Orchards and farms are hosting harvest activities and festivals.
And, of course, candy and costumes are everywhere as stores prepare for Halloween.
With so much going on in the area, it’s impossible to fit it all in one place. For this month’s edition of Parents Night Out Activities, we include the biggest and best events the area has to offer in addition to what our local wineries and breweries have in store for October.
VINEYARDS and WINERIES
Adams County Winery, 251 Peach Tree Road, Orrtanna, and 25 Chambersburg St., Gettysburg
Special events at the winery include First Friday at 25C on Oct. 5. Relax and Unwine-d is Thursday, Oct. 11, and Read Between the Wines Book Club meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
Adams County Winery will be at the Apple Harvest Festival in Arendtsville the first two weekends in October. (See: Fairs and Festivals below)
Naylor Wine Cellars, 4069 Vineyard Road, Stewartstown
Enjoy music, wine, food and fun at Naylor’s Harvest Music Festival on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 7 from noon-6 p.m. Naylor’s also offers free music from 7-9 p.m. every Friday night at 2035 Springwood Road, York.
Tamanend Winery, 759 Flory Mill Road, Lancaster
Everybody’s heard of Octoberfest, but how about “Puptoberfest?”
Tamanend Winery will be supporting Puptoberfest 2012 at Tellus 360, 24 E. King St., Lancaster, on Oct. 26 from 7-10 p.m. in a night of beer, food, wine, live music and a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit Phoneix Assistance Dogs, a nonprofit that trains dogs to assist individuals with disabilities.
Waltz Vineyards Estate Winery, 1599 Old Line Road, Manheim
Waltz Vineyard will be featured at a few events this month, including a waltz wine dinner at the General Sutter Inn in Lititz. But the most fun—and undoubtedly tasty—of the vineyard’s appearance will be at the 11th Annual Lititz Chocolate Walk.
The chocolate walk for charity, which is sometimes referred to as trick-or-treating for adults, is a walk around Lititz to more than 30 destinations. Walkers get their cards punched as they hit each stop in downtown Lititz and enjoy a chocolate treat from each point. Some of the region’s best chefs and candy makers participate and pass out their treats.
Waltz will also be featured at the 25th Annual Taste of Central Pennsylvania on Oct. 28 from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Enjoy an array of foods to taste while enjoying live entertainment, raffles and a silent auction.
Hauser Estate Winery, 410 Cashtown Road, Biglerville
In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Hauser Estate Winery will donate a portion of the proceeds from its “pink power” drink to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Pink power is available on weekends.
Oct. 3 is Ladies Night from 6-9 p.m., and Hauser will welcome a host of vendors including Mary Kay Cosmetics. The rest of the month’s events are staples to the winery, including Hauser After Hours, Thirsty Thursday and Dancing with the Vines, which will feature the Night Club 2-Step this month. See their website for dates and times.
Tröegs Brewing Company, locations throughout the area, including in Harrisburg, Gettysburg, Dillsburg and New Cumberland.
Do you ever miss school? Here’s a class you won’t want to miss: Beer school at The Pub, 20 Lincoln Square, Gettysburg.
Come learn about Tröegs history and its beer and enjoy four courses complemented by plenty of beer on Oct. 17 from 6-8 p.m. Tröegs is also holding Brews, Brats and Bands on Oct. 13 from 12:30-5 p.m. at Sovereign Bank Stadium in York. Enjoy 30 different craft beers at the park.
Appalachian Brewing Company, 50 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg
Enjoy Oktoberfest for the first week of the month at Appalachian Brewing Company at the Harrisburg, Gettysburg and Camp Hill locations.
ABC will feature an Oktoberfest menu from Sept. 15-Oct. 7 full of authentic German dishes, including schnitzel and schlachteplatte. The brewery will also serve various German brews and feature live entertainment on select nights.
Mudhook Brewing Company, 34 N. Cherry Lane, York
Just like in September, Mudhook Brewing Company won’t have any one-time only shows but rather weekly staples. Check out happy hour Tuesday through Saturday from 4-6 p.m., 50 cent wing nights on Tuesday and $2 off growlers Tuesday and Wednesday.
Mudhook also holds Fiesta Night every Wednesday featuring $1.95 tacos and quesadillas as low as $2.25. Chips and salsa are just $1.95.
Stoudt’s Brewing Company, Route 272 2800 North Reading Road, Adamstown
Stoudt’s is hosting its 21st annual Microbrew Festival Oct. 13 in two sessions, noon-4 p.m. or 6-10 p.m. Admission grants you four hours of sampling more than 40 brews from some of America’s best breweries. You also get a buffet, souvenir glass and free shuttle to and from local hotels, as well as live music.
Chameleon Club, 223 N. Water St., Lancaster
My Darkest Days and 10 Years highlight the concerts this month at the Chameleon Club.
The Red Jump Suit Apparatus will join 10 Years on Friday, Oct. 19 for an all-ages show, while Otherwise will join My Darkest Days on Sunday, Oct. 14 for an 18 and older show.
Also coming to the Chameleon Club are Misfits (Oct. 26) and Say Anything (Oct. 18).
Sovereign Center/Giant Center
The Sovereign Center in Reading and Giant Center in Hershey frequently host events ranging from concerts to circuses. Check out their websites for more information: http://www.sovereigncenter.com/ and http://www.giantcenter.com/
Among October’s highlights at the Sovereign Center is Cirque du Soleil—Saltimbacno from Oct. 25-27. Giant Center’s October highlights include Brad Paisley (Oct. 6) and the return of the Hershey Bears (Oct. 20).
Harrisburg Comedy Zone, 110 Limekiln Road, New Cumberland
Although the Harrisburg Comedy Zone won’t have any special events this month, it will feature comics every Friday and Saturday night. This month’s comics are: Kurt Green (Oct. 5 & 6), Dave Landau (Oct. 12 & 13), Ward Anderson (Oct. 19 & 20) and Paul Lyons (Oct. 26 & 27).
FAIRS and FESTIVALS
National Apple Harvest Festival, South Mountain Fairgrounds, 615 Narrows Road, Biglerville
The 48th Annual National Apple Harvest Festival is the first two weekends in October.
The event features more than 300 craft vendors, tons of apple products ranging from pies to syrup, hayrides, antique and classic cars and much more. Enjoy apple-bobbing, a petting zoo and live entertainment while celebrating this season’s harvest.
Carlisle Barracks Oktoberfest, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle
The Carlisle Barracks’ annual Oktoberfest is back and bigger than ever with a three-day festival.
The event is highlighted by carnival rides and games, a 5K Volksmarch, tons of food and craft vendors and the unveiling of the 2013 War College Brew. Enjoy traditional Oompah music—as well as some country, pop and rock—and play games and enter contests.
The Oktoberfest is Oct. 12-14 with plenty of action and live entertainment each day. It’s free to park and free to attend.
Field of Screams, 191 College Ave., Mountville
Widely considered one of the best haunted attractions in the country, Field of Screams features three unique haunted experiences.
The original and classic attraction is the Haunted Hayride, which features nine terrifying scenes ranging from a graveyard to a circus tent. This one is recommended for parents wondering if their kids are ready.
Arguably the scariest attraction is the Den of Darkness, a more classical-styled haunted house. The den has been featured on Travel Channel as one of the world’s scariest haunted houses, and it doesn’t disappoint.
The final experience is Frightmare Asylum, a medical-themed haunted house.
For more on Field of Screams, check out a full story Friday on centralpennparent.com.
Jason’s Woods, 99 Stehman Road, Lancaster
Jason’s Woods boasts seven haunted attractions, each with its own unique qualities. Among them is a haunted hayride, the Barn of Terror and Pirate’s Revenge, a treasure hunt filled with zombies and other creatures.
Another event is a walk through Jason’s Woods, which is a hike through dense forests filled with monsters, and the Carnival of Fear, an event full of demonic clowns.
The final two attractions are the Mystery Maze and Jason’s Woods Theater, a new feature that includes cinema and special effects for a fear-inducing show.
VARIOUS HARVEST ACTIVITIES
Fall Harvest Days at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouse, 906 W. Grantham Road, Mechanicsburg
Ashcombe will feature harvest fun every day (weather permitting) from Oct. 5 through 31 including hayrides, pumpkin picking and special harvest food on weekends. The farm will also hold different features each weekend ranging from apple butter boil to fire safety day to a visit from the Big Rock Alpaca Farm.