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Looking for a Ghoulish Good Time? Central PA's Best Haunts

Written by Adrienne Wolter, Community Blogger | Oct 14, 2013 9:37 AM
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Get into the Halloween spirit with these local attractions.

Pumpkins, spiders, ghosts and zombies, oh my! It's that time of year again when goblins and ghouls appear to take over towns and homes. Whether you’re looking for a wholesome night with the family enjoying nature and the harvest, or searching for the fright of a lifetime, look no further than the list below for the best Halloween attractions around. You won't be disappointed.

For All Ghouls, Boys, Mummies and Daddies

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Get into the spirit of Halloween by stepping into the past at the PA Renaissance Faire.

Halloween Owls Program

Where: Seraph Education Room, Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, 176 Water Company Road, Millersburg
When: Saturday, October 26th, Kids program begins 6-7:15pm, Main program 7:30pm
Cost: $5(1/2 price admission for NSCNA members)

In this annual event, Penn State University's Shaver's Creek Environmental Learning Center will feature live owls and give a demonstration and educational session about these beautiful night creatures. There will be owl branding demonstrations done by the Northern Saw-Whet Owl Branding Project, which showcases the ongoing research done on these marvelous creatures. Concluding the presentation, light refreshments will be provided.

Halloween Daze and Spooky Knights

Where: Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, Mount Hope Estate, 2775 Lebanon Road, Cornwall
When: October 13th-28th from 11am-8pm
Cost: Adults: $25.95 online/ $29.95 at the gate, Children (ages 5-11): $10.95

Go back in time and celebrate All Hallow's Eve with the peasants and royals and have a real Halloween treat. Enjoy your time in the shire by trick-or-treating, participating in costume contests and going on a real treasure hunt. Also, join the jesters for a night of musical and comedic mayhem. It is guaranteed to make you laugh and scream with joy.

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Get excited for Hersheypark!

Hersheypark in the Dark

Where: Hersheypark, Chocolate Ave. Hershey, Pa
When: Weekends in October and November, 12pm-10pm (hours will vary)
Cost: Regular: $31.95, Junior: $21.95, Senior: $21.95, Children under 2: Free, Parking $8.00

This year the park will feature "roller ghosters;" three of the wooden roller coasters will become "dark rides," where all the lights will be turned out for a chilling experience. Enjoy Halloween-themed adventures that will have your mouth watering for some great chocolate treats. As a special event, children 12 and under can participate in the Trick or Treat Adventure. Go as a family and take up on some of Hersheypark's great fast track and ride and dine passes.

For Your Average Ghost Hunter

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Photo by Ed B

Start here for an exciting tour.

Ghost Tours of Lancaster

Where: Soldiers and Sailors Monument at Penn Square, King and Queen Streets
When: Nightly in October, Fridays and Saturdays in November, 8pm Tours
Cost: Adults: $14, Children (ages 4-12): $10

After a fun evening of shopping at a great Amish furniture outlet, try one of the nightly ghost tours. Enjoy the thrill of navigating through the streets by candlelight, and hear some of the eeriest ghost tales told by your guide. You will learn about some great haunted historical and paranormal sightings.

Haunted Hollywood at the Campus Theatre

Where: Campus Theatre, Lewisburg, Pa
When: Saturday, October 26th at 7pm, Sunday, October 27th at 2pm
Cost: $16 (all seats)

Transport back to the early 1920's for a truly spooktacular experience. The world renown silent film accompanists, The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra will play the orchestra scores to three famous Halloween silent films. The show features Chaplin's The Adventurer, Keaton's The Haunted House, and Lloyd's Haunted Spooks. The original scores will be played along with  some exciting special effects.

The Ultimate Scare for the Oldest Scarers

The Rocky Horror Picture Show - Live on Stage!

Where: Gullifty's Underground, 1104 Carlisle Road, Lower Allen Twp.
When: October 26-27. Doors open at 9pm, show begins at midnight
Cost: Adults 21 and older: $25 in advance/$27 at the door (drink specials)

Do the Time Warp with your best friends and sing-along to the cult classic musical production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Hosted by the Hillegas Production Group, the festivities will begin early with a Masked Ball featuring local DJs. Dress up in your favorite Rocky Horror costume or dress up to participate in the costume contest. Don't forget to grab your participation kits and prepare to get lewd.

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Get ready for some late night scares!

Shocktoberfest

Where: Shocktoberfest, Rt. 422 West of Reading, Sinking Spring
When: Thursday through Sundays in October, 6:30-10pm
Cost: All Access Pass: $34 (prices may vary depending on attraction)

Only the bravest of souls will tackle the horrifying attractions that will send chills up your spine. Take on some of the most unique thrill experiences that will push you to the limits and test your fears and greatest vulnerabilities. Trail through "Prison of the Dead Escape" and protect your vital organs or flags from zombies. Parade in the buff to test your threshold in the "Naked and Scared Challenge," only to chill out at Club Shock. Don't forget about the steam-punk inspired "Unknown" and "Zombie Revenge Hayride" for a truly terrifying evening of monsters and mayhem.

Experience Central PA like you've never seen before, and witness some of the most unique attractions in the world. Whether you're a tiny, little monster or a grown-up ghoul, have some fun, stop in at one of these locations and say "boo." Enjoy a scream or a laugh; either way, don't say we didn't warn you of the amazing time you'll have dreaming up the greatest scares this Halloween.

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