13 Not-So Spooky Haunts for Kids This Halloween
For some, Halloween is all about experiencing the scare of a lifetime, but we know our littlest Happy Travelers want the fun of fall without the fright. From spooky-themed amusement parks to pumpkin picking, kids (and kids-at-heart) can take in the season with some not-so scary thrills.
Elmwood Park Zoo
Celebrate Halloween all month long during Boo at the Zoo at Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown. Each Saturday and Sunday in October, children are encouraged to dress up in their best costumes and bring their trick-or-treat bag for an afternoon of fun.
Northern Star Farm Fall Fest Weekends
For some fall fun down on the farm, stop by the Northern Star Farm Fall Fest Weekends in Trappe throughout October. Navigate through the corn maze, take aim with the giant apple slingshot, saddle up for a pony ride, and enjoy a day packed with family fun.
Paul’s Pumpkin Patch
Looking to jump into fall family fun? Paul’s Pumpkin Patch in Frogtown has all the season’s essentials. Pick pumpkins from the patch, visit animals in the barnyard zoo, and listen as a storyteller narrates a not-too-scary story on a nighttime hayride. Of course, you can’t miss out on the famous Frogtown Flinger as it hurls pumpkins more than 200 feet!
Hersheypark® In The Dark | Hershey’s Chocolate World
Experience all the chocolatey goodness of the Sweetest Place on Earth™ this Halloween! Trick-or-treat your way through Hersheypark® In The Dark and Hershey's Chocolate World before ending the night riding any (or all!) of the park’s 13 rollercoasters. If creepy crawlers are more your thing, then bring your flashlight for a tour of Creatures Of The Night at ZooAmerica®. The fun doesn’t stop there! On Fridays and Saturdays in October, Hershey Gardens lights up the night with more than 150 illuminated jack-o-lanterns during Pumpkin Glow, and on Oct. 13, 20, and 27, the Hershey Museum offers a monster pop chocolate lab class, Chocolate Monster Mischief.
Happy Hauntings, Dutch Wonderland
With more than 30 spooky-themed rides and family-friendly attractions, Happy Hauntings at Dutch Wonderland is a fun, fall family event featuring themed rides, special entertainment, tasty treats, and the Trick-or-Treat Trail. Make sure the young (and young at heart) come in costume to get into the true spirit of Halloween in Lancaster.
Ride the Colebrookdale Railroad and soak in the vibrant colors of fall in Pennsylvania’s Americana Region. For the best view, take the two-hour journey of the Autumn Splendor Fall Foliage ride, departing and arriving in Boyertown. Or, hop on the night-time Bonfire Train to the lost iron-making village of Colebrookdale where you can warm your hands by the fire and enjoy fall snacks. Kids in costume can even enter a costume contest on
-board! You can learn about the haunted history of the Secret Valley on the Eerie Limited ride and, for a more sensory-friendly trip, there is a special one-day ride with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Autism Research on Oct. 6.
Recognized as the Best Children's Park by Amusement Today, Idlewild Park in Ligonier invites you to enjoy a kid-friendly Halloween with trick-or-treating through Story Book Forest where you’ll find live entertainment, costumed characters, themed rides, and a hay bale maze. For even more fun, dance to all the hits at the Jack-O-Lantern Jive and have a ghoulish good time at the Monster Mash.
The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular, Sesame Place
Celebrate silly, not-too-spooky fun at The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place in Langhorne. Come in costume and enjoy three special Halloween-themed shows; soar, swing, fly, and cruise on four Count von Count-themed mechanical rides; and see everyone’s favorite furry friends dressed up in costume. This year, the Neighborhood Street Party Halloween Parade features 10 fantastic floats all decked out for the season with music and dancing that will have everyone joining in the fun.
Every year when the crisp fall winds begin to blow and Halloween approaches, Knoebels in Elysburg transforms into a spooktacular place for ghosts and ghouls of all ages. Visitors can experience tasty treats, thrilling games, freaktastic attractions, and, of course, a selection of Knoebels hallow-riffic rides. There are gentle haunts, scary attractions, and treats to suit everyone’s taste. There are special treat stops for children ages 12 and under who come in costume!
With the sweet smell of fall in the air, Kennywood transforms into a festival of fun! Pumpkins replace flowers, and cornstalks sprout up throughout the park. Young riders can enjoy Kiddieland and favorites such as the Merry-Go-Round, Auto Race, and Jack Rabbit, plus the new Thomas Town™ at Kennywood, hay rides, and traditional fun fall activities in West Mifflin!
ZooBoo, Pittsburg Zoo & PPG Aquarium
For two weekends in October, you can enjoy lions, tigers, bears, and endless Halloween sights at ZooBoo at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. Enter the not-so-scary haunt spots, if you dare; create creepy crafts at Casper's Craft Corner; race through the children's hay maze; show off your costume in a special Halloween parade and costume contest; and trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, collecting treats from local businesses.
ZooBoo, Erie Zoo
Back by popular demand, ZooBoo returns Oct 20-27 to the Erie Zoo! Children under 12 can dress up in their favorite costume and trick-or-treat throughout the zoo, roaming past lions, sloths, otters, red pandas, and all the other animals who call the Erie Zoo home.
Great Pocono Pumpkin Festival
There's so much to see and do at the Great Pocono Pumpkin Festival, open daily late September through October in Lehighton. A $10 FUNband gets you access to the daily hayrides, family corn maze, ghost ship, 3D haunted house, and costumed characters. There's even more fall fun on weekends, including wagon rides, midway rides, bumper balls, gourd grenade slingshots, and Freezin’ Funland.
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