35 October Events and Festivals in Pennsylvania

Spooky season is here, and Pennsylvania is ready to give you a thrill! Check out some of the best frightening attractions, tasty autumn treats, and stunning fall foliage throughout the state.

To see a full list of the events and festivals happening this fall, check out the visitPA website.

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1. Lakeland Orchard & Cidery's Apple Harvest Festival and Halloween Light Show

You are sure to get in the spirit of the season with a trip to Lakeland Orchard & Cidery. Spend the day enjoying all things apple at Lakeland Orchard’s Apple Harvest Festival. Included with your admission, you get to pick a quarter peck of your favorite apples from the more than 25 varieties they grow in the orchard, and enjoy a wagon ride through the orchard, live music, and fun games and activities. Be sure to pick up some of their tasty apple treats! Then, in the evenings, bundle everyone into the car to enjoy a spectacular Halloween Light Show – one of the biggest in PA and filled with fun, spooky scenes including ghosts, goblins, a haunted castle, trick-or-treaters, and a few surprises!

When: Sept. 17-Oct. 31

Where: Scott Township

Cost: Apple Harvest Festival - $19.95 general admission

Halloween Light Show - $20 per car Thursdays & Sundays; $25 per car Fridays & Saturdays

2. Shady Brook Farm FallFest

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Shady Brook Farm FallFest

Visit Shady Brook Farm’s FallFest for a fun day and night without the fright! Enjoy pumpkin picking, scenic wagon rides, spooky snacks, barnyard animals, ghoulish ghouls, bonfires and a five-acre corn maze (B.Y.O. flashlight after dark), bonfires, and live music. New in 2021 – the Eerie Illuminations Wagon Ride, an enchanting light display of Halloween characters set to spooky tunes!

When: Sept. 11-Oct. 31

Where: Yardley

Cost: $12 weekday; $20 weekend

3. The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular

Come in costume for some silly and not-too-spooky fun at The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place! The park is transformed into a family-friendly Halloween haven for guests to enjoy trick-or-treating around the park, Halloween-themed shows, and unique photo opportunities with everyone’s favorite furry friends dressed up in costume on their Halloween-themed floats!

When: Sept. 18-Nov. 7

Where: Langhorne

Cost: Prices vary

4. Living Treasures Night at the Zoo

Do you ever wonder what the animals do in the evening after visitors leave the zoo for the day? Here’s your chance to find out! Hear animals call to each other, spot the glowing eyes of the big cats and alligators, and watch the interesting, night-time behaviors of animals during this non-scary, family event at Living Treasures’ Night at the Zoo. You’ll walk along torch-lit walkways and, if you come in costume, you’ll receive a treat bag before leaving. There’s even a weekly Jack-O-Lantern contest for children through the age of 12!

When: Oct. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, & 29-30

Where: Jones Mills

Cost: Prices vary; Children (ages 3-12) accompanied by an adult who pays regular admission will receive Free Admission when they bring a decorated pumpkin.

5. Oktoberfest

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Oktoberfest

The oom-pahs and bratwurst are back in Lehigh Valley! Now in its 11th year, Oktoberfest at PNC Plaza features authentic German food and beer, live music, glass-blowing demonstrations, activities for the kids, and events including the ever-popular (and very silly) Wiener Dog Parade and Races and the great HASSELHOFF-OFF where contestants vie for a pair of red swim trunks as they show off their David Hasselhoff-like good looks in this hilarious costume and impersonation contest!

When: Oct. 1–3 & 8–10

Where: Bethlehem

Cost: Free admission

6. Clarion’s Autumn Leaf Festival

Clarion’s Autumn Leaf Festival
Clarion’s Autumn Leaf Festival

The streets of downtown Clarion are bursting with the sights, scents, and sounds of fall at the city’s 68th annual Autumn Leaf Festival. Headlined by the “Tournament of Leaves Parade,” this annual, award-winning festival is filled with family friendly fun, including the thrills of carnival rides, craft vendors galore especially during Crafters Day, and the fan favorite and ever-popular Autorama Cruise-In!

When: Oct. 2 - 10

Where: Clarion

Cost: Free admission

7. Bedford Fall Foliage Festival

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Bedford Fall Foliage Festival | Credit: Jenna Miller

For more than 50 years, the streets of historic, downtown Bedford have filled with fun, food, entertainment, and activities during the annual Bedford Fall Foliage Festival. This year, browse the work of more than 400 artists and craftsmen, make scarecrows, watch the antique car parade, and enjoy delicious foods. The festival features loads of kid-centric fun – from the audience participation, Middle Earth Children’s Theatre to pony rides and scarecrow making to face painting and the amazing creations of Tess’s Twisted Balloons.

When: Oct. 2-3 and 9-10

Where: Bedford

Cost: Free admission

8. National Apple Harvest Festival

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National Apple Harvest Festival

There’s so much to see and do during the National Apple Harvest Festival, visiting just one weekend might not be enough time! Indulge your sweet tooth with pie-eating and apple-bobbing contests; take a hayride; visit the kid country barn; ride a pony; check out antique and classic cars; watch chainsaw carving; and purchase apple memorabilia. And this is just a smattering of the fun that awaits you at the South Mountain Fairgrounds and a festival that has been celebrating the apple for more than 50 years!

When: Oct. 2-3 and 9-10

Where: Biglerville

Cost: Costs vary

9. Freedom Farm's Fall Festival

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Freedom Farm's Fall Festival | Credit: Tiffany Hernandez

You won’t want to miss Freedom Farm’s biggest event of the year! The Fall Festival is being held every weekend in October and features hayrides, a petting zoo, pumpkin patch, alcohol vendors, farm fresh food, live music performances, face painting, corn pit, hay mountain, corn maze, and pick your own sunflowers!

When: Oct. 2 – 3, 9 – 11, 16 - 17, 23 – 24, and 30 - 31

Where: Butler

Cost: $10 admission, Free for children 3 and under

10. Harvest Valley Farm's Fall Festival

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Harvest Valley Farm's Fall Festival | Credit: Tiffany-Hernandez

October is a very special time of the year for Harvest Valley Farms when the entire valley is transformed from a full-time working produce farm into a fun-filled, pick-your-own pumpkin festival! Enjoy live music, professional face painting, kids straw tunnel, chainsaw carvings, cornstalk maze, and a corn play pit!

When: Oct. 3 - 4, 10 - 11, 17 - 18, and 24 & 27

Where: Valencia

Cost: Free admission

11. Froehlich’s Farm Fall Festival

Celebrate the changing of the leaves, the chill in the air, and Halloween at Froehlich's Farm Fall Festival. Enjoy a hayride around the 100-acre farm, get lost in a five-acre corn maze, find the perfect pumpkin from the patch, build a scarecrow, grab a brew from The Proper Brewing Co., enjoy live music and warm up with some hot cider!

When: Oct. 2-Oct. 31 Saturdays and Sundays (10am-4pm)

Where: Furlong

Cost: $12 general admission; free for children under 2

12. Dunmore Cemetery Tours

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Dunmore Cemetery Tours | Credit: Drew Bubser

Join the Dearly Departed once again for a wonderful drive through history! Travel through the past with the Players on a new route through the historic and autumn themed Dunmore Cemetery. Tour books will be provided to each vehicle going through the cemetery. While the tour is free, you can help out some of your furry friends at the Griffin Pond Animal by donating a pet item or two at the start of the tour. Tails will be wagging in great appreciation!

When: Oct. 3 & 10

Where: Dunmore

Cost: Free Admission

13. King of Prussia Beerfest Royale

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King of Prussia Beerfest Royale

Find out what’s pouring at the King of Prussia Beerfest Royale, a beer-tastic event too big for just one day of celebration. The festivities include a tasting and pairing happy hour, games, music, food, and hoppy happiness featuring dozens of craft and international beers. Be sure to check on ticket availability ahead of time since there are a limited number of tickets available.

When: Oct. 7

Where: King of Prussia

Cost: Costs vary

14. Covered Bridge and Arts Festival

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Covered Bridge and Arts Festival

Celebrate the arts and your favorite covered bridge at the 39th annual Covered Bridge and Arts Festival. The event boasts more than 325 crafters, 32 food vendors, and even a bit of wine tasting all on the grounds of the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. There’s plenty for children to enjoy including kiddie rides, games, and pony rides. The area’s covered bridges take center stage with scenic guided bus tours of these nostalgic reminders of days long past, as well as wagon rides to the nearby Rupert Covered Bridge.

When: Oct. 7 – 10

Where: Bloomsburg

Cost: Free admission

15. Conneaut Lake’s 30th Annual Fall Pumpkin Fest

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Fall Pumpkin Fest

Bring your whole family down to Conneaut Lake Park for a day of fun and excitement at the 30th annual Conneaut Lake Annual Pumpkin Fest. Starting with the Giant Pumpkin drop, the festival is packed with family fall fun. There’s delicious food, exciting rides, and great activities for kids to fall into a heap of fun!

When: Oct. 8 – 10

Where: Conneaut Lake

Cost: $5, Free for children 12 and under

16. Johnny Appleseed Festival

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Johnny Appleseed Festival

With a name synonymous with the storied apple and in celebration of the American pioneer spirit, the 15th Annual Johnny Appleseed Festival has it all! Watch today’s professional lumberjacks test the skills of old during a competition filled with axe throwing, crosscut sawing, the hot saw, and the amazing springboard chop where competitors climb a nine-foot spar pole using only an axe and springboard then, while balancing in the air, chop through the block. There’s also a wine tasting event, crafts, horse and tractor pulls, apple pie baking contest, fireworks show, and the Sawdust Pile & Fun Zone for your little lumber-jack and -jill to enjoy.

When: Oct. 8 – 10

Where: Sheffield

Cost: TBD

17. Fort Ligonier Days

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Fort Ligonier Days | Credit: Anna Weltz

Learn a bit of history watching historic battle reenactments recreated from the Battle of Fort Ligonier – a key engagement during the French and Indian War that occurred on October 12, 1758 – during Fort Ligonier Days. This annual commemoration also is a celebration of fall throughout the historic town and at the authentically reconstructed Fort Ligonier, with top-rated juried crafts, delicious foods, delightful musical entertainment, and a grand parade on Saturday.

When: Oct. 8 – 10

Where: Ligonier

Cost: Free admission

18. Lincoln Caverns 38th Annual Ghosts & Goblins Tours

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Lincoln Caverns Ghosts & Goblins Tours

Lincoln Caverns has its spooky on in a big way at its 38th Annual Ghosts & Goblins Tours! Choose your level of thrills and scares. Opt for the not-so-spooky Saturday Daytime Family Tour of the haunted cave, natural cave, and legends trail that includes a hayride and panning for gems. If you dare, step the spookiness up big time with the Evening Terror Tour, complete with the haunted cave, haunted trail, and haunted hayride!

When: Oct. 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30

Where: Huntingdon

Cost: Prices vary

19. Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival

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Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival | Credit: Brianna Strunk

There’s perhaps no better time to visit Jim Thorpe, often referred to as “America’s Little Switzerland,” than during fall when the surround mountainside is resplendent in all glorious fall colors. Spanning several weekends, the Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival features scenic train and trolley rides, handmade arts and crafts, delicious food, live music, children’s activities, spooky ghost tours, and seasonal specials from local restaurants, shops and galleries – all in celebration of this most special time of year.

When: Oct. 9 – 10, 16 – 17 and 23 – 24

Where: Jim Thorpe

Cost: Free admission

20. Quiet Valley Harvest Festival

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Quiet Valley Harvest Festival

Step back in time and learn about the crafts and skills employed in the 1800s at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm’s 47th annual Quiet Valley Harvest Festival. Watch live demonstrations of candle dipping, leather working, spinning, weaving, and scrapple making, and enjoy a variety of authentic foods from the period as well as today’s favorites, including apple dumplings, corn fritters, funnel cakes, griddle cookies, and BBQ. The event also features one room schoolhouse presentations, a Civil War encampment, folk entertainment, quilt raffle, wagon rides, and French and Indian War reenactors.

When: Oct. 9 - 10

Where: Stroudsburg

Cost: $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 3-12

21. Harvest and Heritage Days

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Harvest and Heritage Days

The downtown of historic Honesdale celebrates fall during Harvest and Heritage Days. There are fun and spooky, candle-lit ghost tours, horse-drawn hayrides, railroad train excursions, a chainsaw and blacksmith demonstrations, and local talented musician’s performances for you to enjoy.

When: Oct. 9 - 10

Where: Honesdale

Cost: Free admission

22. Pennsboro Pumpkin Fest

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Pennsboro Pumpkin Fest

Nothing says fall like red, gold, and orange-tinted leaves and the flavor of pumpkin returning to many of your favorite foods and beverages! The two-day, annual Pennsboro Pumpkin Fest at Adams-Ricci Park features pumpkin carving, a whoopie pie eating contest, a pumpkin pie baking contest, pumpkin painting activities, live entertainment, and a host of craft and food vendors.

When: Oct. 9 – 10

Where: Enola

Cost: Free

23. Harvest Festival

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Harvest Festival

Join the Greene County Historical Society in celebrating 50 years of their Harvest Festival. Enjoy reenactments and demonstrations of 19th and 20th century life and industry, activities for the kiddos, craft and food vendors, and self-guided tours of the historic Museum, the W&W Railroad, and grounds as you welcome in the season of fall.

When: Oct. 9 – 10

Where: Waynesburg

Cost: Admissions are donation based

24. Zelienople Country Fall Festival

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Zelienople Country Fall Festival

Stroll the sidewalks of historic downtown Zelienople during the 36th annual Country Fall Festival where you can catch live entertainment, watch historic encampments and a car cruise, browse antiques, and shop at the farmer’s market. If that’s not enough, take a wagon ride along Zelienople’s Main Street and try to pick judges’ and people’s choice winners of the festival’s annual Chili Cook-Off!

When: Oct. 9 – 10

Where: Downtown Zelienople

Cost: Free admission

25. Pocono Food Truck Festival

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Pocono Food Truck Festival

Bring your appetite to the base of Shawnee Mountain for the Pocono Food Truck Festival. Featuring more than 20 food trucks, the line-up includes the best food on wheels ranging from sweet and savory to spicy and delicious. Stay for the live entertainment. chairlift rides will be running for an additional cost unless you’re a Season Passholder of the Shawnee Mountain Ski Area and then you get to ride for free!

When: Oct. 9 – 10

Where: East Stroudsburg

Cost: $3 admission when purchased online in advance, $6 admission at the gate, free for children ages 5 and under

26. Harvest Days Festival

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Harvest Days Festival

Mark your calendar for the Harvest Days festival at the Landis Valley Village & Museum, its oldest and largest family event. This year’s festival is in celebration of The Apple and features horse-drawn wagon rides, and a children's discovery tent. Taste heirloom varieties of apples and watch them become apple butter and cider. Watch demonstrations of Pennsylvania Dutch traditions, tools, and products of the apple, enjoy music and a variety of hands-on crafts and activities for all ages!

When: Oct. 9 - 10

Where: Lancaster

Cost: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for children ages 6-11, free for children ages 5 and under

27. Coolspring Power Museum Fall Exposition & Swap Meet

At the Coolspring Power Museum’s Fall Exposition & Swap Meet, you and your family can explore more than 500 historically significant internal combustion engines, depicting 150 years of development and its effect on 21st century industrial America.

When: Oct. 14 - 16

Where: Coolspring

Cost: $10 Single-Day Adult Admission, $25 Three-Day Adult Admission Pass, Free for children under 12 years and Members

28. Black Bear Film Festival

The newly renovated Historic Milford Theater is the place to be to enjoy a roster of great films at the Black Bear Film Festival. Now in its 22nd year, the festival features a full schedule of engaging features and shorts – each of which embraces the essence of film making. Break out your party clothes to attend the opening gala that kicks off with the feature film, Port Authority, followed by a cocktail hour in the tent with an open bar (liquor, wine, and beer), small plates, desserts, and live music!

When: Oct. 15 -17

Where: Milford

Cost: Price varies

29. OctoberFeast

October is not October without OctoberFeast at Peddler’s Village! Enjoy this weekend long event featuring German-themed food, beverages, and live entertainment including performances by the Philadelphia German Brass Band, and fun family activities. While there, grab your stein and stroll amongst larger-than-life scarecrows every day through October 30, part of the Annual Scarecrows in the Village competition.

When: Oct. 16 -17

Where: New Hope

Cost: Free admission

30. Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Christmas Festival

It may be autumn, but it’s never too early to get an early start on your Christmas decorating and holiday shopping! Browse more than 210 booths featuring the finest crafts items including personalized signs and Christmas ornaments, seasonal floral arrangements, photography, painted glass, jewelry, fabric decor, scented candles, unique gift items, purses, and pet treats. Sample holiday cinnamon-roasted almonds, and take a photograph with Santa at the 27th annual Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Christmas Festival at the Washington County Fairgrounds.

When: Oct. 15 – 17 and 23 – 24

Where: Washington

Cost: $6.50 for ages 16-64, $6 for ages 65 or older, $3 for children ages 12-15, free for children under the age of 12

31. Pumpkin Festival at East Broad Top Railroad and Rockhill Trolley Museum

East Broad Top Railroad and the Rockhill Trolley Museum are hosting a Pumpkin Festival! Take a scenic train ride through the Aughwick Valley, then board a vintage trolley to the pumpkin patch where every child can take home a pumpkin! Return to the railyard for a variety of fun activities and vendors.

When: Oct. 16- 17, 23-24

Where: Rockhill Furnace

Cost: Adults $16; Children $14

32. Hersheypark in the Dark - Hershey, PA

There is perhaps no sweeter and exciting place to celebrate Halloween than with coasters and chocolate at Hersheypark! Experience lights-out rides on the all-new Candymonium®, Comet, Laff Trakk, Lightning Racer, and Wildcat, and wild zoo visits after dark at Hersheypark In the Dark. Enjoy festive Hershey character experiences, new fall foods throughout the park, and the 15th anniversary of Treatville with expanded candy stops along a trick-or-treat trail inside the park for guests ages 12 and under.

When: Oct. 15- 17, 22-24, & 29-31

Where: Hershey

Cost: Prices vary

33. Pumpkin Glow

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Pumpkin Glow

Hershey Gardens lights up the night for the annual Pumpkin Glow – a family-friendly, Halloween-themed event. Kids are encouraged to bring a flashlight, dress in costume, and collect candy along the pathway adorned with more than 100 carved and painted jack-o-lanterns. There is lots of entertainment including puppet shows and celebrity pumpkin carver Danny Kissel from the Food Network demonstrating his amazing carving skills both days, and food trucks!

When: Oct. 23 – 24 & 30 – 31

Where: Hershey

Cost: Prices vary

34. Eerie Horror Film Fest

It's Alive!!! Get ready to be scared out of your wits because the Eerie Horror Film Fest is back! This four-day film festival at the Erie Playhouse celebrates the horror genre of cinema with feature screenings of short and feature length films and celebrity guests participating in live Q&As, meet and greets, and photo ops.

When: Oct. 27-30

Where: Erie

Cost: Prices vary

35. Canal-O-Ween

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Canal-O-Ween

Enjoy the warm and welcoming spirit of Halloween at the week-long celebration, Canal-O-Ween. The event kicks off with the annual Carve-O-Thon™ -- a family-friendly event where folks gather to carve 300+ Jack-O-Lanterns, all in about three hours! In the evenings, enjoy The Jack-O-Lantern Stroll™ along the historic Delaware Canal guided by the warm light of hundreds of uniquely carved Jack-O-Lanterns flickering along the way for over a quarter of a mile – an old-fashioned, low-tech, magical way to celebrate Halloween!

When: Oct. 31 – Nov. 6

Where: Yardley

Cost: Free admission

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