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.
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1. Elmwood Park Zoo
Celebrate Halloween all month long during Boo at the Zoo at Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown. Starting October 10 on each Saturday and Sunday, children are encouraged to dress up in their best costumes and bring their trick-or-treat bag for an afternoon of fun.
2. Northern Star Farm Fall Fest Weekends
For some fall fun down on the farm, stop by the Northern Star Farm Fall Fest Weekends throughout October. From September 28 to October 27, 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.
3. 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. The fun doesn’t stop there! During the last two weekends of October, Hershey Gardens lights up the night with more than 150 illuminated jack-o-lanterns during Pumpkin Glow.
4. Colebrookdale Railroad
Ride the Colebrookdale Railroad and soak in the vibrant colors of fall in the Reading area. 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 Brill Motorcar to a pumpkin patch experience at Frog Hollow Farm. Decorate your pumpkins with the friendly crew or carve them at home!
5. The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place
Celebrate silly, not-too-spooky fun at The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place. Come in costume and enjoy special Halloween-themed shows; soar, swing, fly, and cruise on 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 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 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. Plus, children 12 and under can receive treats when they come in costume.
7. ZooBoo Drive-Thru at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
For two weekends in October, you can attend ZooBoo Drive-Thru at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. Drive through the Zoo and collect sweet treats at each candy stop, visit the Trick-or-Treat Trail for even more goodies, wave to some of your favorite characters, and see the animals celebrate with their own Halloween-themed treats.
8. ZooBoo, Erie Zoo
Back by popular demand, ZooBoo at the Erie Zoo returns October 15 to 30! Children under 12 can dress up in their favorite costume and participate with their family in a grand Halloween adventure around the zoo. Meet the troll who guards the Children’s Zoo Bridge, chat with the Talking Pumpkin, and ride the Safariland Express. At the end, each child will receive a pre-packed bag of goodies to take home and have the chance to enter to win a ZooBoo Gift Basket.
9. Great Pocono Pumpkin Festival
There's so much to see and do at the Great Pocono Pumpkin Festival, open daily late September through October. A FUNband gets you access to the daily hayrides, family corn maze, zombie paintball, gourd launching, a fun house, live animals, and much more!
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