Is there a more fun place to be than Hershey this time of year? Fall means parades, trick-or-treating, family-fun events, and more!
On October 15th, the 72nd Annual Hershey Halloween Parade will step off at 7:00 p.m. It will be great fun with floats, dancing, music, costumes, and candy! Come to Downtown Hershey for dinner, and then find your spot along Chocolate Avenue to enjoy the parade.
Hersheypark in the Dark will open for three weekends this year: October 18th – 20th, 25th – 27th, and November 1st – 3rd. The seasonal Halloween-themed events at Hersheypark will have over 50 rides and attractions open for guests, some of which will be in complete darkness. Your ticket will also include admission to ZooAmerica’s Creatures of the Night, where you can explore all of ZooAmerica’s spooky, nocturnal creatures.
The Downtown Hershey Association will host Choctoberfest on October 19th from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. This family friendly fall festival features great live music, local craft beer, chocolate, and delicious food from downtown restaurants, and offers an array of family and children’s activities. Choctoberfest is free and open to the public, with food and beverages available for purchase. If you would like to help out, sign up to volunteer here.
If you’re in the mood for cool, creepy creatures and candy, come to the Pumpkin Glow at the Hershey Gardens on October 18th, 19th, 25th, and 26th from 6:00-8:00 p.m.! Kids are encouraged to come in costume with flashlights to trick-or-treat along the pumpkin-lit pathway. While you’re there you can check out the brand-new Creepy Creature Gallery in the Conservatory where you can see some spooky plants and animals, and watch some amazing pumpkin carving demonstrations. On Friday and Saturday “Halloween Wars” carver, Danny Kissel will be there to show and discuss his self-taught carving techniques. For lots of fun and candy, general admission is $13.50, $12.50 for seniors, $9.50 for juniors, and children under two are entirely free!
Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction will also offer some special events this season, including the Trick-or-Treat Adventure and the Trick-or-Treat Trolly. The Trick-or-Treat Adventure will be running the weekends of October 18th – 20th, 25th – 27th, and November 1st – 3rd, where children twelve and under can come trick-or-treat at three (or more with Hersheypark admission) spots in Chocolate World! On select dates and times throughout October and November the Hershey Trick-or-Treat Trolly will return this year with exclusive tours that feature Milton Hershey’s life story.
On Saturday, October 26, between 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. there will be a loaded evening of fun out at Shank Park. There will be pumpkin decorating, inflatable games, face painting, a candy hunt, s’mores by the campfire, and you’ll even see a Drive-in-Movie playing “Coco”!
Or, if you want more of a spooky movie, you can go to the Classic Chills Film Fest. It also takes place on the 26th, at the Hershey Theatre, showing the “Adams Family” at 7:00 p.m., and the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 11:59 p.m. You can see either for only $8 a ticket, with fun $6 props at the door! You can’t bring outside props, but feel free to dress up!
On Halloween, October 31st, we have our Trick-or-Treat Night from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in Derry Township. Or, if you have much younger kids between the ages 3-6, you can stop by the Hershey Library for dress up and story time at 1:30 p.m. on Halloween.
Happy Halloween from your friends at Downtown Hershey!