Check out these great Halloween events:
October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31
Hersheypark in the Dark
The park and rides will be decorated for Halloween, and families can enjoy riding the rides and live entertainment. Little ones are welcome to dress in costume and join in the Trick-or-Treat Adventure.
October 18, 19, 25, and 26, November 1 and 2
Dutch Wonderland, Lancaster
A fall family event featuring themed rides, special entertainment, tasty treats and Trick-or-Treat Trail, a safe, interactive Trick-or-Treating experience.
Friends of Midtown Halloween Social
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 8pm
Historic Harrisburg Assoc. 1230 N 3rd. St., Midtown Harriburg
Enjoy drinks, appetizers, music, and the company of your neighbors in this Halloween-themed social event. Costumes are encouraged, and the best will be rewarded. We'll also have donation-based tarot readings. Please invite your friends and neighbors. It's free for Friends of Midtown members. Nonmembers may attend for $5 or join FOM for just $10.
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 8pm & 10:30pm
Midtown Cinema, 250 Reiuly St., Midtown Harrisburg
Rated R, 100 min
Fri 10/31 @ 8:00pm
Fri 10/31 @ 10:30pm
$9 or $5 members. $5 prop bags!
No tricks, just treats! Grab your favorite drink, your best floor show costume, and come on out to either of our two showings of our favorite cult classic and have a blast with us! Best-dressed wins their very own Rocky Horror collectible movie statue! With two showings, you're bound to be hooting, hollering, calling and responding all night! Great Scott!
Halloween Undercover Show
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 7pm to 2am
Federal Taphouse, 234 N. 2nd Street, Downtown Harrisburg
Get tickets: http://ticketf.ly/1nkvfzr
Minshara as Travis Barker and DJ AM
Very Americans 90's Brit Pop
Mansion Builder as Espenshade
The Give Take as CCR
Houston as The White Stripes
Divebomber as Disney Classics
Spiderglass as Modest Mouse
The North Side as Queen
On Sunday, August 31, 2014, from 11 a.m.—5 p.m., the 19th Annual Hanover Chili Cook-off will be held rain or shine at the Good Fields, located at 70 North Forney Avenue in Hanover. Attendees will enjoy the chili tasting as well as see the judges that will be present to reward the best chili with prize money. There will also be musical entertainment, face painting, balloon twisting, inflatable jousting attraction, and a magician.
On Saturday, August 30, 2014, the newly renamed Kipona Wine, Art and Blues festival opens 12—9 p.m, and continues through Sunday, August 31, Noon—9 p.m., and Monday, September 1, Noon—7 p.m. Kipona is held in downtown Harrisburg, along Riverfront Park and on City Island, showcasing the Susquehanna River.
Over Labor Day Weekend, Long's Park in Lancaster County will be the site of the 36th Annual Long's Park Art and Craft Festival. From Friday, August 29 -31, 2014, 10 AM – 6 PM on Friday and Saturday, and 10 AM – 5 PM on Sunday, the fine art festival will be set up on the edge of historic Downtown Lancaster with 200 top artists and craftspeople from across the country putting their work on display. There will also be live music, food, wine and craft beers available.
The Pennsylvania National Fire Museum has an extensive collection of fire fighter company memorabilia on display, such as fire engines, hand-drawn equipment, a 9/11 display, video presentations, fire fight tools, helmets, belts, uniforms, as well as an extensive stovepipe parade hat collection from the 18th and 19th centuries. The museum is located in the 1899 Victorian firehouse Reily Hose Company No. 10, and is located at 1820 North Fourth Street in Harrisburg. Its hours of operation are Tuesdays—Fridays 10 a.m.—4 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.—4 p.m., and Sundays from 1—4 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.
On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, beginning at 6 and 6:30 p.m., Historic Church Tours of Gettysburg will be given tour-goers an up close look at four churches. Stories will be shared about the heroic acts that occurred before and after the Battle of Gettysburg. The short programs will focus on the beautiful features of the historic churches and the sacrifices made by citizens.
Spooky Nook Sports is a new destination for sports and entertainment in the Central Pennsylvania area, featuring indoor and outdoor fields and courts, a health and fitness center, as well as training areas, a family entertainment area with an arcade, rock climbing walls, ropes courses, a store, food court and much more. This is the largest indoor sports complex in the country.
Open daily all summer long, Dutch Wonderland offers plenty of fun attractions to make the whole family happy. On most days the park is open from 10 a.m.—8:30 p.m., and offers family rides, a monorail, boat rides, coasters, train rides, and more. There is a Just for Kids area, with small children rides and activities and Duke's Lagoon, which is a tropical island-themed water zone for kids, with a seating area for adults.
Climbnasium is an indoor rock climbing facility, with climbing walls that reach up to 40 feet in height. Any age is welcome to try climbing, and the Climbnasium offers first-time instruction, birthday parties, group climbing, and more family-friendly events.
From Friday to Saturday, August 22—24, 2014, there will be more than 5,000 Corvettes taking over downtown Carlisle. The Corvettes at Carlisle event will mainly be featured at Carlisle Events, with autocross, burnouts, a huge swap meet with a wide variety of vendors, an all-Corvette car corral, Manufacturers Midway and Installation Alley. Also at Corvettes at Carlisle will be a Kids at Carlisle Activity Center area, where there will be crafts for kids and parents to enjoy together, as well as play activities. Women can enjoy the Women's Oasis as well, where they can get massages, makeovers, shop and more. The event will also feature a parade through historic downtown Carlisle on Saturday, when the corvettes drive from the fairgrounds and will drive to the square in Carlisle and park. Once all of the cars park in downtown Carlisle, there will be a live band performing. The Corvettes Parade will be presented by the Downtown Carlisle Association.
The Ned Smith Center is hosting the Ted Lick Memorial Sporting Clays Classic on Friday, August 22, 2014. Beginning at 9 a.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen's Club in Linglestown, participants can enjoy a full day of 100 rounds of clay birds, a cocktail hour and awards ceremony, and a silent auction. Dozens of Central Pennsylvania business leaders will be present throughout the day, partaking in the fun.
Every Thursday, Hauser Estate Winery hosts Thirsty Thursdays, an evening where guests can enjoy music, specials, and great wine and ciders from the winery. On this Thursday, Shelley McCarthy will be performing, a solo vocalist and guitarist performing favorite folk, classic rock and country tunes from the 60s – 80s.
From Tuesday, August 19 to Saturday, August 25, 2014, the annual Perry County Community Fair will be open at the Perry County Fairgrounds in Newport. This annual event is held the third full week of August at the Fairgrounds with rides, games, live music, animals, livestock, exhibits, arts and crafts, judging, benefit auction, talent shows, horse pulling, pony races, lumberjack show, vendors, food, entertainment and more.
From Monday, August 18 to Saturday, August 23, 2014, the Elizabethtown Fairgrounds will be holding the annual Elizabethtown Fair at 900 East High Street. At the fair, there will be animal shows for horses, goats, lambs, swine, beef, dairy beef and more. There will also be a Fair Queen competition, live music, sack races, garden tractor games, baked good auctions, livestock exhibits, arts and crafts auction, martial arts demonstrations, comedy, a hypnotist, amusement rides and a petting zoo.
During the third weekend in August, Mount Gretna will hold the 40th Annual Outdoor Art Show on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Chautauqua (park). 260 artists are carefully selected through a juried competition, and will have their works for display and sale for the 20,000 visitors the art show brings in every year.
Nearly every Saturday over the summer, Buddy Boy Winery and Vineyard in Duncannon offers a delectable night out with Dinner on the Deck. For only $20, from 6 – 8 p.m., guests can partake in a delicious meal while enjoying wines crafted by the vineyard, and after dinner, for $5, guests can stay and listen to a live performance by Darkside. The menu for Saturday includes pit beef, gourmet potatoes, baked cabbage, candied baby carrots, mixed green salad, fresh Fruit, and Heavens Delight.
Every third Friday of the month in Harrisburg is 3rd in the Burg, an evening where local galleries and venues have special exhibitions of art and great entertainment. On Friday, August 15, 2014, art enthusiasts can also enjoy a variety of food options at the Harrisburg Food Truck Feast. The Harrisburg Food Truck Feast is a group of the top food trucks and trailers in Central PA serving up their special menus every third Friday, from April to October. Some of the food trucks that will be present include MAD Sandwiches, Baron Von Schwein, Up in Smoke, Ice Cream Exress, Bountiful Feast, The Chicken Truck, Forno Inferno, as well as many others.
From Thursday, August 14 to Sunday, August 17, 2013, the semi-annual Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival will put on four days of incredible music on two stages. The festival will be held at the Granite Hill Camping Resort located at 3340 Fairfield Road in Gettysburg. The festival will offer workshops, live music, an all-star jam, the Bluegrass Academy for Kids, food, merchandise, arts and crafts vendors, camping and more. Some of the performers include The Del McCoury Band, The Seldom Scene, Bobby Osborne & the Rocky Top X-Press, US Navy Bluegrass Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, Blue highway, Junior Sisk & Rambers Choice, and many more.
From Wednesday, August 13 to Saturday, August 16, 2014, beginning at 9 a.m., the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society will host the Bookworm Frollic, a community event that has been around for over 30 years where people can go through over 40,000 used books, magazines, and music for sale. The sale will be held outside the historical society, and with each passing day, the prices will decrease. Some of the used books categories that will be available are religion, psychology, health, textbooks, travel, natural sciences, how-to books, history, music, crafts, classic literature, children and teenager, fiction, biography, sports, foreign languages, and family. Local food will be available, and there will also be new books inside the bookstore that will also be discounted.