For this month’s Buy Local feature, we’re presenting some of our favorite costumers, candy shops and farms with autumn harvest experiences. October gives MODE readers the chance to pick and eat the freshest produce, enjoy handmade candies and desserts and support small businesses while creating a unique Halloween costume. Take the opportunity to support the farmers and shopowners that help make fall in Central Pennsylvania one of the most beautiful seasons anywhere in the country. If you know a business you’d like to see featured, contact our Buy Local department.
Georgie Lou’s Retro Candy & Gifts
22 N. Pitt St., Carlisle
Give candy that’ll delight trick or treaters and their parents from Carlsle’s Georgie Lou’s Retro Candy & Gifts. Georgie Lou’s specializes is nostalgic candies alongside favorites of today,” said Stephanie Patterson Gilbert, owner and founder of George Lou’s. “We stock over 500 kinds of retro, gourmet and novelty sweets, and we also carry a unique selection of retro-themed gifts.”
1501 Catherine St., Harrisburg
The Matangos family has been making the finest quality candy in the Harrisburg area since 1947. Their candies are handmade,dipped and packed every day, giving customers the freshest products possible. Matangos has a wide variety of chocolates, non pareils and specialty items for your holiday candy needs.
511 Park Terrace, Harrisburg
Sitting around their kitchen table telling stories and discussing candy recipes, Marie Levan Lick and her mother Lanny Levan agreed to start their own candy business. When discussing a name for their business, Lanny declared that her and her daughter were “Two Nuts”. Two-Nuts Confections uses both old-fashioned and unique recipes to create hand-made, rich confections full of chocolate, nuts and fruit.
Virginia Nut Shop
1107 Bridge St., New Cumberland
The Virginia Nut Shop has offered premium nuts, chocolates and gifts in New Cumberland for over 50 Years. Virginia Nut Shop has a number of great options for trick-or-treaters or party guests, and they are also available for fundraisers, special occasions corporate gifts and custom gift baskets.
Zimmerman’s Nuts & Candies
2701 Elm St., Harrisburg
Zimmerman’s Nuts & Candies offers fresh roasted coffee, homemade nut butters and confectionary coatings. Working with local suppliers Asher’s Chocolates of Lewistown and Necco Confections, they offer some of the best local candies and snacks in the region. Perfect for readymade Halloween treats, or ingredients to create your own.
2015 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg
Autumn’s Attic in Harrisburg is a new and gently used baby and kids clothing store offersing sizes from Preemie to size 16. Autumn’s Attic features costumes and accessories for your child’s Halloween outfit at up to 80% off retail price.
Broad St. Army & Navy Store
1316 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg
Find the clothing or accessories you need to make your costume authentic at the Broad St. Army & Navy Store in Midtown Harrisburg. Broad Street Army & Navy Store is one of the few remaining original, old style Army & Navy stores in the country.
2920 Herr St., Harrisburg
Harrisburg’s #1 costume sales and rental service, Balloon Capital & Christa’s Costumes has over 2,000 costumes in stock. “The Best Little Horror House in Harrisburg” also carries masks, wigs, makeup, accessories and much more.
Costumes by Susie Q
2000 State St., Harrisburg
Attached to the Doll House Museum on State St., Costumes by Susie Q offers hundreds of costumes and accessories. The Doll House Museum also features an early 20th-century style ice cream parlor, and a tea room available for group rentals.
Fairey Godmother’s Vintage Clothier
17 W. Main St., Mechanisburg
Fairey Godmother’s features a variety of vintage and costume clothing perfect for completing your Halloween outfit. Fairey Godmother’s is home to thousands of hats, jewelry, coats and accessories, as well as vintage clothing for any occasion.
Gift Horse Costumery
6590 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg
Gift Horse Costumery offers hundreds of costumes for rental or purchase, as well as makeup, accessories and more.
Howling at the MoonCostume Shop
1137 W. Main St., Annville
During the month of October Annville’s 40 Winks Inn is home to Howling at the Moon Costume Shop, a costumery exclusively dedicated to Halloween. Howling at the Moon offers childrens’ costumes for purchase and adult costumes for rental, along with wigs, masks and accessories.
Ashcombe Farm& Greenhouses
906 W. Grantham Rd.,
Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses features Fall Harvest Days from October 5th through the 31st. Pick your own pumpkins, play in field games and activities, enjoy special harvest foods and special events throughout the month such as scarecrow making, apple butter boils and alpaca exhibits.
Blyler Fruit Farm
7922 Route 25, Spring Glen
Open from 8 AM – 5 PM from Monday through Saturday, Blyler fruit farm has apples available for picking year-round. Located one mile east of Gratz, Blyler Fruit Farm is a great place to spend an early fall day.
Oak Grove Farm
846 Fisher Rd., Mechanicsburg
Oak Grove Farms, Inc. is a family owned and operated farm established in the mid 1960’s. Oak Grove has a pick-your-own patch of pumpkins and squash, a country farm store featuring over 50 varieties of homemade jams and jellies, a bakery and a CSA. Current crops include gourds, decorative kale, hardy mums and sweet corn.
Paulus Farm Market
1216 S. York St., Mechanicsburg
During the fall, Paulus Farm Market in New Bloomfield features a Fun Fort Greenhouse, family corn maze, hay play area and on the weekends offers hayrides and a U-Pick Pumpkin Patch. Paulus also carries a large variety of produce, eggs, meat, baked goods and home gardening supplies.
Smith Christmas Tree Farm
1001 S. 80th St., Harrisburg
Smith Pleasant View farm is the home of Smiths’ Choose & Cut Christmas Tree Farm. In the fall Smith is home to delicious fresh tomatoes and fall harvest decorations including mums, pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks and straw bales. Fall harvest hours are dawn to dusk daily mid September thru Halloween.
Strites’ Orchard Farm Market & Bakery
1000 Strites Rd., Harrisburg
Strites’ Orchard Farm is open Monday-Friday from 8 AM – 7 PM and on Saturdays from 8 AM – 5 PM. Strites’ features a bakery and farm store, pick your own apples and pumpkins, photo events and a corn maze. Check StritesOrchard.com for complete schedule and details.
750 S. Mountain Estates,
Shippensburg’s Toigo Orchards specializes in Integrated Pest Management to grow beautiful produce with no chemical residues. Toigo Orchards are open from Monday – Friday from 10 AM – 6 PM. Call ahead to find out which varieties are ripe and/or available to pick.
308 Montebello Farm Rd.,
Windswept Acres is open Monday through Saturday for raspberry picking by appointment. Please call first for current picking conditions. Best picking hours are early day or early evening.