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20 Can’t Miss Events in October

Haunted Attractions, Harvest Festivals, Fall Foliage and More

It’s October! Fall is officially official. The gorgeous oranges, yellows and reds of autumn are reaching their peak. Everybody’s brainstorming those perfect Halloween costumes. And if you’re looking for a little autumn fun, you’ve come to the right place.

From Halloween to harvest festivals, if it’s happening in NEPA, we’ve got it covered. Stay in the know with our local events calendar. And, if you still need a little help finding local fun, check out this convenient can’t miss list.

October Events in NEPA

  • Haunted Attractions

    Throughout October

    Haunted hayrides, spooky walk-throughs and historic ghost tours will make your skin crawl all month long. Across NEPA, these horror attractions keep guests coming back for more, even after the scare of a lifetime.

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  • Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival

    Saturdays & Sundays through October 23

    Celebrate the return of autumnal magic to Jim Thorpe. The Annual Fall Foliage Festival features performances from local musicians, 50+ shops and vendors, train rides and incredible fall scenery.

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  • Pumpkin Patch Express

    Every Weekend

    Hop on the Stourbridge Line for a scenic trip to the pumpkin patch. Kids get to choose their own pumpkin and adults get to enjoy a peaceful ride through the Poconos at peak fall foliage.

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  • Halloween Light Show

    Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays

    The largest Halloween light show in Pennsylvania is back and spookier than ever. Climb aboard the Lakeland Express for a 1-mile ride through the illuminated Lakeland Orchard & Cidery. Don’t be too afraid though, this show is kid-friendly.

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  • Fall Wine Festival

    October 1

    For the 7th year, the Fall Wine Festival takes over Montage Mountain. Sip delicious samples from some of Pennsylvania’s best wineries while observing the mountain’s colorful, changing leaves and enjoying live music.

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  • 3rd Annual Oktoberfest

    October 1

    Break out the lederhosen and head to Log Tavern Brewing for an Oktoberfest celebration. The day is filled with traditional German fare, from food and beer to polka music and dancing.

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  • Scranton Fringe Festival

    October 1-2 & 6-8

    Head to Downtown Scranton for a celebration of the arts. The annual Scranton Fringe Festival brings a handful of original plays and productions to performance venues across the Electric City. Make some time to catch a show or two this month.

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  • 40th Annual Covered Bridge & Arts Festival

    October 6 — 9

    Nothing says autumn like a craft fair. Luckily, the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds host the 40th Annual Covered Bridge Festival where you can get your fill of handmade crafts. You’ll also find pieces from local artists, woodwork and even delicious food.

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  • Halloween Fright Time Zip & Climb

    Fridays & Saturdays beginning October 7

    Blue Mountain’s Night Time Zip & Climb gets a creepy twist this month. Take on all five levels of the High Ropes Course where lights, sound effects and Halloween music create a spooky atmosphere.

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  • Hallo-Fun Weekends

    Every Weekend beginning October 7

    Once the air gets crisp and the first leaves hit the ground, Knoebels transforms into a “hallo-riffic” place. Enjoy your favorite rides with a spooky flair, grab a few delicious seasonal treats and catch live shows. Stick around after dark for a few extra scares.

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  • Harvest Festival

    October 8 & 9

    Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm travels back in time for their 48th Annual Harvest Festival. Catch demonstrations of traditional 1800s activities, explore a Civil War encampment and enjoy folk entertainment.

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  • Steamtown Marathon

    October 9

    Scranton’s biggest race is back for its 25th year. Whether you’re participating or cheering from the crowd, the Steamtown Marathon is a spectacle for all ages.

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  • Black Bear Film Festival

    October 14 — 16

    The Black Bear Film Festival is a cinephile’s dream come true. Featuring a lineup of innovative independent films, this three-day festival brings the future of cinema to Milford.

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  • Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

    October 15, 21 & 26

    The birds are back on the ice as the ’22-’23 season kicks off this month. Head to the rink at the Mohegan Sun Arena for matches against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Laval Rocket and the Cleveland Monsters.

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  • Rumours of Fleetwood Mac

    October 19

    The world’s finest Fleetwood Mac tribute performs the band’s iconic Rumours note-for-note on the F.M. Kirby Center stage. Featuring the album’s hits and deep cuts, this show is perfect for new and old fans alike.

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  • Hazle Township Fall Festival & Trail of Treats

    October 22 & 23

    Family-friendly fall fun is at the top of the agenda at the Hazle Township Fall Festival & Trail of Treats. Hazle Township Community Park transforms into a fairground complete with a DJ, activities, food & craft vendors and even a costume contest.

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  • The Rocky Horror Show

    October 27 — 30

    It’s not Halloween without a rockin’ performance of The Rocky Horror Show. The Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre carries on their October tradition for the 8th year. Don’t miss the best Halloween party in town.

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  • Spooky Schuylkill 5K

    October 29

    Get your costumes ready for the spookiest 5K around. The 10th Annual Spooky Schuylkill 5K invites participants to run, walk and creep along a 3.1-mile course. The event concludes with a costume contest so be sure to get creative.

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  • Costume Contest & Halloween Party

    October 29

    The kids might have trick-or-treating, but Montage Mountain makes sure adults have some Halloween fun too. Enjoy live music, dancing and spooky-themed refreshments at the annual Costume Contest & Halloween Party. Be sure to come in costume for a chance to win the grand prize.

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  • The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute

    October 30

    This Beatles tribute is the closest you’ll get to seeing the real deal. Performing hits that span the band’s incredible 10-year existence, audiences can twist and shout at the F.M. Kirby Center to all their Fab Four favorites.

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