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Spooky & Safe Events to Celebrate Halloween 2020

NEPA’s Brewing Up Some Halloween Fun

Spooky season is officially upon us. This time of year, we’re busy carving pumpkins, putting together awesome costumes and—let’s be honest— eating all the treats in the house. And even though we can’t enjoy some of our fall traditions this year, NEPA is still coming up with creative ways to keep the Halloween spirit alive.

We’re keepin’ it spooky with socially distant trick-or-treating and outdoor festivals for the entire family. And who said the sweets and scares were just for the kids? Even the grown-ups can join the Halloween happenings with spine-chilling movie nights, elegant harvest dinners and historic ghost tours. Check out our list of wickedly fun events for all ages.

Halloween 2020 Events:

  • NEPA’s Haunted Houses

    Throughout October

    Just a few weeks left to scare yourself silly at NEPA’s Halloween haunts. Test your fate with spooky hayrides, walkthroughs and tours that are sure to give you goosebumps.

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  • The Pumpkin Walk

    Every Wednesday – Sunday Through November 1

    Take a stroll through Creekside Gardens in Tunkhannock and admire hundreds of painted pumpkins and gourds of every shape, size and color imaginable. Join a scavenger hunt and snap some family photos while you’re there. Tickets are available online only.

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  • Halloween Light Show

    Every Thursday – Sunday Through November 1

    Lakeland Orchard in Scott Township is flipping the switch on their first-ever drive-thru Halloween Light Show. Round up the kids and take a one-mile drive through the farm to see over 50,000 lights on display. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

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  • Hallo-Fun Weekends at Knoebels

    Every Friday – Sunday Through November 1

    Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg is putting a spooky spin on your favorite rides, games and food stands. They’ll have frights and fun for all ages throughout the entire month.

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  • Remake Double Take: The Thing

    October 23 & 24

    The Mahoning Drive-In Theater in Lehighton is showing the throwback flick The Thing From Another World, followed by the 1982 remake, The Thing. Both of these sci-fi classics will be shown in the original 35 mm.

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  • Downtown Wilkes-Barre Ghost Walks

    October 23 & 24

    Take a walk on the spooky side with the Luzerne County Historical Society’s annual ghost tour. Your guide will lead you through Wilkes-Barre’s historic district with tales of real-life ghosts, mysterious murders, hidden graveyards and more. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance.

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  • Trunk-or-Treat Drive-Thru at the Greater Scranton YMCA

    October 24

    The Greater Scranton YMCA in Dunmore is hosting a trunk-or-treat with a twist. Families will drive through the parking lot to admire creative, decorated cars. At the end, you can vote for your favorite, and the kids will receive a goodie bag.

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  • COMM Family Halloween Party

    October 24

    The Waverly Community House is getting into the spooky spirit with outdoor, socially distant activities for the whole family. They’ll set up crafts, treats, photo ops and more on the back lawn. Spaces are limited, so make sure to book your time slot in advance.

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  • The Addams Family Outdoor Movie

    October 24

    The Slope Amphitheater in Pittston presents a night of creepy, kooky fun with a showing of the 2019 version of The Addams Family. Set up your chairs and blankets under the stars and enjoy this free event.

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  • Hazle Township’s Trail of Treats

    October 25

    This outdoor event at Hazle Township Community Park puts a socially distant spin on trick-or-treating. Kids can follow the “trail” through the park to earn their sweets. They’ll also have a costume contest, food trucks, craft vendors, pumpkin decorating, a photo booth, music and more.

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  • Witches Tea

    October 25

    The Hazleton Art League is brewing up delicious drinks and tasty treats. Summon your friends and enjoy high tea and palm readings in the art gallery. Seating is limited, so make sure to reserve your ticket in advance.

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  • Autism Awareness Trunk or Treat

    October 30

    Fill your goodie bags at this drive-thru trunk-or-treat at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre. Autism Awareness NEPA will have giveaways, entertainment, photo ops and a virtual costume contest. Entry for families is free, but advance registration is required.

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  • Wine & Witches – Hocus Pocus

    October 30

    Eat, drink and be scary! The Ritz Theater is hosting a BYOB showing of Hocus Pocus. Bring your favorite potion and try spooky specials from The Black Box Café. This event is for ages 21 and up, and RSVP is required.

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  • Halloween Fright Time Zip & Climb

    October 30 & 31

    Explore the forest after dark at Blue Mountain Resort in Palmerton. Their high ropes course and zip lines will be decorated with laser lights, glow sticks and other spooky surprises. Spaces are limited, so make sure to book your tickets in advance.

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  • Storytelling Dinner at The Settlers Inn

    October 30 & 31

    The Settlers Inn in Hawley is hosting a farm-to-table feast in their new outdoor dining area. Intricate pumpkins will set the forest aglow while you listen to live bluegrass music and spellbinding stories. Reservations are required.

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  • Pumpkin Pickup 5K

    October 31

    Burn off that sugar rush with a race around Blue Mountain Resort in Palmerton. This 5K has an extra challenge: find the hidden pumpkins and carry them to the finish line to win a prize. There will also be a one-mile fun race for kids.

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  • Halloween Paw-rade

    October 31

    Even the pups can join the fall fun. Bring your canine companion to Frances Slocum State Park for a dog parade to benefit Blue Chip Animal Refuge in Dallas. Costumes are optional.

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  • Spooktacular Halloween Happening

    October 31

    The Bloomsburg Fairgrounds are hosting a whole evening safe, spooky fun. Drive through the fairgrounds for a “reverse parade,” then park for drive-in showings of Hocus Pocus and Beetlejuice. Proceeds from the event will benefit local nonprofits impacted by COVID-19.

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  • Halloween on the Farm

    October 31 & November 1

    Roba Family Farms is celebrating their final weekend of the season with a costume contest and trick-or-treating around the farm. They’ll also have a special lineup of live entertainment.

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  • Trick or Treat with Myths & Monsters

    October 31 & November 1

    The Electric City Aquarium in Scranton is setting up seven trick-or-treat stations throughout the facility. This socially distant event will teach kids all about legends and give them the chance to meet some cool creatures. These activities are included in admission.

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