Do you look for scenery or scare when planning your Halloween festivities? Whatever strikes your family’s fancy, there is no denying that the Pocono Mountains are filled with plenty of both this year. Here are 5 of our favorite events happening this year for families visiting the Poconos for Halloween.
1. Go pumpkin picking at The Great Pocono Pumpkin Festival
Where? Route 209, Forest Inn, Lehighton, PA 18235
When? Happening NOW through October 28th
What time? Weekdays from noon to 4pm; weekends from 11am to 6pm.
photo: Country Junction
Picking pumpkins is a cherished fall tradition in the Northeast. Every fall, Country Junction—the World’s Largest General Store—puts on a family-friendly festival for locals and festive visitors. A $10 “fun band” will get you access to the corn maze, hay ride, Ghost Ship, Ship Wreck Cove, treasure digging, and 3 shots on the gourd grenade. On the weekend, festival highlights include costumed characters (included with fun band), bounce houses, paintball, pony rides, carnival rides, and lots of children’s activities. Don’t forget to take home a pumpkin before you leave.
If you have little ones, we recommend going during the day. On Friday and Saturday nights, the store hosts “Fright Nite” events. These shows pack a thrill for teens and adults, but might be too much for younger eyes and ears.
2. Carve Jack-o-lanterns in your Pocono Mountain Villa
Where? 2157 River Road, East Stroudsburg, PA 18302
When? You tell us
Once you’ve picked your pumpkins, take them back to your villa, plan your design, and start carving! Longtime Pocono Mountain Villas guest, and native New Yorker, Christina Mendez recommends this activity especially to families who live in the city. If you want to fully enjoy the spirit of Halloween while taking advantage of October’s harvest season, jack-o-lantern carving is a classic Halloween treat for kids and adults to enjoy together.
Plan your design first with a pen or sharpie marker before cutting in. You can find pumpkin carving kits and design books at local grocery and craft stores. Don’t forget to save the pumpkin seeds to bake later!
3. Take a haunted ghost tour through the Old Jail Museum
Where? 128 West Broadway, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229
When? October 6th, 13th, and 20th
What time? 6:15pm to 9pm
“Home to real spirits, the Old Jail Museum invites you on a 45-minute haunted tour. Hear true tales and ghostly occurrences that have continued since 1871. Don’t forget to bring your camera!” – PoconoMountains.com
Need to know: Children under the age of 12 are not permitted.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-325-5259
4. Learn about the creatures of Halloween at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm
Where? 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg, PA 18360
When? October 26-29th
What time? Friday from 5-8pm; Saturday from 1-8pm; Sunday from 1-5pm
This unique event is perfect for families with curious kids of any age. There are plenty of activities to fill your family with Halloween spirit during the day. Explore the traditions and history of Halloween with your family as you play games, listen to stories, and take a horse-drawn wagon ride through the farm. At night, they host an interactive murder mystery show for daring detectives. This event takes place rain or shine and is both indoors and outdoors, so please prepare for the weather.
Good to know: On October 6th and 7th, from 10am to 5pm, Quiet Valley celebrates their 44th Annual Harvest Festival. This year’s theme is “Living Off the Land” and will offer hands-on experiences for your little ones to try old fashion crafts and activities. Admission to the festival is $10/adult and $5 for children ages 3-12
For more information, email email@example.com or call 570-992-6161
5. Take a Spooky Spectacular Halloween Trip through Pennsylvania
Where? 150 South Washington Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503-2018 (GPS: N 41.41, W 75.67).
When? October 27, 2018
What time? The train departs from Steamtown National Historic Site at 11:30 and is scheduled to return at 3pm.
All aboard the Ghoulsboro Express! Show off your best Halloween costumes as your family explores the Poconos’ fall foliage beauty in style. The train and station will be decked out for the holiday with all kinds of weird and wonky details. This spooky train ride travels to Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania in Wayne County. There will be special family-friendly activities to enjoy at the Ghoulsboro depot and Steamtown station which will open early at 9am. Ticket pricing for this spine-tingling trip is $34 for adults, ages 16-61; $29 for seniors, ages 62 and older; and $22 for children ages 6-15. Children up to age 5 require a no-cost ticket.
For more information and tickets, call 570-340-5244
Good to know:
Earlier in October, on Saturday, October 6th, the train will make a scenic trip to East Stroudsburg’s Fall Harvest Festival. Ticket pricing is $54 for adults, ages 16-61; $49 for seniors, ages 62 and older; and $32 for children ages 6-15. Children to age 5 require a free ticket. Limited First Class seating in the former Lehigh Valley executive business car is available for an additional $25 per person.
Need accommodation for your Pocono Mountain vacation?
Pocono Mountain Villas by Exploria Resorts is centrally located to these venues and offers guests bountiful opportunities to enjoy fall foliage that Pennsylvania is famous for this time of year. Browse through our accommodations, on-property amenities, and availability here.