Whether a jaunt through a pumpkin patch is more your style, or you'd rather scream your way down a haunted coaster, the Pocono Mountains are full of Halloween fun. During your stay at Pocono Mountain Villas, we hope you check out at least one of our top five favorite family Halloween events. When you dance like Spooky Scary Skeletons and shriek with surprise, make sure to share your special moments with us using #ExploriaLife. *Please visit event websites for current COVID-19 safety policies and precautions.1. Pumpkin picking at The Great Pocono Pumpkin Festival Where: Route 209, Forest Inn, Lehighton, PA 18235 When: September 25, 2021 - October 24, 2021 What time: Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. photo: Country Junction Picking pumpkins is a cherished fall tradition in the Northeast. Every fall, Country Junction puts on a family-friendly festival with so much more than just pumpkins! The festival includes hayrides, alien invasion paint ball, carousel and other midway rides, a petting farm, gourd grenade, gem mining and laser tag. Purchase a “fun card” and use the points to enjoy the different activities. Adults can sip a glass of wine from the adult tent while enjoying live music. And, of course, don't forget to take home a pumpkin when you leave. 2. Carve Jack-o'-lanterns at Pocono Mountain Villas Where: 2157 River Road, East Stroudsburg, PA 18302 When: Anytime during your next stay at the Pocono Mountain Villas Take part in this cherished tradition that can get quite creative and intricate! Once you've picked your pumpkins, take them back to your villa, plan your design, and start carving! Do you like ghoulish grins or spine-tingling sneers? Plan your design first with a pen or Sharpie marker before carving. Don't forget to save the pumpkin seeds to bake later! Fun Fact: Did you know the practice of decorating jack-o'-lanterns originated in Ireland? In celebration of an old folk tale, people carved scary faces into turnips and potatoes. Get great content like this and much more sent right to your inbox when you subscribe to our newsletter! 3. Take a haunted ghost tour through the Old Jail Museum Where: 128 West Broadway, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229 When: Every Saturday in October What time: Doors open at 6 p.m., and the last tour leaves at 9 p.m. All tickets are sold at the door. Join your tour guide for a creepy and historical tour through the old Carbon County Jail. Built in 1869, the building and its massive stone walls have played host to convicted murderers, hanging gallows, and a number of suspicious incidents over the decades. You'll hear the true story of the condemned Molly Maguires and see the mysterious handprint of a man who claimed he was innocent. Some people even say they've caught paranormal visitors in their photos! Tours are approximately 25 minutes long, and children under 12 are not permitted. Tip: If the evening ghost tour sounds a little too scary, you can enjoy a daytime history tour instead. For more information, email OldJailJT@gmail.com or call (570) 325-5259 4. Hotel of Horror Where: 5105 Cherry Valley Rd, Saylorsburg, PA 18353 When: September 26, 2021 - November 6 2021 What time: Start time 6 - 7 p.m.; end time 10 - 11 p.m. This unique event is perfect for the brave at heart. The Hotel of Horror and Altered Nightmares Halloween Haunted House attractions are both housed inside the Legendary Lake House Hotel in the picturesque Pocono Mountains; intertwined and breathing next to one another, sharing organs and a circulatory system like conjoined twins. The sinister subconscious of the Hotel of Horror feeds off the dark energy that stains the lumber skeleton of this once pristine mountain resort, while Altered Nightmares celebrates the chaos that grows stronger as each soul travels through its decaying halls and abandoned rooms. Please enter with caution as the inmates run this asylum. Witness for yourself why they are critically acclaimed. Both are indoor walk-through haunted houses that are open rain or shine with a covered wait. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (570) 99-BEAST (992-3278) 5. The Monster Coaster Where: 301 Resort Drive, Tannersville, PA 18372 When: October 1, 2021- October 31, 2021 What time: Friday & Saturday 6 - 10 p.m.; Sunday 6 - 9 p.m. Beware the forest's critters and creatures as you ZOOM down the mountain on Pennsylvania's only Monster Coaster. Then perform some frightening flips and climb to screeching heights at the other attractions at the Camelback Resort. A $40 adventure pass will let you experience all the family fun and get you a 20% discount at three resort restaurants. Purchase your adventure pass or individual attraction tickets online at camelbackresort.com/mountain-adventures/halloween. Plan Your Next Pocono Mountain Vacation Pocono Mountain Villas by Exploria Resorts is centrally located to these venues and offers guests bountiful opportunities to enjoy the famous Pennsylvania fall foliage. Browse our accommodations, on-property amenities, and availability here.