Halloween attractions around the area

Fall has finally arrived, bringing with it cooler temperatures and changing leaves. Sweaters and jeans replace shorts and tank tops. Thoughts of pumpkins, apple cider and pie are more common in this time of year. This is also the time of year when the witches, ghouls and zombies come out to play.

        If you’re looking for pumpkins, check out Schramm’s Pumpkin Patch, located in Harrison City. Or, if you want something a little more adventurous, take a trip out to Triple B Farms in Monongahela, PA. Once you find a pumpkin, check out the other attractions the farm offers. There is a Big Blue Boo Barn and an inflatable obstacle course. Be sure to make a stop at the Country Market where you can find some freshly baked pies, homemade fudge and apple cider.

        Need a Halloween costume this year? Check out the Halloween Dreams to Screams store located by Sam’s Club. They have over 5,000 costumes to choose from. They are open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Be sure to check out their website for coupons.

        Looking for something fun to do this coming Halloween? The Hobgoblin Hike takes place on Friday Oct. 18. It will be held this year at Mammoth Park from 7 to 9 p.m. This event is free and will be held regardless of weather conditions–and they often look for volunteers if you’re interested.

        Haunted Hills Estate is located in Uniontown, PA. There are three different adventures to check out: the Challenge Trail, Legends and The Dead Chambers. They are open Fridays and Saturdays from 7 to 11p.m. They are also open select Sundays and Thursdays from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $15.

        Haunted Hills Hayride is located in North Versailles. It’s open Friday and Saturdays from 7 to 11p.m. It will also be open Oct. 23, 24, 30 and 31 from 7 to 10 p.m.  The two attractions are the Haunted Hills Hayride and the Valley of Darkness Haunted Walking Trail. Tickets are $12 for each attraction or $17 for both. There is also live entertainment, bonfires and concessions.

        For those who really enjoy scares check out the Pennhurst Asylum located in Spring City, PA. This attraction is open until November 3. It is open Friday and Saturday from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.  It’s also open Thursday and Sunday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Each attraction is $15.  There are four main attractions. The Pennhurst Asylum, a hospital themed walk thru featuring many artifacts from the original State School. The Dungeon of Lost Souls, which features a labyrinth of old cells, drafty hallways and experiments that have gone horribly wrong.  The Tunnel Terror, which takes you along a 900-foot gauntlet underneath the grounds of the old State School. The Ghost Hunt is a self-guided tour through the Mayflower building, which is the most active on campus. Armed with just a flashlight, visitors are left to explore on their own.

        Gather up a group of friends and go check one out. It may just be the last thing you ever do. Happy Halloween.

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