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Stay & Investigate

Paranormal investigating has experienced a meteoric rise in popularity, thanks in part to television shows like Paranormal Challenge, Ghost Hunters, My Ghost Story and others.

Many parts of the country are being explored for signs of the paranormal and Lehigh Valley is no exception. Having been around for centuries, it should be no surprise that our area is home to an exceptional number of “haunted” locations and more than a few “true-life” horror stories.

Discover Lehigh Valley, the official DMO (Destination Marketing Organization) of Lehigh Valley has partnered with many local destinations to accommodate paranormal enthusiasts and skeptics alike with our Stay & Investigate promotion.

We would like to thank author Ken Biddle, for his kind permission in allowing us to use some of his research found in Haunted Lehigh Valley in our marketing materials. Visit ParaInvestigator.org for more on Ken and his works, and please make certain to investigate our featured haunts.

Autumn Adventures and Frightening Frolics

Discover Lehigh Valley’s fall promotion Autumn Adventures & Frightening Frolics highlights classic seasonal activities and offers a number of savings on area events and attractions. Deals range from free giveaways and restaurant discounts to reduced admission at festivals and ghost tours. A detailed list of events and printable coupons are available at LehighValleyFall.com


Arts & Culture

Considered by many to be the last great musical comedy, Gypsy is a legendary musical loosely based on the memoirs of the famed stripped Gypsy Rose Lee and it’s coming to Allentown’s Civic Theatre. It tells the backstage tale of the vaudeville entertainer turned stripper and her overbearing mother, Rose. Composed in 1959, Gypsy’s score contains a bevy of Broadway standards, including “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “Small World,” “Some People,” “If Momma Was Married,” “Together Wherever We Go,” and the climactic “Rose’s Turn.” Find out more about Gypsy.



Escape from zombies and other ghoulish creatures during Terror on the Mountain at Blue Mountain Ski Area. The Haunted Lodge may be one of the scariest places in Lehigh Valley through the month of October. Terror on the Mountain also offers a haunted hayride. Do you have what it takes to make it through the lodge unscathed? Find out during Terror on the Mountain’s operating hours, from September 28 through October 31, 7 to 10 p.m.


Dorney Park goes from summer fun to fall fear for six weekends leading up to Halloween. The park is transformed into a haunted playground. The day-time Boo! Blast event keeps kids having scare-free fun for hours, and the night time HAUNT is sure to scare even the toughest bravery. Halloween HAUNT and the included scare attractions and shows are strongly not recommended for children under age 13. As such all Boo-Blast activities close one hour prior to HAUNT start and no RE-ENTRY is permitted during HAUNT hours.

Dining & Shopping

Learn a few culinary tips and tricks you can take home with you during Northampton Community College’s fine dining culinary event “Chef-in-Residence.” Meet this fall’s celebrity chef, who will give a cooking demonstration, and learn to prepare dishes you can serve at home. Admission is $10 per person, which includes recipes and samples. For information or to register, go to northampton.edu/specialevents. Call 610-861-5519.


The Crossings Premium Outlets and Susan G. Komen for the Cure are teaming up to support breast cancer awareness, research, and treatment programs in the community. First, visit the on-site Information Center to donate $10 to support the cause and receive 25% off one item from select stores including Calvin Klein, Converse, Guess Factory Store, Juicy Couture, Kenneth Cole, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, Rue21 and more. Donations will be accepted on-site only via cash or credit, with all proceeds benefiting Komen Northeast Pennsylvania.

Fairs & Festivals

Germany will be temporarily transported to Bethlehem’s backyard during two weekends in October. ArtsQuest’s second Oktoberfest will be held at SteelStacks from October 5-7 and 12-14, to experience authentic German Oktoberfest (with a Pennsylvania flair). Highlighting the event is the 100-foot by 240-foot Yuengling Festhalle tent, German food, beer, and polka music.

Each travel package includes overnight accommodations and Oktoberfest passes, along with an Oktoberfest mug.


Get set for the one yearly event where it’s good to smell funky at. Easton, Pa is gearing up for the STINKIEST festival of the year on Centre Square in Historic Downtown Easton!

Easton’s Garlic Fest brings together regional and local garlic growers and market vendors will offer specialty garlic foods along with other quality fare to satisfy your cravings for the pungent bulb. Call 610-330-9942

Family Fun

The world-renowned Bodies Revealed exhibition is making its stunning first appearance in Lehigh Valley beginning October 5 and running Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

Presented locally by St. Luke’s University Health Network: The Bodies Revealed exhibition – which has been seen by more than 15 million people of all ages – provides visitors a mesmerizing three-dimensional tour of the human body that otherwise is available only to medical professionals and students. It also inspires appreciation for the human body as an intricately-developed machine that is more complex and wondrous than all of the computers and gadgets surrounding humanity every day.

Bodies Revealed features 12 authentic full-body human specimens and is arranged in a series of sections highlighting the human body’s major systems – beginning with the skeletal system then proceeding through the muscular, nervous, circulatory, digestive, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive systems. The bodies are complimented by presentation cases of related organs, both healthy and diseased, that provide a detailed look into each system’s elements.


Celebrate a century of Girl Scouting at Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W Walnut St., Allentown Pennsylvania with a mini-exhibit and panel discussion on October 27 at 11:30 a.m. Exhibit remains on display through November 4during regular museum hours of Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Sun. noon – 4 p.m. The exhibit is free to members; non-members $6 adults, $3 children.


Lehigh Valley is a great place for some autumnal golfing and on Saturday, October 6th Olde Homestead is hosting a rally to support breast cancer awareness and the mission of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Anyone playing between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, and making a $20 donation will receive a year’s subscription to a magazine of their choice, and the chance to win a CDX-10 Golf Travel Bag! Learn More. Find out more here.


Downtown Bethlehem’s rich tradition and long history are explored during Historic Bethlehem’s new Death and Dying walking tour. The tours focus on early Moravian life, including medical care, the “dead tray,” and the city’s oldest cemetery.

The unique way Moravians buried their dead often proves to be one of the most interesting aspects of the tour, according to Historic Bethlehem’s guests. Tours are offered daily through November 4 except for Mondays; during the month of October Tues. –Thurs., Sun.: 3 p.m. Fri. –Sat.: 6 p.m. 800-360-TOUR


Historic Haunts of Downtown Bethlehem is the original candlelit ghost tours! This walking tour is guided by an experienced costumed guide through the darkened streets of Bethlehem’s Downtown Historic district. Hear the tales of ghostly soldiers patrolling Moravian College. Learn the legend of Liesel and Lafayette. Find out who or what haunts the oldest bookstore in the country. One of our bloggers is even a guide!

Tour hours start at sundown and, new this year, special midnight tours are available on select days. Reservations are recommended, however, walk-ins may be accommodated if possible.

To find out more or to register, call Moravian Book Shop at 610-866-5481.

Outdoor RecreationOn October 20, bike on some of the most beautiful trails in Pennsylvania during Bike, Wine and Dine on Broadway in Jim Thorpe. You start with an easy downhill nine mile bike ride on the historic Switch-back Trail from Summit Hill and return to picturesque Broadway in Jim Thorpe, followed by a delicious lunch at Molly Maguire’s Pub & Steakhouse. After lunch, enjoy an open afternoon to explore the museums, art galleries, and boutiques of Jim Thorpe.It’s one thing to hike along the Lehigh River, but what if you were able to bike, hike, and raft the river in one day. Bike 25 miles, hike up the Glen Onoko Falls and raft up to 10 miles during The Big Day Out with Pocono Whitewater on October 13 and 20 at 1519 State Route 903. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, guides, shuttles, and equipment are included. Ages 10 and up. $94.95 per person.
SportsThe Runner’s World Half-Marathonis about much more than lacing up your shoes and hitting the streets. The Runner’s World Half-Marathon and Running Festival weekend (that’s right, a whole weekend) will run October 19-21 and will include: seminars, live music, running films, prerace dinner with Runner’s World editors, 10-K, 5-K, and kids’ races (Saturday), Half-marathon (Sunday).HQ for the weekend will be on the grounds of the beautifully refurbished Bethlehem Steel Mill and ArtsQuest SteelStacks campus.College football isn’t reserved for television or large stadiums this time of year. Lehigh Valley is home to numerous college football teams from Division III Moravian and Muhlenberg to Division I Lehigh and Lafayette. These teams’ home games are not only a display in some quality football action, but are also a neighborhood event that truly brings out the pride in local residents. Take some time to cheer on your favorite local team!
Wineries / Breweries Did you know Lehigh Valley has its very own “official wine grape?” Find out just why Lehigh Valley’s Chambourcin grape is so revered on October 20 & 21 on the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail. Taking place after the harvest is over, local Lehigh Valley wineries will participate in Chambourcin Weekend.Chef Nathan Grube will make a return appearance to conduct cooking demonstrations to be paired with our 2009 Chambourcin and Turtle Rock Red (also made with 100% Chambourcin grapes). Cooking demonstrations will take place at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. both days at Clover Hill Winery.As you explore the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail during this event, be sure to taste each winery’s Chambourcin and see how the flavors vary within the same region. Or better yet, buy a bottle of each to take home with you and conduct a formal tasting of your own!