October brings out the haunted side of Lehigh Valley. Whether fact or fiction, you’re in for a spooky good time. Make the most of the season with the Halloween & festive fall activities throughout the region.
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Ghost Tours & Stories
Join Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites for their Death & Dying Cemetery Tour (ongoing). On this guided walking experience, you’ll hear stories of ancient lore as you tour God’s Acre, one of the oldest cemeteries in the county. Or, head to Nazareth to join the Moravian Historical Society for a Spooky Lantern-Led Tour (October 18-19 & 25-26) which will take you through an overview of the early Colonial Era Moravian lifestyle, a visit to the two oldest Moravian buildings in North America, and includes stops at important community buildings to explore important crafts, industries, and personalities.
See Crystal Cave (October 11-12, 18-19 & 25-26)by a different light! Guides, wearing Victorian clothing, present a recreation of the original Crystal Cave tour from the 1870s, guided by the glow of hand-held lantern light. Hear folklore, ghost stories, and history of Crystal Cave that are not part of the modern day tour.
If you haven’t had your fill of haunted tales, consider taking a Historic Haunts of Downtown Bethlehem ghost tour (October 18-19 & 25-26, November 1-2). These guided experiences depart from the Moravian Book Shop and include a tour of historic Bethlehem. In Easton, you can find guided ghost tours departing from the Sigal Museum (October 12, 19, 25-26).
On select dates, the grounds of the National Museum transforms into Haunted Hugh Moore Park (October 18-19 & 25-26). This annual event features a special Halloween ride on the Josiah White II, a ghost walk to the locktender’s house, pumpkins, hay ride, crafts and more.
Please note: Many of these experiences are weather-dependent and do fill up quickly, so it’s recommended to reserve your space early. Call the host organization directly to book your tour.
During daytime hours, head to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom for The Great Pumpkin Fest (through November 3). At this event, kids can trick or treat with characters from the PEANUTS gang, ride select rides, and more. Make a full day of it and head to Da Vinci Science Center to check out their Jack-O-Lantern Lane (through November 3) exhibit where you can explore optical illusions and sensory tricks.
Want to get in touch with the great outdoors? Take your trick or treating fun to the Lehigh Valley Zoo for Boo at the Zoo (October 19-20, 26-27). Back for four dates this year, the event offers a full lineup of interactive experiences including spooky animal mingles, tours inside Lorikeet Landing, and more.
Or, head to the Crayola Experience for the return of Screamin’ Green Hauntoween (through October 31), an event that features monster-ific crafts and special spooky happenings all month long. Enjoy trick-or-treating and a live slime-themed show that's fun for the whole family!
If you’re looking to take in some of the season’s colors, consider a hike at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary or a train ride with the Colebrookdale Railroad.
Scary Good Times
When nighttime falls, the scares come out at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom. Halloween Haunt (through November 2) is back with haunted mazes, scare zones, rides, haunted attractions and monsters prowling the park.
Still feeling brave? Head to the legendary Lake House Hotel of Horror (through November 2). Here, you’ll find two indoor walk-through haunted houses that are open rain or shine. Set designs, characters, and storyline change year to year in this 200+ year-old "abandoned' mountain resort, ensuring that there’s always something new to surprise you.