Located only three hours from Queens, Hershey, Pa. offers guests the chance to enter a chocolate paradise. Perhaps no holiday means chocolate more than Halloween, and Hershey has many exciting events going on in October.
The Halloween season transforms the town of Hershey into an extra-sweet destination. Featuring family-friendly events and activities, Halloween In Hershey provides guests with three weekends of spooktacular thrills. The celebration takes place on Oct. 18 to 20, Oct. 25 to 27 and Nov. 1 to 3, and includes:
• Hersheypark In The Dark — Featuring more than 50 rides and attractions including the park’s 12th roller coaster, Skyrush, Hersheypark In The Dark transforms all ride names to reflect the Halloween season. Popular examples include “FEARenheit” (Farhenheit) and “Bats in the Belfry” (Kissing Tower). Children 12 and younger are encouraged to dress in costume to experience Hershey’s Trick-or-Treat Adventure, which is sure to satisfy every kid’s sweet tooth.
The adventure begins at Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction and continues to “Treatville,” a town inside Hersheypark where Hershey’s candy treats are offered at eight locations. Hersheypark In The Dark also features fall-themed cuisine and live entertainment including a group of crazy singing scientists in “Bunsen and the Burners” and a rockin’ band of misfit mummies in “Screaming Mummies.”
Event hours are Fridays from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 2 to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 2 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $33 for regular admission (ages 9 to 54), and $22 for junior (ages 3 to 8) or senior (ages 55 and older) admission. Included in the one-price admission to Hersheypark In The Dark, guests are encouraged to bring a flashlight to experience Creatures of the Night at ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park. Children ages 2 and younger are free (halloweeninhershey.com).
• Hershey’s Chocolate World — Hershey’s Chocolate World attraction offers fun for the whole family each weekend during Halloween In Hershey. Enjoy the Hershey’s S’mores Campfire Party and experience traditional s’mores along with songs and stories; participate in Hershey’s Create Your Own Candy Bar attraction and Hershey’s Dessert Creation Studio that offer Halloween-themed ingredients and toppings for visitors to customize their treats; and hop on a trolley for an evening tour of Hershey that includes a journey to see the lights of Hersheypark In The Dark through Hershey Trolley Works.
• Hershey Gardens — Hershey Gardens lights up the night with more than 150 uniquely carved illuminated pumpkins during its annual Pumpkin Glow. Kids ages 12 and younger are invited to come in costume, listen to a garden-themed story time and collect candy treats at stops along the Gardens’ paths. Pumpkin Glow is on Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26 (hersheygardens.org).
• Hershey Resorts — As the official resorts of Hersheypark, The Hotel Hershey, (thehotelhershey.com/rates/holiday.php), Hershey Lodge (hersheylodge.com/rates/holiday.php) and Hershey Highmeadow Campground (hersheycamping.com/index.php) offer overnight accommodations and exclusive benefits so families can extend their Halloween In Hershey fun. Advantages to staying at one of the three resort properties include discounted admission to Hersheypark In The Dark and complimentary shuttle service.
The Hotel Hershey and Hershey Lodge also offer a Halloween In Hershey Package, including deluxe accommodations, breakfast with the Hershey’s product characters, one-day admission to Hersheypark In The Dark and admission to Hershey Gardens and The Hershey Story’s Museum Experience. The package is available Fridays and Saturdays from Oct. 18 through Nov. 2 with prices starting at $339 at the Hershey Lodge and $399 at The Hotel Hershey.
For additional information, hours and pricing for Halloween In Hershey, visit hersheypa.com or call 1 (800) HERSHEY (437-7439).