Halloween is not just any old holiday in the Poconos. It’s a month-long celebration full of spine-tingling adventures and tons of great autumn events. From pumpkin patches to haunted hayrides, we’re about to give you the scoop on the top activities and events that make October the perfect time to visit the Pocono Mountains. So, hop on your broomstick and away we go with a rundown of all the spooktacular Halloween happenings in the Poconos!
If you’re ready to be scared out of your wits, make sure to visit the Halloween Haunt at Dorney Park. It’s open on select nights from September 15 through October 28, 2023. From hordes of hungry zombies to thrilling rides, you are sure to get your adrenaline spiked during your visit!
Hotel of Horror is another well-known haunted experience. Set on the grounds of a 200-yr old abandoned Poconos resort, you’ll be shaking in your boots as you enjoy this creepy place.
Recognized as one of the top ten hottest haunts in the United States and Pennsylvania, the Waldorf Estate of Fear is one of the premier haunted attractions in the area. Open on October weekends, they also host a few Special Events including Friday & Saturday October 13-14 (Friday the 13th Part V Slasher Weekend Reunion), as well as October 27, 2023 (A&E Ghost Hunter’s Daryl Marston).
If you’re looking to tone down the “scare” just a little bit, then After Dark Adventures at Camelback Resort is the perfect choice. Open from 6:00 – 10:00 pm on the weekends from September 28 thru October 28, the resort turns into a thrilling Halloween destination. You can enjoy pumpkin carving, Halloween Movie on the Mountain, exciting rides, and even a Howl O’Ween Doggie Parade on October 21 from 12:00-3:00 pm.
Autumn in the Poconos always means a spectacular color show as the trees begin to put on their fall best. You can take in some amazing views and also enjoy a train ride by visiting The Stourbridge Line. They have Pocono Fall Foliage trips each weekend in October, and also Pumpkin Patch Express routes that allow the kids to experience the fun of a pumpkin patch!
The Electrifying Jack-O-Lantern Experience is a very cool walk-through exhibit on the grounds of the West End Fairgrounds. You can see thousands of hand-carved pumpkins from October 6-29, 2023 and on Halloween night. Buy your tickets early, however, as they are limited.
Knoebels Amusement Resort is a fun place to visit any time of the year. But it’s especially memorable during the month of October. They host their Hallo-Fun Weekends the whole month, and you can enjoy fall-inspired menu items, Halloween themed rides, and more. On Sundays, you can even take in the Character Breakfast with the Boo Crew. It’s an All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast Buffet at the Alamo Restaurant & a FREE Photo for every group!
Claws N Paws Wild Animal Park holds their Annual Halloween Party, Boo At The Zoo, on Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 10:00 am. You’ll find games, an Animal Parade with meet and greets, and more! Plus, if you come in-costume you can save $1 off on your admission!
A Golden Girls Mystery: The Halloween Caper will be playing at Mohegan Pennsylvania October 7, 2023 at 8:00pm and October 8, 2023 at 2:00pm. And don’t miss out on all the fun at the Kids Halloween Bash – Nick’s Lake House on Friday, October 27, 2023 for their Annual Kids Halloween party and Pumpkin Contest.
There are new and exciting memories just waiting to be made in the Poconos this fall. As the scent of warm pumpkin spice and apple cider fills the air, you’ll be enjoying the mountains and discovering some amazing autumn events. And at Pocono Mountain Rentals, you’ll find plenty of cozy accommodations suitable for multiple families or large groups. So, book your trip, don your costume, and get ready for an unforgettable October getaway in this magical destination.Greg Petrillo