During October, there’s plenty of Halloween fun in the Cumberland Valley for both adults and children. Here are some highlights to help you plan your Weekend Easy getaway. For a complete list of all Halloween activities, check out our events calendar.

Destination Carlisle’s Halloweekend (October 18-20)

Come to downtown Carlisle for a weekend of spooktacular fun! The storefronts will be decorated with hundreds of hand-carved pumpkins and other seasonal décor. The downtown merchants invite everyone to enjoy photo ops, games, crafts, and specially-themed drinks and food.

The weekend is anchored by three events:

  • The Farm-to-Table dinner on Friday (October 18) is a ticketed event where guests can savor a delicious dinner under the stars at the Historical Society’s pocket park followed by an optional walking ghost tour.
  • Spooky Saturday (October 19) fills the downtown with costumed kids as they trick-or-treat at participating merchant locations.
  • Sunday’s Halloweekend Bucket List (October 20) challenges guests to complete 20 tasks in five hours with prizes available.

Halloween Decorating

Take a hands-on class to make the perfect Halloween decorations for your home. Don't wait until the last minute to sign up for these entertaining activities.

Ghost Tours and Other Out-of-This-World Experiences

Spend your Friday or Saturday evening with TimeWalker Tours on a guided ghost tour of Carlisle. Learn about the town’s rich history and experience eerie tales of past residents who linger here after death. Be sure to book in advance on their website. These tours sell out quickly.

Other events include:

Not-So-Scary Fun for the Little Ones

Even the little ones can get in on the fun. In addition to our traditional Halloween parades, they can enjoy fun, family-friendly activities and events.

And for the pets: Howl-O’Ween: Pets at Fort Hunter -- October 27

Halloween Parades

Parade information is posted as we receive it. Please check back for updates.

10/8/19 -- Mechanicsburg

10/15/19 – New Cumberland

10/17/19 – Boiling Springs

10/21/19 – Carlisle

10/22/19 -- Camp Hill

10/23/19 -- East Pennsboro Township

10/28/19 – Newville