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 and fall activities, check out our events calendar. Due to COVID-19, events may have been modified and safety protocols may be in place. Please check directly with the event organizers if you have questions.
Destination Carlisle’s Halloweekend (October 16-18)
Come to downtown Carlisle for a weekend of spooktacular fun! The storefronts will be decorated with seasonal decor and the public gets to choose their favorites. Lighted pumpkins will form a path around downtown each night Downtown merchants invite everyone to enjoy photo ops, games, crafts, and limited-time offers of specially-themed drinks and food.
11th Annual Spooky Saturday (October 17)
Spooky Saturday will not take place this year.
Not-So-Scary Fun for the Little Ones
Even the little ones can get in on the fun. While most Halloween parades have been canceled this year, there are still a number of activities and events for families to enjoy.
- Everything Pumpkin: Partial Hands-On Kids' Cooking Class @ The Kitchen Shoppe -- October 4
- Creature Feature Weekend @ Cumberland Drive-In -- October 16-18
- Street of Treats in Downtown Mechanicsburg -- October 17
- Spooky Halloween Scavenger Hunt @ AACA Museum -- October 24, 25, 31
- Camp Hill Borough's Halloween Costume Contest @ the Borough Building -- October 27
- Halloween Drive-Thru at the Drive-In -- October 24
- Halloween Family Fun Event @ Hollabaught's -- October 31
- Carlisle Borough's Halloween Contest & Trunk or Treat Party @ Stuart Community Center -- October 31
- Magic Mondays @ Grand Illusion Hard Cider -- Mondays in October and throughout the year
- Create-Your-Own Gourds @ Meadowbrook Gourds -- October 3 & 4, 10 & 11
- Oil Painting: Fall Pumpkins @ Carlisle Arts Learning Center -- October 8, 15, 22, 29 (4-week class)
- Historical Ghost Tours @ Carlisle Theatre -- October 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31
- Haggle-Ween Weekend @ Carlisle Antique Mall -- October 24 & 25
- Eat, Drink & Be Scary Cooking Class @ The Kitchen Shoppe -- October 25
- An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe @ Grand Illusion -- October 29
- North Hanover Halloween Party @ Participating Business along N. Hanover Street in Carlisle -- October 31
- Howl-o-Ween with Speranza & Libre's Lager Release Pawty @ Big Bottom Brewery -- October 31
- Gather your friends and book a private tour (for groups of 8 or more) with The Barefoot Historian for a grizzly evening walk through Carlisle's gruesome past.
Mechanicsburg, Carlisle, New Cumberland, Camp Hill, and East Pennsboro Township, have canceled their Halloween parades for 2020.