With Halloween just around the corner, Berks County is frightfully full of freaky family fun! Some activities are a little more spooktacular than others — but from parades to fright fests you are guaranteed to find an event just right for your whole family!
October 20th is the annual Halloween parade in Mohnton. Mohnton’s “Great Pumpkin Parade” begins at 7pm on Sycamore Street in Northridge, winds its way through Northern Mohnton, before it follows Wyomissing Avenue to Mohnton Memorial Park and Playground. The parade will include floats, marching bands, local charities, and definitely costumes, Oh! How could I forget candy!? The Great Pumpkin Parade is a long-standing tradition in the boro. The best views are along Wyomissing Avenue from Chestnut to Walnut streets. If you want a spot to sit, make sure you save it early! People will be lining the parade route early, and as it runs through a very residential area, people show no mercy if you are in “their parade spot”.
If getting scared out of your pants is more your style, try a visit to Shocktoberfest in Sinking Spring! Voted “Number 1 Must See Haunted Attraction in the Country”, Shocktoberfest is a huge 30-acre Scream Park featuring 4 unique attractions, plus the Monster Midway. The attractions include The Unknown, The Prison of the Dead, The Zombie Revenge Haunted Hayride, Club Shock, and the Monster Midway.
In The Unknown, you come face to face with man’s number one fear: the unknown. Themed in Steampunk, a sub-genre of science fiction, this attraction incorporates over 20 years of industry experience, computer-controlled animatronics, light and sound effects and the best haunted house actors on the planet. To enhance the experience even further, the proprietary cinematic 3D effects make The Unknown the only attraction of its kind in the world!
The Prison of the Dead is a 50,000 sq. ft. indoor and outdoor, multi-level, prison themed Mega Haunt compound. (Most haunted houses are less than 4,000 sq. ft.) The Prison incorporates an elaborate back story, detailed set design, live actors, and computerized special effects. Shocktoberfest is so large you must board a prison bus to be shuttled to the attraction!
Zombie Revenge Haunted Hayride is guaranteed to be one of the most amazing haunted hayrides in the country. Complete with a new theme, sets, props, soundstages with amazing computerized special effects that include pyrotechnics and animatronics. This hayride takes you on a journey over acres of thick wooded forest filled with more live actors than ever before.
Club Shock is a haunted night club that offers guests a place to hang out with friends, listen to music, and dance. You can also compete in contests to win great prizes.
The Monster Midway – Walk under the majestic trees and beautiful autumn leaves that line the Monster Midway. Come hungry as it is here where you can enjoy some delicious food such as fresh cut French Fries, Funnel Cakes, Burgers and Steak Sandwiches that would rival your favorite sandwich shop. Compete in the games of skill and chance. Beware of the Scare Zones as there is no safe place at Shocktoberfest!
Looking for something a little less horrifying, and a lot more family oriented? Check out Duncan’s Corn Maze! Duncan’s Corn Maze offers a little country to everyone. Come and get lost in the maze while trying to figure out which farm animal kidnapped Farmer Joe. Sit by the open fire and roast a hot dog. Pick out your favorite pumpkin while enjoying the scenic view of the rolling hills of Robesonia. It’s a great time to take your family and friends out for genuine country fun!
This is the thirteenth season of operation at Duncan’s Corn Maze. The corn maze winds through a six acre field and a different picture is carved every year. This year’s theme is Clover Farms Dairy. All the milk that comes from the cows at Duncan’s goes to Clover Farms Dairy and they have been serving the local community for the past 75 years, it’s their 75th anniversary. To find your way through the corn maze you answer your way through by using the fun trivia provided.
The corn maze is designed for family fun and Duncan’s has a corn box for the little ones, complete with climbing bales and a giant slide. You can sling the gourd launcher at our new Miss Daiszy Mazey and win a free pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. Or you can just stop by and sit by the campfire and roast hotdogs and marshmallows.
Duncan’s corn maze will be open until Sunday, October 28th.
The Womelsdorf Area Community Association operates the Barn of Horrors and Terror Trails for their 16th season of thrills and chills. The century-old barn is owned by the Womelsdorf VFW and is rented for haunting each year. The barn preparation is nearly a year-round activity. Construction begins in late September, and set-up is completed in about a week. Everyone that helps out with the Barn is a volunteer and the group that runs this is non-profit. The Haunted Barn changes each year in order to keep things interesting and keep customers looking forward to new surprises around every dark corner!!! Once Haunted Barn season is complete the group tears down everything they worked so hard to build and they clean up the space in order to begin fresh the next year. There are those that know the true story behind this barn & trail. It has been told that in October when the nights turn cold and dark and the ghostly fog rolls in, the old barn once again becomes possessed. Many sinister apparitions roam the grounds, haunting the barn and the trail. Eerie sounds and blood-curdling screams follow anyone who is brave enough to dare to seek an answer to the Barn & Trail!
If scary isn’t your thing, and you don’t feel like sitting out in the cold for a parade, try an afternoon picking fresh apples, late-season berries, and pumpkins at Ontelaunee Orchards, in Leesport. You can walk through acres of berry bushes, apple trees, and pumpkin vines and find exactly what you want for cooking, baking or carving. The very helpful staff will tell you where to find what you came to pick, give you a box for gathering, and a wagon for hauling your goodies from the fields and orchards to the weigh-station. All produce is priced per pound, and is very reasonable. Plus, on a lovely fall afternoon, it’s an outdoor activity for the entire family to enjoy!
These are just a fraction of the fall and Halloween activities offered in Berks County, but they are some of the most fun and popular. From frightful to fruitful, Berks has it all!
- Corn Maze Through a Child’s Eyes (jfeskorn.wordpress.com)