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One Sweet Minute: September 2022 in Hershey, PA

Welcome, September! The summer season is coming to a close and fall activities in Hershey, PA are shifting into full gear! Keep reading to learn more about our top picks on things to do this month. 

Seize the Summer at Hersheypark  on Select Days Through Sept. 11

There’s still time to seize the summer Hersheypark Happy style with coaster rides, sweet treats and Hershey Character selfies! Hersheypark is open daily through Sept. 5 and then the weekend of Sept. 10-11 (hours vary) for visitors to enjoy the last few days of the summer season before Halloween descends upon Hershey (more below!) Check out this great offer on a summer family four pack with four tickets, parking and four meal tickets valid through Sept. 11.

Hersheypark Halloween  and Dark Nights  Begin Sept. 17

The fun doesn’t stop at Hersheypark between seasons. In fact, the Park will transform for its family-friendly Hersheypark Halloween event and new Dark Nights immersive haunt experience starting Sept. 17 for seven weekends through Oct. 30.

Hersheypark Halloween features thrills on 50 rides and attractions (weather permitting), lights-out coaster rides, Treatville trick-or-treat trail for children 12 and under, Character Glow Dance Parties, limited-time sweet treats and savory eats, and more. Check out this guide to Hersheypark Halloween 2022.

Those who like to be scared are in for a real treat with Dark Nights beginning every evening at  6 p.m. as an expansion of Hersheypark Halloween. Dark Nights unearths three scare zones and four spine-tingling haunted houses as part of integrated thrill experiences guests can only find in Hersheypark

Hersheypark launched a package of Halloween pre-sales for guests to buy now on Hersheypark.com and save through Sept. 15. 

  • Families can take advantage of the Halloween Family 4 Pack with four Hersheypark Halloween general admissions tickets, four meal tickets and one parking pass for $52.95 per person plus taxes and fees. 
  • For those who dare to experience the new haunted houses, an Anytime Terror Bundle containing one Hersheypark Halloween general admission ticket and one Dark Nights haunted house event ticket is also available for $59.95 per person plus taxes and fees.

Celebrate National Wildlife Day at ZooAmerica

National Wildlife Day is Sept. 4, but ZooAmerica celebrates all year long and guests can, too, by planning a visit this month! The 11-acre North American Wildlife Park is home to more than 200 animals representing species from five regions of the North American continent. 

ZooAmerica is open daily this month, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 1-5 and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 6-30. Regular admission for guests ages 9-61 is $13. Juniors and seniors are $11 and children 2 and younger are free. ZooAmerica is one of three parks in one included with admission to Hersheypark only when entering the Zoo through the bridge inside Hersheypark during posted Park hours.

Enjoy a Sweet September Getaway at the Official Resorts

Whether you’re looking to seize the last bit of summer or enjoy some Halloween fun, the Official Resorts of Hersheypark make for the perfect accommodations for a September getaway. Guests staying Labor Day weekend can enjoy the last splashes of summer at the resorts’ outdoor pools and The Boardwalk At Hersheypark while enjoying the guest-favorite Kids Stay, Play & Eat FREE Package, available at Hershey Lodge through Sept. 5. 

Other packages perfect for an end-of-summer getaway include the 2-Day Stay & Play Package at The Hotel Hershey and Hershey Lodge, and the Hersheypark Summer Camping Package at Hersheypark Camping Resort, available select dates through Sept. 11.

Or, opt for a spookier visit and treat your family to a Halloween weekend in The Sweetest Place On Earth with the Hersheypark Halloween 2-Night Package and Hersheypark Halloween Camping Package available weekends Sept. 17 through Oct. 30. Packages include daily admission to Hersheypark Halloween and more sweet fun. Plus, guests can purchase add-on tickets for the new Dark Nights immersive haunt experience. 

Cheers to the return of Happy Hour and Character Dining at The Chocolatier

Happy Hour is back again starting Sept. 6 at The Chocolatier Restaurant, Bar + Patio for guests seated at the Carrousel Bar or outdoor patio. Happy Hour is offered every Monday through Thursday from 4-6 p.m. with discounts on select appetizers, $8 featured cocktails and 1/2 off draft beers and house wines. 

The Chocolatier also welcomes the return of Hershey Character dining from 5-7 p.m. on Thursdays in September. Young guests can enjoy a FREE kid's dessert with the purchase of a kid's entree when visiting during this dining experience. Reservations are highly encouraged with availability listed here.

The Chocolatier is open daily in September for lunch and dinner. Stay tuned for details about our fall and Halloween-inspired menu items coming later this month! 

Upcoming Shows in Hershey

Summer may be winding down but we still have plenty of entertainment to keep the fun going in September, including the final show of the summer concert series! Check out what’s coming to Hershey Theatre and Hersheypark Stadium below. 

September 10: The Piano Guys at Hershey Theatre

September 13: Tom Jones at Hershey Theatre

September 21: Gary Clark Jr. at Hershey Theatre

September 24: Five Finger Death Punch at Hersheypark Stadium

September 27-October 2: The Book of Mormon at Hershey Theatre

Hershey Bears Tickets Are Now Available

The Hershey Bears are gearing up for the club’s 85th anniversary season which is set to open on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Single game tickets to all home games at GIANT Center will go on sale to the public on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 10 a.m. Fans are encouraged to buy online and save—All season long, guests may enjoy the lowest ticket prices and save big when they purchase tickets online for Hershey Bears home games. 

Highlights of the season include the club's world famous GIANT Teddy Bear Toss on Sunday, Jan. 29 as the Bears host the Bridgeport Islanders at 3 p.m. When Hershey scores its first goal of the game, fans litter the ice with thousands of teddy bears and stuffed animals that are donated to local charities as part of the club's Hershey Bears Cares program. 

The Bears will once again host three Hersheypark Pass Nights this upcoming season, with each of these games occurring on a Sunday. All fans who attend Hershey's Nov. 13, Jan. 8, or Feb. 26 game will get a one-day admission to Hersheypark valid through Jun. 30, 2023.

For a full list of games and promotions, fans are encouraged to visit HersheyBears.com

Fall Into Sweet Relaxation At The Hershey Spas

The seasons are starting to change and so is your skin! Schedule an an appointment at  The Spa At The Hotel Hershey resort spa or MeltSpa by Hershey day spa and fall in love with pumpkin-inspired treatments available now through Nov. 30. 

Visit The Spa At The Hotel Hershey, a three-story, 40,000-square-foot, full-service European-style spa and experience fall seasonal treatments  like the Pumpkin Souffle Hydrating Body Wrap, The Great Pumpkin Facial or Pumpkin Latte Manicure or Pedicure. All spa treatments include complimentary access to steam rooms, saunas, relaxation lounges, an indoor pool and jacuzzi, fitness center, walking trails and more!

If you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up, head to MeltSpa by Hershey day spa located in downtown Hershey on Chocolate Avenue. This month,  MeltSpa by Hershey is bringing back their Pumpkin Spice Collection . Enjoy treatments like the Pumpkin Spice Massage, Pumpkin Whip Perfecting Facial, Pumpkin Spice Immersion and more. Also for the month of September, MeltSpa by Hershey is featuring two new Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberry treatments to celebrate their 5th birthday on Sept. 12! Click here to learn more. 

Hershey Jobs

It is an exciting time to join our team! With Hersheypark Halloween just around the corner, we are hiring team members to help us bring the all-new frightfully immersive haunt experience to life. GIANT Center and Hersheypark are hosting a Virtual Hiring Event on September 10. Get details and register here. Visit our website to be part of the Park’s seasonal excitement and to learn about bonus and incentives programs available. 

With more than a dozen decadent culinary outlets available across our sweet destination, there are full and part-time positions available at many of our restaurants. From pastry interns, to general cooks, and banquet chefs, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts is now hiring to expand our culinary teams. Learn more and apply today

The Spa At The Hotel Hershey and MeltSpa by Hershey are now hiring. Available positions include spa host/hostess, receptionist, massage therapist, cosmetologist, nail technician, hair stylist and esthetician. Part-time and full-time employment opportunities are available. Join our #ChocolateSpa team today! 

Be sure to tag us in all your sweet memories this month using the hashtag #HersheyPA