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The Ultimate Guide to Fall Fun in Hershey, PA

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When you think about fall, I am sure you think pumpkin spice, Halloween costumes and changing leaves…BUT I am here to make sure you add Hershey, PA to your list! Every fall, Hershey, PA transforms into a spooktacular Halloween experience you can’t miss. Visiting Hershey, PA during the fall season is a MUST DO experience for individuals of all ages. Although Hershey is a great family travel destination, it is also great for couples, scout groups, reunions, weddings and more!

During the fall season (September 29-November 3), Hershey offers a wide variety of adventures at locations scattered around the town. From Hersheypark in the Dark to themed chocolate lab classes at The Hershey Story Museum to Creatures in the Night at ZooAmerica, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Ultimate Guide to Fall Fun in Hershey, PA

Activities at Hersheypark

During the fall, Hersheypark in the Dark is a MUST DO experience for families! It is a not-so-scary spooktacular event that takes place over 3 weekends: October 18-20, 25-27 and November 1-3. Here is what you can expect:


Guests up to 12 years old are invited to go trick-or-treating throughout Hersheypark. Come dressed in your favorite costume and walk through Treatville to collect some of the most delicious Hershey’s candy. The trick-or-treat trail offers 13 stations throughout the park, Hershey’s Chocolate World and ZooAmerica. Each child is provided a bag to collect the candy making it easier to carry all that loot around the park. Treatville is included with park admission and is available October 18-20, 25-27 and November 1-3.

Ride a Coaster

Yes, 13 roller coasters will be open during Hersheypark in the Dark. What’s even spookier is that during the last hour of operation each night the 3 wooden coasters will run with the lights OUT. How awesome is that?! Also, Laff Trakk, the indoor coaster, will transform into a Halloween adventure.

Spooktacular Entertainment

Hersheypark offers amazing entertainment and the fall is no exception. Guests of the park can enjoy FREE entertainment including the Screaming Mummies, a band that performs throwback Halloween songs. Kids (and kids at heart) will also love the Characters Glow Dance Party where they get to meet some of their favorite Hershey characters.

Singing Jack-o-Lanterns

Make sure to check out the singing jack-o-lanterns located on the hill near the Wildcat. The pumpkins are perfectly choreographed to light up during classic Halloween songs. There is also a large lit up jack-o-lantern face that “sings” each song. This is one of our favorite stops during Hersheypark in the Dark!

Our Friends of the Sea

In the fall, guests can still enjoy an amazing show at the Aquatheatre featuring California sea lions and Atlantic Harbor Seals. Following the show, for an additional fee, guests can feed the animals and/or take a photo with one of the animal stars.

Activities at ZooAmerica

Creatures in the Night

Pack those flashlights and head over to ZooAmerica for a night filled with thrills and chills! On select nights, guests can explore the zoo in the dark. This gives guests a firsthand look at how the animals behave at night. Admission to ZooAmerica is included with your ticket to Hersheypark.

Activities at Hershey Story Museum

Tastings: Chocolates from around the World

For a nominal fee, visitors at the Hershey Story Museum can enjoy warm drinking chocolates from around the world. Each one offers its own unique flavor. Tastings offers a wonderful multi-sensory learning experience.

Chocolate Lab Classes

This fall, have fun making (and eating) a delicious Halloween themed treat at Hershey Story Museum. Each class is about 45 minutes long and is offered to individuals 4 years old and up. For each class, participants will make a delicious treat to take home. Each budding chef will also learn facts about chocolate and gain important cooking skills. Tickets must be purchased in advance and classes take place throughout the day. Some Halloween themed treats include chocolate cobwebs, batty bar and spooky bark.

Activities at Hershey Gardens

The Hershey Gardens offers 23-acres of natural beauty including an amazing Butterfly Atrium. If you stay at the Hotel Hershey or Hershey Lodge, you are provided FREE tickets to the Gardens.

Pumpkin Glow

If you love jack-o-lanterns, then this is the event for you! On October 18, 19, 25 and 26 from 6pm to 8:30pm, guests can explore over 200 magnificently carved illuminated pumpkins. Kids are invited to arrive in costume and bring a flashlight to enjoy this special event. There will also be 8 trick or treat stations to collect candy! On October 25 and 26, visitors will also have the chance to witness pumpkin carving magic as celebrity pumpkin carver Danny Kissel carves LIVE

Bonsai: Living Art of the Susquehanna Bonsai Club

Provided by the Susquehanna Bonsai Club, the Bonsai exhibit will highlight the beauty and magnificence of these unique trees. The exhibit is available daily October 11 – November 2, and it is included with admission.

Activities at Chocolate World

In addition to its traditional experiences like the Chocolate Tour, Create Your Own Candy Bar, 4D Chocolate Movie and Chocolate Tastings, Hershey’s Chocolate World offers exciting seasonal activities as well!

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