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Things To Do in Hershey, PA in October 2023

Top Attractions and Events in the Sweetest Place On Earth This Month

Hello, October! With the fall season now in full swing, keep reading to learn more about all the sweet things to do this month in Hershey, Pa.

Hersheypark Halloween  and Dark Nights  Open Weekends Through October

Hersheypark amusement park is open on weekends through Oct. 29, 2023, for its Hersheypark Halloween seasonal event and Dark Nights immersive haunt experience, with new offerings both day and night.

Recently named one of the top 10 Best Halloween Theme Park Events in the country by USA TODAY 10Best, Hersheypark Halloween with Dark Nights features thrills on 50 rides and attractions (weather permitting), lights-out rides during the last hour of operation on the new, award-winning Wildcat’s Revenge hybrid coaster and other select coasters, Treatville trick-or-treat trail for children 12 and under, Hershey's Character Glow Dance Parties and more. View our Family-Friendly Guide to Hersheypark Halloween to help you plan your visit during the day.

Hersheypark Halloween event hours are 5-10 p.m. on Fridays, 12-10 p.m. on Saturdays and 12-9 p.m. on Sundays. Dark Nights begins each night at 6 p.m. and extends one hour after the Park closes - Fridays and Saturdays until 11 p.m. and Sundays until 10 p.m.

Darkness then sweeps over Hersheypark, beginning nightly at 6 p.m. with Dark Nights. The terrifying tales guests thought they knew are turning the page with all-new spins and evolved stories in five haunted houses, including the new Auntie Mortem’s Abattoir, and three Scare Zones, including the new Fallout Zone. View our Thrill Guide to Dark Nights to help you plan your visit at night. 

New for this year, the haunted houses are included with a Hersheypark Halloween ticket, so guests can play by day and fright at night for an incredible value starting at just $49.99 plus taxes and fees when purchased online. 

Hersheypark  and Hershey’s Chocolatetown  Offer Seasonal Dining Experiences

Guests visiting during Hersheypark Halloween and Dark Nights this month can indulge in more than 75 themed food items throughout Hersheypark and Hershey's Chocolatetown.

The Dark Nights Tasting Pass

The Dark Nights Tasting Pass includes a choice of up to five specialty menu items from more than 35 food and beverage options at more than 15 locations throughout the Park. Guests can purchase the Tasting Pass online or in person. They will receive a punch card to scan for each usage.

RIP Dinner Buffet: Meat The Monsters

Hersheypark Halloween guests can also purchase dining tickets to the RIP Dinner Buffet: Meat The Monsters at Great Scare Catering, which includes eerie entrées, desserts to die for and more, while some of the monsters “meat” you at your table. Guests who purchase the RIP Dinner Buffet will also receive a Single-Use Fast Track accepted at any of the five Dark Nights haunted houses and a Buy One Get One Hyperdeck Coupon, valid on the new Zombie-themed virtual reality game.

Spirit's Rooftop Bar

The Chocolatier Restaurant, Bar + Patio will continue to offer Spirit’s Rooftop Bar all month during Hersheypark Halloween and Dark Nights operating days, starting at 5 p.m. on Fridays and 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Guests who dare to explore can order new items from a delicious limited-time menu while enjoying haunted rooftop vibes. The Chocolatier patio entrance to Spirit's Rooftop Bar is only accessible inside Hersheypark on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are not accepted.

Don't forget- The Chocolatier is open daily in October for lunch and dinner, with reservations available all month. Guests can indulge in all-new fall menu items, including a seasonal salad, soup and flatbread, delicious desserts and more. 

Creatures of The Night at ZooAmerica  Starts October 13

ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park is open daily this month, with hours varying. Starting Oct. 13, ZooAmerica will offer its popular Creatures Of The Night event for guests to see the wild and fascinating animal activity that only happens after the sun sets.

ZooAmerica will be open for extended hours during Creatures Of The Night until 9 p.m. on Oct. 13-15, 20-22 and 27-29. It is the only time of year ZooAmerica is open after dark, so guests of all ages are encouraged to bring a flashlight and curiosity to explore the nighttime habits of the nocturnal North American animals.

Creatures Of The Night is included in the one-price admission to Hersheypark Halloween when accessing the Zoo from the bridge inside Hersheypark during posted Park hours. Separate admission is also available online or at the ZooAmerica admissions building.

See A Live Show

Those visiting Hershey, Pa., in October have plenty of shows to look forward to. From comedy to Broadway and live music, don’t miss out on all that GIANT Center and Hershey Theatre offer this month.

October 6: Mark Normand at Hershey Theatre

October 7: Game Grumps Live at Hershey Theatre

October 8: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Live In Concert at Hershey Theatre

October 10 - 15: Mean Girls at Hershey Theatre

October 20 - 21: Gaither Homecoming at GIANT Center

October 28: Encanto: The Singalong Film Concert at Hershey Theatre

Book A Halloween Getaway at the Official Resorts of Hersheypark

Treat your family to a Halloween getaway in The Sweetest Place On Earth with special packages and Halloween-themed resort activities available weekends through Oct. 29 at the Official Resorts of Hersheypark. At The Hotel Hershey and Hershey Lodge, choose from one-night or two-night packages, including Hersheypark Halloween admission, breakfast and more. Or, opt for the all-new Dark Nights 2-Night Package, featuring two nights of deluxe accommodations, 2-day Hersheypark Halloween tickets, breakfast each day, a Dark Nights Tasting Pass and Dark Nights Houses Fast Track unlimited for each guest. A Hersheypark Halloween Camping Package is also available for guests of Hersheypark Camping Resort

Plus, all resort guests receive free resort benefits, including extra hours at Hersheypark with Preview Plan, free front-gate shuttle service to and from the Park and the best price on Park tickets!

Halloween Character Breakfast at The Hotel Hershey

Guests who book a stay at The Hotel Hershey the last three weekends of October can add on a sweet Halloween breakfast buffet with their favorite Hershey’s Characters dressed in costumes! The event is available for Hotel guests only and will be offered from 9-10:30 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from Oct. 14-29. Advance reservations are required.

Call 844-330-1711 to learn more and to book!

Book A Pumpkin-Scented Spa Treatment

The Spa At The Hotel Hershey resort spa and MeltSpa by Hershey day spa offer pumpkin-scented treatments now through Nov. 30! Unwind at The Spa At The Hotel Hershey with fall seasonal treatments like the Pumpkin Spice Massage, Pumpkin Souffle Hydrating Body Wrap or The Great Pumpkin Facial. Or, warm up with a treatment from the Pumpkin Spice Collection at MeltSpa by Hershey. Treatments in the collection include a Pumpkin Spice Manicure and Pedicure, Pumpkin Spice Body Wrap and Pumpkin Whip Perfecting Facial.

Appointments at the spas in Hershey are available now. Start planning your fall spa getaway by visiting www.chocolatespa.com or www.meltspa.com

The Hershey Bears  Return to the Ice

Join Bear Nation at GIANT Center for the return of Hershey Bears hockey this month, and get ready to chant "B-E-A-R-S BEARS, BEARS, BEARS, WOO!" with us. Plus, save the date for Saturday, Oct. 14, when the Bears start their title defense as Banner No. 12 heads to the rafters – and all fans in attendance can score their own Calder Cup Champions Mini Banner, courtesy of Members 1st Federal Credit Union.

Tickets are on sale now for home games this month, including:

Oct. 3: vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Preseason, general admission seating)

Oct. 14: vs. Belleville Senators (Home Opener Red Carpet, Members 1st Calder Cup Champions Mini Banner Night)

Oct. 15: vs. Cleveland Monsters (Hersheypark Pass Night)

Oct. 28: vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms (PNC Bank Magnet Schedule Night)

Oct. 29: vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Reese’s Trick-or-Treat Night)

Join Our Team This Fall

We are hiring across our destination! Available positions include: 

A comprehensive list of individual positions, job descriptions and team member perks can be found on the Hershey Entertainment and Resorts career website. Find your next career opportunity at The Sweetest Place On Earth!