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York goes scary and spooky for Halloween
York knows how to do scary.
From the legendary Hex Murder to rumors of ghosts in stores, hotels, theaters, houses and roads, York County is a treasure trove for anyone with a mind for the spooky side of life.
And for Halloween, the area goes all out.
Here are some of the spooky treats available around York County and the surrounding area for the Halloween weekend. Don't blame us if your hair turns white:
Hersheypark in the Dark offers 13 roller coasters and more than 30 other rides along with Halloween-themed entertainment in the dark. Lights will be turned off for the final hour each night for the wooden roller coasters, Comet, Lightning Racer and Wildcat, and the new Laff Trak is a dark-ride experience throughout operating hours. There's also trick-or-treating in Chocolate World and Treatville, and Creatures of the Night at ZooAmerica lets visitors observe nocturnal species after 6 p.m. Hours: 5-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday. Information: www.hersheypark.com.
See the Crystal Cave the way it was seen in the 1870s during a Ghost Lantern Tour, 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the cave, 963 Crystal Cave Road in Kutztown. The tours will be guided by tour guides wearing Victorian clothing and lit by hand-held lanterns. Guides will tell ghost stories and folklore about the cave. Tickets: $20 adults, $12 children 8-11, not recommended for children under age 8. Information: 610-683-6765 or www.crystalcavepa.com.
See the dark side of theater at the first DreamFrights Haunted House, Friday and Saturday at DreamWrights, 100 Carlisle Ave. The theater's creative minds are scaring up an event with three fright factor levels for different ages. Times: 7-9 p.m. Friday (menacing); Saturday: 2-4 p.m. (mild); 4:30-6:30 p.m. (medium); 7-9 p.m. (menacing). Tickets: $10. Information: www.dreamwrights.org.
PeoplesBank Park will transform for Panic at the Ballpark, Oct. 8-29. A "twisted spin on baseball" will include theatrical performances, special effects and interactive audio and visual media that will turn a force of vengeance and evil against spectators. Tickets: $19 in advance, $24 at the gate, best suited for ages 12 and up. Gates open at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Information: www.panicattheballpark.com.
Nothing sends chills quite like the original surround sound of an organ. Hear the Spooky Sounds of Halloween played by Richard Frey on the Tannenberg Organ at the Historical Society Museum, 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the museum, 250 E. Market St. Free. Costumes encouraged. Information: yorkhistorycenter.org.
You think your garage is creepy? One in Shrewsbury will be haunted this weekend. John and Tammy Nuth, 90 Covington Drive in Shrewsbury, will hold a Haunted Garage event, 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. There is no admission charge for the family event, but donations are encouraged and will go to Animal Rescue Inc. in New Freedom. The no-kill shelter was founded in 1976 and is home to hundreds of animals in two locations. Information: http://animalrescueinc.org.
It isn't Halloween in York without the York Halloween Parade, 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. The parade features floats, bands, dance troupes, individuals and groups celebrating Halloween. The parade starts at the York Fairgrounds and goes east on Market Street to Broad Street. The route features a Family Fun Zone, 1-3 p.m. at the corner of Market and George streets. Information: www.yorkhalloweenparade.com.