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Regional happenings celebrate the season

by on October 04, 2018 1:22 PM

A closer look at some of the fall festivals and events in the area:


Friday, Oct. 5, through Sunday, Oct. 7

Farmer’s Wife Fall Festival

413 Airport Road, Centre Hall

Family activities, crafts, homemade baked goods, pumpkins, gourds, a mini corn maze, rides to a pumpkin patch, antique tractors and a petting zoo.

For more information, call (814) 364-1764.


through Sunday, Oct. 7

65th annual Autumn Leaf Festival


More than 500,000 people are expected at the nine-day event sponsored by the U.S. Army.

For more information, visit



Friday, Oct. 5, through Saturday, Oct. 27

35th annual Ghosts and Goblins Tours

Lincoln Caverns, Huntingdon

6 to 9:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. family tours, Saturdays

Enjoy three unique experiences — a new haunted house, haunted trail and haunted hayride — for the price of one.

For more information, visit


Friday, Oct. 5, through Saturday, Oct. 28

Spook Haven Haunted House

100 Danis St., Mill Hall

7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays  

A walk through this old abandoned mansion promises to leave visitors shaken and terrorized.

For more information, visit



Harvest Fest Noon to 4pm

Mt. Nittany Vineyard & Winery

300 Houser Road

Centre Hall

Sample and purchase food items from local food vendors – grab lunch with the Blonde Bistro!  Apple sale to benefit the historic Rock Hill School in Linden Hall.


Saturday, Oct. 6

Centre County Farm Tour

Self Guided tour to feature local farms

Visit local farms on a fun self-guided tour showcasing he beauty, bounty and deliciousness of Central Pennsylvania

Information can be found at


Saturday, Oct. 6

Harvest Festival

New Hope United Methodist Church

1089 E. College Ave., Bellefonte

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Enjoy a variety of vendors.

For more information, call (814) 571-2049.




19th annual Downtown State College Fall Festival

Allen Street

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Activities for the whole family, including pumpkin decorating, amusement rides and a dessert contest.

For more information, visit



Saturday, Oct. 6, and Sunday, Oct. 7

42nd annual Dutch Fall Festival

Wert Memorial Park and Main Street, Aaronsburg

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday

10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday

A variety of food will be featured. Enjoy homemade sticky buns, soup, french fries and more. Arts and craft vendors and entertainment also will be on hand.

For more information, call (814) 380-4599.


Saturday, Oct. 6 and 13

Way Fruit Farm’s Fall Festival

2355 Halfmoon Valley Road, Port Matilda

9 a.m to 4 p.m.

Family-oriented event featuring the popular apple slingshot and a petting zoo, as well as craft vendors and free wagon rides to the pumpkin patch.

For more information, visit



Saturday, Oct. 13

Cranberry Festival

Black Moshannon State Park, Philipsburg

Noon to 4 p.m.

Activities at this festival include hiking to pick cranberries on the bog, making pinecone birdfeeders, Colonial candle-dipping and a hayride. There also will be some crafters at the event, which takes place near the Environmental Learning Center.  Cost is $1.


Sunday, Oct. 14, Friday Oct. 19, saturday oct. 20

The Arboretum at Penn State’s Pumpkin Festival

East Park Avenue and Bigler Road, State College

2018 festival activities are Sunday, Oct. 14 (1  to 3 p.m. or while supply lasts) for the Pumpkin Giveaway and Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20 (6  to 9 p.m.) for the lit jack-o’-lantern display. Family activities will be offered from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20.

This event includes something for the whole family, including pumpkin carving and jack-o’-lantern judging and displays.

For more information, visit


2018 festival activities are Sunday, Oct. 14 (1 to 3 p.m. or while supply lasts) for the Pumpkin Giveaway and Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20 (6 to 9 p.m.) for the lit jack-o’-lantern display. Family activities will be offered from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20.



Friday, Oct. 19, through Sunday, Oct. 21

Fall Foliage Train Rides and Halloween Train Rides

Talleyrand Park, Bellefonte

The Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society will be hosting the annual rides in a restored 1940s-era passenger train.

For more information, visit


Friday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Oct. 20

Haunted House, Murarik Motorsports

1410 E. Presqueisle St., Philipsburg.

This car dealership is transformed into a haunted house for a frightening weekend of fun. A charity will be selected to receive the donations generated by this event. 

For more information, call (814) 342-3773 or visit



Saturday, Oct. 20

Seventh annual Fall Festival and Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival

Bald Eagle State Park, Howard

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Hosted by the Howard Fire Company, this annual event features craft and food vendors, bands, square dancing and a pie-eating contest.

For more information, call (814) 571-8303.


Saturday Oct. 20

Haunted Lake Loop trail

Black Moshannon State Park

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Meet at the beach and hike as a group around the ¾ mile haunted lake loop trail as ghost and goblins jump out for scares and laughs.


Saturday, Oct. 27 

Fall Festival

Talleyrand Park, Bellefonte

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hear ghost stories and music and enjoy delicious food. A Halloween parade takes place at 1:30 p.m.

For more information, call (814) 355-2917.



Sunday, Oct. 28

Halloween Costume Parade 

North Burrowes Street and West College Avenue, State College

6:30 p.m.

Community members are invited to participate in or watch this annual family-fun event. Costume judging will take place at Memorial Field by the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. 


Saturday, Nov 3       

Witches Rallye

Bobby Rahal Honda, State College

Registration states at 3:30 p.m. Rally starts at 5 p.m.

For 40 years this event has  been a combination of a gimmick road rally, family-friendly scavenger hunt, party, and charity fundraiser.  This year it will benefit the jana Marie Foundation. Register at



Saturday, Nov. 10

Pleasant Gap Area Lioness Club Annual Fall Craft Show

Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology, Bellefonte

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Features handmade crafts and holiday items, as well as a Chinese auction and lunch and bake sale items.

For more information, call (814) 359-3127 or email [email protected]





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