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TGIF: State College Weekend Events for Oct. 25-27

by on October 25, 2019 5:00 AM

Happy Friday, Happy Valley!

If you're looking for fall and Halloween fun, you're in for a great weekend with plenty of trick-or-treat events, community Halloween parties, parades, autumn festivals and much more all around the area.

It's also a great weekend for comedy, with Jeff Dunham at the BJC; music, including Sam Bush & The Travelin' McCourys; and theatrical events, such as a special screening and live shadow cast of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."

That's just a bit of what's going on. We've picked out some of the weekend's highlights below.

There is plenty more around the region for you to enjoy and you can find it all on our calendar page. Explore the weekend's events and add your own if it isn't listed. Or see our Bar Tour and Movies pages for more options this weekend or anytime.


Safe Trick or Treat
Juniper Village Senior Living At Brookline, 1930 Cliffside Drive, welcomes families for trick or treating in the village, 6:30-8 p.m. Friday.  The community will be transformed with a special Halloween theme and residents and staff will be in costume. This event is open to the public

Zombie Ball at the Mall
The Nittany Mall Halloween-time tradition gets started with a safe trick-or-treat at 6 p.m. on Friday, with many of the mall's vendors handing out candy and goodies. Registration for the costume contest at the main stage is at 6 p.m. and the contest starts at 6:30 p.m. After the contest is the Zombie Ball, with music, dancing and games.

Haunted Flashlight Maze
If you dare, enter the haunted maze at Harner Farm, 3191 W. College Ave, from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $7 and you must bring a flashlight. No one admitted after 9 p.m. Hot dogs, cider and cocoa will be available. Benefits Starkey Hearing Foundation.

Fright Night in the 'Fonte
The monthly Friday in the 'Fonte celebration, 4-8 p.m. Friday, becomes an adults' fright night, with trick-or-treating throughout downtown Bellefonte. Make a purchase at participating downtown Bellefonte businesses during Friday in the ‘Fonte, and you’ll receive a tote-bag to fill will candy. Adults wearing a costume will be judged by Bellefonte business owners, and given a sticker if they have what the business owner considers to be the best. At the end of the night, the participant with the most stickers will win a special prize. Following trick-or-treating, Bella Vino Wine Bar hosts a celebration. See other activities here.

Paranormal Investigation
The Centre County Library & Historical Museum hosts the Miles-Humes House Paranormal Investigation in partnership with Spring Hill Paranormal Investigations, from 7-10 p.m. Friday in Bellefonte. Limited tickets, for $15, remain and must be purchased in advance by 5 p.m. Friday by stopping by the museum, 203 N. Allegheny St., or calling 814-355-1516 ext. 214.

Trick or Trot: Hard Cider 5k
Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume for this 5k in Bellefonte hosted by Good Intent Cider and the YMCA of Centre County. Day-of registration is $35. Kids 12 and under are free and kids 13-18 are $10. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Saturday and the race will take place at 9 a.m. Route starts at High and Potter Streets and ends at Good Intent. Registration includes a free T-shirt and flight of hard cider from Good Intent Cider in Bellefonte. Those who are under 21 will receive a free soda or hot apple cider. 

Pumpkin Festival
Way Fruit Farm, 2355 Halfmoon Valley Road, hosts is Pumpkin Festival 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Take a ride to the pumpkin patch (weather-permitting) and pick your own pay-by-the-pound pumpkin, make your own caramel apple bar, and hear live music by country artist Joe Quick. Enjoy breakfast or lunch in the Way Cafe, and apple and pumpkin donuts will be fresh all day. You can also enter the apple pie contest for a chance to win prizes (details here). 

Talleyrand Fall Fest
Bellefonte's annual fall festival in Talleyrand Park takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The Halloween parade lines up at 11 a.m. at Bellefonte elementary then marches to the park, where a plethora of activities will take place throughout the afternoon. Kids can enjoy many activities with the purchase of a $5 wristband, which also includes a free pumpkin, tote bag, goodie bag and meal coupon. For adults there will be craft and booth vendors, a raffle, and a craft beverage court (craft beverage tasting is $5+ID). Several food vendors and a DJ will be on hand. Guests include Smokey Bear and local pumpkin carver Kevin Freet. Hayrides will take place on Potter Street. 

Enchanted Halloween Trail and Festival
A family-friendly fall festival featuring pumpkin carving, face painting, music, entertainment, activities and natural history program,, the Enchanted Halloween Trail and Festival returns to Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The festival is free, but tickets ($5 for children and adults; free for ages 3 and under) are required to participate in the Enchanted Halloween Trail, which features costumed characters teaching kids about the season and natural history in a non-scary way. Purchase tickets in advance for a specific time slot here

Halloween at Greenwood Furnace State Park
Visit Greenwood Furnace State Park, 15795 Greenwood Road, Huntingdon, from 2-4 p.m. Saturday to enjoy Halloween-themed crafts and activities, including decorating pumpkins, making spider pops, Halloween Rocks, corn cob toss, and pin the spider on the web, along with some light refreshments.

Halloween at the Y
The State College YMCA, 677 W. Whitehall Rd. will have a Halloween celebration from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, with arts and crafts, haunted house, swimming, treat bags a potluck dinner (Y will provide hot dogs) and more. Free and open to the community.

Autumn Extravaganza 
State College Alliance Church, 1221 W. Whitehall Rd., welcomes all families for its annual free fall festival, 4-6 p.m. Sunday, featuring food, bounce houses, games, prizes, teen activities, and tons of candy.  Costumes are welcome but not required (nothing too scary and no realistic weapons). This year's event is co-hosted with Unity Church of Jesus Christ, State College Evangelical Free Church, and Centre Church and will also serve to support Out of the Cold Centre County. Requested donation items can be found here.

Pennsylvania Furnace Community Halloween Party
Baileyville Community Hall, 210 Deibler Road, Pennsylvania Furnace, hosts a community Halloween party for families with with children from toddlers through elementary-school age, from 4-6 p.m. Saturday. Games, prizes and refreshments. Sponsored by Baileyville Grange.

Hallowine 5k
Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery, 300 Houser Road  Centre Hall, will host its fifth annual Hallowine 5k with registration open at 9:30 a.m. Sunday and the race at 11 a.m. Participants will enjoy the mountainside setting of the winery as they run through grape rows, on mountain trails and by the pond. Those who run in costume will be eligible to win prizes awarded in various categories. At the finish line, runners receive  a glass of wine and are invited to stay and taste other wines and enjoy the company of other runners. Snacks are provided by the Blonde Bistro, and the winery tasting room and gift shop will be open. Proceeds from the race benefit the local chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training.

Logan Fire Company Open House Halloween Party
Logan Fire Company, 120 E. Howard Bellefonte will have an open house and Halloween party with snacks, games, coloring, fire prevention activities, tours of the engines and a costume contest from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

Monster Mash
Kids can celebrate this spooky time of year by decorating pumpkins, playing Pin the Boo on the Ghost and more from 2-4 p.m. Sunday in Schlow Centre Region Library's Children's Department.

Safe and Seen in the Ballpark
Bring the whole family out for the annual trick-or-treating event with the State College Spikes and Centre Life Link EMS from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Bring your best costumes and enjoy fun and games with local nonprofit organizations. Youngsters can bring a bag or bucket to be filled by area organizations stationed throughout the ballpark as they go "door-to-door" to collect treats and other fun items. Fans young and old can experience ambulance tours, fall crafts, kids games, Spikes mascot meet-and-greets and more. Parking and admission are free. Donations to Centre LifeLink are encouraged.

Trunk or Treat
Zion Lutheran Church, 105 Old Boalsburg Road, Boalsburg, welcomes families for trunks full of treats, plus activities, crafts, food, storytelling and fellowship, from 3-5 p.m. Sunday.

Halloween Parade
Centre Region Parks & Recreation's annual Halloween Costume Parade will be in a different location this year due to construction at Memorial Field. Lineup for the parade will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in front of the new Delta/North Building at the State High campus on Westerly Parkway. Parking is available in front of the North Field. The parade will step off at 7 p.m., going across Westerly Parkway and around the South Building before returning to the North Field, where costume judging will take place, prizes will be awarded and plenty of treats will be handed out. [Note: The parade was originally scheduled to conclude at the South Track but will now end at the North Field.]


Jeff Dunham
Ventriloquist-comedian Jeff Dunham returns to the Bryce Jordan Center with his "Seriously?!" tour. Known for his collection of often politically-incorrect puppet characters, Dunham is one of the most popular comedians in the United States and one of the top-grossing stand-up acts in the world. Show time is 7 p.m. Friday.

Jazz in the Attic
Jazz saxophonist Dave Wilson is joined by Kirk Reese on piano and Tony Marino on bass for a show at 7:30 p.m. Friday in The Attic of The State Theatre

Sam Bush with The Travelin' McCourys
Legendary bluegrass musician Sam Bush, whose innovation shaped the future of the genre and inspired a new generation of its top acts, comes to The State Theatre for a show at 8 p.m. on Friday. He'll be joined by the equally esteemed Travelin' McCourys. Brothers Ronnie and Rob McCoury were born into the bluegrass tradition — their father Del is one of the most influential figures in its history, and years on the road with him helped form how they took the genre's traditional sound on a new path for the 21st century.

Happy Valley Improv
Happy Valley Improv will be joined by special guest Whiplash, a team from Philly Improv Theatre, for a night of laughs at 8 p.m. Friday at 3 Dots Downtown, 137 E. Beaver Ave. Tickets

Metropolitan Opera
The State Theatre presents the Metropolitan Opera HD Live Broadcast of "Manon" at 12:55 p.m. Saturday.

Rocky Horror Picture Show
The State Theatre hosts screenings of the cult-classic 1975 musical science-fiction comedy horror film "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," with a live shadow cast provided by local volunteer group, “The Wild and Untamed Things,” at 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday Audience participation is, of course, encouraged.

Cirque Noir
Join Lady Grey's Lovelies for a night of smiles and scares with the vaudlesque cabaret "Cirque Noir" at 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday in The Attic of The State Theatre. The weird and the wild will be on display in this 18 and older only performance.

Essence of Joy 2
Dr. Tony Leach's 90 voice choir, Essence of Joy 2, Ltd, will offer a concert of sacred choral music by African American composers at 4 p.m. Sunday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 128 W. Howard St., Bellefonte. There is no admission fee, but this event is a fundraiser to support the mission and outreach of historic St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Bellefonte (1853 to the present), and a free will offering will be taken.

Jurame: A Vocal Recital
Soprano Mariana Corichi Gomez
, accompanied by pianist Svetlana Rodionova will present a program of music by Latin American and Spanish composers at 3 p.m. Sunday at Unitarian Universalist Fellowhsip of Centre County, 780 Waupelani Drive Extension . A native of Mexico, Gomez lived in State College more recently and performed with many musical groups at State College Area High School. She is now a student at Princeton University, majoring in vocal performance and conducting. This program is part of the UUFCC Young Artists Concert Series. Donations will be accepted for Save the Music, a charity that gives grants to underprivileged school districts for music programs.


Walk to End Alzheimer's
Hundreds of local residents will join the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease at the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the opening ceremony at 10 a.m. and the walk at 10:30 a.m.  Participants will honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease with Promise Flowers during the Promise Garden Ceremony – a moving display of hope to represent the personal reasons participants join together. Join a team or register to walk as an individual here.

Buddy Walk 2019
Join the Centre Region Down Syndrome Society for the 2019 Buddy Walk, a non-competitive walk followed by a fun festival to celebrate individuals who have Down syndrome, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mount Nittany Middle School, 656 Brandywine Drive. Register, donate and learn more here.

Rhoneymeade Pig Roast
Visit Rhoneymeade Sculpture Garden & Arboretum, 177 Rimmey Road, Centre Hall, for its fourth annual Pig Roast Fundraiser from 12:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday. $10 per person for pork and sides, featuring Rhoneymeade's own heritage mulefoot hog breed. Vegetarian options available. Children's activities and live music by Wicked Chicken and Tussey Mountain Moonshiners.




Penn State women's hockey hosts Boston University at 3 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday in Pegula Ice Arena. The Nittany Lion men's team welcomes Robert Morris at 7 p.m. Friday.

Field Hockey
Penn State field hockey hosts Ohio State at 6 p.m. Friday.

Penn State men's soccer takes on Appalachian State at 7 p.m. Friday at Jeffrey Field.

Beaver Stadium Classic
Beaver Stadium will host high school football for just the second time in the venue's history as State College (8-1) plays host to Cumberland Valley (5-4) at noon on Saturday. Tickets are $10 and parking is $10 and both are available in advance on Friday at the Bryce Jordan Center ticket office. Fans are asked to park in the Stadium West or Jordan East lots. No tailgating permitted.

Penn State Basketball
Get a first look at the 2019-20 Nittany Lions when they host Delaware for an exhibition at noon on Sunday in the Bryce Jordan Center. Proceeds from the game will assist will assist Louisiana Tech and Ruston, La. in recovery efforts from a devastating tornado last spring. 

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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