Posted: 08/16/2021 | by Sarah

October in Lancaster, PA Travel Guide: Halloween & Harvest

Eerie Halloween thrills and chill fall activities.

The days are getting shorter, the leaves are beginning to fall, and we couldn’t be more excited. We’re starting to see pumpkins and fall wreaths made of burlap pop up in our towns, and the farmers getting ready to harvest out in the fields. Our children are animatedly choosing their Halloween costumes and talking about the fall treats we’ll bake. However you plan to celebrate fall, October is the perfect month full of activities and events that you’ll enjoy whether your preference is Halloween or harvest.

Check out our October Travel Guide below:


[1] Howl at the Moon
Pack your blanket, hotdogs, and marshmallows for the bonfire, and learn about the wolves that live in Lititz during the Full Moon Tour at the Wolf Sanctuary of PA. October's tour will take place on the 23rd at 7:30pm.

[2] Lancaster’s Haunted History
This is no hocus-pocus – you’ll hear authentic ghost stories told at the actual sites of the hauntings. These walking ghost tours take place nightly in October.

[3] Enjoy Spook-tacular Family Fun
Put on your costumes, pack up the car and head on over to Dutch Wonderland’s Happy Hauntings where you’ll see Duke the Dragon in his Halloween best. Don’t forget to trick-or-treat with the dinosaurs! Weather permitting, the special festivities will be held Saturdays and Sundays in October.

[4] Take an Eerie Three-Wheeled Tour
Take a hauntingly fun tour of the back roads by scooter with Strasburg Scooters Tours Spooky Scoot Thursdays - Sundays in October. Rider’s tip: pack warm gloves and a scarf.

[5] Award-winning, Spine-tingling Chills
When it comes to terrifying thrills, visit USA Today’s Best Extreme Haunted Attraction Field of Screams is the place to be. You can also visit the haunted hayride, attractions, and houses at Jason’s Woods.


[1] Annual Harvest Breakfast
Kick off the harvest season at Lancaster Central Market with everyone’s favorite Harvest Breakfast, featuring farm-to-table food, live entertainment, and family fun. This year's breakfast will be held on Saturday, October 2nd from 8am - 12pm.

[2] Pick the Perfect Pumpkin
Head to one of our many fields to pick the perfect carving pumpkin, and enjoy apple cider and hayrides. If you’re not in to carving pumpkins, perhaps you can head to an apple orchard and bring home some fresh apples to douse in caramel for the perfect fall snack.

[3] Fall ArtWalk
Immerse yourself in Downtown Lancaster’s art scene at Fall ArtWalk. This self-guided tour takes place Saturday and Sunday, October 2nd & 3rd.

[4] Head Outdoors with a drive, hike or bike ride.
Grab your favorite pumpkin flavored hot beverage from one of our local coffee shops, and then head outdoors to get lost on our winding backroads and experience the beauty of fall.

[5] Fall Fairs & Festivals
Explore traditional fall on the farm with Fall Farm Days at Amish Farm & House or make you own apple cider at the Old Windmill Farm. Plan your visit around one of the great fall fairs and festivals in Lancaster County!

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