Family Friendly Fun During Halloween in Hershey 2016

In our family, the favorite treat at Halloween is Reese’s peanut butter cups.  When trick-or-treat bags are dumped on the floor, the Reese’s are quickly counted and protected by our kids.  So what could be more fun than trick-or-treating where those coveted cups are made, Hershey, PA?  During weekends in October, Halloween in Hershey offers lots of sweet, family fun including Hersheypark and ZooAmerica in the dark, trick-or-treating at Hershey’s Chocolate World, pumpkin treatments at The Spa at Hotel Hershey, and more.  Continue reading for more details on the Halloween in Hershey festivities.


From Hershey Resorts’ Press Release

October brings changing leaves, cooler temperatures, and the transformation of Hershey into a festive Halloween destination. Featuring safe, family-focused events and activities ranging from roller coaster rides and a trick-or-treat adventure at Hersheypark In The Dark to a flashlight walking experience at ZooAmerica, Halloween In Hershey provides guests with three weekends of sweet family entertainment and excitement.

The fun takes place Fridays through Sundays from October 14 – 30, and includes:


Hersheypark In The Dark features more than 50 rides and attractions including 13 roller coasters and Halloween-themed live entertainment. Guests visiting the Park will experience:

  • Halloween-themed rides and experiences.
  • Lights out! Laff Trakk will have the lights turned off during all operating hours. In addition, the Park will turn the lights off on our three wooden roller coasters during the last hour of each operating evening.
  • Hershey’s Trick-or-Treat Adventure featuring a candy trail that starts at Hershey’s Chocolate World and continues through Treatville, a seasonal town inside Hersheypark, for children 12 and younger (costumes are encouraged).
  • Fall-themed food and beverage offerings, and live entertainment including favorites “Screaming Mummies,” a band of misfit mummies and their classic Halloween tunes.

For hours of operation and additional information, click here.

Creatures Of The Night at ZooAmerica

Included in the one-price admission to Hersheypark In The Dark, guests are invited to bring a flashlight to experience Creatures Of The Night at ZooAmerica. This is the only time of the year when guests can enjoy the Zoo after dark and experience:

  • Observing the nocturnal habits of North American species.
  • Pumpkin treats being fed to select animals.
  • New this year…See our newest additions – two black bears and two armadillos!

Separate admission is also available at the Zoo’s off-street entrance.

Hershey Lodge - Hershey, PA

The Official Resorts of Hersheypark

Stay overnight at The Official Resorts of Hersheypark for the perfect fall getaway. New for 2016 is Hershey’s Water Works at Hershey Lodge. The new indoor pool complex includes two interactive indoor pools, Twizzlers Twists Slides, Reese’s Water Walk, water play structures and the Cocoa Cabana dining location with a full bar.

The Hersheypark In The Dark Package is available at The Hotel Hershey and Hershey Lodge during the Halloween season. The package includes:

  • Deluxe accommodations.
  • Breakfast with Hershey’s Characters.
  • One-day admission to Hersheypark In The Dark.
  • Seasonal admission to Hershey Gardens (including the new year-round Butterfly Atrium).
  • Admission to The Hershey Story’s Museum Experience.

The package is available Fridays and Saturday nights from October 14 -30 with prices starting from $469* at Hershey Lodge and $599* at The Hotel Hershey.  Click here for a review of our family’s visit to Hershey Lodge.

*Price is per room per night, based on a family of four. Excludes tax and gratuities. Other restrictions may apply.

Hershey Lodge - Hershey, PA

The Spa At The Hotel Hershey

From September 1 through November 30, The Spa At The Hotel Hershey offers guests fall-themed treatments to relax their mind and body.

  • Pumpkin Latte Manicure & Pedicure: $140* Monday – Thursday, $150* Friday – Sunday
  • Pumpkin Spice Scrub: $70* Monday – Thursday, $75* Friday – Sunday (available October 1)
  • Pumpkin Soufflé Wrap: $125* Monday – Thursday, $135* Friday – Sunday (available October 1)
  • Fall Pumpkin Scrub Wrap Combo: $185* Monday – Thursday, $195* Friday – Sunday (available October 1)

*A 20 percent service charge will be added to the bill for all treatments. This treatment may not be combined with any other offer, discount or promotion.

Hershey’s Chocolate World

With fun for the whole family each weekend during Halloween In Hershey, Hershey’s Chocolate World guests enjoy:

  • Hershey’s Trick-Or-Treat Adventure: Enter Hershey Hallow to begin your trick-or-treat adventure.
  • Tricky Treats & Sweets: Shop Halloween treats in Hershey’s largest candy store and pick up delightful sweets from the bakery.
  • NEW! Flavors of Fall Dessert Festival: Discover unique treats and rediscover classic favorites.

Hershey's Chocolate World

The Hershey Story Museum

Visitors can learn about the history of chocolate at The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue, and families can experience:

  • Ghosts & Goodies: Kids are encouraged to wear their favorite costume as they create ghostly treats using Hershey’s candy. This is a FREE event and it’s held October 29 and 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hershey Gardens

Hershey Gardens lights up the night with more than 150 uniquely carved illuminated pumpkins and a variety of whimsical scarecrows that come to life along the path some, during its annual Pumpkin Glow. Kids ages 12 and younger are invited to bring a flashlight, come in costume, trick-or-treat throughout the Gardens and experience the following activities:

  • Listen to a garden-themed story.
  • Collect candy treats at stops along the Gardens’ paths.
  • Watch live pumpkin carving demonstrations.
  • See a unique collection of live spiders and insects in the Educational & Horticultural Wing of the Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory.
  • Please note, the Butterfly Atrium will be closed during Pumpkin Glow hours.

Pumpkin Glow is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on October 21, 22, 28 and 29.


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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.