15 Halloween Things To Do

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Pumpkins are part of the Halloween season
Pumpkins are part of the Halloween season
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Apple cider, pumpkins, hayrides, corn mazes, Halloween movies, treats, ghostly tales, and even haunted history wait for people during the 2021 Halloween season!

From Washington to McDonald to Monongahela, take a look at things to do this Halloween. Over half of them are within a 15-minute drive of Washington.

Ride the Pumpkin Patch Trolley, decorate pumpkins & enjoy refreshments at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum. They recommend wearing a costume.
When: October 15 to 17, and 22 to 24 from from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Where: Pennsylvania Trolley Museum
Price: $14 adults, $13 seniors, $12 children, children 2 & under free
Up to 25 people can enjoy a Fall Group Hayride through Mingo Creek County Park for about 40 minutes, with a fire circle & picnic shelter thrown in for a couple hours before or after.
When: October 15 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM & October 16 from 1:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Where: Mingo Creek County Park
Price: $50.00 per hayride – up to 25 people
Take a Pumpkin Patch Hayride drawn by a tractor at SpringHouse. There’s a corn maze, kiddie corn maze & Bale Mountain.
When: October 16-17, 23-24 & 30-31
Where: SpringHouse
Price: $15 per picker, $12 per non-picker
Trunk or Treat In The Park followed by Disney’s Zombies at North Strabane Park. DJ Vanessa will play Halloween music. The concession stand will be open. Games can be played. Kids can look at North Strabane emergency vehicles – police cars, fire trucks – and maybe even sit inside one.
When: October 15 – Trunk or Treat from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM followed by the movie
Where: North Strabane Park
Price: Free
Hear ghost stories told in the comfort of the Longwell house, on a walk through historic Monongahela or around the fireplace at Monongahela Area Historical Society events that usually sell out.
When: October 16, 22, 23 & 29
Where: Longwell House in Monongahela
Price: $20 for Armchair Ghost Tales, $15 for Candlelight Ghost Walk Tours & fireplace tales
Work through & out of an 8-acre corn maze in Allenton, near the Mon.
When: October 16 & 17, 23 & 24, 30 & 31 from noon until dusk
Where: Howling Hills Cornmaze Adventures in Allentown
Price: $10
Take hayrides, navigate a three-acre corn maze, listen to live music & eat at food trucks at Trax Farms.
When: October 16 & 17, 23 & 24, and 30 & 31 from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Where: Trax Farms
Price: $10 in advance
Jump aboard hayrides out to a pumpkin field, and take in a petting zoo, rubber duck races, human hamster wheel, farm combine slide & basketball corn hopper at Simmon Farm.
When: Daily – Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM, Friday-Saturday-Sunday from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Where: Simmons Farm in McMurray
Price: $17 for everything – $13 without the hayride, harvest trail or pumpkin.
In Trick or Treat Geocaching at Mingo Creek County Park, people will learn the basics of using GPS, followed by geocaching to park locations for treats.
When: October 19 at 5:30 PM
Where: Shelter 10 at Mingo Creek County Park
Price: No fee – advance registration required
Take a Haunted History Walking Tour at the Bradford House Museum, on the streets of Washington & at the LeMoyne House.
When: October 22 & 23 every 30 minutes from 6:00 PM until 8:30 PM
Where: Bradford House Museum
Price: $10
Do a Halloween Night Walk along the Panhandle Trail. It will be lit by luminaries. Treats will be provided to children 11 & younger. Children can wear costumes.
When: October 22 from 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Where: McDonald Trail Station
Price: No fee – advance registration required
Take a Haunted Hayride through Washington Park – with a light scare from 7:00 to 8 PM, followed by full scares from 8:00 to 10:00 PM at Dark in The Park. A bonfire will be lit.
When: October 29 & 30 from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM
Where: Washington Park
Price: $5
Run the Jack-O-Lantern Jog, a fundraiser to benefit the Community Scholarship Foundation of Canon McMillan.
When: October 30 – the 5k begins at 9:00 AM, followed by the Skeleton Stroll at 9:05
Where: Canon McMillan High School
Price: From $22.00
Visit a haunted village for Trick-or-Treat & Trunk-or-Treat followed by Hocus Pocus on the big screen. It’s kid-friendly & not too spooky.
When: October 30 – Trick-or-Treat & Trunk-or-Treat from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM, followed by a movie from 7-8:30pm
Where: Scenery Hill Town Square
Price: Free
Scarecrows are being seen in Peters Township, which is holding a Scarecrow Decorating Contest for residents. To be eligible, they have to be visible from the street.
When: Register by October 20, judging held on October 27 & winners announced October 29
Where: Peters Township
Price: $5

After all the cancellations in 2020, Halloween 2021 in Washington County is filled with events from hayrides to movies to scary stories. Many are close to the city. Over half are $10 or less. Better get moving – as of publication date, there’s barely three weeks left!

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