Halloween is just around the corner, and Central County is rolling out all the stops (and ghosts) for young and old, with a slew of events throughout the month. Many are free to profit and more than a few benefit from a good cause.
Here’s a look at what you can experience in the days and weeks to come:
2021 Pumpkin Festival at the Penn State Arboretum
When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday
What: Penn State’s 2021 Pumpkin Festival Arboretum lights up the night this weekend, with the annual jack-o’-lantern exhibit starting at 6 p.m. Friday. The two-night event runs through Saturday with food vendors, live music, activities and crafts on the second night.
Take a look at festive pumpkins carved by members of the Center County community and pick your favorites, speculating on which ones will win the top prizes such as Best in Show, Best Penn State Theme, and Best Pop Culture Theme at the end of the weekend. end. Bring a flashlight and don’t forget to visit Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden Cave, where the seasonal decor includes paintings visible only after dark, when the cave’s black lights illuminate a flying owl, a rider headless, a howling wolf and a dragon.
Howard Fire Company 10th Annual Punkin ‘Chunkin’ Festival
When: 10 am-5pm Saturday
What: For more pumpkin fun, visit Bald Eagle State Park for the Howard Fire Company’s annual Punkin ‘Chunkin’ Festival. But don’t expect to see many festively carved pumpkins here. Instead, the gourds are sent over the lake, thanks to nine teams competing with their homemade machines.
In addition to watching the pumpkin chunk contest, the event also includes activities for kids, a raffle with gift baskets, hay rides, a pie tasting contest, and craft and food vendors. . If you want to try your hand at throwing a pumpkin into the sky, mini launchers will be available for public use.
The event is the primary fundraiser for the Howard Volunteer Fire Company. Entrance and parking are free.
Professional Pumpkin Carving at Way Fruit Farm
When: 3 pm-7pm Oct 22 and 9 am-4pm Oct 23
What: Pumpkin-themed festivities continue later in the month at Way Fruit Farm, where crowds can also come and support a good cause. The event will feature pumpkin carving demonstrations by Eric Jones, presented by Food Network, as well as others. After the demonstrations, the professionally carved pumpkins will be sold to participants and the proceeds will be donated to Way Fruit Farm’s nonprofit, A Way to Help. Of course, while you’re on the farm, be sure to take advantage of all the quintessential fall produce available for purchase, cozy baked goods, and fresh apples with fall decor and cider.
State College YMCA trunk or treat
When: 5-7 p.m. October 22
What: Start the fun early from the start, with the State College YMCA’s Trunk or Treat event, presented in partnership with the Youth Service Bureau. Taking place at the State College YMCA, families are invited to go out and enjoy not only Halloween candy, but also activities and games for the kids.
75th Annual CRPR Halloween Costume Parade
When: 6.30 p.m. October 26
What: Center Region Parks & Recreation celebrates a milestone with its 75th annual costume parade. After a slightly modified event last year as a pandemic-related safety measure, the parade is back to its previous format, taking place downtown and ending at Memorial Field.
Participants can line up on Burrowes Avenue between College and Beaver Avenues. Registration is not required for the free event, but upon arrival you must line up in your costume category. Categories include cutest; The most frightening ; Look-A-Like (characters, superheroes, TV stars, athletes); Unique & Original; The funniest ; Pets on the parade; Groups and Duets. Prizes and sweets are provided by the State College Lions Foundation.
Art After Hours: Halloween Show at the Palmer Museum of Art
When: 5-8 p.m. Oct. 28
What: For some mid-week Halloween fun, art lovers should head to the Palmer Museum of Art on the Penn State campus to “solve gruesome mysteries, take a ghostly gallery tour, and create a macabre monster ”. The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a Halloween-themed show, followed by gallery tours and costume judging. Artistically inspired costumes are strongly encouraged and separate prizes are awarded for adults and children under 15.
Talleyrand Fall Fest & Annual Halloween Parade
When: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Oct.
What: The Talleyrand Fall Fest & Annual Halloween Parade, presented by the Bellefonte Sunrise Rotary, offers tons of fun for attendees of all ages. It all starts at Talleyrand Park in Bellefonte with games and activities for children, inflatable structures, cart rides, raffles… The Bellefonte Community Band will offer entertainment for the day and a tasting tent will provide fun for adults. The tent will feature tastings from multiple wineries, breweries and distilleries, all while playing college football on a 75-inch TV. A $ 10 bracelet gives attendees access to all children’s activities, while adult tasting tent activities are $ 5.
Trick or Trot 5K Fun Run
When: 8:30 am-10am October 31
What: Log a few miles before eating the Halloween candy. The Bellefonte YMCA is hosting their fun Trick or Trot 5K run in partnership with Big Spring Spirits. The races will start in four waves, starting at 8:30 a.m., with the last wave of runners starting at 10 a.m. Costumes are encouraged and prizes are awarded for crowd favorites, the most original costume, and the best group costume. The family event starts at $ 15 per attendee and attendees 21 and over will receive a free Big Spring Spirits cocktail after the event.
Project Halloween Hustle 5K ACRES Costume Race
When: 11 a.m. October 31
What: Think you can handle two races in one day? Project ACRES, a non-profit organization that aims to increase the independence and quality of life of adults with autism, is running a Hustle 5K Halloween costume run and walk, starting at Sidney Friedman Park in the downtown State College on Halloween morning.
The family-friendly (and pet-friendly!) Event invites costumed participants to walk, jog or run at their own pace. Participants will receive running t-shirts and candy and prizes will be awarded for the best costumes and fundraising milestones.