It’s October, and that means it’s time to celebrate fall with Halloween festivals and events in Center County.
Local farms are a popular destination for the festivities, but community members looking for ways to take advantage of the season have plenty of other options as well.
Here’s a look at what’s going on in the region:
Penn State Student Farm Harvest Festival
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, October 7
The Dr. Keiko Miwa Ross Student Farm in Penn State, located at the intersection of Big Hollow and Fox Hollow Roads, will welcome guests for fresh food, live music and fun activities.
Acoustic rock duo Hops & Vines will provide live music, and attendees can sample farm-fresh fall produce, hot apple cider, hot chocolate and more. The mini pumpkin painting is free for Penn State students with ID and $ 1 for non-students. Visitors can also plant their own succulents (free for PSU students; $ 5 for non-students. Festival-goers can also use an old-fashioned apple peeler to peel fresh apples and add cinnamon sugar.
A limited number of lawn and surface parking spaces are available. Blue buses will run from the Curtin Road stop near Berkey Creamery to the farm from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Participants who cycle to the festival will receive a Student Farm sticker.
7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Friday October 8
Free and open to the public, Lion Ambassadors explore the haunted history of Penn State and State College with lantern tours around campus and downtown, starting with the Hintz Family Alumni Center.
The evening also includes a variety of food and fall themed activities.
Way Fruit Farm Fall Festival Weekends
3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays in October
Way Fruit Farm, 2355 Halfmoon Valley Road, Port Matilda, hosts fall festivities on Fridays and Saturdays in October. You can walk or take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch. Outdoor food vendors will be onsite weekly and The Way Cafe will be open with a limited festival menu.
Each weekend will feature outdoor music and other events. This Friday and Saturday will include the making of cider and an exhibition of old tractors. From October 15-16 there will be a Harvest Craft Show and on October 22-23 there will be a professional pumpkin carving with Eric Jones.
Check the Way Fruit Farm Facebook page for updates.
Wasson Farm Fall Party
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday October 9 and Sunday October 10
Wasson Farm, 2545 Shingletown Road, State College wraps up its Fall Fest weekends this Saturday and Sunday. Cart rides to the pumpkin patch cost $ 8 and include a pumpkin. The festival also includes a corn maze, animals, games, barrel trains ($ 1), apple butter, baked goods, homemade soups, homemade ice cream and apple cider slushies. .
Hawstone Winery, Fetterolf Family Maple Syrup, Sweet Temptations by Terri and Big Bill’s BBQ will be among the vendors present this weekend.
The Penn State Pumpkin Giveaway Arboretum for the Jack-o’-Lantern Contest
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday 10 October
The Penn State Arboretum will be donating approximately 1,000 pumpkins while supplies last for its pumpkin carving contest, which is part of the annual festival to be held Oct. 15-16, when on display. Participants are also encouraged to use theirs. Jack-o’-lanterns can be entered in the contest from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, October 15 at the Overlook Pavilion at the HO Smith Botanical Gardens.
A jury will award ribbons for the top three jack-o’-lanterns in each of the seven entry categories as well as for Best of Show, Best Arboretum Theme, Best Penn State Theme, and Best. pop culture theme. The winners will be announced on October 16.
See the contest rules here.
The Penn State Pumpkin Arboretum Festival
Friday October 15 and Saturday October 16
Penn State’s Annual Pumpkin Festival Arboretum features a pumpkin carving contest (see above), a lighted pumpkin display, live music, activities, and food vendors.
During the day of October 15-16, the public can explore seasonal exhibits in the gardens, including fall-themed planters and assorted squash groupings, one of which is an imposing multi-party arrangement. levels at the pavilion.
Hundreds of illuminated pumpkins will be on display until 9 p.m. and food vendors will be on hand both evenings.
On October 15, live music by Lilting Banshee, a trio playing traditional Celtic songs from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
From 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on October 16, participants will enjoy a magician, buskers and activities. Western Range will play Texan swing, honky-tonk and rockabilly from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Downtown State College Pumpkin Pursuit
Friday October 15 and Saturday October 16
Kids can choose a free mini pumpkin with decorations and crafts to take away from the following locations in Downtown State College on Friday October 15 and Saturday October 16.
The Makery, 123 S. Fraser Street: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Growing Tree Toys, 202 S. Allen Street: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Schlow Library, 211 S. Allen Street: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Makery and Growing Tree Toys will offer unique craft activities
Harner Farm Haunted Flashlight Maze
7 pm-10pm Friday October 15; Saturday October 16; Thursday, October 28; and Friday October 29
Harner Farm, 2191 W. Whitehall Rd., State College, in partnership with the Delta Zeta sorority, hosts a haunted flashlight maze with $ 8 entry to benefit the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
Flashlights are mandatory and participants must enter the maze by 9 p.m.
Hot dogs, cider and hot chocolate will be available.
University Wine Company Fall Harvest Festival
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday October 16
University Wine Company, 540 Misty Hill Drive, State College, will host its first fall harvest festival for artisans and craftspeople, featuring wine, vendors, food trucks and music.
Punkin ‘Chunkin’ Festival
10 am-5pm Saturday October 16
The Howard Fire Company’s 10th Annual Punkin ‘Chunkin’ Festival is a day of fun at Bald Eagle State Park.
Attractions include craft and food vendors, hay rides, mini public-throw punkin pieces, and, of course, large trebuchets and cannons firing pumpkins into the lake.
Entrance and parking are free. Donations are welcome and benefit the Howard Volunteer Fire Company.
Central PA Oktoberfest Tasting Trail
12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, October 16
The 13 Central PA Tasting Trail craft beverage makers and four regional breweries will be part of the inaugural Oktoberfest at Grange Park at Center Hall, which will feature tastings, live music throughout the day, and food vendors.
Tickets cost $ 30 or $ 15 for designated drivers and those under the age of 21. Children under 12 are admitted free.
The day will start with the first 5k Beer Run at 10 a.m.
Eight groups will perform throughout the day.
Fall party and trunk or treat
4 pm-7pm Sunday 17th October
State College Assembly of God, 2201 University Drive, hosts its annual free fall festival with a trunk or treat, fire trucks, hay rides, mazes, giant slides, food and more for kids. families and children of all ages.
Registration is required in advance by going to scassembly.org/fallfest or by stopping by the church office.
State College YMCA trunk or treat
5-7 p.m. Friday October 22
The State College YMCA, 677 W. Whitehall Rd., Is partnering with the Center County Youth Service Bureau to host a Trunk or Treat event with activities, games and treats from local organizations.
The event will take place on the hockey rink side of the State College YMCA parking lot and parking will be available on the South Hills Field. Registration is not compulsory.
Halloween Chest or Treat and Car Parade
4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 26
Juniper Village in Brookline, 1950 Cliffside Drive, State College, invites community members to decorate their vehicles according to a theme and participate in a Halloween parade on the campus of the rehabilitation and skilled care facilities. After the parade, participants are encouraged to open their trunks for treats. To participate in the parade and / or have a vehicle in the trunk or a treat, please email [email protected].
A vehicle in the parade is not required to participate. Families are encouraged to bring their children to cheat or deal. No reservation is required for a tour or treatment.
Halloween costume parade
6.30 p.m. Tuesday October 26
Center Region Parks and Recreation hosts the 75th Annual State College Halloween Costume Parade. The parade forms at 6:30 p.m. on Block 100 of South Burrowes Street and disembarks at 7:00 p.m. Judging for costumes from over 10 different costume categories takes place at Memorial Field with cash prizes and goodies provided by State College. Lions Foundation. Check out www.crpr.org/special-events for updates on costume categories.
Autumn Festival of the Catholic Church of the Good Shepherd
9 am-2pm, Saturday October 30
The Church of the Good Shepherd, 867 Gray’s Woods Boulevard, Port Matilda, will host a fall festival featuring a wide variety of items and crafts for sale, as well as a raffle for gift baskets. Lunch will be available.
Talleyrand Fall Fest & Annual Halloween Parade
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, October 30
Bellefonte Sunrise Rotary will be the Fall Fest and Halloween Parade in Talleyrand Park, with activities for children and adults.
Check out our Fall and Halloween Festival guide for a current calendar of events.