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Trick-or-Treating Alternatives for College Students

Erin Zakin
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For those who have out-grown trick-or-treating (as much as we all wish we haven’t) but haven’t outgrown the Halloween spirit, it’s sometimes difficult to find a fun activity to do during the Halloween season. Here’s a list of events for those who love participating in the spookiest holiday of the year.

Hersheypark in the Dark

For the next three weekends in October, Hersheypark offers special “Dark Ride” experiences for those who love roller coasters. Zoo America features flashlight tours for its “Creatures of the Night” event. Plus, Hershey has some of the best candy, so you can pick up a bag or five of your favorite chocolate treats on your way home.

Spooky Level:    Level 1    Frightening Fun

Scary Series at Midtown Cinema

If you love Halloween movies, check out Midtown Cinema in Harrisburg. The theater has a “Scary Series” feature continuing throughout October, including movies like The ExorcistThe Lost BoysRocky Horror Picture Show, and Halloween.

Spooky Level:    Level 2   Satisfactory Scary

Ghost Tours in haunted Gettysburg

Gettysburg, PA is a historic city only an hour south of Mechanicsburg, notorious for its paranormal activity due to its history with the Civil War. If you’re bewitched by ghosts and old stories of haunted battlefields, head down to Gettysburg and sign up for one of many ghost tours, which will surely give you chills.

Spooky Level:   Level 3      Completely Creepy

Halloween Park in York Haven

Halloween Park is a special kind of amusement park dedicated solely to Halloween. For one admission price, guests have access to six creepy attractions, plus unlimited access to entertainment, side attractions, food, refreshments, and games. The six bone-chilling haunts include Creekside Manor, the 7 Gates, Tombstone Swamp Mines, Terror Behind the Doors, The Catacombs, Insanity Island, and The Electric Chair. The park is only a short, 30-minute drive from Messiah’s campus.

Spooky Level:    Level 4 Truly Terrifying

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The Field of Screams

Located in Lancaster, PA, the Field of Screams attraction is consistently voted as one of the best haunted houses in America. Since its founding in 1993 with the original Haunted Hayride, Field of Screams has used terrifying tricks to horrify its riders. Field of Screams now has four terror-filled attractions: Haunted Hayride, Den of Darkness, Frightmare Asylum, and Nocturnal Wasteland. If you’re the ultimate thrill-seeker, the Field of Screams won’t disappoint.

Spooky Level:   Level 5    Honestly Horrifying

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