There are plenty of thrills and chills to be had this time of year in the Pocono Mountains. Whether you prefer to be scared silly or are looking for some lighthearted haunts, we’ve come up with eight great ways to scare up some Halloween fun in the Poconos.
Plan a fall getaway to experience it all- from spine-tingling attractions to jaw-dropping scenery. Silver Birches Resort gives you lakefront accommodations in an unbeatable location. Download our free Vacation Guide to the Northern Pocono Region with all the essential information you’ll need when visiting the area.
1. The Great Pocono Pumpkin Festival
Country Junction General Store, Lehighton
This large-scale attraction does Halloween two ways. For the younger set there’s pumpkin painting, crafts, a pirate ship, petting farm, hayrides, a family corn maze, bounce houses, costumed characters and of course, pumpkins galore! Teenagers and adults can enjoy the spine-tingling experiences offered at The Waldorf Estate of Fear. Choose from four frightening attractions including a zombie apocalypse game of survival, the zombie escape room, the Waldorf Hotel Haunted House and Terror in the Corn, a haunted hayride.
2. Haunted Hayride
Woodloch Resort, Hawley
Monsters, ghosts and other creatures of the night come out during this trip into the Pennsylvania woods. Anything can, and will, happen on this ride on October 24 that’s not for the faint of heart.
3. Spooky Days on the Farm
Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, Stroudsburg
Daytime and nighttime activities explore the light and dark sides of Halloween. In the afternoon, families can uncover the traditions and history of the holiday by playing games, listening to stories and taking a horse and wagon ride. When the sun goes down, mysteries unfold. A murder mystery guided tour lets visitors follow clues in order to solve a crime.
4. Old Jail Ghost Tours
Old Jail Museum, Jim Thorpe
The corridors and cell blocks of the former jailhouse are eerie any time of year, but ghost tours every Saturday evening in October are especially chilling. The foreboding structure dates to the 1800s and is famously haunted. Go in search of ghosts and learn about the building’s dark past on this special Halloween tour.
5. Storytelling Dinner
The Settlers Inn, Hawley
A room full of glowing pumpkins, each intricately carved, sets a spooky mood as Sandy Gabrielson spins ghostly tales. A farm-to-table seasonal dinner begins this beloved Halloween fun tradition in the Poconos.
6. The Hotel of Horror
Lake House Hotel, Saylorsburg
Your worst fears come to light at this former Pocono resort turned haunted house. The indoor, walk-through attraction features actors who bring the 200-year-old building to life.
7. Pumpkin Patch Express
Stourbridge Line, Honesdale
Hop aboard for a family-friendly Halloween train ride. Each child will choose a pumpkin to bring home during this two-hour excursion.
8. Dramatic Reading: An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe
Grey Towers National Historic Site, Milford
The 19th century French chateau style mansion sets the stage for a dramatic reading by the American Readers Theatre. Known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe’s short stories are the ideal way to spend a pre-Halloween evening.
Fall into Fall
When you come to the Poconos for some Halloween fun, stay at Silver Birches Resort. Our Fall into Fall Package, September 22-December 22, lets you enjoy 20 percent off our daily rate, plus a $75 dining credit to use at The Dock on Wallenpaupack, The Settlers Inn, Glass- wine.bar.kitchen or Kōl Steakhouse.