Halloween Happenings in Centre County

Photo courtesy of Lincoln Caverns.

One thing we have not been able to thoroughly discuss about Penn State Univeristy and State College over the past year is that its history is rich. The university’s founding date is 1855, and the surrounding towns had already been well-established. This fascinating history has a way of coming alive in the fall, and it’s not all due to football.

With Autumn comes Oktoberfests, prevalent in the area due to the rich, productive soil; there’s plenty of locally brewed beer, not to mention festivals, in town. But one shouldn’t leave out the Halloween festivities, which start in the beginning of October and run through the duration of the month.

For the past twenty-nine years, Lincoln Caverns has been hosting a Ghosts and Goblins Tour through their spectacular caves and historic trails. Beginning on Friday, October 5, 2012 and lasting through Saturday, October 27, Lincoln Caverns will be offering Friday and Saturday evening tours through the Haunted Caves and Trails. Tours begin at 6:00pm. Daylight tours are also available through a Haunted or a Natural cave. Make sure to call 814-643-0268 for more information or to learn more about Halloween and Birthday parties at the Caverns.

If Halloween brings out your spooky side, then Black Moshannon State Park‘s Bog Walk is for you. The tour will introduce interesting plants and animals that live in the bog–and not all of them may be friendly. The Bog Walk may not be appropriate for younger children, however Black Moshannon has that covered. Join the Haunted Sleepy Hollow Trail on October 6 at 7:30 pm. For the kids, the Haunted Bog Trail on October 20 at 7:00 pm is much less scary, and will provide goodies for the kiddies. At 8:00 pm on October 20, the adults and older kids who enjoy a good scare will love the Haunted Bog Trail. On October 27, the Haunted Star Mill Trail starts at 7:00 pm for the kids, and at 8:00 pm for the for the blood-curdling bog walk. Black Moshannon State Park is located at 4216 Beaver Rd in Philipsburg, PA. Boat Launch 3 on West Side Rd will be the meeting place for both the Kids Bog Walk as well as the much scarier version.

Photo courtesy of Black Moshannon State Park

Trick or Treating is a family favorite, and will be offered at Medlar Field, behind Beaver Stadium on Sunday, October 28. Starting at 3:00pm and ending at 6:00pm, Medlar field will be featuring crafts, free snacks, and pumpkin painting. The State College Spikes will be offering free Spikes memorabilia–the Spikes are State College’s own Minor League Baseball team associated with the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Make sure to check out the State College Spikes on Facebook for more information. Admission and Parking is free, so don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity if you’re still in town the Sunday following the Ohio State game!

When it comes to fall, Centre County has a way of doing it right. The locals embrace the season, and celebrate accordingly. The many festivals and goings on in State College are exceptionally exciting, and something to look forward to year-round. Be sure to check out www.statecollege.com for other events going on in the area.

About: Tina Grasha

I was born a Penn State fan--it's almost like I didn't have a choice. In reality I did, and when it came down to the wire I chose PSU over another school four years ago, and not once have I regretted that decision. I graduated in May with a Visual Journalism degree and a minor in Art History. I have discovered a special niche in this town, and I want to share it with others.