Ways to safely celebrate the spooky season.
Even with COVID-19 lurking, there are ways to get your spooky on this Halloween. Here are some local options—with or without the kids.
Sept. 18-Nov. 15
Eastern State Penitentiary Night Tours: “Terror Behind the Walls” might be cancelled this year, but that doesn’t mean Eastern State Penitentiary can’t still deliver a chilling experience. Creep your way around abandoned cells as the voice of award-winning actor Steve Buscemi tells the tales that make this former prison one of the most infamous in the United States.
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#OnThisNight in 1898: Warden Michael Cassidy notes the term of Reuben Button (inmate A-9243) expired earlier in September, “but being very ill and unable to be removed to his home in Tioga County [Button] died at 7.30 this P.M. His people are poor and cannot have the body sent home…the Anatomical Society receives all unclaimed bodies in the institution.” At night, the penitentiary takes on a different energy. Experience it firsthand at #NightToursESP this fall: www.EasternState.org/NightTours Cellblock 3 corridor, c. 1897. Image: from Michael J. Cassidy, Warden Cassidy on Prisons and Convicts.
Sept. 25-Oct. 30
Linvilla Orchards Hayride: Linvilla’s beloved Friendly Witch is a major draw on a hayride designed for younger children.
Sept. 26-Nov. 1
The Count’s Halloween Fun: Sesame Place is offering plenty of silly seasonal fun this year, with only a few changes to ensure social distancing. As always, costumes are encouraged.
Weekends in October
Elmwood Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo: Get set for costume contests, parades and (of course) animals. On the second and fourth weekends, Harvest Fest is also part of the fun, with scarecrow making and pumpkin painting. noon-3 p.m.
Oct. 23, 29 and 31
Elmwood Zoo Trick-or-Treat Nights: Dress up (don’t forget the mask) and enjoy a spooky evening among the animals. Adults free with the purchase of a children’s ticket. 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Virtual Cooking Class: Chef Monica Glass concocts treats you won’t find in the candy aisle. Recommended for kids ages 5 and up (with supervision). 1 p.m.