Add these frightening Halloween events to your calendar for spooky fun
(Bucks County, PA)- Halloween is the spookiest holiday of the year and Bucks County is full of chills and thrills to help you celebrate this October and beyond. Located just 25 miles from Philadelphia and 75 miles from New York City, this historically haunted countryside has everything from terrifying hayrides to B&BS where spirits still roam the halls.
Here's a list of the top spine-tingling events happening this season in Bucks County, along with ways to get spooked all year long in Philadelphia's countryside.
Halloween Events in Bucks County
• Through October 31- HorrorFest at Shady Brook Farm is sure to terrify you! Walk through the Carnage Corn Maze where terror lurks around every turn or take a ride deep into the dark woods of Bucks County on the Haunted Hayride. And if you're not a horror-lover, there is plenty more for you to do at Shady Brook Farm's PumpkinFest!
• Through November 2- Back for its 25th year, the grounds surrounding Phoenix Sport Club turn into a den of terror known as the Valley of Fear. Your childhood scary stories are chillingly brought to life with brand-new spooks and scares. The Original Haunted Hayride is sure to make the hair stand up on the back of your neck.
• Through November 2- The Haunted House in the Hollow sponsored by Midnight Productions is the perfect place for anyone looking for a fright this year. Try to survive the haunted halls of this real life ghost story and then walk through the spooky graveyard and crypt, if you dare. It's a Halloween lover's dream!
• October 10-October 25- If you're not sure about getting in on the terror yourself, enjoy a terrifyingly good performance of The Haunting of Hill House from the Town and Country Players. Nothing is as it seems in this play about a group of "psychically receptive" people brought into an old Victorian mansion to find evidence of the paranormal.
• October 17- Delve into the world of archaeologist and collector Henry Mercer at his palatial former home during Mercer's Night Tales at Fonthill Castle. Learn about Mercer's love of detective and gothic literature during a special book discussion that will conclude with a dramatic performance of Edgar Allen Poe's classic "The Tell-Tale Heart."
• Through October 26- The perfect place to celebrate this Halloween with your little monster is The Count's Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place®! The Sesame Street-themed amusement park will also feature several Halloween celebrations like The Count's Halloween Party, a costume contest and more.
• October 26- Step back in time to 1684 when Margaret Mattson was accused of witchcraft and Pennsylvania's founder William Penn presided over the trial. Try to decide if she is guilty or innocent at the Family Halloween Celebration at Pennsbury Manor. Enjoy trick-or-treating at the Manor as well as other fall-themed activities and games during this free event.
• October 26- Turn on your lanterns and roam the streets of Historic Fallingston on the Spirits of the Past Tour. Meet the ghosts left behind in this more than 200-year-old village while you listen to eerie supernatural tales from long ago.
• October 24-25 - Bring the kids to the Pearl S. Buck House for a ghostly history lesson as the spirits from Buck's stories as well as her own past come to life during the Ghost Tours event. Take a tour of the Nobel- and Pulitzer-winning author's former home before enjoying some fresh-pressed apple cider and cookies. Tours are held Friday at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
• November 1- Halloween's not just for kids! Have a scary good time pairing your favorite Halloween candy with delicious wine at the Trick-or-Treat for Grownups event at Crossing Vineyards and Winery. Be sure to dress up in your best Halloween costume!
Real-Life Haunts in Bucks County
• Listen to tales of real spirits on a Ghost Tour of New Hope, a lantern-led ghost walk through historic New Hope. Stay alert! You might see the phantom hitchhiker or Aaron Burr out of the corner of your eye as he stares at you through the window of a historic inn. In October, these tours meet every Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. including on Halloween night!
• The Black Bass Hotel in Lumberville may have had renovations, but the new exterior cannot hide the chilling past of this historic building. Hans, the former owner of the hotel, was stabbed to death in an argument with canal workers. The bar stool he was murdered on is still in the tavern and some have even reported seeing a pool of blood on the floor beside it. Hans has also been seen lurking in the corner of the Black Bass Hotel's tavern.
• Known as "Cry Baby Bridge," the Van Sant Bridge is the setting of a widely-told ghost story. Legend says that a young woman who recently had a child, was thrown out by her lover. In desperation and grief, she threw her child and herself over the bridge. Maybe you too will hear the baby's cries and the whispers of his mother.
• The Logan Inn is said to be haunted by several spirits and Room Six is known as the haunted hot spot of the inn. Guests have experienced several things such as seeing a ghostly mist known as the spirit of Emily, the former innkeeper's mother, and a little girl who giggles as women brush their hair in the mirror.
For more information about events in Bucks County, please check out VisitBucksCounty.com.
Contact: Jessica Lawlor
Visit Bucks County
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About Visit Bucks County
Visit Bucks County (VBC) is the official tourism promotion agency for Bucks County. The tourism office, with more than 450 tourism/hospitality partners throughout Bucks County, promotes all there is to see and do to potential visitors and residents. In addition to consumer travel, Visit Bucks County targets sports tournaments, motorcoach groups, meetings, special events and weddings. For more information on VBC activities call 1-800-836-BUCKS, visit VisitBucksCounty.com or stop by the Bucks County Visitor Center located at 3207 Street Road in Bensalem (adjacent to the entrance to PARX Casino). The Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. It is easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Route 1 and Interstate 95.