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A Guide to Fall Festivities in Lancaster County

Looking to get out of the house and enjoy the beautiful fall weather? Here is your guide to all things autumn in Lancaster County.

 

Spooky Experiences

 

Jason’s Woods, Lancaster: Get your blood pumping with five terrifying attractions, including haunted hayrides, a zombie apocalypse and a carnival full of crazed clowns. Masks and social distancing are required. In order to follow capacity guidelines, pre-purchasing your ticket is highly recommended, but tickets will be available for cash purchase on site. Jason’s Woods will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights until October 31.

 

The Spooky Scoot Scooter Tours with Strasburg Scooters: Follow your tour guide into the night in one of their two-person Scoot Coupes. On the tour, you will ride along eerie back roads and hear local folklore about the haunted side of Lancaster County. Tours are available on Friday and Saturday nights from October 2-31.

 

Field of Screams, Mountville: Go on a haunted hayride, explore an asylum or take a walk through desolate woods. No matter which of their four attractions you choose, expect to be spooked. Due to reduced nightly capacity, you must purchase tickets online and choose an arrival time slot. Masks and social distancing are required. Temperature checks will be performed on all staff each night. Field of Screams will be open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and a few Thursday nights up until November 7.

 

Haunted Ghost Tours: Downtown Lancaster and Strasburg are full of history. Take a candlelit walk through town and learn about the seldom-told ghost stories that lurk in Pennsylvania Dutch folklore. Group size will be limited. Tours are offered on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights up until November 8.

 

Fall Activities

 

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, Ronks: Get lost in their 5-acre corn maze and enjoy exploring their 50+ other activities. This year, Cherry Crest will be going cashless to make transactions as contactless as possible. Employees will be temperature screened before every shift. Masks are required inside buildings and in areas where you can’t social distance.

 

The Country Barn and The Barnyard Kingdom, Lancaster: Meander through their 5-acre corn maze, meet their many farm animals, go for a wagon ride and pick a pumpkin from their pumpkin patch. Stay into the evening for a campfire and marshmallow roast (available by reservation).

 

Corn Cob Acres, Mountville: Enjoy 50 fall activities, including an inflatable bounce, cow milking station, hayrides and corn cannons. Masks are required in areas where you can’t social distance. Employees will be temperature screened before every shift.

 

Oregon Dairy, Lititz: Every weekend in October, Oregon Dairy will offer free tractor and wagon rides to their pumpkin patch. Pumpkins are priced according to their size, ranging from $3 to $16. Kids can also enjoy other farm activities like a corn maze, jump pads and a corn launcher.

 

Flinchbaugh’s Orchard, Hellam: Flinchbaugh’s Orchard is just a short trip outside of Lancaster County. Pick your own pumpkins, apples and sunflowers. Visit their market for fresh apple cider and apple dumplings. The farm also offers a 5-acre corn maze and straw bale jungle gym.

 

Pick-Your-Own

 

Brecknock Orchard, Mohnton: Due to a late spring frost, their apple crop is limited, but Pick-Your-Own will be open as long as there are apples on the trees. The orchard also has an abundance of more than 40 varieties of pumpkins, gourds and squash ready to be picked.

 

Cherry Hill Orchards, Lancaster: Pick a peck of apples or grab some fresh apple cider and fall décor from their Orchard Outlet. They also have a variety of pumpkins, mums and other fall plants for sale.

 

Kauffman’s Fruit Farm & Market, Bird-in-Hand: The farm hosts Pop Up Pick-Your-Own events for apples. Check their Facebook page for upcoming dates.

 

Events

 

Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire at Mount Hope Estate every weekend through November 1. Admission is by pre-purchased tickets only. No tickets will be sold on site the day of an event. Face masks are required.

 

Railroad Rides at The Star Barn every Saturday of October. Enjoy a 1.2-mile train ride through the center of Stone Gables Estate. The conductor will provide historical and current facts along the way while you enjoy beautiful views of the estate and changing leaves. Tickets must be pre-purchased online.

 

Fall Fest at DoubleTree Resort Lancaster on October 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy fall beers, food and a day full of music. Tickets are required and include two free beer tickets and a souvenir cup. Must be 21 years or older to attend.

 

Fall Event at Hunts Christmas Trees on October 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Even though fall just started, Hunts Christmas Trees will allow families to visit the farm and tag their Christmas tree for the holidays. Walk around the fields, sit by the bonfire and enjoy refreshments. Dogs are welcome!

 

Fall Farm Days at The Amish Farm & House on October 3 & 10-12. Celebrate the fall season with various activities on their 15-acre farm. Cuddle with baby goats, brush the donkey and feed the horses. Indulge in delicious apple cider, stuffed pretzels, funnel cakes and more. Admission includes a pumpkin for painting or launching out of their slingshot.

 

Wine & Cupcake Pairings at Grandview Vineyard on October 8, 15 & 22. Get cozy with some wine and 4 mini cupcakes from Sugar Whipped Bakery. Reservations are required.

 

Corn Pickin’ 5K at Oregon Dairy on October 10. The race will start and end at their Corn Maze Barn. Runners will enjoy scenic farmland, the Landis Homes Community campus and finish with a lap through Oregon Dairy’s corn maze. The race will be held rain or shine and starts at 8 a.m.

 

Yummie’s Halloween Boo Bash at Kitchen Kettle Village on October 31 starting at 10 a.m. Tickets are required and include meal vouchers for lunch, a Spooky Bakery Box from the Bake Shop, photo opportunities with Yummie & Friends and a special “treasure map” featuring locations in the Village offering exclusive surprises and treats. Wear your best costume for the chance to win a cash prize.

 

Trunk or Treat Car Show at Ceramic Pro Auto Spa on October 29 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Decorate your vehicle, grab some candy and bring the kids for some Halloween fun. All are welcome.

 

Pumpkin Demolition Day at Barnyard Kingdom on November 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Demolish the end of season pumpkins with a sledgehammer or send them flying out of a pumpkin cannon.

 

Fall Foliage

For ideas on where to see Lancaster’s beautiful fall colors, click here.

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