Halloween festivities run the gamut from spine tingling scares to family-friendly farm visits. Check out our list of five frightfully fun places to visit near Scranton this fall. There are options to suit every mood and even more opportunities to make memories. It’s all easily accessible from Hotel Anthracite, making our downtown Carbondale hotel the perfect fit for a fall getaway. Download our free Northeastern Pennsylvania Destination Guide. It has all the essential information for visiting our area.
1.Circle of Screams
Circle Drive-In Theatre, Dickson City
America’s only haunted drive-in theatre scares up fun two ways every weekend in October. Griffin Asylum offers a terrifying trek through twists and turns, crawlspaces and cages. Then climb aboard Twizted Acres Haunted Hayride. Travel deep into the forest where sinister stories come to life. In addition, the drive-in will host the NEPA Horror Film Fest on October 14. The event features 13 short films as well as a roster of live music. Circle of Screams is not recommended for children under 13.
2. Roba Family Farms
For over 30 years, Roba Family Farms has been the destination in Northeast PA for fall fun. The 52-acre farm boasts more than 25 attractions. There’s everything form the signature Mega Corn Maze, to Hillbilly Pig Races and Tractor Test Track. A Glowing Pumpkin Trail is new for 2023. When the sun goes down stroll along a quarter mile wooded trail to see more than 25 scenes featuring creatively carved pumpkins. Scattered around the grounds are 11 food stands offering a variety of options including Roba’s famous cider donuts. Visitors can rent a campfire site and shop the Harvest Barn for an assortment of fall décor.
Scott Township, PA
Be warned- people travel from surrounding states just to venture into this 52-acre scream park. Visitors can experience five terrifying attractions. The Haunted Hayride takes a chilling ride through the forest. There’s a dark forest walk through, pitch-black indoor haunted house and a zombie maze. The terrifying encounter lasts 90 minutes. Reaper’s Revenge is not recommended for children under 10.
4. Halloween Light Show
Scott Township, PA
For the spooky season, Lakeland Orchard and Cidery will transition from day into night. Visitors may hop aboard the Lakeland Express for a one-mile train ride to see the largest Halloween light show in Pennsylvania. The spirited scenes include ghosts, goblins, a haunted castle, trick or treaters and more. The retail store is open at the conclusion of the tour for classic fall goodies while the Cider Garden offers adult beverages, snacks and sandwiches.
5. After Dark Haunted Walking Tours
Lackawanna Historical Society, Scranton
Walk the storied streets of downtown Scranton as a guide recounts eerie tales from the city’s past. The popular tour takes place every Friday evening in October.
Moments to Savor
Memories and meals are meant to be savored. Pair a fall escape with our Perfect Culinary Getaway Package. Stay in our best available guest room, enjoy a $100 dining credit for the hotel’s restaurant, Kōl Grill and a Chef’s Small Plate or appetizer. The season is fleeting, so make a point to get to these five frightfully fun places to visit near Scranton this fall. Check availability and book today.