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 typically scares up fun three ways every weekend in October. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions the offerings are a bit different. Carnival of Fear 3D and Twisted Trailz Outdoor Trail will return next year, but guests will still be able to enter Delfino Manor. Visitors must navigate room after room of frightful sights. In addition, the drive-in will host the NEPA Horror Film Fest on October 13. The event features 13 short films as well as a roster of live music. Circle of Screams is not recommended for children under 10.
2. Roba Family Farms
For 28 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. Low Ropes Grove is new for 2019. The obstacle course adventure features a rock-climbing wall. 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 four 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 finally 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. The attraction added a drive-through light show to its offering of family-centric activities. Visitors may drive the one-mile long course to see over 500,000 Halloween themed light displays. 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 and the Saturday before Halloween.
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 Steakhouse 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.