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Pumpkin Glow returns to Hershey Gardens in Oct. 2016

Published: Oct 5, 2016

150 Artfully Carved Pumpkin Creations, Scarecrows Galore, and did we mention Live Tarantulas, Scorpions & Centipedes?

MEDIA: For more information on this announcement or to request images/logos please contact Anthony Haubert at The M.S. Hershey Foundation by emailing athaubert@mshersheyfoundation.org or by calling 717-298-2214 or cell 717-230-9160. Bookmark www.HersheyPA.com.

HERSHEY, PA. (Oct. 5, 2016) – In addition to 150 jack-o-lanterns and a variety of whimsical scarecrows, Pumpkin Glow at Hershey Gardens will feature something new this year: live insects, including tarantulas.

The annual family friendly, non-scary Halloween event at Hershey Gardens will be held Friday and Saturday nights on the last two weekends in October (21/22, 28/29) from 6pm to 8:30pm.

The new indoor tropical Butterfly Atrium will be closed during Pumpkin Glow, according to event organizers.

New this year is a live creature exhibit, featuring Goliath tarantulas, giant scorpions, a giant centipede, a jack-o-lantern filled with hissing cockroaches and large friendly caterpillars that visitors can hold. The creature exhibit will be on display in the Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory during Pumpkin Glow.

Outside, a mile-long path will be adorned with whimsical and artistically carved pumpkins. Friendly scarecrows, some of which come to life, will be greeting visitors along the way, while kids can trick-or-treat and collect candy at eight stations along a mile-long path. Youngsters are encouraged to bring flashlights and come dressed in costume; they also can listen to a scarecrow tell a special Halloween story.

Students from Lebanon County Career and Technical Center’s Culinary and Pastry Arts program also will be giving pumpkin-carving demonstrations. Seasonal displays featuring a variety of gourds and pumpkins complete the fall event. Refreshments will be for sale.

Pumpkin Glow tickets can be purchased online, in advance at HersheyGardens.org, or at the door. General admission is $12.50 for visitors ages 13-61, $11.50 for seniors (ages 62 & up), and $9 for juniors (ages 3-12); children ages 2 and under are free. For more information about Hershey Gardens, visit HersheyGardens.org or call 717-534-3492.

Candy distributed at Pumpkin Glow is generously donated by The Hershey Company.

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The M.S. Hershey Foundation exists to preserve and enhance Milton Hershey’s legacy and community vision and to provide educational and cultural enrichment to residents of Hershey. Hershey Community Archives, Hershey Gardens, Hershey Theatre and The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue are operating divisions of the Foundation. www.mshersheyfoundation.org.

Author: Rick Dunlap

Public Relations Director
Visit Hershey & Harrisburg
3211 North Front Street, Suite 301 A, Harrisburg, PA 17110