Fall Activities

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Come together for a long weekend of fall activities in the Hershey Harrisburg Region! We’ve got pumpkins in the patch, colorful leaves aplenty, and gallons of warm apple cider (and pumpkin beer) waiting for you. Carve out some time this season to discover the beauty and fun of a Pennsylvania fall in Hershey and Harrisburg. 

Hersheypark in the Dark

Hersheypark In The Dark

There’s no sweeter place to trick or treat this season than Hershey, PA! Start the candy collecting journey at Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction. Parents can shop at Hershey’s Largest Candy Store, ensuring you’re the neighbors with the good candy! Continue into Hersheypark In The DarkSM, where costumed kids can enjoy 50+ rides including 13 roller coasters. Bring your flashlights for an exclusive lights-out tour of ZooAmerica® during Creatures of the Night®.

Fall Festivals & Halloween Events

Spend the day outdoors at one of our fall festivals where we celebrate all the best things the season has to offer. Learn about cider pressing and apple butter making at the Old Fashioned Apple Festival (Oct. 19-20) at Little Buffalo State Park. Downtown Hershey’s Choctoberfest (Oct. 19) features live music, kids activities, local craft beer, and of course, chocolate! Drink in our handcrafted wine and beautiful foliage during Cornucopia Wine Quest, a multi-weekend tasting journey through Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country.

Get the most use out of those Halloween costumes with a weekend filled with sweetly spooky fun. Our family-friendly Halloween events include Hershey Gardens’ marvelous jack-o-lantern display, Pumpkin Glow (Oct. 18-19, 25-26), a Halloween Spooktacular Cruise (Oct. 26) on The Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat, and a historic Trick or Treat Trolley Tour of Hershey.

Fall Leaves

Best Places to See Fall Foliage

Don’t tell the other seasons, but we think fall is the most beautiful! Golden yellows, rusty reds, and fiery oranges make up our festival of fall foliage. Take a refreshing, colorful fall trek to Hawk Rock off the Appalachian Trail or one of our many serene hiking trails. Head to Riverfront Park in Harrisburg where you can take in panoramic views of the water and changing leaves. You can also bring your bikes and explore Wildwood Park and the rest of the 20-mile Capital Area Greenbelt.



Pick-Your-Own in a Pumpkin Patch

Pop by one of our pumpkin patches to pick your own plump souvenir. Local farms like Strites Orchard offer pumpkin picking, apple picking, and fresh produce shopping. Embrace the country life at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, where they offer hayrides, a corn maze, farming activities, and more!

Pumpkin Picking

Fall Wineries

Pumpkin Beer & Hard Cider

The Oktoberfest drafts and pumpkin-inspired beers are flowing at our region’s craft breweries. Master of Pumpkins at Tröegs Independent Brewing, Flash Gourd’n Pumpkin Ale at The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey, and the Rutty Buck Pumpkin at Appalachian Brewing Company. Fall is also the perfect time to enjoy some apple-inspired drinks as well! Broad Mountain Vineyard makes refreshing and flavorful small-batch hard ciders made from local apples. Spring Gate Vineyard & Brewery makes seasonally sweet and dry house cider like the scrumptious Sticky Bun Cider for fall.


We're a year-round destination, so you're welcome to visit us anytime!