2018 Bucks County Halloween Guide

October is here, and that means it’s time to get in the Halloween spirit! From pumpkin picking to haunted hayrides, wine tasting and live shows, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this Halloween in Bucks County. Here are some of the best Halloween events and activities for every age.

Family-Friendly Events:

Kids will love meeting their favorite characters from Sesame Place in Halloween costumes. (Photo by Michelle Reese)

The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular

When: Weekends through October 28, Friday through Sunday
Where: Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Rd. Langhorne, PA 19047

To celebrate Halloween, Sesame Place is fully decorated for the holiday. Special features include three Halloween-themed shows, trick-or-treating, the Neighborhood Street Party Halloween Parade, characters in costume and more.  Ticket prices vary, see site for details.

Newtown Borough Halloween Parade

When: Saturday, October 27 at 10 a.m.

Where: Leaves from the Stocking Works at 301 S. State Street, ends at the Brian Gregg Park on North Congress Street

In addition to the parade, you can participate in the costume and pumpkin decorating contests. Judging for both competitions is before the parade begins. See the site for more details.

The NAC will be showing Halloween movies on Friday nights in October.

NAC Halloween Movie Series

When: Friday nights in October at 8 p.m.

Where: Newtown Athletic Club, 120 Pheasant Run, Newtown, PA 18940

The NAC is hosting a 4-week Halloween movie series at their 4-acre pool complex, Escape Resort. Films including Hocus Pocus, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hotel Transylvania and Nightmare Before Christmas will play on their massive 25-foot mega screen. Free popcorn will be provided, and the resort’s full restaurant, bar and hot tub will be open. The event series is open to the community with tickets costing $10 per person or $30 for a party of four. Please note that the Rocky Horror Picture Show screening will be an interactive, 21+ event.

Peddler’s Village Halloween Spooktacular

When: Friday, October 26 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Peddler’s Village, Routes 202 & 263, Lahaska, PA 18931

Kids should come dressed in their Halloween costumes to trick-or-treat at the Village shops. At 6 p.m., there will be a family-oriented guided ghost walk tour. Bring a flashlight! After the walk, there will be a creature craft activity. Enjoy free snacks throughout the evening on the Main Green.

Canal-o-ween

When: Oct. 28 to Nov. 3

Where: Delaware Canal, N. Edgewater Ave, Yardley

A week-long tradition that will kick off with the 10th annual Carve-O-Thon on Sunday, October 28 from 12 to 3. Guests are invited to help carve over 300 pumpkins to create the Jack-O-Lantern Stroll that will debut that night.

Trick or Treat Trains on the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad 

When: Select dates and times in October, see site for details

Where: New Hope & Ivyland Railroad, 32 W. Bridge St, New Hope

Kids will love this 45-minute train ride filled with spooky fun! Special Halloween-themed activities include sing-a-longs, a reading of “Spookley the Square Pumpkin” and trick-or-treating aboard the train and at the station. Come dressed in costume! Ticket prices vary.

Shady Brook Farm offers a 5-acre corn maze as well as smaller grass and hay bale mazes. (Photo by Michelle Reese)

PumpkinFest at Shady Brook Farm

When: Weekends in October from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with After Dark activities until 8 p.m.)

Where: 931 Stony Hill Rd. Yardley, PA 19067

The entire family will love spending the day at Shady Brook Farm. Take a tractor ride to pick pumpkins, get lost in the 5-acre corn maze, watch pig races and more. Listen to live music while enjoying snacks and lunch from the many vendors. And parents should visit the Beer Garden for locally brewed craft beer and Rose Bank Winery wines. New this year, there will also be a bloody Mary bar on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shady Brook Farm offers activities such as rubber ducky races, pedal go-carts, jumping pillows, inflatables and a new adventure course included in the $17 ticket price. (Children under 2 are free.) Additional attractions including pony rides, corn cannons, paint ball and truck & monster hearse rides cost extra.

Halloween Boo Bash at Oxford Valley Mall

When: Saturday, October 27 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Oxford Valley Mall, 2300 E. Lincoln Highway, Langhorne, PA 19047

Bring the kids for an afternoon of fun! Kids can participate in Halloween crafts and a dance party in the Sears Court from noon to 2 p.m. Then go trick-or-treating at participating stores from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Mall-O-Ween at Neshaminy Mall

When: Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Neshaminy Mall, 707 Neshaminy Mall, Bensalem, PA 19020

This all-day party features a costume contest, children’s parade, trick-or-treating and prizes!

Trick and Treats at Pennsbury Manor

When: Sunday, October 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Pennsbury Manor, 400 Pennsbury Memorial Road, Morrisville, PA 19067

This festive event combines Halloween fun with Pennsylvania history. Children are invited to come in costume to enjoy trick-or-treating, games, and 17th century demonstrations. Pennsbury Manor is also partnering with the Teal Pumpkin Project to provide non-food games and trick-or-treat stations for those with food allergies. The Trial of Margaret Mattson will also be held during the event. The year is 1684, and Margaret is on trial for witchcraft!

For the Bigger Kids and Adults:

Horror Fest at Shady Brook Farm

When: Weekends in October, tickets at 6 p.m., attractions begin at 7.
Where: 931 Stony Hill Rd. Yardley, PA 19067

HorrorFest features four thrilling attractions: The Hayride of Horror, Barn of Horror, Alien 3-D Encounter, and Carnage (haunted corn maze). Tickets range from $22 to $50 depending on how many attractions you’d like to enjoy. All tickets include admission to the Festival Field with bonfires, Scare-ee-okee, live music and more. Additional activities such as paintball, carnival games and monster hearse ride require pay-as-you-go fees.

Sleepy Hollow Haunted Acres

When: Weekends in October, Friday through Sunday (plus Thursday, October 25)

Where: Sleepy Hollow, 881 Highland Rd. Newtown PA 18940

Sleepy Hollow features three attractions: The House in the Hollow, Field of Fright, and the Sleepy Hollow Hayride. The Sleep Hollow Hayride is a new experience for 2018. There are also bonfires, live music and refreshments available. Tickets range from $16 for one attraction to $33 for all of the attractions. (Tickets are $3 extra on Saturdays, except for October 6.)

Valley of Fear & Haunted Hayride

When: Weekends in October, Friday through Sunday, plus November 2

Where: 301 W. Bristol Rd. Feasterville, PA 19053

The four main attractions are a haunted hayride, Scarytales (haunted forest walk), The Facility (zombie maze), and Operation Z Escape (a zombie escape room combined with paintball.) You can also download the FearApp ($4) to enhance the terror experience. Admission prices vary, see site for details.

Ghost Tours of New Hope

Where: Main St. & Ferry St., New Hope
When: Fridays and Saturdays, plus Halloween night, tour starts promptly at 8 p.m.

Follow a lantern-led walk through picturesque New Hope while listening to ghost tales and other historical tidbits. Cost is $10 per person. No reservations are required for public tours. Private tours can be arranged (with a reservation) for groups of eight or more.

Frankenstein Rocks

When: Friday, October 26 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, October 27 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, October 28 at 3 p.m.

Where: Bucks County Community College in the Zlock Performing Arts Center, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA 18940

Frankenstein ROCKS is a comedic rock musical that explodes onto the stage with all the awesomeness and amperage you would expect from an 80’s style hair metal rock concert. Turn on the electrodes, raise the platform and throw the switch. A storm is brewing and you don’t want to miss this hilarious adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic tale. Tickets are $22. Buy online in advance to be able to choose your seat.

Haunted Halloween Trains on the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad

When: Select dates and times in October, see site for details

Where: New Hope & Ivyland Railroad, 32 W. Bridge St, New Hope

This 45-minute scary train ride is recommended for guests ages 13 and up. The theme this year is “The Undead Speakeasy & Bootlegger Express.” Ticket prices vary.

For the Adults:

HalloWine Tasting & Painting Party

When: Sunday, October 21

Where: Rose Bank Winery, 258 Durham Road, Newtown, PA 18940

Perfect for an afternoon with the girls! Paint a pair of wine glasses and enjoy 9 wines with light food pairings. Wear something that shows your love for wine or Halloween for a chance to win prizes. Tickets are $48 per person.

Rocky Horror Show 
When: Select dates, October 12 – 28

Where: Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main Street, New Hope, PA 18938

Let’s do the time warp again! The Rocky Horror Show will be live on stage at the Bucks County Playhouse. Ticket prices vary, see site for details. This show is recommended for audiences age 17 and up.

2018 FACT Pumpkin Ball: Prom Night

When: Saturday, October 13, 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Where: The Event Center at Cornerstone, 46 N. Sugan Road, New Hope, PA 18938

Dance the night away at this prom-themed Halloween party to benefit FACT (Fighting AIDS Continuously Together) Bucks County. Tickets are $75 in advance or $100 at the door.

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