Over the weekend, my son and I got into the spirit of Halloween by visiting Hersheypark Amusement Park. From October 13 to the 29, on Fridays through Sundays, everyone’s favorite theme park in Hershey, The Sweetest Place on Earth!, transforms into the Hersheypark In The Dark Halloween attraction! Admission offers you access to more than 50 rides and attractions. Plus ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park is opened for guests as well. Once the sun goes down, and the night sky arrives, ZooAmerica goes dark for guests to observe the nighttime activities of more than 200 animals with Creatures Of The Night.
As I mentioned oh so many times on this blog, my son is a huge fan of Halloween! Whether you visit Hershehypark in the Dark during the day or at night, there are always attractions open for guests. I will say though, if you visit at night, I recommend you bring a flashlight along for the Hershey’s Trick-or-Treat Trail and in ZooAmerica. We LOVE that Hersheypark goes a little darker, creating that spooky Halloween vibe (don’t worry though, there are no ghouls haunting the grounds!). Maybe it was because it rained a bit earlier… but the fog rising from the fountain in Founder’s Way was quite cool and appropriately creepy!
If you love thrill rides, you’ll be happy to know that all 13 roller coasters are open. I can’t tell you how many times my son made me ride Trailerblazer with him! Now it could have just been me… but it seemed like there were definitely less lights on around the roller coasters.
But no complaints here about that! We found it quite cool. My son loved riding the attractions in the dark.
Laff Trakk coaster turns off the lights during all operating hours. That means you can ride the coaster in absolute darkness! If you are a fan of the wooden coasters, Hersheypark turns off the lights on those three roller coasters during the last hour of each operating evening.
The Hershey Triple Tower attraction is open as well for guests. What’s even cooler, is that it changes colors in the night sky!
Don’t worry… if thrill rides aren’t exactly your thing, there are still plenty of other rides open. Younger kids and families will be sure to enjoy the large variety of attractions open for everyone.
Now let’s get to what was new this year… the 13 candy locations in Hershey’s Trick-or-Treat Trail! Many of those locations are in Treatville!
Hersheypark is encouraging children ages 12 and younger to enjoy the Trail in costume. They’ll receive free treat bags and candy at each stop.
I must say, Hersheypark did a great job creating such a wonderful and whimsical Halloween village! I enjoyed seeing the different themed spots.
Sure the Hershey’s Trick-or-Treat Trail is of course a fun time during the day… But I definitely recommend you wait till dark! It’s just more of a ghostly fun time that way. You can only go through Treatville once during your admission.
I think once night falls, the darkness gives more of that Halloween vibe out on the Trail. My son had a blast checking out all the difference decor and scenes at each stop.
I’m really glad that Hersheypark has this attraction for the season. It’s a great SAFE way to trick-or-treat. Plus you can’t go wrong knowing that you’ll receive a delicious Hershey’s treat at each stop!
There are also stops in ZooAmerica, Midway, and Hershey Hollow in Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction. And speaking of Chocolate World…
Don’t miss Full Moon Fridays! In addition to Trick-or-Treating, you can party with your favorite Hershey’s Characters and take part in all the spooktacular fun! For instance, there was quite the Dance Party going on in the food court the Friday night I was there.
Walking around Hersheypark, I also really enjoyed all the light up displays. You never know what you might run into!
… and of course the Ferris Wheel is shining bright against the dark sky and moon!
Are you a fan of the Hersheypark carnival style games? Many are of them are open for Hersheypark in the Dark! What’s even cooler, is that you could win Halloween themed prizes! Now if only I was a little bit better at Milk Can, we could have walked away with a giant Day of the Dead Skeleton.
However we still won some cool prizes in the other games we played! My little Halloween fan was super excited with his new prizes.
Now as I mentioned above, access to ZooAmerica is included in your Hersheypark in the Dark admission. You don’t to miss Creatures of the Night! Zookeepers throughout the zoo will have animals on hand to show guests, that normally prefer the night.
We really had such a blast at Hersheypark in the Dark. I highly recommend you go during the next two weekends that the attraction is open! It’s a great way to enjoy family-friendly Halloween fun without all the scary spooks.
I made the quick video below to show a few highlights from our Hersheypark in the Dark time! Check it out…
Just a quick reminder… Hersheypark In The Dark isn’t the only Halloween fun happening in Hershey, PA! Visitors can learn about the history of chocolate at The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue, who will host Halloween-themed classes in the Chocolate Lab like “Chocolate Cobweb Creations” and “Build a Batty Bar.” Participants (4 years of age and older) also learn how cocoa beans are transformed into their favorite chocolate confections. On Saturdays (October 14, 21 and 28) children who visit the Museum Experience at The Hershey Story can create their very own monster pop using a Hershey’s milk chocolate bar, decorative icing and edible candy eyes. They’ll also receive a vintage Hershey’s mask to assemble. How cool is that?
On October 21, 22, 28, and 29, from 6 to 8:30 PM, Hershey Gardens will host Pumpkin Glow, with over 150 illuminated carved pumpkins. Kids ages 12 and younger are invited to bring a flashlight, come in costume, trick-or-treat throughout the Gardens. Guests will be able to watch live pumpkin carving demonstrations, as well as see a unique collection of live spiders and insects in the Educational & Horticultural Wing of the Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory.
And finally for all you HOCUS POCUS fans, the Hershey Theatre will show the timeless classic on Saturday, October 21, at 7 PM! For the more adult crowd, the Theatre will show THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURES SHOW (with ROCKY HORROR PROP BAGS for sale) at 11:59 PM. Tickets for each film are $8.
Want to learn more about what Hershey, PA has to offer? Check out some of my recent Hersheypark posts:
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While Hersheypark Season Passes and accommodations were provided by Hershey Resorts and Entertainment, all opinions are 100% my own.