Trick-or-treating safety tips for Halloween
Here are some tips from the National Safety Council for a safe Halloween. 10/1/23
Damian Giletto, Wochit
Spooky season is here! There are plenty of ways to enjoy the fall season and have some Halloween fun around Franklin County.
The list below includes local places where you can get lost in a corn maze and take the kids for seasonal activities, scary Halloween events, and of course, trick-or-treating – including nights hosted by local towns and events hosted by organizations that are open to the public.
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Events are listed in chronological order.
Corn mazes and more in Franklin County
Country Creek Produce Farm: 3794 Etter Road, Chambersburg; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 4 (last entry one hour before closing); admission $8.50 weekdays, $12 weekends (free for ages 2 and under). Admission provides access to the “Great Race”-themed corn maze, hay pyramid, jump pad, zip lines, mountain slides, petting zoo and more activities, plus hayrides on weekends/Friday evenings. Access the pumpkin cannon, barrel train (ages 2-10), or Ferris wheel for an additional charge. The farm is also open 6-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October for Night Maze and Moonlight Hayrides (not scary!); admission is $13 and includes the regular activities. Guests can also buy pumpkins, greenhouse items, and food/drinks. More information: countrycreekproducefarm.com/events.
Shady Maple Farm Adventure Corn Maze: 12701 Williamsport Pike, Greencastle; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 4 (except for special events); admission is $7 for kids under age 10, $10 for ages 11 and up, free for kids under age 2. There’s a 14-acre corn maze, pumpkin patch, petting zoo and various fall activities More information: facebook.com/ShadyMapleFarmsGC.
Stoner’s Dairy Farm: 7578 Oellig Road, Mercersburg; noon to 7 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 4 (last entry 45 minutes before closing); admission $10, free for ages 3 and under. Admission covers the corn maze, mini maze, hayride, petting zoo, pedal cart track, jump pad, one barrel train ride, “hoppity farm,” play areas, and access to the pumpkin patch and sunflower field. There’s also a scarecrow-building activity for an extra charge and food, drinks, pumpkins and seasonal items available for purchase. Special events: Flashlight Nights, 7-10 p.m. Oct. 21, 22, 27 and Nov. 3; $10 admission. Trick or Treat Night: 6-8 p.m., Oct. 25; free; ages 10 and under only. More information: stonersdairyfarm.com.
Franklin County festivals and parades
Market Day: 9-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, Main Street, Waynesboro; craft vendors and sidewalk sales, food, live entertainment, scarecrow contest, kids’ zone, chili cook-off, cornhole tournament, and more; mainstreetwaynesboro.org.
AppleFest: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, downtown Chambersburg. Downtown Business Council of Chambersburg hosts this annual street festival, which includes art/craft/business vendors, food trucks, live entertainment, kids’ activities and more. More information: tinyurl.com/ApplefestFacebook.
Shippensburg Halloween parade: 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21.
Fall Fest: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 28-29, American Legion Picnic Grounds, 4775 Williamson Road, Greencastle. The Facebook page does not list details yet, but in the past this event has included art/craft/business vendors, food trucks, carnival rides and more. Check the Facebook event page for updates: tinyurl.com/FallFestGreencastle.
Mercersburg Halloween parade: 6-10 p.m. Oct. 30.
Haunted Jail: “Night of the Clowns,” 7-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 27-28, Franklin County’s Old Jail, 175 W. King St., Chambersburg; admission, $12 for adults, $7 for ages 12 and under (cash or card), at the door or tinyurl.com/HauntedJailtix. Creepy clowns will star in this year’s haunt at the Old Jail.
Haunted Maze Nights: 8-11 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4, Stoner’s Dairy Farm, 7578 Oellig Road, Mercersburg; admission $10 (between 7:30 and 10:30 p.m.). Some fearsome folks will be meandering the corn maze. Bring a flashlight, or rent one for $2. More information: stonersdairyfarm.com.
These are trick-or-treats hosted by local organizations. Municipalities’ trick-or-treat nights are farther down.
Trick or Treat Downtown Waynesboro: 5-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, start at Main Street Park, 25 E. Main St., Waynesboro. Downtown businesses will hand out treats. There will be a food vendor and live music at the park. More information: eventbrite.com.
Trunk or Treat and Fall Farm Fun: 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, Peckin Thyme Farm, 11018 Shimpstown Road, Mercersburg. Collect candy, jump in the bounce house, visit the animals and compete in the pumpkin decorating contest (cash prize). There will also be a soup cook-off. More information: tinyurl.com/PeckinThymeFall.
Stoner’s Dairy Farm’s Trick or Treat Night: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, farm at 7678 Oellig Road, Mercersburg. Kids ages 10 and younger are invited to collect candy while walking through the 5-acre corn maze. Admission is free, but there will be barrel train rides for $1 and hayrides for $2. The event is limited to the first 300 children, or while supplies last. More information: stonersdairyfarm.com.
Trunk or Treat and more: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25 at LCBC Church, 13450 Midvale Road, Waynesboro. The lineup to this free event includes themed trunks, safely packaged treats, carnival games and a showing of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!”
Trick or Treat on Main: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Businesses on North/South Main Street in downtown Chambersburg will hand out candy to costumed kids through 1 p.m. Then, there will be a costume contest at Courthouse Plaza. Hosted by Downtown Business Council of Chambersburg. More information: tinyurl.com/TrickorTreatonMain.
Trunk or Treat: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, Washington Township Police Department, 11798 Buchanan Trail East, Waynesboro; washtwp-franklin.org.
Franklin County Trunk or Treat: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, Chambersburg Area Middle School North, 1957 Scotland Ave., Chambersburg. Representatives from the Franklin County Adult Probation Department, Franklin County Juvenile Probation, Franklin County Jail, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, local law enforcement agencies, first responders and other organizations will hand out candy to all the little ghouls, goblins, superheroes and princesses. The county is seeking donations of candy (sealed, unopened packages), through Oct. 31 at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, 14 N. Main St., and Adult Probation Department, 440 Walker Road.
Trick-or-treat nights around Franklin County
Antrim Township: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 (rain date, Oct. 27)
Borough of Greencastle: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 (rain date, Oct. 27)
Borough of Mercersburg: 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct 28 (rain date, 4-6 p.m., Oct. 29)
Borough of Chambersburg: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31 (The borough does not schedule an official trick-or-treat night, but this is the time it recommends.)
Borough of Shippensburg: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31
Borough of Waynesboro: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31