Autumn is the best time of year to be in Wilkes Barre / Scranton PA, or Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) as it is often referred. Besides the crisp fall weather and the leaves that change color there is one autumn tradition that shouldn’t be forgotten – haunted houses.
From the middle of September through the end of October (Halloween itself) these haunted houses should be at the top of your “things to do list.” Whether you want to go on a haunted hayride or wander through a traditional haunted house complete with costumed werewolves and other creepy creatures, you don’t want to miss out on the scary attractions on this list!
1) Reaper’s Revenge, Swika Lane, Olyphant, PA 18447
Reaper’s Revenge has a little bit of everything – a haunted hayride, a pitch black maze where all kinds of creepy things lie in wait and even the chance to walk through the Lost Carnival, full of sideshow “freaks.” You can also play Zombie Paintball and on some nights, enjoy a bonfire, which will be all the more soothing after nearly getting scared to death!
2) Circle of Screams, 1911 Scranton/Carbondale Highway, Dickson City, PA 18519
What’s better than a haunted hayride? A haunted hayride and a horror movie, of course! This drive-in theater is serving up scary movies on the weekends throughout the months of September and October, and is even showing them the first weekend in November. If the movie isn’t enough to spook you, then maybe the Hayride of Terror, the Maze of Torment and the Carnival of Fear will do the trick!
3) Fear Hollow, 1600 Church Rd, Mountain Top, PA 18707
There are traditional haunted houses that try to send a chill down your spine, and then there are the ones that take it over the top in order to really scare you. Fear Hollow is definitely the latter. While they use some of the usual tricks to throw you out of your comfort zone (like fog machines and strobe lighting) that’s nothing compared to the scary scenes that are a part of their new Deadwoods Walking Trail. Wander your way through both the Fear Hollow Haunted House and the walking trail – we dare you.
4) Dracula’s Forest, 2828 Rock Drive, Clarks Summit, PA 18411
Dracula’s Forest is one of the oldest operating haunted attractions in the northeastern, Pennsylvania area. It’s been in business for 30 years, and there’s a reason why – their haunted hayride is not for the faint of heart. Let’s just say that despite the name, there are more than vampires lurking in those woods.
Between their combined scary ghosts, vampires, witches, zombies, werewolves and other creatures of the night, these haunted attractions should be enough to keep you entertained until
Halloween, when the real scary creatures come out. (Or are they just kids in costume?) Either way, this is the time of year when it’s okay to be scared. Whether you prefer to take in a horror flick and a haunted carnival at the Circle of Screams or to check out the haunted hayride at Dracula’s Forest, these attractions have you covered!
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