Friends of Codorus State Park offers the Hanover area a fun-filled activity for Halloween with its fourth annual Halloween in the Park event.
This Friday and Saturday night, about 750 light displays will dot the landscape and greet incoming visitors.
Becky Miller, the president of the board of directors for FOCSP, said that the drive from Route 216 to the pool is "going to look like a landing strip with so many luminaries!"
The evening will begin at the pool, where a tractor and wagon sits waiting for guests. Once everyone is aboard, the hayride will commence. It includes a mile-and-a-half ride around the pool, passing several displays which showcase different themes, from werewolves to aliens and even Christmas.
Organized specifically for young kids, Miller said the hayride is not meant to scare anyone.
"We don't have blood, guts or gore," she said.
Kathy Bealing, a member and the director of the hayride, says the attraction gets better every year. Last year, she and her husband built a dragon float - called "Leroy the Lake Monster" - and designed it to bob in the lake. She said it has since become a crowd favorite.
After the hayride, visitors can cross the road and trespass over the Troll Bridge into the nearby campground for trick-or-treating. Campers who have reserved sites for the event will provide candy.
Volunteer Civil War re-enactors have also claimed space and will be around a campfire by the Veterans Memorial in period dress.
Costumed pets will parade through the campground around 1 p.m. Saturday. Volunteers from Animal Rescue of New Freedom will be handing out bags for the owners. Spectators can drop a penny into the bag for the costume they like most. All proceeds will be donated to Animal Rescue.
The rest of the fun is located at the amphitheater. Vendors will be stationed there, selling pretzels, candy apples and kettle corn. Visitors can also enjoy carnival games like the dime pitch - a dime thrown into a glass wins the glass, and a red dot on the bottom wins a prize.
The Creatures of the Night show is another highlight. Live animals such as bats, owls and vultures will be present, courtesy of Rehabitat, a Dillsburg volunteer organization devoted to rehabilitating injured and orphaned birds of prey.
Tall, small, or furry - all visitors are encouraged to arrive in costume. Also, anyone who showed their creativity at the Hanover Halloween Parade is welcome to display their entry at Halloween in the Park.
The hayride, trick-or-treating, and Creatures of the Night are included in admission; the food and games are extra.
- SAMANTHA ANDERSON, FOR FLIPSIDE
If you go
WHAT: Halloween in the Park
WHEN: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
WHERE: Codorus State Park, 2600 Smith Station Road, Hanover
COST: $10 per car
DETAILS: Call 630-2183 or visit www.friend-of-codorus.org
Other area Halloween happenings
Hanover Halloween Parade: Presented by the Hanover Area Jaycees, the 69th annual parade will features bands, floats, marching groups, antique vehicles, and costume entries. The parade starts at 7:30 p.m. on Baltimore Street at Wirt Avenue in Hanover and continues on Carlisle Street to end at Third Street.
The Haunted Orchestra: The Hanover Symphony Orchestra will perform a special Halloween program with internationally acclaimed comedian and movement artist Dan Kamin. During the performance, Kamin will be transformed into a marionette to accompany Alfred Hitchcock-themed music. The performance takes place 3 p.m. Sunday at the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center, 195 Stock St., Hanover. Tickets cost $10.
Haunted Mill Scream Park: The Haunted Mill Scream Park is home to five haunted attractions including the Haunted Mill, Maw's Crazy Maze, House of Eyes, Terror Trail and the Creepy Cornwalk. The park will be open for its final weekend, from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, and from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Haunted Mill Scream Park is at 5932 Colonial Valley Road, Spring Grove. Attractions cost $10 each, or visit three attractions for $25 and all five attractions for $35.
The Farnsworth House: Several of the haunted objects that have been part of the Farnsworth House will be available for viewing. Gettysburg ghost storyteller Patti O'Day will share personal ghost stories in front of the objects. The program runs Thursday through Saturday every half hour from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets cost $7 plus tax.
Pandemoniums Round Barn of Terror: The second floor of the Historic Round Barn & Farm Market will be transformed into a haunted attraction for the final weekend. Nonprofit organizations will volunteer to scare the guests each night. Ticket sales benefit the groups. The event runs from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Historic Round Barn & Farm Market, 298 Cashtown Road, Biglerville. Tickets cost $10 each.