October Magic & Haunts
Life doesn’t get more beautiful than autumn in Lackawanna County. The landscape explodes with color as the fall foliage comes into season, and the ghosts come out to play at our haunted attractions!
• DAY ONE •
ROBA FAMILY FARMS
Located in picturesque North Abington Twp, Roba Family Farms is one of the premier autumn attractions in Pennsylvania. Groups of all ages will enjoy rooting for a pig of their choice to victory at the Hillbilly Pig Races, shoot some apples with Grandpa’s Cannons, find their way through the 4.5-acre Mega Maze, walk the Birdhouse Boardwalk, or find a diamond while Gem Mining! Taste the sweet side of the country with Roba’s famous cider doughnuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn. At night enjoy a firepit with friends as you munch on s’mores and enjoy the refreshing mountain air.
Call ahead for availability of the attractions your group would like to participate in; larger groups may need to book a time for certain activities. Plan for at least 2-3 hours at Roba Family Farms. There is so much to do and groups will admire the fall foliage while enjoying old-fashioned country fun!
STEAMTOWN NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE: FALL FOLIAGE TRAIN EXCURSION
Take in the colors of the fall foliage as you cruise by train through the countryside of Northeast PA. Steamtown National Historic Site offers multiple excursions ranging from 2-6 hours. The tours are guided and feature historical landmarks along the way.
Depending on the length of the tour, groups will visit different train stations to stretch their legs, grab a snack, and enjoy the scenery. Visitors can bring food and drinks on the train. The Fall Foliage Train Excursions book very fast! Sign up for the park’s email list to receive updates for the start of booking these popular excursions.
SCRANTON AFTER DARK WALKING TOURS
The Lackawanna Historical Society offers these guided tours through downtown Scranton. Discover the haunting details of the city’s industrial past while learning of famous ghosts that walk the streets and the historic buildings with a chilling story to tell!
Scranton After Dark tours last approximately 1- 1 ½ hours. Wear your walking shoes and bring a coat for the chilly autumn nights.
• DAY TWO •
DUNMORE CEMETERY TOURS WITH THE DEARLY DEPARTED PLAYERS
Meet the “residents” of the historic Dunmore Cemetery as they tell you of their untimely deaths. Keep an eye out for the ghosts walking about the pathways and graves as you follow behind the horse-drawn hearse.
Wear your walking shoes! There are not many places to sit down during the Dunmore Cemetery Tour. The tour will last approximately 3 hours. The tours are held on the first 2 Saturdays in October. Groups can arrange private or customized tours on different dates with the creator.
HAUNTED ATTRACTIONS: REAPER’S REVENGE & CIRCLE OF SCREAMS
Continue your frightful Saturday with a hayride through the woods or a spooky circus show at either Reaper’s Revenge or the Circle of Screams! Reaper’s Revenge also offers Sector 13, a bio-nuclear warehouse, and a Pitch-Black walkthrough. The Circle of Screams takes place at the Circle Drive-In Theater and offers classic scary movies on their big screens plus a haunted manor overlooking the unsuspecting visitors of the park.
Groups should call ahead to reserve a time; this will help Reaper's Revenge and the Circle of Screams plan accordingly without interfering with the general public. It gets cold in the country! Make sure to dress warm. Plan about 3-4 hours at either venue to go through all the attractions.
• DAY THREE •
HOUDINI MUSEUM TOUR, MAGIC SHOW, & SEANCE
Touted as the only building devoted to Harry Houdini in the world, the Houdini Museum located in Scranton, PA, is a rare treat for young and old alike! Year-round entertainment features a movie, a guided tour of the 150-year-old historic building, topped off by an hour-long, fun-filled stage magic show with professional magicians and live animals. Take your group out to dinner after the show and return to the museum for their haunted séance! Attempt to summon the famous magician or a loved one as you surround yourself with Houdini’s handcuffs, straight jackets, and portraits.
The Houdini Museum tour and show are 3 hours long, from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm on the weekends. Reservations are required. Groups can customize a time and length of the visit if booked well in advance. The séance is usually 8:00 pm-midnight, but groups of 13 or more can customize dates and times that work best for their schedule.
• DAY FOUR •
LAKELAND ORCHARD & CIDERY
has another location in the countryside of Scott Twp featuring their orchard offering over 30 varieties of delicious apples! Visitors can also cut fresh flowers in their Sunflower and Zinnia fields, take a dive in their Giant Corn Box, become a master axe thrower, pick some apples, and sip on hard cider.
Plan for at least 2 hours at the Lakeland Orchard & Cidery. If the flowers are still in season, make sure to bring some home as a souvenir of your Pennsylvania visit! Groups should call ahead to let the management know they have a large group arriving so they can staff activities accordingly.