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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to ride a roller coaster in the dark?  Want to visit an amusement park with your kids for Halloween that is fun but not scary?  If you said yes to both of those questions then you need to visit Hersheypark in the Dark this Halloween.

One of the reasons that I really like Hersheypark in the Dark is that it isn’t scary at all, so it really is age appropriate for even the littlest kids in your family.  With three roller coasters open plus lots of kiddie rides to chose from, everyone will have a great time riding the rides, collecting treats and spending a great night together. Adding to the fun, the  lights on Lightning Racer, Wildcat, and Comet  are turned off at 9 p.m. so you can ride those roller coasters in the dark!

Here are some thing to keep in mind when planning your trip to Hersheypark in the Dark!

Hersheypark in the Dark

Hours of Operation. Hersheypark in the Dark weekends start October 13th.  It is only open on the weekends and doesn’t open until 5 p.m. on Fridays and 10 am on Saturdays and Sundays. Hersheypark in the Dark runs through October 29th. Take advantage of Hersheypark’s preview plan.

Preview plan. Purchase a regular full-day admission ticket for tomorrow, 2-1/2* hours prior to Park closing, and be their guest FREE for the remainder of that evening. (*3-1/2 hours for 11 pm closing). If you want to visit on a Saturday and plan on staying overnight, then make your hotel reservation for Friday night, head to the park for a few hours on Friday and then visit all day on Saturday.

Trick-Or-Treat Trail. 13 candy locations in Hershey’s Trick-or-Treat Trail, including Treatville trick-or-treat trail in Hersheypark and ZooAmerica, and Hershey Hollow in Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction. Children ages 12 and younger are encouraged to come in costume for free treat bags and  candy at each stop throughout this whimsical Halloween village.

The Thrilling Thirteen. All 13 roller coasters and Hershey Triple Tower attraction will be open for guests.  Laff Trakk coaster will turn off the lights during all operating hours. In addition, the Park will turn off the lights on its three wooden roller coasters during the last hour of each operating evening.

Creatures Of The Night. Included in the one-price admission to Hersheypark In The Dark Halloween attraction, guests are invited to bring a flashlight for the Creatures Of The Night experience program at ZooAmerica after 6 pm. Separate admission is also available at the Zoo’s off-street entrance. Halloween In Hershey is the only time of the year when guests can visit after dark and experience:

  • Viewing the nocturnal habits of the Zoo’s residents.
  • Watching as Naturalists offer pumpkin treats to select animals.

Looking for more fun Halloween treats in Hershey?

Head over to the Hershey Gardens! Hershey Gardens is illuminated with more than 150 uniquely carved pumpkins during Pumpkin Glow, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on October 21, 22, 28 and 29. Kids ages 12 and younger are invited to bring a flashlight, come in costume, trick-or-treat throughout the Gardens and enjoy the following activities:

  • Watch live pumpkin carving demonstrations.
  • See a unique collection of live spiders and insects in the Educational & Horticultural Wing of the Milton &  Catherine Hershey Conservatory. Please note, the Butterfly Atrium will be closed during Pumpkin Glow hours.

And don’t forget to stop by The Hershey Story Museum! Visitors can learn about the history of chocolate at The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue, as part of the following events:

  • Halloween-themed classes in the Chocolate Lab: “Chocolate Cobweb Creations” and “Build a Batty Bar.” Participants also learn how cocoa beans are transformed into their favorite chocolate confections. Chocolate Lab classes require ticket purchase; individuals must be at least four years old to enter the lab.
  • 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. For a fun Halloween photo opportunity, children are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite costume and pose in front of a vintage Hershey’s advertising backdrop. Included in Museum Experience admission while supplies last

All in all, Halloween is a great time to visit Hersheypark with your family!

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