Yesterday we wrote about some local Halloween-themed events happening through Friday. But most of the action will happen this weekend. Here’s a list of weekend activities, as well as a few that are happening on the actually holiday, Monday, Oct. 31. It’s long, so no matter what your interests, you should be able to find something fun to do this Halloweekend!
Saturday, Oct. 29
- Halloween Storytime at Barnes and Noble 10:30 a.m. at Barnes and Noble, 365 Benner Pike in State College – Come dressed in your costumes and enjoy treats (but no tricks!) as Barnes and Noble celebrates Halloween with some beloved stories, including Goodnight Goon.
- Michaels’ Halloween Extravaganza Event 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Michaels, 44 Colonnade Way in State College – Join the Costume Parade, create trick-or-treat Duck Tape totes or pails and get kids’ faces painted. Schedule as follows: Duck Tape Pail or Tote: 11 a.m. – noon, featuring Make-It Take-It with purchase of pail or tote while supplies last. FREE Face Painting: noon – 1:30 p.m. while supplies last. Halloween Parade 1:30 – 2 p.m.
- 10th Annual Main Street Philipsburg Harvest Fest 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Downtown Philipsburg – A Halloween Parade for all ages will assemble outside the Philipsburg Towers with registration beginning at the Philipsburg Senior Center at 11 a.m. Only those wishing to have their costumes judged need to register, all others can begin to line up in front of The Towers at 11:30. The parade will begin at noon at the Corner of Front and Spruce Streets, and will proceed along North Front Street to make a right-hand turn onto West Presqueisle Street. The Parade will end at the Borough parking lot at the bottom of the hill on West Presqueisle Street. Immediately following the parade, treat bags and a map will be given to all participants who can then “trick or treat” in downtown Philipsburg. Several local merchants will be handing out candy from 12:30 to 2 p.m. At 1:30, parade and pumpkin carving contest awards will be handed out at 203 North Front Street. From 2 to 4 there will be a party for all ages at the AmVets on West Presqueisle Street including a free movie, popcorn, hot dogs and other goodies. There will also be Harvest Fair, featuring local farmers and vendors, which will be in the municipal parking lot at 112 E. Presquiesle Street, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pumpkin Carving contest entries can be dropped off at 203 North Front Street between 11 a.m. and noon.
- Villains in the Valley: Michael Myers vs. Freddy Krueger 7 p.m.: Halloween, 9:30 p.m.: A Nightmare on Elm Street, at the State Theatre, 130 W. College Ave. in State College – Knives and razors have been sharpened. The theatre is pitch-dark. Get ready for the biggest showdown in horror history: Michael Myers versus Freddy Krueger. These villains have been scaring audiences for decades. Now you can see them like you’ve never seen them before: on the State Theatre’s 31-foot big screen with state of the art surround sound. The State Theatre will be showing both the original Halloween and A Nightmare on Elm Street back-to-back. You will then get a chance to cast your vote for your favorite villain.
- Haunted Bog Walk at Black Moshannon State Park 8 – 9 p.m. at Black Moshannon State Park – Enjoy a stroll on the boardwalk to see the unique plants and animals that live there while getting scared. Meet at Boat Launch #3 on West Side Road.
Sunday, Oct. 30
- Discovery Space Halloween activities Noon to 6 p.m. at Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania, 112 West Foster Ave. in State College. Cost is $6 per person or free for members – A Not-so-spooky Halloween is happening at Discovery Space this Sunday. They will open for extended hours from noon to 6 p.m. with lots of Halloween activities: a sensory table filled with Halloween goodies, a haunted scientist graveyard and ghostly science experiments! Come and have some science fun before heading to the Halloween parade in downtown State College!
- Halloween Howls! With the SPSEA (Student Pennsylvania State Education Association) 2-4 p.m. in the Children’s Department at Schlow Library, address. Event is free, no registration necessary – HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Come to Schlow for Halloween themed crafts, games, and activities. Don’t forget to dress up in your costume to trick-or-treat around the library! Sunday
- Haunted Helicopter Lab 2 to 6 p.m. on the University Park campus, in room 207 of Engineering Unit C, behind the Hammond Building. Free admission – This is a great Halloween event that is put on by Penn State students and features family-friendly scares and yummy treats!
- Golf-O-Ween 2 to 5 p.m. at the Penn State Blue Course in State College. Event is free. Children aged 6 to 10 can participate (with guardian) – This Parent-Child golf event will be hosted by Penn State students. It includes: Golf, cart, instruction, a carnival, food, prizes, & FUN for all who participate! And you can wear your Halloween costume, as long as it doesn’t stop you from swinging a golf club! Space is limited so contact Kelly at email@example.com or (724) 822-0065 to register.
- Halloween at the State College YMCA 3 to 5 p.m. at the State College YMCA, 677 West Whitehall Road in State College. Free for members, $2 for non-members – Come to the YMCA for ghoulish games, scary snacks & crazy crafts! Contact Cameron Frantz at 814-237-7717 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- First Annual Family Spookfest! 3 to 6 p.m. at Centre LifeLink Headquarters, 125 Puddintown Road in State College. Please bring one non-perishable food item to be donated to the State College Food Bank as admission – Centre LifeLink EMS, The State College Spikes, and B94.5 will host an evening full of games, prizes, crafts, candy, pumpkins, and lots of FUN! The Spookfest will also feature an appearance by Ike the Spike and a haunted ambulance tour! Costumes are encouraged, but not required.
- 2011 Centre Region Halloween Costume Parade Parade forms on N. Burrowes St. off W. College Ave. (beside the PSU steam plant) at 6:30 p.m., steps off promptly at 7, Costume judging takes place at Memorial Field by the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. Event is free. – A FREE fall family tradition . . . the 2011 Centre Region Halloween Costume Parade will be held on rain or shine. Centre Region Parks & Recreation and the State College Lions Club will cosponsor the parade through downtown State College. Treats will be provided by the S.C. Lions Club. Please choose from one of the following costume categories: • Halloween Tiny Tots (ages 2 & under) • Cartoon Characters • Witches & Monsters • Fairy Tale Characters • Ghosts & Goblins • TV / Movie Characters • Animals on Parade • Halloween Twosome • Groups (3 or more) • Open Class. Watch for the group signs as you walk up Burrowes St. then join in!
- Penn State Forensic Science Club Haunted House 7-10 p.m. on the Penn State University Park campus near the HUB at the Spruce and Pine Cottages. Cost is $4.99, event is open to everyone – The Penn State Forensic Science Club will host a Haunted House with the theme of “The Last Show on Earth.”
- Villains in the Valley: Michael Myers vs. Freddy Krueger 7 p.m.: Nightmare on Elm Street, 9:30 p.m.: Halloween, at the State Theatre, 130 W. College Ave. in State College – Knives and razors have been sharpened. The theatre is pitch-dark. Get ready for the biggest showdown in horror history: Michael Myers versus Freddy Krueger. These villains have been scaring audiences for decades. Now you can see them like you’ve never seen them before: on the State Theatre’s 31-foot big screen with state of the art surround sound. The State Theatre will be showing both the original Halloween and A Nightmare on Elm Street back-to-back. You will then get a chance to cast your vote for your favorite villain.
Monday, Oct. 31 (HALLOWEEN!)
- Haunted Helicopter Lab 1 to 5:30 p.m. on the University Park campus, in room 207 of Engineering Unit C, behind the Hammond Building. Free admission – This is a great Halloween event that is put on by Penn State students and features family-friendly scares and yummy treats!
- Nittany Mall Trick or Treat Night 6 to 8 p.m. at Nittany Mall – Costumed children 10 years of age and younger are invited to trick-or-treat at participating stores!
- Centre Region Trick-or-Treat Night 6-8 p.m. – Get the kids dressed up and bring them out for fun-filled evening of trick-or-treating!
Did we miss anything? Tell us in the comments. And be on the lookout for an upcoming post with more info about Centre LifeLink EMS’s Family Spookfest!