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It’s Spooky Season!

by Jordan Sickler, Alvernia University

Oct 21, 2019

With Halloween just around the corner, children and adults gather around to celebrate and more importantly participate in the dark mysterious holiday. Once a year, children collect insane amounts of candy while their parents sit back and smile. With all of the focus surrounding Halloween night, amazing events held throughout Berks County could be easy to miss. This year there are a plethora of intriguing events any person could attend. With so many different events and festivals going on, there are bound to be at least a couple of events any family could attend at any time. These Halloween events span over the upcoming weeks to Halloween night, as well as the weeks after.

Author and writer Susan Smith for the Reading Eagle says, “A house decorating contest, sensory friendly Halloween party and Halloween hike are among the festivities.” It’s no secret that Halloween is around the corner. With such a kid-friendly holiday coming up, the word is spreading fast.

Susan Smith is just one author who is helping out with the presence of the many events that are, will, and have taken place. An event that already transpired was a contest in decorating. “The Muhlenberg Arts Board is holding a Halloween House Decorating Contest”, Smith states. The winners of this contest will be selected on October 21st with a chance to have their decorated home in a photo on the township website according to Smith. One of the more popular attractions every year during this time is Shocktoberfest. According to Smith, this scary event this year is at “Sinking Spring, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through Oct. 27 plus Oct. 31, Nov. 1, 2, 8, and 9.”

There are many different attractions and entertainment at this theme park, so you don’t want to miss it! Along with the house decorating contest and Shocktoberfest, Crystal Cave is offering a Halloween Ghost Lantern Tour according to Smith. This event has been going on in the past weeks, but there is still time to go! Smith states, “Fridays, Oct. 11, 18, 25, at 6 p.m. and Saturdays, Oct. 12, 19 and 26 at 5:30 p.m.” Although only three mentioned, there are dozens more.

With costumes being such an important element of Halloween, multiple parades are going on every weekend. According to Smith, some of the bigger ones include, “Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.: Orwigsburg Halloween Parade, Margaret Avenue. Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.: Hamburg King Frost Parade. Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.: Schuylkill Haven Halloween Parade.” With these dates coming quick, be sure to find time and attend at least one of these fantastic parades!

With a majority, if not all, of the events taking place on the weekends, it makes for a fun family outing on a Friday or Saturday night so easy! Halloween is the type of holiday nobody can miss. Put down your agenda, grab a cup of hot chocolate, and laugh with family. The only holiday celebrating fright instead of joy should be cherished. The attractions, events, and dozens of entertainment Berks County offers makes this possible.

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