Merry and scary ways to celebrate fall and Halloween

Hagley hayrides
Hagley’s hayrides are just one of the fun ways to celebrate fall and Halloween.

Halloween and harvest events kick into high gear this weekend, with trunk and treats popping up like pumpkin patches.

Here’s some of the things going on.

Reservations are highly recommended or required for these Halloween and fall events, all adapted to coronavirus restrictions.

And if you’re celebrating at home, the state has some ideas.

Akridge Scout Reservation: The Boy Scout site south of Dover hosts a Children’s Halloween Drive-Thru, 2-4 p.m. Saturday. Cartoon and storybook characters are planned to entertain children ages 2 to 7. Tickets are $5, and there’s a bag of candy for each carload.

Bear-Glasgow Family YMCAThe Y hosts thematic entertainment on Oct. 30, including a costume contest, a screening of “Charlie Brown’s Great Pumpkin” and a pumpkin plunge. On Halloween morning, it hosts outdoor exercise classes, with costumes encouraged.

Bellevue State Park: The Grand’s drive-in movie series at this Brandywine Hundred Park goes all out Halloween weekend. It starts out at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 with “Little Shop of Horrors,” the cult musical starring a carnivorous and singing plant. On Halloween, there will be “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” the 1993 animated classic at 7:30 p.m, followed by “Halloween,” the 1978 thriller that eventually spawned 10 sequels, at 10. Tickets start at $15.

Brandywine YMCA: On Halloween morning and afternoon, the Y hosts a costumed exercise class, trunk or treat and a pumpkin plunge.

Chadds Ford Historical Society: The Pennsylvania society’s Great Pumpkin Carve is virtual this year. More than three dozen examples of pumpkins turned into art were posted Thursday on Facebook, and you can vote through Halloween for your favorite (and make a donation).

Delaware Museum of Natural History: The Greenville museum is planning four sessions of trick-or-treating by costumed kids on Halloween: 10-11 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1:30-2:30 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. on Halloween. Activities also include pumpkin science and encounters with creepy crawlers. It’s free-$12.

Dover YMCA: On Oct. 30, the Y hosts a trunk or treat.

Fifer Orchards: The Camden institution’s 6-acre corn maze (with a Pac-Maize theme) is open Monday-Saturdays through Halloween, online reservations only. It’s free-$10. Ditto for apple picking, Thursdays-Saturdays.

Frightland: Delaware’s biggest Halloween attraction features eight themed areas, and the only ticket this year is the timed FrightPass ($45 at the door, $35 paid in advance). Guests will go through in a predetermined order starting with the Haunted Hayride, creating a one-directional flow. The chills in St. Georges run Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 7, plus every Sunday in October and Oct. 29.

Hagley: The Greenville museum is hosting a triple treat on Halloween. Children are invited to come in costume to visit treat stations, getting candy and other goodies through treat tubes to maintain social distancing. Science Saturday’s Mind Tricks and Treats explores optical illusions, and there will be hayridesThe hayrides are also offered on weekends through Halloween.

Hudson Fields: “This is Halloween” starts at 3 pm. Sunday with a Halloween parade, live music, food and drink for sale and a screening of “A Nightmare Before Christmas” at dusk and then “Halloween” at 8:15 p.m.

Johnson Victrola Museum: “Mischief Managed: Throwing a Hotsy-Totsy Halloween Bash” will be streamed from the Dover museum Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Registration is required.  Created as the ultimate 1927 guide to throwing the perfect Halloween party, “Mischief Managed” will include a costume-making demonstration, suggested party games, recommendations for the perfect 1920s foods for entertaining and advice for the perfect treats to give out to 1927 trick-or-treaters. Register here.

Middletown YMCA: On Wednesday evening, the Y hosts cookie decorating, a costume parade and trick or treat.

Sussex Family YMCA: On Oct. 30, the Y hosts a costume parade, painting pumpkin patch and a s’mores bar.

Old Swedes: The Wilmington church will hosts a $15 virtual tour called the Ghosts in the Graveyard of its 1638 burial ground. The church is one of the oldest in the United States still in use as a house of worship, and its burial ground is the final resting place of more than 8,000 storied souls.

Sussex County Trunk or Treat: The Habitat ReStore on Route 9 near Lewes is hosting this benefit on Saturday featuring treats from more than 30 decorated cars. Participants are asked to bring non-perishable food for the Food Bank of Delaware. There will be two sessions, at 4 and 5 p.m., each limited to 100 participants.

Wilmington & Western: A friendly witch is the star of the 1½-hour Halloween ride from Greenbank to the Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove and back. It’s at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Halloween. All passengers in costume pay $10. Those not in costume pay $13-$15. The littlest ones are free.

 

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