Don’t be afraid of the dark this Halloween. Here are 10 chillingly cool things to do in the Lehigh Valley this spooky season for fewer than 20 bucks.
1.Lehigh Valley Zombies – Paintball Thrill Ride
Don’t you just hate it when your hometown is overrun by the flesh-eating living dead? Help save the Lehigh Valley from destruction and board the Zombie Paintball Hayride to shoot down and destroy live ‘zombies’, for just $20 on Thursday nights or $22 Fridays and Saturdays.
2.Historic Haunts of Downtown Bethlehem
Beginning at the Moravian Book Shop, a costumed guide will lead you on a candle-lit walking tour of Bethlehem’s downtown Historic District, making 11 stops on the hunt for paranormal activity. The tour includes stops at Hotel Bethlehem, Donegal Square and Sun Inn. Tours run through October and an adult ticket is just 13 bucks.
3.Halloween Pet Parade
If you prefer your Halloween activities to be soft and cuddly rather than spooky and creepy, head to the Easton Halloween Pet Parade Oct. 19, 12:00 – 2:00pm on Fenlon Street. Dress up your pet to compete for the Funniest, Most Creative and Scariest costume awards. The parade kicks off in front of Moochie & Co. (No prior registration required!)
4.Haunted Hugh Moore Park
Also in Easton, Hugh Moore Park will be the setting of a lantern led ghost walk, bonfire, pumpkin hunting and haunted canal boat ride. The celebration focuses on 19th century crime and paranormal happenings, and will run Fri & Sat Oct 24/25, and Thurs & Fri Oct 30/31 from 6 to 9pm. Space is limited so call 610 – 923 – 3548 to reserve your $12 ticket!
5.Northampton Community College Halloween Festival
You don’t even need to leave campus for this one! The theme of this year’s Halloween Fest is “American Horror Story Freak Show”, and will include dance contests, costume competitions, apple bobbing, haunted hay ride from College Center to the East 40 garden and back, but possibly best of all, a Frank Pologruto (Director, Student Life) look-a-like contest. The event will take place in the Student Life zone on Friday, Oct 24, 8:00 ‘til midnight. Entry is just two bucks!
6. “Death & Dying” Cemetery
Tour A Historic Bethlehem walking tour with an edge; dead people. Features include an 18th century ‘dead tray’, a walk through Bethlehem’s oldest cemetery God’s acre, and a visit to the oldest standing building in Bethlehem, 1741 Gemeinhaus. Your tour guide will be dressed in Moravian clothing as they tell you the stories of those who lived before you. Tours run Theresa – Sun at 4pm and 5:30pm and last approx. 75 minutes. Tickets are 15 bucks and are available for purchase at the Moravian Museum.
7. Nightmare on Grange Road
Haunted House & Trail. This one sits just 15 minutes from the Monroe campus, and it pledges to be for “ultimate thrill seekers only”. Visit Memorytown USA to face your fears in the 13 room Haunted House. If that doesn’t scare you enough, you will then be abandoned on a wooded trail amongst a zombie apocalypse. If you make it out alive, you can find food, drinks, live entertainment and bonfires at the tavern afterward. Opens Oct 10, Fri-Sun until Nov 2. A ticket for both attractions costs $25, but you can find a $5 off coupon online here: http://nightmareongrange.com/
8.Hotel of Horror
The Lake House Hotel in Saylorsburg boasts three attractions to terrify you this season. Live actors, special effects and professional staging make up the Hotel, the Exhibition Macabre (a static display of historical medicine) and Altered Nightmares, where you will find Voodoo spirits. Open through Nov 1, tickets run between 5 and 30 bucks, depending on how many attractions you chose.
9.“Who Done It?”
Throughout October, the Pines Dinner Theatre in Allentown becomes the home of Ivanna Hampizschlang, a Russian millionaire hosting a dinner party, before someone goes and spoils it all by killing off one of the guests. Each audience member is assigned a character, one of whom may be the killer. Adult tickets are $48.50, taking it over the 20 buck budget but all tickets include dinner, consisting of a salad, entrée and dessert.
10.Zombie Pub Crawl
If you’re of age, throw on your best undead costume and head to Easton for the annual Zombie Pub Crawl. Tickets are 20 bucks in advance or 25 at the door, and include a shirt, drink specials, surprises along the way and entry and food at the “after crawl party”. Beginning at Rivals and ending at Drinky’s, the crawl visits 11 establishments in total.