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Is Hersheypark in the Dark Worth the Cost?

If you know my family, you know how much we love Halloween. And we love Hersheypark. So when they offer a Halloween party at Hersheypark, that’s the perfect combination. Is Hersheypark in the Dark worth the cost? Here are some reasons why my family loves Halloween at Hershey!

Is Hersheypark in the Dark worth it?

Hersheypark in the Dark Hours in 2019

Hersheypark in the Dark is Hershey’s Halloween Party. You don’t have to dress up in costume, but it’s a lot more fun that way. We went simple and most of my daughters wore onesie pajamas that kept them warm and were different characters or animals.

Hersheypark is open from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays and from noon-9 p.m on Sundays. The 2019 Hersheypark in the Dark dates are October 18-20, 25-27, & November 1-3.

Hersheypark in the Dark park map

Admission for Hersheypark in the Dark

Regular one-day admission for Hersheypark In The Dark is $41.95, ages 9-54. Seniors (ages 55+) and Kids ages 3-8 can get in for $31.95, and children 2 and under are free. Season Passholders can get in with their season passes! Another great perk to be a Hersheypark Season Passholder.

If you come on Saturday or Sunday, you can preview the park the night before after 7:30 p.m. with your ticket and then come back the next day, too! It makes for a fantastic weekend getaway. Purchase tickets for Hersheypark in the Dark on Hersheypark’s website!

Special Rides During Halloween

 We went opening night and we were able to ride so many roller coasters! Over 50 attractions are open! Lines weren’t bad, so the kids were able to ride everything they wanted. Something exclusive to Hersheypark in the Dark is riding Laff Trakk with the lights off from open to close and dark rides on three roller coasters, Wildcat, Comet, and Lightning Racer during the last hour of every night. 

One of my daughters wore a glow in the dark costume, just so she would glow on Laff Trakk. Laff Trakk usually has a long line, so I would save that one for the beginning or end of the night. 

Trick-or-Treating at Hersheypark in the Dark

Hersheypark in the Dark has a path in the back of the park called Treatville. If kids (12 and under) dress in costume, they can pick up treats along the path! In our experience, we received a hand stamp at the beginning of the trail to show we had been through. 

In the past, I’ve complained at how little candy the kids have received, but it seems like they added some stations. Some trick or treat stations have candy with peanuts, but they do have allergy-friendly options that you can ask for.

I still think they could be a bit more generous with their candy since it’s Hershey. If you’re over 12, and you ask for a piece of candy, they won’t give it to you. On the bright side, your kids won’t be all sugared up for the car ride home.

At the end of the Treatville, you can grab a cute picture with Jolly Rancher!

Jolly Rancher photo at Hershey Halloween Party

Characters at Hersheypark in the Dark

I love a good character photo op, and so do my kids, especially the little ones. You can meet rare Hershey characters around the park dressed in costume, plus join a variety of Hershey’s Characters for dancing and fun at Hershey’s Character Glow Dance Party! It’s located in the Midway America area next to Dispatch Pizzeria on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Hershey Character Photos

Special Fall Snacks

Don’t forget about what to eat during Hersheypark in the Dark. What’s a party and a season without special snacks? Fall to me is pumpkin everything, so I was so happy when I found out there was a Pumpkin Pie Funnel Cake at Funnel Cake in Founder’s Way! They’re big enough to share. And also for the pumpkin lovers is a Pumpkin Pie King Shake at Simply Chocolate!

But of course, they didn’t forget you chocolate lovers. Get a variety of S’mores during Hersheypark in the Dark. Check out this one with a Caramello Bar! That’s heaven right there. 


S'mores at Hersheypark in the Dark

Photo by Hersheypark

If you’re looking for savory eats, then try the Loaded Pierogies in Overlook Food Court, Bread Bowls, and Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup. I love comfort foods!

Is Hersheypark in the Dark Worth it?

I say, yes, Hersheypark in the Dark is worth the price if you love Halloween and love theme park rides. It’s a fabulous way to ride your favorites when the weather is cooler and the park is decked out for a spooktacular celebration!

You get extras like photos with characters in costumes and dance parties, and your admission includes ZooAmerica Creatures of the Night, starting at 6 p.m., a nighttime tour. 

Hersheypark in the Dark isn’t frightening for small children, and there is plenty to do and ride. I like things that I can’t get during another time or season, and this Halloween party fits the bill. It’s especially worth it if you do a preview the night before, and then come back the next day. We got so much accomplished in 3 hours at Hersheypark in October.

If you want to make it a staycation or vacation, don’t forget to check out all of the lodging at Hershey including Hersheypark Camping Resort,  The Hotel Hershey and the Hershey Lodge.

Hershey Halloween park map

Is Hersheypark in the Dark worth it?


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