If you know my family, you know how much we love Halloween. Big fans. Huge. Thank you, Hersheypark, for providing us tickets to experience Hersheypark in the Dark for an awesome Halloween experience. It was my first time experiencing Hersheypark at Halloween. Here’s what you need to know!
Hersheypark in the Dark Hours
Hersheypark is open from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays and from noon-9 p.m. The dates for 2017 are October 13-15, 20-22 & 27-29.
Admission for Hersheypark in the Dark
Regular one-day admission for Hersheypark In The Dark is $38. Seniors (ages 55+) and Kids ages 3-8 can get in for $28, and children 2 and under are free. If you come on Saturday or Sunday night, 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!
Halloween Decor and Frights at Hersheypark in the Dark
Many rides have special Halloween decorations for the season. There is nothing super frightful for little kids. 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.
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 a few treats along the path for Hershey’s Trick-or-Treat Adventure. In our experience, we received a hand stamp at the beginning of the trail to show we had been through. There are about 8 stations, where each child will get one piece of candy, some with peanut butter. No double dipping 😉
While I appreciated that my children were not overloaded with candy, it’s also Hershey. There’s a chocolate factory next door. I feel like if you’re going to encourage children to dress up in costume, then perhaps the candy should be a little more free flowing.
Characters at Hersheypark in the Dark
Meet the Hershey’s candy dressed in costume like a Hershey Kiss and a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup on Founder’s Way during the duration of the party. My kids love a good character photo and were excited to take pics! I thought Hershey Kiss looked adorable in her mask.
More Hersheypark in the Dark Entertainment
Screaming Mummies! You can find this pack of misfit mummies at the Amphitheatre. Jam out and dance to some classic Halloween tunes.
Fridays: 5:30, 7 & 8 PM
Saturdays & Sundays: 4:30, 5:30, 7 & 8 PM
Also on Friday nights, there is a dance party in Chocolate World next door to Hersheypark. Bring your dancing shoes, people!
We went to the party on a Friday night. It was raining during the day, and my family almost decided not to go. But rain sometimes scares crowds away, so I threw in some ponchos, and we headed to PA! My kids were in heaven. When you walk in the park, you can choose to get measured and receive a wristband, so you know what rides your children can ride.
Then they got their RIDE ON! There were no waits, and my 5 girls (ages 12 to 4) rode everything they wanted. We went on family rides first, then split up. My husband took the older girls on the coasters and thrill rides, while I took the littles to all their favorites.
My kids were in heaven and can’t wait to go back to Hersheypark in the Dark next year! It’s a fabulous way to ride your favorites when the weather is cooler and the park is decked out for a spooktacular celebration!