West Pittston Library Scary Stories Book Club, Thursday, Oct. 24, 4:30 p.m. (Free) “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” is a notorious book series containing frightening short stories based on urban legends, and now it’s a scary (but fun) book club. No need to read ahead of time. Each week the book club will read selections from each book together, talk about what makes them so scary, or not, complete some fun activities related to the series and enjoy some snacks. Registration required; call 570-654-9847. The library does not accept registrations through Facebook.
Schuylkill County Historical Society annual Haunted History Tours of Pottsville, Friday, Oct. 26. ($10 adults/$7 children) Choice of two walking tours — The Ghosts of Guinea and Bunker Hill or The Gallows Tour. For reservations and times, call the society at 570-622-7540. Ticket-holders will receive a 15% discount on an item in the society gift shop the evening of the tour.
Hotel of Horror, Friday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 26, 6 to 11 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 27, 7 to 10 p.m.; and Thursday, Oct. 31, through Saturday, Nov. 2, 7 to 10 p.m. Not recommended for children younger than 10. Open rain or shine. 5105 Cherry Valley Road, Saylorsburg. 570-992-3278 or hotelofhorror.com.
“The Nightmare Before Christmas,” Friday, Oct. 25, and Saturday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 27, 2 p.m. Dance adaptation presented by Youth of Phoenix Performing Arts Center. Phoenix Performing Arts Center, 409 Main St., Duryea. $10 general admission/$5 for children 5 and younger. 570-457-3589.
Scranton After Dark, Friday, Oct. 25, and Saturday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m. ($15) Take a guided tour through Scranton’s spooky haunts. Walk will take about an hour and a half. Registration required. Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. 570-344-3841 or lackawannahistory.org.
Not-SO-Scary Halloween Fun, Saturday, Oct. 26, 1 p.m. Dutch Hollow Neighborhood Association, Library Express, and The Marketplace at Steamtown offer free Halloween fun. There will be spooky story time from 1 to 4 p.m. and stores will offer various Halloween activities for children. The Marketplace at Steamtown, 300 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. 570-343-3400 or themarketplaceatsteamtown.com.
Wagon Rides and Pumpkin Patch, Friday, Oct. 25, noon to 6 p.m. ($10 wagon rides) Features hay maze, pony rides, food, trail rides and animals. Mountain Laurel Riding Stables, 81 Treetops Drive, White Haven. 570-500-5826 or mountainlaurelridingstables.com.
Duryea’s annual trunk or treat, Friday, Oct. 25, 6 to 9 p.m., former Sacred Heart of Jesus parking lot, Stephenson Street.
Hallo-Fun, Friday, Oct. 25, 6 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 26, noon to 10 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 27, noon to 5 p.m. Knoebels Amusement Resort, 391 Knoebels Blvd., Elysburg. 800-487-4386 or knoebels.com.
Things That Go Boom in the Night, Friday, Oct. 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Free) Program includes spooky activities and experiments for children. Children encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 570-674-6400 or misericordia.edu.
Haunted house, Friday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m., former church rectory, Stephenson Street, Duryea. ($2) Hosted by Holy Rosary School’s eighth grade class. Benefit St. Joseph’s Center in Scranton.
Wyoming Recreation Board Trunk or Treat, Saturday, Oct. 26, Pettibone Park, Wyoming. Those wishing to decorate their trunk and participate can fill out a form on Facebook or at the town hall.
Blakely Borough annual Children’s Halloween Parade and Party, Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served, and all children get a Halloween treat bag. Blakely Hose Company, 315 Second St. 570-383-3340.
Dietrich Halloween Carnival, Saturday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Donations accepted) There will be a children Halloween costume parade with prizes followed by (not too spooky) Halloween haunt tales from storyteller Hal Pratt, the Mad Scientist Lab and Halloween-themed games for kids. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 570-996-1500 or dietrichtheater.com.
Halloween Excursion: Ghouls-boro Fright Station, Saturday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ($34 adults/$29 seniors/$22 children) Train takes you to the Pocono village of Gouldsboro. There also will be candy, cookies and punch. Steamtown National Historic Site, 350 Cliff St., Scranton. 570-340-5200 or nps.gov/stea.
Scarecrow Festival, Saturday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Free) Features refreshments, crafts for kids, fall sign making and pie contest. Pie contest entries: Kristin, 570-654-9565, ext. 21. Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St. 570-654-9565 or pittstonmemoriallibrary.org.
13th annual Trick-or-Treat Parade, Saturday, Oct. 26, noon to 2 p.m. Costumed children 12 and younger can trick or treat. Parade, noon. Rain date: Sunday, Oct. 27. Shoppes at Montage, 1035 Shoppes Blvd., Moosic.
Pittston Twp. Recreation Board Halloween Party, Saturday, Oct. 26, noon to 3 p.m. Party includes music, dancing, food, refreshments, door prizes and a Halloween costume contest. Anyone who attends is asked to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the local food bank. St. Joseph Marello Parish Center, 237 William St., Pittston. 570-654-0161.
Jenkins Twp. Halloween Party, Saturday, Oct. 26, noon. All children from the township are welcome. Food and refreshments will be available. Prizes will be given away and there also will be a costume contest to determine which contest is the funniest, scariest, most original, and ugliest and cutest. Jenkins Twp. Hose Company, 2 Second St. 570-654-3315.
Children’s Halloween Party, Saturday, Oct. 26, 1 to 3 p.m. (Free; donations accepted) Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Road. Event has a Disney “Descendants” theme, complete with a haunted house, trick-or-treating, games, crafts, a bake sale and a raffle. Children may bring their own bag or decorate one at the event for trick-or-treating.
Children’s Halloween Costume Party, Saturday, Oct. 26, 1 to 4 p.m. Children ages infant to 12 years old are invited to attend and will be treated to hot dogs, pizza, snacks, beverages and candy. There also will be a costume contest with prizes, games and entertainment. All guests must pre-register at the VFW Post 1227 or Duryea Sons of the American Legion Post 585, 329 Main St., by Wednesday, Oct. 23. VFW, 492 Stephenson St., Duyrea.
Halloween Fest, Saturday, Oct. 26, 4 p.m. ($5 person/$20 family) Festivities begin with pumpkin carving. Tackle the piñata at 6, tell ghost stories until dark and then go to the haunted house. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 570-945-3239 or friendsofsaltspringspark.org.
Thrill The World, Saturday, Oct. 26, 5 to 6:30 p.m. ($20 adults/$15 children) Thrill The World is a global fundraising event held on the same date/time around the globe to break the World Record for the “Largest Simultaneous Dance to Michael Jackson’s Thriller.” Registration includes: Zombie Dance Lessons (to learn “Thriller” dance), T-Shirt, admission to the event, as well as access to “Zombie Crawl” discounts (immediately following the event.) Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. $10-15. 570-346-7369, sccmt.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haunted Hallways of West Scranton High School, Saturday, Oct. 26, and Sunday, Oct. 27, 6 to 10 p.m. ($10) Presented by West Scranton High School Drama Club. For ages 10 and older. West Scranton High School, 1201 Luzerne St. 570-348-3616 or facebook.com/westscrantonhighschoolplayers.
Halloween Gathering, Saturday, Oct. 26, 7 to 9 p.m. ($3 donation) Costumes optional. There will be light refreshments available and music by the Ritters. The Historians of Sterling Twp., 709 Spring Hill Road.
Boo Bash, Saturday, Oct. 26, 8 to 11 p.m., Keystone Grand Ballroom at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Plains Twp. Costume contest and dance party with DJae Mêlée. Prizes given for categories including scariest, sexiest, most casino and most original costumes. Awards: $1,000, best overall; $500, first place for each category; $250, second place; $150, third place; DJae Mêlée’s favorite costume, $500. Ages 21 and older. Masks and full face paint only allowed in event space. Costume photos taken upon registration. 570-831-2100 or mohegansunpocono.com.
Halloween Party for Adults, Saturday, Oct. 26, 8 p.m. to midnight. There will be a costume contest with cash prizes and live entertainment by The Rock and Roll Guys. Duryea American Legion Brennan Regan Post 585, 329 Main St.
Annual McAdoo Area Halloween Parade, Oct. 27. Volunteers needed to distribute envelopes asking for donations; call 570-929-3043.
Horror Hall, Fridays to Sundays, 6 to 10 p.m., through Oct. 27. Walk through the indoor haunted attraction. 11 E. Poplar Street, Nanticoke. $14 general/$19 fast pass. facebook.com/HorrorHall.
Gravestone Manor, Fridays and Saturdays, 7 to 10 p.m.; Sundays, 7 to 9:30 p.m, through Sunday, Oct. 27. Haunted house attraction benefits the United Way of Wyoming Valley. 1095 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre. 570-821-6500 or gravestonemanor.com.
Hellstead Manor, Fridays and Saturdays, 7 to 11 p.m.; Sundays, 7 to 10 p.m., through Oct. 27. ($25) 630 Harmony Road, Hallstead. hellsteadmanor.com.
Trunk or Treat, Sunday, Oct. 27, Sacred Heart Church parking lot, Dupont. Presented by Dupont Crime Watch and Dupont Lions Club. Features a costume contest, children’s activities, hayride and more.
Silent Film: “Nosferatu,” Sunday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. (Free) Presented by Nefarious Musical Accompaniment for Silent Films. Screening of silent film “Nosferatu” with live musical accompaniment. BYOB. Old Brick Theatre, 126 W. Market St., Scranton. 570-253-2020 or thecooperageproject.org.
Noir Nights, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 9 p.m. Theme is Devil’s Night/A Night of Mischief. 21 and older. Stage West, 301 N. Main Ave., Scranton. 570-343-7100 or stagewest570.com.
Trick or Treating on South Main Street, Thursday, Oct. 31, 4 p.m. Bring costumed children to trick-or-treat. The City of Wilkes-Barre Presents a Halloween “Thriller” Flash Mob featuring Mayor Tony George with David Blight School of Dance performs at 4:30 PM and 5:30 PM in Midtown Village. South Main Street will be closed to traffic between Northampton St. and Public Square for safe trick or treating. Public Square, Main and Market streets, Wilkes-Barre. 570-208-4240 or wilkes-barre.pa.us.
Halloween Massacre 2, Thursday, Oct. 31, 7 p.m. Headliner is Rick Ross. DaBaby and Lil Durk also perform. Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Twp. 570-970-7600 or mohegansunarenapa.com.
Boos & Brews, Friday, Nov. 1, 6 to 9 p.m. ($25 buffet and flight) Features Halloween costume contest with prizes and music by DJ O. 21 and older. Wallenpaupack Brewing Co., 73 Welwood Ave., Hawley. 570-390-7933 or wallenpaupackbrewingco.com.
Exeter Events Committee second Howl at the Moon Fall Festival, Saturday, Nov. 2, 3 to 10 p.m., St. Cecilia’s Church Grounds, Wyoming Avenue, Exeter. Includes live music, vendors, a bounce house and face painting for kids.
Reaper’s Revenge Haunted Attraction and Hayride, Fridays and Saturdays, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Sundays, 6 to 11 p.m., through Sunday, Nov. 3. Features Haunted Hayride, Lost Carnival, Pitch Black and Sector 13 attractions. Not recommended for children 10 and younger. Cash only at ticket booth. 460 Green Grove Road, Scott Twp. 570-254-8038 or reapersrevenge.net.
Caitlin Heaney West is the content editor for Access NEPA and oversees the Early Access blog in addition to working as a copy editor and staff writer for The Times-Tribune. An award-winning journalist, she is a summa cum laude graduate of Shippensburg University and also earned a master’s degree from Marywood University. Caitlin joined the Times-Shamrock family in 2009 and lives in Scranton. Contact: email@example.com; 570-348-9100 x5107; or @cheaneywest