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Berks County Halloween Haunts and Happenings

Published Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Fall is absolutely my favorite time of year.  The only fly in this pumpkin-spiced ointment is that it can be terrifying to turn on the TV because I am afraid I might see a trailer for some horror movie.  I can’t take it.  Don’t tell me to get a grip because I just can’t.  I am a child of the 70’s when they enjoyed making movies and TV shows about psycho clowns, murderous scarecrows, possessed ventriloquist dummies and blood-thirsty dolls just to scare the crap out of kids.  That was then.  Now we have the SAW and Hostel franchises as well as Rob Zombie gleefully counting your money all the way to his bank. 

But, dammit Janet, why?  Why do you people like to be frightened so much?  What makes you line up for Shocktoberfest and Stephen King movies?  I don’t like to be scared and I don’t care about the adrenaline rush everyone talks about. I just puddle up and cry.  And I may or may not hyperventilate.

However, we are a week into October, the scariest month of the year, and though this is by far not my cup of chamomile, I will put aside the paper bag I have been breathing into long enough to give you weirdos this list of Berks County events so you can scream and high five to your cold heart’s content. 


  • Shocktoberfest – located in Sinking Spring, is in its 28th year of terrorizing locals and visitors alike. With many accolades from experts in this sort of thing, it’s the premier attraction in area.  You can make a full evening out of it with craft brews, food trucks and live music too!



  • Ghost Tours at Brinton Lodge, Douglassville, PA Candlelit ghost tours are provided throughout the year. Amateur investigators of the paranormal are encouraged to prowl around the buildings and grounds in search of their own ghostly encounter.  Brinton Lodge is home to Hidden River Brewing Company, serving craft brews, small plates, and dinners.  Make a night of it and calm your nerves in the pub after your investigation!


  • Ghost Tours at Crystal Cave, Kutztown, PA. Guides in Victorian dress will take you through the cave via hand-held lanterns.  If you are looking for something to take the kids to, this particular tour is rated as family friendly. 


  • Charlie Adams Speaking Engagements – local celebrity Charlie Adams can be found spinning ghostly yarns in several locations this October. Find him here:

10/23/19 – Mifflin Community Library

10/27/19 – Ridgewood Winery

10/28/19 – PSU Berks Campus

10/29/19 - Boyertown Community Library


  • Haunts and Hexes Ghost Trail – If you are feeling adventurous and reckless and you don’t need no stinkin’ tour guide, the self-guided Haunts and Hexes Ghost Trail put together by Pennsylvania’s Americana Region is for you. Click here for all the locations and deathly deets.


  • OG Horror Movies – You know me, I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t point out some classic horror movies available in Berks County Theatres this month.



Berkshire Fox – Rob Zombie’s “3 From Hell” – 10/14/19

                            The Lost Boys – 10/14/19

                             Alien – 10/16/19

                             Beetlejuice – 10/21/19

                              Halloween (Original) – 10/28/19


The State Theatre in Boyertown –     Carrie – 10/25

                                                               Little Shop of Horrors – 10/26/19


The Neag Planetarium

The Strand in Hamburg


Well, how about that?