From spirited train rides to a house of horrors to some family-friendly fun on the Candy Corn Trail, here’s a roundup of Halloween related events in our area.
HALLOWEEN IN HOCKESSIN
Saturday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Various locations downtown
Now in its 10th year, the Hockessin Business Association’s annual Candy Corn Trail gives families an opportunity to safely Trick or Treat in downtown Hockessin with many of the town’s businesses.
“It’s become a real tradition,” said HBA member Charles Shattuck, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited. “People are waiting and excited for it, expecting it … it’s become ingrained.”
It even attracts spectators, Shattuck said, with some of his customers from West Chester, Pa., coming down each year to watch kids and families in costume go from door to door.
They parked by Perfect Cup and just watch,” he said. “And then they come over here and say, ‘how delightful!’ Because they don’t get Trick or Treaters where they live, and they get that experience here.”
People are reminded to drive carefully during the event, as there are hundreds of children and families that generally participate.
Maps for the “Candy Corn Trail,” complete with a list of participating businesses, are available at numerous locations throughout Hockessin.
JACK O’LANTERN JAMBOREE
Friday, Oct. 26, Dusk to 8 p.m.
Gateway Garden Center, 7277 Lancaster Pike
Kick off your Halloween weekend with the family-friendly Jack O’ Lantern Jamboree at Gateway Garden Center.
The yearly “competition” lets Gateway employees and Hockessin businesses show off their carving talents as many of them display pumpkins in the gardens and paths at Gateway.
Guests are invited to stroll from dusk to 8 p.m. at Gateway's “Haunted Woods,” featuring pumpkins carved by local artists, business owners, and Gateway staff members, while you toast marshmallows and sip warm, fresh apple cider with friends and family.
Parking is at the Police Athletic League next door.
HOCKESSIN HAUNTED HOUSE
19 Nathalie Drive
Friday, Oct. 19 and 26, and Saturday, Oct. 20 and 27, 7 to 9 p.m.
Tickets $5 (all proceeds donated)
For 2018, “home haunter” Arlene Hitchens and her cast and crew will present the tale of “The Manleyville Horror,” based on the story of the Lutz Family and their alleged experiences in “The Amityville Horror.”
Hitchens’ home is completely transformed into a house of horrors for two weekends each year, with proceeds from the $5 entry fee going to the nonprofit CompAnimals no-kill shelter in Landenberg, Pa. .
This can be an intense experience, and one best suited for older pre-teens and up, so plan accordingly.
For tickets and more information, visit hockessinhauntedhouse.org.
For more information on CompAnimals Rescue, visit companimals.org.
EAT DRINK & BE SCARY
Center for the Creative Arts, 410 Upper Snuff Mill Row, Yorklyn
Friday, Oct. 26, 6:13 to 10:13 p.m.
Tickets $13 for kids, $20 for adults (includes food and one drink ticket)
The Center for the Creative Arts’ annual “Eat, Drink & Be Scary” fund raiser is a Halloween themed party where you can show off your most stylish, creative or creepy costume and join the partygoers for CCArt's annual bash.
The night’s fun features treats by Outlandish Food Truck and others, cocktails at a cash bar, a silent auction including arty objects, unusual experiences and merchant baskets.
Dance music, costume contest, a special guest from the entertainment world (who, according to rumor, has not “left the building”), and a “Pit Crawl” featuring themed fire pits finish out the night.
Guests can also enjoy tarot card and palm readings, the “Oddporium” display of oddities, selfie stations and more.
Kids ages 13 and up are welcome to attend with parents. Costumes are strongly encouraged.
Tickets are available in advance at ccarts.org, or at the door.
Auburn Heights Preserve, 3000 Creek Road, Yorklyn
Sunday, Oct. 28, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Tickets $11 to $19, ages 13 and up, $8 - $16, 12 and under (infants free)
The Steamin’ Halloween event at Auburn Heights is a kinder, gentler Halloween setting, spooky, but not too spooky, to ensure a fun time for all ages.
The day features all the regular “steamin’ days” activities, like rides on the authentic steam train and steam-powered cars, along with a Halloween scavenger hunt and other similarly themed activities.
For details, tickets, and more information, visit auburnheights.org/visit/steamin-days.