A combination of haunted houses, trick-or-treating and other Halloween-themed festivities are planned throughout the second half of October in Franklin County.
“Terror Beyond Bars” opened for the season at the Southgate Shopping Center in Chambersburg at the beginning of the month. This year, the former County Market building on West Liberty Street has been transformed into The West Side Medical Facility, which has potentially been infected with a deadly virus.
The cost to walk through the haunted attraction, produced by Community Underground Studios, is $10 per person. It will be open from 7:00 – 11:00 on Friday and Saturday nights through November 5.
Anyone preferring to be scared in an outdoors setting can stop by Stoner’s Dairy Farm in Mercersburg on Friday, October 21. A haunted corn maze will be open from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Marshmallows, s’mores kits and other refreshments will be available to purchase.
Admission to the maze is $7. Guests are advised to bring a flashlight, and bear in mind that the attraction may not be suitable for children less than 10 years of age.
A few communities in the county will continue their annual traditions of seasonal parades this year. The Shippensburg Halloween Parade, sponsored by Kiwanis, is being held on King Street at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 22. Participants in the Mercersburg Halloween Parade are scheduled to travel down Main Street at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, October 31, with a potential rain date set for the following night, Tuesday, November 1.
Children can participate in Chambersburg Mall’s Trick-or-Treat Night on Wednesday, October 26 from 6:00 – 8:00. A line forms at the Mall Management Office before the kids in costume take part in the mall-wide event. There will also be a Costume Contest on the mall’s Center Stage at 7:00.
Officials in each of the communities in Franklin County have announced dates and times for their trick-or-treat nights on and around the Halloween holiday. These include Chambersburg (Monday, October 31, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.), Greencastle (Thursday, October 27, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.), Mercersburg (Sunday, October 30, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.), Shippensburg (Monday, October 31, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) and Waynesboro (Thursday, October 27, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.).