The annual Pymatuning Halloween Spooktacular is held the first two weekends in October at Pymatuning State Park. Tireless volunteer help from the infamous Boo Crew make possible the frighteningly large selection of scary attractions. Friday is definitely geared to the older kids and those with strong composition. While the scares are still served up on Saturday, there are more kid-friendly activities as well. Whether it’s an unfortunate walk in the woods, or trapped in a room, or strapped onto a horrifying hayride, there is no escaping the terrible fun at the Spooktacular.
The main attractions are certainly the Haunted Hayride, Haunted Walk In the Woods, and Boo Alley. Boo Crew volunteers work tirelessly on props, scenery and costumes to whip up hearty thrills and frights. These three events are included in the admission and run both Friday and Saturday. It should also be noted that Friday nights are exclusively the big three. Saturday however brings a cacophony of spooky family fun. Fun activities are held through the day like the Scarecrow Dressing contest where the team that dresses the scarecrow the fastest wins. There is also pumpkin painting and a costume contest. Prizes are awarded to each age group for the best costume. Saturday only is the No-Scare Hayride for the faint of heart.
Saturday the Spooktacular hosts a Trick-Or-Treat for all visitors. Volunteers at the festival grounds and campers at their campsites pass out spooky treats to all the kids. Throughout Saturday and Saturnight a limited selection of treats like donuts, coffee, hot chocolate, hot apple cider are available which is perfect for all the late night fun. L:ike days infinitely long past, a bon fire roars into the terrifying night sky – This time with a dance. For those really vested or really tired visitors, Halloween Spooktacular hosts a limited number of campsites to stay at over the weekend. Special Autumn-themed crafts and activities are reserved for campers and include pumpkin painting, trick or treating, costume contest, and camp site decorating contest.
Admission cost is nominal and visitors bringing a canned good for donation receive a discount. Parking is free.