LEBANON >> It's getting to be that time of year when zombies compete with fall festivals and pumpkin picking for your attention. If you're hankering for a good scare, "Shocktoberfest," just outside of Sinking Spring, is just the ticket.
Or, local hiking clubs are offering nighttime harvest moon walks; less frightening and just as exhilarating.
4 P.M. FRIDAY >> Seyfert's Corn Maze, King Street, Lebanon, includes free hay rides and additional activities, like a duck race, giant sling shots, junior corn maze, and more. Open at 4 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, cost is $8 for ages 6 on up, and five and under, free. For more information, call 717-274-3642.
4 P.M. FRIDAY >> You've got to go a little bit North for some good old Southern blue grass, old country, and Gospel music at the Pine Grove Lions Club at 1 Veterans Memorial Drive, Pine Grove, as the group presents a blue grass "jam." The music will last until 10 p.m. and food is available. For more information, call Len at 570-345-8249.
6 P.M. FRIDAY >> Duncan's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Robesonia opens today! The maze will be open Fridays, 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. until Nov. 1. Plenty of activities are available. Live music is featured on Saturday evenings. Located at 30 Quarry Road, Robesonia, cost of the corn maze is $8 for ages six and up, and free for ages 5 and under. For information, call 610-693-8056.
6:30 P.M. FRIDAY >> Guitarist and singer Justin Angelo will be the featured entertainer in the cafe at 10,000 Villages, at Rt. 272, 240 North Reading Road, Ephrata. Angelo blends folk and blues guitar for a mellow listening experience. For more information, go to: email@example.com.
7 P.M. FRIDAY >> Christian singer/songwriter J.J. Heller will be featured at Miller Chapel of Lebanon Valley College, Annville. Heller will also assist at the women's conference to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday. Both events are free and open to the public. For tickets/information call 717-867-6135.
7 P.M. FRIDAY >> Looking for some zombie action? How about a Zombie Night Run? Or, Zombie Safari? Or maybe Zombie Paintball Hayride? "Shocktober Fest" has more zombies than you can shake a leg bone at...located west of Reading on Rt. 422, at 94 Park Avenue, Sinking Spring, this is the haunted park's 24th year of scaring people witless. All attractions open at 7 p.m. every weekend from now until Nov. 14, plus extra days in October. Call 610-375-SCREAM or go to shocktoberfest.com to see all dates, times, and attractions.
7 P.M. FRIDAY >> The "Seasons," a lyrical Celtic band, full of energy and soul, will be performing at Legends Cafe, 9 South Ninth St., Lebanon, from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, go to: www.legendscafe.org.
9 P.M. FRIDAY >> Lebanon Valley College's fall "Friday Night Comedy Series" makes its last run tonight with comedian Bernadette Paulie. Her mixture of anecdotes and biting punchlines has been featured on "Standup in Stilettos" and Comedy Central. The show will be held in Leedy Theater in the Mund College Center. All shows are free and open to the public. Call 717-867-6034.
8 A.M. SATURDAY >> An Apple Festival will be held until 1 p.m. at Bethany United Methodist Church, 20 East Cherry Street, Palmyra. Crafts, cider-making, apple dumplings and a bake sale will all be part of the festival. Lunch will also be served.
9 A.M. SATURDAY >> A fall festival and open house will be held at the Isaac Meier Homestead, South College Avenue, Myerstown. The event will last until 4 p.m. Colonial life demonstrations featuring fireplace cooking and baking will be featured, as well as house tours and vendors of historical crafts. Refreshments are available. Free admission and parking. Information, call Beverly at 717-866-4480.
10 A.M. SATURDAY >> A Fall Festival at the Hershey Gardens will be held until 12:30 p.m. Guests may paint their own pumpkin and there are scarecrow-themed activities for kids. The day will include a display of decorative pumpkins, gourds, and ornamental grasses. The festival is included in the price of admission to Hershey Gardens. For information, go to: www.HersheyGardens.org.
10 A.M. SATURDAY >> "Corn Cob Acres," a favorite kids' attraction in the area, is open today until 5 p.m. With three themed areas that have more than 40 activities, Corn Cob Acres has plenty to do for kids 12 and under. The attraction is located at 191 College Avenue, Mountville, in Lancaster County. Admission is $12 per person. For more information, go towww.corncobacres.com or call 717-285-7748.
NOON SATURDAY >> A Beef-N-Beer and Corn Hole Tournament will be held on the Quentin Carnival Grounds at the corner of Locust Street and Alden Lane. Tournament registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Additional yard games and entertainment will be there, too. For registration forms and information, call 717-272-1332 or go to: www.lebcoso.org. The event benefits Special Olympics of Lebanon County.
2 P.M. SATURDAY >> The Flying Circus Air Show will take place at the Grimes Airfield in Bethel. Bi-plane rides will be available. The gates open at 10 a.m. for rides. Food is for sale on the premises. Rain date is 9/27. For information, call 717-933-9566 or go to: www.GoldenAgeAir.org.
5 P.M. SATURDAY >> An "Arts and Sweets" fundraiser will be conducted until 8 p.m. at the Best Western Premier Hotel, 800 East Park Drive, Harrisburg. Silent and live auctions of artwork will be featured. Gourmet confections and a cash bar will also be available. Hors d'oeuvres and beverage included in ticket price. Tickets are available at the door. The event benefits the Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association. For information, call 717-623-5553.
6:30 P.M. SATURDAY >> Make time to unplug during a full moon hike held in the area of the Governor Dick Environmental Center along 3283 Pinch Road in Mt. Gretna. The cost is $3 per person or $10 for a family of four or more. Night-time hikes are a great way to foster togetherness - especially for those scared of the dark! Meet at the environmental center, call 964-3808 to register.
7 P.M. SATURDAY >> Daniel Brown, a renowned acoustic guitarist who combines great sound and meaningful lyrics for Christian praise, will be at Legends Cafe, 9 South Ninth St. He'll be playing from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 717-273-7700.
7 P.M. SATURDAY >> The fiery rock group, "The Rockers" will be headliners at the Womelsdorf Fire Company, 501 West High St. If you're looking for classic rock and trendy alternative numbers, this is your band. For more information, call 610-589-4645.
11 A.M. SUNDAY >> A Harvest and Acoustic Music Festival will take place at the Old Dry Road Farm, 202 Highland Road, Lower Heidelberg Township. The featured band will be "Crow Hill," and there will be an open stage throughout the day. Food is available. Colonial life demonstrations and children's activities will also be featured. Guests under 17 are admitted free. The festival will be held rain or shine. For information, call Carol at 610-678-1226.
2 P.M. SUNDAY >> The man called "the most famous art detective in the world," Robert K. Wittman, founder of the FBI's National Art Crime Team, will be speaking at the Hershey Public Library. Wittman will talk about his 20-year FBI career and offer true stories of notorious art heists and recoveries. Pre-registration is required. For information, call 717-533-6555 or go to: www.hersheylibrary.org.
5:30 P.M. SUNDAY >> The Lebanon Valley Hiking Club invites any interested walkers to a five-mile in/out "Full Harvest Moon Hike" on the Appalachian Trail. Hikers will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Lebanon Municipal Building and drive to the starting point at Greenpoint School Road and then travel south. Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes and bring water, snacks and a flashlight. For information, contact Sharon at 717-274-5509.
10 A.M. THURSDAY, OCT. 1 >> Dreamscapes Watergardens, at 2155 North Seventh St., Lebanon, has a mini corn maze and a lighted pumpkin house to offer visitors this fall. The pumpkin house will be open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday through Halloween. Additional activities include pumpkin painting, scarecrow building, games and Halloween movies. For information, call 717-272-6555.
9 A.M. SATURDAY, OCT. 3 AND 1 P.M., SUNDAY, OCT. 4 >> This is "Missions At The Airport" weekend when you can take a ride in a helicopter or fly in an airplane. The action takes place at Keller Bros. Airport, Rt. 419, at Buffalo Springs, west of Schaefferstown. Flight demonstrations will be a part of both days, and guests can talk with Christian missionaries, who fly into many parts of the world. Food is available. Free parking and admission. For more information, call John Sibole at 717-503-7277 or go to: www.matalebanon.org.
5 P.M., SATURDAY, OCT. 10 >> If you're looking for something different to do, look no further than the Seventh Annual Adult Hayride offered by the Richland Legion Riders Post 880. This is one autumn event that is not for the kids. The hayride will begin at the Millcreek Rod and Gun Club, Newmanstown. Live music will be provided by the band "Blind Theory." Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. All proceeds benefit the Keystone Wounded Warriors. For information, go to: firstname.lastname@example.org.