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Halloween haters' guide of activities

Maybe you're not a fan of bobbing for apples, dressing up in costume or carving pumpkins.

Maybe you just hate Halloween. If you've resigned yourself to spending Halloween weekend at home, binge watching Netflix, think again.

There are a lot of activities in and around York County on Halloween weekend where nary a kernel of candy corn will be seen. Here are a handful of things you can do alone or with someone else, Halloween spirit not required.

Masks of Mexico and Día de los Muertos

You like masks, just not of the Halloween variety.

The Lancaster Museum of Art has just the thing.

The Masks of Mexico exhibit, with more than 200 masks used in rituals and celebrations in cities and rural villages of Mexico, is on display through Nov. 8.

The styles and the construction of the masks vary, as they're made of a multitude of materials, including wood, papier-mâché, leather and ceramic.

Oct. 31 would be a great day to visit the museum, as a Día de los Muertos event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Learn more at

Hanover Symphony Orchestra anniversary concert

Some symphony favorites are on the program for the Hanover Symphony Orchestra's 20th anniversary concert on Nov. 1.

Sue Gross, the conductor and founding member of the orchestra, planned the program to include "The Royal Fireworks Overture," by G.F. Handel, "Orpheus in the Underworld," by Offenbach, "It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing," by Duke Ellington, and more.

The concert will begin at 3 p.m. in the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center, 195 Stock St., Suite 203, Hanover PA 17331.

Tickets to the concert range from $9 to $17. Learn more and get tickets at

Shop for your last fall beers of the season

Fall seasonal beers are the most popular of the seasonal craft styles, according to

Doug Quinn, an employee at DJ's Westgate Beverage in West Manchester Township agrees.

Fall beers "have been gaining in popularity over the past few years," he said. "Now, almost every brewery has a pumpkin (brew) and an Oktoberfest."

Quinn said those fall beers are still on the shelves, but they won't be much longer.

"They will start thinning because winter beers are coming out now," Quinn said. Mad Elf, a popular winter ale made by Troegs Brewing Company, was delivered to the distributor recently, he said.

Quinn said he thinks people find pumpkin beers appealing because of their robust flavor.

"It's not like they taste like pumpkin," he said. '"It's the spice blend."

So take advantage of less traffic at the beer distributor or grocery store while everyone else is at the Halloween party, and stock up on the last of the pumpkin beer for the season.

Learn about some of the fall beers you can find locally in FlipSidePA's list of best fall brews.

See "Hair" at Franklin & Marshall

If you hate Halloween but don't mind hippies, Franklin & Marshall College's performances of "Hair: The Tribal Love-Rock Musical" might fit the bill for Halloween weekend.

There are four performances to choose from between Oct. 29 and Nov. 1.

When "Hair" debuted on stage in 1967, "people were protesting in the streets and social unrest was prevalent," Franklin & Marshall College posted on its website. "Sound familiar?"

In addition to its relevance, "Hair" brings an infectious soundtrack that's sure to get stuck in your head and have you humming along days after you see the show. ("This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius! Aquariussss!")

To learn more and to order tickets online, visit and search for "Hair."

Tickets can also be purchased from the box office in person at Roschel Theatre, 628 College Ave., Lancaster, PA 17603, or over the phone at 717-358-4858. If tickets are haven't been sold out, they can be purchased at the box office, which opens an hour before show times.

Enjoy the sunshine before Daylight Savings ends

It's happening whether we like it or not: the world is about to get a little darker.

Or at least that's how it will seem since Daylight Savings ends at 2 a.m. Nov. 1.

If you're someone who enjoys an evening walk in the sun, get outside Saturday before you have to turn the clocks back at bedtime.

You can find a list of local hiking trails in FlipSidePA, or take a look at the York County Parks and Recreation website for a list of county parks that are home to some trails.

A few more ideas

Wishing for Winter
Fast-forward through fall for the day at the PA Powersports Show being held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 30 at the York Expo Center's Utz Arena.
The show will feature a variety of new snow mobiles and ATVs on display and for sale, as well as clothing and accessories. Used clothing and accessories will also be sold at the event. Kelly Simon, owner of Kelly Simon Marketing, the event manager, said the show is perfect for "anyone that is interested in snowmobiling or ATV recreational riding."
For spectators, Kelly said, there will be a gallery of vintage snowmobiles. "When you look at what snowmobiling was like in the 1950s and 1960s, it's very unique and interesting," she said.
Admission is $12, free for children under 12. Learn more at

Feeling peaceful
"Perspective on Peace" at York College is a show that should be seen by everyone, said Matt Clay-Robison, who co-curated the show with this wife, Shelly Clay-Robison.
"We believe strongly that this exhibition needs to be seen and considered and talked about," said Matt Clay-Robison, the gallery director."It should provoke thought and hopefully some soul-searching and ultimately positive action."
Shelly Clay-Robison, an adjunct faculty member in behavioral science, said people don't often talk about concepts of "peace and conflict and violence and war." But those concepts affect us personally and globally.
"The artwork in this show works to reframe all of those issues ... in a way we hope viewers will leave thinking more about how they can implement peace and healthy conflict resolution, both in their personal lives and in their community," Shelly Clay-Robison said. The exhibit runs through Nov. 14 in the Cora Miller Gallery and Brossman Gallery within the Evelyn and Earl Wolf Hall. It's open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday; from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

New flicks
Spend a night in front of the big screen and catch a recently released movie.
"Our Brand is Crisis" might put you in the Election Day spirit, as Sandra Bullock plays a political strategist trying to get her candidate elected in a South American election. Bullock faces off against Billy Bob Thornton's character, who represents the other candidate.
To learn more about this and other new releases, visit