Hersheypark in the Dark – Hershey, PA

Sponsored post – Hershey Entertainment and Resorts hosted us. All opinions are my own.

Halloween is a wonderful time of year to visit the sweetest place on earth – Hershey, Pennsylvania.  Trick or treating, special autumn-inspired meals and desserts, as well as slightly spooky decorations make it a great destination for families with young children.  For only three weekends each fall, Hersheypark is transformed into Hersheypark in the Dark and Chocolate World offers special fall activities.

Chocolate World

Starting in Chocolate World, a free trick or treat adventure is a favorite activity for kids under age 12.  At each stop, kids will receive some Hershey’s candy. They are welcome to arrive in costume, but it’s not necessary to dress up in order to collect these treats. Chocolate World even provides a bag to collect the chocolate goodies.  

While in Chocolate World, be sure to check out their pumpkin inspired drinks and desserts.  There’s pumpkin spice bisque in a bread bowl and a cranberry apple chicken salad wrap. For dessert, try a pumpkin pie Kit Kat milkshake or cheesecake. Yum!

Chocolate World does a fabulous job decorating their cupcakes. Their fall line of cupcakes is very festive. There’s also pumpkin muffins and, of course, caramel apples to round out their fall dessert offerings.

In addition to the trick or treating and fall festivities, Chocolate World also has many activities such as Create Your Own Candy Bar and a 4D movie. Hershey recently introduced a new show at Chocolate World – Hershey’s Unwrapped, a Chocolate Tasting Journey. Find out more about Chocolate World activities here.


Hersheypark in the Dark is also a must-see during the fall season.  The roller coasters, except for the water coaster (of course!), are open.  Some coasters have special times during each evening when they are “dark”. 

During these special dark times (times are listed at the entrance of these roller coasters), the lights on Lightning Racer and Wild Cat are turned off. It’s a whole new experience on these classic wooden coasters.  It’s always seems like roller coasters go faster in the dark.  

In addition to these dark experiences, there’s also a different twist with LaffTrak, which turns off all of its lights. LaffTrak is an indoor steel coaster, which twists and turns, but does not go upside down.  This coaster is an entirely new experience in the dark.  It’s impossible to tell which way you’ll be twisting and turning.  It adds a whole new element to this fun coaster.

Hersheypark also features a trick or treat trail called Treatville, with numerous stops along the trail that starts beside the Fahrenheit roller coaster.  Between Chocolate World and Hersheypark, there are 13 trick or treat stops.

In 2019, Hersheypark in the Dark is open for three weekends. You can add to the fun of a Hershey weekend trip by staying at Hershey Lodge, which has an indoor water park! Check out more information about Hershey Lodge here.

Sponsored post – Hershey Entertainment and Resorts hosted us. All opinions are my own.

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