Discover Halloween in Hanover

 

There’s nothing the town of Hanover loves more than snacks…except maybe Halloween.

Take a drive around Hanover during the months of September and October (sometimes even as early as August!) and you’ll see most houses are decorated for the haunted holiday. Skeletons climb up brick exteriors to peer in windows, giant spider webs envelope porches, and hand-carved pumpkins happily glow on sidewalks and entryways. Akin to a real-life version of the movie Halloweentown, Hanover is a place where lovers of all things creepy, yet cute, can come together and relish in this fun season.

 
Photo via Facebook: Ghouls and Grinds

Photo via Facebook: Ghouls and Grinds

Eat, Drink, and Be Scary!

Before you start your Halloween celebration, you must fuel your spooky soul. We’ve got several options for doing so, including a Halloween-themed coffee shop, as well as several breweries that feature fall “boos.”

Hang up your broom and sit a spell with all of your best witches at Ghouls and Grinds, our first stop on Hanover’s Halloween adventure! New to Hanover in August 2019, Ghouls and Grinds is 50% coffee shop, 50% art gallery, and 100% Halloween heaven. Their menu features drinks like “Vampire Slayer,” an espresso-based drink with white chocolate, raspberry, whipped cream, and chocolate chips; as well as items like “Cookies and Scream” and “Punkin’ Pie,” a favorite among all fall lovers. Once you have your potion of choice, sit back and admire the Halloween-themed decor: orange walls with accents of black and white, Halloween movies playing on the TV, and an abundance of skeletons, spiders, pumpkins, etc. For some of us, everyday is Halloween, and thankfully, Ghouls and Grinds is open year-round. For more information, please click here.

Looking to get spooky in a more adult way? Head downtown to any one of our breweries and you’re sure to find some fall sips of the alcoholic variety. Click here for a full list of breweries in the Hanover Area.

 

A Scream-Worthy Adult Event

Now that you’ve had your frightening fix—whether coffee or beer—you’re ready for some haunts. We’ll start with one of Hanover’s newest Halloween events: Spooky Spirits.

Experience downtown after dark at this eerie event! Benefiting Main Street Hanover and the continued revitalization of our downtown, Spooky Spirits is a Friday night full of shopping and strolling with spirited libations in-hand! Participants will taste their way through downtown Hanover, sampling beer, wine, and cider served by local merchants. Want to amp up the fun? Come in costume to participate in the costume contest! This event will take place on Friday, October 11. Both designated driver and general admission tickets will be available. For more information, please click here.

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Sweet & Spooky Kids Events

Halloween can be a fun holiday for all ages. Here are some family-friendly events perfect for little vampires and ghosts.

Located in Codorus State Park, Halloween in the Park is a two-day event featuring trick or treat at 90 incredibly decorated camp sites, a 1.5 mile hayride with family-friendly displays, food vendors, s'mores shop, nature tent, DJ's and more. Looking for an activity for furry kids? Halloween in the Park also features a pet parade! This year’s event will take place on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26. All proceeds from Halloween in the Park benefit Codorus State Park. For more information, please click here.

What’s Halloween without trick or treat? Here’s a listing of local trick or treat nights full of candy and costumes:

Hanover Borough: Tuesday, October 29, 6-8 p.m.

Penn Township: Tuesday, October 29, 6-8 p.m.

West Manheim Township: Tuesday, October 29, 6-8 p.m.

 
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To All a Good Fright

To top off your Halloween adventure, you must visit Hanover’s most beloved fall event, the Hanover Halloween Parade.

The Hanover Halloween Parade will be celebrating its 78th season in 2019. Appropriately so, this year’s parade takes place on Halloween night. Featuring music from local bands, prize-winning floats, and handfuls of candy for all to enjoy, the parade is a long-standing tradition for Hanover residents. Starting several days before the big event, lawn chairs will line the sidewalks of Baltimore and Carlisle streets as locals “reserve” their spots, year after year. The parade officially begins at 7:30 p.m. and ends around 10 p.m., running from the intersection of John and Baltimore Streets and ending at Guthrie Memorial Library on Carlisle Street. To make the most of the night, we recommend watching near center square, as food vendors often set up in this area.

To all of the Halloween lovers out there, we hope you have a scary good time exploring our town this season. Be sure to share your adventures with us on social media: #discoverHanover & #halloweeninHanover


Looking for more fun fall-themed events and happenings? Click here to view our fall event listing.

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