UPPER POTTSGROVE PA – A scary hike through haunted woods Thursday and Friday night (Oct. 19-20, 2023), and a pleasant and non-scary family alternative during the following week (Oct. 27-28), are planned by the volunteers and staff of Althouse Arboretum, 1794 Gilbertsville Rd.
“Escaped from the Asylum:” visit at your peril!
Come at your own risk to one of what the arboretum calls its “favorite events of the year, “Escaped from the Asylum.” Meet its “special friends hiding out in (the) woods,” it adds. The event is open Thursday and Friday, Oct. 19 and 20, from 7-9 p.m. Tickets, available at the entrance, cost $10 per person.
The haunted woods “will have many scares,” it predicted. The arboretum’s student leadership team has devised “their very own horror scenes … sure to make you scream. We will also have some special frights from the Upper Pottsgrove Fire Company!,” it said.
As you might guess, it’s unsuitable for young children.
Avoid the fright on a night hike
However, kids are likely to enjoy the arboretum’s family night hike (Oct. 27 and 28) from 6-8 p.m. It’s described as the “non-scary family alternative to traditional Halloween activities. It’s also the facility’s largest event of the year. Tickets, available at the entrance, cost $8 per child and two accompanying adults are free. Costumes are encouraged.
Parking won’t be at the arboretum, but at the nearby Hillside Aquatic Club, 134 W. Moyer Rd. A shuttle bus will transport visitors to and from the event.
This year’s hiking theme is “A Journey Through our Enchanted Woods.” Guests will travel over a candlelit trail, and meet hosts for a fun story. The story is intended for children from pre-kindergarten through age 3, it’s likely to be enjoyed by kids of any age. Following the hike, families can play games, make crafts, have some food, and roast marshmallows. An outdoor movie will be screened.
Got a landscaping need?
Some shrubs and trees are still available for sale at the arboretum greenhouse, its team reported.. Volunteers offer the reminder that planting small and in the fall create the best potential for growth.