THIS WEEK: Oct. 11 to 17, 2013
Northeast Pennsylvania, Lincoln, and the Civil War, the 22nd annual History of Northeastern Pennsylvania all-day session of lectures, films and discussions. Speakers include historians William Kashatus, Randall Miller, Mark Kahn and Martha Pezzino along with the film “Walking into the Light at Gettysburg.” Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. Today with morning session 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. followed by a luncheon buffet ($10) and the afternoon session from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. 740-0508.
Pumpkin Festival, the 27th annual event with hayrides, prizes, music, food, pumpkin patch, re-enactment camp from the Fur Trade Era, tomahawk throwing, cooking over an open fire and a Chinese auction. The Ol’ Country Barn, 9 S. Comstock Road, Benton. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 925-6295.
Pumpkin Fall Festival, with hayrides to the Corn Maze, Children’s Playland, Apple Slingshot, Pick Your Own Pumpkins, food vendors and Saturday entertainment by bluegrass band The Naive Americans. Rohrbach’s Farm Market, 240 Southern Drive, Catawissa. Today and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with Flashlight Night in the Corn Maze 7 to 9 p.m. 356-7654.
Berwick Riverfest, with APBA Boat Racing, Car Cruise-In, antique and classic boats, Berwick Brewing Beer Tent, logging competition, craft and food vendors, Battle of the Bands, games, rides, Saturday fireworks and music by the Tommy Guns Band. Test Track Riverfront Park, 50 S. Eaton St., Berwick. Noon to 7 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to dusk Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Free. 752-2723.
HalloFun! Halloween family fun with selected amusement rides including haunted antique cars, the Halloween Express, Haunted Mansion and Freaky Fandango along with Hallo-Foods and trick-or-treat stations. Knoebel’s Amusement Resort, 391 Knoebel’s Blvd., Route 487, Elysburg. Through Oct. 27: 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays; 2 to 10 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. 672-2572.
Horror Hall, a walk-through haunted house with 20 hair-raising minutes of chills and thrills. Plymouth Township Fire and Rescue Tilbury Station, 11 E. Poplar St., West Nanticoke. Through Oct. 27: 6 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays; 6 to 10 p.m. Sundays. $12.50. 735-7899 or horrorhall.com.
Circle of Screams, a Halloween haunted attraction including the Hayride of Torture, Carnival of Fear and Maze of Torment plus horror movie screenings on the giant screen. Age 10 and older. Circle Entertainment Complex, 1911 Scranton/Carbondale Highway, Dickson City. Through Nov. 3: 6 to 11 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. $25. 489-5731 or circleofscreamscom.
Haunted Lantern Tours, a one-mile walking tour of the historic mining village with scary skits along the way. Eckley Miners Village, Highland Road, off Route 940. Through Oct. 26: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. $10, $5 children. 636-2070.
Dracula’s Forest, with a Haunted Hayride and a Not-So-Scary Little Screamers Hayride (Sundays) along with a Halloween Shop and a Fall Fest with food and vendors. 2828 Rock Drive, Ransom Township. Through Oct. 27: 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 6:30 to 10 p.m. Sundays. $15, $7 children, $2 parking. 586-5084 or draculasforest.com.
Fear Hollow, an interactive walk-through haunted house surrounded by the all-new Deadwoods Haunted Trail. 1600 Church Road, Mountain Top. Through Oct. 27: dusk to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; dusk to 10 p.m. Sundays. $15. 261-0333 or fearhollow.com.
Gravestone Manor, the annual theatrical haunted house fundraiser with an all-new production “Nightfall.” Trion Warehouse, 1095 Route 315, Plains Township. Through Oct. 27: 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 7 to 9:30 p.m. Sundays. $10. Proceeds benefit the United Way. 821-6500 or gravestonemanor.org.
Ghost Walks in Old Mauch Chunk, a lantern-lighted, one-mile walk around Jim Thorpe to hear stories of ghoulish encounters by a costumed guide. Meet at the Inn at Jim Thorpe, 24 Broadway. Through Oct. 27: Fridays through Sundays beginning at 7 p.m. Reservations recommended. $10. 325-2346.
ShockWalk of Terror, a Halloween haunting to benefit the Harveys Lake Fire and Ambulance Company. Luzerne County Fairgrounds, 476 Reservoir Road, Dallas. Through Oct. 27: 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays; 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays. $10. 639-5167.
Trails of Terror, a walk through the haunted woods populated by maniacs, zombies and all manner of the macabre. West Wyoming Volunteer Hose Company #1, 926 Shoemaker Ave., West Wyoming. Through Oct. 27: 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday with a special Friday walk on Oct. 25. 693-1811 or trailsofterror.org.
Sullivan County Fall Festival, the 33rd annual event with the Mid-Atlantic National Chainsaw Carving Competition, lumberjack demonstrations of chopping, ax throwing, logrolling and crosscut sawing, juried art expo, juried artisans and demonstrations, quilt show, children’s activities, food and craft vendors and music by Country Express (Saturday) and Covert Action (Sunday). Sullivan County Fairgrounds, 4430 Route 154, Forksville. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 482-4088 or sullivanpachamber.com.
Harvest and Heritage Days, the autumn street festival with creative scarecrows, hayrides, railroad exhibits, farmers market, pumpkin painting, corn-shucking contest, antique car cruise, Wing & Chili Taste-Off, Pets on Parade Costume Competition, craft and food vendors. Main Street in downtown Honesdale. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. 253-5492.
Pumpkin Festival, with a craft fair, homemade ice cream and apple dumplings, free hayrides, door prizes, entertainment and a pick-a-pumpkin-patch. Ol’ Country Barn, 9 S. Comstock Road, Benton. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 925-0301.
Quiet Valley Harvest Festival, the 39th annual celebration of the autumn season with demonstrations of early American skills and crafts, country foods, folk-music entertainment, pumpkin decorating, old-time games, pony and wagon rides, storytelling, quilt raffle and a Civil War encampment. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $10, $5 children. 992-6161.
Business and Charity Expo, the first annual event sponsored by the NEPA Business Alliance Group. With 40 exhibitors, speakers, workshops and seminars to promote local businesses and charities. Viewmont Mall, Dickson City. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. 499-2372.
Knit and Crochet Group, for all ages. Beginners welcome. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Saturday. Free. Light refreshments. 821-1959.
Autumn Timber Festival, with Timber Team Lumberjack Shows, the Marvelous Mutts canine show, chairlift rides, bluegrass music, chainsaw sculpture, Pocono Wildlife Rehab Show, food and craft vendors, the Time Travelling Medicine Magic Show, stiltwalkers, jugglers, pig races and more. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, 61-64 Hollow Road, Shawnee on Delaware. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $12 advance, $15 at the gate. 421-7231.
A Civil War Weekend, a Civil War Union Encampment with the 143rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment bivouacking on the grounds and demonstrating the life of the 19th-century soldier. Also: chili and cornbread and docent-led tours of the Swetland Homestead, 885 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $5, $3 children. 822-1727.
Bingo Fundraiser, sponsored by the David Blight School of Dance students. West Side Club, 389 W. Grand St., Nanticoke. Saturday with doors at 4 p.m. and bingo at 5 p.m. $5 includes one game card; $1 each additional card. 235-9673.
Car Cruise, to benefit cerebral-palsy victim Cody White. With trophies, raffles, music and food. Austie’s Family Restaurant, 2333 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre. 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. 824-7015.
Benefit Dance, the fifth annual fundraiser for Blue Chip Animal Refuge with a catered buffet, Chinese auction, raffles, door prizes and music by the Sperazza Band. BYOB. Wilkes-Barre Township Fire Company, 152 Watson St. 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday. $25. 333-5265.
What Is New Thought? The 2013 film about the spiritual movement with Wally Amos, Rev. Della Reese-Lett and Deepak Chopra. Unity Church of Northeastern Pennsylvania, 140 S. Grant St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 p.m. Saturday. $10 suggested donation. 824-7722.
50/50 Bingo, to benefit the Noxen-Monroe Sportsmen’s Club. Noxen School and Community Center, School Street. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. 298-2052.
Taste of White Haven, a fundraiser for the White Haven Area Community Library with samples from area restaurants, breweries and wineries along with entertainment by guitarist George Baier. St. Patrick’s Church Parish Hall, 411 Allegheny St., White Haven. 6:30 p.m. Saturday. $20 before Oct. 12; $25 thereafter. 443-8776.
Fossil Evidence for Creation and the Flood, with Rev. Paul Veit, the Dino(saur) Pastor. New Life Community Church, 570 S. Main Road, Mountain Top. 7 p.m. Saturday; 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Free. 301-7081 or dinopastor.com.
Contra Dance, with music by the Ragtag Rutabagas. The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., Honesdale. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. 253-2020.
Heritage Day and Fall Festival, with the 24th Connecticut Militia Regiment, weaving and spinning, blacksmithing, the Pennsylvania Artifact Society, maple-sugaring demonstration, animal taxidermy, log cutting, quilting, Native American display, crafts for kids, music, live animals and butterflies, honeybees, drumming, face painting, butter making and more. Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 696-9105.
Pumpkin Fest, with pumpkin painting, crafts for kids, a live owl and falcon, guided nature walk, presentation on fall colors and refreshments. Endless Mountains Nature Center, 280 Vosburg Road, Tunkhannock. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. $7. 836-3835.
The Menu. Chef Joseph Caputo launches a culinary voyage to Hawaii and the Pacific as he demonstrate dishes with a fresh, island-style twist. Shopland Hall, Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. Monday with cocktail hour at 6 p.m. and event at 7. $10. 344-1111.
Beginner Crochet Class, a three-week course to learn various stitches and make a scarf. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 22. $20. Hooks and yarn available for the first class. Registration: 654-9847.
Card Party, with lunch, prizes and card games including Pokeno. Irem Country Club, 397 Country Club Road, Dallas. Noon to 4 p.m. Thursday. $12. 675-1652.
Cook Like a Professional, a demonstration by Chef Dale Lewis, who prepares a three-course meal of roasted butternut squash soup, bourbon apple-glazed pork chop, mashed sweet potatoes, roasted vegetables and pumpkin bread pudding. Irem Clubhouse Grand Ballroom, 64 Ridgway Drive, Dallas. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. $25 includes meal. Reservations: 675-1134, ext. 100.
Create It! Learn to make a fall paper floral arrangement with Bridget Giunta Husted, owner of Knot Just Any Day Photography & Design. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6:30 p.m. Thursday. $10. Bring scissors. Registration: 654-9847.
CSI: Ancient Egypt, the third in an 11-part series “Uncover Secrets from the Sands of Ancient Egypt” with Stephen Phillips of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Mill Memorial Library, 495 E. Main St., Nanticoke. 2 p.m. Oct. 18. Free. 735-3030.
Swoyersville Little League Night Out, with food, beverages and music. Susquehanna Brewing Company, 635 S. Main St., Pittston. 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18. Age 21 and older. $25.
Haunted Woods, a spooky walk through the woods along with hay-wagon rides to benefit the Last Knight Senior Lock-in. Lake Lehman High School, Old Route 115, Lehman Township. 6:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 18-19 and 25-26. $5 woods, $3 hayride. 239-0737.
Downtown Wilkes-Barre Ghost Walks. Hear stories of ghostly spirits, murders and seedy happenings on a walk through the downtown streets. Meet at the Luzerne County Historical Society Museum, 69 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Through Nov. 1: 6:45 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. $10. Reservations: 823-6244.
Relay for Life Fall Festival, with crafts, farmers market, flea market, food and refreshments. Little League Complex, 375 Alberdeen Road, Mountain Top. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 19. $10 vendor fee. 417-4047.
Heller’s Orchard Fall Apple Festival, the 25th annual event with horse-drawn wagon rides, pumpkin painting, corn husking bee, sauerkraut stomping, wheat weaving, butter churning, competitions in crosscut saw and corn shucking, costume parade with prizes, feed-bag races, Ladies Frying Pan Toss, Springboard Exhibition, entertainment by the Susque Country Square Dancers, the Mud Pond Boys, Covered Bridge Cloggers and the Classics along with plenty of apple-inspired desserts and other foods. Heller’s Orchard, Route 239, Wapwallopen. Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Oct. 20 with an outdoor church service at 9:30 a.m. and festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 379-3516.
Death on the Nile: Ancient Egyptian Funeral Practices, the fourth in an 11-part series “Uncover Secrets from the Sands of Ancient Egypt” with Stephen Phillips of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 11:30 a.m. Oct. 19. Free. 823-0156.
Local History and Genealogy Workshop, learning about online and library sources of local history and genealogy with Mary Portelli and Sandra Panzitta of the West Pittston Historical Society. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 1:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Free. Registration: 654-9847.
St. Paul’s Road Rally. Follow clues and drive within a 10-mile radius to find answers to contest questions based on local observations. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 316 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. Oct. 19 with rally from 4 to 6:15 p.m. following by a pizza party until 7:30 p.m. $4; $10 per family. Signup: 678-7648 or 474-6147.
Pittston Oktoberfest, sponsored by the Pittston Kiwanis. With drinks, ethnic and American foods, music by Steve Martin and brewery tours. Susquehanna Brewing Company, 635 S. Main St. Pittston. 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 19. $15.
Tattoos for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Choose from several designs ranging in price from $30 to $150 with 50 percent of proceeds donated to the cause. Anatomic Body Arts, 330 E. Fifith St., Bloomsburg. A 24-hour event beginning 6 p.m. Oct. 19 and ending 6 p.m. Oct. 20. 380-1202.
Wine Tasting Social, with free samplings, craft and jewelry vendors, homemade Italian foods, basket raffle and entertainment by Lilies and Lions. Bartolai Winery, 2377 Route 92, West Pittston. Noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 20. Free. 388-8466.