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Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire starts their 'Halloween Days and Spooky Nights'


The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire has kept patrons entertained all summer, but now for the best part- the Faire’s Halloween Days and Spooky Nights for the next two weekends ending on Sunday, October 27th. Join your fellow faire-goers for thrills and chills among the warm days and crisp evenings.


Starting right at the entrance gate, children can begin trick-or-treating with a map of the shire where all the treats are hidden (with merchants and vendors). My group for the day had four kids, and they were so excited to go into the fun little shops exclaiming “Trick or Treat!” and getting a small bite of candy or a trinket. There is also a halloween treasure hunt for spooky treasure, pumpkin painting, and children are encouraged to arrive in costume.Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire's Halloween Days and Spooky Nights


The weekend started off scary after full four days of rain, but upon our entrance on Sunday, the sky was a brilliant blue and it was warm and sunny.


As a former employee of the Faire, it has come a long way since I worked there. So many amazing things to see and do! Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth I, hath decreed over 90 shows and events continue until her visit is completed on October 27th.


All day events are happening, including magic shows, falconry demos near the Aviary, comedy mud shows, amazing eye-catching breath-taking stunts, the human chess match and round out your day with the spooky, exciting wild Joust. The Joust is at the end of each day featuring an action-packed whirlwind of equestrian skill and hand-to-hand combat. A battle of good and evil is unleashed by a beheading upon Bosworth Field while pyrotechnics light up the sky with death-defying stunts.


We spent our day wondering among the shops, eating delicious foodstuffs, shopping locally made crafts and herbs and wandering through the maze. and we almost didn’t make it out! Don’t forget to sample the shire’s exquisite fines and meads, and definitely take some home with you.


As the 33rd season of the Faire comes to a close, don’t miss this wonderful family adventure. Shop, eat, enjoy the day outside on the gorgeous grounds of the faire and enjoy the wondrous sights. And don’t forget, have a spooky day!


The fun doesn’t stop at Mt. Hope, as the spookiness continues for Poe Evermore, held inside the Mt. Hope Mansion. Have lunch or dinner in the pub then attend the musings and readings from Poe himself October 30th- November 10th.



The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire proudly adds this Top Five recognition to other high accolades including being named one of the Top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association in 1998 and earning a 2013 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.


The Faire is set amidst the splendor of the formal gardens of Mount Hope Estate & Winery, Route 72, ½ mile south of PA Turnpike Exit 266, 15 miles north of Lancaster and 14 miles east of Hershey.


The wondrous fantasy that is the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire is held Saturdays, Sundays, 11 AM – 8 PM, through October 27th. Adult admission is $29.95 and child admission, ages 5 to 11, is $10.95. Parking is free, but games, rides, foods, beverages, and crafts are separate charges.


Visit PaRenFaire.com for complete show details, advanced click-to-print discount tickets, and helpful tips for a fun-filled Faire day. Information is available through the Faire box office by calling (717) 665-7021.



Special thanks to Candace Smith.

All photographs by Christine Tarlecki and Stephen Trimble.

Christine Tarlecki is a freelance writer from Phoenixville and is on Twitter and Facebook under engchik

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