Franklin County Fright Sites

Franklin County Fright Sites

Hauntings & History

Franklin County PA is home to many legends, chilling stories and strange sightings. Keep alert as you tour these sites, and you may just have a tale worthy encounter!  Have a little Halloween fun and explore some local lore.

Is it fact or is it fiction? Visit if you dare.

Sneak peak to Franklin County’s 10 Fright Sites…Be WARNED!!!

Dykeman Pond

Visit Dykeman Pond. You may encounter the ghost of Mary Dykeman still lingering after her baby drowned in the pond in the 1800s. Search for Mary along the surrounding trails of Dykeman Park. Shh…stop and listen!

Sasquatch In Caledonia

What was that furry figure…Sasquatch…Big Foot? For decades, spotting’s of Sasquatch in Caledonia have been reported. Was that the whispering of the pines or is Big Foot watching?

Mont Alto State Park

Spirits of the past linger in and around the park. Sarah Hurley Matheny, killed nearby, is just one. Colonel George Wiestling, former owner of the land, is another. Maybe you will make a new friend…

 

Monterey Pass

Did you see the Civil War soldiers? There along the stone outcrop? But, how is that possible? The Battle of Monterey was July 4, 1863.

Renfrew and The Two Sisters

Is it truth or just a factless tale? Sarah and Jane Renfrew lost their lives at the hands of an Indian raiding party. After the sisters were buried, some say they’ve seen Sarah and Jane’s ghostly figures along the banks of the Antietam!

Allison Antrim Museum

The house dates back to the 1860s. Window blinds roll up and roll down. Children giggle. Door latches open. Oooh, a little chill…is there a window open or is that something else?

Ebbert Springs

Is that mist hanging over the water, or possibly a spirit of the past, lingering as it roams the land around Ebbert Springs?

Conococheague Institute

By day, Conococheague brings chances to explore history, hiking, and birding. But as darkness approaches, it is a little eerie to walk by the old cemetery and listen to the sounds of an ending day. What creatures dwell in the mire and muck? Who lingers near the old cemetery? Is someone watching you from the Davis-Chambers House?

Pond Bank and The White Lady

The legend says that the White Lady and her child lost their lives in one of the ponds around the village of Pond Bank along route 997. As to how and why is unclear…but, could you find out more?

Old Jail

The dungeons in the basement, gallows in the courtyard, fingernail scratched doors of cells and inscriptions of jail life left by former inmates are proof of the reality of the difficult life of a prison inmate. Some visitors have claimed to hear thumps, moans and noises while others have felt their body being touched.

Download the Franklin County Fright Sites-2022

You can pick up a copy of the tour at the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center

VISIT IF YOU DARE

More SPOOKY FUN in Franklin County!

SHIPPENSBURG HALLOWEEN PARADE

Sat. Oct. 22nd
7pm – 10pm

Join the fun and celebrate this spooktacular season at the 34th Annual Shippensburg Halloween Parade! The parade takes place at E. King St. Shippensburg.

Hosted by the Shippensburg Kids Events Committee

 

FRANKLIN COUNTY TRICK OR TREAT NIGHTS

Halloween falls on Monday, October 31, 2022.  
Trick or Treat Dates for 2022 – Listed below
  • Greencastle Borough:  Thursday, October 27, 2022, 6 – 8 PM (rain date October 28)
  • Mont Alto Borough:  Thursday, October 27, 2022, 6 – 8 PM
  • Newville Borough:  Thursday, October 27, 2022, 6 – 8 PM
  • Borough of Mercersburg:  Friday, October 28, 2022, 7 – 9 PM
  • Shippensburg:  Monday, October 31, 2022, 6 – 8 PM
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  • Newburg Borough:  Monday, October 31, 2022, 6 – 8 PM
  • Chambersburg Borough: Monday, October 31, 2022, 6 – 8 PM
  • Waynesboro Borough:  Monday, October 31, 2022, 6 – 8 PM
  • Washington Township, Franklin County:  Monday, October 31, 2022, 6 – 8 PM
 
 
 

 

THE HAUNTED JAIL RETURNS

 

October 21, 22, 28, and 29, 2022.
7:00PM – 10:00PM.
Adults $12, 12 & Under $7. Cash or credit.
Buy ahead here: https://franklinctyhistoricalsociety.ecwid.com/ No need to print your ticket. We will have a list.
Pay at the door or buy your tickets ahead of time here: https://franklinctyhistoricalsociety.ecwid.com/ IF BUYING TICKETS ONLINE PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ARE BUYING TICKETS FOR THE DATE YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND. WE WILL HAVE A LIST OF PRESALE NAMES AT THE DOOR TO CHECK OFF.
Questions? Email ophistory@pa.net
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

5K Monster Dash 2022 at Antrim Township Community Park

Saturday October 22nd 2022 * 2:45 PM
The Greencastle Galaxy AYSO 5K Monster Dash is open to all ages. You may choose to Walk or Run. Run for competition, or just participate for fun! Add some flair with a costume!
Register at Greencastleayso.com for $27.75.
We will accept paper registrations on the day of the race for $35. Any runners registered by Oct. 1 will receive a t-shirt. Awards will be given to runners in a number of categories based on age and gender.
Proceeds for this event benefit Greencastle Galaxy AYSO.
Profits will be used to pay for fields, equipment and volunteer training.

COUNTRY CREEK
NIGHT MAZE FLASHLIGHT NIGHTS

FLASHLIGHT NIGHT MAZE & MOONLIT HAYRIDES Friday and Saturday nights from 6-10pm. Entry begins at 5:30PM
 
Dates include: Oct 7-8, 14-15-, 21-22 28-29 – weather permitting. Bring your own Flashlights!
There is nothing that will scare you or jump out at you! This is simply to enjoy moon lit hayrides and go flashlight pickin’ in our pumpkin patch and go through our ‘Community Supported Agriculture’ themed Corn Maze at night!
 
Admission includes over 20+ activities are included in admission price
($13/person) including light up zip lines, mountain slides, 2 large jump pads, rat racers, 2 fun greenhouses, live animals, and so much MORE!
GO Pumpkin Chunkin OR Ride our Ferris Wheel at Night!!
 
Tickets 3 for $10 |
8 shots for $20 (no barrel train rides at night)
(Your Season Pass is good for this event! Season Passes are $30)
Campfire will be happening as well.
Smore kits available for purchase ($3 makes two) as well as a variety of food and beverages, including warm local Apple cider and hot cocoa.
Concession stand will be open – Local Beef Burgers, Country Ham, Hot Dogs, Local Italian Sausage Sandwiches, Fresh Cut Farm Fries, Apple Cider Donuts and more!
Last entry 9:00 pm
Group discounts available, email us at CountryCreekProduce@gmail.com
Credit Cards and Cash accepted

STONER’S DAIRY FARM
HAUNTED NIGHTS CORN MAZE

SELECT Friday Flashlight Nights 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM (see dates below)
Please note: Our 2022 Select Friday dates are: Friday, September 30, Friday, October 7, 14, 21, and 28 ONLY.
*Last admission will be admitted no later than 9:15 PM.
Not all activities are available on Friday nights. Friday night activities include Corn Maze, Mini Corn Maze, Hayride, Petting Zoo, and Fire Pits.
Stoners Dairy Farm website

 

TRICK OR TREAT NIGHT AT STONERS DAIRY FARM

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 * 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
(Rain date: 10/27/22)
Safe Trick-or-Treating in our 5-acre corn maze!
A complimentary candy bag will be available for little ones as they wander the safe haven of the maze to collect their loot. No worries about crossing busy, dark streets! Snacks, Sweet Treats, and Glow Items available for purchase.
Trick or Treat is for children ages 10 years old and younger. 
It is limited to the first 300 children, or while supplies last.
Admission: Free
Barrel Train Rides: $1.00
Hayrides: $2.00
Age Limit: Children MUST be 10 years old or younger.

WHO DUNNIT? MURDERY MYSTERY DINNER
11/30 VISITORS CENTER

Friday, October 28th, 2022 * 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau along with Certified Tourism Ambassadors (CTAs) invite the public to join in and help uncover who dunnit during a 1920’s era bank robbery, murder mystery! Set in the 1865 Chambersburg National Bank building now home to the 11/30 Visitors Center, guests will have an opportunity to be part of the game or enjoy the fun and help solve the mystery. The evening will begin with a complimentary Pour Trail tasting in the historic lobby of the 150 year old bank building where something strange will happen. Guests will then move upstairs to the Great Room overlooking Memorial Square as they enjoy a prepared meal catered by A Matter of Taste Cakes & Catering as they mingle and try to solve the mystery of the murder that occurred earlier in the evening.

Guests will have the option to take a limited role in the mystery or can simply dress to impress and come enjoy the show while helping find out who dunnit! Costumes are not required, but are encouraged! Additionally there will be a photo op for guests to participate in to remember the evening that they solved the Bank Robbery Murder Mystery!

LIMITED CHARACTER ROLES AVAILABLE!!!

E-mail: lformosa@explorefranklincountypa.com if you’d like to receive a character role to play along with your ticket purchase. Roles will be available on a first come, first serve basis

REGISTER HERE

FLUOR HALLOWEEN PARTY
BRUSSLES CAFE | CHAMBERSBURG

Live DJ / Photo BOO-th / BYOB
( Like & Share to Get updates prior the Party begins)
 
7.30PM CONTESTS:
( $5 to Enter the contest / person ; The winner of each category wins the whole Pot )
-1# Costume Contest – Best of Halloween costume
-2# Best of Fluor make-up
– Dress up in your fav Costume or Fluor Makeup & get a chance to win the CASH Pot !
 
—-Spooky Pastry & Specials—-

TRICK OR TREAT ON MAIN
DOWNTOWN CHAMBERSBURG

Saturday, Oct. 29th 11AM – 1PM

Trick-or-Treat on Main Street starts at 11 am and ends at 1 pm. Anyone that would like to participate in the costume judging will meet on the Courthouse Plaza starting at 1 pm. Judging will begin at 1:30 pm

ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: THE MOVIE EXPERIENCE
AT THE CAPITOL THEATRE

Saturday October 29th, 2022 * 9:00 PM
Presented by the Capitol Theatre Center!
Celebrate Halloween Eve by joining our Rocky Horror Picture Show “Experience” on October 29! Dress as your favorite RH character, and participate in the fun audience activities while the movie is running!
You may bring props, but absolutely NO REAL FOODS OR DRINKS PERMITTED, including rice. NO OPEN FLAMES including lighters and candles. Please review OUR ETIQUETTE ON OUR WEBSITE for further details of what is and isn’t allowed. We want you to have FUN while watching the movie and participating in the follow-along-activities including Doing the Time Warp! Who knows, we might even do it twice!
Costume parade takes place at 9pm, before the movie begins.
$5 Participation Prop Bags will be available until they run out; first come, first serve. The Capitol Theatre bar & concessions will also be available.
** It is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that patrons no younger than 16 years of age attend, and that those under 18 be accompanied by an adult. **
TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE!!
Ticket Prices
$10*
*additional $3 processing fee

MERCERSBURG HALLOWEEN PARADE

Monday October 31st, 2022 * 7:00 PM
Join us for a spooky good time!
Downtown Mercersburg
 

 FAMILY LIBRARY, BATTY TALK AND A SPOOKY WALK
CALEDONIA STATE PARK

Friday October 28th, 2022 * 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Visit the Caledonia State Park Office and learn some fun and interesting facts about these amazing pollinators. Participate in bat activities and crafts. Danielle Klein, Founder/Executive Director of The ButterBee Foundation will be sharing her extensive knowledge about bats. Also Enjoy a self-guided StoryWalk on Whispering Pine Nature Trail and read a great story for Halloween.
Sunset will be at 6:13 PM.
Bring a flashlight if you plan on walking the trail after that time.
Pre-Registration encouraged but not required.

 

1st RESPONDERS & LAW ENFORCEMENT
TRUNK OR TREAT

Nov 1
6PM – 8:30PM

Come out and join local law enforcement and first responders for a night of fun, candy and costume at the Chambersburg Mall Parking Lot!