Franklin County Countdown to Halloween

Franklin County Countdown to Halloween

Franklin County has legends, chilling stories, and strange sightings. Have a little Halloween fun and explore some local lore. Is it fact or fiction? Explore a little “haunted history” with the Franklin County Fright Sites Tour. Download Franklin County Fright Sites here to discover haunted happenings at ten sites in Franklin County. Keep alert and be ready to snap a scary photo. Post to or send photos—both scary and fun–to and be entered into Franklin County Visitors Bureau’s grand prize drawing. Share up to three photos at each site; each photo equals one entry.

Grand prize is breakfast and dinner for two at Franklin County dining location(s) of winner’s choice. The winner also receives Franklin County Ghosts by Athena Varounis—more startling stories to read again and again. The creepiest photo will get a special prize—dinner for two at winner’s choice of Franklin County restaurant and a copy of Franklin County Ghosts. Plus, two runner-up prizes will be awarded.

Franklin County has trunk or treats and trick or treating throughout the communities of Franklin County. plus, spooky family fun.

  • Visit Country Creek Produce Farm in Shippensburg and take a moonlit hayride, go flashlight picking in the pumpkin patch and enjoy the corn maze at night on October 30 & 31.
  • Chambersburg Community Theatre is going virtual for Halloween with Bram Stoker’s Dracula For Kids. It airs, beginning Friday, October 30 and can be viewed again and again over the next two weeks. Sign up by donation here.
  • Outdoor movies are magic, and especially Hocus Pocus, showing outdoors at Fort Loudon Community Center on Friday, October 30 at 7:30 PM.

For older kids or adults, it is a fright-filled Friday at Stoner’s Dairy Farm in Mercersburg on October 31, 7 PM-11 PM. Gather some courage, bring a flashlight, and get ready for ghouls, ghosts, and scary ones, lurking in the corn. Brussels Café and Relax in Chambersburg are holding costume parties. Details and more Halloween Countdown fun for all ages here.

“Housewife” Goes to War – Sewing Kits that Accompanied Soldiers to the Front, 1776-1918

“Housewife” Goes to War – Sewing Kits that Accompanied Soldiers to the Front, 1776-1918

Presented by Steve LaBarre
When it comes to sewing and textile management the American public has been none too kind to males, especially its soldiers. And yet, throughout the centuries, it has seen fit to continually equip its fighting men with one essential tool – the “housewife” sewing kit. Join historian Steve LaBarre for a fascinating look at the use of sewing kits or “housewives” – as American soldiers often referred to them – as a means to both investigate and uncover an aspect of American military service throughout the centuries. , sewing, textextilesm,
1. In-Person
Wagon Shed Room – Visitors Center
1010 E. Main Street, Waynesboro, PA 17268
Limit 25. Advance registration required.
We will be at 50% of our normal capacity for this room. Physical seating will be spaced 6′-0″ apart per CDC and DOH guidelines for social distancing. Masks are required.
AVAILABILITY: 25 seats remaining
2. Online via Zoom
Link and password will be provided via email prior to the event.
AVAILABILITY: 100 spots remaining
Price is $5/person and free to Renfrew members.
Renfrew Museum Tag Sale

Renfrew Museum Tag Sale

Renfrew’s Accessions Committee is hosting a Tag Sale concurrently with our Fifth Annual Oktoberfest as a fundraiser to support museum acquisitions and collections care.
Donations of select antiques, collectibles, furniture, coins, jewelry, artworks, and other exceptional valuables and home furnishings from generous individuals will be for sale at reasonable prices. Join us under the white tents on the Museum House lawn, outside the entrance to Renfrew’s Fifth Annual Oktoberfest, for this new opportunity to find something special. Parking and loading areas conveniently located for easy access. There is no admission fee to attend the Tag Sale.
Fifth Annual Oktoberfest

Fifth Annual Oktoberfest

“A Family-Friendly Celebration of History and the Harvest!”
Due to COVID-19 gathering and safety restrictions, Oktoberfest is scheduled as two (2) four-hour events.
Group A: 12:00-4:00pm
Group B: 4:00-8:00pm
$5 per person / Children 12 and under are free.
Due to limited attendance, advance purchase is highly recommended. Admission includes a modest “meal” to comply with current governmental requirements for alcohol service related to COVID-19. Choice of single hot dog or 8 oz. cup of vegetable soup. Beverages not included. Additional food and drink options available for purchase.
$20 for Four (4) Beirgarten Tokens (21 and over)
Sold on site only. Please present ID at time of purchase. Per Pennsyvania COVID-19 gathering restrictions, guests must have a meal in hand to enter the biergarten.
To register, Click Here
German Paper Cutting With Renfrew Museum in Waynesboro

German Paper Cutting With Renfrew Museum in Waynesboro

On Sunday, July 12, 1 PM to 4 PM, step back in time with Renfrew Museum and try your hand at Scherenschnitte–a centuries-old scissoring tradition, brought to America as early as the 1700’s. German immigrants continued this art in the New World. Pennsylvania Germans used it as a medium for valentines, marriage and birth records, and love letters. Learn the basics of this beautiful craft with instructor Bill Hammann as you cut your own delicate images turning plain, ordinary paper into a historically-inspired work of art. Find out more and register here.