2017 Halloween Guide for Venango County and Surrounding Areas Brought to You By Farmers National Bank

| October 30, 2017

A look at this year’s Halloween festivities and trick-or-treat schedule for Venango County and surrounding areas.

While the holiday has evolved over the years, Halloween continues to be a big draw for millions of U.S. children, drumming up business for industries like candy distributors and movie theaters. The following are some spooktacular facts and figures provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Trick or Treat

41.1 million: The estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2015 — children ages 5 to 14 — across the U.S.

Chocolate Treats

37,128: The number of people employed by U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2014. This industry’s value of shipments totaled $16.0 billion, up from $15.2 billion in 2013.

Spooky Movies

4,449: The number of motion picture theaters (except drive-ins) in the U.S. in 2014 where one could see a horror movie. California (511), Texas (326), New York (265) and Florida (195) had the most movie theaters. There were 219 drive-in motion picture theaters in 2014 — Ohio had 23, and California and Pennsylvania each had 19 drive-in motion picture theaters.

Pick a Pumpkin

40,900: The number of acres of pumpkins harvested in the U.S. in 2015, with a total estimated production value of $90.2 million. Of the top six pumpkin-producing states, Illinois led the country by producing an estimated 318.0 million pounds, followed by California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and New York.

However, along with fun holiday activities, the scare season also brings some dangers that can create harmful situations for families and their property.

Protect your children

Halloween allows children to explore their imagination and splurge on savory treats, but along with the fun comes some haunting hazards. The following tips will help combat impending dangers:

  • Provide children with safe and comfortable costumes
  • What precautions should be taken during trick-or-treating
  • Child safe home decorations

Protect your property

Halloween also brings a season of trickery, and data shows that property may be more at risk during the week of Halloween. Statistics taken from Nationwide claims over the last five years show that the rate of property damage caused by vandalism or malicious mischief increased by more than 8 percent during the week of Halloween, and that auto theft occurs at a 6 percent higher rate.

Protect your pets

Pets are part of the family, and Halloween exposes them to more toxins and hazards than at any other time of the year. Make sure to keep candy, small costume parts and lit candles out of pets’ reach.




Emlenton Borough
When:  October 28 – 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Additional Information: Parade is at 6:00 p.m.

Cornplanter Township
When: October 31 – 6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.

Cranberry Township
When:  October 31 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

When:  October 31 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Additional Information: Costume judging and trick-or-treat bags for kids under 10 at Bandstand Park at 5:00 p.m.

Irwin Township
When:  October 31 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Oakland Township
When:  October 31 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Additional Information: Costume judging and trick-or-treat bags for kids under 10 at Bandstand Park at 5 p.m.

Oil City
When: October 31 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Pinegrove Township
When: October 31 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

President Township
When: October 28 – 6:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m.

Richland Township
When: October 31 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sandycreek Township
When: October 31 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sugarcreek Borough
When: October 31 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Cooperstown Borough
When: October 31 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Clintonville Borough
When: October 31 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


When: October 31 – 6:00 p.m – 7:30 p.m.

Clarion Borough
When:  October 31 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Additional Information: Halloween parade begins at 5:30 p.m.

East Brady Borough
When:  October 31 – 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Additional Information: Party in the gym in the community center at 7.

Farmington Township
When: October 31 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Knox Borough
When: October 31 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Knox Township
When: October 31 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

New Bethlehem
When: October 31 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Additional Information: Redbank Valley Chamber of Commerce and Lions Club Parade: October 25 at 6 p.m. in Redbank Valley High School Auditorium

Paint Township
When: October 31 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

When: October 31 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Additional Information: Lions Club Halloween Parade: October 26 – Line up at 6:00 p.m. march at 6:30 p.m.

Salem Township
When: October 29 – 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Additional Information: Party on October 26 at the community building, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Shippenville Borough
When:  October 31 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sligo Borough
When: October 31 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

St. Petersburg Borough
When: October 28 – 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

When:  October 31 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Additional Information: The Fire Hall in Downtown Strattanville will also be handing out candy from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. as part of their Trick-or-Treat Safety Check Point.

Washington Township
When: October 31 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Foxburg Borough
When:  October 28 – 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


When: October 31 – 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Additional Information: Halloween party at East Forest High School from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. sponsored by the Lion’s Club

Tionesta Borough
When:  October 31 – 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.




The Dark Ghost Manor
Where: The Cranberry Mall, Cranberry, Pa.
When: Saturday, October 22; Friday, October 28; Saturday, October 29 – 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Additional Info: Sponsored by 4 Your Car Connection. Cost: $12 per person.

“Nightmare on Main Street” Haunted House
Where: 170 North Main Street (next to the fire station), Cooperstown, Pa.
When: Fridays and Saturdays from October 1 – October 29, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Additional Info: Hosted by Cooperstown Volunteer Fire Department, all proceeds benefit the fire department. Cost: $10 per person.

Halloween Movies
Where: Franklin Public Library, Franklin, Pa.
When: October 23 & 30, 4:30 p.m to 6:00 p.m.
Additional Info: Original Dracula and Frankenstein films being played.

Where: Claddagh Glen Training Facility
When: October 30, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Additional Info: Hosted by Precious Paws and SNIP, this dog costume party is open to all friendly dogs. Refreshments will be provided. All dogs must be on leashes. Free will donations will be accepted.

Boo Bash
Where: Cranberry Mall
When: October 25, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Additional Info: The event is open to children ages 10 and under. Event organizers request that participants do not wear masks. Activities include games, treats, prizes, and more. Those attending are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to Community Services of Venango County.

Barrow-Civic Theatre Halloween Shows
Where: Barrow-Civic Theatre, Franklin, Pa.
When: October 27 at 7:30 p.m. and October 28 at 2 p.m.
Additional Info: FCOA Advanced Youth Theatre presents Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, Adults: $13, Seniors: $11, Student/Child: $10. For tickets or more information, call (814) 437-3440 or visit barrowtheatre.com.

Live Showing of Fox’s Rocky Horror Picture Show
Where: Robert W. Rhodes Gymnasium
When: October 20, 7:30 p.m.
Additional Info: Free and open to students and public. There will be a costume contest with prizes.

Halloween Party at the Oil City YMCA
Where: Oil City YMCA
When: October 20, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m..
Additional Info: There will be games, a bounce house, swimming, crafts, a parade, and more. Kids who want to be in parade should be there in costume at 6:00 p.m. It is free of charge but concessions can be bought.

Halloween Costume Party
Where: Sandycreek Township Volunteer Fire Department
When: October 28, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Additional Info: All proceeds will benefit sarcoma cancer awareness and research. There will be costume judging, raffle baskets and a 50/50 drawing.

Hasson Heights Halloween Hustle 5K Run/Walk
Where: Allegheny River Trail
When: October 28, 8:30 a.m.
Additional Info: A fundraiser for the Hasson Heights Elementary School playground. There will be prizes for the top runners, walkers and best costume. Pre-registration cost is $20 and the pre-registration deadline is October 14. After October 14 the cost will be $25

Franklin’s Halloween
Where: Bandstand Park, Franklin, Pa.
When: October 31, 5:00 p.m.
Additional Info: Franklin Halloween Costume Judging and Treat Bags Sponsored by: City of Franklin, Northwest Savings Bank and Edible Arrangements. Downtown Trick or Treat: businesses will hand-out treats in front of businesses on the 1200 Block of Liberty from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Followed by Trick-or-Treat Hours: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Wine and Design Fall Pumpkin Painting
Where: The Galleria at Olde Liberty/Olde Liberty 1253 Liberty Street in Franklin (between Leonardo’s and Subway)
When: Saturday, Oct 21 4:30pm-7:30pm
Additional Info: $30 for an 11×14 canvas or $35 for a 16×20 plus a glass of wine is included in your cost!
Call 814-518-5504 to reserve your spot. A $10 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot.

Halloween Card Making Class
Where: Olde Liberty
When: October 21 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Additional Info: Olde Liberty will be hosting a Halloween Card Making Class Oct. 21 from noon to 2. For $20, you’ll creat 4 Halloween cards!
For more information or to RSVP, call (814) 518-5504.


Kid’s Halloween Party
Where: Clarion Eagles 3807, 81 Stone House Road, Clarion, Pa.
When: October 21, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Additional Info: There will be a costume parade and crafts. Light lunch will also be provided for the children.

The Arc’s Haunted Festival
Where: The Arc of Clarion and Venango Counties Inc.
When: October 27, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Additional Info: Cost: $5

Tri-County Animal Rescue Howl-loween
Where: Tractor Supply
When: October 28, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Additional Info: Photos of pets and/or children will be offered for $5/CD of photos. There will be a beautiful new fall backdrop for photos. There will also be raffles and a bake sale. All proceeds benefit TCAR.

Halloween Concert and Silent Movie
Where: Lincoln Hall
When: October 28, 7 p.m.
Additional Info: The concert’s first half will feature piano/organ duos by world celebrated stride pianist, Tom Roberts, on the Steinway Piano, together with Dale Abraham on the McKissick Mighty Wurtlizter Theatre Organ. After a costume parade at intermission (and awards for best costumes – of course), experience the Roberts-Abraham piano/organ duo as the “orchestra” for the famous silent movie, “IT,” featuring that roaring twenties siren, Clara Bow – The “IT” Girl! Cost: Adults $20, Students $5, and children under 6 free. Buy online or reserve by calling 724-659-3153.

Walmart Halloween Parade
Where: Clarion Walmart
When: October 23, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

C93/WWCH 1300 Radio Presents: The 2017 Halloween Parade
Where: Clarion Mall
When: October 28 at 12 p.m. Registration is 11:00 am to 12:00 p.m.
Additional Info: Sponsored by C93 Radio and the Clarion Mallettiest, Cutest and Most Original. For more information, call 814-226-4500.

Halloween Event
Where: Trinity Point Church of God, Clarion, Pa. (behind Tractor Supply)
When: October 28, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Additional Info: There will be a bounce house, face painting, games, hayrides, and more.

Halloween Costume Party
Where: Trails End
When: October 28, 9:00 p.m.
Additional Info: Costume and karaoke party.

Cathedral by Candlelight
Where: Forest Cathedral in Cook Forest
When: October 31, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Additional Info: Want to experience something different this year for Halloween instead of the standard “trick-or-treaters”? Walk back in time into the depths of the Forest Cathedral with an historical character from the past. View the ancient forest as you walk beneath the giants by candlelight. Either a French Marine from the 1750’s who saw these massive trees 250 years ago, or a lumberman from the 1800’s will be there to guide you. Candy and hot chocolate will be served. Bring your flashlights!

RBG Clarion Costume Contest and Karaoke
Where: RBG Bar and Grille
Additional Info:

The Haunted Gymnasium Presented by Clarion University Baseball and Softball
Tippin Gym
October 19-21 & October 26-28, 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
Additional Info:
 All proceeds go to Clarion baseball and softball. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Trails End “Enchanted Forest”
Where: Trails End in Cooks Forest
When: October 28 at 9:00 p.m.
Additional Info: Karaoke beginning at 9 pm, cotumes, prizes, fun!

Community Trunk or Treat
Where: First Presbyterian Church, 700 Wood St. Clarion
When: October 28, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Additional Info: Join us in costume for family-friendly fun! For questions, or to reserve a spot, contact the church office at 814-226-8145 or email churchoffice@clarionpresby.org.

Halloween Costume Contest
Where: Captain Loomis
When: October 28 11:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

Trunk or Treat
Where: Fairmount City United Methodist Church in New Bethlehem
When: October 31, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Additional Info: There will be hamburgers, hotdogs, and drinks served while supplies last.

New Bethlehem Halloween Parade
Where: Redbank Valley High School
When: October 25, 6:30 p.m.

Rimersburg Halloween Parade
Where: Heeter Lumber
When: October 26, 6:30 p.m. Lineup at 6:00 p.m.

Kiddies Halloween Party
Where: The Rod & Gun Club, 305 Miller Street, Knox
When: October 28, 3:00 p.m.

Limestone Township Trick or Trunk
Where: Limestone Township Fire Hall
When: October 28, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Additional Info: Free admisson.


Haunted Peninsula
Where: One Lighthouse Island, Tionesta, Pa.
When: 5 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays from October 7 to 29
Additional Info: Events will take place beginning at dusk until midnight. A Haunted Hayride will be held for those ready for a scare and a spook walk for school-age children will consist of games and candy appropriate for any age and the spook walk is free! A costume contest will be held on Saturday, October 29, after trick-or-treating. Prizes will be awarded at 8 p.m. for the best costumes for adult, children and teens. Cost: Ages 16 and above are $8, ages 3 to 15 are $5, ages 3 and under are free.

Additional events and information will be provided as soon as they become available. To submit an event, email news@exploreVenango.com.

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