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Phoenixville and beyond: Haunts, hayrides and parades are everywhere this month

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STORY WRITTEN BY EVAN BRANDT 
ebrandt@pottsmerc.com
@PottstownNews on Twitter

A chill wind has begun to blow, pumpkins are beginning to glow and children are getting ready to go — trick-or-treating.
If you’re looking for Halloween fun this season, here is a run-down of area events, parades, haunts and the like.

Parades
• The 2015 Elverson Halloween Parade will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 21, with a rain date of Oct. 22. The parade will begin at 7 p.m. at the corner of South Pine and Main Streets and march west on Main Street, ending at the National Penn Bank. This year’s theme is “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.”
• The Birdsboro Halloween Parade will begin on Thursday Oct. 22 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the east parking lot of Daniel Boone Senior High School.
Sponsored by the Birdsboro Rotary Club, a costume contest will award winners in most glamorous, scariest, most creative, best cartoon character, most spectacular group, best organizational group, best adult float (over 18) and best junior float (under 18).
Judging will take place at 6 p.m., with the parade starting promptly at 7 p.m.
The parade will move out of the east parking lot at the Daniel Boone H.S., turn right onto Chestnut Street (Route 345); turn left onto First Street, travel west, and crosses Furnace Street. The parade ends at the Beacon Container Corp. parking lot.
Free candy and cider at the end of the parade.
• The Phoenixville Halloween Parade will be held Saturday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. It begins in the 300 block of Bridge Street at Taylor Alley and ends in the 100 block of Bridge Street in Church Alley.
“Casper” will be playing in the Colonial Theater after the parade.
• The Boyertown Halloween Parade, hosted by the Boyertown Jaycees, will be held Saturday, Oct. 24 from 7 to 10 p.m.
The parade begins at Second and Madison Street and proceeds west on Philadelphia Avenue, south on Reading Avenue, east on Third Street, south on Monroe Street, and east on Second Street.
• The Upper Perkiomen Valley Halloween parade will be held on Sunday, Oct. 25 starting at 7 p.m. It features more than 50 organizations, businesses and individuals. The parade draws more than 10,000 community members along the four-mile stretch. The four-mile parade route marches down Main Street (Route 29) through the boroughs of Red Hill, Pennsburg and East Greenville.
• The Royersford Halloween Parade will take place Monday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. The rain date is Wednesday, Oct. 28.
• The Collegeville Rotary Club has a listing for its Halloween Parade to take place on Wednesday, Oct. 28. No time or route was listed.
• The Pottstown Halloween Parade will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 28, with a rain date of Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.
The parade starts on High Street at Goodwill Fire Company, where a children’s costume contest will be held and prizes awarded in the following five categories: prettiest, scariest, most original, best Halloween theme, best TV/movie character.
• The Schwenksville Halloween Parade will take place on Thursday, Oct. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. according to a listing on the Rotary Club of Central Perkiomen website. It will end in the Univest parking lot and will include a costume contest with cash prizes.

Haunts
• The Temple of Terror is held Friday and Saturday nights in October at the Masonic lodge in Pottstown at the corner of King and North Franklin streets. Tickets are $15 and begin being sold at 6 p.m. The Haunt opens at 7 p.m.
• The Colebrookdale Railroad becomes haunted on Fridays and Saturday nights in October. Ghost hunters and historians point to the many strange and unfortunate occurrences that happened along the tracks over the past 150 years. Occasionally, screams echo through the deep hollows or ghostly figures appear through the coach windows. .
The specially-decorated coaches will protect you as the train makes a six-mile journey into the haunted Secret Valley. Each train will stop at a bonfire in the long-vanished village of Colebrookdale, where riders enjoy hot apple cider and S’mores. One-hour round trips departing and arriving in Boyertown, Pennsylvania. Friday and Saturday evenings, in October. Tickets range from $4 to $18.
• The Pennhurst Asylum haunt is held every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Church and Bridge streets, just outside Spring City, on the grounds of the former Pennhurst State Hospital. It is open from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and from 6:30 to 9:30 Sundays and Thursdays. Tickets range from $16 to $78.
• The Daniel Boone Homestead in Exeter will hold Haunted Homestead Tours on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23 and Oct. 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. Tours begin in the Wayside Lodge, transformed into an eerie haunted house, and last approximately 45 minutes. Admission is $6 and it is recommended for ages 8 and older.
• Manatawny Green Minature Golf between King and High streets in Pottstown hosts “Spooky Golf” Friday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 24 from 6 p.m. until midnight.

Trick or Treats
• The Pottstown YMCA Safehouse Trick or Treat will be held Friday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. at the Y on North Adams Street.
• A downtown Pottstown Safe Trick-of-Treat event will be held Saturday, Oct. 24 from 12 to 8 p.m. on High Street with face painting, caramel apples and other seasonal fun.
• On Sunday, Oct. 25, the Daniel Boone Homestead hosts its annual trick-or-treating event. Costumed children can visit the historic buildings and receive a fun treat, have their face painted, and pick and decorate their own pumpkin. They can also play with colonial toys and games, listen to scary stories, and help a scarecrow stuff his friend.
Throughout the afternoon, children and adults can enjoy a tour through the Boone House and Bertolet Log House. Children (and adults) are encouraged to wear a costume and bring a bag or basket for treats. Tickets are $6 for visitors 16 and older, and $4 for children.
• The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville and the Phoenixville Recreation Department are sponsoring a children’s Halloween party on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Civic Center, 123 Main St. The party will feature games, prizes, entertainment and giveaways for all the children who attend. Children ages 3-12 are welcome and encouraged to come in their Halloween costume. There is no cost to attend. However, we are asking anyone who attends to bring a canned good or other non-perishable food item to be donated to the food pantry at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

Hay Rides and Fall-Fests
• Starting on Friday, Oct. 16 a Scarecrow contest will be held at the Manatawny Green Mini-golf between King and High Streets in Pottstown. Judging will take place on Oct. 25. If you don’t have material to build your own scarecrow, straw and accessories will be provided at a workshop on Saturday, Oct. 17.
• Hayride on the Rails and Leaf Peeping on the Colebrookdale Railroad occurs on Saturdays and Sundays in October.
This Saturday and Sunday, Boyertown Railroad Yard will be the site of Pickfest Celebration of Americana. The festival’s Main Stage will feature some of the area’s most talented Bluegrass bands, hosted by The Manatawny Creek Ramblers. You can also try the Colebrookdale Railroad’s own ale, the Secret Valley Rail Ale! Pickfest will offer: Hand made food from some of the areas best food vendors; The region’s best craft breweries, winery’s, cidery’s, and meadery’s; Frecon’s Pick Your Own apples and pumpkins; Tour of local Artisans featuring hand blown glass and other unique creations.
Visit the Colebrookdale Railroad’s website — http://www.colebrookdalerailroad.com/ — for schedules and tickets.

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