It’s Fall y’all! My absolute favorite time of the year! Love the cooler weather, warm cider, big comfy sweaters and boots, the light is always gorgeous especially hitting the changing leaves. PLUS it’s time for Halloween with Thanksgiving right behind it! During this time of the year there is still so much to do and see together with your kids. So I made a list, big surprise right? I do love a good list. Any who, this fall I included a few activities/ festivals that do have a cost, but a very low cost for what you’re getting! I hope you enjoy this fall and all the wonderful events it has to offer. I hope you find something on this list you did not know about before. I highlighted some of my favorites and new things we are pumped for in orange. ENJOY!


Oct 9 Fort Days Costume Contest 6:30-8pm FREE to Enter @ Fort Ligonier

Oct 11 Fort Days Parade FREE

Oct 12 A Mountain Pines Halloween Trick or Treat 6pm-10pm FREE

Oct 12 Cemetery Tours Blairsville PA kids under 5 FREE

Oct 16 Tails and Trails @ the Powedermill Nature Reserve 5-8pm FREE

Oct 18 Ligonier Borough Scarecrow Contest Begins FREE be sure to vote for your favorite scarecrow

Oct 19 Creepy Caboose @ Ligonier Valley Rail Road Museum 5pm-8pm

$10 per family includes tour, Ghost Stories and Food & Drink

Oct 19 RC Plane Flying @ Ridgeview Golf Corse 11am-3pm FREE

Oct 19 Pumpkin Carving Contest @ The Compass Inn drop off 11am-230pm FREE

Oct 19 Kids Autumn Fest @ Seven Springs 11am-6pm many events FREE

Oct 19 A Mountain Pines Halloween Trick or Treats 6pm-10pm FREE

Oct 19 Halloween Haunting @ The Compass Inn 6pm-9pm kids 5-12 $7

Oct 19 Hobgoblin Hike Northmoreland Park 7pm-9pm FREE donations are accepted

Oct 20 Pumpkin Chucking/ Bavarian Games @ seven springs Autumn Fest

Many Free events intermingled with events that have a cost

Pumpkin launching begins at 1pm & 330pm

Oct 26 Fall family Day @ Historic Hannastown 11am-3pm FREE for kids under 5 5-18 $6

Oct 26 Cook Township Halloween Parade/ Party & Trunk or Treat FREE 1pm

Oct 26 Halloween Pawty and Parade Paws On Main Ligonier Borough 4pm Even if you don’t have a pet come see local pets out in costume FREE

Oct 26 Hobgoblin Hike Mammoth Park 7pm-9pm FREE donations are accepted

Oct 26 Halloween Haunting @ The Compass Inn 6pm-9pm kids 5-12 $7

Oct 31 Ligonier Borough Merchant Trick or Treat 5pm-6pm

Oct 31 Ligonier Borough Residential Trick or Treat 6pm-8pm

Oct 31 Cook Township Trick or Treat 5pm-8pm

Oct 31 Ligonier Borough Children’s parade and costume contest at Weller Field 630pm

Nov 1 MOPS Trunk or Treat @ Holy Trinity Church 6pm-7pm FREE


Follow the links to the Following websites for more details:

Historic Hannastown

Fort Ligonier

Mountain Pines

Powdermill nature reserve


The Compass Inn

Ligonier Borough Events

Hobgoblin Hike

Seven Springs autumn Fest

Ridge View Golf Corse RC Planes

Pet parade



Written by Sara Hillen, mom of three human children: Michael 10, Ian 7 and Hailey 3, and two wannabe human children: a giant dog, Finnegan and a very fat cat called Duncan. I have been a resident of Laughlintown for the past five years and previously spent summers and falls visiting the Ligonier Valley from Pittsburgh. I can proudly say I have never missed a Fort Day  Weekend in my life, and really enjoy the beautiful wilderness of the Laurel Highlands, as well as the wonderful sense of community so many Ligonier residents strive to share with each other. I spend my time volunteering with Scouts BSA of America, in Cub Scout Pack 370 and with RK Mellon PTA as the Scholastic Bookfair Chair Woman.