On Centre | Around Bellefonte: Railroad society plans tricks, treats, train rides

If you’re looking for a different Halloween scare or simply love the colors of autumn, the Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society is offering its Halloween Train and Fall Foliage Excursions starting Friday.

Two hourlong Halloween trips will be offered Friday, according to the society’s website, to encourage costumes and family fun. Foliage trips start Saturday through Sunday. All rides are round trip and leave from the train station in Talleyrand Park.

As a collaborative effort, the Fall Festival kicks off around noon Sunday in the park to give train visitors a chance to explore downtown Bellefonte, festival coordinator Holly Wilson said.

Local organizations will also provide food, fun and activities in the park, she said.

“This is a community activity, with no charge to participate,” Wilson said. “It gives a venue for nonprofit organizations to do some fund raising and showcase what Bellefonte has.”

Activities will include face painting and pumpkin decorating for kids, she said, as well as a variety of food sales including popcorn, hot dogs and pies.

A small Halloween parade is slated to kick off around 1:30 p.m., following the departure of the foliage excursion train, she said. Starting at the Bellefonte YMCA, it will continue down West High Street to the park.

Prizes will be awarded at the end of the parade, Wilson said. Once the children reach the park, they will be able to trick or treat around all the vendors. All children are encouraged to dress up and participate.

“The activities were put together by organizations like the chamber of commerce and the railroad society, working together to encourage visitors to come to our town,” she said.

She encouraged families to come out.

“It’s a chance to bring their children down and enjoy some activities that don’t cost anything,” she said. “Families can just come together and enjoy the park.”