Hersheypark in the Dark
If the onset of fall has put you in the mood for Halloween, Hersheypark in the Dark is the place for you. Screeches and spooks takeover the normally "sweet" theme park for a few weekends of spine-tingling fun. Take a ride on the Screeching Scrambler or the Spooky-o-saurus merry go-round. After you get your adrenaline fix, check out the shows, including a concert by the Screaming Mummies or Bunsen and the Burners.
And if you feel like you need to burn off all the candy you ate, join runners at the Hershey Half Marathon on Sunday. All proceeds will benefit the Children's Miracle Network at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. The single entry fee is $75. To register or for more information, go to hersheyhalfmarathon.com.
Hersheypark in the Dark begins Friday and is open on weekends until Halloween. Tickets are $29.95 for adults and $20.95 for ages 3-8. Children ages 2 and under are free. For more information, go to halloweeninhershey.com.
Monster Mash Marathon
For the perfect combination of charity and exercise, go to Monster Miles for a Cause at the Dover International Speedway on Saturday. This day-long event features a series of a 5K run, full- and half-marathons and one-mile walks to raise awareness for a variety of nonprofit organizations. The Monster "Mash" Marathon and two-person Marathon Relay start inside on the Monster Mile track, continue through the flat country roads of Dover and finish outside of the track next to the giant statue of "Miles the Monster."
The entrance fee is $95. For more information or to register, go to http://www.piranha-sports.com/Race170.aspx.
Autumn Glory Festival
To experience the very best of fall, you have to be in the right place. This weekend, the place to be is Garrett County's Autumn Glory Festival set against a changing mountain backdrop. The festival features art exhibits, antique and craft shows, a band competition and other musical performances. If you're looking to take in the colors of fall, scenic Deep Creek Lake showcases fantastic fall foliage. Other activities include an Oktoberfest dinner, quilt show, farmer's market and corn maze.
For more information about the Autumn Glory Festival, go to visitdeepcreek.com.
October is beer month. If you can't make it all the way to Germany for Oktoberfest, don't fear: Ocean City is having its own beer-lovers weekend Friday and Saturday. Enjoy schnitzels, wurst and lots and lots of beer. Musical performances by the Happy Wanderers, Pennsylvania Villagers and Mike's Bavarian Bandstand will keep the party going with German folksongs, polkas and sing-a-longs. The Alpenrose Dancers will perform traditional Bavarian dancing. Nourish your competitive spirit with the Samuel Adams stein-holding contest or the knockwurst eating match.
Ocean City Oktoberfest takes place at the Convention Center at 40th Street and the Bay from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day. General admission is $6. Children 13 and under are free. For more information, go to ococean.com.
The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial finally will be officially dedicated by President Obama on Sunday. The dedication was supposed to take place earlier in September, but Hurricane Irene had other plans. The monument is located on a four-acre site near the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials to symbolize the relationship between the two presidents and King, and to recall King's "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963.
For more information of the MLK memorial, go to mlkmemorial.org.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun