Day Trip

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Dover, Del.

Dover Downs Wine & Music Festival


If you have a taste for wine and the spooky, join Dover Downs Hotel & Casino at its Halloween-themed 11th annual Wine & Music Festival. Come in costume to compete for prizes while enjoying samples of more than 60 wines from around the world, attending seminars and tasting food prepared by the hotel chefs. A DJ will provide background music while you browse the gift and food marketplace.

The festival runs 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Rollins Center at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. General admission tickets are $30; VIP tickets, which include special seating and menu, are $50. Tickets can be purchased at 800-711-5882 or online at


Alexandria, Va.

Doggie Howl-o-ween Costume Contest

Looking to bring man's best friend along to your Halloween festivities? Treat your pooch to the Doggie Howl-o-ween Costume Contest. Compete for the awards of "Most Glamorous Getup," "Best-Dressed Couple" and "Top Dog" for a chance to win an overnight stay in a hotel, plus dinner for two. Sip Halloween-themed cocktails while your companion enjoys a complimentary water bowl.

The contest takes place Oct. 31 at Jackson 20, 480 King St., Alexandria, Va. Registration is 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., with the contest starting at 6 p.m. and winners announced at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for registration and $10 suggested donation for nonparticipants. Proceeds benefit the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. Call 703-842-2790 or visit

Glen Mills, Pa.

Bates Motel

You won't find innocent jack-o'-lanterns and scarecrows on this terrifying trip to the Bates Motel — a place you'll be glad not to stay the night. Experience up-close and high-action terror at this haunted house full of special effects, animatronics and spooky actors. Enjoy heart-stopping thrills at two accompanying attractions, the haunted hayride and corn maze, both full of creepy characters and creatures.

Arasapha Farm, 1835 N. Middletown Road, Glen Mills, Pa. Attractions continue nightly through Nov. 3, starting at 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices for the Bates Motel are $20 for adults and $15 for children, with varying prices for other attractions. For information, go to


Hershey, Pa.

Hersheypark in the Dark

Hersheypark is opening its doors this weekend to late-night chocolate-lovers big and small. Kids 12 and younger can follow Hershey's Treat-or-Treat Adventure, which winds through Hersheypark in Treatville. For those seeking a bigger thrill, track lights will go off after 9 p.m. for dark rides on roller coasters such as Lightning Racer, Wildcat and Comet, creating a spooktacular experience.

All Hersheypark in the Dark attractions are included in admission to the park, $33 for ages 9-54 and $22 for seniors and children ages 2-8. Hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 9 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 3. Go to for more information.


The Surrealists: Works from the Collection


Explore the surreal Halloween weekend in a special exhibitions gallery at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. "The Surrealists: Works from the Collection" traces the history of the Surrealist movement from the mid-1920s to the late 1940s in Europe and the United States with a collection that features more than 70 works by over 40 artists. The gallery will also include broadcasts of Surrealist manifestos, creating a an audiovisual experience of their fascination with dreams, fantasy and the subconscious.

The exhibition at the Perelman Building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art begins Nov. 3. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Sundays, and 10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. Wednesdays.