Awesome Autumn

Fall Frights

It’s not autumn without haunted happenings around every corner. For those that dare, Butler County has a number of eerie offerings to send chills down your spine.

September 14th through October 28th. Cheeseman Fright Farm invites guests after dark to take a haunted hayride, walk through multiple eerie attractions and make your way to the haunted corn maze, only for those who dare.

Fridays & Saturdays starting September 28th through October 27th. The Beacon Hotel hosts its annual Haunted House and Corn Maze, daring you to hop on the tractor at dusk to venture through the acres of corn maze and find your way to the haunted house. These attractions will scare even the bravest souls.

Saturdays & Sundays in October is Harvest Valley Farms Fall Festival. The entire valley is transformed from a full-time working produce farm into a fun-filled, pick-your-own pumpkin festival.  Additional activities: Hayrides, Cornstalk Maze, Corn Pit, Scheduled Live Music and more!

October 19th. Stroll through the woods of YMCA Camp/ARMCO Park on a haunted trail crawling with ghosts, zombies and more. This new attraction will surely spook you, so walk the trail if you dare.

While some attractions are created just for the season, cemeteries with chilling history make for a mysterious visit anytime.  If you’re still looking for more ghostly activities, visit some of the county’s most notable spooky stops:

  • Old Union Presbyterian Church – James Glover, a Revolutionary War veteran and Butler County’s first permanent white settler, is buried in the middle of the 7th row of graves.

  • Evans City Cemetery – This site served as the location for many of the scenes in 1968’s Night of the Living Dead.

  • Harmony Society Cemetery – You won’t find any gravestones here! Ironically, the cemetery holds about 100 graves and features a one-ton revolving stone gate.

  • Pape or Hannahstown Cemetery – Look for a monument and marker for William Andrew Smith, the man who drilled Edwin Drake’s first oil producing well.

  • Moraine State Park – There are nearly ten cemeteries that lie within the park’s boundaries. Some contain only one gravestone while others contain as many as twenty. The mystery is who is buried in some of the stones that are unmarked?

  • Wooden Cross Cemetery – A horrible flu epidemic in the 1800’s caused a mass amount of deaths in the area. These individuals were buried in unmarked graves here and are represented by a single grave marker.

  • Deadman’s Bridge – If you stop on this bridge near Old Stone House, you might summon the ghost of the couple who was tragically killed in a wagon accident.

  • For two kinds of spirits, stop by North Country Brewing Company or the Harmony Inn for a ‘Broo’ afterward. North Country's history ties it to being a coffin making and undertaking business, and the Harmony Inn is known as a hotspot for paranormal activity, with a few mischievous entities of its own.

Fall Festivals & Events

The weather may be getting cooler, but autumn is still packed with fun festivals for the whole family. Spend an evening or weekend celebrating this time of year and find a favorite fall activity at Butler County’s annual festivals. Enjoy crafters, car shows, pony rides, fireworks and more.

Don't forget to check our calendar for many more events!

 

 

Fall Flavors

Pumpkins

Fall Foliage

These locations will give you the best look at the bursts of color throughout the county. Whether you prefer to drive, hike, picnic or bike, the scenic landscapes are a sight to see. The best part about these attractions is that you can experience the beautiful vegetation at your leisure throughout the autumn season.

  • Sightseeing Saturday – Fun itinerary traversing the northern part of Butler County.    

  • Washington’s Trail – Historic markers will lead you through Butler County along Washington’s first military expedition. One such marker notes the spot where a French Indian attempted to shoot Washington.   

  • Butler County Barn Trail – Follow this self-guided driving tour to view interesting barns among colorful leaves.  If the leaves are so beautiful you don’t want to leave, you’ll find a few bed and breakfasts and farm stays along the way.

  • Nautical Nature – View the reds, oranges and yellow and learn about the area’s natural history from the Moraine Preservation Fund’s enclosed pontoon boat on Lake Arthur.

  • Hiking – What better way to enjoy the brilliant shades of the leaves than to take a hike? Jennings Environmental Education Center contains five miles of trails that are arranged in a series of loops and cover 300 acres of forest and prairie.

  • Picnicking – Picnic among the prairies, gardens, ponds and woodlands offered in Preston Park while you admire the leaves as they fall.  You might even consider bringing along a pumpkin-flavored treat to complete your autumn afternoon.

  • Biking – For a scenic ride, visit Moraine State Park.  There is a seven-mile paved bike trail that winds along the lake’s shoreline in the northwest corner of the park.  There’s also a six-mile looped mountain bike trail for more experienced riders.