Keep your weekend affordable with these suggestions of things to do for $20 or less

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The Halloween season is upon us and if you’re into hayrides and haunts this area is for you. Although most aren’t under $20, Horror Hall in Nanticoke is and it’s sure to scare just as much, if not more than the others. There’s still time to check out the Bloomsburg Fair and consider heading to Scranton to take part in the inaugural Fringe Festival.

Fringe Festival: Free! Beginning Oct. 1, Scranton will be taken over by thespians, artists and musicians and they take part in the inaugural event. Performances will take place in the Leonard Theater, 335 Adams Ave., Artists for Art Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Ale Mary’s, 126 Franklin Ave. and many more. The festival runs through Oct. 4. For more info or to see a schedule, check out

Bloomsburg Fair: $8. From Sept. 26 to Oct. 3 take part in one of the state’s oldest past times, a fair. Try the fried foods. Ride the rides. And don’t forget to people watch. Fair exhibits open at 9 a.m. and vendors open at 10 a.m. and both shut down at 10 p.m.

Horror Hall: $13. Take a walk-through a haunted Halloween attraction full of chills and thrills, high-impact scares, strobe lights and theatrical fog. Tilbury Volunteer Fire and Rescue Station, 11 E. Poplar St., Nanticoke. Through Oct. 31 : 6 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays; 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday. $13. Info at

Ghost Walks in Old Mauch Chunk: $12. Continue embracing the Halloween spirit with this one-mile, lantern-lighted tour to hear tales of lore, ghoulish encounters and histories of buildings along Broadway, led by a costumed storyteller. Meet at the Inn at Jim Thorpe, 24 Broadway. Through October 31: 7 and 8:30 p.m. Fridays; 7, 7:15, 8:30 and 8:45 p.m. Saturdays; 7 p.m. Sundays. $12, $6 children. Reservations: 570-325-2346.

Eckley Fall Festival: $10.Take part in village and cemetery tours, crop circle agents, pony rides, craft and food vendors, pumpkin patch, hayrides, tricky trays and more. Eckley Miners’ Village, Highland Road, off Route 940. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 3 with a bonfire at 5 p.m. $10, $9 seniors, $6 children. 570-636-2070.

Fall Foliage Weekends: Free! Downtown Jim Thorpe is turning into a fall wonderland. Enjoy arts and crafts, music, food, children’s activities and special events from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from Oct. 3 to 18. For more info, call 570-325-8485.

Hawley Harvest Hoedown: Free! Head to the annual street festival with arts vendors, food, live music, farmers market, hayrides, children’s games, cider tastings, brews, a folk-music open mic and family fun. The fun is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 3 in Downtown Hawley. For more information call 570-226-4064.

Ghost Tours of the Old Jail Museum: $10. EnjoyHalloween chills at the historic 1871 building at 128 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 6:15 to 9 p.m. Saturdays from Oct. 3 to 17 with tours every 20 minutes. $10, $7 students. 570-325-5259.

Tibetan Monks Visit: Free! Take part in another culture. Representatives of the Gaden Shartse Phukhang Monastery in India will create a mandala using finely colored sand from Oct. 5 to 9 in the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery of Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6 to 8; 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 9. A Golden Tea Offering will be held from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Oct. 5 and 7. A closing ceremony including dissolving of the mandala 1 p.m. Oct. 9. 570-674-6719.

Our Town, Thornton Wilder’s timeless classic and Pulitzer Prize winner that explores the lives of people living in a quintessentially American small town. Setta LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 and 3. Free. 570-340-6000.

Things to do in NEPA for $20 or less

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