Haunted Weekend In Pennsylvania At Woodloch Pines - My Family Travels

In October, my father promised me we would go on a haunted weekend. One Friday after school, after driving about two hours from New York in the dark on a winding and foggy road, we got to the Woodloch Pines hotel. It was about midnight.   

Three kids dressed up in fun clothes for a Halloween party at Woodloch Pines Resort in Pennsylvania. Photo c. Woodloch.com
Young guests dressed up in fun clothes for a Halloween party at Woodloch Pines Resort in Pennsylvania. Photo c. Woodloch.com

I was tired and wanted to go to sleep but my parents wanted to go on the “Haunted Hayride.” Thinking that it would be some stupid hayride for toddlers that was not scary, I was not too excited about going on it. But boy was I wrong. The hayride goes through trails in the woods and is terrifying. Woodloch Pines had parts of the hayride from various movies such as “The Village” and “The Ring” (which I thought was the scariest part).  

When we got into our hotel room at about one o’clock I saw that it was really nice. There was one bedroom, two bathrooms and a living room. It also had a Game player and internet on the TV.  

Dark street with a huge illuminated skeleton is part of the scenery on the Woodlock Pines Haunted Hayride. Photo c. Woodloch.com
Eerie noises and huge illuminated creatures decorate the woods you drive through on the Woodlock Pines Haunted Hayride. Photo c. Woodloch.com

When I woke up the next morning, we went to the hotel’s restaurant (it holds over 800 people). When I looked at the schedule of activities that was put on each table, I was amazed.  

I thought this weekend was going to be boring, but the Woodloch resort had a lot of things to do such as bumper cars, bumper boats, boat tours, rowboats, paddleboats, go karts, a shooting range (.22 rifles and paintball guns), batting cages, bicycle riding and more. They also have a nice exercise room, an indoor pool, and an outdoor pool. They also had a big screen TV lounge where they showed three movies daily, including the likes of “A Cinderella Story,” “The Day After Tomorrow” and “Master and Commander.”  

Mom and two boys pet a donkey at the Woodloch Pines resort in the Pocono Mountains. Photo c. Woodloch.com
Autumn is a beautiful time of year to be at Woodloch and to see the Poconos fall foliage changing. Photo c. Woodloch.com

Overall Woodloch Pines was terrific. It had something for everyone to do. While my parents were watching the musical at night in this fancy nightclub, I could stay in the room and watch “The Anchorman” on TV. (For someone younger, they had a babysitter service.) The food was great, the staff was nice and we never ran out of things to do.  

I enjoyed my stay at Woodloch Pines and recommend that you go there to. Look on their website, Woodloch.com, for the rules about this year’s Halloween contest too.

Author Regan Bozman, age 13, is a New York City high school student and a big fan of really scary Halloween events.

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