Monday, October 30, 2023

Pioneer Tunnel in Ashland Provides Halloween Fun with Trick or Treat Pioneer Bash

On Sunday, October 29th, 2023, the Pioneer Tunnel in Ashland, hosted a spooktacular Halloween event, the first-ever "Trick or Treat Pioneer Bash." This gathering drew enthusiastic crowds, offering a fantastic day of Halloween festivities and family-friendly fun for all.
The Pioneer Tunnel, famous for its rich history and immersive coal mine tours, and Higher Ups Park were transformed into a Halloween wonderland, welcoming hundreds of eager kids and their families. 

The highlight of the event was, of course, the classic Halloween tradition of trick-or-treating. Children, dressed in costumes ranging from ghouls to superheroes, made their way through the park, collecting sweets and treats from friendly volunteers, local businesses, and organizations.  Children went from station to station filling their bags and buckets with candy.

Beyond the candy-collecting adventure, the Trick or Treat Pioneer Bash featured a wide array of activities to entertain and delight visitors of all ages. Guests enjoyed hayrides, and train rides on the Lokie.

One of the standout attractions of the event was the Coal Mine Train Rides, a signature offering of the Pioneer Tunnel. These rides allowed attendees to delve into the history of the anthracite coal region while enjoying a touch of eerie ambiance, perfect for the Halloween season.

Music for event was provided by "The Dynamics Department" and old school funk band that provided a mix of disco, funk, R&B, jazz, and Rock and Roll!

The fun didn't stop there! Face painting stations allowed children to transform into their favorite Halloween characters, from pumpkins to witches, adding an extra layer of creativity to their costumes. A petting zoo provided the opportunity to interact with friendly animals.

The Trick or Treat Pioneer Bash at the Pioneer Tunnel successfully combined the spirit of Halloween with the historical charm of this beloved Pennsylvania landmark and the borough of Ashland.

Story/Photos/Video by J. Reed / Skook News