Hersheypark in the Dark – Trick or Treating + Fall Fun in Hershey, PA

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – to my boys at least! Hands down, their MOST FAVORITE time to visit Hersheypark is in October for Hersheypark in the Dark!

If you want a look at our visit last year – which the boys have pretty much talked about for the past 364 days {even though Graham didn’t get to go} check out this post, which includes a super fun video!

// Ghostbusters tee {on sale}

For this years visit, we wore our Ghostbusters finest.

We ain’t afraid of no Ghosts.

We started out the day with a visit to Chocolate World – where they were having a glorious media reception for all the bloggers + influencers in attendance. As always with Hershey, it was sweet + delicious!

The boys were in treat covered heaven and this was definitely one of those nights were they had chocolate for dinner! #sorryimnotsorry

After indulging a little too much, we made our way into the park!

The super cool part of Hersheypark in the Dark is that you get to experience all the rides + fun of Hersheypark in the DARK! The boys LOVED riding all the rides an seeing all the seasonal lights up for Fall.

But their favorite stop in the park would have to be Treatville – Trick or Treating in Hersheypark, what could be better?

It was sweet, not scary and the boys got TONS of their favorite Hershey treat, all included with the cost of admission.

As you can see, the decor was set up so festive and nice – perfect for a lovely Fall evening, which happened to be amazing weather the day we were there! They boys didn’t even need to wear their jackets!

Another thing the boys LOVE about Hersheypark in the Dark – their favorite character were dressed up too!

One of my favorite spots along the way was this super cool pumpkin patch – that was lit up + moving to Halloween music that was playing. It was mesmerizing to watch – really fun!

Aside from the Trick or Treating + amazing decor, we can’t forget about the rides! All 13 roller coasters are up and running during Hersheypark in the Dark weekend. ALL 13 coasters! Plus, exclusively for Hersheypark In The Dark, experience lights-out rides on Laff Trakk, Wildcat, Comet, and Lightning Racer® coasters.

Brooks isn’t tall enough for all of them yet, but he did ride the Laff Trakk for the first time! But let’s be honest, riding any rollercoaster at night time is pretty awesome, no matter how old or young you are!

This visit was also pretty special because we brought Gaga + Pops along for the ride!

Another part of Hersheypark in the Dark that was really cool was going to ZooAmerica at night! I don’t have any photos of our time there, because it was completely pitch black, but it was cool to BYO flashlight for a nighttime tour of Creatures Of The Night® attraction at ZooAmerica – all included in your one-price admission to Hersheypark In The Dark.

Another fun part of the evening is the nightly Hershey’s Character Glow Dance Party – every Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 PM – where you can join your favorite characters and show off your sweet moves. Then be sure to check out Hops & Harvest, where you can enjoy fall beer and cider flights in the new Yuengling 1829 Patio & Pavilion, with live entertainment on Saturday evenings.

Something fun for everyone for sure!

As part of the #sweetestmoms I’m so thankful that I get to enjoy all the Hersheypark fun with my family each season! We always have such a blast and enjoy making some amazing memories together.

If you haven’t been to Hersheypark in the Dark this season – check it out this weekend and next week for sure! You and your family will have a great time!

Next time we will be back in Hershey for it’s Christmas Candylane + Sweet Lights – stay tuned for the holiday fun!

Coffee in the City: My Top 10 Favorite Coffee House Spots in Philadelphia

This mama loves a good cup of coffee.

And as a city dweller the past 6+ years, I’ve dedicated lots of time to doing my research to find the perfect cup in the perfect spot. Not all coffees are created equal.

And not all coffee shops are worthy of a cute post on the IG. Today, I wanted to round up a few of my favorites.

“Coffee: a warm and delicious alternative to hating everything forever.”

SO. TRUE.

I always love checking out different coffee spots whenever I am out and about. Coffee houses are a great way to get to know a different neighborhood or area of the city – just by grabbing a coffee and people watching for a bit!

As a Fairmount local – which is right by the Philadelphia Art Museum, if you aren’t familiar with the area – I have a few go-tos that I frequent.

// OCF Coffee House / Brown Street Coffee / Lucky Goat Coffee House /

These are my top three where I live.

Pro-Tip: If you go to Brown Street Coffeehouse, get the Bahnmi, its incredible.

If I’m not in Fairmount for my coffee, more often than not I find myself in the Rittenhouse Square area – it’s an easy walk from Fairmount and is jam packed with all the stores for any errands I need to run.

It’s also packed with lots of great coffee spots!

My favorite in the area would be La Columbe Coffee Roasters – because it has a super cool vibe and their coffee is delicious. I love their Fishtown location the MOST, but Rittenhouse is great too.

Other Rittenhouse Coffee favorites:

// Peddler Coffee / Rival Bros Coffee Bar / Elixr Coffee Roasters

All are super unique + great spots to stop in the city.

In the Washington Square West location, I just HAD to mention the Chapterhouse Cafe & Gallery. It’s like a house that you walk into to enjoy your coffee, completely lined with lots of artwork throughout the home. Cool little spot to check out for sure!

Also sort of in that area of the city-ish, another favorite spot would have to be Shot Tower Coffee – industrial chic, I’m in love. And I can’t forget about Greenstreet Coffee, which is close by, highly recommend!

Obviously there are Starbucks on every other corner in the city, which I do hit up from time to time, but if I’m going to more of a chain coffee spot, my preference would 100% be Saxby’s. They make my favorite latte with marshmallow and it’s amazing.

I want one right now actually!

So obviously I haven’t been to ALL of the coffee spots in Philadelphia – but I’d love to check out more! These are just a few of my favorite spots that I’ve frequented over the years that I love to go back to!

If you have any other coffee house spot suggestions, send them over! I’d love to ado this list and explore more of Philly!

Friday Favorites: Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary, Conshochoken Brewing Company + More

Hello and Happy Friday!

We made it through another week! This was a jam packed one for us, I can’t wait to share it with you!

First off, I’m excited to say that I’m 100% in the Halloween spirit after my visit to Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary last night. I live in the neighborhood and they give all the neighbors free tickets every year, which is awesome – I think this is my 7th year in attendance!

For those that aren’t familiar it’s a haunted house inside a real 189 year old prison. So it’s immediately got the spooky vibe built in.

They put on an amazing show and it’s a lot of fun. My neighbor and I went together as a little girls night. Can’t say enough good things about it, if you are looking for some Halloween fun!

Pro Tip: Be sure to opt in for the interactive experience – you get grabbed, held back, sent into hidden passageways, and even temporarily removed from your group. It makes the experience SO MUCH FUN!

Before Terror Behind the Walls, we had dinner at my FAVORITE sushi spot in Philadelphia – a BYO in Fairmount, UMAI UMAI – If you love sushi in the city, check this place out. It’s the BEST.

Side Note: If you think 5 sushi rolls is too much for two ladies, you are WRONG.

My favorite Amazon Fashion Find of the week is something worth sharing too – This button down roll up sleeve top is one of my favorite new things! I love that it’s a classic piece I can wear anywhere and everywhere but my favorite detail is those gorgeous buttons.

// top / sunglasses / jeans /

BONUS: Use code ”herlittledogtoo15” for $15 off ANY MVMT purchase if you pick up any sunglasses or watches! I also have this watch and it’s BEAUTIFUL.

Another great find of the week – Conshohocken Brewing Company. I lived in Conshohocken after college for a few years and I wish this was around back then. We stopped here for a flight on our way home the other day and it was awesome. Great little space and I was totally impressed with the beers.

The kids also had a great time because they had games – Brooks’ new favorite thing is UNO. If you have a 4 year old, do yourself a favorite and grab a pack of UNO cards – great game with colors and numbers.

Highly recommend.

Also its just nice to have in your pocket to play at restaurants or what not. Quiet entertainment for the win!

And finally my last favorite of this week is THIS BAG.

Seriously, all the heart eyes for this braided zip hobo. It’s super cool because it has a zipper on the bottom that can expand the bag if you need a little more room.

Plus it’s just BEAUTIFUL.

And for those that didn’t know, I’m a Stella & Dot stylist on the side. I’ve got a FB group where I’m always sharing new styles, tips, inspiration and sample sales! If you are into that be sure to check out my group and join the fun!

Cheers to a great weekend! Be sure to follow along on IG to see what we are up to!

Happy Hauntings at Dutch Wonderland – Trick or Treat Fun in Lancaster, PA

Last weekend we had some super fun Halloween activities planned for the kids. On Saturday we took the boys to Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND  and on Sunday we made our way over to Dutch Wonderland for our first Happy Hauntings!

We LOVE Dutch Wonderland! We’ve been there a few times over the past few years:

A Day at Dutch Wonderland / Dutch Winter Wonderland  / Our Favorite Rides + Shows at DW

This was our first experience at the Happy Hauntings event – and we had an absolute blast! The boys loved every minute of their visit and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Happy Hauntings at Dutch Wonderland is a fun, fall family event featuring themed rides, special entertainment, tasty treats, and the Trick-or-Treat Trail: a safe, interactive trick-or-treating experience included in your admission – Saturdays + Sundays through October 28th.

As you can see, the castle was decked out for the occasion.

I love coming back here each season and seeing how much the boys have grown – Brooks is now a Amber and Graham is an Emerald. This shows which rides they are able to go on with the color codes.

This was such a fun visit because EVERYTHING at DW was changed for the season – the names of the rides were different, halloween/fall decor was everywhere and even Duke the Dragon had on his Halloween finest.

The boys did a quick change into their favorite PJ Masks costumes and we were ready to go on some rides and do some trick or treating! During Happy Hauntings the times for Dutch Wonderland is a little different – on Sunday they are open 2-8, which is perfect for the kiddos to do lots of Halloween fun activities before it gets too late, while being able to stay out when it starts to get dark to see all the lights!

The boys did ride a few rides first, but lets chat about the Trick or Treat trail first, because it was AWESOME!

The Trick-or-Treat Trail on Exploration Island is included with your ticket and you get to  Trick-or-treat with over 20 lifelike dinosaurs! And the dinosaurs are all dressed up!

Check it out: The Incredibles!

A T-Rex Archaeologist

Marshmallow Man {from Ghostbusters!}

Where’s Waldo?

The Very Hungary Caterpillar {I found this one hilarious}

Winnie the Pooh, Piglet and Eeyore

The kids got candy along the way at each Dino and they even gave the adults tickets to get a free treat. I picked the best Trick or Treat candy of all time, ever.

Take 5.

The boys and their loot.

There were also lots of cute photo spots along the way throughout all of Dutch Wonderland, which I obviously loved. Just another example of the great job they do putting it all together!

Here are some snaps of a few of the 30+ rides open for the kiddos at Dutch Wonderland during this event. It’s a great excuse to get outside and have some fun with the kids during this time of year – and while there were lots of people there, we didn’t wait for any rides, which was awesome!

When your brother is tall enough to ride the Flying Trapeze and you aren’t. 

This was also Brooks’ second visit where he rode Merlin’s Mayhem – a suspended coaster – this time he got to ride it with his dad, I think they went 3 or 4 times on it! He LOVED it!

Check out my video of the ride + Brooks on it here.

I’m still surprised 1) Graham was tall enough for this and 2) He wanted to go on it!

G never ceases to surprise me.

As you can see, we had an absolute blast. It was the perfect way to spend a afternoon together as a family, the boys loved every minute! For a look at all the fun Dutch Wonderland has to offer, be sure to check out my video of our fun there, or check back the posts I linked at the beginning of this blog to see our visits over the years!

We love Dutch Wonderland so much and love each and every time we get to visit! Thanks so much to our friends at DW for having us, we hope to be back again soon – hopefully for Winter Wonderland!

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