The Codorus Blast has been a FOCSP program at Codorus State Park for the last 15 years. The 2017 program will be the Blast's 16th year.
The first Blast was in 2001 and only a one day event. The radio station Warm 103 was the main sponsor. The other sponsor was Scuba 49 of Penn Twp. The first year’s attendance was 15,000 people. The first year’s fireworks display cost $3,000. The first year’s income from the event was $2,500. The original name for the event was the “Codorus Summer Blast”.
What began some seven years ago from very humble beginnings, Halloween in the Park has become a very popular FOCSP program within our surrounding community. Thanks to the initial vision of Becky Miller, FOCSP Past President and Dave Carbaugh, FOCSP Past President, the tireless efforts of many dedicated volunteers and Park staff that help pull off this event and the valued and continual support from Codorus State Park, this annual event continues to grow and attract more and more participants and attendees each year.
Halloween in the Park was designed to provide families with children a safe place to enjoy and experience the Halloween holiday festivities. To us, it's all about the kids. We want kids to enjoy themselves and have some fun. But, we also know that Halloween can be a scary time for the kids too, especially for the little ones. Halloween doesn't have to be scary, we figured out a way to make it cool! There are NO blood, guts and gore present at our event.
Along with our hayrides and the many other attractions offered, we feature a children's trick or treat area. Held in the C and D loops of the Campground, we have more than 85 campers who rent campsites, decorate their areas and hand out candy to all the kids who stop by their site. And, it's safe for the kids too. There is no vehicle traffic allowed anywhere near our program areas. It's fun to watch kid's expressions of happiness and joy while they roam the pathways, see the sights and sounds and visit all the decorated sites to gather their candy.
Young, old or anywhere in between (yes, teenagers too), the event is just for you. The program has grown to offer more interests and more activities for the WHOLE family to enjoy. We saw the addition of Jeff Haring, Chain Saw artist. His talent is amazing and we are very glad he comes back again for this year's event. We hope we see Robert Nagle, a local blacksmith return too. He brought something really new and we're excited to have him as a part of our program. Everyone will get a chance to see how things were made in the 'good old days'.
Consider getting involved with us! Be a part of the excitement that is Halloween in the Park. Click here to learn more on how to participate or to receive more detailed information about the event.