My family went to the Bonfire at the Iron Furnaces in the Fall of 2015.
The fire was lit just after 8PM in 2015. There was a parade through the crowds with bagpipes and girls twirling lit batons. It took 10-15 minutes for the fire to fully catch, but once it did - it was huge.
We watched the burning fire with many other families in the area where kid-friendly performances were held earlier that evening. The kids jumped around on hay bales while the music played closer to the fire. Most families stuck around till 8:30-8:45 when the fire began dying down just a bit, the novelty had worn off, and the tired, hyped-up, kids were getting a bit crazy.
My kids loved the 15-20 minute musical show that was repeated several times during the event on the kid's stage. We watched it at least once - maybe twice.
There was a balloon artist making all sorts of balloon hats and animals.
The Everhart Museum had an educational display about the Egyptians beliefs about after-life. My kids weren't too interested, but the area was always busy with families due to both the fun activities available and heater in the tent.
In the tent alongside the Everhart Museum there was sugar skull face painting available for a fee (in bonfire bucks). The face painting was expertly done and added a lot of ambience to the entire night's festivities.
Finally, there was the main stage with live music performances. For the entire time that we were at the event, these performances were family-friendly (though adult focused.) There were lots of kids dancing along to the music.
We had planned to eat dinner at the event. Really, the options available were better for snacking than for a full meal - especially for children. We purchased some sandwiches with the bonfire bucks that we received with our tickets. Later, we ate cupcakes and drank hot apple cider and hot cocoa to stay warm.
If it hadn't been so cold (the weather at the 2015 event was unseasonably chilly), it might have been more pleasant to eat outside.
The iron furnaces were lit to give a distinctly spooky/haunted (but not scary) Halloween feel. I really loved the location.
Parking was free, plentiful and only a five minute walk from the event.
I was skeptical as to how this Halloween-themed event serving alcohol could possibly be family-friendly. But, the organizers did an excellent job of structuring the relatively small event space so that there was a place for everyone.
Disclosure: My family was hosted by the Bonfire at the Iron Furnaces and Lackawanna County CVB for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.