It’s Halloween weekend and the roundup of spooky happenings and fiendish fun is frightfully long! If you need some help deciding which Halloween fun would be best for you and your family, let our Halloween Weekend phillyfun picks be your guide!! And of course, given the weather forecast of snow for us on Saturday, we’ve included plenty of indoor events for you and the kiddies to get your Halloween trick or treating fun on as well! (Note: Please be sure to check each event website before you go to make sure it’s still happening before you go!)
Happy Halloween, everyone!!
Historic Headhouse Square in the South Street District turns into the city’s very own pumpkin patch on Saturday Oct. 29th from 10am – 1pm with pumpkins, fun, food and more. Kids can take part in make and take pumpkin decorating, face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, live entertainment, a costume parade and more.
Get in the Halloween spirit by touring the grounds of the Chaddsford Historical Society during it’s Great Pumpkin Carve event running this Friday Oct. 29th and Saturday Oct. 30th. View giant carved pumpkins lit and on display. Plus live music, great food, family run, hay rides and so much more. Parking in the meadow beyond the CFHS Barn Visitors Center headquarters building.
Admission is $5 per adult, children 7 to 17 are $3, and those 6 and under are free; CFHS members free with membership card. Hay rides $1.
Saturday Oct. 29th kids and families are invited to a Halloween Party at SMITH! Party is from 10am – 1pm and will include many make and take crafts such as paint your own Halloween pumpkin, make a Halloween mask, pumpkin ring toss, facepainting, a costume parade, photoboth, pizza, treats and more! All for $10 per child, free for SMITH members.
Head to the Fairmount Art Center this Saturday Oct. 29th in costumes for the Fairmount Halloween Festival and join your neighbors for merry music and art making to celebrate Halloween! For the 5th year in a row, we’ll host our sidewalk bash with tons of free, festive art making for all! Create instruments for the start of the parade which leaves FAC at 5pm and bang, shake, and thump your way through Fairmount on the expanded parade route ending at the Eastern State Penn lawn, where festivities will include a movie screening and goodies of all kinds! Let’s Get Hauntingly Creative!
Kids and families can enjoy sweets and treats along with lots of other fun festivities including games, live music, and more at this last weekend of Boo at the Zoo fun taking place Saturday Oct. 29th and Sunday Oct. 30th from 10am – 4pm. Come dressed in your Halloween best and take part in the Zoo’s costume parade. Plus get a little “green” this Halloween with exhibits like the Sustainable Palm Zone and the not so scary Extinction Graveyard to learn about the extinction of species worldwide. Free for members. Tickets $15 for children ages 2-11. $18 for adults.
It’s PumpkinFest at Philly’s historic Franklin Square this Sunday Oct. 29th (posponed from Sat due to inclement weather) from 3-6pm featuring Halloween fun for the whole family. Enjoy a costume parade, spooky mini-golf, pumpkin and face panting, entertainment, live appearances, a trick or treat trail and much more! CORRECTION: PumpkinFest is not free as previously indicated. Tickets are available to raise money for FranklinSquare. Tickets are $40 for individuals, $140 for family four pack. 2 and under free. All proceeds benefit FranklinSquare.
Families can enjoy trick or treating all over Rittenhouse Row on Saturday Oct. 29th from 10am – 5pm. Start at DiBruno Bros. 1731 Chestnut St. Pick up trick or treat map. Activities all day. Costume contest from 10am – 12 Noon. Free
The borough of suburban Narberth is transformed for the Witches of Narberth when the witches descend for some family friendly frightful good fun. On Sunday Oct. 30th (postponed from Sat due to weather) starting at 1pm Halloween weekend kicks off with scavenger hunt to find the 13 hidden witches throughout the town while collecting treats along the way. The witch hunt runs until 4pm or when the prizes are all gone. Free.
Kids and parents can enjoy 12,000 sq. feet of not so spooky activities for the 8 and under set at Nest, Philadelphia’s new indoor kids space located in the heart of Center City on Sunday Oct. 30th from 10am – 1pm. Enjoy ghostly cupcake decorating, catered delights, design your own Halloween tote craft, a “Zoo on wheels” petting zoo, facepainter, Monster Mash Freeze Dance, a black cat scavenger hunt and other family fun. $10 per family. Free for members.
All aboard the trick or treat train at the New Hope Railroad this Saturday Oct. 29th and Sunday Oct. 30th. Children of all ages are encouraged to come dressed in their costumes to ride the spooky train finishing up with some trick or treating around the station afterwards. Goodies and trick or treat bags will be available at the station and on-board. Tickets run $7 for toddlers, $26 for children ages 2-11 and $28 for adults.
Little Boo at the Zoo at Norristown Elmwood Park’s Zoo is great for the youngest trick-or-treaters and offers not-so-scary entertainment and Halloween fun. Children are encouraged to dress in costumes and trick or treat throughout the zoo on October 30 from 11:00am-1:00pm. Free with paid admission. Adults $12. Children ages 2-12 $9. Under 2 are free.
It’s the final weekend of theNightmare at Elmwood Park Zoo running Friday Oct. 21st through Sunday Oct. 23rd from 6-9pm. This family friendly fright fest is the perfect alternative to door to door trick or treating with candy stations, corn mazes and costume contests. Plus enjoy the Mad Scientist’s Laboratory, a Harry Potter themed Wizard’s Alley, and much more. Free with paid admission. Free with paid admission. Adults $12. Children ages 2-12 $9. Under 2 are free.