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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week: October 25-31

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‘The Wizard of Oz’ Exhibit at Please Touch Museum

October 8–January 16

4231 Avenue of the Republic

 

Visitors of all ages are invited to come along with Dorothy and Toto on a multi-sensory exploration of the Land of Oz! Read more in our preview.

Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards and Hayrides to the Witch’s House

September 11—November 7

137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media

 

Enjoy entertainment, hayrides, train rides, pony rides, and more. Tickets are required for ages 1 and older. Find a huge selection of straw bales, corn shocks, toys, and fall decorations of all kinds. Visit the friendly Witch’s House in the woods. She tells stories, jokes and gives all of the kids a Halloween treat! Join a campfire to roast marshmallows and enjoy apple cider. While there, grab a pumpkin to take home from the many piles of pumpkins for sale (no pumpkin patch here), and head to the market for some candy and caramel apples for your at-home festivities.

Candytopia: Halloween Sweets and Treats

October 22–November 1
Candytopia, 901 Market St.

 

Candy lovers and visitors are invited to wear their favorite family-friendly costumes for selfies and photo opportunities inside the sweetest pop-up experience in Philadelphia. While visitors explore the dazzling and colorful environments, they will find extra sweets and treats hidden throughout the space. On top of the usual candy in each and every room, special Candytopians will be showing off their own costumes and giving away extra bonus candy. Tickets available online. Guests ages 4 and up will be required to wear a mask or face covering.

‘Big Time’ at the Philadelphia Zoo

Through November 1; advance tickets required

3400 W. Girard Ave.

 

The Philadelphia Zoo will host 24 life-size animatronic dinosaurs in a new and exciting experience that’s sure to be a must-do for any little dino-lover in your family. Big Time: Life in an Endangerous Age will take guests through the Age of Dinosaurs through to the present day, showing the powerful changes and challenges that caused them to become extinct—and how other creatures survived. Advance tickets are required due to high demand and reduced capacity. Social distancing and masks will continue to be required for guests ages 2 and older.

Morris Arboretum Scarecrow Walk and Design Contest

October 2-31

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave.

 

Morris Arboretum’s Scarecrow Design Contest is back for the 14th year with the 2021 theme, Heroes! The creative scarecrows will be on display throughout the Arboretum, and visitors will vote for their favorite scarecrow online to determine the winners.

Colonial Gardens’ Pumpkinland

Through October 31

745 Schuylkill Road, Phoenixville

 

Celebrate fall with hayrides, the corn maze, castle, and Halloween display of colorful cartoon characters, scarecrows, hay hutch, and over ten tons of pumpkins!

Crayola IDEAworks: The Creativity Exhibition at the Franklin Institute

Through November 28

222 N. 20th St.

 

A highly colorful and interactive exhibit makes its debut at the Franklin Institute. Crayola IDEAworks is an immersive experience that uses state-of-the-art technology to challenge visitors, expand creativity, and hone problem-solving skills. Even cooler, with more than 150 physical and digital inquiry-based interactive experiences and challenges, guests can track their progress on an RFID wristband and receive a customized summary of their unique creative strengths discovered on their journey! Read more details in our preview.

Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary

Select dates from September 24 through November 13

Eastern State Penitentiary, 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue

 

From the creators of Terror Behind the Walls, this brand-new seasonal festival offers more variety with 15 different spooky attractions, transforming abandoned cellblocks and courtyards into immersive, interactive environments. The experience includes two haunted houses (which can be bypassed by those wanting a less scary experience), a 3D fun house, two immersive walkthrough experiences, three live performances, four themed bars and lounges, and special effects like laser shows and large-scale video projections. Visitors can also take a guided, flashlight walking tour of the prison hospital wing focusing on the prison’s complex history. ‘Halloween Nights’ is recommended for kids 12 and older; children under the age of seven are not permitted. Tickets available online. Masks are required in all indoor spaces,  regardless of vaccination status.

Riverbend’s ShiverQuest Scavenger Hunt

October 16–November 7

1950 Spring Mill Rd., Gladwyne

 

Instead of their annual Shiverfest celebration, Riverbend came up with a family-friendly way to enjoy the fun of their signature Halloween event in your own home and safely at the environmental center this year.  Purchase a ShiverQuest Investigator Kit (on sale now), filled with games, activities, and cool tools that can be used at home and in your own backyard. The kits also contain instructions on how to download an app and participate in a self-guided scavenger hunt at Riverbend that starts on October 16–look for clues, and beat challenges as a family to solve the mystery. Participants of the scavenger hunt will be entered to win a week of Riverbend Summer Camp for the 2022 summer season.

‘Hamilton’

October 20-November 28

Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.

 

The Broadway sensation based on our ten dollar founding father is coming, so do not throw away your shot! Recommended for ages 12 and up (but you can gauge your kid’s readiness by watching the performance on Disney+ first). Note that proof of vaccination and masks are required for all Kimmel Center Campus performances this season.


Monday

Baby Wordplay in the Park

October 25, 10 am

Cliveden of the National Trust, 6401 Germantown Ave.

 

Story Play in the park will have you and your little one playing with sounds, catching and tossing words, reading, rhyming, and singing! Pre-register online.

Stories Under the Trees

October 25, 10 am

Paddock Park, Havertown

 

Join Ms. Rachee for an in-person, socially distanced storytime, weather permitting.

Baby and Toddler Storytime with Parkway Central Library

October 25, 10:30 am

Shakespeare Park, 1901 Vine St.

 

Join Miss Mary Mondays at 10:30 am at Shakespeare Park (across the street from the library on Vine Street) for Baby Storytime. Enjoy stories, songs, and fun! This program is intended for kids ages 2 and under and their caregivers. Weather-permitting. 

Gladwyne Toddler Storytime

October 25, 10:30 am

Gladwyne Park

 

Bring a blanket and meet at Gladwyne Park for storytime for ages 0-4. Pre-register online.

Virtual: Art Playdate at Home with Philadelphia Museum of Art

October 25, 10:30 am and 3:30 pm

 

In this live virtual program for ages 4-7, kids can snuggle up and discover artworks of the night sky, dreams, and sleep. Free; pre-register online. Registration ends at noon the day before the program; a link will be sent to registrants prior to the program. 

Kids Music Group

October 25, 1:30 pm

McPherson Square Library, 601 E. Indiana Ave.

 

Join Kensington Storefront weekly at the Library to sing, play, and move! Children up to age 10 and their caregivers are invited to come together to create music and memories, while supporting social and developmental skills.


Tuesday

Schuylkill Center Sprouts

October 26, 9:30 am

8480 Hagy’s Mill Road

 

Together with a favorite grown-up, Sprouts will discover and explore the wonders of nature through sensory-focused classes. This six-week series for little ones ages 2-3 years features walks, songs, and stories. Pre-register for the full series, or drop in for $30 (if space allows).

Mister John’s Music at Kith + Kin

October 26, 10 am

3060 W. Jefferson St.

 

Through music, rhythm and movement, infants and toddlers learn about self-expression, teamwork, sharing, and empathy. all full of surprises and set to your favorite tunes from your favorite artists! This is an all-ages, BYO instruments class. Pre-register online ($25 for drop-in).

Not-so-Scary Halloween Storytime in Lovett Park

October 26, 10:30 am

6945 Germantown Ave.

 

Join Ms. Dana for not-so-scary stories and spooktacular surprises! Feel free to come in costume! Recommended for ages 2 and up, and their parents and caregivers. This storytime will take place outside, weather permitting.

Outdoor Yoga Storytime

October 26, 10:30 am

Shakespeare Park, located on the Parkway, across the street from Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine St.

 

At Yoga Storytime with Ms. Becky, children will learn how yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and breathing can help them manage their emotions, self-soothe, and experience a more meaningful life. Incorporating yoga poses into read-alouds of picture books, move along with children’s yoga music and guided meditations by Bari Koral to help build strength, flexibility, and literacy. Wear something comfy and be ready to move, play, and have fun! Mats are available to borrow, or you can bring your own. Best for ages 2-5.

Not-So-Spooky Storywalk at Rose Tree Park

October 26, 11 am, 11:30 am, and noon

1671 N. Providence Rd., Media

 

Kids ages 2-6 can show off their costumes as they read I Spy a Skeleton by Walter Wick. You’ll be joined by Delaware County Librarians and Rotary members who will have tricks and treats along the way! Free; pre-register online.

Garden Storytime at Donatucci Library

October 26, 11 am

1935 Shunk St.

 

Join Miss Sunita for Storytime in the Donatucci Garden every Tuesday. Masks (for kids over 2) and social distancing required. Ages 0-5. Bring Your Own Blanket. Weather permitting.

Fun Ballers: Outdoor Preschool Sports

October 26, 11:30 am

Rittenhouse Square

 

Sandcastle Fun Co.’s “Fun-Structors” will guide kids ages 3-5 through all kinds of age-appropriate sports games. Drop-in passes available online.

October 26, 1 pm

 

Learn about one of Mexico’s best-known traditions: Día de los Muertos. Discover how the country’s geography and natural riches connect to the deep meaning of la ofrenda (the altar) at the center of this holiday. Learners will explore each element of an ofrenda as they draw an altar along with museum educators and add personal designs that make it unique to their own lives This 45-minute session with the Penn Museum is free, and perfect for elementary and middle school kids. Pre-register online.

Veggie Art Project

October 26, 4 pm

Bustleton Library, 10199 Bustleton Ave.

 

Members of the Culinary Literacy Center’s Nourishing Literacy team will be leading some wellness and food inspired activities outside the library. There will be songs and movement, an imagination kitchen station, and a colorful veggie art project.


Wednesday

Baby Wordplay in the Park

October 27, 9:30 am

811 Bowman Avenue, Wynnewood

 

Story Play in the park will have you and your little one playing with sounds, catching and tossing words, reading, rhyming, and singing! Pre-register online.

Paleo Playdate at Academy of Natural Sciences

October 27, 10:15 am

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

Have some fun with Academy experts and other young natural history fans for a very special science storytime. Each week will feature new stories, new hands-on activities, take-home crafts, and room to move and explore. For ages 3-5. Pre-register online.

Music and Movement with Free Library of Philadelphia

October 27, 10:30 am

Shakespeare Park, 1901 Vine Street

 

Join Ms. Naomi at Shakespeare Park (across the street from the library on Vine Street) for songs, dance, and fun explorations of rhythm and movement! This program is intended for ages 6 and under and their caregivers. Adults and children over 2 must wear a mask, maintain 6 feet of social distance, and stay home if they are unwell.

Outdoor Preschool Storytime at Richmond Library

October 27, 10:30 am

2987 Almond St.

 

Join Ms. Meghan in front of the library for stories, songs, and fun. Recommended for ages 4 and under with caregivers.

Toddler Tiny Pumpkin Painting on the Porch

October 27, 1:30 pm and 2:05 pm (pre-register for desired timeslot)

Media-Upper Providence Free Library, 1 E. Front St., Media

 

Listen to slightly spooky stories and decorate a tiny pumpkin to take home. Ages 3-5. (Siblings welcome. Children under 3 will be given an alternate craft.) Pre-register online for your desired timeslot.

Cobbs Creek Library Fall Festival

October 27, 3 pm

5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway

 

Enjoy a hot beverage and snacks, fall themed activities and crafts, and a fall storytime for ages 8 and under at 4:30 pm. Don’t forget to grab some free books and giveaways!

After School Baking at Hudson’s Table: Halloween Sugar Cookies

October 27, 3:45 pm

1001 N. Second Street

 

Kids ages 8-14 can test out their baking skills, Nailed It! style, and create Halloween sugar cookies. Kids will get some instruction on how to work with the materials and create their masterpiece. They will get to take home their creation at the end of the class. Class is drop-off. See more details and pre-register online.

Trick-Or-Treat at King of Prussia Town Center

October 27, 4–6 pm

155 Village Drive, King of Prussia

 

Trick or treaters are invited to show off their costumes, and go tenant-to-tenant collecting candy, sweet treats, and more to celebrate the Halloween holiday as a community. In addition to trick-or-treating, a DJ, Halloween-themed activations, games on the green, and festive décor, will bring the Town Center to life with excitement.

After School Somewhat Spooky Stories and Mini Pumpkin Decorating

October 27, 4 pm

Media-Upper Providence Free Library, 1 E. Front St., Media

 

Hear slightly spooky stories and decorate a tiny pumpkin to take home. Best for ages 5 and up. (Siblings welcome. Children under 3 will receive an alternate craft.) Pre-register online.

Virtual Halloween Celebration with Philadelphia Museum of Art

October 27, 4 pm

 

In this virtual experience, artworks come to life and challenge you with riddles, close-looking activities, and other “treats.” Have a pencil and paper handy for some spooky sketching, and be sure to wear your costume.​ Best for ages 4–10. Free; pre-register online.

Halloween Skate Party

October 27, 4:30 pm

Laura Sims Skate House, 210 Cobbs Creek Parkway

 

Get your costume on for a free public skating session, along with free food and other Halloween treats. 

Nighttime Spooky Storytime

October 27, 5 pm

Andorra Library, 705 E. Cathedral Rd.

 

Meet outside on the front patio of the library for spooky stories, dancing, and a costume parade. All kids will be given a book to take home as a treat. This Halloween storytime is for preschoolers and young school-age children with their caregivers.

Halloween at the Torresdale Playground

October 27, 5 pm

9550 Frankford Ave.

 

Join Torresdale Library at the playground for spooky stories and treats.

Sesame Place’s Not-Too-Spooky Halloween Drive-Thru

Wednesdays in October, 5:30-7:30 pm

Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

 

Coming back from last year’s pivot, the Not-Too Spooky Halloween Drive-Thru is another way to experience Halloween at Sesame Place: from the comfort of your vehicle! Wind your way through ten not-too-spooky zones of Halloween fun, including Abby’s Magical Pumpkin Patch, Bert & Ernie’s Halloween Hoedown, and Cookie Monster’s Treat Fleet. The whole event culminates in a Monster Mash Bash down the iconic Sesame Street Neighborhood, where Sesame friends will be out in their costumes for a Halloween celebration. Guests will also be able to trick-or-treat their way through the experience and take advantage of special photo opportunities from inside their cars. Plus, before entering the Drive-Thru zones, guests will pass through an exclusive Halloween market where yummy treats and flashing glow products will be available for purchase. Pre-registration required online.

Ghosts in the Garden

October 27, 6–8 pm

Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd.

 

Show up at Bartram’s Garden after dark and — if you dare — walk the twisting path through the haunted meadow. If you can make it all the way to the end of the path, a delicious prize awaits. Free; treat bags are first-come, first-served; supplies are limited.


Thursday

Rollin’ Rockers: Music and Movement

October 28, 9:30 am

Rittenhouse Square

 

From shakers to tambourines and drums, choose your favorite musical instrument to join the band and rock out with Sandcastle Fun Co. as they take kids ages 1-5 on a rock and roll journey. Drop-in passes available online.

Preschool Yoga at Kith + Kin

October 28, 10 am

3060 W. Jefferson Street

 

Best for ages 2-4, kids’ yoga combines traditional yoga poses with reading, singing, mindfulness, and breathing techniques. Props and music are used with movement to help build strength, flexibility, and coordination as well as provide children with strategies to manage emotions and “big feelings.” Pre-register online for the four-week series, or drop in for $15. Bring your own yoga mat.

Mandie’s Nature Nook

October 28, 10 am

Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore

 

Join Youth, Family, and Diversity Programs Coordinator Mandie Curtis Banks and Mari, her special caterpillar friend, for mornings full of stories, singing, dancing, and playing as they dig into nature. This in-person series is a free program for babies through PreK aged children and their caregivers. All classes will be held outdoors if weather permits. In case of severe weather, a virtual option will be offered through Zoom. The class is free, but registration is required and limited.

Outdoor Storytime at Franklin Square

October 28, 10:30 am

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St.

 

Children under 5 and their caregivers are invited to join Independence Library’s Ms. Betsy at the Franklin Square Park in the pavilion (west of the mini golf course) for storytime.

Fall Storytime at Chestnut Hill Library

October 28, 10:30 am

8711 Germantown Ave.

 

Join Ms. Prather for stories, songs, and rhymes outside on the grassy area next to the library.

Outdoor Read, Baby, Read Storytime

October 28, 10:30 am

Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St.

 

Join Ms. Meghan in front of the library for lap time with stories, songs, rhymes, and bounces. For babies with caregivers; siblings welcome.

Virtual Brandywine River Museum Virtual Read Aloud: ‘Room on the Broom’

October 28, 10:30 am

 

Families with young children are invited to join museum staff on Zoom for a morning of fun interactive storytelling and artwork engagement. Each family will receive suggestions for connecting to the book at home with craft and sensory exploration ideas. Pre-register online.

Outdoor Preschool Storytime in West Philly

October 28, 11 am

Malcolm X Park, 5100 Pine Street

 

Stories, songs, and fun for ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers.

Fun Ballers: Outdoor Preschool Sports

October 28, 11:30 am

Rittenhouse Square

 

Sandcastle Fun Co.’s “Fun-Structors” will guide kids ages 3-5 through all kinds of age-appropriate sports games. Drop-in passes available online.

Be Brave Like a Bunny: Storytime with Special Guest Charlie the Bunny

October 28, 1:30 and 3:30 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic

 

Join Please Touch Museum for the chance to read with Charlie, a pet bunny who will be visiting as part of their therapeutic animal reading workshop! Read Creepy Carrots with Charlie and his owner, Maddie, and learn how to be brave like a bunny. This workshop is free with admission and on-site registration, and is recommended for kindergarten and first-grade readers.

West and Southwest Libraries Fall Fair at Malcolm X Park

October 28, 3:30 pm

52nd and Pine streets

 

Join the Free Library of Philadelphia for crafts, giveaways, a costume parade at 4 pm, photobooth, storytimes and more.

Scanlon Community Fall Festival

October 28, 4–6:30 pm

1099 E. Venango St.

 

This neighborhood event hosted by Snider Hockey, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, and the Philadelphia Flyers is free to attend and will include food, music, ice skating, a book fair, kid’s crafts, and more!

Kingsessing Library Halloween Party

October 28, 4 pm

51st St. and Chester Ave.

 

Get ready for your Halloween weekend! Decorate a cotton mask to match your costume. Scream at a spooky storytime. Bring your bike or scooter to ride in a traffic garden. Plus, music, crafts, games, and candy all on the tennis courts next to the library.

Pacifico’s Trunk or Treat

October 28, 4 pm

Pacifico Ford lot, 6701 Essington Ave.

 

Pacifico will open and decorate their parking lot by lining up employee vehicles decked out in various themes for children to safely trick-or-treat! There will also be activities, games, pumpkin painting, candy, snacks, and more. Dress up and bring your own bags.

Virtual Little Rockers Halloween Concert 

October 28, 4:30 pm

 

Join Little Rockers live on Zoom for a spoooooky Halloween concert– costumes encouraged! Recommended for kids birth to age 9 but all are welcome. Free; pre-registration required for link.

Trick-Or-Treat Nights at Elmwood Park Zoo

October 28-31, 5:30–7:30 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Trick-Or-Treat Nights provide families with a safe space to trick-or-treat around the zoo. Adults and children are encouraged to dress up in their best costume. Guests can enjoy one free carousel ride included with their ticket, and animal meet-and-greets. Don’t forget your trick-or-treat bag and your flashlight! Tickets available online.

Halloween Party at East Passyunk Community Recreation Center

October 28, 6:30 pm

1025 Mifflin St.

 

Costume prizes, pumpkin decorating, music, and more. Free and for all ages.

Virtual Halloween Storytime

October 28, 6:30 pm

 

Join Bala Cynwyd Library and a witchy Sanderson sister for a lesson on potions and some Halloween not-so-spooky stories. Free; registration required. Appropriate for ages 4 and up.


Friday

Day-Off Camp: Schuylkill’s Spooky Soiree

October 29, 8 am-3 pm

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road

 

Kids who have off of school can come dressed in their best costumes to trek through the forest and carve pumpkins! Then, they’ll hop on a broom and zoom around the “sky” in search of the golden snitch during a riveting game of quidditch, followed by a nice cold glass of butter “beer,” caramel apples, and roasted pumpkin seeds. Pre-register online. Extended care is available until 6 pm.

Sand Jam Music and Movement

October 29, 9:30 am

Rittenhouse Square

 

In this Jamboree style class, kids ages 1-4 will explore engaging movement activities through a dynamic musical lens with Sandcastle Fun Co. Drop-in passes available online.

Preschool Costume Parade in Rittenhouse Square

October 29, 10 am

Rittenhouse Square (meet at Billy the Goat)

 

Little ones are invited to show off their Halloween costumes for the neighborhood. Meet Miss Liz at the Goat Statue in Rittenhouse Square at 10 am, for the library’s annual Preschool Costume Parade!

In the Park with Baby Wordplay

October 29, 10 am

Lemon Hill Park

 

Join Baby Wordplay for their SPark (Storyplays in the Park) series! Baby Wordplay storyplays are literacy-rich, fun opportunities to engage your little one with reading, songs, fingerplays, and puppets. Best for ages 6 weeks to 5 years but all ages are welcome. Bring your own blanket and water, and wear a mask. $20 drop-in (if space allows).

Toddler Tiny Pumpkin Painting on the Porch

October 29, beginning at 10 am (pre-register for desired timeslot)

Media-Upper Providence Free Library, 1 E. Front St., Media

 

Meet on the porch, listen to spooky music and paint a tiny pumpkin to take home. Best for toddlers (12-36 months). Pre-register online for your desired timeslot.

Halloween Boo Bounce

October 29, 10 am

BounceU, 130 W. Main St., Collegeville

 

Kids ages 7 and under can have a not-so-spooky Halloween with one hour of bounce time and a bag of goodies to take home. Tickets are very limited to ensure social distancing, so be sure to pre-register online. Masks and socks required.

Books and Blankets

October 29, 10:30 am

Penn Wynne Park, 1214 E. Manoa Road, Wynnewood

 

Join Ms. Danielle for outdoor storytime. Bring a blanket and be ready for stories, songs, and silliness.

Read, Baby, Read Outdoor Storytime at Malcolm X Park

October 29, 11 am

Malcolm X Park, 5100 Pine St.

 

Babies and their caregivers are invited to enjoy lap time with stories, songs, rhymes, and bounces.

Charles Santore Library Halloween Party

October 29, 3 pm

932 S. Seventh St.

 

Meet in front of the library for some Halloween fun: crafts, stickers, candy, balloons, and easy science experiments. Come in costume or just stop by!

Trick-Or-Treat Nights at Elmwood Park Zoo

October 28-31, 5:30–7:30 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Trick-Or-Treat Nights provide families with a safe space to trick-or-treat around the zoo. Adults and children are encouraged to dress up in their best costume. Guests can enjoy one free carousel ride included with their ticket, and animal meet-and-greets. Don’t forget your trick-or-treat bag and your flashlight! Tickets available online.

‘Hocus Pocus’ Friday Movie Night at The Bourse

October 29, 6:30 pm

The Bourse, 111 South Independence Mall East

 

The Bourse invites witches, ghouls, and spooky season lovers alike to the patio to watch Hocus Pocus on a 16-foot projector while enjoying themed treats from select The Bourse Food Hall vendors. Tickets are available for $20 per table (tables seat up to four guests). Seating is limited, so pre-register online. The movie will start promptly at 7 pm, but ticketholders are invited to arrive as early as 6 pm to enjoy a themed snack and beverage prior to the showing.

Outdoor Movie Night: ‘Hotel Transylvania’

October 29, 6:30 pm

Horatio Hackett School, 2161 E. York St.

 

Get your costume on, bring a blanket, and gather on the turf for a spooky movie night!

‘Singin’ In The Rain’

 October 29, 7 pm

Salt Performing Arts, The Theatre at Yellow Springs, 1645 Art School Road, Chester Springs

Tap your toes and sing along in this splashy adaptation of the celebrated and beloved film. The “Greatest Movie Musical of All Time” is faithfully and lovingly adapted for the stage in Singin’ in the Rain

Nickelodeon’s The Spongebob Musical

October 29, 7:30 pm

Footlighters Theatre, 58 Main Avenue, Berwyn

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical is a stage musical, co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau with songs by various artists and a book by Kyle Jarrow. It is based on the Nickelodeon animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. Tickets available online.

Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles

October 29, 7:30 pm

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.

 

In celebration of the anniversary of Abbey Road, Rain will bring the greatest hits of this epic recording to life, in addition to all your early Beatles favorites. Note that proof of vaccination and masks are required for all Kimmel Center Campus performances this season.

Halloween Campfire and Party

October 29, 7:30 pm

Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600 Verree Rd.

 

Ages 6 and up are welcome to participate in spooky stories by the campfire and other Halloween fun! Registration is required; email PEC@phila.gov


Weekend Events

Halloweekend is Here!!!

Check out our master lists for Philly and the Main Line to get a head start on the fun.

Boo at the Zoo

Weekends from October 16—31

Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave.

 

Put on your favorite costume and set out on a trick-or-treat safari around the zoo. There are also festive displays throughout the zoo that make for great photo ops. To minimize touchpoints, candy will be available at stations around the Zoo. Tickets available online. While you’re there, make a reservation to catch Big Time one last time before it goes extinct!

Candytopia: Halloween Sweets and Treats

October 22–November 1
Candytopia, 901 Market St.

 

Candy lovers and visitors are invited to wear their favorite family-friendly costumes for selfies and photo opportunities inside the sweetest pop-up experience in Philadelphia. While visitors explore the dazzling and colorful environments, they will find extra sweets and treats hidden throughout the space. On top of the usual candy in each and every room, special Candytopians will be showing off their own costumes and giving away extra bonus candy. Tickets available online. Guests ages 4 and up will be required to wear a mask or face covering.

Franklin Fright

Weekends from October 1–31

Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.

 

Spooky science, scary live shows, and other frightfully fun, family-friendly festivities take over the museum this October. Come dressed in your best costume and trick-or-treat indoors, through iconic exhibits with surprises behind each of the festive doors! Meet monsters, mummies, and magicians while collecting tasty treats! Included with admission; bring your own bag for trick-or-treating. Masks are required for all guests age 3 and up, regardless of vaccination status.

Spooky Mini Golf at Franklin Square

October 1—31, 6—10 pm

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St.

 

Franklin Square’s Philly-themed mini golf is transformed into spooky fun for the Halloween season with fog, lights, music, and surprises! While you’re there, the Franklin Square Fountain runs shows every 30 minutes with synchronized lights and music. Advanced timed tickets are required available online at historicphiladelphia.org.    

Boo at the Elmwood Park Zoo

October 30 and 31, noon — 3 pm
Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Bring the little ones for a fun-filled afternoon for princesses, ghosts, and superheroes of all ages. Don’t forget your trick-or-treat bag, as treat stations will be located throughout the zoo! Come dressed in your creative costume and participate in the costume parade (2:30 pm at the bison stage).

Trick-Or-Treat Nights at Elmwood Park Zoo

October 28-31, 5:30–7:30 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Trick-Or-Treat Nights provide families with a safe space to trick-or-treat around the zoo. Adults and children are encouraged to dress up in their best costume. Guests can enjoy one free carousel ride included with their ticket, and animal meet-and-greets. Don’t forget your trick-or-treat bag and your flashlight! Tickets available online.

Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards and Hayrides to the Witch’s House

September 11—November 7

137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media

 

Enjoy entertainment, hayrides, train rides, pony rides, and more. Tickets are required for ages 1 and older. Find a huge selection of straw bales, corn shocks, toys, and fall decorations of all kinds. Visit the friendly Witch’s House in the woods. She tells stories, jokes and gives all of the kids a Halloween treat! Join a campfire to roast marshmallows and enjoy apple cider. While there, grab a pumpkin to take home from the many piles of pumpkins for sale (no pumpkin patch here), and head to the market for some candy and caramel apples for your at-home festivities.

‘Hamilton’

October 20-November 28

Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.

 

The Broadway sensation based on our ten dollar founding father is coming, so do not throw away your shot! Recommended for ages 12 and up (but you can gauge your kid’s readiness by watching the performance on Disney+ first). Note that proof of vaccination and masks are required for all Kimmel Center Campus performances this season.

Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles

October 29-31

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.

 

In celebration of the anniversary of Abbey Road, Rain will bring the greatest hits of this epic recording to life, in addition to all your early Beatles favorites. Note that proof of vaccination and masks are required for all Kimmel Center Campus performances this season.

Frozen, Jr.

October 30, 11:30 am; and October 31, noon

The Media Theatre, 104 East State Street, Media

 

Frozen Jr. is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. Tickets available online.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Brick or Treat

October 2 through November 14

500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

Celebrate the spookiest time of the year at LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Create your own LEGO pumpkin, pose with Bonesy, find all the scary scenes in a Miniland scavenger hunt, and much more!

Morris Arboretum Scarecrow Walk and Design Contest

October 2-31

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave.

 

Morris Arboretum’s Scarecrow Design Contest is back for the 14th year with the 2021 theme, Heroes! The creative scarecrows will be on display throughout the Arboretum, and visitors will vote for their favorite scarecrow online to determine the winners.

The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular

Weekends through November 7

Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

 

Come in costume and celebrate silly, not-too-spooky fun! The park will be transformed into a family-friendly Halloween haven and guests will enjoy trick-or-treating around the park, Halloween-themed shows, participating in an interactive Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt, and unique photo opportunities with everyone’s favorite furry friends dressed up in costume on their Halloween-themed floats!

Little Red Riding Hood

October 30, 10 am; and October 31, 1 pm

Hedgerow Farmhouse, 146 W. Rose Valley Road, Rose Valley

 

Come to Hedgerow to see this brand new adaptation of the classic tale Little Red Riding Hood. Join Little Red, Granny, the Wolf, and more on a journey through the woods with surprises and delight. Make sure to bring your favorite beach chair and blanket for this outdoor performance. Advance tickets required; no tickets will be sold at the door.

Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary

Select dates from September 24 through November 13

Eastern State Penitentiary, 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue

 

From the creators of Terror Behind the Walls, this brand-new seasonal festival offers more variety with 15 different spooky attractions, transforming abandoned cellblocks and courtyards into immersive, interactive environments. The experience includes two haunted houses (which can be bypassed by those wanting a less scary experience), a 3D fun house, two immersive walkthrough experiences, three live performances, four themed bars and lounges, and special effects like laser shows and large-scale video projections. Visitors can also take a guided, flashlight walking tour of the prison hospital wing focusing on the prison’s complex history. ‘Halloween Nights’ is recommended for kids 12 and older; children under the age of seven are not permitted. Tickets available online. Masks are required in all indoor spaces,  regardless of vaccination status.

A Revolutionary Halloweekend at the Museum of the American Revolution

October 30-31

101 S. Third St.

 

This Halloween weekend, join the Museum for family-friend frights and fun, including turnip-carving demos, revolutionary jack-o-lantern stencils, and more. Kids who wear a costume on their visit receive $2 off admission. All guests ages five and up will be required to wear a face mask, regardless of vaccination status.


Saturday

Halloween at Reading Terminal Market

October 30, 9 am—noon

12th and Arch streets

 

Kids can visit “The Pumpkin Patch” at Reading Terminal Market, trick-or-treat, take photos, and do free crafts.

Halloween Party with Poppy

October 30, 9:30 am-noon

Lulu’s Casita West Chester, 109 N. High St., West Chester

 

Join Poppy from Trolls for a spooky morning of cookie decorating, dancing, stories, and more. Light refreshments and mimosas included. Venmo $25 (per child) to @LulusWC or email luluswestchester@gmail.com to save your spot.

Healthy Halloween at Smith Memorial Playground 

October 30, 10 am–noon

3500 Reservoir Drive

 

Come in costume for a fun Halloween celebration including socially distanced treat giveaways, snacks, and other festive activities. Tickets are free, but per the COVID-19 safety guidelines, pre-registration is required for timed entry to this event. Smith will allow a maximum of 250 people on the Playground at one time.

Rittenhouse Row Trick-or-Treating

October 30, 10 am—5 pm

Various locations near Rittenhouse Square

 

Come in costume for trick-or-treating throughout the businesses of Rittenhouse Row (look for window signs), and visit the One-Stop Trick-or-Treat Station and photobooth at 18th and Walnut from 11 am-1 pm.

Free Youth Rock Climbing Event

October 30, 10 am

Tufas Boulder Lounge, 1614 N. Fifth St.

 

Join Tufas coaches for a free climbing session where you can ask questions, learn about Tufas programs, and, most importantly, have fun! For children ages 8 and older. Free; pre-register online.

Schuylkill Saturday: Self-Guided Nature Exploration for Families

October 30, 10 am

Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road

 

Pick up a nature exploration kit at the Visitor Center and then hit the trails with your family to complete the activities inside. Dive into a different theme and collect a new explorer badge each week. Explorer kits can be picked up anytime between 10 am and noon. All ages welcome. No registration or fee required. Masks are required when picking up your kit.

Halloween in Manayunk

October 30, 10:30 am

Pretzel Park and Main Street, Manayunk

 

Manayunk keeps it spooky but safe for your family with activities, Halloween-themed vendors, and a costume parade! The Pretzel Park Farmers Market will host its annual kid and pet costume parade at 10:30 am, followed by trick-or-treating at select small businesses.

East Passyunk Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday

October 30, 11 am–3 pm

East Passyunk Avenue (many events are at the Singing Fountain at E. Passyunk Ave. and Tasker)

 

Halloween festivities include a free costume photo booth (for children, adults, and pets), grab-and-go pumpkins, live music, digital scavenger hunt, trick-or-treating at businesses, and more. Plus, dozens of local vendors, seasonal fall food items, and even spirited cocktails for the grownups!

Ardmore Spooktacular

October 30, 11 am–1 pm

Schauffele Plaza, 35 Cricket Terrace, Ardmore

 

Dress in your spookiest costume and trick-or-treat throughout downtown Ardmore and Suburban Square. Meet in Schauffele Plaza to pick up your trick-or-treat bags and map, then visit pop-ups and trunk-a-treats. Return to Schauffele for snacks after trick-or-treating.

Halloween Hooplah at Cherry Street Pier

October 30, noon—4 pm (reserve tickets for your desired timeslot)

121 N. Columbus Blvd.

 

Join Cherry Street Pier for a fun, safe kids Halloween party, spooky masks and all, hosted by resident artist organization Portside Art Center. Families can participate in physically-distanced Monster Mash Dance Party broadcasted on the Pier’s jumbotron, a special craft, and pumpkin painting featuring pumpkins courtesy of Riverwards Produce. Advance timed tickets are required to ensure social distancing.

Franklin Square Trick-or-Treat Trail

October 30, noon—2 pm

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St.

 

Children can follow the path through the Square to special houses along the Trick-or-Treat Street to receive a treat. Free for children 10 and under. Capacity is limited; advanced reservations are required. Costumes encouraged!

South Street PumpkinFest

October 30, noon—4 pm

Headhouse Shambles, Second and Pine streets

 

An afternoon of arts and crafts, above-the-mask face painting, performances, candy, pumpkin decorating, and more!

Craft Hall-oween

October 30, noon—2 pm

Craft Hall, 901 N. Delaware Ave.

 

Starting at 12:30 pm, children of all ages will be invited to participate in an indoor costume parade. Then at 1 pm, the party moves outdoors (weather permitting) for a doggy costume parade throughout the Puppy Porch, ending in Craft Hall’s Unleashed Bark & Beer dog park area! Additionally, pumpkins perfect for the picking will be scattered around to decorate at your table. (Small pumpkins are available for $5 purchase; larger pumpkins for $10, each accompanied with all the sticker decorations). Free; food and drink are pay-as-you-go.

Paddock Farms Fall Festival

October 30, noon

Paddock Park, 214 W. Hillcrest Ave., Havertown

 

Dress up for food, games and prizes, a costume contest, bounce house and inflatable slide, and a village market filled with local vendors and artists.

Witches of Narberth

October 30, 1–4 pm

Start at the corner of Forrest and Haverford Avenues, Narberth

 

Children of all ages are invited to join in this free event, where kids search downtown Narberth high and low for the witchiest witches around. Collect treats along the way, and then return to the start to collect a Halloween prize.

Wayne Trick-or-Treat

October 30, 1 pm

111 N. Wayne Ave. Wayne

 

Join the Wayne Business Association and local businesses for their Annual Trick-or-Treat. Bring your little ones dressed in their costumes and enjoy trick-or-treating at the Wayne Tent, as well as around town at local businesses. Wayne Art Center will have a fun Halloween Craft at the tent, too. Free; rain or shine. Stop by Ivory Tree Portraits to check out their Halloween Selfie Station for all the trick-or-treaters.

Trick or Treat Trails

October 30, 1–4 pm

Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center, 700 Cobbs Creek Parkway

 

Go on a storybook trail from the Cobb’s Creek Recreation Center to the Environmental Center and many other fun Halloween-centered activities. Costumes optional, candy abundant!

Stenton’s Halloween Harvest Festival

October 30, 1 pm

Stenton Museum, 4601 N. 18th St.

 

All ages are welcome to enjoy games, crafts, face painting, pumpkin painting, light refreshments, and spooky storytime with Logan Library. Plus, live music by Jump Fingers String Band. Free; pre-registration requested.

Media Halloween Parade

October 30, 1 pm

State Street, Media

 

Now in its 56th year, come out to this popular community parade in costume to enjoy floats, bands, and more fall fun!

Trick-or-Treat at Eagleview Town Center

October 30, 2–5 pm

565 Wellington Square, Exton

 

Wear your best costumes and collect Halloween candy around Eagleview Town Center!

Day of the Dead Celebrations at Fleisher Art Memorial

October 30, 3 pm (children’s fair) and 4:30 pm (procession)

719 Catharine St.

 

Bring the kidss to workshops intended to honor the tradition in a fun way and then join in Fleisher’s colorful procession through South Philadelphia.

East Falls Halloween Parade and Block Party

October 30, 4–7 pm

Rutabaga Toy Library block (between Sunnyside and Division on Conrad Street)

 

The parade starts in front of Rutabaga Toy Library, and departs at 4:30 pm. The parade will end at the block party in front of Rutabaga where there will be lots of fun including a costume contest, dance party, and eco-play crafts.

Haunted Horses Show

October 30, 4–7 pm

Northwestern Stables, 120 W. Northwestern Ave.

 

Horses will be wearing their costumes…gallop into yours too! Plus, enjoy a spook-tacularly decorated trail with plenty of treats and few tricks. Reserve your timed tickets online, including an option to add on kids’ riding lessons.

Berwyn Halloween Parade and Costume Contest

October 30, 5 pm

 

The Berwyn Fire Company is hitting the streets again this year and driving through the neighborhoods! They will have three separate fire trucks, each with its own route through Tredyffrin and Easttown Townships. The fire truck parade will begin around 5 pm. Each child will receive a nut-free trick-or-treat candy bag. You can also enter their Halloween Costume Contest online. Six very lucky winners will be randomly selected to win a prize.

Villanova University Trick or Treat

October 30, 5:30 pm
Mendel Field, Villanova University, Villanova

 

Join Villanova for Tent-or -Treating on Mendel Field! Over 50 campus offices and student groups will be hosting decorated tents for this free, outdoor family-friendly event. Visitors may park in the I-1 garage, located at the southeast corner of Lancaster and Ithan Aves. The entrance is located on Ithan Ave.

Narberth Halloween Bike Ride and Parade

October 30, 6 pm (parade at 6:30 pm)

Downtown Narberth (meetup place will be shared on the Facebook event as it gets closer)

 

Join Narberth Cycling Club for their fifth annual Halloween costume party. Gather downtown at 6 pm for a quick review of road safety rules, then depart for a 3-mile costumed bike ride to check out Halloween houses and jam out to spooky tunes. Face masks, helmets, and front/rear bike lights are required. his is an all-ages, all-levels, no-drop ride, but no bikes with training wheels. Or, meet on the 100 block of N. Narberth Ave. at 6 pm to march in the parade at 6:30 pm! The parade ends at the basketball courts in Narberth Park, with a “Trunk-or-Treat” and giveaways for all the kids.

PSPCA Drive-In Movie Night: ‘Hocus Pocus’

October 30, 6:30 pm

IKEA parking lot, 2206 S. Columbus Blvd.

 

Amok! Amok! Amok! Catch this Halloween classic at a drive-in for a good cause. All proceeds benefit the Pennsylvania SPCA. Tickets available online ($45 per car). Gates open at 5:30 pm; movie starts at 6:30 pm.

Nickelodeon’s The Spongebob Musical

October 30, 7:30 pm

Footlighters Theatre, 58 Main Avenue, Berwyn

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical is a stage musical, co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau with songs by various artists and a book by Kyle Jarrow. It is based on the Nickelodeon animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. Tickets available online.

Free Outdoor Movie Night: ‘Hocus Pocus’

October 30, 8:30 pm

Campbell Square, Belgrade St. and E. Allegheny Ave.

 

Bring a chair or blanket for a free outdoor movie on Halloween eve in Port Richmond!


Sunday

Trick Or Treat at Philly Rock Gym

October 31, 10 am-5 pm

All PRG locations

 

Climb in costume at the PRG and stop by the Halloween photobooth to enter a Virtual Halloween Costume Contest for even more fun! Reservations are required in advance for your desired timeslot and location.

Halloween Festival at Philadelphia Butterfly Pavilion and Insectarium

October 31, 10 am—5 pm

8046 Frankford Avenue

 

Get creepy and crawly this Halloween with hands-on exhibits, live music, games, events, food, drink, and a costume contest. Tickets available online and at the door.

Halloween in the Sculpture Garden

October 31, 10:30 am—3 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

Enjoy art-making, music, pumpkin carving, games, sweet treats, stories, and more in the museum’s one-acre Sculpture Garden. Friendly costumed characters will lead looking games as sculptures come to life. Cider and donuts will also be available for purchase. Free; no reservations required.

Halloween Bash at Lemon Hill

October 31, 11 am

Lemon Hill Park

 

Bring a blanket and meet Kith + Kin at Lemon Hill for Halloween fun. Enjoy a concert by Roots with Ruark, followed by a costume parade and goodies! Tickets available online.

Fall Family Day at Laurel Hill Cemetery

October 31, 11 am—2 pm

3822 Ridge Avenue

 

This special event features children’s tours, pumpkin decorating, spooky crafts, fun games and other treats. Come in costume, bring the entire family—even the dog! All are welcome. This event is free, but registration is required.

Hound-O-Ween Fall Festival

October 31, noon—4 pm

Laurel and N. Second streets

 

Philadelphia’s largest Halloween dog costume contest is back – and cuter than ever! Dozens of dogs (and their owners) will compete for prizes in five categories. Registration for this annual benefit is only a $30 donation per pup. All proceeds benefit Street Tails Animal Rescue in their mission to help homeless and unwanted animals in the Philadelphia area.

Halloween Family Brunch at Frankford Hall

October 31, noon—4 pm

1210 Frankford Avenue

 

Get Halloween off to a great start with pumpkins, face painting, balloon art, crafts, and more! Make reservations online.

Halloween on the Hill

October 31, 1—3 pm

Chestnut Hill

 

Bring out the costumes and the treat bags for this free annual trick-or-treat event around Chestnut Hill businesses.

Sunday Fun Day at Awbury Arboretum

October 31, 1–4 pm

The Farm at Awbury, 6336 Ardleigh St.

 

Every Sunday is a Fun Day at The Farm at Awbury Arboretum! Free family-friendly activities every weekend: See the goats and chickens, take wellness classes, go on farm tours, and more.

Outdoor Movie: ‘Hocus Pocus’ at Terrace on Tap

October 31, 2 pm and 4 pm

Independence Visitor Center, 599 Market Street

 

In addition to spooky fun activities and candy, make your reservations for 2 pm or 4 pm so you can enjoy a Halloween classic before venturing out for a night of trick-or-treating!

Liberty Lands Fall Fest

October 31, 3—5:30 pm

Liberty Lands Park, N. Third St.

 

A Northern Liberties favorite, this is an opportunity for some socially distanced trick or treating by neighbors. There will be live music and pumpkins for decorating too. Bring a blanket and a basket for treats.

Fishtown Halloween Party

October 31, 3—5 pm

Frankford and York Roundabout (2400 block of Trenton Ave.)

 

Join Fishtown Neighbors Associaton and partners for a fun afternoon including a costume contest, Positive Movement Entertainment (the Elmo drumline) along with some more local musical entertainers, plus over a dozen local organizations giving away candy, books, and more.

 

Photograph by Laura Swartz.

Contributing Writer

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