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5 Unique Date Night Ideas this October

Get a babysitter and break out of the dinner-and-a-movie routine with these unique events.

It’s been a minute since you’ve had a date, so you’ve called up your babysitter, and you’re all set. But where to go? If you’re looking for something a little more exciting than grabbing dinner and drinks, October in Philly has lots of fun—and sometimes spooky—options for you to have a unique date night soon!

‘Love Never Dies’ at the Academy of Music

October 2—7

240 S. Broad Street


Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to The Phantom of the Opera comes to the Academy of Music and it is dark and captivating. See the continuation of one of Broadway’s most famous love stories. Tickets available online.

Armory Oktoberfest

October 5, 7:30–11:30 pm; and October 6, 1–5 pm and 7:30–11:30 pm

22 S. 23rd Street


Who doesn’t love an Oktoberfest? Set up to mimic a traditional Munich festival tent with Bavarian blue-and-white ceilings, enjoy the atmosphere with a beer in your hand and music filling your ears. Traditional Oktoberfest fare will be provided by Valentin Bay, and beer will be provided by the world famous Paulaner Brauerei München.

Photograph courtesy of Eastern State Penitentiary.

Terror Behind the Walls

September 21–November 10 (check their schedule)

Eastern State Penitentiary, 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue


Eastern State Penitentiary takes “haunted house” to a whole new level, staging six scary attractions in the historic prison. This event is said to be far too scary for little kids, so definitely leave them home. New for this year, “The Infirmary” looks to be super creepy, and interactive too—so don’t become a patient! Tickets can be purchased online or on site.

Door 19: ‘Skeletons in our Closet’

October 18, 6—9 pm

Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway


Come in costume—if you want—for a spooky, quirky science-themed soiree just for adults. There’s an open bar by Eight Oaks Craft Distillers, live music by Divine Hand Ensemble, creepy specimens from the Mütter Museum, bone crafts, and more. Plus you can experience Xtreme Bugs, Dinosaur Hall, and the rest of the museum at night!

Brews and Broomsticks Pub Crawl

October 19, 7:30—10 pm

10 participating bars from 7700 to 8700 Germantown Avenue


Chestnut Hill’s totally-not-Harry-Potter Witches and Wizards Festival kicks off with an adults-only event the night before the festival. This evening of magical fun includes food and drink specials at 10 Germantown Avenue bars, two beer gardens, music, performances by circus aerialists and fire-breathers, fortune tellers, glow-in-the-dark face painting, costumed actors, archery, Franklin Institute’s Science After Hours showcase, and more!


Lead photograph courtesy of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

Contributing Writer