Hey guys, you looking to really get your money’s worth (or, for you homemade folks, your time’s worth) out of those kids’ costumes? Well, you’re in luck — there is SO MUCH TO DO in coming weekends to celebrate Halloween with the children. I included some of these happenings in last week’s news round-up, but given how much is happening — and how many things we keep hearing about — we figured it bore repeating in post this week. Here, a snapshot of options for y’all:
What: The 7th annual East Passyunk Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday
When: October 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Details: You can expect the usual festive fun: child (and dog!) costume contest, live music, pumpkin painting, treat bags for the first 400 kids, food and drink, a craft fair, trick-or-treating along the street, and more.
What: South Street Headhouse District’s PumpkinFest and South Street trick-or-treating
When: October 27, from noon to 5:00 p.m.
The Details: The event is held inside the Headhouse Shambles and includes neighborhood trick-or-treating, performances from Philly School of Circus Arts, costume contests, a magician, pumpkin decorating, hay-wagon rides, pumpkin-pie eating contests, straw mazes … you get the general idea.
What: Rittenhouse Row Halloween celebration
When: October 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Details: Kids (and grownups) can come in costume for trick-or-treating at Rittenhouse Row stores, restaurants, hotels and more. (At Capital One, between noon and 3, there will be stories read on the hour in the back of the cafe, and afterwards, kids decorate a pumpkin-frame magnet to take home.) You can check the website the day before to see participating stores, or look for the cats in the windows of participating businesses.
What: The annual SWCC 5K (Southwest Center City 5K Run)
When: October 27, at 8 a.m.
The Details: This (Halloween-themed!) series of runs raises money for both Stanton and Chester Arthur elementary schools. This year’s 10th annual race happens on, yes, October 27, beginning at 8 a.m., at Stanton Elementary. There’s the 5k, and also two kids’ fun runs — the Monster Mile (a 1.5-miler for kids aged 6 to 14, starting at 8 a.m.) and the Spooky Sprint (a 100-yard dash for kids under 6, which kicks off at 8:45 a.m.). There’s also a “fan zone” with games, trick-or-treating, and the Schmear It bagel truck. Sounds fun, no? Sign up here!
What: The Schuylkill Center’s annual Halloween hikes and hayrides festival
When: October 26, from 6 to 10 p.m.
The Details: Hike through a candlelit forest to meet nocturnal animals (eeek!), then enjoy hayrides, crafts, food trucks, s’mores and more. $5 online pre-registry for members only; $10 tickets at the door for the general public.
What: Smith Memorial Playground’s Healthy Halloween
When: Saturday, October 27, 10 a.m. to noon.
The Details: The annual event invites families to come in costume to enjoy the petting zoo, nature play, arts and crafts, live music, healthy snacks and more. Admission is $10 per kid, though members and Access card holders get in free. You can get tix here.
What: Franklin Square’s Pumpkin Decorating Saturday and Trick-or-Treat Trail
When: Saturday, October 20, noon to 2 p.m. and Saturday, October 27, noon to 3 p.m., respectively
The Details: Kids can decorate their own pumpkin this Saturday and spend next Saturday customizing their own Halloween treat bag, then following the trail map to find “tasty surprises” throughout the park. Both FREE events are recommended for kids 10 and under. (You can also tack on a trip on the Lightning Bolt Express train for a few bucks, or play a round of spooky mini-golf if you’re there from 6 p.m. on.)
What: Boo at the Zoo
When: This weekend and the following weekend, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Details: Kids are welcome to wear costumes for the zoo’s trick-or-treat safari (there’s a map and everything!), and enjoy a trip through the not-so-scary extinction graveyard focusing on animals that have gone extinct or are in danger of doing so). There’s also a hay bale maze and a photo opp in front of the giant pumpkin wall — and members are welcome to arrive an hour early (8:30 a.m.) to enjoy the less-crowded zoo.
What: Witches & Wizards Weekend (the festival formerly known as — sigh — the Harry Potter Festival)
When: The event begins on October 19, but the family-friendly stuff is really on October 20, noon to 5 p.m.
The Details: In Chestnut Hill — specifically, Chestnut Hill College, Woodmere Art Museum, and designated locations surrounding Germantown Avenue — families can watch a Quidditch Tournament, do the straw maze at Woodmere Art Museum, do crafts for kids at the Hocus Pocus Headquarters, see live circus performers and Mad Science demonstrations, or take a hayrides … to name a few options. It’s free to attend, with pre-registration here, and tickets are sold on-site for fun, kid-centric paid activities at the Hocus Pocus Headquarters.
What: The Annual Fairmount Halloween Festival and Parade
When: Sunday, October 28, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The Details: Kids come in costume for a parade, art-making, music and general merriment.
What: Seaport Spooktacular
When: Saturday, October 27, 1 to 6 p.m.
The Details: Kids can trick-or-treat on the decks of Cruiser Olympia, or decorate pumpkins and glowing charm bracelets or a pumpkin scrimshaw, or visit the mad scientists’ lab to dig up “some ghoulish surprises.” There are also ghost stories on Schooner Diligence, a face painter, cider and more. (Costumes encouraged.) You can get tickets here.