This is my 4th year doing this post….and my 11th year doing Halloween as a parent. I have to tell you…it gets repetitive. My boys are 8 and 11 and what excited them at 2 and 5 just isn’t so exciting anymore. That’s why I am sooo glad that Philly has a new Halloween activity…and it looks awesome! I mean, there are only so many times you can watch the same parade or go on the same hayride. I have merely changed a few dates on this post over the years….it’s the same basic information, same activities, year after year. Mind you, I’m not bashing them, they are great things for families to do. But once my kids have done them a few times, they want something new and different.
Enter…THE GLOW: A Jack O’Lantern Experience
I told my 8-year-old about this and he’s already asked me several times, “How many more days until we go to the Jack O Lantern thing?”
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I will be updating this list as I hear about more activities. Feel free to leave them in the comments or email me.
Visit our outdoor Children’s Corner to see, touch, and strike a pose for a photo with our pumpkins. The Pumpkin Playground features a collection of colorful pumpkins that kids can move, manipulate, and play with. Wander over to our Vegetable Garden to see the largest pumpkin on display, weighing in at over 800 pounds.
Celebrate silly, spooky fun at The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place, September 22 through October 29th.
Come in costume and play in our not-too-spooky Halloween haven featuring two new Halloween shows, themed mazes and a Sesame Street character hayride. Don’t miss exciting rides, the Neighborhood Street Party Halloween Parade, the all-new Cookie’s Monster Land, and everyone’s favorite furry friends dressed up in costume!
Visit the Garden State Discovery Museum for a happily haunted Halloween Hootenanny! Make your way through each Halloween themed exhibit. You’ll have a chance to create Halloween crafts and show off your best dance moves. Then, head outside for Trunk or Treat! You can trick or treat around the decorated cars in the Museum parking lot. Kick off Halloween early with the Garden State Discovery Museum!
Saturday, October 29, 11am-4pm, Fall fun on the Ave for the whole family
Join us for a day of spooktacular fun with free activities for the kids, adults and even fido too! Shop from dozens of crafters, enjoy fall fare, and bring your pooch to Amelie’s Bark Shop for a treat and water station. All activities at The Singing Fountain (East Passyunk & Tasker) unless otherwise noted.
— FREE pumpkin decorating, fall and Halloween-themed arts & crafts, BenFM music and Trick or Treating from the Crafters 11:00AM-1:00PM
— Costume Contest staggered by age group: 11:00AM – Ages 4 & Under; 11:30AM – Ages 5 to 8; NOON – Ages 9 to 12; 12:30PM – Dogs
— Trick or Treating down the Avenue 1:00PM
— FREE treats and music at the Mifflin Triangle (EPA & Mifflin) 1-4:00PM
Boo at the Zoo
Dates: October 21, 22, 28 & 29
The Philadelphia Zoo invites the whole family to Boo at the Zoo, a masquerade party and wild trick-or-treat adventure around the cages and tanks. Games, crafts, music and storytelling add to the festivities.
The Great Pumpkin Carve at Chadds Ford
Dates: October 19-21, 2017
Local artists take on a patch of monster-sized pumpkins at The Great Pumpkin Carve as they carve and decorate the giant gourds into massive masterpieces. Along with live music, food and hayrides, the displays create a spooky-fun atmosphere.
West Chester Halloween Parade
Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 7:00pm
Bring your little monsters downtown and be in a parade! Fun for the whole family. Contact the West Chester Parks & Recreation for details.
Newark’s 68th annual Halloween Parade is drawing near. Plan now to be a part of this special Halloween event, complete with marching bands, floats, antique automobiles, costumed characters, and much more. The parade begins at Tyre Avenue and Main Street and marches west on Main Street, to College Avenue.
Delaware State Parks-please double check their website for times and exact information!
Group hayrides are available at Bellevue State Park from September through November. They have special activities attached to some of the hay rides such as making candy apples or decorating pumpkins. See their website for complete list of days, times and prices.
Previous Events: Here is the list of events and activities that were previously on this list, but I was unable to find current information. Sorry, I googled my little heart out…couldn’t find anything.
- Trick or Treat at Exton Mall and Christiana Mall
- Anything from the Promenade at Saucon Valley
- Anything from Penn Township, Chester County
- Anything from Rittenhouse Row