My kids love a good pumpkin patch, corn maze, hayride or trunk or treat event. But if you’re looking for additional ways to celebrate Halloween in the Bucks County, Montgomery County and Philadelphia area, there are other options as well! Check out this list to add to the Halloween fun this October.
Tip: Many of these are great ideas to keep in mind when it’s rainy and the weather doesn’t cooperate for outdoor Halloween events.
The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular At Sesame Place
When: Now through Nov. 6
Where: Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne
Trick or treat around the park, enjoy Halloween-themed shows, and go on a scarecrow scavenger hunt. The characters are dressed in costume, and there’s a special parade, too.
The Great Pumpkin Fest at Dorney Park
When: Now through October 30, Saturdays and Sundays
Where: 4000 Dorney Park Road, Allentown
Great Pumpkin Fest is located in Wildwater Kingdom. There are family-friendly activities, games, play zones, costume contests, dance parties and more. Meet Snoopy and other Peanuts characters dressed in their Halloween costumes, make a Halloween craft, ride mini tractors, and catch a Halloween show.
Note: Dorney’s Halloween Haunt events are select nights during October and are recommended for ages 13 and up.
When: Now through October 31
Where: Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska
Peddler’s Village offers several ways to celebrate Halloween and fall. Visit any day through Halloween to see the scarecrows throughout the Village. October 15-16 is OctoberFeast where you can enjoy food truck’s, live music, kid activities, etc. On October 22, you can watch Hocus Pocus outside on the lawn. (This event is free but you can donate to Pine2Pink to benefit local breast cancer patients while you’re there.) October 25 – October 30 is the Pumpkin-Carving Contest. (Enter or just go to see the display.) And on October 29, there’s a kids’ Halloween party called Slightly Batty Halloween Wing Ding. Tickets are required.
Screamin’ Green Hauntoween at Crayola Experience
When: Now through October 31 daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 30 Centre Square, Easton
Crayola Experience is celebrating the season with Halloween-themed crafts, a spooky scavenger hunt, character photo ops and more. For an additional fee, you can also paint pumpkins and make slime. On Saturdays and Sundays, you can also go trick or treating at stations throughout the building.
When: Now through October 31, daily
Where: 100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia
Take a walk around Morris Arboretum and enjoy more than 30 scarecrows along the Scarecrow Walk. This year’s theme is “Spooky Scarecrows. Visit October 1-2 for pumpkin painting on the lawn in front of the Visitor Center. Cost is $2 per pumpkin. If you want to see the Harvest Railway, visit before October 11. On October 11, there’s a free storytime for children 3-6 in the Outdoor Classroom from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Children 8 and up can participate in a pumpkin carving party on October 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Tickets are $25 for Members and $30 for Non-Members.) And on October 29 and October 30, there will be trick or treating for kids while you walk the Spooky Scarecrow Loop.
Brick or Treat at Legoland Discovery Center
When: October 1 – October 31
Where: Plymouth Meeting Mall
During the month of October, Legoland Discovery Center will celebrate Halloween with special themed decor and activities. See the brand new 4D movie – The Great Monster Chase. Play Monster games. Create a LEGO pumpkin for the pumpkin patch. Search for pumpkins in Miniland Philadelphia, and more. There will also be trick or treating on the weekends.
When: October 1 – October 30, Open Friday – Sunday, plus Columbus Day (October 10)
Where: 6415 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor
Take a hayride through the park, search for puzzle pieces as you find your way through the hay maze, go on rides, and decorate pumpkins. Pumpkin decorating is not available the last two weekends in October, but you can trick or treat in the park those weekends!
When: Weekends in October
Where: 100 Pinedge Drive, West Berlin
Diggerland’s fall festival features carnival rides, hay rides, pumpkin decorating, a petting zoo, live entertainment, a fun maze, bon fires, fall treats and more.
New Hope Railroad
When: October 8 – October 30, Friday-Sunday at 6 p.m.
Where: 32 West Bridge Street, New Hope
New Hope Railroad offers a variety of fall and Halloween themed excursions. Their most kid-oriented ride is the Trick or Treat Train. It’s a 45-minute ride that goes to Lahaska and back. Kids are encouraged to come in costume and listen to a live reading of Spookley the Square Pumpkin. There will also be festive songs performed by the railroad’s musicians. Kids will receive trick or treat bags and will receive assorted treats on board the train and also while walking around the train station platform after arriving back in New Hope.
Franklin Fright at the Franklin Institute
When: Weekends in October
Where: Franklin Institute, Philadelphia
Trick-or-treat your way through the museum, and experience classic live science shows performed alongside special guest Gourd’n the Giant Pumpkin Robot in an immersive Halloween-inspired environment.
Bucks County Libraries
When and Where: Visit the Bucks County Free Library Event Page to check details!
Here are just a few of the upcoming events I saw that are on the calendar so far:
October 1 at Levittown between 1:30 and 3:30: Kids can earn their Local Haunts Badge by participating in activities like designing a spinning “ghost-copter” and completing The Dancing Ghost STEAM challenge.
October 26 at Yardley from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.: Come for a special Halloween storytime, then parade around in your Halloween costume.
Boo at the Zoo: Elmwood Park Zoo
When: Saturdays and Sundays from Oct. 8 – Oct. 30 from noon to 3 p.m.
Where: 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown
Come in costume and bring your trick or treat bag. There will be activity and treat stations throughout the zoo. There will also be a costume parade at the bison stage every weekend at 2:30 p.m. Plus, a free caraousel ride!
If you’re more interested in evening activities, the Zoo also offers Trick or Treat Nights on October 27 – October 30.
Boo at the Zoo: Philadelphia Zoo
When: Sat. Oct. 15, Sun. Oct 16, Sat. Oct. 22, Sun. Oct. 23, Sat. Oct. 29 and Sun. Oct. 30 from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: 3400 Girard Avenue, Philadelphia
Visit the animals while you trick or treat around the zoo.
Halloween Kids Party at Willow Grove Mall with Go with YOYO
When: Wednesday, October 19 from 10:30 a.m. to noon
Where: 2500 Moreland Road, Willow Grove (enter neat TGIF. Event is bottom floor, near Macy’s.)
Live kids music and entertainment by Go with YOYO! There will be music, games, bubbles, a monster craft, balloons, etc. This event is FREE.
Halloween Party at We Rock the Spectrum NE Philly
When: Sunday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to noon, noon to 2 p.m. or 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 12357 Academy Road, Philadelphia
Register by calling 215-904-6280 for one of 3 sessions. Come in costume for playtime, activities and trick or treating with local vendors and businesses. $25 per child and $20 per sibling.
Halloween Character Open Play at We Rock the Spectrum NE Philly
When: Friday, October 28 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: 12357 Academy Road, Philadelphia
A Nightmare Before Christmas themed Open Play with an appearance by Jack Skellington from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. $14 per child, $12 for sibling. Call 215-904-6280 to reserve a spot. Walk-ins also welcome.
Fall Family Fun Event at Silver Lake Nature Center
When: Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. to noon
Where: 1306 Bath Road, Bristol
Fall-themed event hosted by Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library at the Silver Lake Nature Center. There will be storytimes on the hour, crafts for all ages (including teens and adults), mini pumpkin painting, and more. Costumes are encouraged. Free event.
Community Day at Tyler Park Center for the Arts
When: Sunday, October 30 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 10 Stable Mill Trail, Richboro
Live honey extraction demonstration, craft stations where kids can make silly finger puppets, pipe cleaner critters, painted corn husks and contribute to a community sculpture. There will also be a costume contest. Free and open to all ages.
Spooky Fun Halloween Party at Playpad Bucks
When: Monday, October 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 860 Town Center Drive, Langhorne
Decorate trick or treat bags and then trick or treat around Playpad. There will also be a costume parade, snack and drink, 2 hours open play and a visit from Marshall from Paw Patrol. This event is $35 per child ($30 for sibling) and you must register in advance. Attendance is limited.
Read more about Playpad in my blog post.