AL DÍA Picks: Halloween in Philly
Halloween is a fun time in the City of Brotherly Love. Since there are so many spooky options to celebrate this time of year, AL DÍA News has picked some for readers to visit:
Boo at the Zoo
Oct. 18-19 and 25-26 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
The Philadelphia Zoo is once again offering their “Boo at the Zoo” celebration. Guests can enjoy treats while playing Halloween games, listening to live music, participating in a scarecrow scavenger hunt and much more. More info.
Terror Behind the Walls
Sept. 19 to Nov. 8
During this time of year, the historic Eastern State Penitentiary is turned into one of the country’s most popular haunted houses, Terror Behind the Walls. This year’s six attractions include a new one: Machine Shop. As a continuation from last year, guests can opt into a more interactive experience that allows the actors to grab, chase, or even take you away from your group. More info.
Flashlight tours at the Mütter Museum
Oct. 28 and 30
The already creepy Mütter Museum gets a little creepier closer to Halloween. The museum offers nighttime flashlight tours that show a behind-the-scenes look at museum galleries. More info.
Weekends until Nov. 1
Visitors beware of this haunted house located in an old factory building in South Philadelphia. Featured on the Travel Channel as one of the scariest haunted attractions in America, Fright Factory offers various discounts for students, police, fire, military and even people with a bridge toll receipt! More info.
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Various events between Oct. 2-30
This historic cemetery is offering various spooky events throughout the month of October including, Soul Crawl: Haunted History Halloween Tours (Oct. 17 and 18); the 10th Annual Gravediggers' Ball (Oct. 24); and Ghost Tales and Goosebumps: Local Legends by Firelight (Oct. 30). More info.
Ghost tours of USS Olympia
Weekends until Nov. 1
Guests can take a 75-minute ghost tour of the historic and haunted ship Olympia, which is part of the Independence Seaport Museum. More info.
Various events until Oct. 31
Visitors of the rumored haunted Fort Mifflin can spend the night there on Halloween. This event offers a guided tour, workshop and group investigations. The fort also holds candlelight tours on other nights in Oct. More info.
Spooky mini golf at Franklin Square
Mini golf at Franklin Square adds fog and cobwebs to turn this favorite into a Halloween hotspot. More info.
‘Fear & Film’ tour at Rosenbach Museum and Free Library
The museum and library is offering two nights of tours for their special collections. Oct. 29 is all about Dracula, while Oct. 30 is centered around Edgar Allan Poe. After the tours, guests can watch related films at the newly-renovated Roxy Theater, thanks to the museum’s partnership with the Philadelphia Film Society. More info.
'24-Hour Horror-thon, Part VIII'
For the eighth year, the International House Philadelphia is offering a 24-hour horror movie marathon starting Saturday, Oct. 25, at noon until noon on Sunday, Oct. 26. The films are kept secret until they begin to play on the screen. More info.
Grim Philly Twilight Tours
Oct. 30 - Nov. 8 (Thursday-Sunday)
These creepy, adult-only tours offer themes such as “Oktoberfest Halloween Haunted Tavern Tour,” “Cemetery, Serial Killers; Blood & Beer” and “Vampires, Sex, Ghosts.” They also include a trip to a local bar and complimentary beer. Each tour is historically accurate and guided by historians and professors from local universities. More info.
Art After 5: Halloween Edition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
The PMA offers a Halloween edition of their Art After 5 event. Guests are encouraged to show up in costume, get their faces painted, take a spooky art tour, dance to a Halloween soundtrack provided by Philadelphia Soul/R&B band Natural Selection and watch local fashion design students model costumes inspired by the Museum collection. More info.
Halloween at Please Touch Museum
The Please Touch Museum is offering family-friendly activities all day long on Halloween. Guests can play dress up during the Halloween themed story times, participate in a dance party, have fun with puppet pals Buster The Ghost and Little Critter and receive special Halloween treats all day. Visitors are also encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. More info.