Family-Friendly Halloween Events
Boo! Use our list of Main Line fun to decide where to wear your costume this season.
You’ve probably invested in a costume. And of course getting your child into that costume can resemble a wrestling match, so you should make the most of it. From trunk-or-treating, to parades, to themed musical performances, late September and all of October bring an abundance of Halloween fun to the Main Line and Philadelphia.
October 19, 10 am – 5 pm
4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia
It’s spooky season at the Please Touch Museum! Put on your favorite costume, grab your trick-or-treat bag, and get ready for a creepy, crawly Halloween party.
- Creative Arts Studio: Trick-Or-Treat Bags 10 am – 3 pm. Get inspired and experiment with materials and process as you create your own mini paper trick-or-treat bag!
- Trick-or-Treating 10am-12pm and 1-4pm, throughout the museum. Search the museum for charming characters who want to give you a treat – but only if you can figure out their trick!
- PopUpPlay Halloween Houses 11 – 4 pm, Centennial Depot. Meet up with our friends from PopUpPlay and color, cut, and create your own Halloween House – make it silly, make it spooky, but most importantly – make it yours!
- Squiggles Meet & Greet 11:30am – 12pm, 1-1:30pm, and 3-3:30pm, throughout the museum. Where will Squiggles pop up next? Find them for a picture, hug, or high five!
- Performance: Louie Miranda 12:30pm and 2:30pm, Hamilton Hall. Sing, dance, and get spooky with Louie Miranda and his band as they haunt Hamilton Hall with a musical Halloween party.
- Chef Demo at 2 pm and 4 pm, Carousel House. Dig in and help make delicious food during this special cooking demonstration by our Please Taste Café chef! Then take a recipe card home to make the real thing.
- Member Only Science Workshop at 3:30pm (limited to the first 20 members) Creative Arts Studio, Ages: 4+. Embark on a Very Busy Adventure with our friends from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University as they explore arachnids and arthropods in this hands-on, members only, workshop.
- End of the Day Costume Parade 4:35 – 4:50 PM, Hamilton Hall. March, clap, and join our Halloween costume parade to celebrate your day of play at Please Touch Museum.
September 27-30 and October 4-30. Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 5:30 to 8pm; Friday and Saturday, 5:30 to 8:30pm.
Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media
Geared towards children ten and under, this non-haunted adventure takes you on a 15- to 20-minute hayride to the Witches’ House. Once there, kids and their parents will enjoy a story, listen to jokes, and get a treat to take home. After the hayride, stay for apple cider and s’mores around the campfire.
Select days from September 20– November 3
Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne
Come dressed in costume for this not-too-scary celebration. Guests can swing, fly and cruise on Count von Count-themed mechanical rides, enjoy special Halloween-themed shows, trick-or-treating around the park, an ALL-NEW maze, pumpkin decorating and see everyone’s favorite furry friends dressed up in costume! Don’t miss our Neighborhood Street Party Halloween Parade with ten fantastic floats all decked out for the season with music and dancing that will have everyone joining in the fun.
Weekends beginning September 28 and running through October 27
500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting
This Halloween bring your little monsters to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia and get into the spooky spirit with their Brick or Treat event! Explore LEGO® HIDDEN SIDE™, a new spooktacular LEGO play experience with an all new AR feature! For a limited time, let your little ghost hunter join Jack and Parker on an AR adventure to capture the ghouls hiding in their Halloween build stations.
Weekends, October 12-27, 11 am — 8 pm
The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, 2775 Lebanon Road, Manheim
Embracing the Halloween spirit, the PA Renaissance Faire hosts three weekends of activities. Don’t miss the pumpkin painting, a treasure hunt, a costume contest (for kids and adults), and of course trick-or-treating.
Weekends starting October 12 and continuing through October 27, noon — 4 pm
Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown
Boo at the Zoo returns on Saturday, October 12. Bring the little ones for a fun-filled afternoon for princesses, ghosts and superheroes of all ages. Come dressed in your creative costume and enter our costume contest. Stick around for the Halloween parade for a guest appearance from Bubby the Bison! Don’t forget your trick-or-treat bag, as treat stations will be located throughout the zoo.
October 17, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
900 Lawrence Dr, West Chester
This FREE event transforms The Arc into your Halloween destination! Cars decorated for the occasion, encourage little boos and ghouls to make the rounds and collect goodies by the trunk full. Local food trucks will be onsite, offering snack options for purchase: Dia Doce’s famous cupcakes and the delicious Sabatinos pizza. Follow the fun indoors with games and activities hosted by the Arc’s preschool.
Treaters register here. Trunkers register here.
October 19, 4 — 8 pm
Upper Main Line Branch of the Brandywine YMCA, 1416 Berwyn Paoli Road, Berwyn
Grab a cape, hop on your broom and head over to the Y for a howling good time. Enjoy an evening of safe family fun activities at the largest Halloween event on the Main Line. All members and the public are invited to attend. Tickets: minimum donation fee $15/Family, $10/Individual. Proceeds benefit the annual campaign that funds our financial assistance program. All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
October 23, 7 pm
Bridge Street, Phoenixville
To celebrate the Fall, the Borough is pleased to announce this year’s annual Spirit of Phoenixville – Halloween Parade & Trunk or Treat to be held on Wednesday, October 23rd at 7:00pm. (rain date is Thursday October 24th). Followed by a Trunk or Treat in the 100 block of Bridge Street to Starr Street, from 7pm – 8pm.
October 19, 4 pm – 8 pm
Riverbend Environmental Education Center, 1950 Spring Mill Road, Gladwyne
Get back to nature this Halloween at the Riverbend Environmental Education Center. Tickets are $20 for the event, and it includes a treat trail and a live reptile show.
October 19, 9:30 am — noon
Cricket Avenue, Ardmore
Lulu’s Casita and pucciManuli team up for the ultimate holiday celebration on Ardmore Avenue. Come in costume and enjoy activities like a spider web maze, BOO! banner creation, trick-or-treating, organized games like the Pumpkin 500, food, and unlimited play at Lulu’s.
October 23 (rain date October 24), 7 pm
401 East Gay Street West Chester
This mid-week parade will delight everyone in the family. Arrive early as there will be lots of street closures. Head to one of the many borough garages for easy parking. Candy will not be thrown from the floats, but they’ve set up candy bag stations along the route so kids don’t have to miss out on that element of fun. Please visit one table and take only one bag, as supplies will be limited.
October 26, 1 — 4 pm
Begins at the corners of Forrest and Haverford avenues, Narberth
This Halloween scavenger hunt is loved by many. Local businesses are visited by witches (13 of them), and kids have to wander around the business district looking for them. They can collect treats along the way and a prize when they’ve found all the witches.
October 24, 5 – 7 pm
North Wayne Ave., Wayne
Wayne Merchants and Restaurants welcome Trick or Treaters to town with Treats and Specials! Stroll around town and enjoy a safe trick or treat!.
October 26, 4 – 9 pm
Kerr Park, 1 Park Lane, Downingtown
Calling all Ghouls and Ghosts! Downingtown Borough Parks and Recreation Commission is happy to host Downingtown’s Boo Bash from 4PM-9PM on Saturday October 26, 2019 in Kerr Park.
October 30, 6 pm
Kiddos will march through the streets of Narberth dressed in costume and finish in Narberth Park, where there will be refreshments and goody bags for all.
There’s even more in our weekly posts, so be sure to check there too!
Looking for more? Here’s what’s going on in Philly for Halloween!
Photograph courtesy of the Please Touch Museum. The Please Touch Museum supports the Main Line Parent community.