Family-Friendly Halloween Events 2018
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. Here’s a list of events to help you make the most of it.
September 21-23, September 28-30 and October 5-30. 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 22– October 28
Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne
Come dressed in costume for this not-too-scary celebration. There will be special Count-themed rides, trick-or-treating, and a parade where you and the little ones can do the “Jack-O-Lantern-Jump.”
Weekends beginning September 29 and running through October 28th
500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting
Lego lovers unite for a scavenger hunt, mummy wrapping contest, building challenges, and of course a costume contest.
Weekends, October 13 – 28, 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 13 and continuing through October 28, noon — 3 pm
Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown
Free with regular admission, bring you little ones in costumes and with a treat bag. They will enjoy animal exhibits and find treat stations along the way.
October 18, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
900 Lawrence Dr, West Chester
The childcare facility will be dressed up as the headquarters to PAW Patrol, and of course there will be plenty of decorated cars lining the way. Children should come in costume and bring a bag to collect treats.
October 20, 4 — 8 pm
Upper Main Line Branch of the Brandywine YMCA, 1416 Berwyn Paoli Road, Berwyn
If you’ve got a mixed-age household this is a good event for you. The little ones can enjoy a treat trail, carnival games, pumpkin painting, and science experiments. The older kids can try the haunted house, or maze and the escape room. There will be plenty of vendors on site selling crafts, too.
October 20, 1-3 pm
The Civic Center of Phoenixville, 123 Main Street, Phoenixville
Children 12 and under are invited to enjoy games, a silent auction and a magic show–all in celebration of Halloween.
October 20, 3:30pm – 8:00pm
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 20, 4 – 6 pm
Limerick Township Community Park, 646 W. Ridge Pike, Limerick
The park will be lined with decorated with treat-filled cars. Come in costume and bring a big treat bag for this fun and safe event.
October 20, 9 am — noon
Cricket Avenue, Ardmore
For the third year in a row, Lulu’s Casita and pucciManuli will team up for the ultimate holiday celebration on their 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 26, 5 – 7 pm
The Mill at Anslema, 1730 Conestoga Road, Chester Springs
Come enjoy the beauty and the spookiness of this old Grist Mill on an evening lantern tour. You’ll learn about the mill’s history and how it’s evolved since it was first built in the 1700s.
October 24 (rain date October 25), 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 24, 7 pm
Bridge Street, from Taylor Alley to Church Alley, Phoenixville
Calling all lovers of the costume contest! Head into Phoenixville and enter their parade’s contest. Judging begins at 6 pm, and those interested in participating should report to the Civic Center at 123 Main Street.
October 26, 6 pm
Wellington Square Book Shop. 549 Wellington Square, Exton
Children five and under are invited to this special events hosted by store owner Mr. Mike and Witch Claire. Children can come in costume to enjoy songs, dancing, cookies, gifts and a special Monster Creation Station. Make sure you purchase your tickets in advance.
October 27, 4 – 6 pm
Windsor Christian Preschool, 213 Little Conestoga Road, Uwchland
In its sixth year, the group goes all out when it comes to their decorated trunks at this free community event. Come enjoy the displays and take home lots of treats.
October 27, 1 pm
Celebrating its 54th year, this classic Halloween Parade is sure to delight every member of the family. Get there early to get a good spot.
October 27, 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 27, 1 – 4 pm
Church of the Saviour, 651 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne
Bring the whole family for this afternoon filled with inflatables, face painting, balloon twisting, food trucks, and of course collecting treats from decorated cars.
October 27, 4 – 9 pm
Kerr Park, 1 Park Lane, Downingtown
Come in costume for this early evening event. There will be ghost stories in the log cabin, costume and carved pumpkin contests, and a Halloween double feature. Don’t forget to bring your own blanket and chairs for the movies.
October 27, 7 pm at Downingtown West High School, 445 Manor Ave., Downingtown,
October 28, 3 pm at Phoenixville Area Middle School, 1000 Purple Pride Pkwy., Phoenixville
Kids get in free to this family friendly concert featuring favorite spooky musical themes. Children should come in costume and look forward to the parade across the stage.
October 28, 4 – 6 pm
ACAC West Chester, 1130 McDermott Dr., West Chester
Decorated cars will greet children with treats, games, and contests. After families have made their treat rounds, they can try carnival games including an apple launch.
October 28, 11 am – 12:30 pm
14 East Lancaster Ave., Ardmore (by the SEPTA Station)
Free for families, start by picking up a treat bag at Schauffele Pizza and then make your way in and out of the local businesses to gather special treats. The trail ends when you’ve reached McShea’s Pizza–where there will be more fun and surprises.
October 30, 10:30 am
Exton Square Mall, 260 Exton Square Pkwy., Exton
Lolly and Friends will be entertaining your little ghosts and goblins with fun Halloween-themed songs.
October 30, 6 – 9 pm
110 Upland Square Drive, Pottstown
The Wicked Effects Car Club goes all out for this unique Halloween celebration. Have the kids come dressed and ready to trick-or-treat among custom built cars.
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.
Looking for more? Here’s what’s going on in Philly for Halloween!
Photograph by Don Groff courtesy of the Narberth Business Association.