Halloween 2021 on the Main Line and Beyond
Mask up, it's Halloween!
It’s spooky season and we are rounding up all the ways to celebrate, and will be adding to our list as more events are added—be sure to bookmark this and check back as the situation is ever-changing. So, get your best mask-forward costume together, and let’s get out there!
The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular
Weekends through November 7
Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne
Come in costume and celebrate silly, not-too-spooky fun! The park will be transformed into a family-friendly Halloween haven and guests will enjoy trick-or-treating around the park, Halloween-themed shows, participating in an interactive Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt, and unique photo opportunities with everyone’s favorite furry friends dressed up in costume on their Halloween-themed floats!
Sesame Place’s Not-Too-Spooky Halloween Drive-Thru
Wednesdays in October, 5:30-7:30 pm
Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne
Coming back from last year’s pivot, the Not-Too Spooky Halloween Drive-Thru is another way to experience Halloween at Sesame Place: from the comfort of your vehicle! Wind your way through ten not-too-spooky zones of Halloween fun, including Abby’s Magical Pumpkin Patch, Bert & Ernie’s Halloween Hoedown, and Cookie Monster’s Treat Fleet. The whole event culminates in a Monster Mash Bash down the iconic Sesame Street Neighborhood, where Sesame friends will be out in their costumes for a Halloween celebration. Guests will also be able to trick-or-treat their way through the experience and take advantage of special photo opportunities from inside their cars. Plus, before entering the Drive-Thru zones, guests will pass through an exclusive Halloween market where yummy treats and flashing glow products will be available for purchase. Pre-registration required online.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Brick or Treat
October 2 through November 14
500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting
Celebrate the spookiest time of the year at LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Create your own LEGO pumpkin, pose with Bonesy, find all the scary scenes in a Miniland scavenger hunt, and much more!
Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards and Hayrides to the Witch’s House
September 11—November 7
137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media
Enjoy entertainment, hayrides, train rides, pony rides, and more. Tickets are required for ages 1 and older. Find a huge selection of straw bales, corn shocks, toys, and fall decorations of all kinds. Visit the friendly Witch’s House in the woods. She tells stories, jokes and gives all of the kids a Halloween treat! Join a campfire to roast marshmallows and enjoy apple cider.
While there, grab a pumpkin to take home from the many piles of pumpkins for sale (no pumpkin patch here, but you can pick your own apples!), and head to the market for some candy and caramel apples for your at-home festivities.
Colonial Gardens’ Pumpkinland
Through October 31
745 Schuylkill Road, Phoenixville
Celebrate fall with hayrides, the corn maze, castle, and Halloween display of colorful cartoon characters, scarecrows, hay hutch, and over ten tons of pumpkins! New for this year, there is also the Haunted Hedge: wind through the tall, dark hedges with monsters waiting around every corner! Tickets are available online only this year. Masks are required for nighttime events.
Boo at the Elmwood Park Zoo
Weekends, October 9 through 31, noon — 3 pm
Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown
Bring the little ones for a fun-filled afternoon for princesses, ghosts, and superheroes of all ages. Don’t forget your trick-or-treat bag, as treat stations will be located throughout the zoo! Come dressed in your creative costume and participate in the costume parade (2:30 pm at the bison stage).
Fall Harvest and Great Pumpkin Patch
October 10, 1–4 pm
The Willows Park, Radnor
Radnor Township presents their Annual Fall Harvest and Pumpkin Patch featuring tractor rides, pumpkin picking, pony rides, inflatable corn maze, food, music, and more fall-themed activities! Radnor residents- register in advance to get your large pumpkin for free!
The Great Pumpkin Carve
1736 Creek Road, Chadds Ford
An annual Chadds Ford tradition, the three-day event highlights over 70 giant pumpkins carved into spooktacular creations. Carvers work through the early evening on Thursday and then illuminate their masterpieces by candlelight. Guests can view the carvers at work Thursday and the finished products Friday and Saturday. In addition to the pumpkin patch, there is a giant kid-friendly Haunted Trail, food for sale, and live music. Admission is available at the gate on each day of the event. Free for kids under 6.
Riverbend’s ShiverQuest Scavenger Hunt
October 16–November 7
1950 Spring Mill Rd., Gladwyne
Instead of their annual Shiverfest celebration, Riverbend came up with a family-friendly way to enjoy the fun of their signature Halloween event in your own home and safely at the environmental center this year. Purchase a ShiverQuest Investigator Kit (on sale now), filled with games, activities, and cool tools that can be used at home and in your own backyard. The kits also contain instructions on how to download an app and participate in a self-guided scavenger hunt at Riverbend that starts on October 16–look for clues, and beat challenges as a family to solve the mystery. Participants of the scavenger hunt will be entered to win a week of Riverbend Summer Camp for the 2022 summer season.
October 16, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Cricket Avenue, Ardmore
Join Lulu’s Casita and pucciManuli for their annual Halloween bash on Cricket Avenue! Kids of all ages will enjoy a morning full of spooky fun including pumpkin hunting, crafts, photo booth, spooky storytime, live music by Roots with Ruark, a costume parade, and even visits from Elsa, Anna, and Elmo! Tickets are limited, and will not be sold at the door, so be sure to get them in advance. To purchase your ticket, email email@example.com
The Great Halloween Festival
October 16, 3 — 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 including games, trick-or-treating, pumpkin decorating, haunted house, inflatables, snacks, and much more. All members and the public are invited to attend. Pre-registration is required. The event is broken into two, two-hour time windows to allow for greater social distancing. All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. $30 per family.
Pumpkin Party with Cinderella (West Chester)
October 17, 9:30 am-noon
Lulu’s Casita West Chester, 109 N. High St., West Chester
Join Cinderella for a Fall fun-filled morning of pumpkin decorating, bubble dance, and treats (plus mimosas for the adults). Reserve a spot by Venmo @LulusWC or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pumpkin Party with Cinderella (Ardmore)
October 20, 10 am
Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore
Cinderella will visit Lulu’s to read a story, have a dance party, and decorate pumpkins with your little ones. $25 per child; email email@example.com to reserve your spot.
The Big Halloween Sleepover with Digger and David
October 23, 1 pm
Tinicum Memorial Public Library, 620 Seneca St., Essington
This highly interactive puppet show about friendship, sharing, and personal responsibility was created especially for the 2-to-6-year old crowd and is the perfect way to swing into fall. Free; pre-register online to reserve your spot.
Wayne Art Center’s Halloween Fun Fest
October 23, 1–3 pm
Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne
Wayne Art Center hosts an afternoon of festive workshops for kids ages 5 -11. Your child can make and take six different crafts during this fun family event! Event admission is free; $30 to sign up for all the workshops. Pre-registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome.
Springfield YMCA Halloween Thriller
October 23, 2 pm
194 W. Sproul Rd., Springfield
Kids will enjoy pumpkin decorating, singing Halloween songs, learning Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance, and treats. Pre-register online.
Conshohocken Halloween Parade
October 23, 4 pm (registration begins at 3 pm)
Begins at Mary Wood Park House, 120 E. Fifth Avenue, Conshohocken
Meet at Mary Wood Park House to register for your category (age groups and dogs!), then parade around and meet back where you started for snacks and prizes.
Trunk or Treat at Action Karate
October 24, noon
6 W. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore
Action Karate is hosting a free community Halloween celebration, so come in costume for some fun! Pre-register online for a free candy bag and shark tattoo.
Trick-Or-Treat at King of Prussia Town Center
October 27, 4–6 pm
155 Village Drive, King of Prussia
Trick or treaters are invited to show off their costumes, and go tenant-to-tenant collecting candy, sweet treats, and more to celebrate the Halloween holiday as a community. In addition to trick-or-treating, a DJ, Halloween-themed activations, games on the green, and festive décor, will bring the Town Center to life with excitement.
Pumpkin Carving with Haverford College Arboretum
October 27, 6 pm
370 W. Lancaster Ave., Haverford
Come out and carve a Jack-O-Lantern that will be on display during the Fall Festival the next day (see below). Compete for prizes for a winning pumpkin in both children and adult categories. All ages are welcome and all supplies will be provided. You may pick up your pumpkin at the end of the Fall Festival if you wish to take it home.
Elmwood Trick or Treat Nights
October 28 – 31, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
1661 Harding Blvd, Norristown
Bring the kiddos to the zoo for a night of trick-or-treating fun! This event will provide families with a safe space to trick-or-treat around the zoo. Adults and children are encouraged to dress up in their best costume. Guests can enjoy one free carousel ride included with their ticket and animal meet and greets. Don’t forget your trick-or-treat bag and your flashlight! Adults 21+ can visit Zoo Brew during the event for drink specials.
Haverford College Arboretum Fall Fest
October 28, 4:30–8 pm
370 W. Lancaster Ave., Haverford
This free evening will be full of family-friendly activities including children’s crafts and games, a plant and apparel sale, and a jack-o-lantern lit night hike! Parking for this event can be found in the South Lot and the festival will take place in the nursery area adjacent to the greenhouse complex.
Halloween Boo Bounce
October 29, 10 am
BounceU, 130 W. Main St., Collegeville
Kids ages 7 and under can have a not-so-spooky Halloween with one hour of bounce time and a bag of goodies to take home. Tickets are very limited to ensure social distancing, so be sure to pre-register online. Masks and socks required.
Halloween Party with Poppy
October 30, 9:30 am-noon
Lulu’s Casita West Chester, 109 N. High St., West Chester
Join Poppy from Trolls for a spooky morning of cookie decorating, dancing, stories, and more. Light refreshments and mimosas included. Venmo $25 (per child) to @LulusWC or email firstname.lastname@example.org to save your spot.
October 30, 11 am–1 pm
Schauffele Plaza, 35 Cricket Terrace, Ardmore
Dress in your spookiest costume and trick-or-treat throughout downtown Ardmore and Suburban Square. Meet in Schauffele Plaza to pick up your trick-or-treat bags and map, then visit pop-ups and trunk-a-treats. Return to Schauffele for snacks after trick-or-treating.
Paddock Farms Fall Festival
October 30, noon
Paddock Park, 214 W. Hillcrest Ave., Havertown
Dress up for food, games and prizes, a costume contest, bounce house and inflatable slide, and a village market filled with local vendors and artists.
Witches of Narberth
October 30, 1–4 pm
Start at the corner of Forrest and Haverford Avenues, Narberth
Children of all ages are invited to join in this free event, where kids search downtown Narberth high and low for the witchiest witches around. Collect treats along the way, and then return to the start to collect a Halloween prize.
October 30, 1 pm
111 N. Wayne Ave. Wayne
Join the Wayne Business Association and local businesses for their Annual Trick-or-Treat. Bring your little ones dressed in their costumes and enjoy trick-or-treating at the Wayne Tent, as well as around town at local businesses. Wayne Art Center will have a fun Halloween Craft at the tent, too. Free; rain or shine. Stop by Ivory Tree Portraits to check out their Halloween Selfie Station for all the trick-or-treaters.
Media Halloween Parade
October 30, 1 pm
State Street, Media
Now in its 56th year, come out to this popular community parade in costume to enjoy floats, bands, and more fall fun!
Trick-or-Treat at Eagleview Town Center
October 30, 2–5 pm
565 Wellington Square, Exton
Wear your best costumes and collect Halloween candy around Eagleview Town Center!
Berwyn Halloween Parade and Costume Contest
October 30, 5 pm
The Berwyn Fire Company is hitting the streets again this year and driving through the neighborhoods! They will have three separate fire trucks, each with its own route through Tredyffrin and Easttown Townships. The fire truck parade will begin around 5 pm. Each child will receive a nut-free trick-or-treat candy bag. You can also enter their Halloween Costume Contest online. Six very lucky winners will be randomly selected to win a prize.
Villanova University Trick or Treat
October 30, 5:30 pm
Mendel Field, Villanova University, Villanova
Narberth Halloween Bike Ride and Parade
October 30, 6 pm (parade at 6:30 pm)
Downtown Narberth (meetup place will be shared on the Facebook event as it gets closer)
Join Narberth Cycling Club for their fifth annual Halloween costume party. Gather downtown at 6 pm for a quick review of road safety rules, then depart for a 3-mile costumed bike ride to check out Halloween houses and jam out to spooky tunes. Face masks, helmets, and front/rear bike lights are required. his is an all-ages, all-levels, no-drop ride, but no bikes with training wheels. Or, meet on the 100 block of N. Narberth Ave. at 6 pm to march in the parade at 6:30 pm! The parade ends at the basketball courts in Narberth Park, with a “Trunk-or-Treat” and giveaways for all the kids.
Trick Or Treat at Philly Rock Gym
October 31, 10 am-5 pm
E-520 122 Mill Rd., Oaks; and 57 Lancaster Ave., Malvern
Climb in costume at the PRG and stop by the Halloween photobooth to enter a Virtual Halloween Costume Contest for even more fun! Reservations are required in advance for your desired timeslot and location.
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Lead photograph courtesy of Sesame Place.
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