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High Five! Main Line Family-Friendly Weekend Events: October 26–27

Happy weekend! Plan the perfect weekend with our picks.

Happy weekend! Plan the perfect weekend with our picks.

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Thomas, Mavis, and the Strasburg Spooktacular!

October 25—27

Strasburg Railroad, 301 Gap Road, Ronks


This weekend, Strasburg Railroad offers a unique opportunity for kids and their families to take a Halloween-decorated, 20-minute ride with everyone’s favorite tank engine. Includes trick-or-treat stations, Halloween costume contests, face painting, pumpkin decorating, other fall-themed games, and more. Step inside the Thomas & Friends Imagination Station with Thomas-themed activities including stamps, temporary tattoos, Thomas storytelling, and Thomas video viewing area. Must book your timeslot online.

Mamma Mia!

October 11—27

SALT Performing Arts, 1645 Art School Road, Chester Springs


This fun musical set to the songs of ABBA hits the stage!

The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular

Weekends through November 3

Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne


Come in costume and enjoy special Halloween-themed shows; soar, swing, fly, and cruise on three Count von Count themed mechanical rides, and see everyone’s favorite furry friends dressed up in costume. There will be special Halloween parades (including a special night one on Saturday), trick-or-treating, and more. Plus, there’s a costume contest this Sunday!

‘Matilda: The Musical’

October 2–27

The Media Theatre, 104 E. State Street, Media


Inspired by the genius of Roald Dahl, this Tony Award-winning musical is the captivating masterpiece that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life–and is packed with high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs! Tickets available online.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s Brick or Treat

September 28–October 31

500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting


LEGO lovers unite for a scavenger hunt, a life-size hayride in the LEGO pumpkin patch, four-foot-tall LEGO witches and cauldrons, giveaways, and more.  Plus, kids can come dressed in their Halloween best to pose for pictures with larger-than-life LEGO models and LEGO costume props!

Pumpkinland and Haunted Gardens at Colonial Gardens

September 28—October 31

745 Schuylkill Road, Phoenixville


Enjoy family-friendly fall fun through October. Activities include hayrides, corn maze, and a Halloween funhouse. Plus, Pumpkinland—a Halloween display of colorful cartoon characters, scarecrows, hay hutch, and over ten tons of pumpkins—is always a hit!

Harvest Fest and Boo at the Zoo at Elmwood Park Zoo

Weekends in October, noon–4 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown


Weekends this fall, come to Elmwood Park Zoo to participate in themed activities, navigate your way through a corn maze, play carnival-style games, paint a pumpkin, and enjoy live entertainment. Bring your little ones in costumes and with a treat bag to trick-or-treat around the zoo!

Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards

Through November 10

137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media


Linvilla has brought out the piles and piles of pumpkins! Plus, enjoy live music and entertainment, hayrides, train rides, pony rides, face painting, and so much more.

Fall Harvest Celebration Weekend

Weekends through October 27, noon—5 pm

Highland Orchards, 1000 Marshallton Thorndale Rd., West Chester


Pick your own apples or take a hayride around the farm. Plus, shop for locally grown produce, treats, and hand-crafted merchandise.

Blooms & Bamboo at Longwood Gardens

October 3 — November 17

1001 Longwood Dr., Kennett Square


Autumn is here … and with it comes a debut exhibit, the masterful Blooms & Bamboo: Chrysanthemum and Ikebana Sogetsu Artistry. Prepare to be wowed by towering bamboo art forms and enchanting arrangements by international artists. Autumn also brings a painted landscape of ever-changing color, imaginative play with pumpkins and the Garden Railway, and creative chrysanthemums meticulously grown into gorgeous forms throughout the Conservatory.


Stratford Friends School Fall Festival

October 26, 10 am—3 pm

2 Bishop Hollow Road, Newtown Square


This community-wide event will offer fall activities, live music by City Love, food trucks, crafts, unique shops and businesses, and more. Free parking and admissions.

Fall Festival at Shipley Shops

October 26, 10 am—3 pm

Yarnall Gym at Shipley School, 839 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr


Win fun prizes, bounce through the inflatable obstacle course, watch Eddy Ray the Magician, trick-or-treat, watch a family-friendly movie, and more! Plus, shop at this Main Line tradition that brings together premier retailers from throughout the United States, attracting customers from Shipley’s community and beyond. Free admission.

King of Prussia Malloween and Trunk-or-Treat

October 26, 10 am—noon

King of Prussia Mall, 160 N. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia


Come to the mall for their annual store-to-store Trick-or-Treat event. Then head outside for inflatables, a photo booth, costume prizes, candy, music, games, and more.

Bark in the Park

October 26, 10 am—3 pm

Rose Tree Park, 1671 N. Providence Rd., Media


This scenic, cross-country 5K is dog-friendly and benefits Providence Animal Center. Not a runner? Stroll the one-mile course with your furry friend instead. After the race, stick around for raffles, food trucks, a kissing booth, kids’ crafts, vendors, and more. Register online.

Halloween Craft Bonanza

October 26; 10:30 am (toddlers), 1:30 pm (kids), 3:30 pm (teens)

Belmont Hills Library, 120 Mary Waters Ford Rd., Bala Cynwyd


The library will host a craft project for each age group; snacks provided. Registration suggested, but walk-ins welcome.

Ardmore Spooktacular

October 26, 11 am—12:30 pm

Begin at Schauffele Plaza, 99 Cricket Terrace, Ardmore


Begin at Schauffele Plaza to pick up your bag and map of participating businesses. Visit stores in downtown Ardmore, fill out your map, then hop on the free shuttle to party at Jack McShea’s at 12:30 pm with treats and prizes for everyone! Free; register online.

Havertown Harvest

October 26, 11 am—7 pm

Haverford Twp. Building Parking Lot, 2325 W. Darby Road, Havertown


This event features local artisans and crafters along with children’s activities and live music. From 4—7 pm, enjoy a fire pit with s’mores and more live music!

The Witches of Narberth

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.

Media Halloween Parade

October 26, 1—2 pm (formation begins at Barrall Field at noon)

Downtown Media


School bands from across the region will set the upbeat tone for this popular family event.  See fire engines, classic and antique cars, as well as floats, clowns, scouts, various community groups, and hundreds of costumed trick-or-treaters march through Media.

Sweet & Spooky Halloween Bash

October 26, 1—3 pm

Sweet & Sassy, 250 Plaza Drive Providence Town Center, Collegeville


Get a makeover, do a craft, dance, walk the runway, and more! Everyone will take home a goody bag filled with sweet treats. Book online to reserve your spot.

Cooking Workshop: Kids’ Spooktacular Treats

October 26, 1 pm

Sur la Table, 690 West DeKalb Pike, Suite 2068, King Of Prussia


In this class, kids ages 8-12 will mix, roll, cut, and decorate mummy cookies, bake brownies and decorate them with spooky chocolate spiderwebs, and put together jack o’ lantern cake pops on a witch’s broomstick! Pre-register online.

Children’s Workshop: Halloween Fleece Blanket

October 26, 1—3 pm

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne


Kids ages 8 and up can get ready for winter with this fun and snugly workshop! Participants choose from an array of fleece patterns and create a quick, no fuss, no-sew, throw for the cool months ahead. Each child leaves the workshop with a fleece blanket, as well as instructions on how to create no-sew blankets at home. Pre-register online.

‘The Space Walk’ Launch Party with Author Brian Biggs

October 26, 1 pm

Children’s Book World, 17 Haverford Station Rd., Haverford


Author Brian Biggs visits Children’s Book World for a special Astronaut and Alien Costume Party to celebrate the launch of his hilarious and sweet new picture book The Space Walk.

Halloween Party at Eagleview Town Center

October 26, 2 pm

565 Wellington Square, Exton


First, trick-or-treat around the businesses in Eagleview Town Center. Then, it’s a Fall movie night—enjoy your candy, buy some popcorn, and watch Hocus Pocus on the big screen!

Fall Festival at Ardmore Library

October 26, 2—3 pm

108 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore


Come celebrate fall by learning about fall traditions and celebrations from around the world. Stories, pumpkin decorating, and other activities will be available, as well as some fall treats. Registration is required for pumpkin decorating.

Halloween Candy Corn Craft

October 26, 2—3 pm

Ludington Library, 5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr.


Kids can do a fun Halloween craft and then stick around and play games! For ages 7 and up. Sign up required – call 610-525-1776 Ext. 5 to reserve your spot.

Saturday Family Drop-In at Main Line Art Center

October 26, 2—4 pm

746 Panmure Road, Haverford


These classes are geared for children (ages 3-10) to attend alongside their guardians. Each class will begin with a tour of Main Line Art Center’s facilities, followed by a story that will relate to a craft. Media will vary weekly, ranging from painting, to mixed media, to printmaking. Register online.

Teen and Tween Craft: Make your own Paper Beads

October 26, 2:30—4 pm

Gladwyne Library, 362 Righters Mill Rd., Gladwyne


Ages 9 and up are welcome to come and create their own beads—learn how to craft beads using recycled materials such as old newspapers, magazines, and scraps of paper; and even customize using paints and markers provided.

Conshohocken Halloween Parade

October 26, 3—6 pm

Starts at Mary Wood Park House, located at 120 E. Fifth Avenue, Conshohocken


Conshohocken hosts its annual parade starting at 4 pm (register at 3 pm). Refreshments and prizes will follow the parade at Mary Wood Park House. Prizes for the top three best costumes will be awarded per age group.

Descendants Event at Sweet and Sassy

October 26, 3:30 pm

250 Plaza Drive Providence Town Center, Collegeville


Get ‘Descendants’ makeovers, sing and dance, and more. You’ll be chillin’ like a villain! Book online.

Boo Bash

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 in Kerr Park.

Haunted Helicopters

October 26, 6—8 pm

American Helicopter Museum & Education Center, 1220 American Boulevard, West Chester


Volunteers in costumes will man treat stations throughout the museum for trick-or-treaters. One helicopter will even offer a slightly spooky walk-through experience. The fun evening also features Halloween stories and movies, ghostly music, and an entertaining craft activity for kids—costumes, of course, welcome! Locust Lane Brewery and Chaddsford Winery offer seasonal beverages for adults. Tickets available at the door or online.

‘Les Miserables’ at Friends’ Central Upper School

October 26, 7 pm

1101 City Avenue, Wynnewood


The Upper School presents the classic musical of love, war, loss, and redemption in the wake of the French Revolution.


One Book, One Lower Merion Bio-Blitz

October 27, 9:30—11 am

Riverbend Environmental Education Center, 1950 Spring Mill Rd., Gladwyne


Riverbend is home to countless species of wildlife, from native plants to insects, macroinvertebrates, migrating birds and more. Families (with children younger than 12) will learn how to explore nature in their own backyards, using science strategies as well as the iNaturalist app. Free; pre-register online.

Upper Darby Harvest Festival

October 27, 10 am—3 pm

Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School, 403 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill


Enjoy live music, local vendors and artists, food and drink for purchase, the Eagles game on the big screen, plus pumpkin decorating and face painting for kids.

Media Farmers Market

October 27, 10 am—noon

Edgemont Avenue between State and Front streets, Media


This year-round outdoor market features fresh food, locally raised and crafted. Plus, stop by the library’s table for a kids’ fall craft to take home.

Baby Loves Disco Family Dance Party

October 27, 11 am

Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore


Dance it out with Baby Loves Disco, enjoy an unlimited brunch buffet (plus a cash bar for the grownups), a costume parade, and more. Tickets available online.

Howloween Pup Parade and Pet Adoption Day

October 27, 1—3 pm

Terrain, 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills


Pups come in costume and parade through the nursery. The parade will begin at 2 pm, and prizes will be awarded for best costume after! Each pup will go home with a doggy bag of treats. Brandywine SPCA, Providence Animal Shelter, and Renee’s Rescue will all be there with dogs available for adoption as well. Free, donations accepted.

Pumpkin Painting at Color Me Mine

October 27, 2—6 pm

109 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne


Paint your Halloween decorations, gifts, and scary stoop pumpkins. $25 includes a small jack-o-lantern to paint and complimentary pumpkin spiced coffee, hot cocoa, and cookies. Book online.

Harvest Festival in West Goshen Park

October 27, 2—4 pm

1023 Fernhill Rd., West Chester


Celebrate with pumpkins, games, hayrides, and snacks!

Malvern Halloween Parade

October 27, 3—5:30 pm

Starts along King St. between Ruthland Ave. and Church St., Malvern


Malvern hosts its annual Halloween Parade! Line up and registration starts at 3 pm; parade begins at 4 pm.

Elsa and Anna’s Girls’ Day Out

October 27, 3:30 pm

Sweet & Sassy, 250 Plaza Drive Providence Town Center, Collegeville


Enjoy a day out with Anna and Elsa! Makeovers, singalongs, photos, and more. Book online.

Jack O’Lantern Carve and Light

October 27, 4:30—6:30 pm

Linwood Park, Linwood and Athens avenues, Ardmore


The park hosts its annual pumpkin carving event. BYO pumpkin (or they will have a limited supply available for a suggested donation of $5 each). Also, feel free to bring a child-friendly carving tool (if you have one).



Photograph courtesy of Narberth Online.

Contributing Writer



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