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High Five! Main Line Family-Friendly Weekend Events: October 27–28

Plan the perfect weekend with our picks!

Plan the perfect weekend with our picks! Note: the weather isn’t looking too promising. We’re updating with rainouts when we hear of them, but be sure to check with the venue if you’re unsure! Happy Halloweekend!


Click here for ongoing events that run through the weekend. Looking for more? Here’s what’s going on in Philly!

All Weekend

Chesco Pops Orchestra’s Halloween Concert Series

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.

ZooSnooze Halloween Campout at Elmwood Park Zoo

October 27, 5:30 pm—October 28, 9 am

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown


Enjoy some tricks and treats to celebrate Halloween at this spooktacular sleepover. Spend a night under the stars with your favorite animal friends and enjoy outdoor family time in a safe and unique environment (recommended for kids age 4 and up). Bring your own tent and camping equipment. Price includes admission, pizza dinner, activities, a movie and popcorn under the stars, s’mores by the campfire, and breakfast in the morning. Pre-registration required.

Boo at the Elmwood Park Zoo

Weekends 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.

The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular

Weekends through October 28

Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne


Come in costume and enjoy three 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. This repeats every weekend through October, so if you can’t make it, there are more chances!

Brick-or-Treat at LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Weekends through October 28

500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting


Brick-or-Treat throughout LEGOLAND as part of their Halloween scavenger hunt, build a LEGO pumpkin for their patch, enjoy themed builds and photo-ops, and more. Costumes encouraged!

West Chester Railroad’s Great Pumpkin Express

October 27—28, 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm

230 E. Market St., West Chester


Wear your costumes for a scenic 90-minute journey to Glen Mills and back. Kids will get treats and pumpkins to take home; hot cider and other seasonal food will also be available for purchase in the snack bar aboard the train. Tickets available online.

Polly Pocket ‘Tiny is Mighty’ Tour

October 27—28, 11 am—4 pm

Clock Tower Court, King of Prussia, 690 W. DeKalb Pike, King of Prussia


Come sing and dance with Polly Pocket, explore her tiny world, and create your own totally cute keepsake.

CATS: The Broadway Musical 

October 27, 2 pm and 7 pm; October 28, 2 pm

SALT Performing Arts, 1645 Art School Road, Chester Springs


While this musical has been around a long time, that isn’t stopping the cast at SALT from putting their own unique spin on it. Join all the cats as they celebrate the Jellicle Ball. Tickets available online.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast 

October 27—28, 2 pm

Delaware Children’s Theatre, 1014 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, DE


We all know this classic tale, but most kids love repetition so why not see it again? This version comes with a princess parade.

Fall Harvest Weekends at Highland Orchards

October 27—28

1000 Marshallton Thorndale Rd., West Chester


Celebrate the season with apple and pumpkin picking, a selection of fall décor and treats, food trucks, young kids’ activities, Harvest Ridge Winery, and more.



October 27, 8:30 am—noon

The Grayson School, 35 N. Malin Road, Broomall


Come for a fun, learning-filled morning of brain-powered activities for your child as you learn from experts in the field of gifted education and parenting gifted children. Students grades PreK-8 will be placed in age, ability, and passion groupings for conducting experiments, performing improv, solving complex math problems, creating graphic novels, and immersing themselves in a history simulation. Meanwhile, parents can attend talks addressing topics related to parenting and working with gifted children.

May the Forks Be With You

October 27, 9—11 am

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown


Enjoy a delicious breakfast spread, Star Wars character appearances, and crafts, in addition to admission to the zoo for the day. Pre-registration required online.

Alpacalypse: Alpacas at the Library

October 27, 10 am—1 pm

Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Parkway, Wynnewood


Meet Banzai and Champ from Woodside Alpaca Farm. No registration necessary, but be ready to wait in line for a bit for your chance to pet the alpacas, ask questions, and get a photo!

Disney Junior Play Date

October 27, 10 am—noon

King of Prussia Mall, 690 W. DeKalb Pike, King of Prussia


Come in costume for spooky family fun and activities based on Vampirina (not a character appearance, just a craft).

HomeCooked Halloween Spooky Foods Workshop

October 27, 11 am—1:30 pm or 2:30—5 pm

HomeCooked, 1 Paoli Plaza, Paoli


During this special holiday cooking workshop, kids will make 5 “Mummy” Calzones (meatball, pepperoni or plain) + a side and spooky dessert! The kids will have fun, and dinner will be taken care of! Call 610-647-1002 to register.

Strasburg Spooktacular

October 27, 11 am—6:30 pm

Strasburg Railroad, 301 Gap Road, Ronks


Get your costumes on and take a family-friendly journey aboard America’s oldest short line railroad, through Lancaster County’s harvest landscape, and destined for a Halloween celebration at Groff’s Grove with trick-or-treating, games, pumpkin decorating, and themed arts and crafts. Tickets available online.

Media Recreation Halloween Extravaganza

October 27, 11:30 am—1:30 pm

Media Community Center, Fourth and Jackson streets, Media


Celebrate with games, food, goodie bags, and costume contests.

The Witches of Narberth

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.

Trunk or Treat Festival

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.

Pumpkin Day

October 27, 1—4 pm

Upper Darby/Sellers Library, 76 S. State Rd., Upper Darby


Open to families, children in grades 5 and under will receive a free pumpkin to paint (while supplies last). There will also be crafts, games, face painting, and more.

Matt Phelan Launch Party for ‘Knights vs. Dinosaurs’

October 27, 1 pm

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


Matt Phelan will be signing copies of his new book, Knights vs. Dinosaurs, and there will be fun games and activities to help find out who will win this epic battle.

Pop-Up Naturalist: ‘Mighty Oaks’

October 27, 1—5 pm

Newlin Grist Mill, 219 Cheyney Rd., Glen Mills


Join Newlin’s staff naturalist for an afternoon of exciting environmental activities. Look for the pop-up naturalist tent in different parts of the park and discover live demonstrations, games, crafts, and more.

‘The Goonies’ at Colonial Theatre

October 27, 1:30 pm

227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville


Re-live this classic on the big screen and share it with your kids!

Peter and the Starcatcher

October 27, 2 pm and 7:30 pm

Great Valley High School, 225 N. Phoenixville Pike, Malvern


Known for its humor and magic, this show reveals the origins of Peter Pan. Molly and several orphan stowaways find themselves on an adventure to protect a magical celestial substance from getting into the wrong hands.

Saturday Family Drop-In at Main Line Art Center

October 27, 2—4 pm

746 Panmure Road, Haverford


These classes are geared for children (ages 3-10) to attend alongside their guardian. 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 Horrorfest

October 27, 2—4 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown


Teen fans of horror and Halloween can stop in for a celebration including fake blood making, tarot card reading, snacks, and more. Costumes are encouraged but not mandatory.

Teen Crafternoon: Calling All Peculiars!

October 27, 2 pm

Bala Cynwyd Library, 131 Old Lancaster Rd., Bala Cynwyd


The library will be hosting a Teen Crafternoon featuring the books of Ransom Riggs, crafting vintage picture bookmarks, giving out peculiar prizes, and discussing all things “Peculiar.”

Day of the Dead Craft and Movie

October 27, 2—4 pm

Ardmore Library, 108 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore


Come learn about the Day of the Dead, decorate skull cookies, and watch the movie Coco.

Windsor Christian Preschool Trunk-or-Treat

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.

Boo Bash

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.

Glow-in-the-Dark Scavenger Hunt

October 27 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Rd., Media


Come dressed in a glow-in-the-dark outfit and take part in this unusual scavenger hunt throughout the gardens.


Family Workshop: Halloween Trick or Treat Bag

October 28, 10—11:30 am

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne


For ages 6-12. Create a printed Halloween bag for trick-or-treating. Pre-register online.

Ardmore Business Association Halloween Spooktacular

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.

Havertown Harvest Fair

October 28, 11 am—9 pm

2325 W. Darby Road, Havertown


A day of live music, craft fair, food and wine, and kids’ activities.

Frozen Family Fun 

October 28, 11 am – 1 pm

Palace Bowling, 977 E. Lancaster Ave, Downingtown


Okay this one is a stretch for “fall” fun, but since Elsa’s involved how can it not be included? Elsa is for all seasons…right? Anyway, grab your princes and princesses (you might want to make a reservation), and bowl a few rounds with the always loved Elsa from the Disney movie Frozen (as if you needed clarification).

Rock and Roll Playhouse Presents Michael Jackson for Kids!

October 28, 11:45 am (doors at 11 am)

Ardmore Music Hall, 23 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore


Using the songs from the most iconic musicians in rock history, the Rock and Roll Playhouse offers its core audience (typically kids ages 3-8 years old) games, movement, stories, and of course an opportunity to rock! This week, it’s a Halloween celebration featuring the music of Michael Jackson, so start practicing your Thriller dance!

Delaware County Halloween Parade

October 28, 1 pm
Downtown Media


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.

Author Eric Bell at Children’s Book World

October 28, 1 pm

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


Children’s Book World will host Eric Bell for Alan Cole Doesn’t Dance, the follow- up to his highly acclaimed novel Alan Cole is Not a Coward.

Creepy Creature Hike

October 28, 1—2:30 pm

Saunders Woods Preserve, 1020 Waverly Road, Gladwyne


Halloween spirits abound in this family-friendly search for spiders, bugs, and other creepy crawly critters; then get creative with an art project, and enjoy a spooky snack. Pre-register online.

Kids’ Spooktacular Tricks and Treats Cooking Class

October 28, 1—3 pm

Sur la Table, 690 W. Dekalb Pike, King of Prussia


Kids ages 8-12 will be baking and decorating three kinds of spooky-cute goodies, including spider web chocolate brownies and mummy cookies. Pre-registration is required.

Kidpower People Safety Workshop

October 28, 2—3:30 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown


This workshop provides an introduction to People Safety Skills for children ages 5-10 with their adult. Storytelling and interactive role-plays teach children simple but powerful skills for everyday safety skills like confidence, setting boundaries, and more.

Halloween Pup Parade

October 28, 3—4 pm

Terrain, 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills


Bring your pups in costume and parade through the nursery. Each puppy will go home with a “Doggie Bag.” The Providence Animal Shelter will also be there with adoptable dogs.

West Chester Area YMCA Healthy Halloween

October 27, 6—8 pm

605 Airport Rd., West Chester


Come out for carnival games, glitter tattoos, face painting, a haunted house, and more.



Photograph by Laura Swartz.

Contributing Writer