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Spooky Social Distancing! Halloween 2020 on the Main Line and Beyond

Mask up, it's Halloween!

It’s 2020, so even though we’ve truly perfected the art of wearing masks, Halloween is going to be scaled back like everything else. The CDC advised against traditional trick-or-treating this week, so it’s time to get creative. 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 spooky in a socially-distant way!

Halloween Pumpkin Hunt

Inspired by the Rainbow Map this spring when COVID lockdown started, the Halloween Pumpkin Hunt is a fun, socially distanced activity that gets kids out on the street in costume! On Halloween, kids walk around in costumes to find the pumpkin pictures on their own time and with whatever route they make up. The Halloween Pumpkin Hunt was created by a mom in Brooklyn, but the hope is that other neighborhoods and cities join the fun, so find your neighborhood on the map, share, and join in the fun!

The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular

Weekends through November 1

Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne


Come in costume and enjoy special Halloween-themed shows, trick-or-treating around the park, an interactive Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt, pumpkin decorating, rides, and more fun with your Sesame Street friends. Advance tickets required. Face coverings are required for guests age 2 and older while in the park.

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!

Linvilla Orchards Pumpkinland and Hayrides

Through November 1 (specific events are shorter)

137 West Knowlton Road, Media


A fall trip to Linvilla’s Pumpkinland is a tradition for so many families—from giant displays of pumpkins to hayrides to corn mazes to barnyard animals, and so much more. Don’t miss the not-so-scary hayride to the friendly Witch’s House! To manage crowds and ensure social distancing, timed tickets for Autumn Moon, Harvest, and Witch’s Hayrides are required to be purchased in advance. You can also reserve a private hayride just for your family. The jack-o-lantern exhibit runs from October 23-30, as well.


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.

Courtesy of Visit Philadelphia

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Brick or Treat Weekends

Weekends, October 2 through November 1

500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting


Explore LEGO Hidden Side, a spooktacular LEGO play experience using augmented reality. Let your little ghost hunter join Jack and Parker on an AR adventure to capture the ghouls hiding in their Halloween build stations, plus take photos with the holiday-themed giant LEGO builds! You can also collect free LEGO pieces to build your own Halloween LEGO creation to take home. Costumes are encouraged, and pre-registration is required to ensure social distancing. Masks are required on all guests ages 2 and up.

Sesame Place’s Not-Too-Spooky Halloween Drive-Thru

Tuesdays and Wednesdays in October, 6-9 pm

Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne


The all-new Not-Too Spooky Halloween Drive-Thru is your first-ever chance to experience Halloween at Sesame Place from the comfort of your vehicle! This family-friendly, Halloween-themed experience includes a special soundtrack, festive décor, millions of lights, and everyone’s favorite furry friends dressed up in costume on their Halloween-themed floats! As you exit the park, each child will receive a bag of treats. Pre-registration required online.

Boo at the Elmwood Park Zoo

Weekends, October 10 through November 1, 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! Included with price of general admission, but reservations are required to ensure social distancing.


Be on the lookout for special Harvest Weekends, like October 24 and 25, which will include pumpkin painting!

Virtual Monster Mash Dance Party

October 15, 3:30 pm


Throw on your costume and sing and dance along to your favorite Halloween tunes in Ridley Township Library’s Zoom party for ages 3 and up.  Children who register can also pick up a treat bag filled with goodies to enjoy during the dance party! Pre-register in the link at the title.

Cricket BOO!

October 17, 9:30 am–12:30 pm

Cricket Avenue, Ardmore


Join Lulu’s Casita and pucciManuli for their annual Halloween bash on Cricket Avenue! Cricket BOO! will look a little different this year and will be a lot smaller than previous years–tickets are extremely limited, so get yours early! Kids of all ages will enjoy a morning full of spooky fun including pumpkin hunting, photo booth, spooky storytime, live music by Roots with Ruark, unlimited play at Lulu’s Casita, and even visits from Elsa, Anna, and Elmo!

Riverbend’s ShiverQuest Scavenger Hunt

October 17–31

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 17–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 2021 summer season.

Parking Lot Horrors: Drive-In Movies

Various dates from October 17-November 1 (see website for schedule)

King of Prussia Mall – Parking Lot B, 160 North Gulph Road, King of Prussia


The KOP parking lot transforms into a spooky drive-in with movies like Beetlejuice, Goosebumps, and The Goonies! Plus, some more adult-oriented scary movies if you’re looking for that sort of thing! Tickets are available on a per-car basis, and you can bring your own snacks (or buy from on-site food trucks).

Trick or Treat Nights at Elmwood Park Zoo

October 23, 30, and 31

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown


This socially distanced 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 costumes. Don’t forget your trick-or-treat bag and your flashlight! Guests can also enjoy one free carousel ride included with their ticket and animal meet and greets. Tickets available online.

Ardmore Business Association Spooktacular

October 24, 11 am and noon (pre-register for desired timeslot)

Schauffele Plaza, Ardmore


Bring your little ghosts and goblins for a fun day of trick-or-treating in Ardmore! To ensure social distancing, there are two one-hour timeslots to choose from, so be sure to pre-register via the Facebook event page.

Sweet & Spooky Halloween Bash

October 24 and 31

Sweet & Sassy, 250 Plaza Dr., Collegeville


Party at Sweet & Sassy with makeovers, crafts, dancing, snacks, and more. Pre-registration required.

Halloween Drag Show at Mcshea’s

October 24, 5 pm

McShea’s Restaurant & Bar, 242 Haverford Avenue, Narberth


Hosted by Philly’s Miss Brittany Lynn, and featuring her Drag Mafia, “Little Monsters” is a family-friendly show with some  favorite characters brought to life, in drag, of course! Plus, a costume parade so everyone can strut around and show off! Tickets available online.

Reverse Trick-or-Treat and Character Drive-By

October 25, 10 am-noon

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave.


Decorate your car, come in costume, and delight as characters bring treats to your car! Characters include Elsa, Elmo, Batman, Wonder Woman, Woody, Mickey Mouse and many more! Pre-registration is required with Lulu’s Casita. Masks are required for everyone over the age of 2, as characters will be coming to your car.

Middletown Free Library Virtual Spook-Tacular Halloween Parties

October 26, 4 pm; October 29, 6:30 pm; October 30, 10:30 am and 4 pm; and October 31, 10:30 am


Spook-Tacular Halloween is designed to engage kids ages 3-10, but is fun for the entire family! Wear your costume and come enjoy music, crafts, storytime, face-to-face fun with other families, plus prizes! Reserve your spot online.

Trick-or-Treating at King of Prussia Town Center

October 28, 4-7 pm

155 Village Drive, King of Prussia


Local kids and families are encouraged to dress up and visit participating tenants for individually wrapped candies and other tenant specials. Additional festivities on the green space include a live DJ and a photobooth.

Halloween Boo Bounce

October 31, 9 am

BounceU, 130 W. Main St., Collegeville


Bounce with lights, bubbles, snacks, and more. Tickets are very limited to ensure social distancing, so be sure to pre-register online. Masks and socks required.

Trick or Treating for Foodies

October 31, 10 am-4 pm

121 N. Narberth Ave, Narberth


To kick-off the restart of in-person shopping on Saturdays, Pinwheel Provisions is hosting a Halloween event! They’ll be offering pre-packaged samples (in compostable containers) for visitors to take home and heat up at their convenience all day long.

Halloween Story Time and Craft with Belmont Hills Library

October 31, 11 am


All ages welcome! The program will premiere on the library’s Facebook page on Halloween morning, but be sure to register in advance to receive a take-home project kit that will be available that week.

Halloween at Al Pastor

October 31, 11 am-9 pm

560 Wellington Square, Exton


On Halloween, children will eat for free when in costume, and there will be free trick-or-treat bags available while supplies last. Be sure to make reservations for your meal.

Trick Or Treat at Philly Rock Gym

October 31, noon-8 pm

E-520 122 Mill Rd., Oaks


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.

Dance Day on the Lawn at People’s Light

October 31, 1:30 pm

39 Conestoga Road, Malvern


Dancer/choreographer and Teaching Artist Daniella Brown will welcome kids ages 2-5 to a socially-distanced outdoor movement exploration. A minimum of one adult plus one child, and a maximum of 5 per party, will have their own ground cloth marking out a private “dance zone” on the People’s Light lawn. Each session will include group stretching and warm-up, guided movement activities, and a sample dance in a different style each week. This session, learn dances to “Monster Mash,” “Thriller,” and more! Pre-registration is required to hold your spot.

Virtual Halloween Family Trivia Night with Ludington Library

October 31, 7 pm


Join Miss Jackie and Miss Casey to test your knowledge as a family. Costumes encouraged! Join on Facebook Live.




Looking for more? Here’s what’s happening in Philly!


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