2016 Fall Fun Guide

Whether seeking the perfect pumpkin, crisp, colorful fall leaves or cultural delights, these local events are something to look forward to all season.



9/10 – 11/6

Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards

Stop by Linvilla Orchards for the complete fall experience. Pick one—or a few—pumpkins to carve for Halloween or adorn the yard. The orchard has over 100 tons to choose from. While there, dash through the maze or take a hayride through the orchards and pumpkin patches.

137 W. Knowlton Road, Media

9/12 – 10/30

Scarecrow Competition and Display

Head to Peddler’s Village for a day of fall fun in Bucks County. The family-friendly destination is again hosting its scarecrow competition in which residents and businesses vie for the most creative hay-stuffed mannequin.

Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska. 

9/16 – 11/5

Terror Behind the Walls

Teens and adults can get a good fright ahead of Halloween at this former prison, which some believe is haunted. Six attractions, filled with scary props and actors, give the Eastern State Penitentiary and an extra spooky vibe.

2027 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia. 

9/24

Ardmore Oktoberfest and Fall Family Festival

Downtown Ardmore will be abuzz with plenty of fall festivities. From a wide selection of beers, including local favorites from Tired Hands, to authentic German food to live music and games, there’s something for the whole family.

Cricket Ave., Downtown Ardmore.

9/24-25

Apple Festival and Pie Eating Contest

Savor the flavors of fall at this annual festival. Attendees can pick their own apples, vie for the title of pie eating champion, and plenty more.

137 W. Knowlton Road, Media. 

9/24 – 10/30

The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular

Sesame Place will be bustling with Halloween fun as the early days of fall stretch into the season. The weekend-only event is costume friendly and will include special shows just for the occasion. Visitors can also check out the Neighborhood Street Party Halloween Parade, complete with 10 floats.

100 Sesame Road, Langhorne.

9/24 – 10/30

Tricks ‘n’ Treats

The Woodmere Art Museum welcomes a Halloween-based collection from artist Peter Paone. The collection includes vintage Halloween decorations and demonstrates how the holiday is evolved over time.

9201 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia. 

9/25 – 10/9

Fall Foliage Express

Sundays this fall, visitors can travel through the Chester Creek Valley on a 90-minute train ride, taking in the bright colors of autumn, while passing through historic stations and rolling farms. It’s the quintessential fall experience—and the best part is nobody has to keep an eye on the road.  

230 E. Market St., West Chester. Visit www.westchesterrr.com.

9/26 – 10/30

HorrorFest

Shady Brook Farm has garnered a reputation for creating one of the scariest Halloween experiences in the region. On select dates, visitors can experience four different attractions, including a creep hayride, fields of carnage and more.

931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley.

10/1

Fall Harvest Festival

The Newlin Grist Mill recreates Colonial America, circa the 1700s, at its annual celebration. Visitors can take a peek back in time by watching artisans practicing blacksmithing, brewing, papermaking and more.

219 S. Cheyney Road, Glen Mills. 

10/1

Narberth Oktoberfest

For those who can’t make it to Germany, Narberth celebrates beer and bratwurst at its annual festival. Attendees will receive a souvenir mug for their libations and other German specialties like pretzels and sauerkraut will also be available. Attendees must be 21 and over.

Narberth Park, 100 Conway Ave., Narberth. 

10/1 – 23

9th Annual Scarecrow Walk and Design Contest

Head to Morris Arboretum, where locally designed scarecrows will be on display. Amble through the field of whimsical straw people, designed with families in mind. This year’s theme is “Sense of Adventure.”

100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia. 

10/8

Harvest Days at the Mill

The Mill at Anselma is abuzz for the final days of autumn. Millers, food makers, harvesters and even apple cider pressers will offer a glimpse into historic times.

1730 Conestoga Road, Chester Springs.

10/9

Fall Harvest and Great Pumpkin Patch

Radnor once more brims with fall spirit at its annual event, which includes hayrides, pumpkin picking, moon bounces, pumpkin painting, live entertainment and more.

Willows Park, 490 Darby Paoli Road, Villanova. 

10/15 – 16

Pumpkin Days

Get a little of everything fall at Tyler Arboretum’s festival. Pumpkin picking, hayrides and building scarecrows highlight the two-day event.

515 Painter Road, Media.

10/15 – 30

Happy Hauntings

Revel in amusement park fun on Saturdays and Sundays at Dutch Wonderland. The park will transform into a family-friendly Halloween delight, featuring over 30 themed rides, accompanied by entertainment and trick-or-treating.

2249 E. Lincoln Highway, Lancaster. 

10/21

Gravediggers Ball

The spooky delights of Halloween come to life at this ball supporting Laurel Hill Cemetery. Sport a mask and dance with a stranger, or simply enjoy the music. The 180-year old cemetery residents will thank you either way.

Crystal Team Room, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia. 

10/22-24

The Great Pumpkin Carve

Get a dose of inspiration or just enjoy the masterful and creative carvings of over 60 pumpkin carvers. Adding to the Halloween festivities will be hayrides, live music, food and even a trail, perhaps haunted by the likes of ghosts and goblins.

Society’s Barn Visitors Center, 1736 Creek Road, Chadds Ford. 

10/22 – 11/20

Chrysanthemum Festival

In traditional Longwood Gardens fashion, the Chrysanthemum Festival is the largest display of exhibition mums in the country and features the largest Thousand Bloom Mum outside of Asia. View the autumnal flowers that the team of gardeners train to resemble shapes like pagodas, spirals and clouds, using traditional Japanese and Chinese techniques.

1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square. 

10/22,23,29,30

Boo at the Zoo

Don your Halloween costume and head to the Philadelphia Zoo, which will have special events and exhibits for the occasion. Sip on hot apple cider, wander through a scarecrow laden scavenger hunt and more.

3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia.   

10/29

52nd Annual Delaware County Halloween Parade

Head to Media with your best costume and take to the street for a county-wide parade, followed by a street festival.

State St., Media. 

10/29

Halloween Lantern Tours

Chase away, or after, the ghosts and ghouls at the Mill at Anselma. Aglow with lantern light, visitors can wander the grounds with a guided tour for a spooky night.

1730 Conestoga Road, Chester Springs. 

10/29

Witches of Narberth

Kids can don costumes and go on a not-so-spooky scavenger hunt. Wander around town where shops will be hiding treats—those who find them all win a prize.

Forrest and Haverford avenues, Narberth. 

10/30

Costume Parade at Linvilla Orchards

Join Linvilla for a fun pre-Halloween costume parade. The annual event awards the top three winners in each age group for best dressed. Head over early to join in on a dance party to get little legs warmed up. Age groups range from under one year to seven and up, plus families and groups.

137 W. Knowlton Road, Media. 

11/5-6

Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village

Wander into the heart of Bucks County and indulge in everything apple. This annual festival features apple butter, apple cider, apple zeppoles, apple fritters, and caramel-covered apples. Bushels of apples will be available for purchase. Festivities will also include an apple-pie-eating contest, well worth the drive.

Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska.

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