Local Halloween Frights and Delights

From family-friendly fun to downright scary, these events will add to All Hallows’ Eve.



Halloween is one of the most popular holidays celebrated by children and family around the United States. The National Retail Federation estimates that Halloween spending will reach $8.4 billion this year and that more than 171 million Americans will celebrate. Americans find all sorts of ways to celebrate, from trick-or-treating to carving pumpkins to dressing in costume. There is plenty of fun to be had locally. From costume parades to haunted houses, these Main Line events embody the Halloween spirit.

For Families

Halloween in Manayunk

Oct. 22

Attend a fun-filled day of events and activities on Main Street by trick-or-treating, participating in a costume party, crafts, corn maze and more.

Visit manayunk.com

Halloween Parade in Phoenixville

Oct. 22

Parents and children of any age can participate in this parade. Register by picking up a number at the Phoenixville Recreation Department.

4 p.m.- 6p.m., 123 Main St., Phoenixville. Visit www.phoenixville.org

Phoenixville Pumpkinfest

Oct. 22           

This free family festival features pumpkin derby races, a carnival, crafts, music and more. Parents can sample pumpkin-flavored dishes from local eateries, and everyone can watch the live expert pumpkin-carving contest.

10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., 198 Bridge St., Phoenixville. Visit www.phoenixvillepumkinfest.com

West Chester Halloween Parade

Oct. 26

The borough of West Chester will host a Halloween parade featuring marching bands, cheerleading and dance team performances. Participants must register with the West Chester Parks and Recreation Department.

7 p.m. Visit www.west-chester.com or contact (610) 436–9010.

Ardmore Halloween Spooktacular

Oct. 29

Bring your trick-or-treaters to this event, hosted by the Ardmore Business Association.

Visit destinationardmore.com

Halloween Extravaganza in Media

Oct. 29

Dress up in your favorite costume and try to win first prize, or simply enjoy playing games and savoring food.

11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. 301 N. Jackson St., Media. Visit www.mediaborough.com

Halloween Parade at Woodmere Art Museum

Oct. 30

In addition to a fun costume parade, there will be a straw maze to try to complete. The Springfield Township High School Spartan Pep Band will also perform live music.

2 p.m. 9201 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia. Visit woodmereartmuseum.org

Narberth Halloween Parade

Oct. 30

Kids and parents can participate in Narberth’s Halloween Parade by walking together through town in their costumes. At the end, they will receive a goodie bag, apple cider and other treats.

227 N. Narberth Ave., Narberth. Visit www.narberthfourthofjuly.com

For Teens and Adults

Bates Motel Haunted Attractions

Select dates thru Oct. 31

Enjoy a variety of spooky attractions at Bates Motel, from the haunted rooms to a corn maze to hayrides. Actors and props make this one of the scariest haunts around. While there, check out a new escape room.

1835 Middletown Road, Glen Mills. Visit www.thebatesmotel.com

Fright Factory

Select dates thru Oct. 31

Wander the many dark halls of this historic building in South Philly. Over 100-years-old, it provides a frightening experience. Actors and props await visitors, bringing this haunted factory to life.

2200 S. Swanson St., Philadelphia. Visit www.frightfactory.tv.

Halloween Haunt at Dorney Park

Select dates thru Oct. 30

Visit Dorney Park this October to see the amusement park transformed into a haunted landscape. Visitors can go on rides and experience Scare Zones. Walk through the Cornstalkers Maze, the Chamber of Horrors, the Mansion House Hotel and more.

3830 Dorney Park Road, Allentown. Visit www.dorneypark.com

Pennhurst Asylum

Select dates through Oct. 30

This historic and high-tech haunted house features animatronics, actors and props, as well as a labyrinth of old cells. Visitors also can go on a Ghost Hunt, take a stroll through the Tunnel of Terror, and traverse the underground laboratory in the Dungeon of Lost Souls. 

Church and Bridge streets, Spring City. Visit www.pennhurstasylum.com

Valley of Fear

Select dates through Oct. 31

Take a walk through the dark woods and race your way through a maze of zombies at the Valley of Fear.

301 W. Bristol Road, Feasterville. Visit www.valleyofear.com

Ghost Tour of the Olympia

Oct. 7, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29

Enjoy a haunted evening on the oldest steel warship, the Olympia, docked along the Delaware River at Penn’s Landing. Hear ghost stories and walk along the decks, captains’ cabins and the galley. 

211 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia. Visitwww.ghosttour.net.

Grim Philly’s Riverboat Cruise

Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28

Listen to a variety of ghost stories from the likes of Anne Boney to Captain Kidd on this Riverboat Cruise from Penn’s Landing to the Delaware.

Must be 21; ages 17-20 with parental supervision. Penn’s Landing, 211 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia. Visit www.grimphilly.com.

True Tales from the Tomb

Oct. 28

Performers tell tales through the eyes of the residents of Laurel Hill Cemetery’s historic tombs. Afterwards, enjoy seasonal refreshments and cocktails.

3822 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia. Visit www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org

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