Halloween weekend is finally here. I don't know who is more excited - my daughter or me!! I LOVE Halloween - the decorations, the costumes, excited happy kids, oh and the candy? Bonus!! If you're hosting a party or heading out, why not try this pumpkin cream cheese dip recipe? I made it for my playgroup's halloween party and served it with cinnamon raisin bagel crisps (but I think Stacy's cinnamon pita chips would work great, too) and all the mommys went crazy for it. Plus, there is just so much to do it's almost overwhelming. How do you choose with all that's out there for families this weekend? Well, lucky for you here's our line-up of select Halloween events that are free (or mostly free) and fun for the whole family. Have a wickedly wonderful weekend!
P.S. Hey, did you hear that Philly is ranked #16 in the nation for best cities to trick or treat by real estate site Zillow? Yay Philly!
Cleo-cat-ra and Bark Antony Pet Contest Franklin Institute steps at 20th Street Philadelphia, PA Sat. Oct. 30 1-3pm
Halloween is for the dogs (and cats!) this Saturday Oct. 30th from 1-3pm where costumes aren’t just for people at The Franklin Institute’s Cleo-cat-ra and Bark Antony Pet Contest event. Dress your precious pet up in the best Egyptian gear you can find to enter fluffy in the costume contest for a chance to win a $500 cash prize (2nd place is $250 cash and third place winner gets 2 tickets to Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt exhibit. Humans encouraged to dress up as well and face painting for the kids will also be available. Registration begins at 1pm. Judging starts at 2pm. Advanced registration is required for all pets 215-448-1152, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Free!
Rittenhouse Row Annual Halloween Celebration The Shops at Liberty Place Philadelphia, PA Sat. Oct. 30 10am - 5pm
Liberty Place is the place to be on Saturday morning for some indoor celebration and trick or treating in the Rittenhouse Row Annual Halloween Celebration to include a costume contest from 10-11am. Music from 95.7 BEN FM, games, prizes and of course, trick or treating from 10am-5pm along the shops. Other kid friendly activities available on the trick or treat route include kids costumed yoga, free face painting and $5 children’s Halloween themed manicures. Kids can pick up bags and maps for participating vendors in the Rittenhouse Row Trick or Treating celebration inside Liberty Place.
Manayunk Costume Trick or Treat and Pumpkin Painting Canal View Park Manayunk, PA Sat. Oct. 30 12-4pm
Enjoy the Manayunk Costume Trick or Treat and Pumpkin Painting celebration and costume parade for kids and pets in Canal View Park in Manayunk this Sat. Oct. 30th from 12-4pm. Costume parade starts at 2pm. All kids who participate in the parade get a free ice cream cone! Face painting and more fun, too!
Halloween at Smith SMITH The Kids Play Place in the Park Philadelphia, PA Sat. Oct. 30 10am - 1pm
It’s not just Halloween weekend, it’s also the last weekend of Playground Season at SMITH so head on over to this 6 acre playplace for kids in the middle of East Fairmount Park for some free Halloween Fun. Kids 10 and under can enjoy a costume parade, crafts, self face-painting special goodies and more at this FREE event with the Junior League of Philadelphia. Parade starts at 11am. Don’t forget the costumes! Beck’s Cajun Halloween at Reading Terminal Market Reading Terminal Market 12th and Arch Philadelphia, PA Sat. Oct. 30 11am - 3pm
Ok so this might be more for the adults than the kids but I promise you it’ll be worth it!! Get your whole family to Reading Terminal Market on Saturday Oct. 30th for Halloween fun like you can only find in the Big Easy but right here in Center City. It’s Creepy Crawly Cajun Halloween at Beck’s Cajun Café in Reading Terminal Market from 11am-3pm where you can enjoy a visit from the Swamp Man and the Voodoo Lady plus Creole singing and storytelling from Kent Courtney. But most importantly grab some grub while you’re there because it is frightfully good. I can personally recommend “The Train Wreck” Po Boy with andouille sausage, steak, salami, cheese, and onion - a heavenly and happy melding of a Philadelphia cheesesteak with a spicy cajun PoBoy. (See? I told you this was maybe a little more for the adults than kids, right?) Don’t worry – kids will love to munch on the monstrously good bread pudding and maybe even take part in the Bread Pudding eating contest for a chance to win $150 in gift certificates. Free! The Witches of Narberth and Parade Downtown Narberth Forrest Ave. and Haverford Ave. Narberth, PA Sat. Oct. 30 1-4 pm witch hunt, parade starts at 6:30pm
It’s a friendly family Witch-Hunt right in downtown suburban Narberth on Saturday Oct. 30th!! Kids can pick up a game card at the corner of Haverford and Forrest Ave. with clues to help them hunt down the witches scattered throughout the borough’s shops. Once children find all 13 witches they head back to the starting point to claim a special Halloween prize. Witch-hunt runs from 1-4pm. Then stick around for the annual Narberth Halloween Parade starting at 6:30pm. Kids and their parents can parade through Narberth. Children receive treats and a goodie bag at the end of the parade. Both the Witch Hunt and Costume Parade events are free. Midtown Village Celebrates Family Style Halloween 13th and Walnut Philadelphia, PA Sun. Oct. 31 12 Noon - 5pm
Sunday Oct. 31st from 12 Noon to 5pm Midtown Village is transformed into trick or treat haven for revelers of all ages with costumed merchants handing out cider, candy and other treats (and some tricks) for all! Halloween stroll starts at 13th and Walnut and continues through cross-streets. Complete list of participating locations available at http://www.midtownvillage.org/events.php?id=61. Free.
Wanamaker Grand Court Organ Halloween Spooktacular Macy’s 1300 Market Street Philadelphia, PA Sun. Oct. 31 2:30pm
Before heading out for trick or treating stop by Macy’s on Sunday Oct. 31st at 2:30pm for a free concert on the Wanamker organ by Gordon Turk from the Ocean Grove Auditorium. After the concert, families can stay for the rest of the Halloweeen Spooktacular to include a viewing of Phantom of the Opera accompanied live by organist Jim Riggs for $10. Refreshments and folding chairs will be available.
Trick or Treat at the Pop Shop 729 Haddon Ave. Collingswood, NJ Sun. Oct. 31 8am-8pm free kids meal for costumed kids 1-5pm trick or treating
Costumed kids can trick or treat at The Pop Shop in beautiful Collingswood, NJ and hit the many other shops along Haddon Ave for treats and goodies from 1-5pm on Sunday Oct. 31st. Kids ages 14 and under and in full costume dine free off the Squirts menu all day from 8am-8pm with the purchase of an adult meal. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner or all three meals at The Pop Shop as their special Halloween treat to Moms and Dads! Plus menu options include seasonal Halloween fare like Pumpkin milkshakes, Harry Potter’s Butter Beer, and Chocolate Covered Pickles. Free.
Halloween Arts Fest Fairmount Arts Center 2501 Olive Street Philadelphia, PA Sun. Oct. 31 11:30am - 3:30pm
It’s the 4th Annual Halloween Arts Fest at the Fairmount Arts Center on Sunday Oct. 31st from 11:30am – 3:30pm. Costumed kids can make special Halloween themed crafts and enjoy oodles of art activities ranging from face painting, music and more. Free.
Kids’ Spook Fest Ile Ife Park 2544 Germantown Ave. Philadelphia, PA Sun. Oct. 31 starts at 12 Noon
Enjoy KIds' Spook Fest, a free family festival hosted by The Village of Arts & Humanities at Ile Ife Park starting at 12 Noon on Sunday Oct. 31st. Festival includes arts, crafts, games and fun for kids of all ages. Free.
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