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October 19, 2016

Eight family-friendly activities for Halloween weekend 2016

Includes parades, picnics, museum deals and much more

Trick-or-treating is the go-to Halloween activity, but with the holiday falling on a Monday this year, parents will need to get creative over the weekend. 

Keep everyone entertained through Halloween weekend with the family-friendly activities in this roundup, including parades, picnics and museum deals.

Fall Family Day: Halloween Picnic and Parade

On Oct. 30, families can head to Laurel Hill Cemetery for a Halloween picnic. Activities will include arts and crafts, a pumpkin patch and hula hoop games.

Halloween goodies will be provided but attendees are also invited to pack their own snacks. Dressing up in costume is encouraged, too.

The event is recommended for children age 4-12.

Sunday, Oct. 30
1-3 p.m. | $5 per person
Laurel Hill Cemetery
3822 Ridge Ave.
(215) 228-8200


Halloween Pup Parade

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Does it get any cuter than a dachshund dressed in a hot dog costume?


Terrain in Glen Mills will host its second annual Halloween Pup Parade on Oct. 30. Dress the family dog up in costume to participate in a parade through the space. After, families can take home doggie bags of treats for their pup.

The event is free to attend but donations to American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) are appreciated. 

Sunday, Oct. 30
3-4 p.m. | Free
Terrain Garden Cafe
914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, PA
(610) 459-2400


Dress Up at Please Touch Museum

Wear a costume to Please Touch Museum on Oct. 29-31 and receive $2 off admission. Both children and adults who are visiting the museum are invited to get into the Halloween spirit to score the holiday deal.

Admission is normally $17 per person.

Saturday, Oct. 29 through Monday, Oct. 31
$15 per person
Please Touch Museum
4231 Ave. of the Republic
(215) 581-3181


Boo at the Zoo


The Philadelphia Zoo is offering a trick or treat safari for kids on four dates in October. Children can dress up in costumes, enjoy a maze through the hay bales and pose for pictures with pumpkins, when not checking out the zoo animals.

The event is included with general admission. Children under age 2 can attend for free.

Saturday, Oct. 22, 29 and Sunday, Oct. 23, 30
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | $19-$23 general admission
Philadelphia Zoo
3400 W. Girard Ave.


Day of the Dead Festivities

Bring the family to the Mutter Museum for a full day of Day of the Dead festivities. There will be sugar cookies shaped like skulls for decorating, paper flower making and face painting. 

All festivities are included with museum admission, which is $13-$18. Children age 5 and under can attend for free.

Sunday, Oct. 30
Free with museum admission
Mutter Museum
19 S. 22nd St.


Scarecrow Competition and Display

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Look for the 2016 winners at the annual display.


The Annual Scarecrow Competition and Display in Bucks County's Peddler's Village showcases hundreds of creative and colorful scarecrows outdoors through Oct. 30.

The 2016 winners in various categories were announced in early October.

Through Sunday, Oct. 30
Free
Peddler's Village
2400 Street Rd, New Hope, PA 


Fall Fest & Spooky Saturday

This family-friendly festival has a little something for everyone. Kids can decorate pumpkins, jump in the bounce house, trick or treat or join a costume contest. Parents can enjoy fall cocktails, craft beer, a craft show and live music. 

Even the family dog gets something out of this festival. Dog treats and water will be available at Amelie's Bark Shop.

Saturday, Oct. 29
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Pay-as-you-go
East Passyunk Ave. and Tasker St.


South Street PumpkinFest

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See a circus performance at the annual PumpkinFest celebration.


PumpkinFest is a neighborhood tradition. The Halloween street festival features pumpkin decorating, hay wagon rides, a hay bail maze, a magic show, live music, a "Thriller" dance performance, a costume contest, trick-or-treating, and circus performances. This year there will also be movie screenings for kids ("Beetlejuice" and "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown") and a screening of "Rocky Horror Picture Show" for adults.

Daytime festival activities are 12-5 p.m., trick or treating is 3-6 p.m., kids movies start at 6p.m. and the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" screening takes place at 9 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 29
Beginning at noon | Pay-as-you-go
Headhouse Shambles
2nd Street, between Pine and Lombard streets