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October 24, 2018

Not sure what to do for Halloween? Here's a list of 20 events in Philly

UPDATED with even more events

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A skeleton decoration.

If you're not in the Halloween spirit yet, you really should be – we're now only one week away from the holiday. It's time to seek out some spooky fun in Philly.

Below is a roundup of 20 Halloween events, including parties and ghost tours, worth checking out this October. They're listed by date, with events happening from Wednesday, Oct. 24, through Wednesday, Oct. 31.


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Grab your broomsticks for the Witch Craft Beer Crawl

East Passyunk's Halloween bar crawl returns Wednesday, Oct. 24. Attendees will make their way to 17 neighborhood haunts, including Garage, ITV, Stateside and Stogie Joe's.

Tickets to attend the event are $6.66. All ticket holders will be able to purchase $4 craft beers at each bar, and will get a witch's hat and bar crawl stamp card. 

You can earn stamps by purchasing drinks and food at participating locations. Collect five or more and you'll be entered into a contest to win a prize package worth more than $300.

Wednesday, Oct. 24
5:30-9:30 p.m. | $6.66 admission; pay-as-you-go
Check in at Garage Passyunk
1231 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19147


14th annual Gravediggers' Ball will take place the weekend before Halloween

The Gravediggers' Ball, a fundraiser for Laurel Hill Cemetery, will take place at the Masonic Temple. Attendees are asked to dress in black-tie or a costume to party the night away.

Tickets to the gala are $250, but those aged 21 to 40 can purchase a "Young Friends" ticket for $175.

Friday, Oct. 26
7 p.m. to midnight | $175-$250 per person
Masonic Temple
1 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19107


This month's Final Fridays party at the Philadelphia Museum of Art has a Halloween theme

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Halloween decorations in Philadelphia.

Put on a Halloween costume – you'll get $5 off admission if you do – and prepare to dance the night away at the art museum. Two DJs will be performing sets.

When you need a break from the dance floor, channel your inner Demi Moore in "Ghost" at the potter’s wheel or evaluate your preparedness for a zombie apocalypse.

All Final Fridays events include arts & crafts, live music and tours of the galleries. Also during the events, attendees can purchase cocktails and tapas.

October's Final Fridays party will take place during a huge celebration for the Parkway's 100th birthday, so expect the neighborhood to be bustling with activity.

Friday, Oct. 26
5-8:45 p.m. | $18-$20 museum admission
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130


Explore Fort Mifflin (and its ghosts) this Halloween season

Is Fort Mifflin haunted? Find out for yourself on Friday, Oct. 26. 

During this evening event, get your fortune told by an experienced occultist, spend some time watching old horror movies and go on a ghost tour or a paranormal investigation with experienced guides.

Tickets can be purchased here.

Friday, Oct. 26
5-10 p.m. | $15-$25 per person
Fort Mifflin
1 Fort Mifflin Road, Philadelphia, PA 19153


The fourth annual Mischief at the Mütter promises spooky surprises

The Mütter Museum is a pretty odd place, full of skulls and strange things in jars, so it makes sense it would host an annual Halloween party.

Tickets are $50 and include full access to the museum, as well as two alcoholic beverages and food from Insomnia Cookies and Pizzeria Vetri.

Friday, Oct. 26
6:30-11 p.m. | $50 per person
Mütter Museum
19 S. 22nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19103


Spend the Friday and Saturday before Halloween partying at Xfinity Live! 

Xfinity Live!, which has five venues inside, is hosting two Halloween parties. Wicked will take place on Friday, Oct. 26, then the next night will be Nightmare on Broad Street.

On both nights there will be costume contests with prizes, DJs and musical performances.

Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27
8 p.m. | $10 general admission; $15 for admission to both parties
Xfinity Live!
1100 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19148


There's a haunted scavenger hunt happening in Old City

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Halloween decorations outside a row house in Philadelphia.

A few days before Halloween, there will be a scavenger hunt by Independence Hall. During the event, participants will visit some of Old City's most historic – and haunted – spots.

Tickets can be purchased here.

Saturday, Oct. 27
4 p.m. | $22 per person
Old City


Stratus Lounge wants you to "come for the boos, stay for the booze" 

The rooftop lounge at Hotel Monaco is throwing a Halloween party on Saturday, Oct. 27. The cover charge (ranging from $10-20 depending on time and capacity) will give guests access to a candy bar and bug bar – yes, there will be edible bugs. 

Also, Red Bull and Don Julio will be pouring festive cocktails for the occasion, and all attendees are asked to wear their most creative or spooky getups for a chance at winning the costume contest.

Saturday, Oct. 27
$10-$20 cover charge (depending on time arriving)
Stratus Lounge
433 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106


Twisted Tail hosting annual Voodoo Halloween Party

Once again, Twisted Tail will host a Halloween party. There will be live music, a photo booth and a "Witching Hour" with different drink specials every 15 minutes, starting at 11 p.m. 

A contest will award prizes for most creative and scariest costumes.

Saturday, Oct. 27
9 p.m. to 1 a.m. | Free to attend
Twisted Tail
509 S. Second St., Philadelphia, PA 19147


Wear your best costume to Brickwall Tavern to try and win Sixers' tickets

On Saturday, Oct. 27, Brickwall Tavern on Sansom Street will throw a costume party sponsored by Jack Daniel's Tennessee Fire. The best costumes of the night will have a chance to win Sixers' tickets.

Also at the event, there will be Jack Daniel's giveaways, live music and games.

Saturday, Oct. 27
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Brickwall Tavern
1213 Sansom St., Philadelphia, PA 19107


Philadelphia Brewing Co. and Bluebird Distilling are teaming up for a Halloween event

Head to Philadelphia Brewing Co. on Monday, Oct. 29, for a unique happy hour. Both Philadelphia Brewing and Bluebird Distilling will be pairing beloved Halloween candy with adult beverages. Think vodka with Junior Mints or Kenz O'Lantern with Candy Corn.

It’s like trick-or-treating for grown-ups. The pairings will be pay-as-you-go.

Monday, Oct. 29
6-8 p.m. | Pay-as-you-go
Philadelphia Brewing Co.'s Peacock Room
2440 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19125


Attend a Halloween party on the Spirit of Philadelphia

Drink Philly is throwing a Halloween party on the Delaware River with plenty of boos and booze.

Tickets to the boat party are $57. Included is an open bar featuring craft brews, wine and signature cocktails, a dinner buffet and live music.

Wednesday, Oct. 31
6:30-9:30 p.m. | $57 per person
Spirit of Philadelphia
401 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106


The Patio at Spring Arts is hosting a block party Halloween night

On Halloween night, a block party by the Rail Park will be hosted by Love City Brewing Co. and The Patio at Spring Arts.

There will be DJs, dancing, food trucks and lots of drink specials. Costumes highly encouraged.

Wednesday, Oct. 31
7 p.m. to midnight | Free to attend; pay-as-you-go
The Patio at Spring Arts
500 N. 10th St. Philadelphia, PA 19123


Frankford Hall throwing bash with free entry on Halloween night

This Frankford Hall-Oween party will kick off at 8 p.m. on Halloween night. Guests can participate in a costume contest and compete for prizes, while enjoying drink specials and music by DJ Craig Dash.

Admission to the beer hall bash will be free.

Wednesday, Oct. 31
8 p.m. to 1 a.m. | Free admission
Frankford Hall
1210 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19125


Catch a screening of "Night of the Living Dead" with a live score

On Halloween night, the Philadelphia Film Society will screen "Night of the Living Dead" with a live score, re-imagined by Modern Robot.

In the classic horror film, there's a panic throughout the nation when the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from the zombies.

Wednesday, Oct. 31
7:30 p.m. | $15 ($11 for PFS members)
Philadelphia Film Center (formally the Prince Theater)
1412 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19102


Go on an edgy ghost tour with Grim Philly

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Halloween decorations outside a row house in Philadelphia.

Accompany Grim Philly on a tour this October to learn Philly's spooky history. There's the Vampires, Sex & Ghosts tour and the Cemetery & Serial Killer tour, as well as a hunted pub crawl.

All three leave from Old City. You can find out more info here.


Ghost Tours of Philadelphia explores a real haunted house

Step inside a haunted Society Hill mansion this October. This special ghost tour begins outside, with a visit to the Strangers Burial Ground, and ends with an indoor tour of the Powel House, a colonial-era mansion.

The Powel House has a long history of being haunted, with strange and unexplainable experiences reported for more than 70 years.

Tickets for the ghost tour are $22 per person

Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27
8 p.m. | $22 per person
5th and Chestnut streets


Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion presents "A Séance to Remember"

This October, head to the Victorian house to help solve a murder mystery. 

Participants will move through different rooms in the mansion, where they will be greeted by different actors. After meeting all the suspects, the group will have to solve the case.

Select dates in October
$16 per person
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion
200 W. Tulpehocken St., Philadelphia, PA 19144


You can take a Halloween-themed cruise on the Delaware River

On the Halloween-themed cruise, a "pirate" will share spooky stories of ghosts, the Jersey Devil and more. Tickets for adults are $34, and attendees will be able to purchase beer, wine or mixed drinks aboard the cruise.

Multiple dates, through Tuesday, Oct. 30
7:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. | $17-$34 per person
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106


Chaddsford Winery makes it so adults don't have to give up trick-or-treating

Go trick-or-treating at a local winery this October. Adults are encouraged to dress up in Halloween costumes to walk through the vineyard to five stations. At each stop, there will be a locally-made goodie and an alcoholic beverage.

Saturdays and Sundays, through Oct. 28
Times: 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. or 4 p.m. | $20 per person
Chaddsford Winery
632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA 19317


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