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October 13, 2017

Quirky Halloween events to check out this October

Watching a scary movie or going to a haunted house is a great way to celebrate the Halloween season, but it isn't the only way to get into the holiday spirit.

There are quirky Halloween-themed events happening all over Philly (and places nearby) this October. Check out our list below.

RELATED: The haunted attractions you need to visit this Halloween season

Consumed: Tales from the Candy Crypt

Shane Confectionery in Old City will lead visitors through its shop and kitchens, where they will encounter infamous 19th-century authors, characters and monsters. 

Guests will walk away with a bounty of candy, plus new knowledge. It's an immersive theatrical experience that's heavily dosed with history.

Fridays and Saturdays from Oct. 20 through Oct. 28
6:30, 7:30 or 8:30 p.m. | $25 per person
Shane Confectionery
110 Market St.

Halloween Benefit Block Party

Saint Benjamin Brewing Co. is throwing a Halloween-themed block party on Saturday, Oct. 21. There will be fall beers, Halloween games, face painting, pumpkin carving and – get this – an adult bouncy house.

The event is free to attend, and both family-friendly and pet-friendly.

Food and beer will be available on a pay-as-you-go basis. All proceeds from the festive gathering will benefit victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Saturday, Oct. 21
Noon to 6 p.m. | Free to attend
Saint Benjamin Brewing Co.
1710 N. Fifth St.

Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market: Halloween Edition

There will be over 200 different vendors and dozens of different food trucks each day of the flea market. 

The event will also feature a Neshaminy Creek beer garden, live music, face painting, costume contests with prizes, meet-and-greet with Mark Sceurman and Mark Moran of the Jersey-centric magazine Weird NJ, an old-timey portrait booth and more.

Saturday, Oct. 21 through Sunday, Oct. 22
$5 admission
675 S. Clinton Ave., Trenton, NJ

The Ghost Tour of Philadelphia

The Ghost Tour of Philadelphia hosts nightly candlelight ghost tours, plus it gives exclusive ghost tours of the Powel House, Physick House and the USS Olympia, three historic sites with long-held reputations for being haunted.

Those special tours take place on Fridays and Saturdays in October, as well as the weekdays leading up to Halloween.

Dracula: A Gothic Mystery

The Mechanical Theater will perform an adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic tale in the cemetery. Attendees should bring chairs or blankets for the spooky performance.

Friday, Oct. 26 through Saturday, Oct. 28
7 p.m. | $25 per person
Laurel Hill Cemetery
3822 Ridge Ave.

Mischief at the Mutter

The Mutter Museum's popular costume party Mischief at the Mutter will take place for the third year on Friday, Oct. 27.

Attendees can eat, drink and be scary. There's also a VIP experience this year called "Club 13."

Friday, Oct. 27
6:30-11 p.m. | $50 general admission
The Mutter Museum
19 S. 22nd St.
(215) 560-8564

Halloween Organ Extravaganza

Listen as the Philadelphia Orchestra performs eerie, haunting songs. The organ repertoire includes both traditional and novelty tunes.

Friday, Oct. 27
9:30 p.m. | $30 per person
Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall
300 S. Broad St.

Monster Mash Ball

The Spirit of Philadelphia is once again teaming up with WMMR personality Jacky Bam Bam to present the Monster Mash Ball. 

The Halloween party aboard the ship features a costume contest with prizes, a buffet, dancing and nighttime views of Philadelphia. There will also be a cash bar for those in need of some "boos."

Boarding begins at 11:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 28
Midnight to 2 a.m. | $39.90 per person
Spirit of Philadelphia
401 S. Columbus Blvd.

Halloween Horcrux Hunt

The Victoria Freehouse, a British pub in Old City, teamed up with the founder of Clues & Booze to bring Harry Potter fans a unique scavenger hunt on Saturday, Oct. 28.

Saturday, Oct. 28
2-5 p.m. | $25 per person
The Victoria Freehouse
10 S. Front St. 

Dinner with Dracula

Enjoy a three-course meal at The Bellevue followed by a private screening of the original 1931 film "Dracula" on Halloween night.

Some of the original notes for "Dracula," the novel, were penned by Bram Stoker on Bellevue Stratford (now Hyatt at The Bellevue) stationary.

The first course will be winter squash risotto, followed by roasted squab and Skull Island prawns (served with celery root puree, black trumpet mushroom, crosne, crushed hazelnut and nueseke bacon in a pinot noir sauce) for the main dish. For dessert, a white chocolate mousse will be served.

During the movie, dinner guests can enjoy complimentary popcorn and homemade caramel corn.

Those in the mood to imbibe should try "The Impaler." The Halloween-themed cocktail is made with candy corn-infused vodka, pineapple juice and a splash of lime. It's garnished with lychee and maraschino cherry juice. 

Call (215) 790-1919 to make reservations.

Tuesday, Oct. 31
7-10 p.m.| $65 per person
XIX (Nineteen) Restaurant
(215) 790-1919


Enjoy a festive "Howl-O-Ween" happy hour at Bar Amis on Oct. 31. Dogs and owners are invited to hang at the Navy Yard location.

There will be beer specials from Dogfish Head, a speciality "Graveyard Smash" cocktail and games. Philly Unleashed and the Pennsylvania SPCA will have information booths on-site, too.

At the event, both pups and owners can enter a costume contest for a pay-what-you-wish donation to the SPCA.

Tuesday, Oct. 31
Bar Amis
4503 S. Broad St.

Science After Hours: Spirits

Dress in costume and spend Halloween night at the Franklin Institute for a special edition of Science After Hours.

Learn about séances, watch mad scientist experiments and enjoy beer and wine after-hours in the museum. Tickets are $20. Museum members receive a discount.

Tuesday, Oct. 31
7-10 p.m. | $15-$20 per person
Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th St.

Halloween Laser Tag 

On Halloween, those 21-plus can dress up to play laser tag on the 57th floor of One Liberty in Center City.

Tuesday, Oct. 31
5:30-9 p.m. | $30 per person
One Liberty Observation Deck
1650 Market St.

Fall Fest & Monster Mountain

Take a trip to the Poconos for Camelback Resort's Halloween-themed adventures. There are two new rides and a significant expansion to the haunted house attraction "Kartrite’s Kurse."

In the evenings, the resort’s iconic Mountain Coaster turns into "Monster Coaster" and the 1,000-foot dual zip lines become the "Lights Out Zip Line."

During the day, Fall Fest activities take place. Kids can paint pumpkins, play with sand art and do other arts & crafts.

Through Oct. 31
Camelback Resort

Check back for updates, as it gets closer to Halloween and more events are added.