Edgewater’s Spooky Guide to Halloween in Philadelphia

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See any black cats walk past in the streets lately? Maybe you felt a gust of wind that sent a chill down your spine and made you think it could be a spirit instead of just a fall breeze? Things in the city are certainly getting spookier. As October winds down, Philadelphia is getting more and more into the Halloween spirit. October 31st means something special to everyone, it brings back nostalgic memories of skipping around in costume and endlessly consuming delicious sweets until stricken with a stomach ache. Growing up doesn’t mean the fun has to end, Halloween isn’t just for kids, especially not in Philly. There’s plenty of fun and frightening activities throughout the city that Edgewater residents of all different age groups will enjoy. We know how hectic planning can get around any holiday so we put together this guide to all the most “spooktacular” events and activities near your apartment that are worth checking out.


The Glow: A Jack-O-Lantern Experience- Marvel at over 5,000 hand-carved pumpkins made by local artists. For just $16, you can wander down this festively frightening path in West Fairmount Park every weekend in October.

Weekends throughout October 2017


Terror Behind the Walls- Not your average museum tour, this 11-acre scary walkthrough is located in historic and historically haunted Eastern State Penitentiary. It’s one of the nation’s largest and top rated haunted houses.

Through November 11th, 2017 (Select Dates)


Fright Factory- Visit this old factory in South Philadelphia for a scream-inducing experience you won’t soon forget. This year, there are three chilling new attractions for attendees to explore.

Through November 4th, 2017 (Select Dates)


Spirits of ‘76 Ghost Tour- See more than 20 spooky sights on this walking tour through Philadelphia’s cobblestone streets with stops and stories ranging from revolutionary era folklore to modern age movie shoot locations.

Year Round (Select Dates)


Halloween Movie Series at Schmidt’s Commons- All month long visitors can enjoy free outdoor movies this popular Northern Liberties destination. Screenings include Halloweentown, Insidious, Dracula, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Throughout October 2017 (Select Dates)


Gravedigger’s Ball- Looking for a way to give back this fall, while still having fun? Dress up or dress spooky for this charity gala located at historic Laurel Hill Cemetery. Enjoy dinner, open bar, and live music.

Saturday, October 14th, 2017


Harry Potter Festival- A popular opportunity for both children and adults to dress up and enter the world of witchcraft and wizardry. You’ll want to make sure you bring a wand to take on this 12-block long event with attractions like Harry Potter quizzo, potion making, and even a quidditch tournament.

Friday, October 20th, 2017 and Saturday, October 21st, 2017


Boo at the Zoo- Even the Philadelphia Zoo is getting into the Halloween Spirit. On select days, kids can trick or treat throughout the park as they visit with animals. Other attractions include a hay bale maze and an “extinction graveyard” that teaches some pretty important lessons using the holiday’s dark theme.

October 21st-22nd and 28th-29th, 2017


WitchCRAFT Beer Crawl- Indulge in the seasonal craft brew selections of 17 different bars along East Passyunk Avenue. Tickets are $6.66, beers are $4.00, and all attendees get a free witch’s hat.

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017


Wicked 2017 Halloween Party- Xfinity Live is hosting a late-night Halloween event for the ultimate partygoer. Get ready to dance, howl, and rage all night in 6 huge locations, and we don’t mean to the Monster Mash.

Friday, October 27th, 2017


South Street Pumpkin Festival- For some well-rounded Halloween cheer, don’t miss this beloved tradition in the Headhouse Plaza. There’s something for the entire family to enjoy, like shopping, street performer, live music, scary movies, and of course, pumpkin carving.

Saturday, October 28th, 2017