Instead of waiting until Oct. 31 to collect your bag of goodies, check out these seasonal events around South Philly and beyond.
The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular: Here is the chance to celebrate — dressed in costume if you wish — with some silly, not too-spooky fun. Enjoy themed Halloween shows, including the Neighborhood Street Party Halloween Parade. Select dates through Oct. 29. $45. Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne. 866–464–3566. sesameplace.com.
Fright Factory: This old factory building at 2200 S. Swanson St. has once again been transformed for scare season with the Industrial Nightmare, Silent Screams Asylum and Fright Factory Unearthed. Select nights through Nov. 4. $15-$25. Enter if you dare. frightfactory.tv.
Ghost Tour of Philadelphia is full of secrets — secrets hidden in the shadows of this historic and haunted city. Travel along the back streets and secret gardens of Independence Park, Society Hill and Old City on this candlelight walking tour. Departs from Signers Gardens, 5th and Chestnut streets. $10-$17. 215–413–1997. ghosttour.com/philadelphia.
Terror Behind the Walls at the Eastern State Penitentiary: Imagine being trapped in a prison where no matter which way you turn a nightmare seems to be unfolding right before your eyes. This popular Halloween attraction that has established a national following has added a new attraction to the night of scares — The Blood Yard. Those who dare to enter the camp of a gruesome colony will notice a path marked with bones that leads into the lair of the butcher, the warriors and their ancient empress — the forgotten who now reside among the fragments of the lost prison. Select nights through Nov. 11. $19-$45. 2027 Fairmount Ave. easternstate.org/halloween.
Halloween at Fort Mifflin
The Travel Channel included Fort Mifflin on its list of 10 most haunted sites in America. But will it make yours? There are a slew of events lined up throughout the month that may just send chills down your spine. Fort Mifflin and Hog Island roads. fortmifflin.us. Here are the highlights:
Oct. 14, 20 and 21
The Candlelight Ghost Tours, with a few candles and some real ghosts, is the way to experience Fort Mifflin after hours. Tours depart every 20 minutes between 7 and 10 p.m. $15-$20.
Mud Island Halloween will include tarot card readings, the return of Casemate Cinema showcasing classic horror movies, beer tent and the previously mentioned Candlelight Ghost Tours. Warning: You never know who you might find lurking in the shadows. 5–10 p.m. $15-$25.
Trick or Treat with the Ghosts is the chance to mingle with some of the site’s famous spirits in a kid friendly, treat-filled setting. Costumes are encouraged. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $6-$10.
Sleep with the Ghosts may sound like a bad dream, but at Fort Mifflin it’s the real deal (at least they make it seem that way). Sleep is optional during this overnight paranormal investigation. Explore the buildings (including places never open to the public), myths and legends behind the Fort’s permanent residents. Starts at 7 p.m. Oct. 28. $90 per person (advanced ticket required).
13th Annual Gravediggers Ball: While it sounds like an event better suited for Mischief Night or Halloween, this is the annual fundraising gala for Laurel Hill Cemetery. The evening will include open bar, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, full dinner service, wine and desserts. 7 p.m. $200. SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Ave.thelaurelhillcemetery.org.
A Halloween Haunted House — Outbreak at the Urgent Scare: Mutant zombies are not words one expects to hear when talking about the Fumo Family Library, but here’s the story: An epidemic of monstrous proportions is sweeping through the library, and you guessed it, mutant zombies are taking over. Only those of you who dare to enter can help prevent the outbreak. Dr. Could N. Hackett will give visitors a special demonstration on mutant zombie treatment and care, with the aid of a live (un-alive?) test subject. Crafts, games, treats and plenty of screams will be included in the scary fun, too. 4 p.m. 2437 S. Broad St. 215–685–1758. freelibrary.org/locations/fumo-family-library.
Oct. 20 and 21
Soul Crawl: Haunted Halloween History Tours offer the chance to experience the enchanting art and landscape of Laurel Hill Cemetery — you guessed it — after dark. An experienced tour guide will lead guests along the winding, dimly-lit pathways. 7 p.m. $25. 3822 Ridge Avenue. thelaurelhillcemetery.org.
Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29
Boo at the Zoo: Set out on a trick-or-treat safari — in costume, if you desire — that includes a walk through the not-so-scary Extinction Graveyard. Enjoy some hot apple cider, too. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $19-$23. Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave. phillyzoo.pivvit.com.
Witch Craft Beer Crawl is back, so hop on that broomstick for the annual East Passyunk Avenue event where participants can enjoy 17 seasonal craft beers at different restaurants along the avenue. Each venue will feature a $4 craft beer and food specials. Tickets are $6.66 and include $4 beer specials from Victory Brewing Company and Troegs Brewing Company, a witch hat and a Witch Craft stamp card. 5:30–9:30 p.m. visiteastpassyunk.com.
The Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday is the more family friendly Halloween option along the avenue. Free pumpkin decorating, costume contests for kids and pets, trick-or-treating, a scarecrow scavenger hunt, live entertainment and food are penciled in for this full fall afternoon of fun. 11 a.m. East Passyunk Avenue. visiteastpassyunk.com.
Spooky Mini Golf: Weekends 6–9 p.m. through Oct. 30. Tickets: $7-$9. Franklin Square, Sixth and Race streets. 215–629- 4026. historicphiladelphia.org.
The Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride: Select nights through Oct. 31. $15-$100. Arasapha Farm, 1835 Middletown Road, Glen Mills. thebatesmotel.com.
Valley of the Fear: Select nights through Nov. 4. $19-$47.301 W. Bristol Road, Feasterville. Valleyoffear.com.
Devil’s Crawl: 8 p.m. Visit multiple Center City locations. $4.95-$14.95. upcomingevents.com.
Jason Douglas’ Haunted House Horror Show is back. Hold on tight to those seats as “It” (relive the movie), Dante’s Inferno, Greek Mythology, Twisted Circus and The Walking Dead are themes to this year’s performance. 7 p.m. $15. 1100 Snyder Ave. 215–467–9551.
Fall Family Day: Halloween Picnic and Parade: 1–3 p.m. $5. 3822 Ridge Ave. thelaurelhillcemetery.org.
Leap Halloween Party: 3–6 p.m. Whitman Library, 200 Snyder Ave. freelibrary.org.
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