Bar crawl, fall festival on E. Passyunk

A scary good time is coming back to East Passyunk as a pair of favorite events swoop in for late October.

This year, there will be a new twist on Witches of East Passyunk Bar Crawl on Oct. 25, followed by the return of the Fall Festival on Oct. 28.

Witches of East Passyunk Bar Crawl has a new twist to this fun event, where bar crawlers have the option to participate in a choose-your-own-adventure style treasure hunt, answering Halloween related riddles to proceed to the next venue. Witch and wizard friendly food and drink specials will be available at most Passyunk bars and restaurants, all listed on your keepsake map and punch card that you can pick up at the EPA BID office at 1904 East Passyunk on the eve of the 25th. Prizes for those who make it through to the end and answered the most riddles! Some of the local bars and restaurants participating include Bing Bing Dim Sum, The Dutch and Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar as well as standout deals such as $6 pints at Cartesian Brewing, $8 featured cocktail (plus regular happy hour food and drink) at Ember & Ash, half-priced sangria at Barcelona Wine Bar, extended happy hour drink specials at Cantina Los Caballitos and more.

Three days later, on Oct. 28, spend a fall-themed Saturday back on the avenue as the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District welcomes locals and visitors to partake in fall-focused festivities including a free costume photo booth (for children, adults and pets), a pumpkin patch with hay bales courtesy of Giordano Garden Groceries, and trick or treating at many local businesses.

Grown-ups can enjoy live entertainment from The Cheddar Boys, more than 80 craft and arts vendors presented by Nice Things Handmade, spirited fare and libations and much more. Activities will be held at the Singing Fountain at Tasker Street, which will be adorned with new seasonal décor.

In addition to trick or treating during Fall Festival day, stellar sales and themed items will be available at local businesses including Halloween-themed tattoo designs at Eastern Pass Tattoo Co., fall clothing sale at Tiny Tildie’s, candy corn guessing and giveaways at Tildie’s Toy Box and 10 percent off future purchase card provided at checkout at August Moon Co. Also check out enrollment special and raffle at City Fitness, dead frames sale at Frame Fatale and 10 percent off all non-floral and gifting items at Creations by Coppola, Outdoor eats, drinks and seasonal fare from fan-favorite restaurants and cafés include Pistola’s Del Sur, Cantina Los Caballitos and Bing Bing Dim Sum.

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