Entertainment for kids of all ages leading up to Halloween.
2nd Annual Carve and Cackle Contest. Upload photos of your Halloween masterpiece to chestnuthilllocal.com/pumpkin between Friday, Oct 22nd and Tuesday, Oct 26th. Community members can visit Chestnuthilllocal.com to cast their vote for the best pumpkins between Wednesday, October 27 and Friday, October 29th. Winners will be announced on October 30th! Rules at chestnuthill.org/pumpkin_carving_contest.php
Spooky Wissahickon Walking Tour. Abandoned buildings, sinister stories, a Roman sarcophagus, and even a 17th-century doomsday cult – the Wissahickon is full of frightful fun in the Halloween season! Take a self-guided audio tour of the park's spookiest sites on the FOW Map App whenever you’re next in the park (best experienced a little before dusk while the shadows lengthen.) Download the FOW Map app to get started: https://fow.org/mapapp/
The Scarecrow Walk at the Morris Arboretum runs through October 31. Scarecrows have been designed in honor of beloved superhero characters, essential workers, and best friends. morrisarboretum.org
Mt. Airy Art Garage’s Halloween show Horror Business is up October 15 – November 14, 2021. 7054 Germantown Ave. mtairyartgarage.org
Johnny Shortcake brings his show to the Rigby Mansion for an outdoor, all-ages afternoon. (Especially for all the younger ages.) Rigby Mansion, 523 East Church Lane. Sunday, October 24, 2 p.m. Details and tickets: facebook.com/johnnyshortcakeshow/
The Poison Garden, an interactive/immersive Halloween show, Oct. 24, 25 and 26. Glen Foerd 5001 Grant Ave. General admission, $35; Launch Party, $75. For more information, glenfoerd.org/events/Halloween/, or 215-632-5330.
Bat Night with Kris Soffa & the Academy of Natural Sciences. Why do bats matter and how can we support the habitat they depend upon? Join FOW, the Academy of Natural Sciences, and the Wissahickon Environmental Center team for some batty fun to celebrate Bat Week and the role of bats in nature. This is your chance to learn more about these fascinating nocturnal creatures. Be prepared to walk quietly on woodland trails in the dark and bring a flashlight. Experience with bat monitoring is not required. Children 12+ with a responsible adult are welcome. No pets, please. October 25, 5 - 7 p.m. Register
Halloween Hike to the Lost Cave of the Wissahickon. Join the “Wild Woman of the Wissahickon” on this twilight adventure to The Lost Cave of America’s first doomsday cult, at the “edge of the known world.” As Halloween approaches, spirits cut loose and roam through the woods. Is it the end of the world? Will the Wizard Kelpius return to his cave to fulfill his prophecy? Costumes are highly suggested. Come prepared to walk over uneven terrain in the failing light. Suitable for children 12+ with a responsible adult are welcome. No pets, please. October 27, 6 - 8 p.m. Register
The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts’ Haunted Circus. Timed entrances include small groups of audience members walking through a pre-show of PSCA’s Youth & Adult students performing spooky ambient circus skills: fire breathing, aerials, juggling, dance, and tumbling. Then into the sanctuary for more aerial performances and then “Grave Space.” Oct. 29. Ages 12 and up. Tickets $35. Entrance times for ambient performance: 6:15 / 6:30 / 6:45 / 7:00 / 7:15 p.m. “Aloft Circus Arts: Grave Space,” 7:30-8:30 p.m. Circus Campus, 6452 Greene St. Proof of vaccination & mask required. Ambient pre-show is not wheelchair accessible. phillycircus.com/haunted-circus/
Dancefit Halloweekend brings costume contests, spooky songs, and Thriller choreography workshops. October 29-31. 98 Bethlehem Pike. chestnuthillpa.com/events/dancefit-halloweekend/
Canine Halloween Costume Parade. CHCA hopes to put smiles on the faces of folks on Germantown Ave when the pack of costumed canines parades the four blocks from East Evergreen Ave to East Hartwell Ave. Costumed dogs and their owners are invited to meet at the parking lots next to Mimi’s Café on East Evergreen at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 30th, and parade with other pooches down to Buckley Park. At Buckley Park, the CHCA will have treats for dogs and photo opportunities for costumed canines and their companions. Register
Family Day at Woodmere Art Museum. Enjoy playing a variety of games inspired by the paintings of Larry Day. Concoct strategies and a “poker” face while playing games of cards, charades, or pick-up-sticks. Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave. October 30, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free for family membership cardholders.
Guided Hike in the Wissahickon: Toleration Statue. Head down to Historic Rittenhouse Town for a guided hike to the Toleration Statue in the Wissahickon with Brad Maule! Brad’s archival research recently identified the statue as William Penn, and he’s got lots more Wissahickon history to share along the way. October 30, 8-11 a.m. Tickets
Trick-or-Trash Cleanup. This Halloween, all of the witches, ghosts and goblins are coming together to take care of Wissahickon Valley Park! Join us on Saturday Morning to boo-tify the Wissahickon and make a positive impact in the park. Costumes are highly recommended and prizes will be awarded for the best kids and adults costumes. October 30, 9-11 a.m.
Halloween on the Hill 2021. Trick or Treat Alert: Bring out the costumes and the treat bags. Merchants along the avenue will be handing out some treats to fill those bags. October 31st, 1-3 p.m.
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