Halloween 2011 Philadelphia Events – Mummies, Pumpkinfest and More

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Voyage of the Living Dead 2011 On the Battleship New Jersey – A New Halloween Event, on the Camden Riverfront

Voyage of the Living Dead 2011 is a haunted-house tour, performed by professional actors, on the Battleship New Jersey. Tours operate on weekend evenings from 7pm – 11pm throughout October, and every night from October 26 – 31. For more detailed information, please take a look at our standalone Voyage of the Living Dead 2011 Page.

Friday, October 14, 2011, 7:00 PM - Laurel Hill Cemetery's 7th Annual Gravediggers' Ball, At the Crystal Tea Room at Macy's

Laurel Hill Cemetery in East Falls - three miles northwest of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway – has been in business since Victorian times - 176 years to be exact.

It is also staging its 7th Annual Gravediggers’ Ball, on Friday, October 14, 2011, at 7:00 PM. It will take place at the Crystal Tea Room, at Macy’s in Center City (i.e., 13th and Market Streets, at the former John Wanamakers store next to City Hall).

Tickets for the charity event are $175.00 per person (that’s not a typo), with all proceeds going to the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery, for their preservation efforts at the unique 19th-century cemetery.

Friday, October 21 - The Franklin Institute Offers Flashlight Tour of Mummies of the World

From 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM on Friday, October 21, the Franklin Institute - as a promotion for its ongoing Mummies of the World blockbuster exhibit - will be offering guests the opportunity to tour the mummies, in a particularly spooky setting. And as they note, “Be prepared—behind every mummy, there is a strange story waiting to be told.”

Starting at 9:00PM, tours depart every half-hour. You are asked to arrive 15 minutes early, and flashlights will be provided.


Adult: $19.50 Child (ages 3-11): $14.50 Member Adult: $13.50 Member Child (ages 4-18): $12.50

During the Last Two Weekends of October 2011, The Philadelphia Zoo Hosts "Boo at the Zoo" - A Great Philadelphia Halloween Event For Families

The Philadelphia Zoo will host Boo At the Zoo, a great event for families with children, on two different weekends. This event is increasingly popular. The dates and times:

Saturday, October 22, 2011 - Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Saturday, October 29, 2011 - Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Boo at the Zoo is included with your ticket for general admission at the Zoo. In addition, there is a full schedule of events, including a Halloween costume parade for visitors and participants. Special features such as "Not-So-Spooky Stories in the PECO Primate Reserve", taking place on every hour and half hour, and “Zoo on Wheels on Impala Lawn”. Check out our Philadelphia Zoo page, linked above, for more information.

The Mütter Museum Collection of Outlandish Oddities, Morbid Medical Memorabilia, and Eerie Education Is Open Every Day in October – And Its 4th Annual Day of the Dead Celebration, on October 29, 2011

Philadelphia's unique museum of medicine and medical history - The Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia - can always be relied upon, for inducing creepiness year-round, but it is particularly well-suited for October. Open every day in October 2011, the collection of skulls, organs, and other remains is the legacy of Philadelphia's long history of medical research and education.

(Note: The Mütter Museum - although highly educational - is not for the squeamish, and parents should use their discretion in considering whether to bring their children.)

And, all day -10:00AM – 5:00PM - on Saturday, October 29, the Mütter Museum will host its 4th Annual Day of the Dead Festival, the traditional Mexican festival, an eclectic celebration that merges elements of Mesoamerican culture, with European Halloween themes, both of which involve honoring the deceased. Admission to daytime events is free with Mütter Museum admission; the evening performances require both registration and an additional fee.

Complete information and the full schedule of events - as well as all of the (literally) gory details - can be found at the Mütter Museum calendar of events - just scroll down to October 29, for complete information.

RECOMMENDED - In Old City Philadelphia, Spirits of '76 Ghost Tour Offers Chills Every Night in October 2011

The Spirits of '76 Ghost Tours ramp up their schedule in October 2011. You can visit the official Spirits of '76 web site, for the most comprehensive and up-to-date information.

Although it is offered year-round, the schedule is greatly expanded in the ghostly month, naturally.

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