Halloween in Philadelphia, America’s Most Historic – and Haunted – City

Halloween in Philadelphia


The Liberty Bell, carved into a jack-o'-lantern...



Halloween in Philadelphia offers something to do, for everyone’s taste in the macabre. For those who for some reason enjoy being terrified, there is “Terror Behind the Walls” at Eastern State Penitentiary; for those who prefer spookiness and eeriness, there is Laurel Hill Cemetery, as well as haunted graveyards and ghost tours. Read more, about how best to enjoy your Halloween in Philadelphia.

However, this page is still under construction. Accordingly, if you'd like the most current, complete guide to the many Halloween-themed events taking place in Philadelphia, we'd recommend that you check out our October 2010 Things to Do in Philadelphia Guide... That page has all of the events listed on this Halloween in Philadelphia page, and many additional ones, including non-Halloween events in October 2010.


Halloween in Philadelphia - Ghost Tours in Old City Philadelphia

RECOMMENDED - In Old City Philadelphia, Spirits of '76 Ghost Tour Offers Chills Every Night in October 2010

The Spirits of '76 Ghost Tours increase the frequency of tours, in the days and weeks leading up to Halloween in Philadelphia. You can visit the official Spirits of '76 web site, for the most up-to-date and comprehensive information. Although it is offered year-round, the schedule of apparition stories jumps sharply, in the ghostly month of October, of course.

Spirits of '76 Ghost Tours – Schedule During October 2010, For Halloween in Philadelphia

Every night in October - 7:30 PM

On other days in October 2010 -

Thursdays and Fridays - 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM

Saturdays - 1:00 PM, 6:00 PM, 7:30 PM, and 9:30 PM

Sundays - 6:00 PM, 7:30 PM

Halloween itself, Sunday, October 31 - 6:00 PM, 7:30 PM, 9:30 PM

Chestnut Hill Ghost Walks, Every Friday and Saturday Night, From October 8 and 9, Through November 5 and 6

Each weekend night in October, visitors to the quaint, leafy neighborhood of Chestnut Hill can enjoy family-friendly Chestnut Hill Ghost Walks, at the price of $10 for adults, $6 for children – a great opportunity for family fun during Halloween in Philadelphia.

Chestnut Hill Ghost Walks begin at the historic Chestnut Hill Hotel (itself, a haunted site) at 8229 Germantown Avenue (215.242.5905). The Ghost Walks start at 8:00 PM, and they last approximately 1 ½ hours. Plus, many Germantown Avenue merchants offer ghost-themed dishes and drinks throughout October 2010.

And every day in October 2010, visitors to Chestnut Hill can also enjoy the Scarecrow Window Contest Along the Avenue (i.e., Germantown Avenue) involves each participating business creating their own scarecrow. You can admire the creativity and artistry of the scarecrows, as well as cast ballots for your favorites.



Halloween in Philadelphia - Halloween Parties

Saturday, October 30, 2010 - The 6th Annual Vampires + Vixens Halloween Party in Center City, Will Also Be Sponsoring the 3rd Annual Ghosts + Goblins Halloween Party in Manayunk, On the Same Night

In the heart of Center City, the Tavern On Broad will be hosting the 6th Annual Vampires + Vixens Halloween Party, from 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM. Early Bird Tickets are $10; Advance VIP Early Bird tickets are $30. Patrons are encouraged to arrive in costume, and there will be a costume contest.

Up in trendy Manayunk, the same folks are also staging the 3rd Annual Ghosts + Goblins Party, which will take place at the Manayunk Brewing Company on Main Street in Manayunk. Tickets range from $15 - $25; costumes are, likewise, encouraged. It is recommended that you buy tickets in advance.

In Manayunk, As Well - Kildare's Stages "Kill-Dare's Haunted Pub Weekend" - $2,000 Prize for Best Costume on Saturday, $1,000 For Best Costume on Sunday

Kildare's Irish Pub - located at 4417 Main Street in Manayunk - is aptly renaming itself as Kill-dare's Haunted Pub for Halloween in Philadelphia, with significant cash prizes for best costume, runners- up, as well as various drink specials. On Saturday, October 30, the prize is $2,000; on Sunday, Halloween, it is $1,000. For more information, you can call 215.482.7242.

Saturday, October 30, 2010 - South Street District Challenges Revelers with "Scavenger Haunt" - Paco and the Mask of Mummers Past, Throughout South Street

From 8:00 PM to midnight on Saturday, October 30, SCVNGR presents "Scavenger Haunt" - Paco and the Mask of Mummers Past, which is being sponsored by eight South Street establishments.

The mission is simple: Paco is in search of a potent Mummers Mask, that has the supernatural power to provide to its bearer, the ability to cross between the living and the dead. But Paco has since vanished - and revelers need to find him. Each of the eight participants on South Street possess three clues, unlocking the mystery of Paco's fate.

But - regardless of who prevails in the race to determine the whereabouts of Paco and/or the Mask of Mummers Past – there will be $3 Dos Equis, costume contests, and cash prizes - as well as the glory in demonstrating one's shrewd sleuthing abilities - await all participants – and, of course, all of whom must be 21 or over and show ID.

Saturday, October 30, 2010 – You Can Partake of the "Lucky 7 Sins" at Lucky Strike Lanes, at 1336 Chestnut Street in Center City

Lucky Strike Lanes - a hip fusion of trendy nightclub with bowling, located at 13th and Chestnut Streets - is hosting "Lucky 7 Sins" on Saturday, October 30, at 9:00 PM. (One reason we included it, is that we thought the title of this particular Halloween in Philadelphia event was witty.)

When You Purchase in Advance, You’ll Enjoy A Small Discount

General admission is $10 – but for $30, you get the VIP package, which includes open bar from 9:00 - 11:00 PM. If you want the high-end option, $45 also gets you VIP Bottle Service, which provides the aforementioned open bar, but also reserved seating for groups ranging from 4 to 12 persons.

However, if you decide to wait and buy tickets at the door, the prices rise to $15, $40, and $50, respectively.

Among the festivities, will be a costume contest with prizes, drink specials, etc. Call Lucky Strike at 215.545.2471 for more information.

The Rosenbach Museum and Library – Located Near Rittenhouse Square – Stages The 8th Annual Dracula Festival - Yes, That's Its Actual Name - An Entire Month of Events For Halloween in Philadelphia

Naturally, you know that you're not visiting Transylvania, but Pennsylvania – and the only Count you would expect to encounter, would be the purple one, up at Sesame Place in the northern suburbs of Bucks County. But the City of Brotherly Love does, in fact, have an intriguing tie to the world of vampires.

Amidst Philadelphia tourist attractions, the Rosenbach Museum and Library is often overlooked. But it does have great literary treasures – it has the original handwritten notes and outlines by Bram Stoker, the author of the original, Victorian novel, Dracula, in 1897. (A novel which has never gone out of print, well over a century after it was first published.)

Accordingly, the Rosenbach - located near Rittenhouse Square - is currently staging, throughout October 2010, the 8th Annual Dracula Festival, as a tribute to Stoker. , They also hope to capitalize on the seemingly insatiable thirst for vampires,that is once again ascendant, in worldwide pop culture.

The central attraction for visitors is Dracula: The Exhibit, which runs from September 8 through Halloween, October 31, 2010.



Saturday, October 30, 2010 - Historic RittenhouseTown Offers "Spirits of the Wissahickon" From 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Spirits of the Wissahickon is a family-appropriate event, at Historic RittenhouseTown on Lincoln Drive, costs $10 for adults and $5 for children. The "spirits" will demonstrate the activities of daily life at RittenhouseTown in the 18th century. For more information, call Historic RittenhouseTown at 215.438.5711.


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