KYW To-Do List: Ghost tours, arts festivals, and more things to do from a distance this weekend

Man is walking through dark underground.
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It’s not yet Halloween, but the haunts are in full effect.

Ghost tours are a given at this time of year, but try something new like a Halloween hike along the Schuylkill, or explore Philly’s spookiest sites online with the pros.

Autumnal festivals and drive-in movies are continuing on this season.

All that and more — get the details below on The KYW To-Do List.

SPOOKY WALKING TOURS

Experience Southwest Philadelphia’s Fort Mifflin after hours on a candlelit ghost tour. Or, if it’s not too apropos, take on a walking tour detailing the history of the plague in Philly. Journey through what Philadelphia was like during the 1793 yellow fever. Reserve your tickets for both tours in advance online.

Go on a mystery-themed Halloween hike at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, where you can discover nocturnal animals and encounter a ghostly scavenger hunt. Purchase your tickets in advance.

Virtually, you can tour Philly’s spooky side from home. Dive into ghastly tales and supernatural sightings at city landmarks like Pennsylvania Hospital, Independence Hall and Walnut Street Theatre.

FUN FESTIVALS

The Bridge PHL Theatre Festival is celebrating five years this weekend, and admission is free with RSVP. Don’t miss performances written, directed and performed by some of Philly’s finest creatives, Friday through Sunday, from the comfort of your computer.

This year, the Philadelphia Film Festival is taking place both online and via drive-in. Enjoy the full festival experience with a thoughtfully curated lineup, filmmaker Q&As, and ways to connect with diverse communities through film. Various passes and individual film tickets are available for the duration of the festival, or for just a screening or two.

In South Jersey, there will be cannon and battle demonstrations at Red Bank Battlefield Park in Gloucester County to mark the anniversary of the Crossroads of the American Revolution. It’s free to attend and tour the battlefield. Food and other vendors will be available on-site.

FOOD AND DRINK

You don’t have to go far to get a taste of the islands. This weekend, explore more than a dozen Caribbean restaurants in the Philadelphia metro area. Support small businesses and enjoy a delicious meal — sounds like a win-win.

Savor this vibrant time of year with a toast to Pennsylvania Wine Month. Find a winery near you for live music, trick-or-treating and, of course, flights of the region’s best varietals.

PHILLY FIGHTS CANCER

Join Philly Fights Cancer: From Home Saturday night for a virtual evening of speakers and celebrity entertainment, all to fundraise for pancreatic cancer research at the Abramson Cancer Center. Order takeout from participating restaurants as a way to support the food industry during the ongoing pandemic.