PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Hey, hey, hay, Philly!
As we gear up for the end of another autumnal week, we’ve harvested our favorites from this patch of Philly goodness.
Whether you’re interested in some spooky foods around town (think Fright Nights, Rocktoberfest, and Harvest Weekend), creepy entertainment for the whole family (mini golf, Boo at the Zoo, or a haunted drive-thru), or even some eerie online activities—okay, some of these aren’t so spooky after all—we’ve got you covered with our top picks this weekend. Listen below and read on for your KYW To-Do List.
It’s nearly Friday Night Fright Night (say that five times fast … spooky, huh?) at The Bourse Food Hall, and what better a festive film to watch than “Hocus Pocus”? Reserve your table and get ready for themed snacks and beverages. And on Saturday, get ready to Rocktoberfest and roll with a choice of two country shows. Grab six of your best buds, and reserve now for a 7’x7’ “rock block” before they sell out.
Friday through Sunday, it’s Harvest Weekend at Dilworth Park. The entire park will be adorned in all things fall, food, and family-friendliness: Think beer garden and live music for the adults, and hay mazes and pumpkin painting for the kids. Details also available on their website. Saturday and Sunday is the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market: Halloween Edition. Expect food trucks and punk vendors, of course socially distanced. More information on their website.
Don’t be afraid … get your Boo at the Zoo! Take your pick—Philadelphia Zoo or Elmwood Park. The kids get a goodie bag wherever they parade. More info on the Philadelphia Zoo and Elmwood Park websites. Or head over to New Jersey and take a ride through the BloodShed Farms haunted drive thru. From the safety of your car, experience frightening encounters with twisted creatures and menacing characters, journeying through theatrical sets full of spooky displays and special effects. Purchase your tickets in advance online.
On Saturday night, drive through IKEA’s parking lot for a drive-in movie night, benefitting Pennsylvania SPCA. Friends, families, and animal advocates are invited to a socially distanced showing of “A League of Their Own” beginning at 5:30 p.m. Purchase your tickets in advance online.
Of course, we’ve got some haunted house recommendations for the adults as well. Check out the Bates Motel for a terrifyingly good haunted house experience. For the super-spooky among us, Fright Factory was featured on the Travel Channel as one of the scariest haunted attractions in America. Be sure to purchase your tickets online for these.
Don’t worry, we’ve got fall things to do with your four-legged friends as well (but perhaps less scary). Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board spokesperson Rachel Riley recommends the dog-friendly Valley Forge Historical Park, as well as over 100 miles of trails in Montgomery County. After that nice long walk, check out a dog-friendly restaurant or check into a dog-friendly hotel. No reason why Fido can’t join in on all the fall fun!
Head to the top and take a listen at the Jazz Philadelphia Summit Friday and Saturday. Musicians, educators, industry professionals, and fans virtually gather for two days of music and discovery. Be sure to register online.
Looking for something eerie online? Stop by The Colonial Theatre’s website on Saturday for A Nightmare on Bridge Street: a Halloween marathon with classic horror films and cartoons. Reserve your tickets in advance.
On Saturday, join OutFest for Community Unity in celebration of Philadelphia’s LGBTQ+ community. The 90-minute livestream will feature a mix of performances, messages from organizations, and individual shows.