Halloween falling on a Monday means there’s a whole weekend’s worth of parties and festivals to show off your costume and rake in the sweets. There’s pumpkin decorating and trick-or-treating for the kids, scary movies, lots of dancing and costume contests for every type (even dogs). Here’s where to celebrate the spooky season in Philly this year.
Dozens of stores, business, hotels and restaurants will open their doors to welcome kids in costume and hand out sweets. Look for activity stations with face painting, drinks for parents, temp tattoos and a haunted obstacle course.
Rittenhouse business at addresses all over the neighborhood
Free pumpkin decorating, live music, arts and crafts and trick-or-treating takes over the South Philly strip. Several restaurants will be serving food and drink outdoors, and there's a costume contest for both kids and DOGs.
Live music, pumpkin decorating, a straw bale maze, circus performances, magicians, face painting, hay rides and costume contests at the Shambles, plus trick-or-treating up and down South Street. Bring a warm coat to donate.
Wear anything you like and you could win a $50 gift card, but know that there's a special award for the best videogame-themer, and another for something related to a game the Fishtown beer bar has in house. Spooky cocktail specials and "dark music" also promised.
Created in conjunction with the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia and the Mexican Cultural Center, this festival showcases the Day of the Dead art and tradition of Mexico. Expect puppets, music, dance, paper mache, sugar skulls, face painting and special food. Customer are encouraged.
Penn Museum at 3260 South St. 19104
October 29, 2016 at 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Free with $15 admission (kids in costume half price)
Swing through this Northern Liberties beer mecca in costume and you'll get access to $3 Yards beers, plus be eligible to win more Yards prizes if you're voted best dressed. DJ Student Driver (scary!) will spin RIP n' Roll tunes.
Standard Tap at 901 N. 2nd St. 19123
October 29, 2016 at 10:00 pm to October 30, 2016 at 1:00 am
Say farewell to the riverside bar in your Halloween get-up at a shindig hosted by Brittany Lynn, aka "The Don of the Philadelphia Drag Queen Mafia." Cash prizes for best costume and open bar all night.
Morgan's Pier at 221 N. Columbus Blvd. 19123
October 29, 2016 at 9:00 pm to October 30, 2016 at 2:00 am
No, this is not an event about not being able to find a bathroom while you're trick-or-treating. Instead, the title refers to the color of Veuve Clicquot, which is hosting the rooftop costume gala. 21+, ticket required.
Assembly at 1840 Ben Franklin Pkwy. 19103
October 29, 2016 at 9:00 pm to October 30, 2016 at 12:00 am
DJ Lars Peterson will be on the 1s and 2s with hits from the '70s — and you can sing along. Add a costume contest with a $100 cash prize and tons of candy, plus $10 pumpkintinis and $5 zombie shots, and you know it'll be a night to remember (if you can).
Nick's Bar and Grille at 16 S. 2nd St. 19106
October 29, 2016 at 8:00 pm to October 30, 2016 at 2:00 am
S U R V I V E is official name for the the band responsible for the year's most popular soundtrack. See them in person and shake to their vibes after a Boys Noize DJ set. Do the costume thing, but make sure it's one you can dance in. Note: Private club, so the party goes late.
714 at 714 W. Girard Ave. 19123
October 29, 2016 at 9:00 pm to October 30, 2016 at 3:30 am
Can a show be both funny and scary? This local comedy troupe thinks so, presenting an event that brings "a menagerie of the morose, a gallery of gore, a cinema of sins" that somehow all add up to a fun night.
Tenaya Darlington, aka Madame Fromage, invites you to bring a hunk of cheese for what will be the city's largest cheese board. Disco Hootenanny will provide disco tuba tunes and there will be prizes for best costume (bonus if it's cheese-related). 21+
The Fishtown music venue is turning its grand hall into a rink and offering free admission for the afternoon. BYO skates or pick from a collection that includes old-fashioned roller skates and rollerblades in many sizes. Bring the family for trick-or-treating on wheels.
Hot cider will warm you up for this costume party at the outdoor beer garden in front of the NoLibs bowling joint. Free candy and games, lots of food and drink deals and free caricature portraits of families who dressed up. Kids under 12 bowl from from 5-8 p.m.
This Kensington bar is dressing up as a Polynesian fantasy joint. Expect a rum tiki hut and bocce beach lounge on the back patio, plus scary movies on projectors indoors. Come in costume and get half-priced beer and free local rum drinks.
Martha at 2113 E. York St. 19125
October 31, 2016 at 6:00 pm to November 1, 2016 at 1:30 am
This one's dedicated to the industry folk who worked the parties throughout the weekend. Def come in costume (it's ~actually~ Halloween, you know). Tunes from '80s cover band Clock Radio will rock the floor, but dress from all eras is welcome — best will win prizes. Also, $5 Founders Breakfast Stout and Captain Lawrence Kolsch.
Time at 1315 Sansom St. 19107
October 31, 2016 at 9:00 pm to November 1, 2016 at 2:00 am
In honor of Gene Wilder, the ingredient for this month's home cook competition at the Fishtown bar is chocolate. Use it in your best treats, then bring them in to be judged and share while you get drinks on special. Prizes for best costume, too.
Sancho Pistola's at 19 W. Girard Ave. 19125
October 31, 2016 at 11:00 pm to November 1, 2016 at 2:00 am