Dance, skate, eat candy: 27 can’t miss Philly Halloween events

Where to celebrate the spooky season in the City of Brotherly Love.

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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.

Halloween Comicfest

Costumes, cosplay, contests and prizes at this Frankford Avenue comic and coffee shop. Food and drink deals, plus lots of free candy.

Where: Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse at 2578 Frankford Ave. 19125

When: October 29, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

How much: Free


Rittenhouse Row trick-or-treat

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.

Where: Rittenhouse business at addresses all over the neighborhood

When: October 29, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

How much: Free


Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday

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.

Where: East Passyunk Avenue at East Passyunk Avenue

When: October 29, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

How much: Free / pay as you go


South Street Headhouse Pumpkin Fest

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.

Where: Headhouse Shambles at Second & Pine streets 19147

When: October 29, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

How much: Free / pay as you go


Videogame costume party

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.

Where: Barcade at 1114 Frankford Ave. 19125

When: October 29, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.

How much: Pay as you go


Dia de los Muertos art show

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.

Where: Penn Museum at 3260 South St. 19104

When: October 29, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

How much: Free with $15 admission (kids in costume half price)


Terror at the Tap

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.

Where: Standard Tap at 901 N. 2nd St. 19123

When: October 29, 2016 at 10:00 p.m. to October 30, 2016 at 1:00 a.m.

How much: Pay as you go


Season finale costume party

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.

Where: Morgan's Pier at 221 N. Columbus Blvd. 19123

When: October 29, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. to October 30, 2016 at 2:00 a.m.

How much: $40 in advance; $50 at the door


Rock n Roll Costume Ball

Huge costume dance party with TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, the Straw Hats and more — in all, six bands will rock two stages for a night to remember. 21+

Where: Underground Arts at 1200 Callowhill St. 19123

When: October 29, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. to October 30, 2016 at 2:00 a.m.

How much: $15


Voodoo and Blues

Fire breathers and costumed dancers will peform to music by the Mikey Junior Band. Starting at 11 p.m., drink specials will change every 15 minutes.

Where: The Twisted Tail at 509 S. 2nd St. 19147

When: October 29, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. to October 30, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.

How much: Pay as you go


Trestlework Orange

Whiskey specials, go-go dancing and disco tunes follow a free screening of Stanley Kubrick's extremely creepy 1971 masterpiece, "A Clockwork Orange." Dress for a costume contest.

Where: The Trestle Inn at 339 N. 11th St. 19107

When: October 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. to October 30, 2016 at 2:00 a.m.

How much: $10 in advance; $15 at the door


Yelloween

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.

Where: Assembly at 1840 Ben Franklin Pkwy. 19103

When: October 29, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. to October 30, 2016 at 12:00 a.m.

How much: $50


Karaoke in Old City

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).

Where: Nick's Bar and Grille at 16 S. 2nd St. 19106

When: October 29, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. to October 30, 2016 at 2:00 a.m.

How much: Pay as you go


Alien Alley

Dress as an alien or anything else to win a costume at this dance party with tunes by DJDbo. Free admission with RSVP.

Where: Devil's Alley at 1907 Chestnut St. 19103

When: October 29, 2016 at 10:00 p.m. to October 30, 2016 at 2:00 a.m.

How much: Pay as you go


‘Strangers Thing’ at Making Time

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.

Where: 714 at 714 W. Girard Ave. 19123

When: October 29, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. to October 30, 2016 at 3:30 a.m.

How much: $15-$20


Not Your Basic Brunch: Party of the Dead

Dress up like your favorite dead celeb and join the daytime party. Spin City DJZ will provide music and Effen vodka will serve themed cocktails at discounted prices. Reservations accepted.

Where: Pennsylvania 6 at 114 S. 12th St. 19107

When: October 30, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

How much: Pay as you go


Hot Taco Massacre

Bring the whole family to this West Philly party in support of Bartram's Farm and see who can massacre the most tacos without messing up their costume.

Where: Honest Tom's Taco Shop at 261 S. 44th St. 19104

When: October 30, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

How much: Pay as you go


Tableau of Tormented Terror

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.

Where: Good Good Comedy at 215 N. 11th St. 19107

When: October 30, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

How much: $5


3rd annual Cheese Ball

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+

Where: Ruba Club at 414 Green St. 19123

When: October 30, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

How much: $20


Make America Skate Again – Part 1

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.

Where: The Fillmore at 29 E. Allen St. 19123

When: October 31, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

How much: Free


Make America Skate Again – Part 2

After the family skate is done, the music hall-turned-rink reopens for a ticketed 21+ Halloween party. DJ Deejay, Mr. Sonny James and DJ Royale will spin tunes, and skate rentals are included.

Where: The Fillmore at 29 E. Allen St. 19123

When: October 31, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. to November 1, 2016 at 2:00 a.m.

How much: $17 in advance; $20 at the door


Halloween at the Lot

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.

Where: North Bowl at 909 N. 2nd St. 19123

When: October 31, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

How much: Pay as you go


Freaky Tiki party with free local rum

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.

Where: Martha at 2113 E. York St. 19125

When: October 31, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. to November 1, 2016 at 1:30 a.m.

How much: Pay as you go


Actually Halloween

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.

Where: Time at 1315 Sansom St. 19107

When: October 31, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. to November 1, 2016 at 2:00 a.m.

How much: Pay as you go


‘Clue’ cocktail party: Whodunnit?

Dress up as your best character and pick a drink based on a weapon and room, and you could win prizes. The kitchen will turn into "Frites Come Out @ Night" for some serious French fry snacking.

Where: The Good King Tavern at 614 S. 7th St. 19147

When: October 31, 2016 at 10:00 p.m. to November 1, 2016 at 2:00 a.m.

How much: Pay as you go


Willy Wonka bake-off

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.

Where: Sancho Pistola's at 19 W. Girard Ave. 19125

When: October 31, 2016 at 11:00 p.m. to November 1, 2016 at 2:00 a.m.

How much: Pay as you go


Kick the keg for Halloween

All drafts except Forest and Main are going for $4 to clear the taps in a frightfully good way. Wear a costume and get a free pint of Lord Chesterfield. Also, half-priced burgers all day.

Where: Taproom on 19th at 2400 S. 19th St. 19145

When: October 31, 2016 at 11:00 p.m. to November 1, 2016 at 2:00 a.m.

How much: Pay as you go