15 Philly Halloween parties bringing spooky, mysterious fun

Wear costumes, eat candy and get tricky with dance moves.

Halloween background with silhouettes of children trick or treat
Bigstock / Mark Henninger / Billy Penn illustration
michaelawinberg-square-crop-feb2018

The time is upon us, folks. Next week we’ll celebrate Hallow’s Eve, a holiday passed down by our Pagan ancestors to mark the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the darker half of the year — a liminal time where the boundary between this world and the Otherworld is especially thin.

In 2019 we usually use it as an excuse to get drunk — on booze or sugar, pick your vice.

Not to worry: the Philly region boasts a ton of opportunities to do so. There’s also events for eating, for dancing, for nerding out and for bringing along your kids.

Looking for a Halloween party this weekend? We’ve got you covered. Here’s a handful of options to get your spook on.

A witches’ ball

Style: Party
Cost: $5
Location: A British pub in Old City (10 S Front St)
When: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25

Don a costume and get ready to dance.

Get spooked on a ship

Style: Party
Cost: $8
Location: A Tall Ship on the Delaware River (401 S Christopher Columbus Blvd)
When: 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25

Because a 115-year-old former war ship is def haunted.

Music, cold beers, tons of spirits

Style: Party
Cost: Free, except the drinks
Location: A chill bar in North Philly (5911 N. Broad St)
When: 8 to 12 p.m.. Friday, Oct. 25

Get creative! There’s a cash prize for the best costume.

Tour Philly’s oldest candy store

Style: Food
Cost: $28
Location: A historic candy store (110 Market St)
When: Lots of options here — 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. on Friday Oct. 25, Saturday Oct. 26 and Sunday Oct. 27

Arguably the most delicious option.

Healthy Halloween at a playground

Style: Family friendly
Cost: $10 (free for Smith members and PA ACCESS card holders)
Location: A Fairmount Park playground (3500 Reservoir Dr.)
When: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26

Some wholesome family fun — arts, crafts, playtime and healthy snacks.

Comic book party

Style: Nerdy
Cost: Free
Location: A Kensington comic book shop (2578 Frankford Ave.)
When: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26

There will be a section for kids and a local marketplace with discounts. Plus if you show up in cosplay, you get a $5 store gift card!

Spooky bar crawl

Style: Day party
Cost: $29.99
Location: The great outdoors (Rittenhouse Square)
When: 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26

One of the few socially acceptable opportunities to dress up like someone else and be drunk during the day.

NoLibs costume parade

Style: Family friendly
Cost: Free
Location: A Delaware Ave brewery (901 N. Delaware Ave.)
When: 12 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26

Casual brew-drinking plus kid-friendly activities, like pumpkin carving and a costume contest.

Party at a batting cage

Style: Party
Cost: Suggested donation of $10, but they won’t turn anyone away
Location: An Olde Kensington batting cage (529 W. Girard Ave.)
When: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26

The place to be if you want costumed karaoke.

Costumed yoga and dance in a historic theater

Style: Day party
Cost: $15-$35
Location: The Met on North Broad (858 N. Broad St.)
When: 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27

Help raise money for the local civic association and snag CBD drops while you’re at it.

Be a dancing queen on South Broad

Style: Party
Cost: $5
Location: A South Philly dance bar (1539 S. Broad St.)
When: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26

If you say you can’t get into throwback ABBA then you’re lying.

An emo Halloween party

Style: Party
Cost: $7 *if* you wear a costume
Location: A Fishtown dive bar (1248 N. Front St.)
When: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26

Use mid-2000s emo music to conjure your middle school memories. 10/10 literally nothing scarier.

Fundraise for death at a gay bar

Style: Party
Cost: Free
Location: A Gayborhood institution (204 S. Quince St.)
When: 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27

Looking for spook? No further than this fundraiser for a group that promotes “death acceptance.”

Silent movie at an old church

Style: Cinema
Cost: Free
Location: A Rittenhouse church (201 S. 21st St.)
When: 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27

They’re playing the 1915 film The Golem, about a clay statue that’s brought to life as a servant and eventually falls in love. Beautiful stuff folks.

Just stuff your face with pasta

Style: Food
Cost: Free — except the price of the food, obv
Location: That new South Philly pasta joint (627 S. 3rd St.)
When: 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27

Costumes encouraged and a DJ will be there. When all else fails, just eat pasta.

Thanks for reading another Billy Penn story

Seems you’re the kind of person who really digs in. Want more? Sign up for our free morning newsletter, the easy way to stay on top of Philly news.

Thanks for reading Billy Penn

Like the story above, everything we publish is powered by our members. If you enjoy reading, join today: Just $5/month makes more difference than you’d think.

Thanks for reading! We need you.

Reader donations power our newsroom. If Billy Penn helps you feel more connected to Philly, we’d love to count you as a member. Will you join us?

Lock in your support

Reader support powers our newsroom. A monthly membership helps lock it in.

Can we count on you as a Billy Penn sustainer?

Winning the local journalism game

Thank you: Member support powers our newsroom.

Know someone else who might like our work? Invite them to sign up for our free morning newsletter.

Tagged

Kids, Holidays, Booze