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18 Family-Friendly Halloween Events Around the Main Line

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Halloween is officially in the air, and there are plenty of non-scary, family-friendly ways to celebrate around the Main Line.

The Philadelphia suburbs are full of rich Halloween traditions and fun events your whole family will enjoy. Put on your best costume and celebrate the season with these local happenings.

Ambler Main Street Halloween Parade and Extravaganza

108 E Butler Ave, Ambler
October 29, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Children can show off their costumers while parading through Ambler and enjoying delicious treats provided by local businesses.

Boo at the Zoo

3400 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia
Weekends throughout October

Trick-or-treat around the Philadelphia Zoo while taking advantage of photo opportunities, fun children’s activities and more.

Franklin Fright

222 N 20th St, Philadelphia
Weekends in October

Live shows, interactive activities and trick-or-treating at the Franklin Institute will help you get into the spirit of the spooky season.

The Great Pumpkin Carve

1736 Creek Rd, Chadds Ford
October 20, 21 and 22

Local artists visit the Chadds Ford Historical Society on the first day of this three-day event to carve pumpkins, which will then be displayed on Friday and Saturday for the public to enjoy. Food, drinks, live music and raffle prizes add to the fun of this Halloween tradition.

Halloween Special at West Chester Railroad

230 E Market St, West Chester
October 22, 23, 29 and 30

Costumes are encouraged on this 90-minute train ride full of scenic fall views.

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2249 E Lincoln Hwy, Lancaster
Throughout October

A Halloween-themed Dive Show and a nighttime dance party are two new offerings this year at Dutch Wonderland’s non-scary celebration.

Hayrides to the Witch’s House

 

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137 W Knowlton Rd, Media
Through October 31

Take a hayride to visit the friendly witch in the woods. Afterwards, return to Linvilla Orchards for a campfire complete with cider and marshmallows.

Kennett Trunk or Treat

511 Schoolhouse Rd, Suite 300, Kennett Square
October 29, 6–8 p.m.

Kids eight years of age and younger are invited to show off their costumers while trick-or-treating in Kennett Square.

Narberth Halloween Parade

Begins at the 100 block of N Narberth Ave, Narberth
October 30, 6:30 p.m. 

Children can share their Halloween costumes with the Narberth community as they march through town.

Pumpkin Playground

1001 Longwood Rd, Kennett Square
Through October 31

Longwood Gardens is known for providing plenty of seasonal photo backdrops, and the Pumpkin Playground is no exception. Capture that perfect fall photo while your kids explore a display of pumpkins, gourds and the like.

Scarecrows in the Village

100 Peddlers Village, Lahaska
Through October 31

Every year, residents of Philadelphia and its surrounding area compete to craft creative scarecrows that are sure to wow. Visit Peddlers Village to check out the display.

Spooky Mini Golf

200 N 6th St, Philadelphia
Through October 31

Putt your way through Philly Mini Golf’s festively decorated course.

Straw Maze

9201 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia
Weekends through November 20

Back again this year, the Straw Maze at Woodmere Art Museum is a family favorite. Navigate your way through the twists and turns of the maze, which has been shaped like a crown.

Swarthmore Halloween Parade

Begins at Thatcher Park, Swarthmore
October 28, 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Children six years of age and younger are invited to dress up and parade through downtown Swarthmore, stopping for candy along the way.

The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular

100 Sesame Rd, Langhorne
Select dates through November 6

Don your costumer and visit Sesame Place for trick-or-treating, themed shows and parades, a scavenger hunt and photo ops with your favorite Sesame Street characters.

Trick-or-Treat Street

200 N 6th St, Philadelphia
October 29, 12–2 p.m.

Head to Franklin Square in costume to collect yummy treats throughout the park during this Halloween event.

West Chester Halloween Parade

Begins at Church and Market Sts, West Chester
October 26, 7–9 p.m.

Featuring performances from local marching bands, cheer squads and dance teams, the West Chester Halloween Parade never disappoints. Kids can visit one of the donation stations before the start of the parade to claim a goodie bag.

Witches of Narberth

Corner of Forrest and Haverford Aves, Narberth
October 29, 1–4 p.m.

Kick off the spooky season with a scavenger hunt through downtown Narberth. Costumes are optional for this free Halloween event.

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