The Count's Halloween Spooktacular. Photo courtesy of Sesame Place
The Count's Halloween Spooktacular. Photo courtesy of Sesame Place

Not-So-Scary Halloween Events for Philly Preschoolers

Halloween is the centerpiece of spooky season, but lots of kids would rather eat their candy without a side of fear. Certain activities can feel a bit unsettlingly for little ones, with scary themes and decorations that leave preschoolers (and even some school-aged kids) rattled. So if your family is looking to celebrate a non-scary Halloween, we've got age-appropriate attractions that maintain the spirit of the holiday, and keep small children feeling happy and safe.

Philadelphia Trunk or Treat events are a popular kid-friendly option that eliminate any fright. Halloween train rides are also a huge crowd-pleaser, as are the many events at area theme parks and zoos. This list delivers all of those activities and more to keep littles engaged and unafraid.

Be sure to browse our Ultimate Guide to Halloween Fun and Free Halloween Fun in the Delaware Valley with additional ideas. 

Places featured in this article:


Artisans Order of Mutual Protection

Philadelphia Police 35th District

Forks of the Brandywine Evangelical Presbyterian Church

Walton Farm Elementary School

New Hope & Ivyland Railroad

Newtown Township Administration Building

Downtown Oxford

Chadds Ford Historical Society

Wilmington Riverfront/Fort Christina Park/Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard

Quakertown Farmers Market and Flea Market

East Passyunk Avenue Business District

Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Morning Bird Walk
Peter Wentz Farmstead - 8:30 AM Pick
Toddler Time
American Swedish Historical Museum - 10:30 AM Pick
Movies By The River
Glen Foerd on the Delaware - 6:00 PM Pick
ShiverQuest Scavenger Hunt 2021
Riverbend Environmental Education Center - various times Pick
Paleopalooza Festival
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University - various times Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides