Alternatives to Traditional Trick-or-Treating for Philly Families

Trick-or-treating is an annual custom that many families enjoy every Halloween. However, not every child or grown-up is all about roaming the streets for the sole purpose of getting candy from their neighbors (or strangers)! When October 31 rolls around, be sure to check out all the great trick-or-treat alternatives in the Philadelphia area—whether they take a hayride, play in a pumpkin patch, or pick up some tasty tidbits from the local mall, little ones will still get to dress up and have fun on Halloween, without the traditional door-to-door candy gathering. Plus, don’t forget to check our Event Calendar regularly—new activities are added daily.

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Montgomery County

Elmwood Park Zoo- Boo at The Zoo
October 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30, 2016
Guests visiting the Zoo can enjoy games, activities, and live performances during its Harvest Fest. Plus, from noon –3 PM, enjoy costume contests, costume parades, and trick-or-treat stations with candy, prizes, and crafts.

King of Prussia Mall - Trick-or-Treat
October 29, 2016
From 10–11:30 AM, kids can don their Halloween costumes and then visit shops throughout the mall to collect their goodies.

Varner Farms- Candy Carnival
October 31, 2016
Children visiting Varner Farms on Halloween night can participate in its Candy Carnival. Children do 20 activities and receive candy after each one. The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Contact the farm to sign up.

Bucks County

Northampton Township Rec Center – Halloween Happening 
October 29, 2016
Spend the day with music, treats, amd games, as well as a Halloween costume contest for individuals and families. Prizes and awards await the best costumes, and free treat bags are available for the first 300 children ages 12 and under.

Sesame Place – The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular
Weekends through October 30, 2016
Celebrate silly, not-too-spooky fun with the kids’ favorite Sesame Street characters. Everyone is encouraged to come in costume and enjoy Halloween shows, a themed maze, three new Count von Count-themed mechanical rides, a Neighborhood Street Party Halloween Parade, and more.

New Hope-Ivyland Railroad- Trick-or-Treat Train
October 31, 2016
Start a new tradition with a ride on New Hope-Ivyland Railroad's Trick-or-Treat Train. For a spookier experience, take a ride on the Haunted Halloween Train.

Oxford Valley Mall- Boo Bash
October 31, 2016
Get ready for a Boo Bash at Oxford Valley Mall. This event is part of Kidgits programming.

Chester County

Longwood Gardens – Nightscape
Now through October 29, 2016
Longwood Gardens becomes a wondrous feast for the eyes and ears for visitors of all ages. Light shows are set to music, making it a unique experience that’s suitable for kids and adults alike. No scary stuff here! And be sure to visit the Pumpkin Playground before the sun sets to take some fall pictures.

Milky Way Farm – Fall Harvest
Now through October 30, 2016
Play in the corn maze, take a fun hayride, and taste some farm-fresh ice cream. Kids will never miss the candy when they’ve spent the day at this farm and creamery.

Delaware County

Linvilla Orchards-Costume Parade
October 30, 2016
Calling all superheroes, princesses, knights-in-shining armor, and wizards! Line up for the costume parade and then listen to tunes by Makin' Music.

Tyler Arboretum- Teeny Tiny Trackers
October 31, 2016
Children who are 3 can dress up in their Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat throughout the Arboretum.

Darlington Arts Center- Preschool Halloween Open House
October 31, 2016
Wear your favorite Halloween costume to Darlington Arts Center. Little ones can trick-or-treat, make crafts, and listen to not-so-spooky stories.


Franklin Square- Trick-or-Treat Trail
October 29, 2016
Visitors at Franklin Square can make treat bags and follow a trail map to fill up their bags with goodies along the way. The Trick-or-Treat Trail is recommended for children ages 10 and under.

Penn Museum – Day of the Dead
October 29, 2016
In partnership with the Mexican Cultural Center and the Mexican Consulate, Penn Museum hosts the popular annual Day of the Dead celebration from 11 AM–4 PM. This family-friendly afternoon provides a wonderful opportunity for children to learn about the Mexican culture. Families will enjoy music and dance, puppetry and storytelling, arts and crafts, and more. Children's author, Cynthia Weill, will be on site to tell a story with an accompanying puppet show.

Philadelphia Mills- Trick-or-Treating
October 31, 2016
Put on your Halloween costume and wander through Philadelphia Mills Mall collecting treats along the way.


Photo courtesy of Cait Sumner of Mommy Poppins. Originally published October of 2015. Updated for current information.

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