October GoList: Best Things To Do with Philly Kids This Month

Fun Events for Families in Philadelphia PA

Gone are the unseasonably hot days of September and the cooler days of October are (hopefully) on their way. Fall is here, whether it feels like it or not, and that means we've got plenty of apple picking, pumpkin picking, corn mazes, and more. Halloween is just around the corner and we have no shortage of fun activities. Whether you're looking to get some extra use out of those costumes, find a great place to trick-or-treat, get scared at a spooky haunted house, or try your luck at a haunted escape room, you can find just about anything in our Halloween Guide.

Covered Bridge Festival at Knoebel's- Elysburg
October 5-8, 2017
Take a ride to Knoebel's for its annual Covered Bridge Festival. During the day, expect tons of craft and food vendors, entertainment, and, of course, rides! At night, get ready for a thrill as the whole park transforms for Halloween fun.

The Glow: A Jack O'Lantern Experience- Philadelphia
October 6-29, 2017
Take a stroll through West Fairmount Park and enjoy some amazing Jack O'Lanterns. Fall food and beverage is available for purchase. Enjoy live carving demonstrations as well.

Old City Fest- Philadelphia
October 8, 2017
Celebrate art, music, culture, and family fun on the historic streets of Old City. Entertainment will be provided by Arden Drama School, Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, Give and Take Jugglers, Music Monkey Jungle, and more. See demonstrations on 18th century chocolate making, as well.

Peppa Pig Live!- Philadelphia
October 14, 2017
Visit the Keswick Theatre for this show featuring life-size puppets and brand new songs!

Minefaire- Philadelphia
October 14-15, 2017
If your kids loves Minecraft, don't miss this awesome event at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. Play in Creative Mode with unlimited resources or mine deep in Survival Mode.

The Great Pumpkin Carve of Chadds Ford- Chadds Ford
October 19-21, 2017
Watch as local artists try their hand at carving unique pumpkins. This outdoor festival also offers music, a haunted trail, and hayrides.

Harry Potter Festival and Quidditch Tournament- Philadelphia
October 21, 2017
Chestnut Hill's Germantown Ave. turns into Hogsmeade on October 21. See a quidditch tournament at Chestnut Hill College, then check out all the shops on Germantown Ave. and meet some of your favorite Harry Potter characters. There will be book readings, activities, and a Harry Potter themed art gallery. Be aware that this event gets very crowded and may not be best for very small children.

Mud Island Halloween- Philadelphia
October 27, 2017
Visit Fort Mifflin on the Delaware for an evening after dark. Bring a candlelight picnic, watch old-time horror movies, and see your future at tarot readings. You can even become a ghost hunter for the night, or take a ghost tour. 

Day of the Dead Festival- Philadelphia
Sunday, October 28, 2017
Enjoy dancing, music, arts and crafts, a parade, and more traditional fun at this festival at Penn Museum. Costumed guests under 12 receive half-price admission to the museum.

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