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

Fall is officially here! 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.

1. Pumpkin Playground - Longwood Gardens
October 3 - 31, 2019
Play in the Pumpkin Playground at Longwood Gardens. Children can see and touch the pumpkins while grown ups can take plenty of fall photos in the pumpkin patch. Be sure to check out Longwood's largest pumpkin on display, weighing in at more than 800 pounds.

2. Spooky Mini Golf - Philadelphia
Thursdays - Sundays, October 3-31, 2019
Every October weekend until Halloween, Franklin Square's mini golf gets a spooky make-over. Golfers can expect eerie music, creepy lights, and fog

3. The Glow: A Jack O'Lantern Experience - Philadelphia
Thursdays - Sundays, October 5 - November 3, 2019
THE GLOW is a family-friendly event which offers a unique experience featuring a trail filled with over 5,000 hand carved jack o’ lanterns. Guests can expect fall foods, live demonstrations with carvers, and amazing pumpkin photo opportunities.

4. Candlelight Ghost Tours - Philadelphia
Fridays and Saturdays, October 11-25, 2019, plus October 31, 2019
Fort Mifflin is know to be one of the most haunted sites in the country and during this event, guests can learn of the TRUE stories of paranormal activity experienced by decades of visitors and staff. There are no decorations, no blood, just real ghosts. The tours are slated as being best for children aged 8 and up.

5. Trick-or-Treat Trains - New Hope
Thursdays - Sundays, October 11-31, 2019, plus select other days
Climb aboard the train at New Hope & Ivyland Railroad for a 45-minute trick-or-treat train ride. Kids are encouraged to dress in their favorite Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat around the New Hope train station for candy and assorted toys.

6. Boo at the Zoo - Philadelphia
Saturdays and Sundays, October 12-27, 2019
Kids wear their favorite Halloween costumes and wander through a not-so-scary Extinction Graveyard which highlights information on species that are nearing extinction. In addition, visitors can run through the hay maze, take pictures in front of the pumpkin wall, and enjoy apple cider and trick or treat bags.

7. Roxey Ballet Presents Dracula - Lambertville, NJ
October 18-27, 2019
Audiences can expect a combination of contemporary choreography, videography, minimalist sets, costuming, and artistry recreating Dracula. This scary ballet is something you can 'sink your teeth into.'

8. Witches & Wizards Weekend - Chestnut Hill
October 19, 2019
Chestnut Hill welcomes families to the inaugural Witches & Wizards weekend. Saturday offers spooktacular entertainment and family-friendly activities in a whimsical community setting. Activities include the Annual Brotherly Love Cup Quidditch Tourament, Woodmere Art Museum's Straw Maze, crafts, live circus performers, an archery range, Mad Science demos, and hayrides.

9. All Hallow's Eve Fall Festival - Schwenksville 
October 19, 2019
What could be better than visiting Pennypacker Mills for an All Hallow's Eve Fall Festival? The whole family can climb aboard the hay wagon and take a scenic ride on the tractor pulled hayride through the meadow. Then, kids can pick their favorite pumpkin and paint it any way they like. Visit the craft tent to make some over-the-top fall kid crafts to take home and share. Try shucking dried corn and working the cider press just as farmers did over 100 years ago! Jump in the huge hay pile to round out the fun.

10. Healthy Halloween - Philadelphia
October 26, 2019
On the last Saturday of October each year, Smith hosts a Healthy Halloween event geared towards children 10 and under. Guests come in costume and enjoy healthy snacks, games, and crafts. This event requires tickets.


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Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education - 10:30 AM Pick
Scarecrows in the Village
Peddler's Village - 10:00 AM Pick
Griot Tale Saturdays: Stories for Little Ones
Franklin Square - 11:00 AM Pick
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