13 Not-So-Scary Halloween Activities for Philly Area Kids
No need to protect your kids from the frightening gore-fest that Halloween can be for the older crowd. From dance parties to parades and scarecrow contests, pint-sized trick-or-treaters can still have fun on this ghoulish holiday without having nightmares about scary scenes. Read on to find out more about what's available for little ones in the Philly area.
Hayrides to the Witch's House
Select dates through October 30,2016
Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media, PA
This hayride is just for little ones! Travel to the witch's house, where the friendly witch entertains children and their families with stories, and she even serves them snacks around the bonfire. See? Glinda isn't the only good witch in town.
The Count's Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place
Now through October 30, 2016
Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne, PA
Halloween at Sesame Place is all about fun for even the littlest monsters. Come in costume and enjoy Halloween shows, rides, and a Halloween parade street party.
Now through October 23, 2016
Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Over thirty scarecrows are decked out in the 9th annual scarecrow decorating contest. Check them out and vote for the best ones! This year's theme is "A Sense of Adventure."
October Hayrides at Hagley
Saturdays from October 15- October 30, 2016
Hagley Museum, 200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, DE
Enjoy the fall foliage while aboard a hayride. Afterwards, make seasonal crafts, explore the grounds, and see the mill in action.
The Great Pumpkin Carve
October 20-22, 2016
The Barns Visitor Center, 1736 Creek Road, Chadds Ford, PA
Admire the amazingly carved pumpkins on display, take a hayride, or wander down the haunted trail.
October 22, 2016
Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA
Get your pumpkins! Children 10 and under can pick a pumpkin to decorate and take home with them. Painting pumpkins with no clean-up for you? Priceless. Plus, kids can take a ride around the park on the
Lightening Bolt Express Train for a fee.
Halloween in Manayunk
October 22, 2016
A full day of kid-friendly activities awaits! Families can enjoy trick-or-treating, a kids' costume parade, a pumpkin carving contest, and a showing of "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown."
Goblins in the Garden Family Festival
October 22-23, 2016
Camden Children's Garden 3 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ
Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume to take a 'not-too-scary' haunted train ride. Children can also participate in a costume parade while collecting treats.
Boo at the Zoo
October 22, 23, 29, and 30, 2016
Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Two weekends of trick-or-treating at the zoo make this a great way to have fun with kids of all ages. Come in costume and check out the not-too-scary "Graveyard Extinction Zone" to learn about animal species that used to roam.
October 28, 2016
Garden State Discovery, Museum 2040 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, NJ
Make Halloween-themed crafts and show off your best dance moves. Afterwards, explore the museum's exhibits and parking lot for Halloween treats.
October 29, 2016
Please Touch Museum 3500 Reservoir Drive East Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA
Children 10 and under can dress up in costume and trick-or-treat for healthy snacks, play games, and make crafts.
Day of the Dead Festivities
October 30, 2016
Mütter Museum, 19 S. 22nd Street Philadelphia, PA
This family-friendly event allows children to decorate skull sugar cookies, make paper flowers, and have their face painted.
Boo for Babies' Halloween Nestival
October 30, 2016
NEST Center City, 1301 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA
This fun kids' costume party is a memorial fundraiser benefiting the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. There will be open gym, music, face painting, trick-or-treating, arts and crafts, a magician, and more! Parties at this gym are always a blast, and little ones will particularly love being able to play, jump, and tumble, all while in costume.
Be sure to check out our posts on Autumn Train Rides, Halloween Adventures at PA and NJ Amusement Parks, Free Trick or Treat Opportunities and Costume Parades, and our Events Calendar for the most up-to-date info on Halloween fun!
Photo of Linvilla's Pumpkinland courtesy of R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia. Originally published in October, 2015. Updated for current information.