Five Fun Halloween Happenings in Philadelphia

Storytelling campfire at Pennypack Envrionmental CenterImage via Philadelphia's Office of Children and Families

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Philadelphia’s Office of Children and Families announced that Parks and Recreation sites are celebrating both Halloween and Day of the Dead with a variety of hauntingly fun events.

1. Halloween Hike to the Lost Cave of the Wissahickon

When: October 27, 2021, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Wissahickon Valley Park — Meet at Hermitage Mansion, 700 Hermit Lane, 19128 

Join the Wild Women of the Wissahickon on this Twilight adventure to “The Lost Cave.” Learn about America’s first doomsday cult. Will the Wizard Kelpius return to his cave to fulfill his prophecy? 

Costumes are highly suggested. Be prepared to walk over uneven terrain in low light. Bring a camera to see if you can catch the likenesses of any apparitions on film! Suitable for children over 12 years old with a responsible adult. No pets. Register for the event is required.

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2. Halloween Campfire at Pennypack Environmental Center

When: October 29, 2021 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. 
Pennypack Environmental Center — 8600a Verree Road, 19115 

Children ages six and up are welcome to participate in spooky stories by the campfire and other Halloween fun! Registration required. Register for the event is required.

Smith Memorial Playground Healthy Halloween

3. Healthy Halloween at Smith Memorial Playground

When: October 30, 2021, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse—3500 Reservoir Dr., 19121 

Come in costume and enjoy an afternoon of messy arts and crafts, healthy treats, giveaways, and music. Tickets are $10 per child. Adults, members, and Access card holders enter for free. Purchase tickets for the event. The raindate is Sunday, October 31.

 4. Trick or Treat Trails at Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center

When: October 30, 2021, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center — 700 Cobbs Creek Pkwy., 19143 

A story-book trail from the Cobb’s Creek Recreation Center to the Environmental Center. Halloween-centered activities include scary storytelling at the campfire, archery, and apple cider pressing. 

The start of the trail will feature the “Room on the Broom” storybook. Costumes optional. Candy abundant! Learn more about this event.

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5. Day of the Dead Bike Ride to LOVE Park

When: Sunday, October 31, 2021, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Meet at the Indego bicycle station at 1001 Washington Ave., 19147 (next to CVS).

                 Bike to LOVE Park, 1501 John F. Kennedy Blvd., 19102

Join this 3.5-mile bike ride from South Philadelphia to LOVE Park. Participants are encouraged to:

  • Bring their own bikes or use an Indego.
  • Dress up as Catrinas or Calaveras.
  • Decorate their bikes with Day of the Dead accessories.
  • Visit the Día de los Muertos altar at LOVE Park.
  • Discover the true meaning the Day of the Dead traditions in Mexico through the eyes of writer José Carlos Pérez Sámano.

Space is limited. Register for the event.

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Sponsored by Philadelphia‘s Parks and Recreation, the Mexican Consulate, and the Mexican Cultural Center.

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