15 fun things to do in Philly this weekend for Halloween

Be sure to check out PumpkinFest this weekend at South Street Headhouse District. | Provided


Spooked on Spruce

Oct. 27, 7 p.m. 

Trinity Center for Urban Life 

2212 Spruce St. 



A Halloween party you can feel good about, this soiree—complete with a DJ, food, a raffle and included beer and wine–doubles as a fundraiser for Siloam’s HIV wellness services. Students and recent graduates can nab a discount on tickets.

Halloween Party

Oct. 27, 9 p.m. 

Maison 208

208 S. 13th St. 



For a sophisticated Halloween party, Maison 208—the swanky digs newly opened in the Gayborhood–hosts this Casamigos Tequila-sponsored shindig that features hors doeuvres, a costume contest and a variety of tequila specialty cocktails. The $60 ticket gets you unlimited tequila drinks.

Haunted Carnival Halloween Party

Oct. 27, 9 p.m. 

The Twisted Tail 

509 S. Second St. 


Pay as you go

Society Hill’s juke joint, barbecue restaurant and whisky bar throws a costume contest—with prizes—combined with live music upstairs by Mikey Junior Band. There will also be fire breathers and fortune tellers roaming about, with drink specials abound.

Ardmore Halloween Spooktacular 

Oct. 28, 11 a.m. 

Schauffele Plaza 

14 E. Lancaster Ave.


Ardmore Business Association sponsors this trick-or-treat event in which downtown businesses hand out candy, with special treats served up at the end of the trail at Jack McShea’s. Bags are provided for free.

Spooky Saturday 

Oct. 28, 11 a.m.

Mifflin Street and East Passyunk Avenue


Pay as you go

East Passyunk fills up with free activities for the day, ranging from pumpkin painting to a dog costume contest, a craft fair curated by Nice Things Handmade to free trick-or-treating. Outdoor food vendors include Mamma Maria Ristorante, Stogie Joe’s, Say Cheese, POPE and The Chilly Banana.

South Street Pumpkinfest

Oct. 28, 12 p.m. 

Headhouse Square 

Second and Lombard streets 


Pay as you go

It’s a pumpkin-everything theme at this South Street festival, with pumpkin putt-putt golf, a pumpkin pie eating contest, a Jack O’Lantern contest, pumpkin bites and ciders from Philadelphia Brewing Company. Live entertainment includes performers from the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. A heads-up: Pop by the Headhouse the evening before, at 6 p.m., for a free showing of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”

Masquerade Affair 

Oct. 28, 8 p.m. 


1421 Arch St.



aMuse cultivates a more mysterious vibe for Halloween, handing out complimentary masquerade masks to party attendees. On the agenda for the evening: a costume contest, a performance by DJ Mateo Difontaine and the slinging of fun cocktails like The Black Widow, made with Belvedere vodka, mint syrup, orange juice and blackberries, as well as The Smashing Pumpkin, made with pumpkin liqueur, passion fruit juice and anise flower syrup.

Superheroes v. Villains 

Oct. 28, 9 p.m. 

Nick’s Bar and Grille 

16 S. Second St. 



It’s a specific costume theme at Nick’s, where patrons are encouraged to show up as their favorite superhero or villain and compete for a $100 cash prize. Drink specials include “pumpkin-tinis,” $12 beer buckets and $3 Jell-O shots.

Mad Rex’s First Annual Wasteland Halloween Party 

Oct. 28, 10 p.m. 

Mad Rex 

1000 Frankford Ave. 



The post-apocalyptic-themed bar is practically prepared for Halloween on-the-daily, but the bar takes it up another notch for Halloween by inviting fire performers, DJ Mixology and emcee Johnny Tru Love. There will also be a costume contest and after-party at Garden Social Club.


The Roddenberries

Oct. 29, 7 p.m. 

Franky Bradley’s 

1320 Chancellor St.



Forever a house of weird, Franky Bradley’s invites a 10-piece Star Trek tribute troupe to celebrate Halloween—with a costume dance party. Expect a mix of disco, rock and metal and lots of sci-fi feels.


Gurl, boo!

Oct. 28, 9 p.m. 

Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar

200 S. 12th St.



Funny gals Aurora Whorealis, Mistor Fahrenheit and Samora dust off the Ouija board for this cheeky Halloween drag show—with no cover, plus drink specials.

Boys of Hallow’s Eve

Oct. 27, 9 p.m. 

The Bike Stop 

206 S. Quince St. 



Recalling summer’s “Boys of Summer,” PhillyGayCalendar presents a costume party for the city’s kink culture. Guests are invited to dress as their “wild alter ego” and dance to tunes spun by DJ KRK.



Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m. 

West Laurel Hill

225 Belmont Ave., Bala Cynwyd



MANNA hosts the Fourth Annual #Run4UrLife event at West Laurel Hill, an evening 5K run with trick-or-treating for kids. Runners are encouraged to dress up in their ghoulish best. Proceeds go toward fighting hunger.

Spooky Mini Golf

Oct. 27 through Oct. 29, 6 p.m.

Franklin Square 

200 N. Sixth St. 



A low-key way to celebrate Halloween, Franklin Square’s usual Philly Mini Golf is transformed into “Spooky Mini Golf” for the weekend, featuring fog lights, music and subtle scares. Show up Saturday afternoon for a trick-or-treat trail that’s free for kids 10 and younger.


Oct. 28, 12 p.m. 

Schmidt’s Commons

1001 N. Second St.



A thorough dog costume contest, Street Tail Animal Rescue hosts its fifth year of judging on the criteria of Most Original, Most Creative, Best Presented, Best Owner/Dog Costume Combination and Best Doggy Duet. The winner gets a neighborhood-themed gift bag with certificates for El Camino, Interstate Drafthouse, La Colombe and more. Registration starts at noon; the contest starts at 1 p.m. 

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