Your (updated) guide to a spooky and family-friendly Halloween in Northwest Philly

If you’re looking for Halloween events to get you in the holiday mood, here’s a round-up of the events and festivities happening in Northwest Philly for adults, kids and teenagers.

Know of any Halloween events that we missed? Let us know via email or in the comments of this article


Ghost Tales and Goosebumps: Local Legends by Firelight at Laurel Hill Cemetery

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Thursday, 7 p.m. Tours will depart every 30 min with the last tour departing at 9:30 p.m.

Storytellers will gather around campfires at Laurel Hill Cemetery for blood-curdling Ghost Tales and Goosebumps. Be sure to pack a flashlight, but don’t worry — warm cider and snacks will be served. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at the door, via phone or online. Reservations are suggested for groups.

Theater of the Macabre! at FUMCOG

Thursday, 8 to 11 p.m., doors at 7:30 p.m.

The gothic-revival First United Methodist Church of Germantown (FUMCOG) will be decorated as an haunting and eerie venue for a screening of the silent 1920 film “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” starring John Barrymore, who is buried in East Falls. A live score will be improvised on a four manual pipe organ by the church’s music director, Kevin O’Malia. A donation of $10 is suggested. Proceeds go towards the music ministry at FUMCOG.

East Falls Fall Festival

Various events running through Friday

This festival has numerous events leading up to Halloween night.

At 6 p.m. Wednesday, well-known Philadelphians, including City Councilman Curtis Jones, will be reading at the Spooky Scary Story Time at the Falls of Schuylkill branch of the Free Library. Kids are allowed to come in costumes or pajamas.

The Fall Festival rounds out with a Haunted House on Halloween from 4 to 6 p.m at Chuck’s Garage to prepare everyone for the night of trick-or-treating.

Greene Street Friends School Halloween Parade

Friday, 8:30 a.m.

For about 10 minutes, GSFS students will walk around the block (all left turns) escorted by their partners in the older grades and teachers. Parents are invited to come and observe. GSFS also offers an alternate activity for students who do not observe Halloween in our lunchroom that morning from 8:30-9:15 am. This year, the group will be making cookies with seasonal themes (pumpkins, leaves, etc.)

Final-ly Friday Monster Mash on the 7100 block of Germantown Ave. in Mt. Airy

Friday, 5 to 8 p.m.

This month’s Final-ly Friday in Mt. Airy will host a Monster Mash party. In addition to craft vendors and food specials, there will be a Halloween dance, a costume contest and other Halloween activities.

Mt. Airy Village Halloween Parade

Friday, 6 p.m.

Join the annual parade of costumed children around C.W. Henry School in Mt. Airy Village. The Samba Drum class at Moving Arts of Mt Airy will play music starting at 6:30 p.m. Gather at Greene Street & Carpenter Lane, across from the Nesting House and Weavers Way Co-op starting at 6 p.m.

Straw Maze at the Woodmere Art Museum

Weekends through Nov. 2; Fri. 6 to 8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Straw Maze: Bales of Cornwall is inspired this year by Philadelphia artist Walter Elmer Schofield’s Morning Tide-Coast of Cornwall painting (currently on display at the museum). Made from the typical massive straw bales, this year it doubles as a sculpture and a structure for kids to climb on. Created by a local architect and designer Peter Brown and Barbara Ann Sprague (BrownSprague LLC), the atmosphere is sure to bring a sense of outdoor fall adventure. On Saturdays, crafts for kids are also offered.

Germantown Harvest Festival

Saturday, 12 to 4 p.m.

Vernon Park will host a festival to “to celebrate the season’s harvest and support our local farmers, businesses and historical sites.” Among the offerings: a petting zoo, pony rides, live performances, ReeRee the Clown, face painting and food!

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