What To Do: The spookiest weekend of the year

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times 

Halloween events have been taking place for more than a month – all leading to this weekend…and beyond.

Not all of the spirits that came back for Halloween have gone back to their homes in the netherworld. There is still a reason to hang around for a little longer.

November 1 is a special day in Mexico and in Mexican American communities throughout the states. It is the day known as “Dia de Los Muertos” — the Day of the Dead. It is a festive day when families remember and honor their loved ones who have passed away.

Kennett Square will be celebrating the holiday on October 28 and 29 with a variety of special events.

As a celebration of life, culture and the arts, Casa Guanajuato will host “Day of the Dead” celebrations this weekend at 600 South Broad Street, Kennett Square with traditional altars, music and dance performances and workshops.

The event gets underway at 5 p.m. on Friday. The festivities continue from 1-8 p.m. on Saturday.

The “Celebration of Life” event is a family-friendly activity with exhibits featuring local artists, music, traditional dances and lively festivities on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.

In Mexico, every ranch, town and city have special ways to commemorate this day. Casa Guanajuto’s event is called “Dia de Los Muertos.” Special attractions include colorful sawdust carpets, sugar skulls, cempasuchil flowers, chopped paper and other pre-Hispanic traditions.

Eva Morales will sing traditional songs on Fridayat 6 p.m. on the third floor of the new Borough building at 600 South Broad Street.

On Saturday, Danza Tenochtli will performing traditional dances at 7 p.m. followed by Grupo Kilated de Oro at 7:30 p.m.

The spooky holiday will officially occur on October 31, but this weekend is when the excitement will reach its peak. This weekend is “Halloween Weekend.”

The Chester County History Center (225 North High Street, West Chester, http://www.chestercohistorical.org/) debuted its “Chilling West Chester” walking tour in the fall of 2020, and this year it’s back with a sequel featuring all new stops.

Beginning at the Chester County History Center on October 31 at 8 p.m., the tour is approximately 1.5 hours. Guests will hear macabre stories from West Chester’s history while visiting some notable downtown landmarks. These are not ghost stories — these are true tales of terror pulled from our own archives.

Each tour will be held entirely outdoors.

Participants should dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

Tours will take place rain or shine and tickets, which are $18, are nonrefundable.

Delaware Art Museum

On October 29, The Delaware Art Museum  (2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, Delaware, delart.org)presents the fifth annual “Día de los Muertos: Desde la Raiz” event from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Guests of all ages can experience a variety of free activities, such as performances by Danza Azteca del Anahuac, Ballet Folklorico Mexico, Mariachi Arrieros de Mexico, Eclipse Solar, Ms. Lili, and Seylin Abarca.

La Catrinamia, the skeletal embodiment of a well-to-do woman who has passed, will also be a presence at the outdoor event, and guests can participate in a labyrinth walk and contribute pictures of loved ones to ofrendas. New this year will be a display of chromed bikes from Champions Lowriders Club.

Día de los Muertos is observed in Mexico and other countries in the days leading up to All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, and, therefore, is often conflated with Halloween traditions. However, the holiday combines the celebration of those who have passed with reverence for the act of mourning and is neither scary nor prank oriented.

The activities will begin at 11:11 a.m. with an Aztec fire ceremony.

Traditional arts and crafts activities and vendors will participate, including artwork by Cesar Viveros.

Indigenous food vendors, including Raspados Bayu and Tamalex Restaurant, will be on site, with options that include vegetarian dishes. Beverages will be available for sale, but alcohol will not be sold at this event.

The American Helicopter Museum (1220 American Boulevard, West Chester, americanhelicopter.museum) will get into Halloween mood this weekend.

Haunted Helicopters

On October 29 from 6-8 p.m., the museum will present “Haunted Helicopters.”

The event features two hours of spooky Halloween family-friendly fun.

Guests are invited to come in costume and enjoy activities and treats at the museum.

Admission is $15 with kids 12-years-old and under admitted free.

The Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge National Historical Park (1400 North Outer Line Drive, King Of Prussia, www.nps.org)will host its inaugural celebration of “All Hallows Eve” on October 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

During the event, attendees will have the opportunity to create messages to honor loved ones. They also can walk the sacred spaces along candlelit paths in the Chapel’s historic churchyard to identify the burial places of noted people.

Located directly behind the Chapel, the 25-acre wooded churchyard was designed in 1911 by noted landscape architect Thomas W. Sears.

Fittingly, Sears is buried there, along with Philander Knox, who was Secretary of State under President Taft, Louis Nacke, a hero of September 11’s Flight 93, and Alex of Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

As part of the All Hallows Eve celebration, attendees will be treated to inspirational words, music, hot cider and cookies.

All Hallows Eve opens the annual three-day season of AllHallowtide.

Allhallowtide is the Western Christian season encompassing the triduum of All Saints’ Eve (Halloween), All Saints’ Day (All Hallows’) and All Souls’ Day, as well as the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (observed on the first Sunday of November).

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library (Route 52, Wilmington, Delaware, 800-448-3883, www.winterthur.org) is hosting “Tram & Treat” on October 29 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Families are invited to dress their goblins and ghosts in their Halloween finest and join in for daytime trick-or-treating in the garden.

Guests can ride a tram and then walk in Enchanted Woods to enjoy candy and crafts (while supplies last), games, and live music by Silly Joe.

Participants will also be able to warm up by fire pits as they listen to Newark Ukesters on the Visitor Center Patio.

Winterthur is also featuring a Guided Exhibition Tour – “Jacqueline Kennedy and Henry Francis du Pont: From Winterthur to the White House” – now through January 8, 2023.

Visitors can explore the friendship between the First Lady and H. F. du Pont and their work to restore the White House in this guided tour of the special exhibition.

In 1961, an unusual partnership was formed when the youngest First Lady in American history, Jacqueline Kennedy, appointed a reserved octogenarian collector from Delaware, Henry Francis du Pont, to lead her project to restore the White House interiors. Du Pont brought credibility to Kennedy’s efforts and vision, and her enormous popularity lifted him onto the national stage and validated his life’s work.

Together, they transformed the White House from a mere public residence into a museum, and along the way, they engaged with some of the most celebrated interior designers of the 20th century.

For the first time, the story of this historic partnership will be told at Winterthur, the inspiration for Mrs. Kennedy’s project. Through artifacts, archives, and images, this exhibition will invite visitors to experience the behind-the-scenes collaboration between the two during this captivating period in American history.

Their partnership culminated in a televised tour of the White House, led by Jacqueline Kennedy, which became the most watched program in American history. The former First Lady will forever be remembered as the person who restored history and beauty to the White House.

Their “restoration” of America’s most famous house became a history lesson for the country and awakened an interest in preservation and interior design that is still felt today.

Admission to Winterthur is $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and students and $8 for children.

On October 29, Hagley Museum and Library (Buck Road East entrance via Route 100, Wilmington, Delaware, 302-658-2400, www.hagley.org) is presenting “Halloween at Hagley” from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

On Saturday, children are invited to come in costume and visit treat stations throughout the beautiful surroundings of Hagley’s historic home and garden. Lots of Halloween-themed activities will be available like the Spider Slingshot and “Bat”ing Practice.

Visitors will be able to go ghost hunting in our garden and make a jack-o-lantern pouch to stash some goodies.

Costume parades will happen at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., so plan accordingly and have your camera ready to take some adorable shots.

Moco Loco will be on site providing innovative, farm fresh dishes.

Hagley is also hosting “Science Saturday: Mind Tricks and Treats” on October 29.

The activity, which runs from noon-4 p.m., takes a look at optical illusions.

Optical illusions and tricks of the mind will have you guessing what’s real. Participants can test their perception and make a spinning disc picture.

Special Guest will be The Green Lemons FTC Robotics team with hands-on robotics demonstrations from noon to 4 p.m.
Activities include Robot Driving, a 3D Printing Demo, and Candy Treats.

On October 30, Hagley will present this month’s installment of “Cannon Firings.”

Guests can have a blast during their visit to Hagley by watching a demonstration of the museum’s signal cannon.

Demonstrations take place at 1, 2, and 3 p.m.

Please note that cannon firings are weather-dependent.

The “Cannon Firings” are included with admission and free for Hagley members

Chaddsford Winery (Route 1, Chadds Ford, 610-388-6221, www.chaddsford.com) is presenting its “Adult Trick or Treat” event every Saturday and Sunday through October 30. Tour Times Available at noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.

Visitors will be able to “Trick or Treat” for wine and seasonal snacks at Chaddsford’s wildly popular, adults-only Halloween program as they visit a variety of Halloween-themed pairing stations located throughout the Winery grounds.

The “Pairing Menu” features Corpse Bride: ’21 Sparkling White with Wedding White Cake Pop; Dragons Trove: ’21 Dry Rosé: Redux with Aleppo Chili Truffle from Éclat Chocolate; Ghost Boos: ’19 The Red Standard with Bacon Cheddar and Caramel Popcorn from Kernel Clark; Witches Den: Warm Spiced Apple with Spiced Cake Cookie from OsoSweet Bakery; and Vampire Lair: Immortal Drink Slushie with vampire fangs.

Advanced tickets include the food and beverage pairings, as well as a Halloween-themed keepsake wine glass.

The annual “Haunted Hayride, Bates Motel and Haunted Corn Maze at Arasapha Farm” (1835 N. Middletown Rd., Gradyville, 610-459-0647, www.thebatesmotel.com) will be scaring visitors through October 31.

The haunted hayride through the woods features monsters, special effects and actors. The Bates Motel has haunted rooms with special effects and computerized lighting.

Another attraction is the “Revenge of the Scarecrow Haunted Trail.” A haunted trail is cut through a cornfield inhabited by monsters.

A new attraction this year is “Double Edge Axe Throwing.”

Admission prices are $40 on weeknights, $45 on Friday nights and $50 on Saturday nights.

The Colonial Plantation, one of the most haunted properties in Delaware County, invites you to an evening of strange sounds, squeaky doors, candlelight and ghostly stories.

Participants can relive 300 years of the area’s most mysterious, scary and true tales of terror. They’ll start by following the torch lit path and discover the strange and inexplicable ways that colonists treated their dead.
The stories are researched by Plantation staff, are local on the Delaware County area, and are absolutely spine-chilling!

Tours leave every half hour from the Visitor Center and feature local horrifying tales–some from the farm itself. Tours run approximately 1.5 hours. Please note the tour involves covering about 1 mile on uneven terrain.

Light will be offered by campfires, torches, candles, and lanterns. The event is held rain or shine and tickets are non-refundable. Participants are encouraged to dress comfortably for the weather and wear closed toed shoes.

Due to the graphic nature of some stories, we will not allow anyone under the age of ten to participate, and we recommend ages 12 and up.

Space is limited, and tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets for the ghost tours are $20.

Greenbank Mills & Philips Farm (500 Greenbank Road, Wilmington, www.greenbankmill.com) will host two Halloween events on October 28 – “Trunk or Treat” from 5-7 p.m. and “Greenbank Haunts” at 7 and 10 p.m.

With regard to “Trunk or Treat,” Greenbank Mills invites everyone to come in their best costumes and tour the site in all of its autumn glory — with costumed ghouls, witches and werewolves receiving treats.

Light refreshments will also be available for purchase. This event is free for all to attend, and treats will be limited.

“Greenbank Haunts” will feature a walk on the paranormal side with Delmarva Historic Haunts as they explore the ethereal side of Greenbank Mills & Philips Farm.

Participants will learn about the tools that Delmarva Historic Haunts uses to explore paranormal activities and will participate in investigations firsthand at our historic site.

Greenbank Mills & Philips Farm is a living history museum with tours and programs focusing on a variety of aspects of the Early Republic (1790-1830): the gristmill, the textile factory, and daily life at the 1794 Philips House and 19th century farm with heritage livestock.

Admission to this program is free but donations are encouraged.

“Lincoln Mill Haunted House” (4100 Ridge Avenue, Manayunk, www.lincolnmillhaunt.com) is Philadelphia’s newest haunted attraction. The attraction takes guests on a journey through an interactive living story featuring more than 40 live scare-actors, production quality sets, props, animatronics, and breath-taking special effects.

The attraction is intended to be very scary during evening hours. The owners want it to be the scariest haunted house in the greater Philadelphia region. Mission accomplished — it is scary.

While most haunted house attractions have a lot of room for props and actors, Lincoln Mill has a limited area. As a result, the 20-minute walk through the attraction features many tight spaces, sharp turns, sections that are pitch black, scary props and a slew of live-scare actors doing what they do best.

The attraction’s backstory emerged from a tragic event that occurred in 2021. On September 2, 2021, Hurricane Ida struck Philadelphia and flooded the Mill to historic water levels.
The flood significantly damaged the mill’s interior and revealed a hidden chamber located below the basement level. Countless bodies were found, and a dark truth was discovered about the mill’s past.

Local authorities determined that during the 1930’s, Viktor Kane, the mill owner, tormented and experimented on his workers. Countless workers lost their lives, and their spirits continue to haunt the mill. Construction has since been halted and the mill will open up for guests to experience its dark past for themselves.

Lincoln Mill Haunted House has issued a challenge — explore the Chamber, if you dare.

The main haunted house event will run at night Thursday, Friday, and Saturday now through November 5. Tickets are sold in hour time slots from 6:45-11:45 p.m. For those that aren’t into very scary attractions, there will be a more family-oriented event every Saturday from noon-4 p.m. with no scare actors.

Saturday daytime tickets are $24 each from noon-4 p.m. and general admission for other times is $29. VIP tickets start at $55. One dollar from each ticket will be donated to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

For years, Eastern State Penitentiary (2124 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, www.easternstate.org ) presented one of the premier Halloween attractions in Philadelphia — “Terror Behind the Walls.”

Now, it has morphed into an event called “Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary.”

The truly scary attraction, which is running through November 12, takes place at a penitentiary site that was once was an active prison and is now a National Historic Landmark. It is a scream-inducing event featuring laser and special-effect lighting, digital sound, sinister scents, animatronic creatures and 3-D illusions.

There is “Delirium,” a 3D Haunted House where visitors take a mind-altering trip into another dimension –a parallel, neon universe where nothing is quite as it seems. Fascinating creatures emerge from seemingly nowhere as the world you thought you knew shrinks away.

“The Crypt” is another Haunted House. The creatures of The Crypt request your presence. Wade through the mist and into the lair of an ancient clan of vampires. They’ve set the table, but if you’re not careful, you might end up on their next menu.

“Big Top Terror” is a Haunted House which is new for 2022. Visitors step out of the center ring and head backstage through the carnival grounds where menacing performers will do anything it takes to carve out their moment in the spotlight.

“Nightmares” is another Haunted House which is new for 2022. As sleep paralysis sets in, there’s no escaping the terrors that lurk in the shadows. Mr. Sandman conjures up a menagerie of frightening personalities all dead set on trapping you in your worst nightmares… forever.

Another Haunted House is the “Machine Shop.” Hidden away from the world is a long-forgotten machine shop. Evil pervades this space – an evil with one mind but with many bodies. Will visitors survive or will they become just another cog in the machine?

Other attractions are “The Speakeasy at Al Capone’s Cell,” “The Bloodline Lounge,” “The Big Graph & Prisons Today,” “The Voices of Eastern State” Highlights Audio Tour, “Kaleidoscope Hall,” and “S’mores and Lore.”

Admission prices, which vary with the date, start at $34.

“Candlelight Ghost Tours” (Fort Mifflin, Fort Mifflin and Hog Island roads, Philadelphia, 215-685-4167, http://fortmifflin.us) are scheduled for October 29 and 30.

Visitors can tour historic (and haunted) Fort Mifflin by candlelight from 7-10 p.m. each night and hear true stories of ghostly encounters. This event is billed as an “authentic experience.”

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children (12 and under).

Every weekend in October, The Franklin Institute (222 North 29th Street, Philadelphia, www.fi.edu) is presenting Franklin Fright featuring trick-or-treating through the exhibits, creepy guests from The Insectarium, spooky science experiments, liquid scare shows and other frightfully fun festivities.

Spooky live science shows, Halloween-inspired décor, and the return of the ever-popular museum-wide indoor trick-or-treating adventure takes place every weekend in October during Franklin Fright.

Visitors can experience one of the most fun-filled Halloween destinations around with the return of Franklin Fright.

Back by popular demand, young witches and warlocks, ghosts, and goblins are invited to trick-or-treat by knocking on friendly decorated doors in exhibits throughout the museum.

New this year, meet Dr. Franklinstein, joined by her science sidekicks for one of several all-new live science shows. Watch as they perform explosive experiments, dastardly demonstrations, and spooky science with There will be several Halloween-Inspired Live Science Shows including “That’s Gross!” “Dr. Franklinstein’s Pumpkin Lab” and “Pondering Plasma.”

Admission is $23 for adults and $19 for children. Wearing costumes is encouraged.

Each September, “Pumpkinland” returns to Linvilla Orchards (137 West Knowlton Road, Media, 610-876-7116, www.linvilla.com). “Pumpkinland,” which runs through November 6, features fairy tale characters from nursery rhymes along with a huge scarecrow and a really tall storybook.

Other activities include train rides, a straw bale maze, hayrides, pick-your-own apples and pony rides.

There will also be “Harvest Hayrides” and “Autumn Moon Hayrides” starting later in September along with “Straw Bale Maze,” “Train Rides,” “Corn Maze” and “Pony Rides.”

“Pumpkinland” is open from mid-September through early November and takes center stage at Linvilla Orchards. Larger than life figures and scarecrows illustrate the legends and lore of the harvest season, featuring local history and some of the many stories of pumpkins and apples.

Visitors will see Linvilla’s piles of pumpkins in all colors, shapes and sizes – more than 100 tons on display.

Tourist railroads and zoos always provide safe and exciting family options for Halloween celebrations.

The West Chester Railroad (Market Street Station, West Chester, 610-430-2233, www.westchesterrr.net) is running its annual “Halloween Special” on October 29 and 30 and noon and 2 p.m. each day.

Kids and parents are encouraged to wear their favorite costumes. Treats will be given to children during our short layover at the historic Glen Mills station.

Riders of all ages will be able to enjoy the fall foliage along the Chester Creek Valley during the 90-minute journey to Glen Mills and back.

The West Chester-based rail line is also running its special “Fall Foliage Express” trains on November 6. Trains depart at noon and 2 p.m.

The round-trip train ride travels to the village of Glen Mills and back and lasts for 90 minutes. During the brief layover in Glen Mills, riders can explore the historic Pennsylvania Railroad station and have a snack in the railroad’s picnic grove along the Chester Creek.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for children ages 2-12 and $8 for kids under two.

The Wilmington & Western Railroad (2201 Newport Gap Pike, Wilmington, DE, 302-998-1930, www.wwrr.com) is running its “Halloween Express” on October 30 and 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.

The railroad’s friendly witch visits the Wilmington & Western to ride the train and visit with all children. All passengers in costume (both adults and children) ride for just $10 on this 1½-hour round-trip to the Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove.

Riders are encouraged to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy during the half-hour layover at the grove.

This event is powered by one of our historic first-generation diesel locomotives.

The rail line is also running its “Autumn Leaf Special” with trains every Saturday and Sunday through November 5.

Trips are either a one-and-one-half hour roundtrips to the Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove or two-and-one-half hour roundtrips to Hockessin.

Tickets for the “Autumn Leaf Special” start at $18.

The W&WRR also is running its “Hayride Express” on October 28 at 7 and 8:30 p.m. each night. Visitors can experience a one-hour evening ride through the Red Clay Valley on an original railroad flatcar converted especially for hayrides.

Tickets for the “Hayride Express” are $16 for adults, $15 for seniors (60 and older) and $13 for children (ages 2-12).

The Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad (Reading Outer Station, Reading, www.rbmnrr-passenger.com) is running its 2022 Fall Foliage Rail Diesel Car Excursions on October 29 and 30 and November 5 and 6.

Passengers can enjoy a train ride to experience the fantastic fall colors that Pennsylvania has to offer.

They will travel over the rails to Historic Jim Thorpe for the town’s annual fall festival after boarding the train at Reading Outer Station or Port Clinton Station.

Passengers will have time to explore historic Downtown Jim Thorpe during the layover.

Tickets for the all-day excursion are $49.

The New Hope Railroad (32 Bridge Street, New Hope, www.newhoperailroad.com) is running its “Grapevine Express,” which features “Wine & Cheese Tasting” on October 30 at 4 p.m.

Riders are invited to take part in a romantic “Wine and Cheese Excursion” and enjoy fine gourmet cheese, artisan crackers, meats, fruit, and our featured local wines. Additional Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic beverages are also available onboard.

Wine and cheese will be served to passengers as they travel along the same railroad line passengers did when it was built in 1891 connecting New Hope with Philadelphia. The journey travels through the beautiful hills and valleys of Bucks County, along once vital waterways and streams and across numerous trestle bridges.

The excursions will take place aboard one of the railroads lavishly appointed early 1900’s first-class parlor cars.

Tickets are $102.58 (ages 21 and older only).

Now through November 5, the Strasburg Rail Road (Route 741, Strasburg, 717-687-7522, www.strasburgrailroad.com) has a very special event – “Strasburg Rail Road Productions presents…The Legacy of Sleepy Hollow: Not Everything Dies.”

Visitors will discover the true Legacy of Sleepy Hollow at the Strasburg Rail Road. The greatest ghost story ever told did not tell us the whole story.

Guests will join Isabel Crane, the great-great-granddaughter of the legendary Ichabod Crane, as she takes them on a frightful journey filled with sword fights, ghosts, and a centuries-old curse surrounding her family.

It seems that not everyone wants the truth to come out and they’ll go to any length necessary to keep their haunted past a secret. With grand special effects, live horses, and the scariest train ride of the season, this is an opportunity to learn, hear, and experience the Legacy of Sleepy Hollow aboard the historic Strasburg Rail Road.

A pre-boarding act/performance will commence 15 minutes before departure. Please plan to arrive early for check-in and then enjoy the pre-boarding performance before you embark on a memorable journey.

Please note: Due to the subject matter of this event and its presentation, this event is recommended for ages 8 and older. Parental discretion is advised.

The Colebrookdale Railroad (South Washington Street, Boyertown, www.colebrookdalerailroad.com) is running its “Dark Arts Express Train” from 27-30.

This evening train explores the stories of local hauntings, historic incidents, and amusing and astounding happenings along the Colebrookdale Railroad.

Passengers can learn the haunted secrets of The Secret Valley on a very special evening run of a one-hour round trip departing and arriving in Boyertown.

The Dark Arts Express transports riders into the Forbidden Forest where soul eaters, monstrous spiders, or devious witches may linger in the darkness.

Participants can bring witches’ hats, brooms, and wands to this enchanted train where they might discover Owl Mail, Flying Keys, Spider Webs, Familiars, Potions, and Flying Golden Snitches.

Wizarding and Witching Costumes are strongly encouraged.

Coach tickets are $25 for adults and seniors, $20 for children (ages 2-12) and $10 for toddlers (under 2).

The Northern Central Railway (2 West Main Street, New Freedom, www.northerncentralrailway.com) is running its “Halloween Express” train on October 29 and 10 a.m. and noon.

The conductor will call “all aboard” for ghosts, goblins, princesses, and superheroes.

All riders are encouraged to come dressed in their Halloween costume to enjoy this ride to Glen Rock.

After your train returns to our New Freedom station, children are invited to participate in the trunk-or-treat in the High Street parking lot next to Marge Goodfellow Park (weather permitting).

In case of rain, trunk-or-treating will be held inside the train station.

Tickets are $28 Adult (age 13+) and $18 Child (age 2-12).

The tourist rail line is also running its “Fall Foliage Trains” on October 28 and 29.

Riders can enjoy the beauty of fall in Southern York County as the train follows the original Northern Central Railroad, a mainline in operation since 1838, through the scenic Heritage Rail Trail County Park.

Motive power will be the William H Simpson No. 17 replica steam locomotive or the 6076 PRR GP9 historic diesel locomotive. The conductor and brakeman will tell riders about the history and growth of the towns and villages they pass along the way.

Ticket prices start at $34.

The Philadelphia Zoo (3400 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, www.philadelphiazoo.org) is featuring a “Giraffe Feeding Encounter” and “Boo at the Zoo” this weekend.

Guests can get up close to the zoo’s giraffe trio in this all-new feeding experience. “Giraffe Encounter” is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. daily.

General admission for the Giraffe Encounter is $6; Individual, Dual, Family, and Family Plus members is $5; and Family Deluxe and above is $4. Each guest gets one piece of browse to feed. Browse is vegetation, such as twigs and young shoots, eaten by animals. Depending on the day, guests can feed our giraffes acacia browse (which is what giraffes eat in the wild) or another variety like mulberry or honeysuckle.

Considered the tallest land animals in the world, male giraffes can reach up to 18 feet tall and weigh close to 3,000 lbs. Listed as “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), with scientists estimating there are fewer than 100,000 surviving in the wild, giraffe are affected by poaching and habitat destruction, with populations decreasing more than 40 per cent over the last three decades.

The Zoo’s annual Halloween extravaganza, “Boo at the Zoo,” will offer two fun-filled weekends of costumes, festive fall treats, and ghoulish fun.

Visitors can come dressed in their favorite costumes, trick-or-treat around the Zoo, and enjoy seasonal décor, photo opportunities, festive fall offerings, fun children’s activities.

Halloween costumes with toy guns and weapons and adult masks are prohibited. You can bring your own candy bag. If not, candy bags are available for sale just after you enter the Zoo.

“Boo at the Zoo” will be held October 29 and 30 from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. each day.

“Elmwood Park Zoo” (1661 Harding Boulevard, Norristown, www.elmwoodparkzoo.org) is presenting several of its ultra-popular “Dog Days” over the next week as well as several sessions of its annual “Boo at the Zoo.”

Elmwood Park Zoo is presenting “Boo at the Zoo on October 29 and 30.

Parents are invited to bring their little ghouls and ghosts to the site’s annual Halloween haunt, where the entire zoo is transformed for a kooky, spooky Halloween celebration.

Visitors are encouraged to come dressed in their most creative costumes and march in our costume parade (2:30 p.m. at the Bison stage). Adults are encouraged to dress up, too.

And everyone should bring a trick-or-treat bag, as treat and activity stations will be located throughout the zoo.

The Zoo’s “Dog Days” event will be held on October 28 and 30 and November 2, 4 and 6 from noon-4 p.m. each day.

All guests visiting the zoo with a furry friend must complete an online waiver and submit required documents before visiting the zoo. You must upload a copy of your most recent veterinary visit, including proof of vaccine and heartworm test here. All items will be required for you to attend “Dog Days.”

Pricing is $10.95 per dog with each additional dog at $9.95. Regular zoo admission is required for all humans.

“Spirits at the Zoo” (Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Drive, Wilmington, 302-571-7747, www.brandywinezoo.org) will be held on October 28 from 5:30-8 p.m.

The event is for ages 21-and older only.

Visitors can enjoy spooky cocktails and liquid libations, light nibbles, and bewitching entertainment featuring live music from Soul Patrol. The Zoo will be decorated for Halloween with plenty of photo set-ups.

Costumes are encouraged. There will be a costume contest at the stage at 7 p.m. Contestants will be chosen by our guests and the 1st place winner will receive a basket of spirits including Dogfish Head beer.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Delaware Zoological Society of the Brandywine Zoo. The event will be held rain or shine.

Tickets are $10 and include admission and live entertainment. Drink tickets are $6.

On October 29 and 30, the Delaware Children’s Museum (550 Justison Street, Wilmington, Delaware, delawarechildrensmuseum.org) is hosting a special activity called “Halloween Fun at DCM.”

Families can start their Halloween fun early at the Delaware Children’s Museum with special activities all day Saturday.

From 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., visitors can stop by and meet everyone’s favorite Blue Heeler pup, Bluey.

In the afternoon, there will be a “rockin’ performance of kid-friendly jams” with We Kids Rock.

Admission is $12. Guests can wear a costume to receive $1 off admission.

It’s time to celebrate autumn and one of the best ways to do this is by checking out the corn mazes at Ramsey’s Farm (Ramsey Road, Wilmington, Delaware, 302-477-1499,www.ramseysfarm.com). The farm’s event season opened on September 25.

Corn mazes, along with hayrides, a pumpkin patch and scarecrows, will be featured at Ramsey’s Farm, which is located in northern Delaware on Route 92 just south of the Pennsylvania-Delaware state line. The new season runs on weekends now through October.

Ramsey’s “Pumpkin Patch” has been in operation since 1995 and the farm’s varied mazes have been delighting and baffling visitors who return each year for the popular annual event. The owners of Ramsey’s Farm raise pumpkins, gourds, ornamental corn, popcorn, feed corn and hay.

The farm’s pumpkin field stretches over 12 acres and yields approximately 20,000 pumpkins each season. Hayrides around the farm will be offered from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Visitors will be able to shop for pumpkins and other items at the farm store. There will also be hot food and beverages available for purchase.

Tickets are $8 for the corn maze, $5 for the sorghum maze, $3 for the hay maze, $3 for pumpkin painting and $3 for a hayride.

Another fun maze can be found at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm in Ronks (150 Cherry Hill Road, Ronks, 717-687-6843, www.cherrycrestfarm.com).

The farm’s popular annual “Flashlight Maze” is now underway and will continue every Friday and Saturday night through November 4. Cherry Crest Adventure Farm has reserved several weekends during the autumn months for Flashlight Maze.

This special activity allows visitors to experience the Amazing Maize Maze in total darkness. All you need are flashlights and a few friends.

The Flashlight Maze is a nice, non-scary, Halloween alternative that has appeal for people of all ages. The Flashlight Maze, which has a $12 admission fee, is open from 6:30-10 p.m. with the last entrance into the Maze at 9 p.m.

The main attraction is Cherry Crest’s “Amazing Maize Maze,” which is billed as “the world’s most dynamic and interactive corn maze.” It is a five-acre corn maze with over two-and-one-half miles of paths, scenic bridges, and clues.

Participants can walk at their own pace as they encounter the “Kernels of Knowledge” along with a variety of clues, tunnel slides, and watering stations. They can also check out a bird’s eye view from the two bridges and watch everyone’s flags waving high above the corn.

The average time to complete the “Amazing Maize Maze” course is one hour. Ticket prices start at $19.

On Saturdays and Sundays now through October 31, Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania (100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, www.morrisarboretum.org) is hosting its annual Scarecrow Walk.

Visitors will be able to make their own scarecrows, paint a pumpkin and sample different varieties of apples. Weaver’s Way Coop will be on hand with the season’s best local apple varieties.

Morris Arboretum’s Scarecrow Walk is back for its 15th year, and in recognition of those who show courage and care when faced with fright, this year’s theme is “Spooky Scarecrow.”

Visitors will be able to wander through the Arboretum and see scarecrows in honor of a beloved superhero characters, essential workers, or best friend heroes.

Throughout the month of October, more than 30 scarecrows will be on display throughout the Arboretum. Visitors will vote for their favorite scarecrow online to determine the winners. The top three scarecrows win a cash prize with a top prize of $250.

Admission to Morris Arboretum is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for youth (ages 3-17).

Halloween House Pennsylvania (2300 East Lincoln Highway, Langhorne, halloweenhousepennsylvania.com) is a completely immersive, one-of-a-kind Halloween experience where guests are transported to a fun Halloween world.

Each of the house’s impeccably detailed, fully realized rooms is a different Halloween theme designed to make every Halloween lover’s experience unforgettable.

This is a haunted house with a difference – one that redefines Halloween attractions. The site’s goal is to provide an amazing Halloween experience that won’t scare visitors to death or make them uncomfortable — no fear, no actors, no jump scares and no gore.

If you love the decor of a haunted house, but don’t want the stress of being touched and scared, Halloween House Pennsylvania is for you.

The site’s uniquely themed, fully immersive rooms include the one of a kind “Trick or Treat Room,” the “Glow in the Dark Room,” “Stranger Things Room” and an indoor Pumpkin Patch attraction.

Admission is $29.99 for adults and $19.99 for children (ages 3-10).

Pennhurst Asylum (100 Commonwealth Drive, Spring City, 484-866-8964, www.pennhurstasylum.com), which is open through November 5, is on the site of a former mental asylum which has been shuttered for over a quarter of a century.

It has been transformed into a haunted attraction with huge sets, detailed rooms and live actors. Visitors can also explore the labyrinth of underground tunnels.

Tickets are $50 for a combo pass valid for all three Haunted Attractions at Pennhurst: Pennhurst Asylum, The Morgue & The Tunnels.

On October 28 and 29, visitors will be able to take a “Spooky Twilight Tour” at the Betsy Ross House (239 Arch Street, Philadelphia, http://historicphiladelphia.org/)

The tours will transport participants back to Philadelphia in the 1700s to learn about the city’s gruesome history of infection and inoculation – and hear true tales of bloodletting, smallpox, yellow fever and other gross experiences. They will be able to learn what it was like to live in the ghastly 18th century and discover why Philadelphia was an infectious place to be.

After that, participants can head into the House for a spooky, shadowy after-hours tour. Hours are from 6-9 p.m. and the tour is not recommended for small children.

Timed tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are $12.

Philadelphia School of Circus Arts (6452 Greene Street, Philadelphia, phillycircus.com) presents playful frights and spooky entertainment during its annual “Haunted Circus” on October 28 and 29. Guests can explore the dark and spooky path inside one of Mt. Airy’s most mysterious and grand 100-year-old properties.

By day, the former home of St. Madeleine Sophie Church in West Mt. Airy is filled with laughter and joy of circus students learning new skills. By night, when the sun goes down, the spooky creatures come alive and enchant the dark hallways, cavernous classrooms and long-forgotten secret spaces.

The spooky trek begins at 6:30 p.m. when the path opens. After each path, gusts can hang out and dance while they wait for the PSCA Haunted Circus Student Showcase.

Haunted Circus Mansion invites visitors to embark on a dark and spooky journey through the 26,000 square feet school and sanctuary. The path involves a 10-minute walk-through experience with a small group. Paths are only accessible by staircase. Groups will depart on the paths according to their timed tickets. For those that survive, they will find their way to the church Sanctuary, where a Halloween celebration awaits with drinks, entertainment, craft making and a haunted circus show. The show starts at 8 p.m. with a fiery ending.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth. Tickets are valid for the path, the showcase performance, and seasonal activities.

The Museum of the American Revolution (101 South Third Street, Philadelphia, www.AmRevMuseum.org) is celebrating in style with this weekend’s “Revolutionary Halloween Weekend” on October 29 and 30.

“Halloween Weekend” highlights include “Turnip-Carving Demonstrations,” “Pop-Up Talks: The Legend of the Headless Horseman” and “Revolution Place.”

At Revolution Place, the Museum’s family-friendly discovery center, kids of all ages can immerse themselves in four historical environments – a military encampment, a tavern, a parlor, and an 18th-century meeting house — to experience the places where the American Revolution took root.

There also will be a “Tin-Punch Activity” from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. each day. In colonial times, the holes in tin lanterns needed to be plentiful enough to allow light to shine through, but small enough to shield flames from the wind.

In Revolution Place this weekend, participants can design their own tin-punch patterns to illuminate the path on a spooky night or shine in the window to welcome Halloween visitors.

Halloween Weekend activities are included with regular Museum admission. Kids ages 5 and under are always free. Tickets are valid for two consecutive days. Throughout the weekend, children ages 12 and under can wear a costume to the Museum and receive $2 off their admission (discount is only available at the front desk, not online).

Grim Philly’s “Dark Philly History Tour” (www.grimphilly.com) will be held every evening throughout the summer.

Participants can walk with tour guides from the grounds of America’s first White House, Congress, and Liberty Bell to homes and sites of Hamilton, Washington, Franklin, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, and more than 10 other Founding-Fathers. The surprising dirt of espionage, murder, sexual license and blackmail highlight the secrets of 1776 with a ghost story or two along the way. This tour is highly researched. And your guide is a historian.

Tickets are $35.

Ghost Tour of Philadelphia (215-413-1997, www.ghosttour.com), Ghost Tour of Lancaster (717-687-6687, www.ghosttour.com) and Ghost Tour of Strasburg (717-687-6687, www.ghosttour.com) operate throughout the winter and offer an eerily entertaining evening of true ghost stories and real haunted houses.

The Ghost Tour of Philadelphia, which is based on the book, “Ghost Stories of Philadelphia, PA.,” is a candlelight walking tour along the back streets and secret gardens of Independence Park, Society Hill, and Old City, where ghostly spirits, haunted houses, and eerie graveyards abound.

Participants can discover the ghost lore of America’s most historic and most haunted city with stories from the founding of William Penn’s colony to present-day hauntings.

The activity is open year-round – weekends, December-February; every night, March-November. Tickets are $24.

The Ghost Tour of Lancaster and the Ghost Tour of Strasburg are based on the book, “Ghost Stories of Lancaster, PA.”

Participants in the Ghost Tour of Lancaster explore the long-forgotten mysteries of one of America’s oldest cities, with haunting tales of otherworldly vigils, fatal curses, and star-crossed lovers. The tour provides the opportunity to experience 300 years of haunted history from the Red Rose City’s thorny past. Tickets are $20.

The Ghost Tour of Strasburg is a candlelight walking tour of the quaint and historic town of Strasburg in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Visitors will experience an entertaining evening with a costumed tour guide spinning tales of haunted mansions, eerie graveyards, and spirits that roam the night … in a town lost in time. Tickets are $20.

The “37th Annual Jason’s Woods” (99 Stehman Road, Lancaster, 717-872-5768, www.jasonswoods.com), which is running through November 6, is a horror show complex that features a combination of live actors, impressive animation and scary special effects.

Popular attractions include “Horrifying Hayride,” “Chamber of Horrors,” “Zombie Apocalypse,” “Lost in Jason’s Woods,” and “Carnival of Fear.”

New attractions this year are “Twisted Integrated Motion Thrill Ride,” “Grinder,” “Earthquake” and “Wrecking Machine.”

Admission prices are for combo tickets are $25 for three attractions and $40 for five.

There will be quite a few other special Halloween events in and around Lancaster this weekend.

The Lancaster LGBTQ Coalition (www.lgbtlancaster.org) will host a Queer Monster Mash event running from 6-9 p.m. on October 28 at the Imperial, at 26 E. Chestnut St. in Lancaster. The event will feature tunes from DJ GiGi, as well as a photo booth from photographer Michelle Johnsen. Costumes and masks are recommended. Tickets cost $60.

On October 28, Trek Bicycle Lancaster (www.trekbikes.com) will host a Halloween ride starting at 7 p.m. at Buchanan Park, 901 Buchanan Ave. in Lancaster. The casual bike ride will end with a Halloween party. Admission is free, but organizers recommend registering for the event online.

Phantom Power (121 W. Frederick Street, Millersville) will host a Halloween-themed drag show called “The Monster Mash,” hosted by drag artists Calliope and Ashley Jack Tabernacle. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. on October 28. Audience members are encouraged to dress up for a costume contest. Tickets are $15. Attendees must be 18 years old or older, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Paranormal group Light Within the Paranormal (www.facebook.com/LWP21) will host a ghost tour and investigation of the Samuel Miller Mansion (131 Locust Street, Columbia) on October 29 from 7-10 p.m.

The evening will begin with a brief historic introduction and tour of the mansion followed by a short Q&A session with the members of the team. After the Q&A session, all attendees will have a chance to investigate the mansion with members of the paranormal team.

The night will end with refreshments, a chance to buy team merchandise, and a photo with the team. There will also be goody bags for all attendees. Tickets are $25.

The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire (Mount Hope Estate and Winery grounds, Route 72, Cornwall, 717-665-7021, www.parenfaire.com) is in full swing. This year’s 43rd annual staging of the event, which bills itself as “the most wondrous event in all the Knowne World,” is running now through October 30. The festive annual event features authentic Elizabethan food and drink, traditional crafts from the guildsmen of yore and old-time games of skill — and a cast of hundreds of colorfully costumed re-enactors.

Every summer, the Faire, which takes place at Mount Hope Estate and Winery’s authentic 35-acre recreation of a 16th-century village in Olde England, features a new story from a different year of England’s past. This year’s Faire will take you back in time to the year 1558.

More than 70 shows are scheduled throughout each day on the Faire’s numerous stages.

Without a doubt, the most popular attraction is the Jousting Arena. Visitors to the Faire flock to Bosworth Field whenever it’s time for the Ultimate Joust. Peasants lead cheers for their favorite knights while musicians pound out a heart-thumping beat. The Master of the List announces the combatants and soon an encounter of royal proportions ensues.

The Faire offers a wide variety of activities for visitors, including listening to bagpipe music, checking out handsome Lords in their colorful silks, watching a jester’s acrobatics, learning how to juggle, being the recipient of a gypsy woman’s flirtations and watching the march of Beefeater Guards.

Guildsmen’s Way is the area that features a large variety of merchants and artisans, including jewelers, candle makers, potters, herbalists, leather smiths, clothiers, and pewter makers — all offering for sale and demonstrating their ancient wares.

And there are more than 20 Royal Kitchens located around the faire with menus featuring a wide variety of food and beverage.

Single-day tickets are available at the gate for $31.95. For children (age 5-11) single-day tickets are available at the gate and online for $16.95.

The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire is also hosting its “Halloween Daze & Spooky Knights III” event on October 29 and 30.

From 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. each day, the huge faire will celebrate Halloween.

Three weekends of mystery and mayhem kick off this weekend as spooky creatures of every variety haunt the Shire. Visitors can join the good Shirefolk of Mount Hope for a grand All Hallows Eve celebration, complete with tricks and treats for children of all ages.

Featured events include “Halloween Treasure Hunt,” “Nipperkins Costume Exhibition” (ages 11 and under), and “Adult Costume Competition.”

Admission is $30.95 for adults and $15.95 for kids ages 5-11.

“Valley of Fear” (300 W. Bristol Road, Feasterville, 215-942-9787, www.valleyoffear.com), which is open through November 6, features three “heart pounding attractions” — “The Orginal Haunted Hayride,” “Miles Manor Haunted House,” and “Escape from the Shipwreck Cove.”

There will also be live music every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

The attraction is billed as “America’s Most Horrifying Woods.” Admission prices start at $27.

It’s time once again for the Annual Scarecrow Festival at Peddler’s Village (Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska, 215-794-4000, www.peddlersvillage.com). The festival, which is celebrating its 43rd anniversary this year, will run now through October 31.

It is the perfect time to visit and take in the bright, brilliant hues of fall and admire the more than 100 spectacular scarecrows on display. These larger-than-life, colorful, creative scarecrows will line the red brick paths throughout the village’s 42 picturesque acres.

Visitors can vote for their favorites in seven categories: Traditional 1960s Style, Quite the Character, Once Upon a Time, Fright Night, Funny Bones and Kids Only.

“Frightland” (309 Port Penn Road, Middletown, Delaware, 302-838-0256, www.frightland.com) features eight special themed areas — “Ravenwood Cemetery,” “Haunted Hayride,” “Idalia Manor,” “Fear,” “Zombie Town,” “The Attic,” “Zombie Prison” and “Haunted Barn.”

Frightland Haunted Attractions has been named a Top 10 Scariest Haunted Attraction in the country by Travel Channel, Forbes and Huffington Post.

The venue includes eight haunted attractions including a two-mile Haunted Hayride, four indoor haunted houses and more. The nationally acclaimed Halloween attraction also features live entertainment, carnival amusements and a daytime fall festival.

The venue will remain open through November 5. Ticket prices start at $40.

Canal-O-Ween will get started this weekend at Yardley’s Rivermawr neighborhood (North Edgewater Avenue, the Canal Path from Afton to Fuld, Yardley, www.experienceyardley.com).

Visitors are invited to enjoy the warm and welcoming spirit of Halloween at the week-long celebration, “Canal-O-Ween.”

The event kicks off with the annual “Carve-O-Thon,” a family-friendly event where folks gather to carve more than 300 Jack-O-Lanterns — all in about three hours.

In the evenings, guests will be able to enjoy the “Jack-O-Lantern Stroll” along the historic Delaware Canal guided by the warm light of hundreds of uniquely carved Jack-O-Lanterns flickering along the way for more than a quarter mile.

The free event, which runs from October 30-November 6 is billed as “an old-fashioned, low-tech, magical way to celebrate Halloween.”

The “27th Annual Field of Screams” (109 College Avenue, Mountville, 717-285-7748, www.fieldofscreams.com), which is open now through November 13, features four world-class Haunted Experiences and an impressive Midway Area.

Top attractions include “Horrifying Haunted Hayride,” “Den Of Darkness,” “Nocturnal Wasteland” and “Frightmare Asylum.”

Ticket prices start at $16.

Shocktoberfest (94 Park Avenue, Sinking Spring, 610-375-7273, shocktoberfest.com) features an array of natural and genetically engineered Zombies in a safe and controlled habitat.

“Schockfest Zombie World” is celebrating its 32nd Year with five “Killer Experiences” — “Zombie Safari Hayride Tour,” “Prison of the Dead,” “The Unknown 3.0,” “Ground Assault” and “Midway Massacre.”

The attraction will close on November 6. Ticket prices start at $20.

Every weekend in October, The Franklin Institute (222 North 29th Street, Philadelphia, www.fi.edu) is presenting “Franklin Fright” featuring trick-or-treating through the exhibits, creepy guests from The Insectarium, spooky science experiments, liquid scare shows and other frightfully fun festivities.

Spooky live science shows, Halloween-inspired décor, and the return of the ever-popular museum-wide indoor trick-or-treating adventure takes place every weekend in October during “Franklin Fright.”

Young witches and warlocks, ghosts, and goblins are invited to trick-or-treat by knocking on friendly decorated doors in exhibits throughout the museum.

The Halloween-Inspired “That’s Gross! Live Science Show” ill performed alongside special guest Gourd’n the Giant Pumpkin Robot.

New this year, guests can visit The Lab for a collection of interactive tech-focused activities. The Lab features “eerie-sistable” Halloween T.R.E.A.T.S. (Tricks, Robots, Experiments, Activities, Technology, Spooky fun) for guests, including LED mazes, spiderbot building, a Cyber Organics Lab, and a walkthrough Fun Maze filled with silly pumpkin jokes, sensory activities, surprising scenes, and photo ops.

Admission is $23 for adults and $19 for children. Wearing costumes is encouraged.

Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park (2249 Route 30 East, Lancaster, 866-386-2389, www.dutchwonderland.com) is hosting its “Happy Hauntings at Dutch Wonderland” on October 22, 23, 29 and 30.

The attraction will feature “Spook-tastic Rides,” “A Kingdom of Happy Haunts,” and “Trick-Or-Treat Trail.”

This is a fun, fall family event featuring themed rides, special entertainment, tasty treats, and the Trick-or-Treat Trail — a safe, interactive trick-or-treating experience that included in your admission

It features more than 30 themed rides and family-friendly attractions, a trip through the Trick-or-Treat Trail on Exploration Island, and trick-or-treat with 20 lifelike dinosaurs.

The event runs from 2-9 p.m. on Saturday and 2-8 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets are $44.99.

The “Six Flags Fright Fest” (Six Flags Great Adventure, Route 537, Jackson, NJ, 732-928-2000, www.sixflags.com), which is running now through October 31, features family-oriented activities during the day and much scarier attractions after dark for teens and adults.

The attractions include “Scarecrow Street,” “Clown Town,” “Lady of the Lake Cemetery,” “Venom Zone,” Big Top Terror: Forgotten Carnival 3-D,” “Wicked Woods,” “Aftermath,” “Blood Shed,” “The Manor,” “District 6”,” and “Reflections of the Dead.”

Tickets start at $39.99.

For “Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place” (100 Sesame Place, Langhorne, 215-752-7070, www.sesameplace.com), which runs now through November 6, the popular amusement park has been converted into a Halloween-themed safe venue for kids with trick or treating, pumpkin decorating, hayrides and a hay maze.

Guests will enjoy trick-or-treating around the park, Halloween-themed shows, participating in our interactive Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt, and unique photo opportunities with everyone’s favorite furry friends dressed up in costume on their Halloween-themed floats!

Featured attractions, which will continue for the next six weeks, are “Neighborhood Street Party Halloween Parade,” “Halloween Light Show,” and “The Not-Too-Spooky Howl-O-ween Radio Show.”

Admission to the park starts at $42.99.

On October 28, Laurel Hill Cemetery (3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, 215-228-8200, www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org) will present “Hot Spots and Storied Plots” walking tour at 10 a.m.

In life and in death, we all have stories to tell, and what better place to hear tales of wonder than Philadelphia’s most famous home of the dead?

This tour provides an informative overview of Laurel Hill’s long history, which includes many of the marble masterpieces, stunning views, and legendary stories about Laurel Hill.

“Hot Spots and Storied Plots” is the perfect introduction for anyone who enjoys beautiful art, scenic nature, and fascinating history. An experienced graveyard guide will offer a unique perspective. No two “Hot Spots and Storied Plots” are alike.

The Tour Guide will be Jaquie Mahon.

On October 28, Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia (19 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia, http://muttermuseum.org/) will host its annual “Mischief at the Mütter.”

“Mischief at the Mütter” is back and this year’s theme is ’80s horror.

The event will feature a night of bloodthirsty refreshments, crawling snacks and surprises, telepathic tarot reading, out-of-this-world contortionists, a thrilling DJ set by DJ Lola Kinks, and private access to our disturbingly informative collection.

This is an event that allows guests to enjoy drinks from an open bar and view the museum’s scientific and frequently grotesque collections – including a variety of body parts.

Wearing of costumes is encouraged. This event is “21+ only.” Tickets are $100.

East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District (www.visiteastpassyunk.com) presents a double dose of spooktacular fun with free activities for the kids, adults and even dogs. The annual “East Passyunk Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday” will be held on October 29.

The free family event will feature a child and dog costume contest, live music, pumpkin painting, free treat bags for the first 400 children, street food and seasonal cocktails, maker and craft fair around the Singing Fountain, trick or treating along East Passyunk and a DJ and dance party.

Most activities will be held at the Singing Fountain (East Passyunk and Tasker), with select activities to be held at Mifflin Triangle (East Passyunk and Mifflin) and a scarecrow scavenger hunt all along the Avenue.

On October 29, it will be time for the “Spooky Science Trick or Treat” at the North Museum (North Museum of Nature and Science, 400 College Avenue, Lancaster, northmuseum.org).

The event, which runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., features a spooktacular day of thrills, chills, and good old-fashioned fun.

Interactive science activities include slippery slime fun, a storyteller’s spellbinding ghost stories and Frankenstein-themed what’s-in-the-box surprises.

Popular attractions will be a Costume Contest, Trick-or-Treating (candy provided by Y&S Candies), Slime Lab and spooky experiments and activities.

Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (65 and older) and youth (ages 3-17).

On October 29, Kitchen Kettle Village (3529 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse, www.kitchenkettle.com) will host “Yummie’s Halloween Boo Bash” beginning at 10 a.m.

Visitors can safely enjoy a meal, some colorful characters, including Village mascot Yummie, a costume contest, special treats and more.

This family friendly event includes:

Meal vouchers for use at the Harvest Cafe between 11a.m.-5 p.m. for lunch.

Spooky Bakery Box filled with sweet & scary surprises from the Bake Shop.

Costume Contest with cash prizes at the stage area for all children beginning at 11 a.m.

Contactless photo opportunities with Yummie & Friends near Girls Day Out from 11 a.m.-noon.

Special treat bag filled with a “treasure map” featuring locations in the Village for exclusive surprises and treats.

All children under 18 years old attending the event will receive a treat bag and may participate in the Costume Contest.

Ticket prices are: Children, $12.95 (ages 3-10); Adults, $19.95; and Toddlers (2 and under), free.

For those of you who are not interested in Halloween events, trick-or-treaters and pumpkin-spiced everything, the weekend calendar also includes many non-Halloween events.

The Brandywine Valley has quite a few museums and tourist sites that provide residents and tourists ideal opportunities to spend leisure time — and you can maximize your effort if you take advantage of the 2022 Brandywine Treasure Trail Passport.

The cost is $49 for an individual pass and $99 for a family pass (for up to five family members).

The Brandywine Treasure Trail Passport is good for one-time admission to Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley’s top attractions now through October 31.

A family pass, which includes one-day admission to each of 12 sites, can bring a savings of more than $200 for the holders — especially since many of the participating institutions have regular admission fees in double figures.

The list of locations covered by the Brandywine Treasure Trail Passport includes Longwood Gardens, Delaware Museum of Nature and Science, Brandywine River Museum, Delaware Art Museum, Delaware History Museum, Hagley Museum and Library, Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Nemours Estate, Read House and Garden, Mt. Cuba Center, Rockwood Museum and Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library.

For more information, call (800) 489-6664 or visit www.visitwilmingtonde.com/bmga/.

Longwood Gardens (Route 1, Kennett Square, 610-388-1000, www.longwoodgardens.org) is a great place to visit any time in the year and always has special attractions to add to the experience.

Longwood’s Chrysanthemum Festival is running through November 13. Innovative plant-growing techniques and displays take center stage by way of thousands of trained chrysanthemums throughout our Conservatory.

Big, bold colors and thousands of carefully nurtured and trained chrysanthemums abound during this imaginative display serving as the largest and oldest of its kind in North America.

Throughout our Conservatory, specialty chrysanthemum forms from fanciful clouds to sculptural spirals not only showcase our horticultural savvy but help preserve an ancient Asian artform that we are beyond proud to perpetuate.

This season is even more special because of light. More specifically because of “Light: Installations by Bruce Munro,” which is artist Bruce Munro’s illuminating new installation at Longwood Gardens.

The exhibit had its debut two weeks ago and will be on view Thursday through Sunday evenings until October 30.

“Light” is an extravagant exhibit that includes eight installations comprising more than 18,000 glowing lightbulbs across Longwood’s outdoor areas and indoor conservatory.

From the luminous “Field of Light” stretching across the Large and Small Lake landscape … to a flamboyance of 1,000 flamingoes wading near the Chimes Tower … to an immersive sensory environment inspired by the Waterlily Display in the Exhibition Hall, the exhibit showcases eight installations spanning Longwood Gardens’ indoor spaces and outdoor vistas.

Daily performances in the Main Fountain Garden will feature more than 1,700 spinning jets that spin dance to various music programs. These are no little jets as some shoot up as high as 175 feet in the air.

The 30-minute show is slated for Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 9:15 p.m.

The Main Fountain Garden Show fountain performance that begins with a touch of narrated history and concludes with dynamic choreography marrying music and the site’s newest fountain features.

These displays will be presented daily at 1:15 a.m., 1:15, 3:15 p.m. and 5:15. There will also be performances on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 6:15, 7:15 and 8:15 p.m.

The “Illuminated Fountain Performance” will be staged Thursdays through Sundays at 9:15 p.m.

Admission to Longwood Gardens is $35 for adults, $32 for seniors (ages 62 and older) and college students, $27 for active military and veterans and $19 for youth (ages 5-18).

Nemours Estate (850 Alapocas Drive, Wilmington, Delaware, www.nemoursestate.org) is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Reservations are not required and there is no timed entry.

Nemours Estate comprises an exquisite, 77-room Mansion, the largest formal French gardens in North America, a Chauffeur’s Garage housing a collection of vintage automobiles, and 200 acres of scenic woodlands, meadows and lawns.

Nemours was the estate of Alfred I. duPont.

Alfred named the estate Nemours, after the French town that his great-great-grandfather represented in the French Estates General. While looking to the past and his ancestors for inspiration, Alfred also ensured that his new home was thoroughly modern by incorporating the latest technology and many of his own inventions.

The Gardens is one of the estate’s prime attractions.

The two elk at the top of the Vista are the work of French sculptor Prosper Lecourtier (1855–1924), a specialist in animal figures. Lined with Japanese cryptomeria, pink flowering horse chestnuts and pin oaks, the Long Walk extends from the Mansion to the Reflecting Pool.

The 157 jets at the center of the one-acre pool shoot water 12 feet into the air; when they are turned off, the entire ‘Long Walk” is reflected in the pool. The pool, five and a half feet deep in its deepest section, holds 800,000 gallons of water and takes three days to fill. The Art Nouveau-style, classical mythology-based “Four Seasons” around the pool are by French-born American sculptor Henri Crenier (1873–1948).

Admission to Nemours is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for children.

The Historic Odessa Foundation (Main Street, Odessa, Delaware, 302-378-4119, http://www.historicodessa.org) is presenting a new exhibition — “Petite Exhibit: MAKING AN IMPRESSION: Early American Butter Prints.”

At the exhibit, which will run from October 18-December 31, visitors will encounter some relics of the past in the form of early American butter prints which are on exhibit in a display case at the National Historic Register Wilson Warner House.

These notable pre-industrial 19th century objects are highlighted from the HOF museum collection of nearly 7,000 objects.

These lovely little objects were created to stamp a decorative impression on home-made butter thus decorating one’s butter dish. The prints were also used to brand and identify produce from local farms thus helping consumers to associate quality and insure product loyalty for the farm.

Typically, the prints were made of lathe turned pine wood with knob like handles and carved symmetrical pictures which often featured flowers, fruits, animals, and geometric patterns. The stamp or mold would be in reverse so that it would come out the correct way round when the butter pat or pound was turned out.

There were five distinct types of butter prints created to include single piece flat prints or stamps for jar or dining table decoration; two-piece circular ejector prints or plungers that push the butter out; two-piece molds that push together to create a three-dimensional figure; rollers with carved patterns used for rolling around the sides of blocks of butter; and cup or brick molds in the form of domes or hollow rectangles for producing blocks of patterned butter.

This showcase petite exhibit is included with general HOF admission – Adults, $10; Seniors and Students, $8; Children (under six), free.

A nice way to spend an autumn afternoon is to take a ride on the water.

Schuylkill Banks Riverboat Tour (www.schuylkillbanks.org/events/riverboat-tours-1) presents “Secrets of the Schuylkill” now through late October.

The boat ride is a one-hour family-friendly tour of Philly’s second biggest river featuring sights such as Bartram’s Garden and Fairmount Water Works.

Riders can discover the Hidden River on a fun and educational riverboat tour while seeing spectacular views of Philadelphia.

They can also learn about the past, present, and future of the tidal Schuylkill River and its impact on Philadelphia on a one-hour Secrets of the Schuylkill tour which costs $25 for adults and $15 for children (age 12 and under).

Tours depart from the Walnut Street Dock, under the Walnut Street Bridge, east bank of the Schuylkill River.

If crisp fall weather puts you in the mood for an energetic outdoor activity, you have two good options.

Treetop Quest Philly (51 Chamounix Drive, Philadelphia, www.treetopquest.com) is an aerial adventure park that will challenge you physically and mentally as you maneuver from tree to tree through obstacles and zip-lines. Once you’re equipped, they will teach you how to operate your equipment and you’ll be able to swing through each course as many times as you want for 2.5 hours.

Each participant is outfitted with a harness and gloves. Each course has a continuous belay system — a lifeline that is impossible to detach without a staff member. The activity is self-guided, and the staff is ready to assist when needed.

Gloves are required for our activity. During this time, we encourage participants to bring their own gloves to use while up in the trees, gardening gloves are perfect for this activity.

Ticket prices are $55, adults; $48, ages 12-17; $38, ages 7-11.

“TreeTrails Adventures Trevose” (301 West Bristol Pike, Trevose, treetrails.com/trevose-pa) is an adventure park full of fun challenges for outdoor adventurers of all ages.

Participants can experience the rush of TreeTrails Adventures as they swing through the trees of the new adventure park. They will be able to discover the excitement of climbing and zip lining above the forest floor with family, friends, co-workers, or teammates.

The park, which is based at Phoenix Sport Club in Bucks County, offers two ways to experience climbing – TreeTrails Adventure Park and KidTrails Park. Young explorers can enjoy miniaturized courses in the adjacent KidTrails Park.

General Park Admission prices are: Main Park Adult Tickets (Ages 12+), $59; Main Park Youth Tickets (Ages 7–11), $51; KidTrails Tickets (Ages 4–7), $12.

For the next few months, the American Swedish Historical Museum (1900 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia, 215-389-1776, www.americanswedish.org) is presenting an exhibit “Art for All: The Swedish Experience in Mid-America,” which just opened and will run through February 19, 2023.

“Art for All: The Swedish Experience in Mid-America” is an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Swedish-American artists in the late-19th and early-20th centuries.

This colorful and emotive impressionist art reflects its own time, interprets nature and landscape, and is independent of artificial conventions while keeping Swedish folk traditions alive.

The American Swedish Historical Museum is proud to present Art for All: The Swedish Experience in Mid-America, an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Swedish American artists in the late-19th and early-20th centuries. This colorful and emotive impressionist art reflects its own time, interprets nature and landscape, and is independent of artificial conventions while keeping Swedish folk traditions alive.

This exhibition features many Swedish artists who studied and absorbed the democratic philosophies of “art for all,” espoused by Anders Zorn and the Artist’s League. These young artists immigrated to America to forge new career paths. “Art for all” became a catchphrase in Kansas by the 1930s, stemming from efforts of local artists to offer affordable paintings and prints so that every citizen could have original art in their own homes for a richly cultured way of life.

“Art for All: The Swedish Experience in Mid-America” was conceived and developed by the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery and the Hillstrom Museum of Art.

Historic Rock Ford (Rockford Road, Lancaster, www.discoverlancaster.com) is presenting a new exhibit “Long Rifles of the American Revolution: How Lancaster Craftsmen Helped Win the War.” The exhibit will remain open until October 30.

Historic Rock Ford is collaborating with guest curator John Kolar on the exhibit which will showcase approximately 30 rifles.

The rifles featured in the exhibit are being loaned by museums and private collectors from across the nation and will be used to describe the pivotal role played by the long rifle in winning American independence.

Visitors will be able to examine different rifles while also engaging in the story of the war by highlighting their use in several key battles including the siege of Boston, the battle of New York, Trenton, Saratoga, Kings Mountain and the Miller Block House as well as on the Frontier.

Admission to Rock Ford is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and youth (ages 6-17).

Hope Lodge (553 South Bethlehem Pike, Fort Washington, 215-343-0965, http://www.ushistory.org/hope/) will be presenting a “Guided Mansion Tour” on October 30.

Hope Lodge was built between 1743 and 1748 by Samuel Morris, a prosperous Quaker entrepreneur. Morris acted as a farmer, shipowner, miller, iron master, shop owner, and owner of the mill now known as Mather Mill. Hope Lodge is an excellent example of early Georgian architecture, and it is possible that Edmund Woolley, architect of Independence Hall, offered advice in building. Samuel Morris owned the estate until his death in 1770.

The site opens at 12:30 p.m. with self-guided tours starting at 1 and 2:30 p.m. The closes at 4 p.m.

Tour admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors (age 65+) and for youth ages 6-17, and fee for children under 5.

Wonderspaces at the Fashion District (27 North 11th Street, Philadelphia, philadelphia.wonderspaces.com) is an experiential, interactive arts venue.

Building on the success of annual pop-up shows in San Diego, and its first permanent location in Scottsdale, Arizona, Wonderspaces opened a 24,000 square foot gallery space in Philly a year ago.

Wonderspaces features 14 art installations that all play with the idea of perspective.  The artwork ranges from award-winning virtual reality short film about a dinner party-turned-alien abduction, to a room where visitors digitally paint the walls with the movement of their bodies.

New artworks rotate in every few months, creating an ever-evolving, year-round show.

Tickets are for entry at a specific date and time. Visitors are welcome to stay as long as they please during operating hours. The average time spent experiencing the show is 90 minutes.

A few installations contain flashing lights, images, and patterns that may trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy. All visitors must sign a waiver prior to being admitted into the space. Adult supervision is required for visitors under 16.

The latest edition of the “History at Work” series at Newlin Grist Mill (219 South Cheyney Road, Glen Mills, newlingristmill.org) is scheduled for October 29.

Visitors can get a closer look at trades of the 18th century in Newlin’s “History at Work” series.

Members of Newlin Grist Mill’s staff, volunteers, and outside artisans will demonstrate their crafts and talk with visitors about how different trades and skills were integral to life in colonial Pennsylvania and to the operation of Newlin Grist Mill.

The final two demonstrations of the 2022 series will highlight cooking and baking, using receipts (recipes) from Richard Briggs’ 1788 book, “The English Art of Cookery.”

The October 29 event will take place at the Bake Oven behind the Miller’s House, with Programs Manager Laura Adie.

The November 19 event is set in the Trimble House kitchen with Adie and special guest food historian Marc Meltonville, who is currently writing a book on Richard Briggs.

“History at Work” is free and open to the public of all ages..

The Harriton House (500 Harriton Road, Bryn Mawr, www.harritonhouse.org) is presenting its annual “Autumn Apple Tasting” celebration on October 28.

Participants will be able to sample heirloom varieties of America’s favorite fruit – tart, sweet, crunchy, soft-fleshed, yellow, pink, and green. Some of the site’s apple varieties are more than 300 years old while others are more modern.

Apples were extremely important in colonial America. They were eaten “out of hand.” They were baked into pies or baked by themselves. They were cut and dried into “schnitz” for use all winter long. And they were converted to cider (hard and soft) and vinegar.

Visitors will learn who Johnny Appleseed was and why he spread the seeds he did.  You will also learn about Charles Thomson who lived at Harriton and was a nurseryman who grew apples and other fruits.

Admission is $8.

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