Happy Halloween, Montgomery County! Time to break out the candy, don your costumes and enjoy all the spooktacular events going on this week!
Halloween & Special Events
TERROR BEHIND THE WALLS
October 27 - October 28
Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia
Eastern State Penitentiary is considered one of the most haunted places in the country, but during Halloween, there is no place more terrifying. Terror Behind the Walls is a six-part haunted experience inside the walls of the menacing prison.
Upper Schuylkill Valley Park
Enjoy Halloween-themed fun at the park. A merry, not so scary day offers fun for the entire family. Spooktacular activities will include games, crafts, and making treats for the animals. Tucker’s Tales puppet theater will perform “It’s the Wolf” at 11:00 am. Weather permitting…all activities will be outdoors; costumes welcomed, but not required
All ages; suggested donation $4 per person.
The Gothic-inspired Glencairn Museum plays host to its annual Medieval Festival each October. The event captures the spirit of Medieval Europe with sword fights between armor-clad knights, music from wandering minstrels, and stained glass window making demonstrations.
BOO AT THE ZOO
October 7- 29 (Weekends Only)
Elmwood Park Zoo
Bring your little ghouls and ghosts to this annual Halloween haunt, where the entire zoo is transformed for a kooky, spooky Halloween celebration! Come dressed in your most creative costume and march in the costume parade. Adults are encouraged to dress up, too! And don’t forget to bring your trick-or-treat bag, as treat and activity stations will be located throughout the zoo. Tickets required.
Independence Seaport Museum
Celebrate Halloween at Independence Seaport Museum!
Trick-or-treat among the nostalgic decks of Cruiser Olympia, one of our National Historic Landmark ships. Our MakerSpace will be full of festive creations, where decorated laser-cut pumpkins and spooky charms on glow bracelets* will be made. Decorate pumpkin scrimshaw - it's sure to be bone-chilling. Visit the Mad Scientists' Lab and get your hands dirty in mysterious mud while digging up some ghoulish surprises. There's a lot to discover in the muck while learning about what the Delaware River is made up of.
ANNUAL STRAW MAZE
October 27 - October 28
Woodmere Art Museum
LAST CHANCE: Built from massive bales, this year’s maze is fun for all ages. Designed by architects Peter Everett Brown and Barbara Ann Sprague of BrownSprague LLC. Join Woodmere as we officially unveil the 2018 Straw Maze with an opening reception on Friday, September 7th from 6-8pm! Beginning September 8, the maze will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 10am - 5pm.
Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Entrance to the Museum is free to parents and guardians whose children have tickets to the straw maze.
Beer, Wine & Spirits Events
STONE & KEY CELLARS HALLOWEEN PARTY
Stone and Key Cellars
Join us for our Halloween Party from 6-10pm featuring live music from Stella and The Voodoo Fish. This local cover band has played gigs all over the area and are the prefect treat for a Halloween celebration. Free Will Brewing Company will host a release of a new beer up-front at Keystone Homebrew Supply and we will be hosting an expanded tap list from Free Will in the Winery during the party! Try this great breweries specialty and flagship beers along with all your favorite Stone & Key wines and ciders.
Trè Locally Sourced Food Truck will be on site from 6-9pm. These guys bring a variety of dishes that are sure to please! Plus a dessert option! Claim yours early though, last time their tasty Pumpkin Mousse sold out surprisingly fast.
Costume Contest! Prizes for the spookiest, silliest, and most creative costumes!
AUTUMN BONFIRE & CIDER TRAIN
Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust
Join us for a short night-time trip from the Boyertown Rail Yard to the site of the lost iron-making village of Colebrookdale. Warm your hands by the crackling fire and enjoy some fall snacks. Children in costume will be entered into our costume contest on-board. Bring a flashlight and, if you like, a blanket and folding chairs. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Approx one-hour round trips departing and arriving in Boyertown, Pennsylvania.
Iron Abbey Gastro Pub
Join us on Saturday, October 27th for a night of killer drinks and sounds! DJ and music starting at 9pm. Costumes welcomed! Buy your ticket in advance for our $30 3-Hour open bar package, $35 at the door. Open Bar package includes: Happy Hour Draft List, Select Bottles, House Wines and Well Drinks.
BREAKFAST WITH THE BIRDS
Iron Abbey Gastro Pub
Enjoy Breakfast with the Birds on the big screen with $5 Breakfast foods, $5 cocktails and $4 draft specials starting at 9:00am on Sunday, 10/28 while the Eagles and the Jaguars go head-to-head in London at Wembley Stadium! Reservations recommended. Call (215) 956-0600 for yours today.
ZOMBIE HUNTER TRAINS
October 23 & October 30
Take a train ride into a world of walking dead as the Colebrookdale Railroad presents Zombie Hunter Trains. Passengers will be equipped with blaster packs as the train rolls into the zombie camp along the tracks. It’s an experience like no other.
FULL MOON HIKE
Norristown Farm Park
Enjoy an opportunity to be in the park past sunset. Take a hike by the light of the silvery moon. Find out why October’s full moon is sometimes called the “hunter’s moon.” A park ranger will lead this evening adventure. Proper footwear is recommended. The hike will be about two miles. Preregistration is required; meet in parking lot #5.
HAUNTED LANTERN TOURS
Learn about the history of Graeme Park and the paranormal activity that has been experienced here as you tour the Keith House with a guide. This is not a typical "haunted house" with things jumping out at you; it is an all ages tour, but young children may not have the attention span to listen to the guide or may be frightened by the stories being told. If you think your child will be a distraction to others or scared, please make babysitting arrangements. Tours will run every 15 minutes from 7-9 pm and must be purchased in advance. Please check back for cost and a link to purchase tickets.
LEAVE IT TO BEAVERS
Green Lane Park
Our resident beavers should be busy preparing for winter now. Join us for a closer look at these amazing aquatic engineers and their adaptations for survival. After a brief indoor presentation, we will head outside to look for beavers and beaver sign. Program meets at Deep Creek Stone Pavilion (2115 Snyder Road, Green Lane PA 18054).
HAUNTED RIVER CRUISE
October 4 - 30
Independence Seaport Museum
Join us for Philadelphia's only Haunted River Cruise! A cruise where you'll be spellbound and plunged into Delaware River legends of pirate ghosts, the Jersey Devil, and other "Phantoms of the River." A pirate narrator will dredge up the darkest of tales while cruising the haunted river aboard Patriot Harbor Lines.
Climb aboard with ISM and Patriot Harbor Lines for a cruise where you're spellbound in Delaware River legends of pirate ghosts, the Jersey Devil and other “Phantoms of the River.” Our very own pirate narrator will dredge up the darkest of tales while we cruise this haunted river. This 1.5 hour cruise includes approximately 1 hour of story telling. Drinks available for purchase during the cruise.
TWILIGHT SPOOKY HIKE
Norristown Farm Park
It’s a spooky time of the year, just perfect for an evening hike. Fading light makes seeing more challenging, so we’ll need to rely on our other senses. We’ll be walking quietly so we can hear the sounds of the night. Learn about our night time animals. Hear a couple of local haunting tales on the way. Pre-registration is required. Sign up early! Registration is limited to 25 people. Meet in parking lot #2.
HISTORIC TOUR OF UPPER MERION
Little Sicily Pizza
Take an escorted tour through Upper Merion Township to learn more about our rich and fascinating history. We have both Civil War and Revolutionary War veterans buried in a local cemetery, we have the still-standing home of the chief matron (nurse) of Camp Letterman – the field hospital that treated thousands of wounded after the Battle of Gettysburg, we have an inn that was crawling with spies while Washington camped at Valley Forge, and much more. Hear how a unique band of limestone, running through the district, may well be responsible for almost every significant fact about our area.
MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 LIVE!
For the first time ever, Mystery Science Theater 3000 takes its show on the road. Join hosts Joel Hodgson and Jonah Heston for a pair of performances on Friday, The first show is is MST3K favorite "Eegah," with all-new sketches. The second is a "Secret Surprise Film" never before featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000.
FABULOUS FASHION: FROM DIOR'S NEW LOOK TO NOW
Starts October 16
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Haute in Philadelphia. Experience the drama and glamour of some of the most creative feminine fashions ever designed, from romantic ball gowns to audacious contemporary ensembles, and everything in between. See how designers have used color and pattern, shape and volume, draping, metallics, and embellishments to continually reinvent the art form. The pieces in the exhibition—daywear, bridal wear, and more—showcase the Museum’s outstanding costume collection. Many are on view for the first time.
IVY HILL THERAPEUTIC EQUESTRAIN CENTER PRESENTS: TUNES, LAUGHS & WHINNIES
This is a chance to see the best of BuxMont, where three comedians and three bands will face off and share their talents here at the Sellersville Theater.
Your host for the evening is Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center, a non-profit located in Perkasie, PA. Ivy Hill will celebrate their 20thanniversary in 2019 as one of the premier therapeutic riding centers in the country. They provide creative therapeutic programs to individuals with cognitive, emotional, behavioral and psychological needs while utilizing the equine experience.
October 23 - November 18
Act II Playhouse, Ltd.
by Donald Margulies
Oct. 23-Nov. 18
LAST CHANCE: A successful short story writer tries to mentor her student, but ends up creating a rival in this engaging drama with witty, acerbic dialogue. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. "A writer of wit and intelligence" -Variety
FAMILY: JOHNNY PEERS & THE MUTTVILLE COMIX
Sellersville Theater 1894
Johnny Peers and his lovable dogs are coming back to tickle your funny bone with one of our most beloved family shows! These Animal Planet stars perform fun, challenging tricks led by Johnny, a Ringling Brothers Clown College graduate. Some of Johnny's dogs are rescued from shelters, like Noodles, the world's only skateboarding basset hound and Squeaky, the ladder climbing terrier. Bring the whole family out to a show that is sure to impress and delight!
JAMES VAN PRAAGH
Internationally renowned #1 New York Times bestselling author of Talking to Heaven, Reaching to Heaven, Healing Grief, Heaven and Earth, Looking Beyond, Meditations, Ghosts Among Us, Unfinished Business, Growing Up In Heaven, Adventures of the Soul and the soon to be released Power of Love; James Van Praagh is hailed throughout the world as a pioneer of the mediumship movement, and recognized as one of the most accurate spiritual mediums working today. His messages have brought solace, peace and spiritual insights, changing millions view of both life and death. He has received many awards for his dedication to raising the consciousness of the planet.