Top 10 Philadelphia-Area Events in October

Photo By Timothy Eberly On Unsplash
Photo by Timothy Eberly on Unsplash

Autumn really kicks in this month, with fall festivals and plenty of Halloween events.

Autumn’s Colors
October 2-Nov. 14
Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square, PA 19348

Kids will especially love the Garden Railway and Pumpkin Playground at Longwood Gardens’ autumn celebration.

Family Night Hike with Ranger Kelly R.
October 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19153

All ages are invited to join a John Heinz ranger on a hike around the refuge at night to discover the sights and sounds of the forest after sunset.

Hayrides to the Witch’s House
October 7-30, 5:30-8 p.m.
Linvilla Orchards, 137 West Knowlton Rd., Media, PA 19063

This fun hayride to a friendly witch’s house is designed for young children and their parents.

South Jersey Pumpkin Show
October 9-10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Salem County Fairgrounds, 735 Harding Hwy., Woodstown, NJ 08098

The 18th annual South Jersey Pumpkin Show will include pumpkin desserts, fun contests, amusement rides, pony rides and more. Kids ages 4-10 can participate in the Halloween Costume Contest & Treat or Treat Stroll.

Indigenous Peoples’ Weekend with the Museum
October 9-11
Museum of the American Revolution, 101 South Third St., Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Museum of the American Revolution will be offering family-friendly activities to explore the stories of Native Americans as part of their annual Indigenous Peoples Weekend celebration.

Kids on the Canal Fall Festival
October 16
National Canal Museum, 2750 Hugh Moore Park Rd., Easton, PA 18042

This autumn celebration at the National Canal Museum will include a leaf scavenger hunt and seasonal crafts.

All Hallows Eve Fall Festival
October 16, 1-4 p.m.
Pennypacker Mills, 5 Haldeman Rd., Schwenksville, PA 19473

There will be crafts, hayrides and plenty of hands-on activities for kids at Pennypacker Mills’ fall festival.

Boo at the Zoo
October 16 & 17; 23 & 24; 29-31, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 West Girard Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Philadelphia Zoo will be hosting three weekends of Halloween fun. Guests are encouraged to come in costume.

By the Light of the Moon
October 22 & 23, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Upper Schuylkill Valley Park, 1615 Black Rock Rd., Royersford, PA 19468

All ages are invited to enjoy a moonlit tour of the Upper Schuylkill Valley Park where you will learn about (and maybe even hear the sounds of) nocturnal animals.

18th Century Field Day
October 24
Red Bank Battlefield Park, 100 Hessian Ave., National Park, NJ 08063

Visitors will be able to watch living history demonstrations, artillery drills and cannon demonstrations at this kid-friendly event.


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