Sure, you can head outside the city for some Halloween-themed fun if you’re willing to travel. But you can also celebrate spooky season without ever leaving Philly.
Here, we’ve rounded up a dozen Halloween attractions to help you celebrate the holiday, ranging from the kid-friendly to the possibly paranormal. Check out the list below:
Get a good Halloween scare without ever leaving your home thanks to this virtual Penn Museum event. Here, stories about the origins of classic monsters like werewolves and vampires are paired with a mystery six-pack of beer that you can pick up from local participating bottle shops.
Attend from home, running 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 17 and 30, 215-898-4000, penn.museum
116 S. 12th St., open daily through Nov. 1 (hours vary, advance timed tickets required), 215-909-9406, nightmare-before-tinsel.ticketleap.com
Costumes are encouraged at this Halloween event from the Franklin Institute. So don your best getup (don’t forget your mask), and head on down for indoor trick-or-treating, buggy visitors from the Insectarium, eye and heart dissections, and other spooky science displays.
222 N. 20th St., open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 (advance registration required), 215-448-1200, fi.edu
If you want to hit the (mini) links while getting a good scare, Franklin Square has you covered. Its mini-golf course has taken on a spooky season theme, complete with cobwebs, lights, fog, and other ghoulish, Halloween-y surprises. Good luck keeping it under par.
200 N. 6th St., open 6 p.m.-9 p.m. daily through Oct. 31 (advance tickets recommended), 215-629-4026, historicphiladelphia.org
The Mütter Museum’s collection of historical medical items and specimens is creepy enough, but the museum has kicked it up a notch this season with after-hours tours and pop-up events. Among them: an examination of the use of the word monster as a medical term over the last 500 years.
19 S. 22nd St., open 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 21 and 29 (advance tickets required), 215-560-8564, muttermuseum.org
Eastern State’s Terror Behind the Walls haunt may be canceled, but the site is still ready to scare you good this season. Its Night Tours exhibit is a spooky nighttime tour of the penitentiary’s cellblocks and yards, complete with large-scale projections, artist installations, and an audio track narrated by actor Steve Buscemi.
2027 Fairmount Ave., opens at 6 p.m. on select evenings through Nov. 15 (advance timed tickets required), 215-236-3300, easternstate.org
Face masks are required for this hour-long tour, which probably hits closer to home this year than any other. The topic: Philadelphia’s ghastly history of infection, inoculation, bloodletting, yellow fever, and small pox during the 18th century. Plus, you’ll head inside the historic house for a few more frights.
239 Arch St., open 6 p.m.-8 p.m. on Oct. 16, 23, and 30, 215-629-4026, historicphiladelphia.org
Head to the Philadelphia Zoo in costume for Boo at the Zoo, the zoo’s annual family-friendly Halloween celebration. Take in the animals and exhibits , all with festive fall offerings, and receive a free candy bag for the kids (and remember to wear your mask and social distance).
3400 W. Girard Ave., open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday to Sunday through Nov. 1 (advance tickets required), 215-243-1100, philadelphiazoo.org
It’s been 20 years running for this classic haunt, which operates out of a 25,000-square-foot, 120-year-old factory in South Philly. Check out three scary themed areas (none of which are family friendly), and try your best to make it out. COVID-19 precautions, including reduced capacity and mandatory mask-wearing and social distancing, are in effect.
2200 S. Swanson St., open select dates through Oct. 31 (hours vary, advance timed tickets required), 215-334-4678, frightfactoryphilly.com
4747 S. Broad St., first showtime at 6:45 p.m. on Oct. 31 (advance reservations required), 267-239-2941, filmadelphia.org
Some say that Fort Mifflin is among the most haunted places in the country, but you can find out yourself on its Candlelight Ghost Tour — if you dare. At three-fourths of a mile, the tour will lead you through the fort, which dates back to 1771, for what is bound to be a particularly paranormal evening.
6400 Hog Island Rd., open at 7 p.m. on select dates through Oct. 31 (advance timed tickets required), 215-685-4167, fortmifflin.us
If you’re looking for a Halloween celebration that’s kid-friendly, head to Morris Arboretum for its annual Scarecrow Walk. This is its 13th year running, and the walk features more than 50 custom-made, fairytale-themed scarecrows throughout the garden grounds. And you can even vote for your favorite.