This has been a scary enough year already, but if you’re looking to celebrate a spooky season with some Halloween-themed fun, this one’s for you.

While many Halloween attractions have decided to not open this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, some are still operating — albeit a little differently. If you decide to go, expect to follow the usual COVID-19 precautions, like mask-wearing and social distancing, to keep real-life risk to a minimum.

Remember that there is risk associated with traditional Halloween activities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, open-air haunted forests and pumpkin patches are considered moderate risk activities, while things like hayrides and indoor haunted houses are of higher risk. And you may have to up your social distancing past six feet either way.

“If screaming will likely occur, greater distancing is advised,” the CDC says online. “The greater the distance, the lower the risk of spreading a respiratory virus.”

But if you’re comfortable going out, the Philadelphia area has plenty of Halloween attractions to consider. Here, we’ve rounded up a dozen options from the family friendly to the truly scary — all within about 80 miles of Center City. Check out the list below:

For a quick trip

Linvilla Orchards' Pumpkinland

This is a classic Halloween destination for youngsters thanks to activities like themed hayrides, a corn maze, and a jack-o-lantern exhibit. Timed tickets are required for some activities, but if you’re just buying some pumpkins or hitting the petting zoo, feel free to just show up (and wear your mask and social distance). Kid-friendly.

Don’t miss: For the full fall experience, stop by Linvilla’s farm market bakery, where you can grab autumnal favorites like apple cider doughnuts.

137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media, 22 miles from Center City, open daily through Nov. 8 (hours vary), 610-876-7116, linvilla.com

Night of Terror at Creamy Acres Farm

This Jersey farm has been serving up scares for 25 years, this time around with attractions like The Ride of Terror (a haunted hayride), Harvest (a scary outdoors walk-through), and a Haunted Paintball Hayride (where you fight off hordes of zombies). Masks, social distancing, and temperature scans are required for entry.

Don’t miss: Need a beer for your fear? This haunt is less than 10 miles from a few great Jersey breweries, including Human Village Brewing Co. and Bonesaw Brewing Co.

448 Lincoln Mill Rd., Mullica Hill., 26 miles from Center City, open Thursday to Saturday starting at 6:30 p.m. through Oct. 31 (advance tickets required), 856-223-1669, nightofterror.com

The Not-Too-Spooky Halloween Drive-Thru

Social distance and enjoy the season with the kids at this new Sesame Place attraction, which features everything from trick-or-treating to Halloween-themed floats, all of which you can enjoy from the comfort of your car. Face coverings are required at all transaction points, so don’t forget your masks. Kid-friendly.

Don’t miss: Also check out The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular, which features trick-or-treating around the park, a scarecrow scavenger hunt, and other Halloween-themed activities.

100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne, 27 miles from Center City, open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Oct. 28, 215-702-ELMO, sesameplace.com

FallFest at Shady Brook Farm

Shady Brook’s seasonal attraction this year includes activities like pumpkin picking, a hay maze, and wagon rides. But if you want to catch a fright, check out the Barn of Horror and Alien Encounter, neither of which have live actors. Masks and social distancing are required, and tickets are timed to last about three hours. Kid-friendly.

Don’t miss: Head out on a nice fall hike at the Five Mile Woods nature preserve, which offers some 285 acres of wooded trails just four miles from Shady Brook Farm.

931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley, 29 miles from Center City, open Wednesday to Sunday through Oct. 31 (hours vary, advance timed tickets required), 215-968-1670, shadybrookfarm.com

DAY TRIPS CHEAT SHEET

12 Halloween events near Philly

Nearby (30 miles or less from Center City)

  • Linvilla Orchards' Pumpkinland, Media (22 miles away)
  • Night of Terror at Creamy Acres Farm, Mullica Hill, NJ (26 miles away)
  • The Not-Too-Spooky Halloween Drive-Thru, Langhorne (27 miles away)
  • FallFest at Shady Brook Farm, Yardley (29 miles away)

A longer drive (30-50 miles from Center City)

  • Bates Motel and Haunted Attractions, Glen Mills (31 miles away)
  • BloodShed Farms Drive-Thru, Columbus, NJ, (33 miles away)
  • Sleepy Hollow Haunted Acres, Newtown (33 miles away)
  • Scarecrows in the Village, Lahaska (44 miles away)

A full day trip (50+ miles from Center City)

  • Six Flags Great Adventure Hallowfest, Jackson Township, NJ (53 miles away)
  • Jason's Woods, Lancaster (72 miles away)
  • Brite Nites Drive-Thru, Warren, NJ (75 miles away)
  • Field of Screams, Mountville (78miles away)

For a longer drive

Bates Motel and Haunted Attractions

This spot is usually known for its half-mile haunted hayride. But this year, they’re converting it to a walk-through attraction, complete with new props and sets — plus new events like Zombie Hunt, a laser tag game. COVID-19 precautions are in play, and guests must mask up, social distance, and get temperature checks.

Don’t miss: Beer-o-logically speaking, Arasapha is about seven miles from Pennsylvania craft beer favorites like Levante Brewing and Sterling Pig Brewery.

1835 Middletown Rd., Glen Mills, 31 miles from Center City, open daily starting at 6:30 p.m. through Nov. 1 (advance timed tickets required), 610-459-0647, thebatesmotel.com

BloodShed Farms Drive-Thru

This contactless haunt in New Jersey is a 20-minute journey through several scary, theatrical sets complete with plenty of creatures of special effects — which you take in from the safety of your own vehicle. If you want it messy, add on the VIP “Blood Bath” upgrade to open up your vehicle to splashes of fake blood and ectoplasmic goo.

Don’t miss: It ain’t all horror here. Get some shopping done at the nearby Columbus Farmers Market, which is touted as the Delaware Valley’s oldest and largest flea market.

2919 Route 206, Columbus, 33 miles from Center City, open Friday and Saturday starting at 7 p.m. through Oct. 31 (advance tickets required), 609-251-6707, bloodshedfarmsfearfest.com

Sleepy Hollow Haunted Acres

Sleepy Hollow is moving the horror primarily outdoors this year with attractions like The Hollow and The Field, which have sets like a deserted farm, a haunted village, a cemetery, and abandoned gardens. COVID-19 precautions like masks and social distancing are required, and tickets are limited to prevent overcrowding.

Don’t miss: Looking for a more realistic spooky experience? Head to nearby New Hope for a lantern-led walk with Ghost Tours of New Hope (reservations required).

881 Highland Rd., Newtown, 33 miles from Center City, open Friday to Sunday starting at 7 p.m. through Oct. 31 (advance timed tickets recommended), 215-860-6855, sleepyhollowhayride.com

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Posted by Peddler's Village on Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Scarecrows in the Village

Peddler’s Village has been hosting this event for 41 years, and this year is no different. Here, you can see dozens of decorated scarecrows that run the gamut from ones inspired by famous fictional characters to ones that are straight-up scary. As always, wear your mask and social distance when you visit. Kid-friendly.

Don’t miss: Cross the Delaware River into Lambertville, N.J., for a classic Halloween experience. Located about five miles away, the town is known for its awesomely spooky Halloween displays.

Routes 202 & 263, Lahaska, 44 miles from Center City, open daily through Oct. 31 (hours vary), 215-794-4000, peddlersvillage.com

For a full day trip

Six Flags Great Adventure Hallowfest

By day, Six Flags' fall attraction is family friendly with activities like trick-or-treating, a hay bale maze, and tons of decorations to take in. But by night, it gets scary, thanks to several spooky outdoor mazes, themed “Scare Zones,” and outdoor displays. Masks, social distancing, and temperature checks are required. Kid-friendly (during the day).

Don’t miss: Looking for more Halloween horror? East Windsor’s Field of Terror, which features four unique, scary attractions, is about 13 miles away (advance timed tickets required).

1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson Township, N.J., 53 miles from Center City, open weekends and select weekdays through Nov. 1 (hours vary), 732-928-2000, sixflags.com/greatadventure

Jason’s Woods

For a serious scare, head to this Lancaster haunt, which has been running 34 years. It features five terrifying experiences ranging from a Horrifying Hayride to walk-through attractions like Lost In Jason’s Woods and Zombie Apocalypse. Precautions like masks, social distancing, and temperature checks are required.

Don’t miss: For a post-scare brew, take the ride into downtown Lancaster, where you’ll find great options from the likes of Spring House Brewing Co. and Lancaster Brewing Co.

99 Stehman Rd., Lancaster, 72 miles from Center City, open Friday to Sunday starting at 7 p.m. through Oct. 31 (advance timed tickets recommended), 717-875-5110, jasonswoods.com

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Posted by Wagner Farm Arboretum on Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Brite Nites Drive-Thru

Ordinarily a walk-through experience, Wagner Farm Arboretum’s Brite Nites display in New Jersey is a drive-through this year. This contactless, family-friendly attraction takes you down the Pumpkin Path to see tons of intricate, hand-carved jack-o-lanterns and pumpkin sculptures, as well as a tribute to essential workers and first responders. Kid-friendly.

Don’t miss: For something spookier, take the drive to the nearby Watchung Reservation. There, you can walk through the Deserted Village of Feltville/Glenside Park.

197 Mountain Ave., Warren, N.J., 75 miles from Center City, open Wednesday to Sunday starting at 6:30 p.m. through Nov. 1 (advance timed tickets required), 908-350-7383, wfafnj.org

Field of Screams

Once named the best extreme haunted attraction in a USA today poll, this Pennsylvania haunt has four terrifying attractions, so pick your poison with options like the Haunted Hayride and Nocturnal Wasteland. Or go for the Extreme Blackout, which is so scary you have to sign a waiver. Masks and social distancing are required.

Don’t miss: Keep it creepy with a walk through the nearby Point Rock Tunnel. Built between 1850 and 1851, the tunnel is rumored to be haunted.

191 College Ave., Mountville, Pa., 78 miles from Center City, open through Nov. 14 (hours and days vary, advance timed tickets required), 717-285-7748, fieldofscreams.com