11 Actually Fun Things to Do in Philly This Weekend

No Halloweekend plans? No problem.

Happy Halloweekend, Philly! The city is primed for spookiness, hauntings, and family festivities all weekend long, so you really have no excuse not to throw on a costume and hit the town. If Halloween isn’t your jam, don’t fret, you can enjoy anonymity in a dark movie theater during the Philadelphia Film Festival or duck into a new restaurant for University City Dining Days.

Friday, October 29
Mütter Museum
Mischief is afoot at the Mütter Museum (yes, the museum with a permanent skull exhibition) during its annual Halloween bash, Mischief at the Mütter. Tickets to the costume party grant you access to the museum and the Benjamin Rush Medicinal Plant Garden, two complimentary beverages, snacks, live music and dancing, tarot card readings, a costume contest, a photobooth, and more. Just a heads up: Proof of vaccination is required and everyone is required to wear a mask indoors unless actively eating or drinking.
Cost: $100

Friday, October 29 – Saturday, October 30
Peddler’s Village
This Bucks County shopping village hosts a two-day Ghostly Graveyard Gala—a tented costume party with a DJ, dancing, a haunted house, fire pits, drinks, food truck grub, games, and more. Either attend Friday or Saturday night’s party (or both, if you dare) and hope your costume is stellar enough to win you a cash prize.
Cost: $25-30

Celebrate the season in South Philly

Friday, October 29 – Saturday, October 30
Xfinity Live!
South Philly entertainment complex Xfinity Live! is hosting two sure-to-be-boisterous Halloween parties this weekend. First, on Friday, is Wicked—a five-in-one party that encompasses each of Xfinity Live’s bars and outdoor spaces. There will, of course, be costume contests, DJs, live music, bull riding, karaoke, and plenty of drinks to go around. The next night is Nightmare on Broad Street, which, again, utilizes five of Xfinity’s bars and patios. Expect more of the same: costume contests, DJs, dancing, bull riding, karaoke, and more.
Cost: $12-45

Friday, October 29 – Sunday, October 31
Philadelphia Zoo
The Philadelphia Zoo gets seasonal with its annual Boo at the Zoo, a costume and trick-or-treating event for kids and adults. Not only will the zoo be decorated in seasonal garb, but the animals will be out and about looking peering at costumes.
Cost: Included with zoo admission

Friday, October 29 – Sunday, October 31
University City
Don’t count out University City: It’s home to some of Philly’s best restaurants and loveliest Victorian homes. Hop on the MFL, bus, or trolley and take advantage of University City Dining Days, which runs through the end of the weekend, where you can gorge on three-course lunches and dinners, available for dine in, takeout, and delivery. Participating restaurants include Dahlak, Walnut Street Cafe, Sangkee Noodle House, Jezabel’s, and more.
Cost: $20-35

Friday, October 29 – Sunday, October 31
Philadelphia Film Center, Philadelphia Film Society Bourse Theater
The 30th Philadelphia Film Festival kicked off last week and rolls into its closing weekend with screenings of features, shorts, and documentaries from international filmmakers. On Friday, check out the Brazilian feature Medusa; Saturday features an animated shorts program; then, end your weekend with the Kristen Stewart-led Princess Diana drama Spencer. Just a heads up: masking is required, as is proof of vaccination.
Cost: Varies per event

Friday, October 29 – Sunday, October 31
Various locations
There’s a festival for most things these days—cider included. Drink some fermented apple juice at Philly Cider Week events throughout the weekend, including a market at Perrystead Dairy where you can pick up a special cheese collaboration between cheesemaker Yoav Perry and cider makers Olga and Brian Dressler on Friday; cider cocktails at the new Middle Child Clubhouse on Saturday; and a Halloween event at Irwin’s on Sunday.
Cost: Varies per event

Saturday, October 30
Second and Pine Streets
South Street’s annual Pumpkinfest returns under the Headhouse Shambles for a full day of family-friendly fall activities: Pumpkin carving, circus performances, face painting, and more. Kids can wear costumes and go trick-or-treating at area businesses. Local businesses and vendors like Bodhi Coffee, Bridget Foy’s, Jay McQuirns, and Queen & Rook will have food, drink, and goods available for sale, too.
Cost: Pay-as-you-go

Saturday, October 30
East Passyunk Avenue between Tasker and Mifflin
Another family-friendly Halloween event, Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday comes to East Passyunk for a quintessentially seasonal day. Around the Singing Fountain—decked out in fall decor—you can take part in goings-on such as grab-and-go pumpkins, a costume photo booth, bubbles from the Bubble Queen, and live music. Over in the PPA lot at 1628 East Passyunk, the Nice Things Handmade market will bring more than 40 vendors selling home decor, art, and more to the neighborhood. And along the avenue, businesses will open their doors to trick-or-treaters, offering sidewalk sales and food and drink specials.
Cost: Pay-as-you-go

Saturday, October 30
Franky Bradley’s
In the spirit of the 2002 Austin Powers flick Goldmember, Franky Bradley’s hosts a disco Halloween party where guests are encouraged to dress in ‘70s and ‘80s costumes. (Psst, there will be a costume contest at midnight.) Roxoff DJs Drootax and DJ Chris Urban provide the soundtrack, spinning vinyl all night.
Cost: $10

Sunday, October 31
Germantown Avenue between Highland Avenue and Willow Grove Avenue
Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill will be the prime spot for little trick-or-treaters during Halloween on the Hill. Kids dressed in costume can visit the shops and businesses along the avenue for sweets during the afternoon.
Cost: Free

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Allie Volpe is a writer based in Philadelphia. She hasn't slept in days. Follow her on Twitter: @allieevolpe.