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Four Philadelphia Halloween Attractions You Can Still Enjoy This Year

Spooky season is here! Even though it’s bound to be an unconventional Halloween this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy all the exciting – and, most of all,  safe! – events that Philadelphia has to offer. Unsure where to start? Here are some suggestions for you!

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While Eastern State Penitentiary draws in a huge crowd year-round, the historic Philadelphia prison is especially popular as an autumn attraction. Its Night Tours are running all month long, offering the chance to explore Eastern State’s cell blocks and yards at night. Pick a night, grab a few friends, and you’ll be in for a one-of-a-kind spooky experience.

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Looking for a more family-friendly activity? Spooky Mini Golf returns to Franklin Square for the whole month of October. The park’s Philly-themed golf course is getting a seasonal makeover with lights, fog, cobwebs, and a variety of decorations to get visitors of all ages into the Halloween spirit.


If you’re a fan of the supernatural, check out the official Ghost Tour of Philadelphia for a candlelight walking tour of some of the historic district’s most ghostly landmarks. With its rich history, Philadelphia is considered one of America’s most haunted cities – you’ll be sure to see it for yourself after touring the highlights of Old City, Society Hill, and Independence National Historical Park after dark.

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Some movie theaters might still be on hold when it comes to reopening, but the Philadelphia Film Society has been catering to the city’s community of film lovers since August when they opened their drive-in theater at the Navy Yard. This Halloween night, the PFS will be screening four Halloween movies that you can enjoy from the comfort of your car – and as a special treat, they’ll be playing for free. 


We hope you check out some of these upcoming events around the Halloween season! As always, remember to wear a mask and comply with public health regulations to ensure that you and everyone around you can stay safe while still making the most of your favorite October holiday.


Anna is a sophomore public relations major at Drexel University. Originally from right outside of New York City, she is currently living and working in Philadelphia. She loves art, writing, photography, performing with Drexel's dance company, and exploring what the city has to offer.
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