By: Amy Hopf, Digital Content Associate

Our parks, playgrounds, and recreation centers are celebrating the spookiest month of the year with a variety of parades, hayrides, and other hauntingly fun events!

1. 8th Annual Halloween Hoedown

Join the Friends of Penn Treaty Park for their annual Halloween bash, sponsored by Penn Treaty Special Services District and Johnny’s Hots. There will be a free pumpkin patch, Halloween games, prizes for best costumes, and spooky surprises.

Where: Penn Treaty Park (1301 N. Beach St., 19125)
When: Saturday, October 20, 12 p.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free
More info: Learn more or RSVP on the Facebook event.

2. Fall Fun Fest

This fun, festive, family event will feature pumpkins, scarecrow making, food, games, and more!

Where: Gorgas Park (6300 Ridge Ave., 19128)
When: Saturday, October 20, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free
More info: See the Facebook event.

3. Halloween Costume Party

There will be performances and treats at this holiday party!

Where: Gold Star Park (613 Wharton St., 19147)
When: Saturday, October 20, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Free
More info: See all Gold Star’s events for the year.

4. The Witch Market

An autumn evening of pure magic, the Witch Market is a brand new Halloween-inspired event featuring strange shopping vendors, tarot & poetry readings, and delicious bites! This event is free to attend with pay-as-you-go food and drink.

Where: Pretzel Park (4300 Silverwood St., 19127)
When: Sunday, October 21, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free
More info: Learn more or RSVP on the Facebook event.

5. Halloween Double Feature Screening

Venice Island will present their annual double feature screening to get you in the mood for Halloween! Light refreshments will be available. Hocus Pocus will play 6 p.m., and The Thing will play at 8 p.m.

Where: Venice Island Performing Arts Recreation Center (1 Rector St., 19127)
When: Thursday, October 25, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: Free
More info: See more information on the Facebook event.

6. Eastwick Halloween Party

Eastwick Regional Playground will host its annual Halloween Party for children ages 3 to 11. There will be spooktacular decorations, games, pictures, snacks, and candy. The fee for this scary night is $5 and a bag of candy. The witches and ghouls will be there to greet you!

Where: Eastwick Regional Playground (80th & Mars Place, 19153)
When: Friday, October 26, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 entry

7. Halloween Dance

This Halloween dance is sponsored by Carousel House Recreation Center, which is extending an invitation to all persons with mental and physical disabilities ages 16 and over. There will be a costume party, dancing, prizes, and dinner! Everyone must pre-register.

Where: Carousel House Recreation Center (4300 Avenue of the Republic, 19131)
When: Friday, October 26, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
More info: Find more on Carousel House’s schedule of events.

8. Healthy Halloween 2018

Families are welcome to come to this annual event in costume and enjoy a petting zoo, nature play, messy arts activities, live Halloween music, healthy treats, and other family fun.

Where: Smith Memorial Playground (3500 Reservoir Dr., 19121)
When: Saturday, October 27, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cost: Free
More info: Learn more about this celebration on the Facebook event.

9. Cobbs Creek Fall Festival

There will be apple cider pressing, storytelling, bat-themed crafts, a nocturnal wildlife walk, and other fall-themed activities. Don’t miss the fun!

Where: Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center (700 Cobbs Creek Pkwy., 19143)
When: Saturday, October 27, 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: Free
More info: Learn more about Cobbs Creek CEC’s fall events.

10. Howloween

Bring your four-pawed friends for a dog costume contest at Powers Park. There will also be a pet adoption organized by PAWS.

Where: Powers Park (2987 Almond St., 19134)
When: Saturday, October 27, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Free

11. Trick-or-Treat Trail

Customize your own Halloween-themed trick-or-treat bag and follow the trail map to discover tasty surprises throughout the park. This event is presented by Fox Rothschild and is recommended for children 10 and under.

Where: Franklin Square (200 N. 6th St., 19106)
When: Saturday, October 27, 12 p.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free, with costs for activities
More info: Learn more and see all the events this fall at Franklin Square.

12. Port Richmond Fall Festival

This fall festival will include over 100 vendors, local breweries, food trucks, live music, and kids activities. Children in costume can trick-or-treat with our vendors and bob for apples!

Where: Campbell Square (2525 E. Allegheny Ave., 19134)
When: Saturday, October 27, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free
More info: Learn more on the Facebook event.

13. Halloween at Dickinson Square

Join the Friends of Dickinson Square Park for games and activities for kids, plus a parade with prizes for best costumes!

Where: Dickinson Square (1600 E. Moyamensing Ave., 19148)
When: Sunday, October 28, 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free
More info: Learn more on the Facebook event.

14. Haunted Hayride

Hunting Park United is hosting this event with the 25th Police District to provide a safe location for children to Trick or Treat.

Where: Hunting Park (900 Hunting Park Ave., 19140)
When: Tuesday, October 30, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: Free
More info: See more on

15. Trunk or Treat

Houseman Recreation Center will host Trunk or Treat, a safer way to trick or treat this Halloween! Come to the rec center for games, contests, prizes, and of course, treats!

Where: Houseman Recreation Center  (5091 Summerdale Ave., 19124)
When: Wednesday, October 31, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

View our calendar for other upcoming events.