Haunted by the thoughts of missing out on Montgomery County’s bumper crop of Halloween celebrations? Fear not. The Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board has assembled a Halloween event calendar with October events that are both monstrous and mild.
This Halloween, LEGO Monsters have taken over LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia and they’re throwing an awesome Brick-or-Treat Monster Party. Be among the first to watch the new 4-D LEGO Movie, The Great Monster Chase, build a LEGO pumpkin to plant in the Pumpkin Patch, and join the LEGO Playmakers in the Fun Hub for monster games and giggles.
Boo at the Zoo
Bring your little ghouls and ghosts to this annual Elmwood Park Zoo Halloween haunt, where the entire zoo is transformed for a kooky, spooky Halloween celebration. Come dressed in your most creative costume and march in the costume parade (adults, too). Treat and activity stations are located throughout the zoo at this ticketed event.
Fall Harvest Days
Head to Merrymead Farm for its 39th Annual Harvest Days, a ticketed event. Families can enjoy a kiddie wagon train, cornstalk tunnel, hayride, pumpkin painting, apple slinger. Navigationally gifted visitors can tackle the five-acre corn maze.
Spring Mountain Adventures has transformed into Scream Mountain, with a haunted hayride, haunted lift/walk, and a kid-friendly “starter” hayride. If nothing else, this experience proves that the Schwenksville site doesn’t just instill fear as a snow-covered ski destination.
Bring the family out to experience a Haunted Hayride through a “spooktacular” Green Lane Park campground. The free event at the Deep Creek Area (which can make visitors wonder, What’s lurking in there?) also features kids’ crafts, refreshments, and DJ entertainment.
All Hallows Eve Fall Festival
Spend a beautiful fall day at Pennypacker Mills, where kids can paint a pumpkin, make fall kid-crafts, press apples to make cider, and try some corn shucking. The free event also gives the whole family the opportunity of a meadow hayride.
Haunted Lantern Tours, Mini Paranormal Investigation
Graeme Park has long been known to be haunted, and the start time for this event 7:00 p.m., will have it at its most eerie for exploration. Tour guides will lead ticket holders (a must) through Keith House, the long-abandoned but somehow still occupied residence on the property. This program repeats on Oct. 28.
It’s the Wolf
Upper Schuylkill Valley Park presents It’s the Wolf, a puppet show for children of all ages. Space is limited, therefore, preregistration is required.
Trick or Trails
Norristown Farm Park hosts a free set of stations along its trail. Its organizers provide family activities, prize picking, and interesting information about healthy eating, physical activity, and nature.
Halloween Parade & Fall Festival
Join the Skippack community for its annual Children’s Halloween Party & Fall Festival. The monstrous (or merry, depending on costume) march begins at Trinity Christian UCC on Church Road and ends at Floral & Hardy, where the fall festival unfolds. That event has a free concert, pumpkin painting, bubble play, and a do-it-yourself succulent bar (for creating small-plant environments, not imbibing).
Trick or Treat Around the Town Center Presented by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
The King of Prussia Town Center is once again hosting its annual Halloween event. This year’s event is presented by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Guests can expect a costumed walk that predates the big night by four days. The late-afternoon somewhat-spooky soiree includes music from a DJ, games, a Halloween circus photo display, and tons of candy sponsored by Heart + Paw, Xfinity, and Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar.
Ambler Halloween Parade and Extravaganza
A costumed parade, which starts at the Ambler Theater, will wend its way through the community, enabling kids to gather treats and surprises donated by local businesses.
Witches of Narberth
Downtown Narberth welcomes children for a not-so-scary afternoon during Witches of Narberth. Kids and parents are invited to a scavenger hunt as they travel from business to business looking for witches. Kids will receive treats along the way, and a special Halloween prize ends the hunt. Costumes at this free celebration are certainly welcome, but totally optional.
Malloween at King of Prussia Mall
Bring the family to the King of Prussia Mall for a safe, family friendly, Halloween celebration with a big purpose. The bash provides an enchanted trick-or-treating trail. But it also supports a worthy cause: Purchasing a Halloween treat bag supports the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
Further information on all these event calendar Halloween opportunities is at the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board website.