KYW To-Do List: Family-friendly haunts, ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ with the POPS, and more for Oct. 25-27

Holli Stephens
October 25, 2019 - 5:00 am
Mutt Strut

Katie McMenamin Photography

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia knows how to celebrate Halloween.

Being the last weekend before All Hallows’ Eve on Thursday, now is the time to soak in all the shiver-down-your-spine-inducing events the city has to offer (just hopefully without any Sunday scaries).

For the kids, take them to East Passyunk for a costume contest and fall festival — there’s drink specials for the parents, too — or check out the Headhouse District for a straw bale maze and pumpkin decorating.

And don’t forget your pets: Take your pup to the Mutt Strut, a fundraiser and costume contest by PAWS.

Once the babysitter relieves you for the evening, head to Center City for the Devil’s Crawl — a Halloween-themed bar crawl with more than 50 participating locations.

If that’s not enough of a jam-packed weekend for you, check out the rest of our favorite haunts around Philadelphia and the suburbs in this weekend’s KYW To-Do List, or listen to our top picks below.



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EVENT: South Street Pumpkin Fest

DATE/TIME: Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Second Street's Headhouse Plaza between Pine and South streets, Philadelphia

DETAILS: This family-friendly festival will have a costume contest, live music, shopping, seasonal food and drinks, a straw bale maze, horse and wagon rides, face painting, and pumpkin decorating. 

PRICE: Free to attend


EVENT: Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday

DATE/TIME: Saturday, kid events begin at 11 a.m.

WHERE: Along East Passyunk Avenue, South Philadelphia

DETAILS: There’s a little something for everyone at this fall festival, including live music, food and drink specials at participating restaurants, an arts and craft show for the adults, and pumpkin decorating and a costume contest for the kids.

PRICE: Free to attend



Devil's Crawl
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EVENT: The Devil’s Crawl

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

WHERE: Multiple Center City bars

DETAILS: With a wristband, you can go to more than 50 locations throughout Center City for drink specials — without a cover charge. There will be multiple costume contests and an official after party to follow the bar crawl. 

PRICE: Ticket prices vary from $6.66 to $14.95


EVENT: Harvest Fest

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 3 to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Esperanza Community Garden, Sixth and Grant streets; Community Garden, Third and Byron streets, Camden

DETAILS: Along with some barbecue hotdogs and burgers, there will be free pumpkins and treats for the kids. The festival is broken up into two locations and times.

PRICE: Free to attend



Mutt Strut
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EVENT: 13th annual PAWS Mutt Strut

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 10 a.m. (rain date scheduled for Sunday)

WHERE: The Navy Yard, 4747 S. Broad St., South Philadelphia

DETAILS: Help save Philadelphia’s homeless pets by taking part in a scenic walk. Every dollar raised goes directly to PAWS. There will also be live music, costume and talent contests, an agility course, paw print painting, and a pet photo booth. 

PRICE: Adult registration is $25; mutt rental is $100; other price tiers available


EVENT: Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

DATE/TIME: Saturday and Sunday, begins at 8 a.m.

WHERE: Along the Schuylkill River on Kelly Drive, Philadelphia

DETAILS: The Thomas Eakins Head of the Schuylkill Regatta is back in its 49th year. It welcomes nearly 9,000 competitors and 40,000 spectators. There will be races for high school, collegiate, club, master, adaptive, elite and alumni rowers.

PRICE: Free to watch


EVENT: Free Yard Tree Giveaway with Tree Philly

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon; Sunday, noon to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Tabor Road Gateway, 799 E. Tabor Road; and Smith Playground, 2100 S. 24th St.

DETAILS: You must pre-register online or by phone to get a free yard tree. It must be planted in the ground on private property and in the city of Philadelphia. In the last half hour of each giveaway, all remaining trees are made available to walk-ins. 



EVENT: True Colors Fall Arbor Tour

DATE/TIME: Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: West Laurel Hill Cemetery, 225 Belmont Ave., Bala Cynwyd

DETAILS: Join arborist and horticulture specialist Aaron Greenberg on a walk through the peak fall colors. There will be a discussion on how the trees change and prepare for winter. Remember to wear your walking shoes.

PRICE: General tickets are $15



Nickelodeon Universe

EVENT: Nickelodeon Universe opens

DATE: Opens on Friday

WHERE: American Dream Mall, 1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford, New Jersey

DETAILS: This 8.5-acre indoor theme park will open with more than 35 attractions, including the Shellraiser, which has a 122-foot drop. Nickelodeon characters such as SpongeBob, Dora The Explorer and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be at the mall to meet. And in the true Nickelodeon fashion, there will be slime.  

PRICE: Tickets start at $39.99


EVENT: Dia Los Muertos Festival

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Penn Museum, 3260 South St., Philadelphia

DETAILS: Experience Mexican culture during this Day of the Dead celebration. There will be storytelling, dance and musical performances, puppetry, face painting, and arts and crafts. You will be able to place photos or mementos to remember a deceased loved one on the ofrenda, a decorated centerpiece commonly used during the celebration. 

PRICE: Included with museum admission, ranging from $10 to $15



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EVENT: The Vindys at City Winery Philadelphia

DATE/TIME: Saturday, doors at 6 p.m.

WHERE: The Loft at City Winery Philadelphia

PRICE: $15


EVENT: Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’

DATE/TIME: Friday, doors open at 6 p.m.

WHERE: The Met Philadelphia, 858 N. Broad St., Philadelphia

DETAILS: Philly POPS will perform “The Nightmare Before Christmas” alongside the original film. Attendees are encouraged to come in costumes, especially if it’s Tim Burton-themed.

PRICE: Tickets start at $20


EVENT: The October Revolution of Jazz & Contemporary Music: Patty Waters

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 8 p.m.

WHERE: Caplan Recital Hall at UArts, Terra Hall, 211 South Broad St.

DETAILS: Join avant-garde vocalist and composer Patty Waters in her first Philadelphia appearance alongside Burton Greene on piano, Adam Lane on bass, and Igal Foni on drums. 

PRICE: General admission is $20