Five Frightfully Fun Attractions for Your 2020 Philadelphia Halloween

Pumpkin 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 safe! – events that Philadelphia has to offer. Unsure where to start? Here are some suggestions for you!

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.

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 gets a seasonal makeover with lights, fog, cobwebs, and a variety of decorations to get visitors of all ages into the Halloween spirit.

The Franklin Institute is embracing spooky season by hosting its first-ever Franklin Fright Weekend from October 31st to November 1st. Guests are invited to tour the museum in costume, trick-or-treat through its many iconic exhibits, watch live Scare Shows, and encounter some surprises along the way.

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 classic scary movies that you can enjoy from the comfort of your car – and as a special treat, they’ll be playing for free.

To round out this year’s lineup of exciting autumnal activities, the Philadelphia Zoo is hosting a socially distanced – but just as festive! – version of its annual Boo at the Zoo attraction. Guests are encouraged to explore the zoo in costume, with kids receiving a free bag of candy upon exiting.

Center City Residents Get Into the Howl-o-ween Spirit with Pet Photo Challenge

Halloween may look a little different this year, but that won’t stop the Philadelphia community from making the most of the spook-tacular holiday season. From ghost tours to drive-in movies to pumpkin picking, there are plenty of socially distanced, outdoor or even virtual activities to enjoy in and around the city. 

One way the Center City Residents’ Association keeps the fall spirit alive is by encouraging the community to take part in a Howl-o-ween pet photo competition. Over the next few weeks, CCRA residents will be sharing photos of their furry friends costumed up here. Anyone can share love for their favorite pets and “vote” by hitting the like button. The winner of the contest will be announced after Halloween.

CCRA’s last pet photo challenge in April was a great success, with submissions generating hundreds of likes and comments. With the neighborhood’s sense of community growing stronger than ever, we’re expecting this contest to create just as much of a buzz. 

To keep track of the competition and stay up to date with future CCRA events, visit http://facebook.com/CCRAPhilly.

How to Vote in Pennsylvania

The 2020 presidential election is coming up and deadlines for Pennsylvania voting are right around the corner. Monday, October 19, 2020 is the last day to register to vote. Applications for a mail-in or absentee ballot must be received by your county election board by Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 5 pm. The deadline for returning your mail-in or absentee ballot is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. If you choose to vote by mail, your mail-in ballot must be postmarked by 8 pm on election day and received by your county election office by 5 pm on Friday, November 6, 2020 to be counted. If you are voting in-person, you must return your mail-in ballot to your county election office by 8 pm on election day. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by 8 pm on election day and received by the county election by 5 pm on Friday, November 6, 2020.

Some helpful resources:
https://www.votespa.com/Voting-in-PA/Pages/Mail-and-Absentee-Ballot.aspx
https://www.rockthevote.org/
https://www.pa.gov/guides/voting-and-elections/
https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/pages/pollingplaceinfo.aspx
https://www.votespa.com/Voting-in-PA/Pages/Voting-at-a-Polling-Place.aspx