October 26, 2012
Halloween In Philadelphia 2012: Where To Trick-Or-Treat In Neighborhoods And Retail Districts Across The City
Halloween brings back memories of childhood trick-or-treating adventures.
Gaggles of children trolling neighborhoods for candy. Lights aglow at houses and apartments offering sweets. Trails of candy wrappers strewn on sidewalks, evidence of a night well spent.
In a city, it’s a little more difficult to trick-or-treat; no one really wants to traipse through a 20-story apartment building or wind up on a dark street of closed-up businesses.
Enter: our handy guide. We compiled a list of neighborhoods and business corridors in the city that are holding special trick-or-treating events for youngsters.
Also, it’s worth mentioning that Zillow recently ranked the best U.S. cities for trick-or-treating, based on where children get the most candy with the least walking and greatest safety, and Philadelphia was in the top 10.
Check out our guide below to see which spots in your area are making candy-gathering easy for Halloween 2012.
• Trick-or-Treating on Germantown Avenue: Walk along Germantown Ave in Mt. Airy to collect candy from area businesses. A pumpkin will mark participating businesses. Don’t forget to dress up, as candy will only be given out to those in costume.
When: Friday, October 26, 5:30-9 p.m.
Where: Germantown Avenue, Mt. Airy
• Rittenhouse Row Trick-or-Treat: Rittenhouse Row member businesses will be participating in day long trick-or-treating. On Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. come out in costume for sweets and treats. From 10 a.m.-noon at the beginning of the day, there’s a children’s costume contest with prizes, a mini brunch buffet and fun Halloween themed activities at the Radisson Plaza Warwick hotel.
When: Saturday, October 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Rittenhouse Row, from Broad to 18th Streets along Walnut
• Trick-or-Treat at the Spooky Saturday & Fall Fest on East Passyunk Avenu: East Passyunk will be holding the Spooky Saturday & Fall Fest this Saturday. Trick-or-treating will be available for children.
When: Saturday, October 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: The Singing Fountain, East Passyunk Avenue and 11th Street
• Trick-or-Treat along Main Street: The businesses of Main Street Manayunk are teaming up to provide children with trick-or-treating fun all afternoon. Participating businesses will have a fall display on their door to signal that they are indeed giving out candy.
When: Saturday, October 27, 12-4 p.m.
Where: Main Street Manayunk
• Italian Market Trick-or-Treat: Head over to the Italian Market for their 9th Street Italian Market Halloween Celebration. Kids in costumes will be given sweets and are welcome to trick-or-treat at the visitor center. Also check out the pumpkin patch and the Halloween inspired crafts.
When: Saturday, October 27, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Italian Market, 9th And Christian Streets
Check out more places to trick-or-treat, below.
• Trick-or-Treat trail at Franklin Square: Throughout Franklin Square on Saturday, trick-or-treating festivities will be aplenty. Children are invited to participate in trick-or-treat bag decorating before walking through the park where characters will be giving out candy.
When: Saturday, October 27, noon-3 p.m.
Where: Franklin Square, 6th and Race Streets
• Harry Potter Weekend Trick-or-Treat: Roam Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill on Sunday for trick-or-treating fun at the local businesses along the avenue. This event wraps up Harry Potter Weekend in Chestnut Hill, so children are bound to be entertained by not only the candy, but by the sights from Harry Potter as well.
When: Sunday, October 28, 2-4 p.m.
Where: Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill
• Trick-or-Treat along West Girard Avenue: On Halloween night, trick-or-treat on West Girard Avenue in Fairmount. Dress up in your Halloween finest for candy, activities and other treats from area businesses.
When: Wednesday, October 31, 4-6 p.m.
Where: 2500-2900 W. Girard Avenue
• Boo! Halloween at The Bellevue: The Bellevue invites children of all ages and their families to enjoy fun, festive and free Halloween activities including trick or treating at participating retailers and pumpkin decorating at Starbucks. Be sure to stop by the trick or treat bag craft station at The Bellevue Food Court. During the event, restaurants in The Bellevue Food Court will also be featuring affordable kid-friendly lunch specials.
When: Saturday, October 27, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: The Bellevue Philadelphia, 200 S. Broad Street
• Trick or Tweet: Halloween Nestival: For spooky fun for mummys and ghouls (get it? mommys and girls?), head to Nest’s Trick or Tweet on Sunday. There will be food from Shake Shack, spooky storytelling, live music, cookie decorating, a haunted photo booth and trick or treating.
When: Sunday, October 28, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Nest, 1301 Locust Street
Trick-or-treating is fun for dogs, too!
• BONeJOUR Pet Supply HOWL-o-Ween: Dress up your dog (and yourself, too!) for a trick-or-treat pet event around Old City. Owners and dogs are invited to begin at BONeJOUR Pet Supply to grab a trick-or-treat sheet of dog-friendly businesses in Old City. Businesses will give out treats for dog and candy for you! The event is $5, but the proceeds go to PAWS to make sure all pets are as happy as your dog will be with a bucket full of treats.
When: Saturday, October 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: BONeJOUR Pet Supply, 53 N. 3rd Street
There you have it, your guide to trick-or-treating in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia. If we missed any events, let us know in the comments below. Happy Halloween!