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October 31, 2013

Tonight Picks, Halloween Night Edition: Terror Behind The Walls, Halloween Nerd Nite At Frankford Hall, Trick-Or-Treating In Neighborhoods Across The City, Stratus Rooftop Lounge’s Prom Party, Halloween Dance Party And Movie Screening At The Trestle Inn And More

Boo! Happy Halloween, Philadelphia! The spooky spirit runs on high with tons of costume parties, eerie tours, trick-or-treating events and general revelry all night long. (Photo by B. Krist for GPTMC)

Calling all vampires, goblins, ghosts and ghouls, Halloween 2013 is upon us, and the city couldn’t be more abuzz with parties, creepy tours and family-friendly tricks-and-treats.

So we hope you have your costume ready (!).

First of all, for October 31, it’s pretty warm out which bodes very well for everything. With the thermometer flirting with 70 degrees this afternoon, it’s going to make for pretty warm conditions for trick-or-treating/trick-or-treaters later tonight — both for the little ones walking around and for those who get to hang out and pass out candy. Spruce Hill, Mt. Airy and West Girard Avenue are all hosting official trick-or-treating activities, so consider checking one of those out too.

Keep in mind, there is a chance of rain tonight, check the weather report before heading out. If it’s great “stooping” weather get out there and enjoy your neighborhood. Fingers crossed that the rain holds off, and even if it doesn’t, don your creepiest umbrella.

Beyond the standard trick-or-tricking festivities, many of the city’s most popular bars and restaurants are slated to host spirit-fueled costume parties into the wee hours of the evening.

Brainiacs, Frankford Hall is your haven as it teams up with Nerd Nite Philadelphia for a special Halloween edition of the recurring knowledge-centric event. Plus, happy hour runs ’til 11:59 p.m.

Cue the Michael Jackson tracks, Stratus Rooftop Lounge hosts an ’80s and ’90s-themed prom party — think prom spiked punch, music hits of the decades and some of the most outrageously ’80s prom dresses out there.

For those up for a good ol’ fashioned scare, Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary is your answer with its Hollywood-quality sets, digital sound effects, custom-designed props and ghouls popping out throughout an attraction that is actually rumored to be haunted. Boo!

And be sure to check out our complete Halloween coverage — our guide to Halloween night parties, trick-or-treating and haunted Philadelphia.

Have a fang-tastic Halloween, folks. Our top picks for festive happenings, below.

Nerd Nite No. 31 at Frankford Hall: Tonight, Frankford Hall’s recurring Nerd Nite puts on its Halloween costume for a special All Hallow’s Eve edition of the event. Admission is free and happy hour runs until 11:59 p.m., talk about a deal. Listen to a scientist discuss “Tales from the Crypt” — hear about vampires, death and why we’re safe from a zombie apocalypse (phew). Arrive in your best costume for the chance to win one of numerous costume prizes like best couple, best nerd and more. The festivities are slated to begin at 8 p.m.

When: Thursday, October 31, 8 p.m.
Where: Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue
Cost: Pay as you go

Trick-or-treating: West Girard Avenue, Mt. Airy, Spruce Hill and neighborhoods all over Philadelphia, invite the young and the not-so-young alike out for an evening of trick-or-treating and neighborhood merriment. Head to Mt. Airy at 5 p.m. for tons of free candy from more than 10 participating businesses, shopping, strolling and even a restaurant discount for costumed guests. Visit Spruce Hill for a kid-centric Halloween parade leaving from 45th Street and Baltimore Avenue at 4:30 p.m. or make your way to West Girard Avenue from 4 to 6 p.m. for candy, family-friendly activities and open doors at the avenue’s bustling businesses. In addition to specific events in Spruce Hill, Mt. Airy and West Girard Avenue, citywide trick-or-treating and passing out candy abounds as well.

When: Thursday, October 31
Where: Various locations
Cost: Free

Dementia Halloween Dance Party at The Trestle Inn: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola’s cult horror movie, Dementia 13 with a free movie screening followed by a Halloween dance party complete with drink specials and killer tunes at The Trestle Inn. Come for the film, the drinks or both! The movie is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. and the party is to immediately follow at 9 p.m.

When: Thursday, October 31, Movie, 7:30 p.m.; Party, 9 p.m.
Where: The Trestle Inn, 339 N. 11th Street
Cost: Movie, free; Drinks, pay as you go

Stratus Rooftop Lounge’s Halloween Prom Party: This evening, party like it’s 1987 at Stratus Rooftop Lounge for its rockin’ Halloween prom party. Tease your hair to new heights and don your most impressive ’80s or ’90s prom attire as the best dressed guy and gal will be awarded Prom King and Queen and will be honored with a gold status award at Stratus, that means VIP treatment through the end of the year. Sip spiked prom punch, bust a move to the best tunes of the ’80s and ’90s and celebrate Halloween in vintage style.

When: Thursday, October 31, 6 p.m.-midnight
Where: Stratus Rooftop Lounge, 433 Chestnut Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Terror Behind the Walls: The epitome of eerie Halloween festivities takes place at Eastern State Penitentiary’s annual Terror Behind the Walls haunted house. Stroll the halls of the former prison while being seriously creeped out by animatronics, digital sound effects and ghouls popping out from corners throughout the Penitentiary. Be warned, the haunted house is scarier than ever before with a new interactive experience for the guests who dare.

When: Thursday, October 31
Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue
Cost: Varies

More Halloween happenings, below.

Geekoween at Tattooed Mom: For the fifth year in a row, the good people of local brain trusts Indy Hall and Geekadelphia team up to throw a Halloween bash at Tattooed Mom. Come dressed as your favorite movie character (preferably from a geeky movie) and drink and eat the night away. The best dressed attendees will be awarded prizes, so dress to impress. Also enjoy drink specials and 50 cent pierogies all night, too.

When: Thursday, October 31, 8 p.m.
Where: Tattooed Mom, 530 South Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Henri David Halloween Ball: Back for its 45th year (!), the Henri David Halloween Ball continues to bring an array of costumed guests out for All Hallows’ Eve. Head to the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel for a Halloween fete thrown by some of the most seasoned folks in the biz. Tickets are $25 for costumed guests and $60 for those not in costume… our tip? Dress up. Plus, prizes will be awarded to the best dressed attendees.

When: Thursday, October 31, 9 p.m.
Where: Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, 201 N. 17th Street
Cost: $25 for costumed guests, $60 for non-costumed guests

Ghost Tours of Philadelphia: Embark on a candlelit Ghost Tour of some of Philadelphia’s most eerie areas this evening on a walking tour led by a costumed guide. Hear stories about creepy graveyards, haunted houses and spooky alleyways on the 75 to 90-minute tour. Tours leave from Signers Garden at 5th and Chestnut streets and end at 2nd and Walnut Streets. Tickets are available online.

When: Thursday, October 31, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Tours depart from Signers Garden, 5th and Chestnut Streets
Cost: $17 for adults, $10 for children ages 4-12

Dia de Los Muertos at El Rey: Indulge in a special Day of the Dead dinner at El Rey tonight as Executive Chef Dionicio Jimenez calls upon elements from his childhood in Mexico for menu inspiration. Nosh on creepy menu additions like brain, tongue, grasshopper and heart prepared in a variety of ways. Also choose from more tame menu additions and dessert, because what’s Halloween with some sweets? The Day of the Dead menu will be available until Sunday, November 3.

When: Thursday, October 31
Where: El Rey, 2013 Chestnut Street
Cost: Pay as you go

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