20+ Awesome Halloween Parties To Check Out In Philly

Spooky celebrations are in store at some of Philly’s favorite museums, restaurants, bars and more...

Halloween is just around the corner, and in Philly, that means costume parties, imaginative events and even trick-or-treating on roller skates!

From science-infused Halloween fun at The Franklin Institute to retro revelry at North Bowl, there are tons of delightfully frightening ways to enjoy the holiday spirit (and spirits) in Philadelphia.

Read on for our top picks for Halloween celebrations in Philly.

Halloween Bar Crawls

East Passyunk Witch Craft Beer CrawlPhoto courtesy East Passyunk Avenue

Three bar crawls are going down in Philly this Halloween season for folks looking to substitute craft brews for witches' brew. First up is East Passyunk's Witch Craft Beer Crawl (Wednesday, October 25), where tickets score attendees a witch's hat to don as you drink at 17 spots along the Avenue. Then, on Saturday, October 28, two options invite all to explore Philly's bar scene in costume: The Devil's Crawl, which includes dozens of participating bar locations, and Philadelphia Night of the Crawling Dead, a bar crawl that also offers a second round on Halloween, Tuesday, October 31. Click each link for more details and ticketing information.

Halloween Bar Crawls

When:Witch CRAFT Beer Crawl: Wednesday, October 25; The Devil's Crawl: Saturday, October 28; Philadelphia Night of the Crawling Dead Bar Crawl: Saturday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 31
Where:Select locations citywide, including East Passyunk Avenue
Cost:Prices vary per bar crawl

Boo! IV Wretched Excess at bahdeebahdu

People at bahdeebahdu Halloween PartyPhoto by Bob Smith for AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania

The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania’s annual Halloween party features two nights of revelry at gallery and event space bahdeebahdu. On Thursday, October 26, guests can enjoy a gourmet three-course dinner as well as performances by Patsy Ratchett, Jeannie Brooks and Heath Allen. The party continues the following evening with a wild night of drinking and dancing as well as a contemporary dance performance from Brian Sanders’ JUNK.

Boo! IV Wretched Excess at bahdeebahdu

When:Thursday, October 26, 6 p.m.; Friday, October 27, 9 p.m.
Where:bahdeebahdu, 1522 N. American Street
Cost:$250, both Thursday and Friday events; $50, Friday only

www.aidslawpa.org

Prospero’s Ball at FringeArts

Attend a Venetian masquerade-themed evening at FringeArts’ La Peg restaurant. The night will be full of thrilling entertainment, music, spirits, food and unexpected theatrical performances.

Prospero’s Ball at FringeArts

When:Thursday, October 26, 7 p.m.
Where:La Peg, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$90

www.shadow-flame.com

MISCHIEF at the Mütter at the Mütter Museum

A visit to the Mütter Museum is spine-tingling any day of the year, but for Halloween, the medical oddities museum becomes especially spooky during MISCHIEF at the Mutter. Come in costume, enjoy an open bar and peer at the institution's eerie collections. Plus, this year, VIP tickets include a 13-course dinner on site.

MISCHIEF at the Mütter at the Mütter Museum

When:Friday, October 27, 6:30 p.m.
Where:Mütter Museum, 19 S. 22nd Street
Cost:$50 and up

www.muttermuseum.org

AfroFuturist Affair Costume Ball at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Exterior of Philadelphia Museum of ArtPhoto by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

The AfroFuturist Affair Costume Ball — the seventh annual celebration of AfroFuturist and Black speculative music, design, art and creativity — is set to go down at the Philadelphia Museum of Art as part of the museum's Final Fridays programming. Come dressed in a sci-fi or AfroFuturist-themed costume and get ready for an evening of tarot card readings, musical performances, body painting, mask making and more.

AfroFuturist Affair Costume Ball at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

When:Friday, October 27, 5 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Cost:Free with museum admission

www.philamuseum.org

Monsters Ball Masquerade

The Young Friends of the Academy of Music presents its seventh annual Monsters Ball Masquerade. Guests are invited to wear their finest cocktail attire and masquerade masks, and all proceeds benefit the preservation and restoration of the historic Academy of Music.

Monsters Ball Masquerade

When:Friday, October 27, 8 p.m.
Where:XIX Nineteen, 200 S. Broad Street
Cost:$125 in advance; $140 at the door

www.philorch.org

2017 Haunted Carnival Halloween Party at The Twisted Tail

The Twisted Tail's annual holiday shindig returns, bringing live music, a fortune teller and photo booth to the restaurant and bar. The 2017 Haunted Carnival Halloween Party will also feature a costume contest, where prizes will be awarded for the most creative and scariest costumes. The party starts at 9 p.m. but things really get going at 11 p.m., when different drink specials will be served up every 15 minutes.

2017 Haunted Carnival Halloween Party at The Twisted Tail

When:Friday, October 27, 9 p.m.
Where:The Twisted Tail, 509 South 2nd Street
Cost:Free admission; pay-as-you-go food and drinks

www.thetwistedtail.com

Making Time PURE HALLOWEEN

Looking for a late-night party with a Halloween twist? Snag a ticket to the Making Time PURE HALLOWEEN Warehouse Project, which includes entertainment from Zillas on Acid, Greg D. and more.

Making Time PURE HALLOWEEN

When:Friday, October 27, 10 p.m.
Where:Warehouse on Watts, 923 N. Watts Street
Cost:$15

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The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Halloween Organ Extravaganza

Organ playing during Halloween concert at the Philadelphia OrchestraPhoto courtesy Philadelphia Orchestra

Listen to the eerie tones of the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ at the Kimmel Center during a special Halloween performance. After the concert, audience members are invited to lie down on the Verizon Hall stage and feel the awesome power of this spectacular instrument.

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Halloween Organ Extravaganza

When:Friday, October 27, 9:30 p.m.
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$30

www.kimmelcenter.org

Attack of Gogozilla Halloween Dance Party at The Trestle Inn

The Trestle Inn's Attack of Gogozilla Halloween Dance Party kicks off with a screening of King Kong vs. Godzilla, followed by vinyl-spun disco tunes playing all night. Tickets get attendees a complimentary cocktail, entry into a costume contest and opportunities to watch go-go dancing by the Trestle Specials. Those who buy tickets in advance can get $5 off.

Attack of Gogozilla Halloween Dance Party at The Trestle Inn

When:Saturday, October 28, 7:30 p.m.
Where:The Trestle Inn, 339 North 11th Street
Cost:$10 in advance; $15 at the door (cash only)

www.thetrestleinn.com

TJ Kong Halloween Murder Show VIII at Underground Arts

Back for its eighth year, the 2017 version of TJ Kong Halloween Murdershow is extra special — the show also serves as a record release party for the group's latest album. Five other bands are also on the night's bill. Come wearing both a costume and your dancing shoes.

TJ Kong Halloween Murder Show VIII at Underground Arts

When:Saturday, October 28, 8 p.m.
Where:Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street
Cost:$12 for general admission

undergroundarts.org

The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Hard Rock Cafe

Get ready for a multimedia, lip-synching, dancing, interactive take on The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The classic camp film will set the rock-and-roll tone for a night hosted by Philadelphia’s most fabulous and fiercest drag queens at the Hard Rock Cafe.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Hard Rock Cafe

When:Saturday, October 28, doors open at 8:30 p.m., show starts at 10 p.m.
Where:Hard Rock Cafe, 1113-31 Market Street
Cost:$15-20

www.hrcphillymusic.com

Halloqweens at FringeArts

People outside FringeArts in PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy FringeArts

The entire FringeArts building transforms into one big party for its Halloqweens event. Look forward to DJ-spun beats and live music, drag, burlesque and a photo booth at what's being billed as "Philly’s biggest annual queer & LGBT Halloween jawn."

Halloqweens at FringeArts

When:Saturday, October 28, 10 p.m.
Where:FringeArts, 140 North Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$12, online; $15, at the door

www.fringearts.com

Rooster Soup Co. Late Night Breakfast & "Skaraoke" Halloween Party

On the last Saturday of every month, Rooster Soup Co. hosts a ridiculously fun Late Night Breakfast and karaoke party to raise additional funds for the Broad Street Ministry Hospitality Collective. This month delivers a special Halloween edition of the bash featuring custom treats from Big Gay Ice Cream, "Skaraoke" with karaoke hostess Sara Sherr, $5 brews from 2SP Brewing and Rooster Soup eats like a breakfast burger and poutine. Costumes welcome!

Rooster Soup Co. Late Night Breakfast & "Skaraoke" Halloween Party

When:Saturday, October 28, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.
Where:Rooster Soup Co., 1526 Sansom Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.roostersoupcompany.com

Jacky Bam Bam's Monster Mash Ball on the Spirit of Philadelphia

Join WMMR’s Jacky Bam Bam for a special Halloween party on a cruise along the Delaware River. The fun includes a costume contest, a buffet of finger foods, a cash bar, a DJ, dancing and more.

Jacky Bam Bam's Monster Mash Ball on the Spirit of Philadelphia

When:Saturday, October 28, 11:30 p.m.
Where:Spirit of Philadelphia Docks, 401 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$39.90 and up

www.spiritcruises.com

The Empire Skates Back at The Fillmore

Bring the whole family down to The Fillmore in Fishtown for a fun-filled afternoon of Halloween-themed roller skating and trick-or-treating.

The Empire Skates Back at The Fillmore

When:Monday, October 30, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Where:The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen Street
Cost:Free

www.thefillmorephilly.com

Night of the Living Cider at Kensington Quarters

Kensington Quarters is throwing a slightly unconventional, costume-free Halloween party where boozy ciders take centerstage over sugar-filled candies. A variety of ciders will be available on tap and by the bottle, as will eats cooked up by a handful of guest chefs who hail from across the city. The pay-as-you-go event unfolds from 6 p.m. to midnight.

Night of the Living Cider at Kensington Quarters

When:Tuesday, October 31, 6 p.m.
Where:Kensington Quarters, 1310 Frankford Avenue
Cost:Free admission; pay-as-you-go for food and drink

www.facebook.com

A Totally 90’s Halloween at North Bowl

Bring your own beach chair and claim your space at North Bowl’s marathon of everyone’s favorite 90’s Halloween TV specials. Think Saved by the Bell, Family Matters, Boy Meets World and more. The action takes place in The Lot, North Bowl’s outdoor beer garden on 2nd Street.

A Totally 90’s Halloween at North Bowl

When:Tuesday, October 31, 6:30 p.m.
Where:North Bowl, 909 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Free

www.northbowlphilly.com

Science After Hours at The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute’s popular Science After Hours series gets into the spirit on Halloween night with spine-tingling, hair-raising experiments exclusively for the 21-plus set. Come in costume and discover the science behind some of the season’s favorite haunts and horrors.

Science After Hours at The Franklin Institute

When:Tuesday, October 31, 7 p.m.
Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost:$20

www.fi.edu

Henri David Presents: Halloween the Ball

Henri David Presents: Halloween the Ball is back for its 49th year(!). Head to the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel for an evening unlike any other, brought to you by the team behind Washington West jewelry store Halloween. The highly competitive costume contest includes categories like “Most Hysterical” and “Most Horrifying.”

Henri David Presents: Halloween the Ball

When:Tuesday, October 31, 9 p.m.
Where:Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, 201 N. 17th Street
Cost:$25 for guests in costume, $60 for voyeurs

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Philly Craft Spirits Week Halloween Party at Franky Bradley’s

For hauntingly delicious cocktails, head to the second annual Philly Craft Spirits Week Halloween Party at Franky Bradley's. Alongside drinks crafted from local spirits, live music and a costume contest will combine to create a festive bash on Halloween night.

Philly Craft Spirits Week Halloween Party at Franky Bradley’s

When:Tuesday, October 31, 9 p.m.
Where:Franky Bradley's, 1320 Chancellor Street
Cost:Free admission; pay-as-you-go for drinks

www.phillycraftspiritsweek.com

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