Halloween in Philadelphia

Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, which means all sorts of jaded folk will likely whine about how it's going to be "amateur night" in the city. Don't let those misers keep you from having a good time: stock up on extravagant costumes, scare your little cousins straight at a haunted house, then party like a dead rock star (there's no shortage of those to dress as this year) at a Halloween bash. Have so much fun that next Halloween, you'll convince those naysayers to sincerely rise up out of their homes dressed as goofy cartoon characters rather than grumpily staying home and watching "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown".

Updated: October 02, 2009

Spooky Spaces


Eastern State

2124 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130

The wicked stepmother of all haunted houses crawls out of its summer slumber with a new attraction entitled the Infirmary. Watch out for blood thirsty nurses as you creep through a prison's abandoned medical wing, where empty operating rooms, morgues, sterilization rooms and recovery rooms may not be as empty as they appear. The Infirmary brings the number of enclosed attractions to five, all included in one admission price.


Fright Factory

2200 South Swanson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148

A 105-year-old South Philly warehouse converts to a spook factory every weekend in October with the help of dramatically made up actors and props. Four different themed sections promise to freak out thrill mongers with twisted plotlines and ghoulish scenarios. For instance, Mine Massacre goes deep ?underground? into an abandoned mine that isn't quite so abandoned (Anyone see the movie ?The Hills Have Eyes?? UGH!!); The Asylum explores what happens long after an insane asylum loses control to its psychotic, mutineering patients; and R-rated Bloodlust sinks its teeth into a lustful vampire's lair.


Fright Night


Club 27

27 Bank St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Strap on your sexiest styles because Halloween is coming to this sultry club. From 8pm to 2am, DJs will spin a soundtrack to the liquor-infused happenings at this club where the less you wear, the better. Slip into an Eagles Cheerleader outfit to hang out at the first-floor sports bar and martini lounge; Get up like the Pussycat Dolls to slink around the second floor dance space; and channel your inner Megan Fox to crash the upstairs VIP lounge where bottle-service is de rigeur.


Trocadero Theatre

1003 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

The appropriately-for-Halloween titled Dead Milkmen will rock out with their jugs out during an extravaganza that also spotlights bands The Tough S**ts and Live Not On Evil, which describes itself as ?Haunting and melodic, like a train wreck wearing a bikini or a ghost chasing you down the street with a baseball bat.? Ghouls and gore will provide the overriding mood here, as Secret Cinema dresses up the place in decor so grody, you can't help but peek through your fingers, just like a car crash.


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