By Betsy Natter
It’s time to gear up for Halloween fun. Treat your family to this mixed treat-bag of activities throughout the county. Whether hiking, crafting, listening to a ghost tale or good old-fashioned trick-or-treating there is something for everyone.
Morris Arboretum – Scarecrow Walk
100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118
Take a stroll along Oak Allée at the Morris Arboretum any day through Sunday, Oct. 23 to enjoy the more than 30 scarecrows lining the path. The display is part of the 9th annual design contest with this year’s theme of a “Sense of Adventure”. Come vote for your favorite. The Scarecrow Walk is free along with your paid admission to the arboretum which is open daily from 10am to 4 pm. Visit http://www.business-services.upenn.edu/arboretum/events_scarecrow.shtml to learn more.
Elmwood Park Zoo – Boo at the Zoo
1661 Harding Blvd, Norristown, PA 19401
Join Einstein Medical Center Montgomery for weekend animal fun during Boo at the Zoo. The special event features costume contests and parades, live entertainment from local bands, trick-or-treat stations throughout the zoo and live animal demonstrations beginning at 1:45pm. Boo at the Zoo runs weekends only, Oct. 22 and 23 and Oct. 29 and 30 from 12 pm until 3 pm. All activities are free with regular admission. The zoo itself is open from 10 am to 5 pm. For more information visit the zoo website at http://www.elmwoodparkzoo.org/event/294.
Norristown Farm Park
2500 Upper Farm Rd., Norristown, PA 19403
* Halloween Craft time –
Black cats, spiders, bats and owls are all creatures usually associated with Halloween and sometimes they might be scary. Learn all about these special night time animals on Wed., Oct. 26 at 1 pm while listening to a seasonal story and making a spooky craft to take home. This event is geared for age 3 and up with an accompanying adult and there is a $5 fee. Pre-registration is required. Call the office to sign up.
* Twilight Spooky Hike
When the sun goes down and shadows fall, a walk in the woods can get creepy. Learn to rely on all your senses and listen to the sounds of the night on this early evening stroll through the Farm Park on Sun., Oct. 30 at 6:30 pm. Your guide will tell some spooky tales along the way and share information on the park’s creatures of the night. This event is only for adults and registration is limited to 25 people. Call the park to reserve your spot.
Pennypacker Mills – The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
5 Haldeman Rd., Schwenksville, PA 19473
It wouldn’t be Halloween without a good ghost tale. Join actor Neill Hartley on Sun, Oct. 29 from 3 – 4:30 pm as he brings Washington Irving’s famous story of Ichabod Crane to life on the lawn of Pennypacker Mills. Sing a few songs with Ichabod, watch as he dances with his true love and then hear of his fateful encounter with the Headless Horseman. Following the presentation, Mr. Hartley will answer questions. Bring blankets or lawn chairs as the event is held outdoors. The event is free to everyone, but a $2 donation is suggested.
Narberth, PA – The Witches of Narberth
The corner of Forrest and Haverford Avenues
Narberth, PA 19072
Get ready to meet 13 of the scariest witches ever on Sat. Oct. 29 beginning at 1 pm in the town of Narberth during “The Witches of Narberth,” an annual community scavenger hunt. The event begins at the corner of Forrest and Haverford Aves. and continues throughout the town. Find a witch and collect a Halloween treat. Find all 13, return to the start and receive a special prize. The event is free to everyone and treat bags will be provided by Nemours duPont Pediatrics, an event sponsor. The hunt runs until 4 pm or when prizes run out.