The Best Places to Celebrate Halloween in Philadelphia 2019

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The Complete Halloween 2019 Guide in Philadelphia

Halloween has become one of the biggest holidays in the world. People young and old have the opportunity to dress in costume. What began as a tradition celebrated by children, Halloween has grown to become one of the biggest nights out on the town.

Girls dress in risque costumes, while others create intricate homemade costumes setting out to win the numerous costume contests offering cash and prizes for various categories such as best costume, sexiest costume, and best group costume to name a few.

Halloween Events at Popular Bars and Nightclubs in Philadelphia

Rec & Royal Halloween Events

Rec & Royal Editor’s Choice

Address:
111 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Website: rrphilly.com
Phone: 215-883-8088
Email: contact@rrphilly.com
Neighborhood: Center City

Venue Description:
Philadelphia’s newest nightlife destination is hosting 3 Halloween events in Philadelphia. The space is a beautifully appointed multi-dimensional venue that offers several rooms for Halloween revelers to experience.

Inside Rec is focused on throwback music playing your favorite anthems from the 80s, 90s, and 2000s. Royal is the boutique nightclub experience that showcases a 36’ high definition video wall with the city’s most thumping D&B sound system.

Halloween Events at Rec & Royal

Friday, October 25th, 2019: Rec & Royal in Goldmember
Time: 9pm-2am
Details: Group Costume Contest, hosted open bar from 10-11 for members of their Royalist Program. Get more details here.

Saturday, October 26th, 2019: Rec & Royal in Goldmember
Time: 9pm-2am
Details: Sexiest Costume Contest. Winner will receive a new iPhone 11. Get more details here.

Thursday, October 31st, 2019: Kara-O-Ween
Time: 10pm – 2am
Details: Rec & Royal is hosting a karaoke themed Halloween event with costume contests, giveaways, and more. Get more details here.

NOTO Halloween Events

NOTO Editor’s Runner-up

Address:
1209 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Website: notoftheordinary.com/events
Phone: 215-732-1681
Email: info@downphiladelphia.com
Neighborhood: Chinatown
Venue Description:
Venue Description: NOTO is Philadelphia’s premier nightlife experience. A beautiful venue complimented by superior service and unmatched energy. Come experience something not of the ordinary!

Halloween Events at NOTO

Saturday, October 26th, 2019: A Nightmare on Vine Street: DJ Ghost
Time: 10pm-2am
Details: Creep it real this Halloween at NOTO’s epic Nightmare on Vine Street Halloween party. Filled with frighteningly fab amenities like a devilish DJ spinning scary hot music and much more, Nightmare on Vine Street is the Philadelphia Halloween event to die for. The Nightmare on Vine Street Halloween bash at NOTO is so terrifyingly trendy that Freddy Krueger himself wishes he has a ticket.

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019: Kirill was Here., Sexiest Spookiest Costume Contest
Time: 10pm-2am

Thursday, October 31st, 2019: 3lau Halloween Night
Time: 10pm-2am

Howl at the Moon

Address:
262 South 15th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Get Directions

Website: howlatthemoon.com/philadelphia
Phone: 215-546-4695
Email: phillyevents@howlatthemoon.com
Neighborhood: Center City

Venue Description:
Howl at the Moon is located on the 15th Street corridor of Philadelphia. Featuring live music and their signature buckets, Howl at the Moon is always a good time!

Halloween Events at Howl at the Moon:

Saturday, October 25th, 2019: Howl at the Moon is a participating venue in the Devil’s Crawl, Trick or Drink Bar Crawl, & Halloweekend Pub Crawl.

Down Nightclub

Address:
262 South 15th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Website: downphiladelphia.com
Phone: 215-732-1681
Email: info@downphiladelphia.com
Neighborhood: Center City

Venue Description:
Down Nightclub located next door to Howl at the Moon features a rotating list of local DJs, table service and some of the best service in town. Chris Red, an industry veteran, heads up the lively experience at Down Nightclub.

Halloween Events @ Down Nightclub:

Saturday, October 25th, 2019: Down Nightclub is a participating venue in the Devil Crawl.

Halloween Bar Crawls Philadelphia

Concourse

Address:
1635 Market Street
Back Entrance
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Get Directions

Website: concoursedancebar.com
Phone: 267-534-4128
Email: info@concoursedancebar.com
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse

Halloween Events at Concourse:

Saturday, October 26th, 2019
Time: 9pm-2am
Details: Your favorite dance bar is having a Halloweekend bash!
Join us at Concourse Dance Bar for a freaky fun circus-themed night with stilt walkers, jugglers, DJ Sat One, and three of Philly’s most fabulous Drag Queens: Pi, Brooklyn Ford, and Iris Spectre! Don’t miss a $500 cash prize for best costume AND drink specials all night long, three bars, a ball pit, and more! Pre-purchased tickets are $10 and include an open bar between 9-10pm.

Porta & Brickwall

Address:
1216 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Website: pizzaporta.com
Phone: 267-534-2135
Email: info.phl@pizzaporta.com
Neighborhood: Midtown Village
Venue Description:
Pizza Party anyone? Porta is a pizzeria turned pizza party at night with DJ, games, and craft beers.

Halloween Events at Porta & Brickwall

Saturday, October 26th, 2019
Entertainment: DJ ZA
Time: 11pm-2am

Thursday, October 31st, 2019
Entertainment: DJ Billy G
Time: 11pm-2am

Tradesmans, U-Bahn, Bru

Address:
1322 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Website: tradesmansphl.com
Phone: 267-457-3994
Email: info@trademansphl.com
Neighborhood: Midtown Village

Venue Description:
Teddy Sourias’ midtown entertainment complex featuring 3 bars of all differing themes. At this time there are no special Halloween Events listed on their website.

2019 Halloween Events in Philadelphia

Halloween Bar Crawls Philadelphia

Drink Philly’s Halloween Boat Party Editor’s Choice

Date: Friday, October 25th, 2019
Time: 6:30pm-9pm
Address:
Spirit of Philadelphia
401 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Tickets: $59
Website: Click Here
Neighborhood: Penns Landing

Details:
Get ready for a spooky night of epic proportions. We’re teaming up with the Spirit of Philadelphia Cruises to bring you another great Drink Philly Halloween boos cruise (get it?). On Friday, October 25, prepare to hoist anchor for a crazy three-hour tour.

We’ll sail down the Delaware River in style with an open bar featuring craft brews, wine, and signature cocktails, a dinner buffet, live music, and plenty of fun games and activities all included with your ticket.

We’ll also have some professional photographers on board, so you’ll want to slip into your spookiest costume for the evening. Boarding for this unique cruise is at 6:30 PM, and departure is at 7 PM.

Halloween Events at Warehouse on Watts

Philly Halloween Events

Making Time with Nina Kraviz

Date: Saturday, October 26th, 2019
Time: 9pm-3am
Address:
Warehouse on Watts
923 N. Watts Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Ticket Prices: $25-35
Website: makingtimeisrad.eventbrite.com

Phone: 888-WOW-PHLY
Email: info@wowphilly.com
Neighborhood: West Popular

Details:
From the Mind of Dave P. Nina Kraviz is making her Philadelphia debut for Philadelphia’s longest-running event, Making Time. Free Tecate and Heineken from 9pm-10pm

Hallowink 5 with Josh Wink

Date: Thursday, October 31st, 2019
Time: 10pm-3am
Address:
Warehouse on Watts
923 N. Watts Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Ticket Prices: $15-25
Website: makingtimeisrad.eventbrite.com

Phone: 888-WOW-PHLY
Email: info@wowphilly.com
Neighborhood: West Popular

Details:
Philly Native Josh Wink playing deep electronic sounds on Warehouse on Watts booming Funktion One sound system by One Source Productions. Definitely a ghoulishly good time!

Swanky Halloween Events

Looking for something a little more refined for Halloween? Have you outgrown wearing the skimpiest outfits and heading to your weekly watering hole?

Luckily in this great city, you will find a plethora of options besides the normal Halloween Haunts. There are several options where you can trade your garter for your cocktail dress. Some of these events have a charity component so you can party with a purpose!

Monster Ball Halloween Events

The 9th Annual Monsters Ball in Philadelphia Editor’s Choice

Address:
Exchange at the Ritz Carlton
10 Avenue of the Arts 
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Date: Friday, October 11th, 2019
Time: 8pm-11pm
Website: academyofmusic.org

Details:
Hosted by the Academy of Music Young Friends, the Ninth Annual Monsters Masquerade Ball at the Exchange at Ritz Carlton Hotel is truly an event not to be missed. Dress code is formal so grab your favorite cocktail attire and mask to kick off a weekend of Halloween festivities. Proceeds benefit the preservation and restoration of a National Historic Landmark, the Academy of Music located on the Avenue of the Arts.
Be altruistic does come with a hefty price tag.

Tickets start at $125 per person and for the last-minute decision maker $140 per person at the door. If you want to join the Academy of Music Young Friends, members receive a pair of tickets included with their annual membership. The event includes an open bar and food.

The 15th Annual Gravedigger’s Ball Benefiting the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia

Address:
Mutter Museum (of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia)
19 South 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Date: Friday, October 18th, 2019
Time: 7pm-Midnight
Website: gravediggersball.org

Details:
Hosted by the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery, the Gravedigger’s Ball is an annual fundraising gala held at the Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. This black tie event is your chance to show off your finest dress or tuxedo paired with a masquerade theme.

The Gravedigger’s Ball features an open bar, various food stations, live entertainment, silent auctions, costume contests and more. General Admission tickets are $250 per person and $175 for young friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery (ages 21-40).

Scary Halloween Attractions in Philadelphia 2019

Scary Halloween Events Philadelphia

Terror Behind the Walls Editor’s Choice

Address:
Eastern State Penitentiary
North 22nd and Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Get Directions

Website: easternstate.org
Phone: 215-236-3300
Email: info@easternstate.org
Neighborhood: Fairmount/Art Museum

Scary Halloween Events Philly

The Bates Motel

Address:
Arasapha Farm
1835 North Middletown Road
Glen Mills, PA 19342
Get Directions

Website: thebatesmotel.com
Phone: 610-459-0647
Email: N/A
Neighborhood: Delaware County, PA

Pennhurst Asylum Halloween Events

Pennhurst Asylum

Address:
262 South 15th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Website: pennhurstasylum.com
Phone: 855-428-6800
Email: N/A
Neighborhood: Spring City, PA

Fright Factory Halloween Events

Fright Factory

Address:
2200 South Swanson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Get Directions

Website: frightfactory.tv
Phone: 215-334-4678
Email: frightfactorypa@gmail.com
Neighborhood: South Philadelphia

Hayride Halloween Events

Valley of Fear

Address:
262 South 15th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Get Directions

Website: valleyoffear.com
Phone: 215-942-9787
Email: info@valleyoffear.com
Neighborhood: Feasterville, PA

Soul Crawl: Haunted Halloween History Tours at Laurel Hill Cemetery

Address:
3822 Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19132
Get Directions

Website: thelaurelhillcemetery.org
Phone: 215-228-8200
Email: info@thelaurelhillcemetery.org
Neighborhood: Fairmount Park

Halloween Bar Crawls In Philadelphia

Bar Crawls are abundant, this Halloween Season each touting better deals and specials than the next. Just be careful when you choose your bar crawl. You probably think that being stuck at one venue all night seems like a bad idea but sometimes the savings on cover and drink specials don’t really add up to the cost of the ticket.

Most of the venues are open to the public regardless of being included in the bar crawl so make sure the savings are greater than the actual price of the ticket price. Many bars give preference to their paying customers over the bar crawl patrons as most participating bars do not have a representative onsite at each location. Only at registrations points during the registration times will you come in contact with the organizers’ staff.

Most of the time they are subcontractors hired just for the event so they are not invested in the product. You are at the mercy of the bars to honor the drink special and free entry. The organizer is very important in your decision. You need to make sure you choose a reputable company. You really have no platform to voice your issues with the bar crawl.

They happen once a year and there are no ways to leave a negative review because there is no physical location of the bar crawl. Many bars participate in multiple bars crawls to ensure traffic to their venue but they are usually spots that aren’t traditionally popular. Why would a popular venue give away drink specials and cover charges if they are already busy? Do your research and choose your bar crawl wisely.

Squad Ghouls Halloween Bar Crawl

Organizer: One Up Events
Date: October 19th, 2019
Tickets: $9.95-$19.95
# of locations: 6+
Time: 6pm-10pm
Website: Click Here
Neighborhood: Old City

Details:
What do I dress up as for Halloween? Well this is the time to grab your squad and dress up as a group! Bringing a group is heavily encouraged (and deeply discounted.)

We’re giving away great prizes for Best Dressed Groups! Don’t have a squad? Don’t worry, they’ll still be a thousand+ in attendance to mix, mingle and dance the night away with!

Monster March

Organizer: One Up Events
Date: October 26th, 2019
Tickets: $9.95-$19.95
# of locations: 30+
Time: 6pm-2am
Website: Click Here
Neighborhood: Old City

Details:
Philadelphia is UNDER ATTACK! The atom splitter at the power plant went haywire and started zapping the workers. The government tried to contain the workers but they started turning into hideous beasts. The dangerous Bio-monsters are now making their way to Philadelphia!

We’re predicting that they’ll reach Philly by October 26th at 6pm! Join us in fighting the dreaded beasts for a 3rd year with our ultra-fun Halloween Bar Crawl. Don’t get confused with other crawls as we BRING THE PARTY for our crawls!

Halloweekend Pub Crawl

Organizer: Pubcrawls.com
Date: October 26th, 2019
Tickets: $13
# of locations: 5+
Time: Registration from 8pm-8pm
Website: Click Here
Neighborhood: Center City

Details:
Join one of Philly’s largest Halloween social events, presented by PubCrawls.com, for the paramount hair-raising bar crawl Philadelphia has been waiting for! Move from venue to venue throughout the night to enjoy drinks specials from Philly’s spookiest bars, most sinister night clubs, and most haunting lounges.

With no cover charge at every participating venue all night long with the pub crawl wristband, feel free to creep along well into the witching hours with the deadliest of intentions to enjoy your wicked brews and monstrous mixed drinks! This Philadelphia bar crawl is the ultimate kick-off to Halloween! As the creatures of the night begin to gather in Philly, there’s no better place to be than the HalloWeekend Pub Crawl.

Participating 2018 venues included Howl at the Moon, Field House, Finn McCools, Old City Beer Garden, Infusion Lounge, and more!

Barcrawls.com Presents: The Philadelphia Halloween Kickoff Party

Organizer: Barcrawls.com
Date: Friday, October 25, 2019
Tickets: $8.75-$10
# of locations: TBA
Time: Registration from 5pm-10pm
Website: barcrawls.com
Neighborhood: TBA

Details:
Pick a potion that won’t break the bank in Philly this Halloween, with a pregame spooky rager. On Friday, October 25th, kick-off Halloween weekend with a happy hour party from 5pm. Go out on the lash and enjoy free admission and drink specials at one of Philly’s best bars. Participating Bar – TBD

Barcrawls.com Presents: Night of the Crawling Dead

Organizer: Barcrawls.com
Date: Thursday, October 31, 2019
Tickets: $12.50-$20
# of locations: TBA
Time: Registration from 5pm-2am
Website: barcrawls.com
Neighborhood: TBA

Details:
Join BarCrawls.com this Halloween for a bar crawling bash in Philadelphia that will have you howling with fun. No matter what your costume is this year, BarCrawls.com’s Night of the Crawling Dead will turn you into a party-hopping monster as you indulge in cover-free admissions and drink specials at all participating bars.

It’s going to be a thrilling fun adventure in Philadelphia this Halloween. Receive your wristband, map, and other items at the designated registration location.

Drink specials, times and prices vary per venue. Ticket holders may visit participating venues in any order. Registration sites, bars, and drink specials are subject to change.

All sales are final. Tickets are non-refundable regardless of attendance. This is a rain or shine event. Participating Bars – TBD

Official Halloween Bar Crawl In Philadelphia

Organizer: Elite Bar Crawl
Date: October 19, 2019, October 26th, 2019
Tickets: $17.25-$39.99
# of locations: 6
Time: Registration from 3pm-11pm
Website: Click Here
Neighborhood: TBA

Details:
Nationwide bar crawl that incorporates an LED bracelet that blinks when it’s time to head to the next venue and get the next drink special. Hosted on 2 weekends and is a late afternoon, early evening event.

Trick or Drink

Organizer: Barcrawlerz
Date: October 26, 2019, October 31st, 2019
Tickets: $15-$45
# of locations: 5
Time: Registration from 4pm-10pm on October 26th, 6pm-11pm on October 31st
Website: Click Here
Neighborhood: Center City

Details:
Trick or Drink wristband gets you into any of the participating bars with no cover, plus gets you to drink specials all night. Sample Drink Special:

$3-$4 Beers
$4-$5 Well Mixed Drinks
$5-$6 Shots

The Devil’s Crawl- Halloween Bar Crawl in Philadelphia

Organizer: Upcoming Events & Philly2Night
Date: Saturday, October 26th, 2019
Tickets:
Individual: $4.95-$24.95
Group Tickets (6 or more): $4.95-$19.95
# of Venues: 50+
Time: 8pm-2am (Drink Specials valid only until 11pm)
Website: devilscrawl.com
Neighborhood: Various locations throughout Philadelphia

Details:
Philadelphia’s largest list of participating bars. However, your ticket does not guarantee your entry. It does promise no cover if you find a place that has the capacity for your group.

Keep in mind the drink specials are only valid until 11pm so get an early start if this is your pick to maximize your savings.

Witch Craft Beer Crawl in Philadelphia

Organizer: Upcoming Events & Philly2Night
Tickets: Individual: $6.66
# of venues: 17
Time: 5:30pm-9:30pm
Website: visiteastpassyunk.com
Neighborhood: East Passyunk

Details:
Early evening bar crawl focusing on craft beers throughout various Locations in East Passyunk.

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Missing your favorite Halloween haunt? Email us at info@hhgsocial.com and we will update the article.

Ever Wonder Why We Celebrate Halloween

Ever wonder about the origins of Halloween? Halloween is observed in many countries around the world on October 31st the eve of the Western Christian Feast of All Hallows’ Day, the time dedicated for remembering the dead, specifically saints (hallows), the faithfully departed, and martyrs

In Christian religious observances of Halloween include lighting candles on the graves of the dead and attending church services. However, the commercialization of Halloween includes activities such as trick-or-treating, visiting haunted attractions, carving pumpkins, and copious amounts of drinking alcohol at costume parties.

Over time symbols have become deeply ingrained in Halloween subculture. The Jack-o-lantern is an iconic symbol associated with Halloween in the United States since the 19th century.

According to folklore, Jack was a soul that was caught between heaven and hell. According to the legend, after a long night of drinking Jack encounters the devil on the walk home and tricks him to climb in a tree. Jack draws a cross on the bark trapping the devil in the tree. The devil throws coal from hell at Jack and he places then coal in a hollowed-out turnip to keep him warm on the walk home. Jack makes a deal with the devil to release him if agrees to not claim his soul at the gates of hell when he dies. After a life of sin Jack’s soul was refused at the gates of heaven and hell. Jack uses the Jack-o-lantern made from the hollowed turnip and the coal from hell to search for a place to rest his soul.

Now that we know why we celebrate Halloween it’s on to the good stuff. Here are our picks for Halloween in Philadelphia.

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