Whether your idea of fall fun is picking apples and decorating pumpkins, or descending into the terror and mayhem of a first-rate Halloween attraction, Delco has you covered!
The Bates Motel & Haunted Attractions at Arasapha Farm
For most of the year, Arasapha Farm is a picture-perfect example of a family-owned farm. But once the autumn chill sets in, that bucolic facade transforms into one of the scariest Halloween attractions in the nation with three spine-chilling experiences. Check into the Bates Motel if you dare – but be warned – the haunted guests within do not respect personal boundaries. Stroll through a moon-lit corn maze inhabited by dozens of creepy creatures to keep you company along the way. End your evening with perhaps the scariest of the trio, the Haunted Hayride, consistently rated as a top-tier Halloween destination.
Fall into fun at Delaware County’s favorite family-friendly farm! This 100+ year-old farm is an autumnal mecca for locals. You can buy freshly-picked produce or go out in the fields and pick it yourself; climb, swing and jump through the giant playground, or get up close and personal with the farm animals. And from mid-September through early November, it’s all about Pumpkinland: piles of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes are on display, and an entertainment calendar bursting with activities that includes live music, hayrides, train rides, pony rides and face painting – and more!
The Great Pumpkin Carve
Chadds Ford Historical Society hosts this three day Chadds Ford tradition where over 70 giant pumpkins are carved & lit by local artists on Thursday and lit and displayed on Friday & Saturday. Guests can enjoy a ‘kid friendly’ Haunted Trail, raffle prizes, live music, food, and local craft beer and wine.
Media Fright Fest
Discover a full program of original films that salutes and celebrates everything horrific, gothic, and Macabre! This unique, all-day event, hosted by Media Arts Council (MAC) and Media Film Festival, will feature Delco’s Arcade of Unearthly Delights – local artisans and their creepy and macabre products – concessions, music, and other surprises sure to make your skin crawl!
J. Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum’s “Spooktacular”
Join John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum for a spooky time! The event features archery lessons for those 8 and up, inflatable archery for all ages, crafts, snacks and beverages, and the opportunity to walk the Trail of Treats, a fun nature hike with candy stops along the way! Costumes are encouraged!
Lantern Ghost Tours at Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation
The Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation is always a beautiful place to visit in the fall, but for a few weekends in October, it’s BOO-ti-ful as well. Relive 300 years of Delco’s most mysterious, scary and TRUE tales of terror as the Plantation’s Lantern Ghost Tours take you on a candlelit tour of the farmhouse and grounds—including a stop at a colonial funeral—while you learn about the lives (and deaths) of past inhabitants of the estate. Sound creepy enough for you? Be sure to get tickets early and remember: this event is for ghosts ages 10 and up.
100 Skulls Exhibit
Housed within an 18th-century textile mill, Aston Mills Arts serves as a haven for creative souls. With 30 artist studios and a gallery space, it remains a hidden gem accessible to the public only during special events. Don’t miss the chance to be a part of a captivating journey into art and introspection with their upcoming exhibit, “100 Skulls” (on view October 6 – 29), that will lead you through a realm of artistic exploration where creativity intertwines with mortality.
57th Annual Delaware County Halloween Parade
Media, Everybody’s Hometown, will be haunted by ghosts and goblins of all shapes and sizes at the annual Delaware County Halloween Parade. Hundreds will gather to catch a glimpse of the procession of zombies, witches and skeletons as well as perennial parade participants such as the Penncrest High School Marching Band, the Strath Haven High School Panther Marching Band, and the County Corvette Association, as they make their way down State Street. Parade watchers are invited to come in costume and can expect plenty of spooky surprises and frighteningly good fun. 2023 date: Saturday, October 28th.
Pumpkin Painting at the Vineyard
Grab a pumpkin from the Penns Woods Winery pumpkin patch and paint a spook-tacular masterpiece to display for Halloween! Pumpkins are $10 each to pick & paint. This is a super popular, family-friendly event. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Virtual Gallery Talk with Victoria Wyeth: Halloween Edition (October 23 & 24)
In honor of Halloween’s significance to the Wyeth family, join Victoria Wyeth as she shares her uniquely personal perspectives on the art of her grandfather, artist Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) and her uncle, Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946). Don’t miss this entertaining and informative evening that will include spooky and seasonal works by both artists. This program will be held online using Zoom. Limited tickets are available and registration is required.
Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946), After Halloween, 1982, mixed media on paper. © Jamie Wyeth / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Trick or Treat and Something Sweet!
Like most of the major holidays, Halloween is all about the snacks – and to be specific, we’re talking candy. It doesn’t matter if your obsession is chocolates, candy-covered pretzels, nonpareils, caramels, rainbow pops, seasonal family favorites — we’ve got you covered thanks to Delco’s talented chocolatiers and candy makers!
Want to know more about everything Delco? We’re more than just your source for good eats — we’re your source for where to stay, what to do and more in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. We’re Visit Delco, PA, and we’ve got you covered from Philly to the Brandywine. Find us at 1501 N. Providence Rd., Media, PA, 19063; (610) 565-3679 or online.