Halloween events

Philadelphia

5th Annual Halloween Scary Stories Dramatic readings of spooky stories, mystery magic show, costume contest with prizes. Reservations recommended. Stagecrafters Theater, 8130 Germantown Ave.; 215-247-8881. www.thestagecrafters.org. $5; free for children 12 and under with adult. 10/26 7 pm. 10/27 2 and 7 pm.

Annual Ghost Walk Meet at side entrance of Chestnut Hill Library. Call 215-242-4976 for information. Free Library of Philadelphia - Chestnut Hill Branch, 8711 Germantown Ave.; 215-248-0977. www.library.phila.gov. $5. 10/27 6:30 pm.

Cobwebs and Cobblestones Guide leads you on a bone-chilling tour of the macabre side of Historic Philadelphia. 215-629-4026. Free Quaker Meeting House, 500 Arch St.; 215-629-5801. $25; $23 students, seniors and military; $20 children 6-12. 10/26-10/27 6:30 and 7:30 pm.

Dr. Physick's Gross Clinic: 18th Century Medical Lore and Gore for Kids Make edible brains and eyeballs, view live medicinal leeches and tour the Physick House. Reservations suggested 215-925-2251. Physick House, 321 S. Fourth St.; 215-925-2251. www.philalandmarks.org. $5; free for adults. 10/27 11 am-noon.

Dracula's Ball Carfax Abbey, Voltaire, DJs, vendors, candy, prizes. You are encouraged to come in costume. Shampoo, 417 N. Eighth St.; 215-922-7500. www.shampooonline.com. $14. 10/31 9 pm.

Ghost Tours Spooky activities and mystery-themed tour. Stenton, 4601 N. 18th St.; 215-329-7312. www.stenton.org. $4; free for people in costume. 10/27 1-4 pm.

Hallowasted Masquerade Ball and Benefit 50% of proceeds to National Transplant Assistance Fund (NTAF). Drink specials, promos and more. Prize for best costume. TPDS Club, 114 S. 12th St.; 215-873-0400. www.tpds.com. Donation suggested: $10-$20. 10/31 9:30 pm.

Halloween Campfire Center staff leads this time of scary sing-alongs and stories around the campfire. Refreshments will be served. Call 215-685-0470 for registration. Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600A Verree Rd.; 215-685-0470. www.fairmountpark.org/PennypackEC. $5. 10/26 7:30 pm.

Halloween Costume Party Costume contest, music, appetizers and cash bar. International House of Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut St.; 215-387-5125. www.ihousephilly.org. $7; $5 members, students and seniors. 10/26 10 pm.

Halloween Harvest Festival Magic shows, pumpkin painting, storytelling, costume parade, games and more. Saint Martin de Porres School, 2300 W. Lehigh Ave.; 215-223-6872. $8 advance; $9 day of event. 10/27 3-6 pm.

Halloween Havoc 9 Performances by Wall Eye, Dead Meat, Y DI, SugarDaddie, Joe Coffee and Necktie. Free food. Costumes encouraged. Khyber, 56 S. Second St.; 215-238-5888. www.thekhyber.com. $15. 10/31 8 pm.

*FREE* Harvest Festival "Mildly" scary and creative activities, pumpkin and face painting, bobbing for apples, refreshments and more. Please wear costume. Awbury Arboretum, One Awbury Rd.; 215-849-2855. www.awbury.org. 10/27 1-3 pm.

The Haunted Philadelphia Family Scavenger Hunt Kids and adults work together to uncover the stories of creepy places and the ghosts that have haunted them. Reservations required: 877-946-4868. Washington Square Park, 7th St.; 215-683-3600. www.phila.gov/recreation. $17.50. 10/27 4 pm.

The Haunted Philadelphia Scavenger Hunt Armed with a flashlight, you'll visit ghost-plagued buildings and secret cemeteries. Reservations required: 877-946-4868. Washington Square Park, 7th St.; 215-683-3600. www.phila.gov/recreation. $22.50. 10/26 7 pm. 10/27 9 pm.

HowlWeen Party Halloween party and costume contest. Club 27, 27 Bank St.; 215-922-3020. www.club27philly.net. 10/27 10 pm.

Madonna Michael Prince: Halloween Party The Manhattan Room (M Room), 15 W. Girard Ave.; 215-739-5577. www.themanhattanroom.com. $7. 10/26 9 pm.

Philebrity Halloween Party Halloween event with entertainment provided by DJ's. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave.; 215-739-9684. johnnybrendas.com. 10/26 9 pm.

Spirits of '76 Ghost Tour Travel the cobblestone streets of Old City to hear ghost stories about the Spirits of '76. Closes 10/31. Tour meets in the lobby of Omni Hotel, 401 Chestnut St.; 215-525-1776. www.spiritsof76.com. $17.50; $12.50 children 3-12. 10/26-10/31 7:30 pm.

Thriller: Lifted Sundays' Halloween Party DJ Sojo spins hip hop and reggae. Sound and sight video mixing. Costume contest. Shampoo, 417 N. Eighth St.; 215-922-7500. www.shampooonline.com. Reduced adm. for those in costume. 10/28 9 pm.

Pennsylvania suburbs

4th Annual Halloween Spook-tacular at Giggleberry Fair Pumpkin painting, pumpkin bowling and more. Costumes encouraged. 215-794-4047. Peddler's Village, Rtes. 202 and 263, Lahaska; www.peddlersvillage.com. Included in admission. 10/27 10 am-10 pm. 10/28 10 am-7 pm.

Autumn Moon Hayrides Hayride through the orchards, followed by cider and a bonfire. Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media; 610-874-4678. www.linvilla.com. $6. 10/26-10/28 7 pm.

*FREE* Bones, Skulls and Skins Learn about animal adaptations. Reg. req. Green Lane Nature Center, 1492 Gravel Pike, Green Lane; 215-234-8497. 10/27 1 pm.

*FREE* Costume Parade Parade and costume contest for kids and adults. Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media; 610-874-4678. www.linvilla.com. 10/28 3 pm.

Elizabeth Murray Charities Halloween Costume Ball Live music, buffet, costume contest, raffles, door prizes. Proceeds benefit Covenant House. 610-789-0600. Media Inn, 435 E. Baltimore Pike, Media; 610-566-6500. $25. 10/26 9 pm.

Fall Fun Day Halloween activities with a colonial twist. Ridley Creek State Park, 1023 Sycamore Mills Rd., Media; 610-892-3900. www.dcnr.state.pa.us/StateParks/parks/ridleycreek.aspx. $4; $8 children; free for children under 4. 10/27 11 am-3 pm.

A First Look at Nature's Creepy Things Kids will talk about "creepy" animals and make a craft. Reg. req. Green Lane Nature Center, 1492 Gravel Pike, Green Lane; 215-234-8497. $1 materials fee. 10/30 1 pm.

Field of Screams Features Frightmare Asylum, a haunted attraction set in a mental institution, Den of Darkness, Haunted Hayride and more. Field of Screams, Mountville Exit on Rte. 30, Mountville; 717-285-7748; www.fieldofscreams.net. $10. 10/26-10/27 6-10 pm. 10/28 6-9 pm. 10/31 6-10 pm.

*FREE* Ghost Stories Spooky stories and a campfire. Tamanend Park, 1255 Second St. Pike, Southampton; 215-355-9781. www.southamptonpa.com/parkandrec/index.html. 10/26 7:30 pm.

Ghost Tours of New Hope Video featuring dramatizations of the tales told on the 'New Hope ghost tours. Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope; Box Office: 215-862-2041; www.buckscountyplayhouse.com. www.buckscountyplayhouse.com. $10. 10/28 7:30 pm.

Great Pumpkin Carve Pumpkin carve contest, food, live music and hayrides. Chadds Ford Historical Society, 1736 North Creek Rd., Chadds Ford; 484-354-6816. www.chaddsfordhistory.org. $5; $3 children 7-17; free for children 6 and under. 10/26-10/27 5-9 pm.

Great Pumpkin Express West Chester Railroad, Market St., West Chester; 610-430-2233. www.westchesterrr.net. $10; $8 children 2-12. 10/27-10/28 noon and 2 pm.

Halloween Magic Spook-Tacular Society of Young Magicians will cast magical spells and dazzle you with a mystical magic show for the whole family. Come in costume. Warminster Parks and Recreation, 1101 Little Lane, Warminster; 251-443-5428. www.warminstertownship.org. $5; $3 children 10 and under. 10/28 1 pm.

Haunted Trails at Honey Hollow Walk the haunted trails with guides, meet bad-guys, gather round a bonfire while listening to stories, enjoy treats and spooky face paintings. Honey Hollow Environmental Education Center, 2877 Creamery Rd., Solebury; Registration required: 215-297-5880. www.bcas.org. $5; free for children under three. 10/26-10/27 6-8 pm.

House of Horrors Set pieces created by TU Ambler students include "cave of misery" and hostile garden. 267-468-8181. Temple University Ambler, 580 Meetinghouse Rd., Ambler; www.ambler.temple.edu. $6-$8. 10/26 8 pm. 10/27 7 pm.

Little Screamers Kid-friendly hayride, corn maze and face painting. Field of Screams, Mountville Exit on Rte. 30, Mountville; 717-285-7748; www.fieldofscreams.net. $3; $5 children under 10. 10/28 6-7:30 pm.

Nightmare at Elmwood Family-friendly Halloween event. Pirate and insect-themed areas, info on extinct animals and more. Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown; 610-277-3825. www.elmwoodparkzoo.org. $7; $5 children; free for member children. 10/26-10/30 6-9 pm.

*FREE* Peddler's Village Scarecrow Competition and Display Bigger-than-life scarecrow creations are displayed outdoors. Over $4,900 in cash prizes will be awarded to winners in various categories. Peddler's Village, Rtes. 202 and 263, Lahaska; 215-794-4000. www.peddlersvillage.com. 10/26-10/27 10 am-9 pm.

Pumpkin Fest 2007 Stroll the garden grounds and see over 150 artistically crafted pumpkins. The Highlands Mansion and Gardens, 7001 Sheaff La., Fort Washington; 215-641-2687. www.highlandshistorical.org. $10 per car. 10/28 7-9 pm.

Spooky Train Ride Carousel Village, 591 Durham Rd. (Rte. 413), Wrightstown; 215-598-0707. www.carouselvillage.com. 10/26-10/27.

Spooky Trees Walking Tour Main Line Campus of Cabrini College in Wayne. Family-friendly tour includes refreshments. Reservations 215-988-8869. $5. 10/28 4-6 pm.

*FREE* Tower to Tunnel Ghost Tour Guided tour of the church's unused areas. Non-scary tour for kids at 5 pm, followed by candy hunt. Call 215-635-4185 for further info. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 7809 Old York Rd., Elkins Park; 215-635-4185. www.stpaulselkinspark.org. 10/28 5, 7, 7:30 and 8 pm.

*FREE* YMCA Halloween Trick or Treat Trail Safe indoor trick-or-treating event. Lower Bucks County YMCA, 555 S. Oxford Rd., Fairless Hills; 215-949-3400. 10/27 10 am-2 pm.

New Jersey

A-Scare-Ium Kids can use maps and clues to hunt for treasure. Jenkinson's Aquarium, 300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach; 732-899-1659. www.jenkinsons.com/aquarium. $5. 10/26-10/27 6-9 pm.

ACE 102.7 Halloween Party Featuring performance by In the Raw. Benefits local affiliates of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Hard Rock Cafe, 1000 Boardwalk Virginia Ave., Atlantic City; 609-441-0007. www.hardrock.com. $5. 10/26 9 pm.

Flashlight Maze Special evening hours for the Wild West maze. Bring your own flashlight. Scarecrow Hollow, 335 Quinton-Hancocks Bridge Rd., Salem; 856-935-3469. www.scarecrowhollow.org. $8.50; $6.50 children 2-11; free for children under 2. 10/26-10/27 6-8 pm.

Ghost Hunting Experience Hear ghost voices, use ghost hunting equipment, meet ghost hunters and more at this 9th annual event. Gabriel Davies Tavern, 4th Ave., Glendora; 856-939-2699. $8; $3 children under 12. 10/27 6-10:30 pm.

Halloween Cabaret Blend of puppetry, storytelling and music. Appel Farm Arts and Music Center, 457 Shirley Rd., Elmer; 609-358-2472. www.appelfarm.org. $7. 10/27 2 pm.

Halloween Pirate Sail Passengers are encouraged to dress as a pirate or seaworthy character. Res. required. Bayshore Discovery Project, 2800 High St., Port Norris; 856-785-2060. www.bayshorediscovery.org. $30; $25 seniors; $15 children; free for children 2 and under. 10/27 4 pm.

Halloween Train Train ride with fun Halloween decor. Good for younger children. Towne of Historic Smithville, 1 N. New York Rd., Smithville; 609-748-7160. historicsmithvillenj.com. $2. 10/26-10/27 10 am-6 pm.

Harvest Moon Halloween Dance for Singles St. Mary's Singles of Williamstown, NJ. Hot/cold hors d'oeuvres, coffee/tea, soda. Cash bar. Prizes awarded for best costume. 856-629-3368. Geets Diner, 14 N. Blackhorse Pike, Williamstown; 856-629-7433. www.geetsdiner.com. $15. 10/27 7 pm.

Haunted Seaport Hayrides, children's activities, pumpkin patch. Adults should be prepared for "thrills and chills." Tuckerton Seaport, 120 W. Main St., Tuckerton; 609-296-8868. www.tuckertonseaport.org. $5. 10/27 6-9 pm.

Haunted Train Ride Monsters, music and more on a haunted train journey. Towne of Historic Smithville, 1 N. New York Rd., Smithville; 609-748-7160. historicsmithvillenj.com. $5. 10/26-10/27.

Night of Terror Haunted house, 3-D haunted house, haunted hayride and haunted cornfield maze. 856-223-1669. Creamy Acres Farm, 448 Lincoln Mill Rd., Mullica Hill; 609-478-2942. www.creamyacres.com. $25. 10/26-10/27 6-10 pm. 10/30-11/2 6-9 pm.

Not-So-Scary Halloween Gather around the campfire for snacks, treats, games, songs, hands-on activities and more. Reservations required. Fernbrook Farms, Route 545, Bordentown; 609-298-4028. www.fernbrookfarms.com. $12; $7 children under 12. 10/27 4 pm.

Pumpkin Pickin' Hayrides Enjoy a tractor-pulled hayride and pick your own pumpkins. Call 856-424-8674 for more info. Springdale Farms, 1638 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-424-8674. www.springdalefarms.com. Prices vary. 10/26 11 am and 4 pm. 10/27-10/28 10 am-4 pm. 10/29-11/2 11 am and 4 pm.

Rat's Masquerade Ball Costumed revelers can enjoy an uninhibited, ghoulishly gourmet evening of food, wine and dancing. Reservations required. Rat's, 16 Fairgrounds Rd., Hamilton; 609-584-7800. www.ratsrestaurant.org. $99. 10/26 7 pm.

Trick or Treat Days Storybook Land, 6415 Black Horse Pike, Cardiff; 609-641-7847. www.storybookland.com. Included in admission. 10/26-10/28 11 am-5 pm.

Wild West Maze Six-acre maze. Choose your path, find the clues, use your instincts to break the code of this thrilling 3-D adventure. Scarecrow Hollow, 335 Quinton-Hancocks Bridge Rd., Salem; 856-935-3469. www.scarecrowhollow.org. $8.50; $6.50 children 2-11; free for children under 2. 10/27 10 am-6 pm. 10/28 noon-6 pm.

Delaware

Boo at the Zoo! Halloween-themed games, scavenger hunt, special treats and more. Costumes encouraged. Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Dr., Wilmington; 302-571-7747. www.brandywinezoo.org. 10/27-10/28 1-4 pm.

Ghost Tours Hunt for the paranormal as you visit areas not seen on the regular daily museum tour. Reservations required. Rockwood Museum, 610 Shipley Rd., Wilmington; Registration required: 302-761-4340. www.rockwood.org. $15. 10/27 7 and 9 pm.

*FREE* Sea Witch Halloween and Fiddlers Festival Costume and pet parades, spooky entertainment, treasure hunt, broom-tossing contests, horse show and more. Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 302-227-2233. www.beach-fun.com. 10/27 9 am-11:30 pm. 10/28 9 am-5 pm.