SOUTH STREET SCARES UP FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY DURING PUMPKINFEST, TRICK-OR-TREATING AND SCARY MOVIES UNDER THE SHAMBLES
The South Street Headhouse District has plenty of tricks and treats for children and adults of all ages during the neighborhood’s annual Halloween festivities. On Saturday, October 28, 2017, from Noon to 5:00pm, Fall PumpkinFest returns to Headhouse Square (2nd and Lombard) with circus performances, horse and wagon hay rides, live music, crafts for kids, seasonal bites, Pumpkin Putt-Putt golf, a straw bale maze, face painting and costume contests.
New this year, there will be a pumpkin pie eating contest and a jack o’ lantern contest.
* Horse and wagon hay rides on the cobblestone-lined streets around Society Hill and South Street neighborhoods.
Rides are free and begin at the edge of the Shambles at 2nd and Lombard.
* Get lost in the middle of South Street’s straw bale maze with enough twists and turns to challenge both younger children and their parents.
* Philadelphia School of Circus Arts/Airplay Entertainment will perform amazing aerial feats, Mystique the Magician will dazzle with illusions and Mr. John Music will surely have everyone singing along.
* Commonwealth Ciders and Philadelphia Brewing Company will be on site pouring refreshing beverages for adults, as well as several South Street businesses providing tasty treats.
* Halloween is about giving back too! Bring gently used winter coats, shoes and donations for Broad Street Mission to provide for those in need in advance of the winter season.
* Free Make and take crafts for children, including coloring your own trick-or-treat bags, pumpkin decorating and other crafts.
* Costume contest for kids under 14 with special categories for most creative costume, scariest costume, and best family ensemble. Judging starts at 3:00pm, with prizes provided by South Street Headhouse businesses. In addition to the costume contest, there will be a pumpkin pie eating contest for kids and adults, as well as a best jack o’lantern contest (contestants should bring their pumpkins pre carved).
* South Street businesses will formally open their doors to welcome all the young ghouls dressed up in costume from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Pick up your list at PumpkinFest and look for ghosts hanging outside all participating businesses.
Children should be in costume and 12 and under, and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
New for this year, on Friday night before PumpkinFest the Headhouse Shambles will host a trio of special fright night movies starting at 6:00pm with the classic “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown“, followed by “Young Frankenstein” at 7pm. For the grown-ups, there’s a late night showing of the George Romero classic, “Night of the Living Dead” starting at 9:00pm. (zombies encouraged, but strictly BYOB- Bring Your own Brains).