Fall Happenings in Historic Philadelphia
Every day in Historic Philadelphia is a special event. But throughout the year we turn up the dial and create extra special events and activities that are a delightful addition to a weekend getaway, a day of family fun, or an out-of-the-ordinary date night.
Daily, October 1-31. 6-9 pm
Tee up for a night of ghoulish golf at Franklin Square . . . if you dare. Grab your putter and try for a haunted hole-in-one as you weave your way through the spooky décor, eerie fog, music, and lighting that adds a touch of seasonal spookiness to Center City’s only 18-hole mini-golf course. After you’ve braved the tricky final green, enjoy some post-putt munchies at the award-winning SquareBurger. If ghostly thrills aren’t your thing, Mini Golf is also open for fright-free daytime putting.
Kids: $12 (3-12)
Saturday, October 21. 11 am – 1 pm
A pumpkin a day keeps the ghosts and goblins away. We supply the pumpkins and all the decorations that kids need to design their own one-of-a-kind Halloween pumpkin. Franklin Square’s Pumpkin Patch is free for the 10-and-under, but reservations are strongly recommended. Reserve your spot here. Group and party reservations are not available for this event.
Saturday, October 28. Noon – 2 pm
Sweet tooth alert! Franklin Square’s Trick-or-Treat Street presented by Fox Rothschild is a must-do event for the 10-and-under crowd. Young ghosts and goblins can follow the pumpkin trail, gathering sweet treats courtesy of Mars Wrigley. This daytime event is free, but advance tickets are recommended. Click here to reserve your spot. Group and party reservations are not available for this event.
Friday-Saturday evenings in October. 6-9 pm
The lights are low. The excitement is high. And as you wind your way through the Betsy Ross House your costumed History Maker guide will regale you with some ghoulish and ghastly tales of life in 18th century Philadelphia when leeches, bloodletting and ingesting smashed snails were the height of medical care. You‘ll hear how Betsy’s mortal remains were moved from graveyard to graveyard before resting at her Arch Street home. Purchase your $12 timed tour ticket here.
Make it a night and reserve your spot for the Spooky Twosome combo, which includes the Betsy Ross House Spooky Twilight Tour and an evening of Spooky MiniGolf at Franklin Square. Adults: $25; Kids $22.
November 3. 5:30; 6:30; 7:30 pm
Raise your hand-crafted cocktail and toast the 250th wedding anniversary of Betsy Grisham and her beloved John Ross. During this love-themed tour, you’ll meet the bride fresh from her scandalous elopement and hear the story of her first love, along with her life as an all-too-young 18th-century widow. It’s part of the year-long celebration of the two milestone events in Betsy’s life: her marriage and the opening of the couple’s upholstery shop. The $25 reserved ticket includes a house tour and one cocktail. Must be 21.