From costume dances and a parade to spooky ghost tours and a spine-chilling rendition of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, this week is all about Halloween. Choose from our best bets in the Marple Newtown area below.
Patch's Best Bets for the Week
Where/When: Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation from 6:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Why Go: Tour one of the most haunted properties in Delaware County and relive some of the area's most mysterious, true and scary tales of terror. Follow the torch-lit path, tour the farmhouse and hear a story in each room that will tell of bizarre events from times long past and people long dead. Finish at the bonfire for a last bone-chilling tale of ghosts and mayhem. Ghost Tours are not recommended for young children.
Pricing: $10 admission for adults and children.
Where/When: Main Line Health Centers in Broomall and Newtown Square from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Why Go: Trick-or-treat throughout the outpatient centers with no worry of bad weather or too-scary displays, a great option for younger children. The event concludes with a costume contest and prizes. Representatives from our local police departments will also be there to provide information on how to have a safe Halloween. Participants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food donation for Philabundance.
Pricing: Free; call 1-866-CALL-MLH to register.
PIE, POE AND PUMPKINS
Where/When: Paper Mill House Museum from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Why Go: Bring the whole family to an afternoon of old fashioned fun, including music, pumpkin decorating, a homemade costume contest, a scavenger hunt to the mill ruins and an apple dash down the Darby Creek. Bring your entry by 2 p.m. for a chance to win the "Best Apple Pie" contest. Learn techniques of carving from expert pumpkin carver Carolyn Gorham. Listen to Nathaniel Gach perform as Edgar Allen Poe and tell his tales of the macabre. Finally, tour the beautiful Paper Mill House and museum and enjoy a taste of the prize winning pie.
LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW
Where/When: Newtown Public Library at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Why Go: Enjoy an interactive adaptation of the classic horror tale by Washington Irving. Neil Hartley is Ichabod Crane in this exciting one-man show. See Ichabod interacting with students, leading the congregation in song, and dancing with his love. Then follow him on his fateful journey home as he meets the Headless Horseman. This event is suitable for adults and children as young as ten.
HALLOWEEN SOCIAL DANCE PARTY
Where/When: Felinton Hall at Broomall's Congregation Beth El-Ner Tamid from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday.
Why Go: Join the Delaware Valley Dance Society for an evening of social dance fun this Halloween, beginning with Tango dance instruction at 7 p.m. Beginning at 8 p.m., enjoy open dancing to a variety of popular dance hits on a spacious dance floor. Meet new people through dance mixers and learn some old and new line dances. Costumes are optional. Appetizers and refreshments will be provided.
Pricing: $12 per person.
Where/When: Marple Newtown Senior High School's Harry Harvey Field at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Why Go: Support the Marple Newtown Tiger Band in their 42nd annual Band-A-Rama performance, and hear nine talented local bands compete. The Tiger Band is coming off a recent first place win at the Owen J. Roberts High School's Cavalcade of Bands competition.
Pricing: $8 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens.
ANNUAL HALLOWEEN DANCE FOR 6-8 GRADERS
Where/When: Gauntlett Community Center from 7 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday.
Why Go: Because trick-or-treating is so elementary school. Give your middle schooler a better excuse to get in costume with the annual Halloween dance sponsored by Marple Newtown Recreation. Everyone going in costume gets free soda and the best costumes win prizes.
Pricing: $4 members, $7 guests.
DELAWARE COUNTY HALLOWEEN PARADE
Where/When: State Street in Media at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Why Go: Everyone loves a parade. This one, in its 47th year, features costumes, floats and more and will be led by popular meteorologist Cecily Tynan of WPVI-TV Channel 6. Stay and enjoy dinner and shopping in strollable downtown Media.
NOTE: Don't forget to submit your child in Patch's Halloween costume contest sponsored by Heidi Klum. Want more information? Read on here.