September 27, 2013 – Hall & Oates may have grumbled about spending another “Fall in Philadelphia” in their 1970s hit song, but the city and its surrounding suburbs is a spectacular place to be in the autumn. If you’re looking for something seasonal to do this weekend in the Philadelphia area, consider one of these attractions:
Ghost Tours of New Hope, Pa.
New Hope, the charming little Bucks County town that sits about 30 minutes outside of the city limits, is said to be one of the most haunted places in the country with roots and ghosts dating back to the 17th century. Even if you don’t believe in ghosts, the tours that take place each Friday and Saturday night in September and October are an interesting lesson in history. Tour guides take you on a lantern lit walk through some of the oldest streets in America, where who knows…you could run into the ghost of Aaron Burr. For more information, including pricing and directions, visit http://ghosttoursofnewhope.com/.
Peddler’s Village Scarecrow Festival
Take a walk on the cobblestone paths surrounding the quaint shops at Peddler’s Village and see some of the most imaginative scarecrows out there now through October 27. This year contestants created their scarecrows around themes including Philly Love, Traditional/Whirligig, Extraordinary Contemporary, Kids Only, Quite The Character, and Group Crow. Admission is free. Schedule your visit early, before the shops open to avoid crowds, especially on the weekends. I visited last year at 9 a.m. on a Sunday morning, and had the place to myself. For more information, visit http://www.peddlersvillage.com/festivals/scarecrow_competition_display.aspx.
Eastern State Penitentiary– Terror Behind the Walls
Eastern State Penitentiary is an interesting visit any time of year, but during the autumn, they pull out the big guns for their “Terror Behind the Walls” Halloween exhibit. As one of the nation’s premier haunted attractions, the exhibit, located in Philadelphia’s Fairmount neighborhood, isn’t for the faint of heart, so I’d think twice about bringing young children. Yes, it is that frightening. For 2013, Terror Behind the Walls will still have the six attractions, Hollywood-quality sets, and custom-designed props they are known for, but with a more sinister feel. Darker. Bloodier. Terror like you’ve never felt. It’s a must see for all of you who enjoy a good scare. For more information, visit http://www.easternstate.org/halloween/visit.
If you’re looking for more traditional, family-friendly fall fun with hayrides, pumpkin patches, and corn mazes, Linvilla Orchards offers the perfect escape. Located in scenic Delaware County, families are invited to visit Pumpkin Land, a yearly attraction at this working orchard, and join in all of the autumnal festivities between now and November 3. Other activities include apple and pumpkin picking, face painting, a hay maze and a lot more. Don’t forget to stop in at the corner store for the best fresh baked pies of the season. For more information, visit http://www.linvilla.com/family-fun/pumpkinland.