If you've lived in Philadelphia for a few years, chances are you've hit the usual Halloween haunts. You've probably been to Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary more times than you can count and you're over expensive open bar parties. This Halloween, instead of stressing over creating an ironic costume or waiting in line for the same old haunted house, why not embrace the holiday and try something brand new? Here's our top 5 Philly Halloween activities for adventurous spirits that will have you running, walking, sailing, and namaste-ing into fall's spookiest holiday.
1. Glow in the Graveyard Yoga
Wednesday, October 28, 6:30pm
Get your downward dog on at Glow in the Graveyard Yoga , taking place Wednesday, October 28 in St. Peter's Church graveyard, located at 4th and Pine streets. Enjoy a sixty minute, all levels vinyasa flow, instructed by Philly Yoga Factory director Justine Beacon, while local band Visoon plays live music in the background. Don't forget to bring your own mat, and wear a yoga-friendly costume if you want to get in the Halloween spirit. All proceeds will benefit Philly Yoga Factory and St. Peter's Food Cupboard. Reserve a ticket in advance to make sure you don't miss out on a spooky savasana.
2. Run4UrLife 3k
Thursday, October 29, 7:30pm
Continue the graveyard theme on Thursday by participating in the Run4UrLife 3k fun run through West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd. But don't be alarmed if a spooky ghoul jumps out at you on the course—it's all part of the fun! Wear your best costume for a chance to win a prize, and be sure to stick around for the after party. Even if you're not a runner, you can still be part of the fun—sign up to be part of the "ScareCrew", the volunteers who will spook the runners. All proceeds benefit MANNA.
3. True Tales from the Tombs: Mischief Night by Firelight
Friday, October 30, 7:00pm
Head over to the east side of the Schuylkill, to the other Laurel Hill Cemetery, sitting high above Kelly Drive in Strawberry Mansion, for a spooky guided walking tour on Friday, October 30. "True Tales from the Tombs: Mischief Night by Firelight" features storytellers from The Not Ready For After-Life Players, who will guide participants on a spooky, candlelit tour through gravestones and mausoleums while telling true tales of buried cemetery residents. The one hour tours start at 7:00pm, and depart every 30 minutes until 9:30pm. Be sure to BYO flashlight!
4. Ghost Ship Terror Cruise
Friday, October 30, 7:00pm
If you're looking for an adults-only activity to do this Halloween, embark on the Patriot Harbor Line's Ghost Ship Terror Cruise, an R-rated boat tour on the Delaware river. The tour's Halloween theme is "Pirates and the Jersey Devil on the Delaware", featuring crude, spooky tales told by the ship's ghoulish crew. Guests will be provided Oktoberfest lagers on board while enjoying views of the Philadelphia skyline. The 90-minute tour leaves from Penn's Landing on the Delaware River. Be sure to dress warmly!
5. Philadelphia Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon
Saturday, October 31, 7:30am
Perhaps you're training for the Philly Marathon, or maybe you just want to run 13.1 miles on Halloween morning. Either way, the Philadelphia Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon is bound to be a fun and active way to spend October 31. This is a one time only event—all other years the race is held in September—so take advantage of the cool fall temperature and wear a fun costume! There are plenty of bands scattered along the course to help motivate runners, and the finish line party will feature live music by the Gin Blossoms. This year, the race benefits the American Association for Cancer Research.