STORY BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Gravediggers’ Ball: The Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery’s 10th annual fundraising gala starts at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building in Philadelphia. Tickets are $175, partially tax-deductible and include an hour and a half of open bar cocktails and hors d’oeuvres; dinner reception with wine; live entertainment; dancing and on-site parking. The event will include a 50/50 raffle and silent and live auctions. Black-tie, masquerade mask or costume is encouraged, with prizes awarded for “Best Dressed” and “Best Costumed.” Visit www.gravediggersball.org or call (215) 228-8200.
Tombstone Tales: Organized by Augustus Lutheran United Church of Christ, 717 W. Main St., Trappe, Tombstone Tales includes a cemetery walking tour which can be enjoyed by the entire family Oct. 25 (rain date Oct. 26). Tour-goers can arrive at any time between 2 and 4:30 p.m. and there will be a reception with light refreshments at the end of the tour. Dress appropriately to be outside. Suggested donations are $5 for adults and $1 for children; toddlers are free. The tour is over uneven terrain and is not easily handicapped accessible. For more information, contact Jen at email@example.com or Richard at Richard@clapper.org, or call the church at (610) 489-9625.
Harleysville Hayride: Fridays through Sundays through Oct. 31, go on either a family hayride or haunted hayride at New Life Youth and Family Services at 585 Freeman School Road, Lower Salford. For rates, visit www.harleysvillehayride.com.
Colonial Gardens: Located on Route 724 between Pottstown and Phoenixville, the shop is offering haunted hayrides and admission to their Haunted House of Horrors every Friday and Saturday during October with the option to purchase a joint ticket for both. It also offers night hayrides for children Oct. 20 and 22. Colonial Gardens also has options for those who can do without the haunts. Their Pumpkin Land features daily hayrides, a Halloween Funhouse, moon bounces, a corn maze and Casper’s Castle. New this year is also their Walk of Terror. For $15, participants can begin the walk in the barn ruins and follow a path through their Haunted Woods on Oct. 17, 18, 24 and 25. Walk of Terror begins at 10 p.m. on scheduled nights.
Peace Valley Nature Center: “Gaggles of Ghosts and Ghouls” is held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 24. Naturalists will lead you on an eerie walk through the trails of PVNC. Along the way you may meet some “creatures” that will expose some of the myths about the creepy and frightening nature of cats, rats, bats, snakes, ghosts and other things that go bump in the night. After the walk, relax by a fire. Not recommended for children under 7. The center’s entrance is off New Galena Road, New Britain. Cost is $6, $4 for members. Call (215) 345-7860.
Penn Museum: The Mexican holiday Day of the Dead brings family-friendly music, dance, puppetry, storytelling, and arts and crafts 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 1 to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 3260 South St., Philadelphia. The Museum’s Rotunda will have a traditional Día de los Muertos altar created by artists from the Mexican Cultural Center, with dedications to those who have died. Admission is $15, $13 for seniors 65 +, $10 for children and students, free for military personnel, members, PennCard holders and children 5 and younger. Call (215) 898-4000.
Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy: Pre-registration is required for the Halloween Harvest Party for children 3-6, and their favorite adult. Running 1 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 30, activities include stories, songs, games and picnic treats. Come in costume. The fee is $13, $10 for members. Call (610) 287-9383 or visit www.perkiomenwatershed.org.
Wizard’s Stomp: The Indian Valley Country Club, 650 Bergey Road, Franconia Township, hosts a dinner and dance party to benefit Grand View Hospital, featuring firework, The Craig Thatcher Band and caricature drawing 7 to 11:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Tickets are $75. Dress code is casual and costume-optional. Tickets are $75. For tickets, call Grand View at (215) 453-4084 or visit www.gvh.org.
Woodside Lodge at Spring Mountain: Reservations are required for a ghost hunt 8 to 10 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Woodside Lodge, 150 E. Park Ave., Lower Frederick Township. Brian Buchan of Irongate Paranormal will discuss local paranormal activity and his research, then lead the group to areas of the restaurant and hotel where ghostly voices have previously been recorded. Wear a warm coat, as you will be outside for some of the investigations, and bring your cameras, recorders or smart phones. Cost is $15 and includes snacks and drinks; bar drinks are extra. Call (484) 552-8457.
Morgan Log House: From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 24, it’s the annual Mayhem at Morgan. Lantern tours for ages 8 and up of the Morgan Log House site at 850 Weikel Road, Towamencin, will open up a world of ghosts and happenings from the past. Reservations are encouraged, and sturdy walking shoes are recommended. Admission is $7, $5 for students and seniors. Call (215) 368-2480 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pearl S. Buck International: Figures from writer Pearl S. Buck’s life and writings come back from the dead with special “Ghost Tours” at 6 and 8 p.m. Oct. 24 and 4:30 and 6 p.m. Oct. 26. Pre- register at www.pearlsbuck.org/events. Tours, which are appropriate for middle school-age children and older, will depart from the Welcome Center, 520 Dublin Road, Hilltown. The $10 fee also includes freshly-pressed apple cider.
Haunted Germantown: “Ghosts of the Great Road” is an interactive ghost walk covering several blocks in Historic Germantown, with a live paranormal investigation, held Oct. 25. Tour A departs at 3 p.m. from the Germantown Historical Society, 5501 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia. Tour B departs at 6 p.m. from Upsala, 6430 Germantown Ave. Visit www.mtairylearningtree.org or call (215) 843-6333 to register.
Mercer Museum: Mercer by Moonlight Tours at 7 and 8 p.m. Oct. 24 explore the history and folklore of some of the Doylestown museum’s more chilling or ghoulish objects, including a hearse, gallows, “witch doctor” canes, brooms and more. Admission is $12, $10 for children under 12. Register for a tour by calling (215) 348-9461.
Haunted Hayrides: Tylersport Fire Company’s Haunted Hayrides are back Oct. 24-25 at the firehouse on Ridge Road, Salford Township. Tickets are $10, free to children under 5, and sold 7 to 10 p.m.