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Celebrate Day of the Dead, take the kids on trick-or-treat outing and more

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Art all-stars
Philadelphia Museum of Art: “Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life” ranges from the late 18th century to the Pop Art era of the 1960s, with works by Charles Willson Peale, John James Audubon, William Michael Harnett, Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Charles Sheeler. It’s on view Oct. 27-Jan. 10 in the first floor Dorrance Special Exhibition Galleries. Half-hour timed tickets are $25, $23 for seniors 65+, $20 for students and youths 13-18. The museum is at 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Visit www.philamuseum.org.
Art and Artisan Fair: The fair takes place Oct. 24 and 25 at Baker Industries, 184 Pennsylvania Ave., Malvern. Saturday will be a cocktail reception from 6 to 9 p.m.; tickets are $35. The main show is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call (610) 296-9795 or visit www.bakerindustries.org.
Ardmore Music Hall: The Ardmore Beer Hall 21+ event returns at noon Oct. 24. The festival will include live music by New Sound Brass Band and Whiskeyhickon Boys, more than 30 craft breweries, and food. Tickets are $40. AMH is at 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore. Get more details at www.ardmoremusic.com.
Getting medieval
Glencairn Museum: Celebrate the arts and culture of the Middle Ages with a Medieval Festival 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 25. Learn about and try fabric making, Gutenberg-style printing, creating stained glass windows, period musical instruments, religious pilgrimages, wielding weapons and museum tours. You could win a prize if you come in medieval costume. Admission is $10, $8 for seniors and students. The museum is at 1001 Cathedral Road, Bryn Athyn. Call (267) 502-2990 or visit www.glencairnmuseum.org.
Deducing dinosaurs
Academy of Natural Sciences: Opening Nov. 1 in the Art of Science Gallery is “Drawn to Dinosaurs,” which examines the science and art of visualizing a living animal based on fragmentary fossils. The centerpiece is a 25-foot resin cast of the duck-billed, plant-eating dinosaur Hadrosaurus foulkii, discovered in 1858 in Haddonfield, N.J. In 1868, the Academy became the first place in the world where the public could go to see a dinosaur. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Admission is $17.95, $13.95 for children 3-12. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, till 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Visit www.ansp.org or call (215) 299-1000.
Dinner and show
Ursinus College: Fifteen Collegeville area restaurants are offering “Dinner and a Show” specials to those attending the Ursinus College performance of “All in the Timing” Oct. 29-Nov. 1 in the Lenfest Theatre, 601 E. Main St., Collegeville. “All in the Timing” is comprised of one-act plays, comedies and comedy dramas focusing on language and wordplay, existentialist perspectives on life and meaning, and the complications involved in romantic relationships. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Go to www.collegevilledevelopment.org/dinner-and-a-show.
Dance best bets
Pennsylvania Ballet: “Speed and Precision” features music ranging from Bach to the White Stripes, and choreography by George Balanchine, Wayne McGregor and Christopher Wheedon. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23, 2 and 8 p.m. Oct. 24 and 2 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Tickets range from $29-$135. Visit www.paballet.org.
Annenberg Center: A 50th anniversary celebration of the career of Twyla Tharp features a program of her newest works at 8 p.m. Oct. 30-31 and 3 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Tickets range from $30-$75. Go to www.annenbergcenter.org.
Fun to learn
Green Lane Park: Take a three-mile Fall Foliage Hike at 9 a.m. Oct. 24, meeting at the tennis court parking lot. From 7 to 8 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25, check out Harvest Moon Hayrides, with spooky stories and more. Meet at the tennis court parking lot and suggested donation is $1 per person. Pre-registration is required by both events by calling (215) 234-4528. The main park entrance is at Snyder and Deep Creek roads, Marlborough Township.
Pottsgrove Manor: Another place to learn about colonial life around here is during “The Plantation Whereon I Live” 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 24 at Pottsgrove Manor, 100 W. King St., Pottstown. Most activities will be outdoors, so dress for the temperature. There’s a $5 materials fee for children. Call (610) 326-4014.
Open for the season
Victorian Boutique: A private residence at 53 N. Main St., Telford, opens to the public for seasonal boutique shopping Oct. 31-Nov. 29. There is a $1 entry fee for the first visit. After that, additional visits you make are welcomed without the entry fee. Check the hours at www.facebook.com/VictorianBoutiqueTelford. Call (215) 723-5061 or email victorianboutiquetelford@gmail.com.
Pets day out
Philadelphia Navy Yard: The ninth annual Mutt Strut Oct. 24 is a dogs-and-people-who-love-them walk to raise funds and awareness for PAWS’ efforts to save Philadelphia’s homeless, abandoned and unwanted animals. Check-in opens at 9 a.m., and the Strut kicks off at 11. The Navy Yard is at 4500 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Registration at www.pawsmuttstrut.org is $25, free to children 12 and under. All registrants get a PAWS eco-bag and dog bandana on the day of the event.
Fort Washington State Park: Almost Home Dog Rescue holds its “5K4K9s” 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 24. The 5K run starts 9:30 a.m. and the one-mile walk, which dogs can participate in, starts 9:45. Get registration information at http://5k4k9s.ezregister.com.
Halloween time
Penn Museum: Guests of all ages are welcome to a Day of the Dead celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 31. A festive Mexican All Souls Day tradition, Dia de los Muertos brings family and friends together to pray for, and remember, loved ones who have died. The museum’s fourth annual Day of the Dead Celebration features pageantry and giant puppetry, music and dance, storytelling, paper maché artistry, sugar skull and mask making, face painting, special foods and more. The centerpiece of the day is an elaborate Day of the Dead altar, created by Philadelphia artist and muralist Cesar Viveros and personnel from the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia. Everyone is invited to bring a photo and a memento of their own to place at a communal altar, remembering the passing of a loved one. Guests dressed in a Day of the Dead-themed costume, such as La Catrina, or as a traditional Mexican icon like Frida Kahlo, can join a parade and costume contest. Halloween costumes are encouraged, and costumed guests under 12 receive half-price admission. Admission is $15for adults, $13 for seniors, $10 for children 6-17 and students. The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is at 3260 South St., Philadelphia. Get more information at www.penn.museum or call (215) 898-4000.
Harleysville Halloween Parade: The Harleysville Rotary Club presents the 33rd annual parade at 11 a.m. Oct. 24, stepping off from Indian Valley Middle School in Lower Salford and proceeding down Maple Avenue to School Lane to Kulp Road, Park Avenue and to the Harleysville Community Center.
Mercer Museum: When you think about it, the museum has some rather ghoulish and ghastly artifacts, which will be examined at 7 and 8 p.m. Oct. 30 during “Mercer by Moonlight Tours” for ages 8 and up. Look for the hearse, gallows, wolf trap and a vampire killing kit. Admission, which includes light refreshments, is $14, $10 for youth under 12. Registration is required by calling (215) 348-9461. The museum is at Pine Street and Scout Way, Doylestown.
McCoole’s Arts & Events Place: A Haunted House will be open 6 to 10 p.m. through Oct. 24 and 28-30 at McCoole’s, Route 313 and Main Street, Quakertown. Rated PG-13 by the haunted house organizers, it will feature several room experiences with a ghostly theme and built-in surprises. Admission is $10. In addition, there’s a Halloween Bash 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 24. Admission to this event is $40 and includes a buffet dinner, live band and complimentary wine and beer. Attendees can also access a cash bar. Costumes are not required. McCoole’s is offering their complimentary shuttle service to guests at the Bash, but is requesting advance notice by contacting Jan at (215) 538-1779. For more details, visit www.mccoolesredlioninn.com.
Tylersport Fire Company: The annual Haunted Hayrides runs 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 23-24 on the firehouse grounds, Ridge Road, west of the intersection of Ridge and Allentown roads, Salford Township. Cost is $10, free to children under 5. Call (215) 257-5900.
Spring Mountain Ski Area: Scream Mountain, which features adventures such as a haunted hayride and walk, and Heart of Darkness Tours with zip lining, and continues (weather permitting) 6:30 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, plus Thursday Oct. 29, through Oct. 30. Spring Mountain is at 757 Spring Mount Road, Upper Salford. Tickets are $25 for the walk and hayride (which includes a trip up the ski lift) or $18 for the hayride only. There are discounts for groups of 20 or more and active duty military families. For reservations and more information, call (610) 287-7900 or check www.springmountainadventures.com.
Elmwood Park Zoo: Boo at the Zoo runs noon to 3 p.m. weekends through Oct. 31 at the zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown. Enjoy live entertainment, costume contests, costume parades, trick-or-treat stations and more. Harvest Fest is included with zoo admission of $14.95, $10.95 for seniors and children 3-12, $12.95 for students. For more information, contact guest services at (610) 277-3825, ext. 222 and check www.elmwoodparkzoo.org.
Valley Forge Casino: It’s the grand opening of The Vault at 8 p.m. Oct. 31, with a costume contest and dancing. The casino is at 1160 First Ave., Upper Merion. Early bird tickets are $5, general admission tickets are $10, VIP tickets are $20 ($15 early bird). Call (610) 354-8118.
Wayne Art Center: “Trick-or-Treat at WAC” happens 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 31. Dress in costume and visit the studios for a sweet treat. Revelers of all ages can get costumed caricatures, hot cider and doughnuts. Children 3 and up, with an adult helper, can make Halloween candy necklaces or pumpkin face luminaries. The center is at 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne. Pre-register at (610) 688-3553 or www.wayneart.org.
Philadelphia Zoo: Boo at the Zoo is held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 24-25. Put on a costume and join in trick-or-treating, a Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt, animal education programs and more. The zoo is at 3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia. Admission is $20, $18 for children 2-11. Visit www.philadelphiazoo.org.
Please Touch Museum: The Monster Mash from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 24 features trick-or-treating throughout the museum galleries, with goodie bags you can design yourself; themed art activities; ghoulish treats; a Halloween-themed photo booth; unlimited carousel rides; light refreshments; a spooktacular dance party and more. The museum is at 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia. Tickets are $25. Go to www.pleasetouchmuseum.org.
Pumpkin Express: This costumes-encouraged bar crawl of six venues in Delaware County and Philadelphia starts at 1 p.m. Oct. 24. Shuttle buses start running at 5. Tickets are $10. Get more details at www.facebook.com/events/1645617425686340.
Halloween Ball: Tickets are $50 for this event, which features “Rocky Horror” performances, dancing and a three-hour open bar. Doors open at 9 p.m. Oct. 30 at The Field House, 1150 Filbert St., Philadelphia. Call (215) 720-1876 or visit www.petersterlingevents.com.
Historic Germantown: On Halloween night in 1867, William Hunter Jr. died in a mysterious fall from the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion’s attic window. In the room was a doll. To this day, people whisper about a curse. Reservations are required for “Murder Mystery 2015: The Case of the Cursed Doll” at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24 and 31 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 at the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W. Tulpehocken St., Philadelphia. Cost is $16. Call (215) 438-1861.
Stenton’s Harvest Festival runs 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 31 at 4601 N. 18th St., Philadelphia. Enjoy games, crafts, pumpkin painting and a spooky cellar tour. Light refreshments and cider will be served. Admission is free, but reservations are requested by calling (215) 329-7312 or emailing programs@stenton.org.
“Ghosts of the Great Road” ghost walks and live paranormal investigation tours start at 3 and 6 p.m. Oct. 31, beginning at the Germantown Historical Society, 5501 Germantown Ave., and Upsala, 6430 Germantown Ave., both in Philadelphia. Register at http://mtairylearningtree.org.
Mount Hope Estate & Winery: Beginning Oct. 31, Mount Hope Estate & Winery begins the 30th season of “Poe Evermore.” Guests will enjoy performances of “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “Berenice” and Poe poems inside the rooms of the mansion, in the context of the “Mount Hope Menagerie of the Macabre.” Combination meal and show tickets are available, with lunch or dinner in the Anchor & Mermaid Tavern two hours prior to your scheduled performance. Tickets are $18.95 on weekends and $16.95 midweek. Lunch/show combo tickets are $31.95 and dinner/show combo tickets are $42.95. Check show times at www.parenfaire.com or by calling (717) 665-7021. Mount Hope Estate & Winery is on Route 72, Cornwall.
Music highlights
Bucks County Choral Society: The 2015-2016 season begins with “Music from around the World” at 4 p.m. Oct. 25 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 5175 Cold Spring Creamery Road, Buckingham Township. Tickets are $23 or $74 for a season subscription. Call (800) 838-3006 or visit www.buckschoral.org.
Montgomery County Community College: South African jazz pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim and his ensemble, Ekaya, are in concert at 8 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. To order tickets, visit www.mc3.edu/livelyarts or call (215) 641-6518.
Steel City Coffeehouse: Collegeville’s Don McAvoy & The Great Whatever present a CD release show at 8 p.m. Oct. 24. Steel City is at 203 Bridge St., Phoenixville. Advance tickets are $25. Go to www.steelcitycoffeehouse.com.
Ursinus College: John French conducts the College Choir and Meistersingers, and local professional musicians and soloists, in a performance of Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Bomberger Auditorium, 601 E. Main St., Collegeville. Admission is free. Call (610) 409-3030 or visit www.ursinus.edu for more information.
Union United Methodist Church: Peggy King and the All-Star Jazz Trio will perform a “Jazz Vespers Celebration of the Sinatra Centennial” at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the church, 200 Brookline Blvd., Havertown. The event is free and open to the public, with a free will offering. Call (610) 789-1700 or visit www.unionhavertown.org.
Swarthmore College: It’s the North American premiere of “Chopin Without Piano” as Polish actress Barbara Wysocka, accompanied by The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, somehow performs both of Chopin’s piano concertos without a piano. Check out a free performance at 8 p.m. Oct. 24 in Lang Concert Hall, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore. Visit www.chopinwithoutpiano.com.
Kimmel Center: From 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 24, the Harmony For Peace Foundation presents “Celebrate Peace for UN70” in honor of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. The afternoon of musical performances, and other events, will take place at the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. The concert will feature composer and conductor Johan de Meij, known for “The Lord of the Rings” symphony. He will be joined by the Peabody Youth Orchestra of Baltimore and other Harmony For Peace musicians. Featured artists will include Gohei Nishikawa, a concert pianist who has overcome a battle with dystonia to continue a successful career; and violinist Yeou-Cheng Ma (Yo Yo Ma’s sister). For tickets, go to www.kimmelcenter.org.
Fall festivities
Phoenixville Hospital Fall Festival: The festival is held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 31 in the hospital’s parking lot off of Nutt Road. Activities include pumpkin decorating, games, arts and crafts, music, food, health screenings, hospital tours and more. Park in the garage on Main Street.
New Hope & Ivyland Railroad: Steam train excursions include Trick or Treat Trains, Haunted Halloween Trains, Fall Foliage trips and the Grapevine Express. The New Hope station is at 32 W. Bridge St. Get the schedule and more details at (215) 862-2150 and www.newhoperailroad.com.
Freddy’s Fallfest: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in October mean the Amazing Cornstalk Maze and Giant Slide, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, pig races, pony rides, food, sand and button art and more at Freddy Hill Farms and Freddy’s Family Entertainment Center, 1440 Sumneytown Pike, Towamencin. Check the details at www.freddyhill.com/events.
Merrymead Farm: Harvest Days 2015 is held Saturdays and Sundays in October. Activities include hayrides, wagon rides for children, a cornstalk tunnel, children’s games, pumpkin painting, face painting, inflatables, the Harvest Slinger, a cornfield maze, food and weekday hours for the cornstalk tunnel (If you’re planning on going in the evening, bring a flashlight). Get more information at www.merrymead.com/fallHarvest.php.
Main Line Art Center: From fire-spinners, food trucks, and outdoor artwork projections, to art making and demos, it’s at the free Panorama Festival 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 24. The art center is at 746 Panmure Road, Haverford. Visit www.mainlineart.org or call (610) 525-0272.
Wissahickon Environmental Center: Whispers Along the Wissahickon is held 5:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23 at 300 Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia. Activities include hayrides, balloon animals, face painting, a bonfire and a guided night hike in the Wissahickon. Dinner and beer and wine will be served and Urban Drawl will play live bluegrass throughout the evening. Everyone is encouraged to come in costume. Tickets are $30, $15 for children, $85 for a family of four. Go to https://26134.thankyou4caring.org/whispers2015.
Stepping out
Norristown Farm Park: A Twilight Hike for ages 7 and up is offered at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25. Meet at the park office at 2500 Upper Farm Road, East Norriton. “Spooky Crafts,” for ages 3 and up, starts at 1 p.m. Oct. 27. Meet in parking lot No. 5. The fee is $5 per child. Pre-register for either program at (610) 270-0215.
Philly animation
Gershman Y: OOF, a Philadelphia-based animation collective, and the University of the Arts animation program, presents “Invisible Ink,” a free screening of independent animated films, starting at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Levitt Auditorium, 401 S. Broad St., Philadelphia.

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