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Norristown Farm Park: Normally, taking leaves, wildflowers, grasses, etc., from the park to make arrangements is not allowed. But an exception has been made for the “Potpourri of Pods” program at 1 p.m. Oct. 23. Bring garden gloves, clippers, and a basket or tall bucket for gathering. Also, bring a container such as an opaque vase or crock in which to make an arrangement. Adults and children 12 and older are welcome. There is a $5 fee per person. Preregistration is required by calling (610) 270-0215.
Full of flavor
Reading Terminal Market: “Market Chopped Challenge” takes place at City Kitchen 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 22. Three Reading Terminal chefs face off with surprise ingredients, and their competition will be moderated by CBS-3’s Brooke Thomas. The market is at 12th and Arch streets, Philadelphia.
Valley Forge Casino Resort: The Philadelphia Taste Festival of Food, Wine and Spirits runs 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 22, and noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 23. Highlights include appearances by Ayesha Curry and “Shark Tank”’s Kevin O’Leary, chef demonstrations, tastings, seminars and food-centric exhibits. For tickets, visit www.gourmetshows.com. The casino is at 1160 First Ave., Upper Merion.
Lower Providence Community Library: A free Hagley Museum program on the exhibit “Driving Desire: Automobile Advertising and the American Dream” starts at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25. “Driving Desire” features more than 100 artifacts and historic images. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (610) 666-6640, ext. 25. The library is at 50 Parklane Drive. Visit www.lowerprovidencelibrary.org.
Glencairn Museum: Activities at the Medieval Festival 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 23 include stained glass, illuminated manuscripts, music and instruments, pilgrim’s quest activities, weaponry, tapestries and Gutenberg-style printing demos. Plus, visit the museum’s galleries and tower. Admission is $10, $8 for seniors 65+ and students, free for members and children 3 and under. Come in medieval costume to win a prize. Glencairn is at 1001 Cathedral Road, Bryn Athyn. Call (267) 502-2990 or visit www.glencairnmuseum.org.
Brandywine River Museum of Art: “Rural Modern: American Art Beyond the City” opens Oct. 29, providing a view of avant-garde art from the 1920s through the 1940s in coastal New England, small-town Pennsylvania, Midwestern farms and other rural regions. On view through Jan. 22, the exhibition will feature more than 60 works by artists such as Charles Demuth, Marsden Hartley, Georgia O’Keeffe, Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses, Horace Pippin, N.C. Wyeth and Andrew Wyeth. Located on Route 1, Chadds Ford, the museum is open daily (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day) from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15, $10 for seniors 65+, $6 for students and children 6-12; free for children 5 and younger and members. Call (610) 388-2700 or visit www.brandywinemuseum.org.
James A. Michener Art Museum: “Shifting the Limits: Robert Engman’s Structural Sculpture” goes on view in the Fred Beans Gallery Oct. 22-Feb. 5. The museum is at 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Learn more at www.michenerartmuseum.org.
Upper Schuylkill Valley Park: Meet the park’s resident owls at 10 a.m. Oct. 21 with “What a Hoot,” for ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Suggested donation is $4 per child. Register by Oct. 19 at (610) 948-5170.
Opera in the suburbs
Dock Woods: Amici Opera Company stages Verdi’s “Ernani” at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in the chapel, off of Woods Drive, Towamencin. For tickets, call (215) 224-0257.
Day of the Dead
Penn Museum: The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology’s fifth annual Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead Saturday, is held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 throughout the galleries. The Mexican cultural celebration has macabre decorations, pageantry and puppetry, music and folkloric dance, paper maché artistry, sugar skull and paper flower making, face painting, special foods and an elaborate Day of the Dead altar, in the Veracruz, Mexico style. Everyone is invited to bring a photo and a memento of a departed loved one to place at the communal altar. Costumes are encouraged, and costumed guests under age 12 receive half-price admission. 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 at 3:30. Admission is $15, $13 for seniors 65+, $10 for children 6-17 and students, free to children under 5, members and active U.S. military. The museum is at 3260 South St., Philadelphia. Visit www.penn.museum.
Fright Factory: This haunted house is at 2200 S. Swanson St., Philadelphia. Parking is on Jackson and Swanson streets, and under I-95. Hours are 7:30 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 to 10 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $26 and $28. For discount tickets, go to www.frightfactory.tv.
Spirit of ‘76 Ghost Tours: Part history and part haunt, visit more than 20 scary sites to hear Philadelphia’s haunted facts and folklore. Experience Philadelphia’s monuments by moonlight and travel the cobblestone streets of Old City to hear chilling stories about the Spirits of ‘76. Tickets are $19, $12.50 per child 3-12, $55 for a family four-pack. Visit www.spiritsof76.com or call (215) 525-1776.
Ghost Tours of Philadelphia/USS Olympia: Join the Ghost Tour of Philadelphia for a candlelight stroll along the back streets and secret gardens of Independence Park, Society Hill and Old City, where mysterious tales of ghostly spirits, haunted houses and eerie graveyards lurk in the night. Also, the historic, and some say haunted, USS Olympia has haunting tales of life and death on the high seas. See www.ghosttour.net.
Pennhurst Asylum: The walk-through attraction is at Church Street and Bridge Road, Spring City. It’s open 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, till 10:30 Fridays and Saturdays. Visit www.pennhurstasylum.com if you dare.
Bates Motel: Named after the infamous site from the movie “Psycho,” the haunted hayrides at Arasapha Farm run 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and Halloween, till 9:30 p.m. Sundays. The Farm is at 1835 Middletown Road, Glen Mills. Visit www.thebatesmotel.com.
Shadybrook Farm: HorrorFest features four attractions: Hayride of Horror, Barn of Horror, Alien 3-D Encounter, and Carnage 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. The farm is at 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley. Learn more at www.shadybrookfarm.com.
Selma Mansion: Norristown Preservation Society will host their annual Haunted House at Selma Mansion 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 29 at 1301 W. Airy St., Norristown. Tours will be continuous. Admission is $10, $5 for children 5-12, seniors and veterans, free for all active military and officers of the Norristown police and fire Departments. All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Norristown Farm Park: Are you scared of black cats, spiders, bats or owls? Learn about these creatures of the night at 1 p.m. Oct. 26. Hear a seasonal story and make a craft. Costumes are welcome. Preregistration is required by calling (610) 270-0215. This program is suitable for children 3 and older. There is a $5 fee per child. Meet at the park office, Barley Sheaf Drive and Germantown Pike, East Norriton.
Also, join environmental education specialist Ruth King for a free twilight spooky hike for adults 18+ at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30. Learn about some of the special adaptations of local creatures of the night and hear a couple of haunting tales along the way. Meet at parking lot No. 2. Preregistration is required by calling (610) 270-0215.
Norristown Area High School: West Norriton Township Parks & Recreation will hold its annual Halloween Parade & Party at 10 a.m. Oct. 29. The parade will stage at the athletic complex track. A post-parade party immediately follows in the gym. All children must be costumed. In case of rain go directly to the gym.
Harleysville Rotary Club Halloween Parade: Registration and line-up is at 10 a.m. Oct. 22 at the Indian Valley Middle School, Maple Avenue, Lower Salford. Judging will be at 10:30 a.m., and the parade will start at 11. The parade will end at the Harleysville Community Center, where free food and drinks will be provided by the Rotary and Jaycees of Harleysville. “Toys for Tots” will be collected along the parade route. Contact (215) 256-7615 or email@example.com.
Historic Sugartown: “Sugartown at Sundown” offers lantern tours with a spooky fall flair 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 21-22. Enjoy hot apple tea punch and treats from Simpson House Tea Room in the Carriage Museum at the end of your tour. The lantern tours will take place at 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8 and 8:30, and will last approximately one hour. Pre-registration is required by going to www.historicsugartown.org or calling (610) 640-2667. Admission is $10, $8 for children 6-10. Not recommended for children under age 6. Sugartown is at 690 Sugartown Road, Malvern.
Halloween in Manayunk: Oct. 22 on Main Street, Cotton Street, Venice Island and Pretzel Park will feature trick or treating, kids crafts, a dog costume parade, a kids costume parade, pumpkin carving and painting, a cornstalk maze, face painting, games and more. Call (215) 482-9565 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Laurel Hill Cemetery: It’s an evening 3K race at 6:30 p.m. (check-in at 4) Oct. 22 called Run 4 Your Life, with proceeds benefitting MANNA. Registration fee is $35. West Laurel Hill is at 215 Belmont Ave., Philadelphia. Go to www.mannapa.org/run4urlife.
Academy of Music: Pennsylvania Ballet presents “Cinderella” through Oct. 23 at the Academy, Broad and Locust streets, Philadelphia. For tickets, call (215) 893-1999 or go to www.paballet.org.
Concerts to catch
30 Main: Rocktoberfest is held noon to 8 p.m. Oct. 22 in Berwyn. The fun features local bands, Oktoberfest beer and food. Proceeds benefit Foundation for Learning in Tredyffrin/Easttown, which serves preschool through high school students facing barriers to educational success. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, $35 for two-hour food and drink packages. Get more at www.30mainberwyn.com.
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel: At 7:45 p.m. Oct. 22, there will be a performance by violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Shai Wosner. The program will feature Beethoven, Debussy and other composers. Tickets are $30, free for students through age 23. Keneseth Israel is at 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park. Call (215) 887-8700.
World Café Live: LiveConnections opens their 2016-17 season as the boundary-crossing trio of harpist Bridget Kibbey, clarinetist Benito Meza and percussionist Samuel Torres team up to present music by composers who immigrated to the United States from South America. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 Upstairs at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $18, $13 for students. Check http://liveconnections.org/kibbey.
Zellerbach Theatre: Trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, and the E-Collective, performs a concert of funk, R&B and blues at 8 p.m. Oct. 21 at 3680 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Tickets range from $25-$55. Visit www.pennpresents.org.
Kimmel Center: Philly Pops presents “Elvis: The King’s Songbook” at 8 p.m. Oct. 21, 3 p.m. Oct. 22, and 3 and 7 p.m. Oct. 23 in Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. For tickets, call (215) 893-1999 or visit www.phillypops.org.