By Dorothy Sasso - For Weekender

Heading to Philadelphia? Here are 10 things to do in the city of brotherly love this weekend

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Enjoy a weekend in Philadelphia.

With Halloween on a Saturday there are a multitude of events taking place. From haunted tours to costume parties to horror movie marathons, there is something for everyone. So get ready to celebrate Halloween Philly style.

Mischief Night by Firelight: At 7 p.m. Oct. 30, take a tour of Laurel Hill Cemetery where performers will tell True Tales from the Tombs about residents of the historic burial grounds. Tours depart every half hour until 9:30. Bring a flashlight and after the tour, enjoy cider and cookies. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door or online. Reservations are required for groups.

Night of the Crawling Dead: brings a zombie themed pub crawl to Philly. Twenty locations will participate on Oct. 30 and 31. Tickets for Friday are $10 and $15 for Saturday. A $30 ticket allows attendees to hit both crawls and enjoy a special Halloween morning brunch.

Candlelight Ghost Tours at Fort Mifflin: Fort Mifflin is rumored to be one of the most haunted sites in Philly. Tours feature stories of hauntings experienced by visitors and staff. Tours depart every 15-20 minutes from the Hospital Building from 7 to 10 p.m. Visit to purchase tickets and see other spooky events happening this weekend.

Temple vs. Notre Dame: On Oct. 31, Temple University’s football team goes head to head with Notre Dame, currently ranked 6th in the country. This is the first time Notre Dame has played any Philly team in the City of Brotherly Love since 1955. Tickets are available on StubHub or through Temple’s website:

Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon: On Halloween, take part or watch runners in one of the largest half-marathons. The race starts at 7:30 a.m. at Eakins Oval on the Ben Franklin Parkway. For more info, visit

Ghost Tour of the USS Olympia: Explore Philly’s haunted warship, the only surviving ship from the Spanish-American War. Learn all about the ship and its paranormal history during the 75-90 minute tour. The Olympia is at Penn’s Landing. Tickets are $19 and must be purchased in advance. For more information, visit

Halloween at Franklin Square: Enjoy family friendly Halloween events at Franklin Square. The park has Spooky Mini Golf and a Pumpkin Patch. Decorate pumpkins on site.

The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular: For more family friendly fun, head to Sesame Place through Nov. 1. Enjoy three Count themed rides, the Neighborhood Party Halloween Parade and a themed maze. Come in costume! For more info visit

Very Scary Sleepover: Awesome Fest is teaming up with the Philadelphia Film Festival to present a 19 hour Wes Craven marathon, beginning on Oct. 31 at 11 a.m. Films include “The Last House on the Left,” “Scream” (Jamie Kennedy will attend the screening) and several of the Nightmare on Elmstreet titles. Movies are played back to back at The Prince Theater until 6 a.m. Nov. 1. Stumptown Coffee Roasters will provide caffeine to get viewers through the night. Tickets are $25; 18 and older to attend. To purchase, visit

Film Festival Closing Party: Celebrate the final night of Philly’s Film Festival on Nov. 1. A screening of “Where to Invade Next,” Michael Moore’s latest documentary will be shown. Enjoy a masquerade party at The Prince Theater. For tickets and more info,

By Dorothy Sasso

For Weekender

Enjoy a weekend in Philadelphia. a weekend in Philadelphia.