It's terrifying...ghoulish, and downright blood curdling... and it's a MUST DO Halloween Event!

Throughout October the Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride will be scaring the  #*^&^! out of thousands of people, who, in the dark of night, ooze from the safety of their homes to slither into the dark fields of Glen Mills in search of a heart-pounding experience at the nation's #1 haunted attraction.

The Travel Channel has chilled & thrilled viewers many times, by showcasing this frightfully delicious place, and...Hauntworld Magazine and USA Today have rated it the #1 Haunted Attraction in America!

The props are truly 'film worthy with digital FX, great actors and extraordinary professional makeup.  

The Haunted Hayride is a 25 minute, action packed, heart pounding ride through the dark forest of Arasapha Farm.  It is filled with huge, detailed sets, giant monsters and more pyrotechnics than a Kiss concert.
  • A 100 foot long, 40 foot tall drive-thru insane asylum 
  • A full scale mock-up of a haunted New England church 
  • And a 200 foot long cave...and you'll never guess what's inside...!#$%#!
And beware of the hooves...because the Headless Horseman is making a come back appearance!

1835 Middletown Road (Rt. 352) Glen Mills, PA 19342
(610) 459-0647
Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride Website & Tickets

Q: Why did the ghost go to his neighborhood bar?
A: For the Boos!  ;)

Ghosts don't get boo'd in Delco - we invite them to join us under our giant Circus Tent of haunted adventures...where you'll fine Ghost Tours - Knife Wielding Artists - Witches Hayrides - Local Ghostbusters, Tombstone Tales - Scarecrow Making - and Costumed Parading.  But first...

Let's start with our infamous Locked Rooms for Escaping
You and a handful of others are “locked” in a room with one hour to escape. So channel your inner Sherlock and start collecting clues, solving puzzles and de-coding riddles! 

Media's Xscape the Room is in its 2nd year of providing live escape games which, throughout the year, have become the hottest new date night, girls night, birthday celebration or team building experience 
$28.00 a person (including taxes & fees) and at least 4 players are needed for them to run a quality game. The best times are had with the maximum of 10 players.  Click below for more details.

Click here for the Xscape Room Website

1 and 25 W Third St
Media, PA 19063
484 471 7031


Q: What kind of music do mummies like?
A:  Wrap.

But the only things getting 'wrapped' at Linvilla Orchards is their famous, fresh-made candy, cakes and pumpkin pies! Their Farmers Market is just one of the reasons that generations of families visit Pumpkinland!

Open now through early November, Pumpkinland is home to larger-than-life scarecrows and other legendary characters who only appear at Halloween. There are piles of pumpkins everywhere, in all colors, shapes and sizes — a huge selection of straw bales, corn shocks, toys and fall decorations  -- plus Corn Mazes to get lost in --  a week of twilight-time jack-o-lanterns -- Autumn Moon & Witches House Hayrides -- and ghoulish Halloween brews and treats for every taste and budget!

Click for Pumpkinland details, dates, and times

137 W Knowlton Rd, Media, PA 19063


Q:  Why did Dracula take cold medicine? 
A:  To stop his coffin!

Learn about the symbology of death on 18th century tombstones... 

No one will be 'coffin' during the Chadds Ford Historical society's October TAVERN TALK...because everyone will be spellbound by tales of tombstones, evil spirits and ghost-hunting adventures!

On Thursday night, October 12th from 7-9 pm, the spirits (both supernatural and fermented!) will be flowing freely at the Chadds Ford Historical Society's Barns-Brinton House Tavern for an evening of "SPIRITS & SPIRITS."
  • There will be spirits from Liquid Alchemy Beverages and Chaddsford Winery
  • Talks by Tammy, will reveal the meanings behind 18th century tombstones and their symbols 
  • Delmarva Historic Haunts, a local paranormal investigation team will answer your spookiest questions...and learn about the tools, techniques and process that Delmarva Historic Haunts uses to explore ghostly paranormal activities. (Photo of the gang and their van is below)

Local ghost-busters tell amazing stories about the 'spirits' they've met...
Tavern Talks is a monthly experience (not a lecture!) aimed exclusively for adults 21 and older that focuses on unexplored aspects of early American history and culture.
Click for more info and to purchase tickets

Barns Brinton House
Next to the Chaddsford Winery at 630 Baltimore Pike.
Adm $20 for non-members, $15 for members.
Tickets must be purchased in advance over the phone, in person or online as space is limited.
Call  (610) 388-7376 to purchase tickets by phone


Q: Who does Dracula get letters from?
A:  His fang club. 
...but the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation has even more fangs! 

Their famous Lantern Ghost Tours have grown so popular they've added a 3rd day of tours!

So pick your day, October 13th, 21st or 28th, and let the Plantation's history guides lead you into the night...back into time...for a creaky, eerie walking tour experience at one of the most haunted sites in the County. 

Follow a torch lit path...learn about the strange and inexplicable ways that colonists treated their dead...visit the wagon barn and farmhouse where you'll hear stories of bizarre events that took place... and for the first time ever, you will tour the farmhouse basement. BE - PREPARED - FOR A HORRIFIC STORY...!!$#@%^!!

Tickets only available by phone reservation.
Members $10, Non-members $12. Must be 10 or older. Call 610-566-1725
Accepts Visa and Mastercard by phone. Tickets only available through pre-registration. Tours are approx. 1.5 hours and start every 30 minutes.

Friday, Oct 13 -  6pm - 9:30pm   ---   Saturday, Oct 21 - 6pm - 9:30pm -- Saturday, Oct 28 - 6pm - 9:30pm

Ridley Creek State Park, 3900 North Sandy Flash Drive
Newtown Square, PA 19073.

Q: Who was the most famous ghost detective?
A: Sherlock Moans

And instead of moaning about that really bad joke, here's something to make your kids cheer...

Take them to Tyler Arboretum, one of the most beautiful natural sites in the region. Their annual Pumpkin Days Celebration is a huge family affair that takes place October 14th and 15th...                  
Assemble your own scarecrow and take a hayride through Tyler’s fall colors. And try your hand at crafts, games, face painting, a moon bounce, and an inflatable obstacle course! Take great family photos among the pumpkins! 

Hours are 10am to 5pm each day, and there's no pre-registration required. Free for members, Non-member admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $9 for youth, students and active military with ID. Children 2 and under are free. There's free parking at Penn State Brandywine with shuttle service. For reserved parking at Tyler, pre-paid parking passes are available for $10.

515 Painter Road, Media, PA 19063 United States


Q: What do you call a little monster's mother and father?
A: Mummy and Deady

(By now you can probably guess how this story is going to start... ;) 
So... if you're a mummy or deady, grab your OWN little monsters and head to the Grange for their annual Pumpkin Painting & Scarecrow Workshops. 

The Scarecrow Workshop is 1 to 4pm, and costs $5 per crow.
But before you come, send the kids on a 'stuffing' hunt around your home, gathering a bag full of old tee shirts and other fluffy house-hold items to stuff and plump up your newest family member (the scarecrow). Other materials are supplied at the workshop.

Or maybe your family would rather adopt a Pumpkin for the porch... The Pumpkin Painting Workshop starts at 1:30pm and is $5 per pumpkin.
And don't forget to take a tour of this historic estate...learn its history and enjoy refreshments from 1 to 4pm.  Plus you can start your holiday shopping at the Grange Gift Shoppe for unique and interesting wares.  Click here for the Grange Estate Website

143 Myrtle Ave, Havertown, PA 19083
(610) 446-4958


Q: Where do most werewolves live?
A: Howllywood, California 
...and where do all the best carved pumpkins live?  In Chadds Ford, of course!

Not many sculptors use 'live' canvases...but ours do - and these orange, pulpy masterpieces take center stage at the biggest, baddest Pumpkin Carve Celebration of them all!

This year's open air festival of pumpkin art is October 19th through the 21st, and features 60 local artists who carve their imagination into the orange flesh of magical Halloween pumpkins...

Weighing up to 400 pounds, all will be lit and displayed at the end of the carving on Thursday, October 19th (5-9pm)...and again, on Friday (5-9pm) and Saturday, October 20th & 21st (3-9pm).Great food and fall treats will be offered by area eateries, plus there will be live music, hayrides, a haunted trail and more.

Admission: $10 for adults 18 and older, $5 for ages 7 to 17;  Ages 6 and under are free. Dogs are not permitted for safety reasons, 

1736 Creek Rd, P.O. Box 27, Chadds Ford, PA 19317


Q: What are ghosts favorite kind of streets? 
A: Dead ends.

There will definitely be a dead Elvis sighting or two, but the 53rd Annual Halloween Parade on State Street in Media will be alive with monsters & ghouls on October 28th, starting at 2pm. 
There will be plenty of music and fun for all ages as every costumed-character imaginable from traditional witches and ghosts to zombies to cartoon characters and comic book heroes (Like Batgirl, above) proudly walk the parade route.
Sponsored by Delco's Town Talk Newspapers

State Street, Media, PA 19063
2:00 p.m.
Call 610-915-2253 for more information
Click here for more fun Halloween Jokes!

Voted Best Musical of the 20th Century by Time Magazine, Broadway's Joseph Spieldenner (above) is sensational as Billy Bigelow in the Media Theatre production of Carousel, on stage now through October 22nd.

Spieldenner began his career at Media Theatre and returns now as a seasoned Broadway professional, showcasing amazing skill and charisma with a performance that reaches into every seat, to tug us (heartstrings and all!) from the colorful carnival midway to heaven and back again...

This show was Rodgers and Hammerstein's second collaboration and features some of the most powerful music ever written for the stage, including “If I Loved You”, “Mister Snow”, “June is Bustin Out All Over” and the iconic “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”   

The story tells of a charming, roguish carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, who meets and falls in love with mill worker Julie Jordan.

Their marriage ends up costing both them both their jobs, and when Billy falls in with con-man Jigger Craigin, he gets caught in an armed robbery and takes his own life.

He returns to earth for one day fifteen years later, where he encounters the daughter he never knew...

Directed by Artistic Director Jesse Cline 
Music direction by Ben Kapilow
Choreography by Dann Dunn

State Street
Media, PA 19063

On October 7th the Museum will open a stunning and very personal audio & video exhibit: Dylan Gauthier: highwatermarks

This is the first US solo museum project by the Brooklyn-based artist who created this master work during a year-long residency at the Museum. 

Combining Video, Sculpture, Performance and Digital Media, this exhibit transforms the Museum's third floor gallery into a 4-channel, 4K video installation that narrates the path of a single drop of water down the course of the Brandywine and documents the local communities through which it flows. 

The Brandywine River
Shot on location in the Brandywine Watershed and surrounding region, the project traces the river’s headwaters among the farms of the Honey Brook Township, through industrial towns like Coatesville, and the rolling hills of Chadds Ford, to the public water supply to the city of Wilmington, DE.

highwatermarks presents the river and its people through four seasons, blending views from the Brandywine landscape with on-water shots filmed from a small boat constructed by the artist earlier in his residency.

Also opening on October 7: Time Scale

Ana Vizcarra Rankin
World Map (extraordinary rendition), 2014, collage
packing tape, 11" x 17" (framed)
...the first solo museum exhibition of new and recent works by Uruguayan-American artist Ana Vizcarra Rankin (b. 1977, Maldonado), presented by Philadelphia Contemporary and hosted by the Brandywine River Museum of Art. In large-scale paintings and hand-crafted collages of astronomical constellations and world maps, Vizcarra Rankin investigates themes of space, time, and correlation and creates dialog on humanity, globalization, migration, and scientific exploration.

1 Hoffman's Mill Rd
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Phone: (610) 388-2700

Harry Styles made history this May when his solo debut album topped the charts in more than 20 countries and broke US sales records

An alumni of  Britain's X-Factor, where he became front-man for the show's newly minted and hugely successful boy band, One Direction, Harry Styles now stands alone in the spotlight for an 8-week North American tour – and you can see him at the Tower Theater one night only: 8pm, October 5th!

Not only is the music hot, so’s the debate about Harry's Song-duel with former girlfriend, Taylor Swift. 
Harry's song "Ever Since New York" is thought to be addressed to his former flame -- and Taylor, whose songs "Out Of The Woods" and "Style"  (duh!) were thought to be about Harry.
But to stir the pot even more, Taylor just outed the first song from her upcoming November album -- "Ready For It"  -- and yes, 'enquiring minds want to know' if it, too, is about Harry???   (FYI: The National Enquirer supermarket tabloid trademarked that ad slogan in 1981...but it has since morphed into an iconic pop culture catch-phrase!)

You can also see ZZ TOP and more at the Tower:

ZZ Top 
Radio 104.5 Presents Paramore  - FRI, OCT 06

Kaleo Express Tour - WED, OCT 18

WMGK Presents ZZ TOP - SUN, OCT 22

Tracy Morgan  - SAT, OCT 28

KIDZ BOP "Best Time Ever" Tour - SUN,OCT 29

Click for the Tower Website

69th And Ludlow Streets,
Upper Darby, PA 19082 -- (610) 352-2887
The Longwood Gardens Annual Chrysanthemum Festival starts
and you've got an extra month to see the Main  Fountain Garden! 

Half a million guests have visited Longwood Gardens' revitalized Main Fountain Garden since opening to rave reviews on May 27th - so they've extended performances throughout October!

The Main Fountain Garden returned in May with glorious fountain performances, concerts, and special events. Originally slated to end their season on September 30th, Paul Redman, President and CEO announced “Our guests asked for more fountain performances and we are pleased that we can make that happen."  There are 12-minute shows daily at 11 am, 1, 3, and 5 pm through October 31.

The fountains perform at 6:30 pm followed by a spectacular 30-minute
Illuminated Fountain Performance set to music at 7:30 pm.  
Photo by Daniel Traub of Kennett Square, PA.
Don't miss these exciting 30-minute Illuminated Fountain Programs set to your favorite Movie, Swing, and Beatles Tunes:

Oct 13th: A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES -  Music from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Back to the Future, Dr. No, E.T., Pink Panther, Rocky, Star Wars: Episode IV and more.

Oct  20th: IF IT AIN'T GOT THAT SWING -  The Wynton Marsalis Quintet, Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane, and Benny Goodman.

Oct 21st: BRITISH INVASION -  The Electric Light Orchestra, Coldplay, Elton John, The Who, Paul McCartney, Adele, and Queen.

Oct 28th: THE BEATLES - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Help!, and I want to Hold Your Hand.

And be sure to experience their Annual Chrysanthemum Festival!
  • See iconic varieties grown into extraordinary forms throughout the Conservatory 
  • Youngsters love the Garden Railway, Pumpkin Playground and Tree Houses
  • During extended evening hours on October 6, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, and 28, the chrysanthemum-filled Conservatory comes aglow with Asian-inspired lanterns and the Beer Garden is open for tasty pub fare & live music!
Click here for the Longwood Gardens Website

On US Route 1, near Kennett Square, PA.
The Gardens are open from 9am-9pm on these special evenings.
Admission is via timed tickets now on sale

You don't have 1000 and One Nights...because there's just one afternoon performance at the Meagher Theatre. SO GET TICKETS NOW to hear music inspired by the greatest story-teller ever imagined...and more!

Let the talent, energy and passion of these outstanding musicians lure you into the desert, with melodies that evoke images of vast waves of golden sand undulating like an ocean... Feel the winds of adventure swirl around you as the music portrays the many exciting stories within the story of a woman in the midst of a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a vengeful King! All played-to-life exquisitely by Delaware County's renowned orchestra.

Violinist, Nina Vieru
Considered Rimsky-Korsakov's most popular work, the story is about a King whose wife betrays him with another.  He swears off love (after killing her) and decides to marry a different woman everyday, and kill her each morning after, so that he never experiences betrayal again.

But when Scheherazade becomes his wife, she saves herself by spinning 1000 stories over a 1000+1 nights, always ending at dawn with a cliffhanger moment...(sort of the original Soap Opera!). When she finally tells the King she has no more stories...he discovers he's fallen in love with her.

The Program also includes Jean Sibelius' Karelia Suite, and Henryk Wieniawski's Fantasie Brilliante on Themes from Gounod's Faust, Op. 20 with a solo by premier violinist, Nina Vieru.

Nina Vieru has performed on the most prominent stages in Romania, Moldova, Serbia, Mexico and the United States including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Verizon Hall and Perelman Hall playing an original Nicolo Gagliano violin. SHOWTIME: 3PM

Symphony ticket prices are:  Individual tickets at full price $20  --  Senior/Student individual tickets $17 --  One child under 12 (with paying adult) FREE.  Upon presentation of the Delaware County or Montgomery County Library card two tickets may be purchased for the price of one regular admission ticket the day of the concert.

And on October 22nd don't miss "Earthly to Ethereal" - a tour de force solo performance by Pianist Jennifer Nicole Campbell, the Symphony's Artist in Residence.
Pianist, Jennifer Nicole Campbell

This Piano Recital includes:

  • Ludwig van Beethoven's Sonata No. 14 in C Sharp minor, "Moonlight"
  • Claude Debussy's La Cathédrale engloutie, from Preludes Jardin sous la pluie, from Estampes
  • David Auldon Brown's Three Preludes (2017)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach's Prelude and Fugue in E Major, from the Well-Tempered Clavier Book II
  • Moritz Moszcowski's Étincelles (Sparks), Op. 36 No. 6
  • Frederic Chopin's Fantaisie in F Minor, Op 49
  • and Jennifer's own "Variations on Amazing Grace" (2017)

General Admission $15; Seniors/Students $12; Neumann University students with ID are free; Children under 12 with paying adult are free.

The Meagher Theatre at Neumann University
One Neumann Drive, Aston Township, PA 19014
Phone: 610-459-0905


Painting above is by Wayne Brown, Jonsson Brown Studio.  He is a prize-winning artist
specializing in representational and abstract painting, as well as wall sculptures.

Ever wonder where the magic happens for artists? It may start in the mind but it seeps into their studio surroundings, nurturing both the artist and his or her creative process in inexplicable ways.  On October 21st & 22nd you'll have a rare chance to explore artist's lairs and watch them work...

I happen to be something of an expert on art studios and how they support an artist's creative process. Mom and dad were both artists, with studios at opposite ends of the house (wisely!)
Dad's was modern and architectural and closest to the ever-brewing coffee pot. He was an illustrator for newspaper, magazine and private clients, as well as an architectural render-er.

Mom's studio was in the oldest part of the house, an original 'one room' stone structure c1760's with a walk-in fireplace and an upper level that once housed 7 very small beds. It was quiet, comfy and the perfect setting for a portrait and children's artist.

Each studio on the tour is different and unique, and paints a picture of the artist, that even he or she may not be aware of.  

And while most people think they choose the art they want...the art actually chooses us.  Let something original and inspirational 'adopt' you ;)

Painting by Lynnette Shelley, Macan Studios.
This painter explores animals, icons and 

Pick and choose the studios you want to visit by downloading the Catalogue/Map at: Delco Studio Tour Website

Support the Arts in Delco!
Collect original framed 6” x 6” pieces of art for the special pricing of $75.  The two-dimensional pieces are in a simple, elegant 6” x 6” frame, and 3 three-dimensional artists have also created special pieces for this Collector Series.  A photo of each is on the website.

Delaware County Studio Tour
Saturday October 21st, 10 AM to 6 PM
Sunday October 22nd, 11 AM to 5 PM
contact: Jeff Schaller
Click for more info

On October 21st, you and your family can Ride the Rails without ever leaving the friendly burg of Newtown Square. Bring the kids and be hobos-for-a-day at the Newtown Square Train Museum at Drexel Lodge Park.

Kids of all ages love trains!
So pack HANKIES FULL OF TREATS and tie them to sticks! 

Bring them with you and take pics of the whole gang aboard a Box Car...a Passenger Car, a Caboose, and even an historic Steam Engine! Admission is Free and so is the fun...starting with a little train giving rides to little hobos :)

This Pennsylvania Railroad Day Community Festival is 11am to 3pm with lots of great food from the grill, live music, Antique Cars and more. The setting is perfect with covered seating, a pretty pond and lots of room for the kids to roam.  Amateur historians will be on hand to give tours and share colorful stories about local history and the vital role of transportation on the 19th-century,

The Steam Engine is a 1920 yard locomotive built by the American Locomotive works. It worked in Syracuse, New York until 1950 then for a short time elsewhere and finally it just rusted away. The Museum obtained it in 2002 and has restored it to look like an engine of the 1890’s.

The Passenger Car was built in 1902 in the West Philadelphia shops of the PA Railroad. There were 600 built that year and this is their last remaining one. After service with the Pennsy it was sold to The Canadian National Railroad. Finally in 1975, The Henry Ford Museum in Detroit gave it to the museum.

The Caboose was built by The Pennsylvania Railroad in 1950.  The Museum obtained it from a local group in New Brunswick, New Jersey and has restored it. Today cabooses are no longer used on freight trains due to advancing modern technology.

The Box Car was likely built in 1907. It is wooden and typical of the kind that was used on the freight line to Newtown Square. This car was donated to the museum by the National Park Service’s Railroad Museum called Steamtown located in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Click to read more about the Newtown Square Train Museum

On West Chester Pike (Rt 3) -- 3/4 Mile West of Newtown Square
The Newtown Square Railroad Museum is a partnership in preservation with the Newtown Square Historic Society. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $5
Museum hours: Open May Thru October
Weekends 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by Appointment 610-356-9276

I've heard of commanding the stage, but only Hedgerow Theatre could command a Ghost to appear before Halloween ;)

But on October 5th, when the curtains rise on Noel Coward's Blythe Spirit, the stars align and an eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, manages to bring a spirt back to life - and it's not just ANY spirit! 

The play is about a novelist in search of material for his new book. Considering something supernatural, he invites Madame Arcati to his house to conduct a séance. This of course backfires when the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife arrives to haunt him...disrupting his marriage to his second wife!

Penelope Reed (Pictured above left, in Uncle Vanya) portrays
Clairvoant Madame Arcati in Blythe Spirit.
This is one of the few hauntings that will have you cracking up for almost two hours straight!

Get your tickets now because the show closes October 29th... just in time for their ghost to do what ALL ghosts do on Halloween weekend: Scare little kids! And big kids...and the dog...

Penelope Reed, noted actor and former Artistic Director for Hedgerow Theatre takes the stage again, playing Madame Arcati. 
Her years of experience can be seen in her amazing timing, and nuanced portrayal of this very funny character. Under her leadership as Artistic Director she helped grow Hedgerow into a dynamic regional force in theater and recently received the Philadelphia Barrymore Lifetime Achievement Award at the Merriam Theatre.

Click for more info and tickets

LOCATION: ON OUR MAIN STREETS:                                
64 Rose Valley Rd, Rose Valley, PA, 19063