The first major holiday of the school year is coming up, and whether this is your first or fourth Halloween at Penn, The WALK is here to help you celebrate the right way. Check out our guide for where to shop for your perfect going-out costume and the activities to do to get you in a Halloween mood.
1. Ghost Tour of Philadelphia: This walking tour, which departs nightly from Signers Garden at Fifth and Chestnut Street, takes you around Philadelphia’s historic sites while telling ghost stories along the way. Buy your tickets in advance online for lower prices.
2. Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary: If you’re looking for something to get your heart rate going, don’t miss the annual attraction at Eastern State Penitentiary. If touring a creepy old prison doesn’t sound Halloween-ish enough, there are actors dressed up as an assortment of monsters and creatures to jump out at you. We recommend going with a group of friends (safety in numbers, right?) and you can find ticket info here.
3. The Bates Motel: Arasapha Farms, located about 35 minutes away from campus, features a haunted hayride, corn maze, and a haunted house inspired by the iconic Bates Motel from Hitchcock’s classic, Psycho. Watch the creepy movie one night, and visit the Bates Motel the next! Information about ticketing and hours can be found on the attraction’s website.
4. HallowLEAN Barre Class: If haunted houses aren’t your thing, check out University City’s newest exercise venue, Barre Focus Fitness! The studio, located on 4145 Chestnut Street (2nd floor), offers a fun and unique way to get fit using a ballet barre. The new location is celebrating their grand opening by holding a complimentary barre class on Halloween day, from 5:30-6:30, and invites everyone to join them for Happy Hour afterwards at Harvest Seasonal Grille & Wine Bar.
Update: The grand opening has been moved to Thursday, November 1st, due to Hurricane Sandy. The first class will be at 6 p.m. The happy hour will follow the grand opening.
1. Buffalo Exchange: This Center City favorite, found at 17th and Chestnut Streets, stocks a wide variety of costumes and accessories for that perfect Halloween look, at low prices that won’t break your budget. Venture beyond just the marked Halloween merchandise and scour the racks for a sparkly dress to incorporate into a flapper costume or a vintage jacket for a Mad Men-esque outfit. Tip: Bring your own bags for your purchases, as the store does not have bags on hand for customers.
2. Retrospect Vintage: This store, located at 508 South Street, has a wide variety of vintage and quirky items if you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind costume addition. Check out their blog for an idea of what you can expect. Plus, Philly Aids Thrift is right around the corner, so you can kill two birds with one stone and easily browse both stores. Check out our review of Philly Aids Thrift here.