South Street Headhouse District has plenty of tricks and treats for children and adults of all ages during the neighborhood’s annual Halloween festivities. On Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 12:00pm to 5:00pm, South Street Pumpkin Fest returns to Headhouse Square (2nd and Lombard) with circus performances, horse and wagon hay rides, crafts for kids, seasonal bites, pumpkin putt-putt golf, a straw bale maze, face painting and costume contests and even a a pumpkin pie eating contest. Businesses will also open their doors for trick or treaters (12 and under) from 12:00pm to 5:00pm.

For more information, visit, follow @officialsouthst on Twitter or call (215) 413-3713.  Festivities are free, with food, drink and shopping pay-as-you-go.

South Street, Queen Village and Society Hill are ready to get their spook on when little ghosts and ghouls come out for the annual PumpkinFest celebration. On top of returning family favorites like hay wagon rides, circus performances and the straw bale maze, Fall PumpkinFest will feature pumpkin putt-putt golf, and a bevy of contests with prizes under the Headhouse Shambles. The full PumpkinFest line-up is below:

* Horse and wagon hay rides on the cobblestone-lined streets around Society Hill and South Street neighborhoods. Rides are ticketed, with proceeds going to charity, and begin at the edge of the Shambles at 2nd and Lombard.

* Get lost in the middle of South Street’s straw bale maze with enough twists and turns to challenge both younger children and their parents.

* Philadelphia School of Circus Arts/ Airplay Entertainment will perform amazing aerial feats and  Mystique the Magician will dazzle with illusions.

* Halloween is about giving back too! Bring gently used winter coats, shoes and donations for Broad Street Ministry to provide for those in need in advance of winter season.

* Make and take crafts for children including coloring your own trick-or-treat bags, pumpkin decorating and other crafts.

* Costume contest for kids under 14, with special categories for most creative costume, scariest costume, and best family ensemble. Judging starts at 3:00pm, with prizes provided by South Street Headhouse businesses. In addition to the costume contest, there will be a pumpkin pie eating contest for kids and adults).

* South Street businesses will formally open their doors to welcome all the boos and ghouls dressed up in costume from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. Pick up your list at PumpkinFest and look for ghosts hanging outside all participating businesses. Children should be 12 and under, and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The event will be held rain or shine.

Visitors are encouraged to extend their outing and take advantage of the local South Street Headhouse District restaurants, shops and galleries that are running specials to coincide with the day’s festivities.

For schedule updates and additional activities, visit, follow @officialsouthst on Twitter or call (215) 413-3713.


South Street Headhouse District is a renowned commercial corridor and home to over 400 unique businesses, including the city’s best boutiques, designers, artists, retailers, restaurants and services in the region. The district one of the top tourist destinations in Philadelphia, with over one million visitors each year. Surrounded by the historic neighborhoods of Society Hill, Queen Village, Bella Vista, and Washington Square West, the South Street Headhouse District is great place to eat, shop, play, and live. For more information, call 215-413-3713, visit, follow @officialsouthst on Twitter, and like South Street HeadhouseDistrict on Facebook.

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