Black Magic Bash, South Street PumpkinFest and more to do in Philly this weekend


MISCHIEF at the Mütter
October 27, 6:30-11 p.m.
Mütter Museum
19 S. 22nd St.

As if the Mütter Museum isn’t already creepy enough, the house of medical oddities opens its doors for a Halloween fete that includes a flashlight tour of the museum’s rarely seen basement. Tickets include an open bar for liquid courage, and a swag bag with spooky goodies like a Mütter-themed syringe shot glass, mutated lab rab plushie and, for kicks and giggles, a vagina or penis pin.

Boo! Celebrities Edition
October 28, 6 p.m.-midnight
1522 N. American St.

Dress up as your favorite star for AIDS Law Project’s annual Halloween costume party and fundraising bash. Depending on how much you fork over for a ticket, the evening includes a three-course dinner, open bar and dance party, but the real draw is the entertainment. Big-name local dancers and performance artists like Brian Sanders’ JUNK, The Bearded Ladies and Gunnar Montana are all scheduled to perform.

Healthy Halloween
October 29, 10 a.m.-noon
Smith Memorial Playground
3500 Reservoir Drive

Smith Memorial Playground hosts its annual Healthy Halloween bash that proves All Hallows’ Eve doesn’t have to beallabout the sugary stuff. Let your little one run wild around the 16,000-acre play space while stuffing his or her jack-o-lantern with wholesome snacks from Clif Bar, Beech-Nut, Bitsy’s Brainfood and more. The day also includes arts and crafts activities, games hosted by Soccer Shots and gadget- and doodad-building workshops with The Hacktory.

South Street PumpkinFest
October 29, noon-6 p.m.
Headhouse Square
Second and Lombard streets
Pay as you go

On Saturday, Headhouse Square transforms into a surrealist pumpkin patch, with straw mazes, circus performances, horse and wagon hayrides and trick-or-treating for kids at local businesses from 3 to 6 p.m. Stick around after 6 for Halloween Movies under the Shambles, featuring showings of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and “Beetlejuice. At 9 p.m., DJ Robert Drake hosts an interactive screening of “Rocky Horror Picture Show” for grown folks.

Black Magic Bash
October 29, 7-10 p.m.
Watkins Street Warehouse
1002 Watkins St.

Celebrate Halloween weekend Magic Gardens-style. This party takes place at artist Isaiah Zagar’s 9,000 square-foot mosaicked warehouse in South Philly, with music from energetic Balkan band West Philadelphia Orchestra and Mexican cuisine from South Philly Barbacoa. Costumes are required.

Divining the Dead
October 30, 5 p.m.
Palo Santo Wellness Boutique
1707 E. Passyunk Ave.

Discover what the future holds at this clairvoyant journey with local spiritualist Erick Dupree. Guests are asked to bring sacred objects, like photos and other trinkets, to build an altar to their ancestors. The goal is to have someone—orsomething—break through to help “slay your demons and release your past” to prepare for the fresh new season ahead.


Divine Lorraine Block Party
October 27, 4-10 p.m.
Divine Lorraine Hotel
Melon Street and N. Park Avenue
Pay as you go

Philly’s beloved Divine Lorraine will glow again. On Thursday, EB Realty Management hosts a block party to celebrate the lighting of the signs resting on top of the historic building. The fete features a beer garden, live music and traditional fall festival activities, like corn hole games.

East Passyunk Fall Fest & Spooky Saturday
October 29, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
East Passyunk Avenue
Tasker to Broad streets
Pay as you go

Fodder shocks, pumpkins and armies of creepy costumes line East Passyunk Avenue Saturday for the thoroughfare’s annual fall festival. The area surrounding the Singing Fountain plays home to activities all day long, like pumpkin painting, arts and crafts and a costume contest for kids and pups. Restaurants open their doors to offer seasonal street fare, and live music comes courtesy of local bands Shakey & Winky, Mia Johnson and Las Palabras.


Powerhouse 2016
October 28, 6 p.m.
Wells Fargo Center
3601 S. Broad St.

The future of hip-hop will be on full display Friday night at Wells Fargo Center for Power 99’s Powerhouse showcase. And powerhouse it is. The concert features performances by chart-toppers Wiz Khalifa, Trey Songz, Remy Ma and Philly’s own Meek Mill.


“Guards at the Taj”
Through November 13
Theatre Exile
1340 S. 13th St.

Take a trip back to 1648 India, when two Imperial Guards posted at the brand new Taj Mahal are presented with a task that throws them for a moral loopty-loop. Anthony Mustafa Adair and Jenson Titus Lavallee star.