Halloween and Craft Spirits Week

Alla Spina moves its industry up a week to coincide with Halloween and Craft Spirits Week.

Alla Spina moves its industry up a week to coincide with Halloween and Craft Spirits Week.

It’s already day five of the inaugural Philly Craft Spirits Week and this evening, Craft Spirits Week runs straight into Halloween.

Martha, with its dozens of local spirits is the defacto home of PCSW and tonight they are hosting a Freaky Tiki Halloween Party with free rum. That beats the heck out of miniature Snickers bars. The fun kicks off at 5 p.m. but most assuredly goes all night long. The outdoors will feature a rum tasting tiki hut and inside there will be tiki-inspired exotica music and if you come in costume, you can also get half-off tiki beer from Terrapin and Avery Brewing.

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Last-Minute Halloween Plans in Philly

Watch Poltergeist at The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons.

Watch Poltergeist at The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons.

Leave the candy on the front porch and go celebrate All Hallows’ Eve.

Actually Halloween @ Time
Bar/restaurant/music venue Time knows that most of the costumed shenanigans already happened over the weekend, but if you missed out or just want more, head here while it’s “Actually Halloween.” Clock Radio is hosting and the music will be from the ’80s.

Poltergeist and Halloween @ The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons
Get spooked with a scary double-feature movie night at the Piazza. Poltergeist is being shown first, at 6 p.m., followed by the 1978 Halloween.

Freaky Tiki Halloween Party @ Martha
Martha is going tropical for Halloween with free rum from local distilleries Row House Spirits, New Liberty, and Bluebird, plus “tiki inspired snacks” (I’m not sure what that is but I’m picturing pineapple), and a tiki setting complete with a bocce beach lounge. If you’re not a rum drinker, make sure to wear a costume to get the beer specials. Read more »

Inside M. Night Shyamalan’s Exclusive Halloween Party

Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan and wife Dr. Bhavna Shyamalan at the Shyamaween Halloween Party (All photos by Miles Boyer)

Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan and wife Dr. Bhavna Shyamalan at the Shyamaween Halloween Party (All photos by Miles Boyer)

It should be no surprise that the guy who made The Sixth Sense throws a good Halloween party. M. Night Shyamalan and his wife Bhavna held their third Shyamaween on Saturday night at The Fillmore. Read more »

20 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend

Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary. Photo by Krystle Marcellus

Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary.
Photo by Krystle Marcellus

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28

Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror @ Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center
Watch the spooky 1922 silent film with an equally spooky live score from organist Peter Richard Conte.

Terror Behind the Walls @ Eastern State Penitentiary
Halloween season in Philly isn’t complete without a visit to Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary, which, as a towering old stone prison, already had a creepy vibe before they went and added the bloody undead. Read more »

LGBTQ Event of the Week: AIDS Law Project’s “Boo at Bahdeebahdu”

The AIDS Law Project presents their 3rd annual "Boo at Bahdeebahdu."

The AIDS Law Project presents the third-annual “Boo at Bahdeebahdu.”

For its frightful theme and extravagant philanthropy, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is the AIDS Law Project’s “Boo at Bahdeebahdu”. The lavish costume charity party has two parts: a three-course dinner by David Hall of Joshua’s Catering followed by a spooky dance party. Proceeds from this event will support the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, which cites itself as having “risen to the defense of 41,000 Pennsylvanians with HIV/AIDS and educated more than 35,000 others on AIDS-related legal issues.” Expect a night filled with celebrity guest appearances and performances by Brian Sanders’ JUNK, John Jarboe and Heath Allen of The Bearded Ladies, Gunnar Montana, Miss Finesse Ross and DJ Sharyn Stone. The event begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 28th, at Bahdeebahdu, 1522 North American Street. Tickets Read more »

Get into Mischief at the Mutter Museum Tonight

Courtesy of the Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians

Courtesy of the Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians

Mischief at the Mutter @ Mutter Museum | Thursday, October 27
The museum of medical oddities is hosting its second annual Mischief at the Mutter party and “festive disguises” are encouraged. Your ticket includes an open bar, so you can drink as much as you need to make the wall of skulls feel OK. This one is 21-plus, but on Sunday kids are welcome at the museum’s Day of the Dead festivities. Read more »

27 Ways to Celebrate Halloween Season in Philadelphia

Halloween is fast approaching, friends, so it’s high time you locked down your plans. To help you out, we’ve rounded up 27 Halloween events happening around town, from costume fêtes to costume pub crawls to costume runs and plenty more. (Seriously, don’t be that guy who shows up without a costume, okay?) Here’s to a frighteningly fantastic Halloween in Philly.

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20 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend

Manayunk is hosting an early Halloween celebration this Saturday. Photo provided

Manayunk is hosting an early Halloween celebration this Saturday. Photo provided

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21

Sia @ Wells Fargo Center
The Australian singer with the hidden face brings her Nostalgic for the Present tour to Philly, with Miguel and AlunaGeorge.

Twilight in the Gardens @ Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
It’s the last Twilight in the Gardens of the year, with fiddler Kayla Williams and bassist William Karns providing the music and South Street music store BridgeSet Sound manning the art station.

Elvis: The King’s Songbook @ Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center
The Philly Pops take on the King to kick off their 38th season. Singers Allison Blackwell and Dave Bennett will join the orchestra in performances all weekend. Read more »

Can Fox’s Rocky Horror Reboot Possibly Be Any Good?

Robert Drake (center) with members of TNP, a Rocky Horror shadow cast. (Photo by InFlux Photography)

Robert Drake (center) with members of TNP, a Rocky Horror shadow cast. (Photo by InFlux Photography)

On Thursday night, Fox is set to debut its television musical version of legendary cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and the reviewers who have seen screeners don’t have very many good things to say about it. We decided to ask local Rocky Horror buff (and WXPN producer, local DJ, and hobby meteorologist) Robert Drake for his predictions. Drake has been doing the Time Warp really hard ever since the movie’s release in 1975, when he was a student at George Washington High School.

I can’t imagine that big Rocky Horror fans have high hopes about this TV version. How are you feeling about it?
Well, it’s cool in the sense that it will introduce Rocky Horror to a whole new group of eyes. That part is kind of cool. But then you have the commercialization of a film that should never have been commercialized.

And there’s also been a lot of interesting conversation and backlash regarding the actress playing Frank-N-Furter: Laverne Cox. She’s the transgender woman who was on the cover of Time magazine. But the role of Frank-N-Furter is a man who is a transvestite. He is a male who dresses in women’s clothing and loves females. That’s the entire premise of the movie. To have a transgender woman play a man who is a transvestite is a little cloudy. I don’t personally have a problem with it, but people are talking about it. I try not to look too deep.

You seem like a man obsessed with Rocky Horror. How did that begin?
I was kind of an outside kid in high school. I didn’t really connect with the kids in school. So whenever I had time, I would take the El downtown from Northeast Philly and hang out at punk clubs and other scenes in the city, and of course a magnet for many under 21 was the Theater of Living Arts, where they showed a midnight screening of Rocky Horror that became a tradition for many kids. Read more »

Capogiro Launches Scarily Delicious Halloween Flavors

Scary flavors for Halloween

Scary flavors for Halloween

Capogiro Gelato has introduced Halloween-themed gelato and sorbetto flavors at all locations including Capofitto Gelateria and Pizzeria in Old City.  “We like to change our flavor selection seasonally,” said owner Stephanie Reitano. “We pride ourselves in handcrafting flavors not seen anywhere else, and the new seasonal Halloween flavors are no different.”

Halloween gelato flavors include Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin, made with Lancaster County Long Neck Pumpkin, SIN-ammonMummy Mascarpone with Shrunken Head Apple, a rich imported mascarpone cheese taste with seasonal Lancaster County apples. Halloween sorbetto flavors include Pagan Pear with Bourbon, Black as Your Heart, which has a lemon charcoal flavor, Alien Eyeball, which is like Capo’s regular Kiwi Sorbetto with a more Halloween-y name.

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