8 Halloween Events in Philly That Are Just For Kids

Painting pumpkins at last year's Fall Festival + Spooky Saturday on East Passyunk Avenue.

Painting pumpkins at last year’s Fall Festival + Spooky Saturday on East Passyunk Avenue.

We’ve already told you about all the spooky, ghoulish events around the city this month, but what about the little trick-or-treaters? There’s plenty of kid-friendly Halloween fun in Philly, too, and we’ve rounded it up for you.

Boo at the Philadelphia Zoo.

Boo at the Philadelphia Zoo.

Boo at the Zoo
The Philadelphia Zoo hosts two weekends of not-so-scary activities so kids can celebrate Halloween in costume with their favorite zoo animals. There will be live music, food, games, and more, all included with general admission. October 18th and 19th, and October 25th and 26th, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Philadelphia Zoo, 34th Street and Girard Avenue.

Halloween in Manayunk
Enjoy a family movie night on Friday, October 24th at 6:30 p.m. at the newly opened Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center. Trick-or-treat along Main Street and head to Fall Fest on Saturday. Most activities are free and open to the public. Friday and Saturday, October 24th and 25th, times and locations vary

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Quick Bites

Jet Wine Bar opened on the 1500 block of South Street over the weekend. Expect reasonable wine by the glass and a lot of blue. [Jet Wine Bar]

Philly Chit Chat gets behind the scenes at the soon to open Corner on the corner of Drury and 13th Street. [Philly Chit Chat]

Little Fish is going to take over the Salt and Pepper space at 6th and Fitzwater. Salt and Pepper is moving to 1623 E Passyunk which was most recently Michael’s Cafe.  [Restaurant Club]

Brownstoner spots progress on Colosseo, a brick oven pizza spot at the corner of 15th and Spring Garden. [Brownstoner]

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First Night Market Opens Next Thursday

Headhouse Farmers’ Market lovers, listen up! The Food Trust, the local organization behind most of the area’s farmers’ markets, has organized a mid-week evening alternative to your favorite weekend shopping destination.

Inspired by the bustling nighttime bazaars in Asia, Night Market will rove to six different locations over the next 18 months, with each one-night installment taking place in a different neighborhood. Instead of regular farmers’ market fare, patrons can pick up tasty prepared foods from local restaurants, including Sugar Philly’s chocolate-hazelnut macaroons and Cantina Los Caballitos’s shrimp ceviche.

The inaugural Night Market happens next Thursday, September 30 in South Philly at Passyunk Avenue and Tasker Avenue. Click through for a full list of sort of treats you might find.

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News for People Who Like Bad News

The just-opened Headhouse is closed to re-conceptualize as chef Jimmy Chiu has quit. [Beer Lass]

Ten-year old Cafe Spice in Old City has ceased operation. The Liberty Place food court stand remains. [The Insider]

Around the Web: New Spots

Apples, and Cheese Please comes back with a pleasing report on Downingtown’s Station Taproom. [Apples, and Cheese Please]

Mom and Dad take Two Eat Philly out to the brand new Tweed where the fish shines but other dishes struggle. [Two Eat Philly]

Mac & Cheese takes a look at the new-ish Cooperage from the point of view of a vegetarian Southerner. She is not very impressed. [Mac & Cheese]

CE Phood takes an early look at the food at Head House and has good things to say about the Asian-inspired bar snacks. The mussels and some of the other options, there’s trepidation there. [CE Phood]

Two Eat Philly finds sushi they like at Doma on Callowhill. [Two Eat Philly]

Quick Bites

Meal Ticket gets some details on Fathom Seafood Bar and how the concept came together in a matter of days. [Meal Ticket]

Headhouse is set to open in the former Zot space this Thursday. [The Insider]

The former Snow White diner at 2nd and Market will be transformed into the Revolution House, a new restaurant with sky deck. [Meal Ticket]

Grub Street has details on Il Pittore and the partnership between Stephen Starr and chef Chris Painter. [Grub Street]

Fond will be adding a chef’s table to its back patio among the potted herb plants. [Meal Ticket]

Ro-Zu has reopened at 7th and Bainbridge but the original chef has left. [The Insider]

Noche has a nice new look, Meal Ticket has the photos. [Meal Ticket]

Cacia’s in Northern Liberties has closed, a sign on the door says they did not renew their lease.

Quick Bites

Mac’s Tavern is set to open next week in Old City. They’ve hired Michael Suminski formerly of Ortlieb’s and Azure as chef. Look for an Always Sunny in Philadelphia attended grand opening on June 22nd. [The Insider]

Nana Petrillo is bringing Capogiro gelato to the Piazza. [Meal Ticket]

El Limon, a new Mexican restaurant and take-out spot for Conshohocken will have a unique feature for dine-in customers, free margaritas. [PJ’s and Coffee]

Philly Steak & Bagel Train has opened across from the Inquirer building on Broad Street. [Philly Speaks]

Epicure Cafe has finally opened in East Falls. The cafe will be open from early morning to evening serving breakfast, sandwiches and burgers. [Brownstoner]

Jet Wine Bar is hiring servers and bartenders for their summer opening on South Street. [Foobooz Jobs]

Antoine Amrani’s Champagne Truffles were the snack of the day on Friday’s Rachael Ray Show. [Facebook]

Tom Pittakis will be the food and beverage guy at Bruce Nichols’ forthcoming Headhouse. [Beer Lass]

Quick Bites

When we first learned that Le Viet was opening on 11th Street near Washington we admittedly ho-hummed the coming of another Vietnamese restaurant to the corridor. But when we saw it from a car on Saturday we were shocked, this is a high-concept restaurant. Same happened when Michael Klein spotted the Vietnamese restaurant from a cab. But he got out and snapped some photos. [The Insider]

Michael Klein has a first look at El Rey, Stephen Starr’s Mexican restaurant on Chestnut. He also unveils the name of the backroom bar, Ranstead Room. [The Insider]

The Illadelph who specializes in pulling restaurant nuggets out of unexpected places finds that Starr is considering opening an Italian restaurant and pizza shop in West Philadelphia. [Daily Pennsylvanian via the Illadelph]

It was going to be Cafe Maurice but now the concept is Tweed and it’ll bring country-to-table to the former Les Bons Temps space. [The Insider]

Kong has tweaked its approach and menu. Giving the people what they want is evident in the cheesesteak dumplings. [Meal Ticket]

Skinner’s closed after business on Sunday night. The Always Sunny in Philadelphia backed Mac’s Tavern will open in a few weeks after a short makeover. [The Insider]

Bruce Nichols’ HeadHouse at 122 Lombard Street is aiming for an April 23rd opening. [The Insider]

We love this name for a frozen yogurt store. Whirled Peace is coming to Paoli on Lancaster Ave. [Main Line Dine]

Brick Oven Bread and Cheese Shop is looking to open by the end of the month in Phoenixville. [Apples and cheese, please]

Main Line Dine has a bullet list of Wayne restaurant news, everything from Chipotle to Spanish tapas. [Main Line Dine]

East Passyunk’s Mamma Maria is dropping its fixed price policy. [The Insider]

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