As the hues of summer give way to autumn, there's a magical transformation that sweeps through Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley. The city, nestled in the heart of the Brandywine Valley, awakens to a new season painted in shades of red, orange, and amber. From pumpkin patches to haunted history tours, immerse yourself in the beauty and charm of fall. Get ready to fall in love with fall all over again.
Save the date for these upcoming fall events...
Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze and Fall Fun at Ramsey’s Farm
October 1, 2023 - October 29, 2023
Fridays Pumpkin Patch 1 p.m.-5 p.m. & Night Events 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Saturdays Pumpkin Patch 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & Night Events 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Every fall, Ramsey’s Farm is excited to welcome the public back for fall fun. Whether it’s pumpkin picking, hayrides or bonfire night events, it offers fun for everyone in the family! Don’t forget to try to escape the Ramsey Corn Maze. It’s a doozy.
The Oddities Tour at Rockwood Park and Mansion
October 1, 2022 - October 29, 2023
Weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
In time for Halloween, Rockwood Park shares interesting and bizarre objects from their permanent collection in specialty spooky vignettes throughout the museum’s first floor. Explore Rockwood’s Gothic design influences, mourning rituals, its apothecary, the museum’s paranormal investigations, and cabinets of curiosities throughout the fall season. If you dare, take on a paranormal tour full of spooky revelations...
The Addams Family at Delaware Children’s Theatre
October 7 – 29, 2023
Saturdays and Sundays
They’re creepy and they’re spooky... America's darkest family comes to life at the Delaware Children's Theatre in this original musical about love, family, honesty, and growing up. Perfect for the whole family to enjoy!
Pretty Woman the Musical at the Playhouse on Rodney Square
October 13-15, 2023
PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL, based on one of Hollywood’s most beloved romantic stories of all time, is coming to the Playhouse on Rodney Square in downtown Wilmington. This performance springs to life with a powerhouse creative team led by two-time Tony Award®-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell.
Want to win tickets to opening night?
Hauntings in History Tour in Historic New Castle
October 13-28, 2023
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
If you are brave enough to explore the darker side of New Castle Delaware's history, then join the New Castle Historical Society this October for the only ghost tour that brings you inside one of the most haunted mansions of Old New Castle! Should you dare join in the spooky festivities, be sure to keep your eyes and ears open...you never know what or who you might find.
Freaky Friday at The Delaware Contemporary
October 13, 2023
Feeling a bit too old to trick-or-treat, but love the spirit of the season? Halloween IS the ESCAPE holiday so kick off your festivities at this eerie-sistable event held at The Delaware Contemporary. Enjoy seasonal fun including a pumpkin carving contest, costume contest, haunted gallery tours, fall beer and cider tastings, and live music.
River Towns Ride
October 14, 2023
The 10th annual River Towns Ride & Festival provides riders with the opportunity to visit the historic riverfronts of New Castle, Delaware City and Wilmington while earning medals based on distance completed. This year’s ride will begin at 9 a.m. A post-ride party will be held in Historic New Castle’s Battery Park featuring live music, games, beer, food, and non-alcoholic beverages.
Drive In Movie Weekend at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library
October 20-21, 2023
Catch a family friendly flick under the stars at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library. Feel free to bring some snacks to enjoy, or purchase a few bites from Winterthur’s food tent. Chairs and blankets are welcome for sitting on the grass. Movies start at 7:00 p.m.
October 20: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
October 21: Hocus Pocus
Boo at the Brandywine Zoo
October 20-22, 2023
Celebrate Halloween Brandywine Zoo-style with a merry, not scary family fun event. All are invited to wear costumes while visiting the zoo animals and trick-or-treating through the zoo, collecting plenty of treats and taking on numerous holiday activities.
Boo-tique & Monster Market at the Shops of Bellefonte
October 21, 2023
Get ready for a spooky good time with the Shops of Bellefonte on Saturday, October 21. The Boo-tique & Monster Market is full of mischief. The market will feature Halloween, mystical and whimsical merchandise as well as regular favorites. Ferociously yummy food and brew trucks will also make a scary appearance. For even more Halloween fun, a costume pet parade and magical Witch Walk will hit the streets. Be there, if you dare!
Halloween Ghost Ship on Kalmar Nyckel
October 21, 2023
Celebrate Halloween at the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation Shipyard with a maritime twist on spooky fun for all ages at the 5th annual Halloween Ghost Ship. Bring the whole family in costume and enjoy Kalmar Nyckel Tall Ship of Delaware deck tours, outdoor pumpkin painting, a costume parade, face painting, and more.
The Taylor Party: Taylor Swift Night (18+) at The Queen Wilmington
October 27, 2023
Bring your friendship bracelets! A Taylor Swift-inspired dance party is coming to The Queen Wilmington. Experience an enchanting evening, singing and dancing through all the iconic eras, creating The Story of Us. Pick your Eras outfit, bring your besties, and come party for evermore. Sparks are sure to fly!
Día de los Muertos: Walking Among the Ancestors at Delaware Art Museum
October 28, 2023
Guests of all ages can experience a variety of activities to celebrate the Day of the Dead at the Delaware Art Museum. Enjoy an Indigenous ceremony, labyrinth walk and even contribute to ofrendas by bringing pictures of loved ones and food to leave at the altars.
Monsters, Myths, & Multiverses: The Science of Imagination at the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science
October 28, 2023
Let your imagination run wild at this fantastical event at the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science! Study the science of fantasy and sci-fi by engaging in a variety of activities from your favorite movies, games, books, and more. Try your hand at chemistry as an alchemist, discover the real-world inspirations behind mythological creatures, and use the power of your mind’s eye to solve puzzles in the traveling exhibit Mindbender Mansion. Come dressed as your favorite character. No matter what realm you favor, you’ll find yourself among friends.
Leaf peeping, harvest festivals, seasonal fun and Halloween festivities are ahead this month in Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley – be sure to make plans to #VisitWilm and enjoy the perfect fall getaway.