Arthur Prelle Malvern in the FallNow that the weather is finally getting cool, fall is upon us, and there are lots of ways to commemorate the turning leaves, harvests, and cool weather in south-eastern PA. Philadelphia has countless activities, and even some smaller towns like Malvern, Brandywine, West Chester, and other small suburbs of the city hold their own festivities to celebrate autumn’s arrival. Here are some of the big ways places are celebrating.

Take a Paranormal Tour of the Paoli Battlefield: In 1777, the British forces ambushed the American fighters in Paoli, PA, and massacred 52 soldiers in three motions. Since then, many historians and ghost-hunters have visited the battlefield to learn more about what really happened, the soldiers who died there, and what the ghosts of the slain soldiers are up to nowadays. The weekend of October 21, Tri-County Paranormal will host an investigation full of history, mystery, and surprise. Buy a ticket and join the festivities!

Attend the West Chester Halloween Parade: Always a fan favorite in West Chester, the annual Halloween parade will take place on October 25 this year. High school marching bands and cheerleading squads will be in attendance, along with numerous floats, groups, and costumed community members. West Chester University’s marching band will also be making an appearance along with their dancers, color guard, and mascot. Children can come in costume and collect candy from a candy stand — paraders won’t be throwing candy this year for the safety of the kiddos.  

Get Active at Philadelphia’s Free Streets Festival: To encourage people to explore active transport, learn the city better, and get their limbs moving, Philadelphia’s authorities agreed to close down seven miles of downtown roads to motorized vehicular traffic to make room for walkers, runners, and bikers. Along the routes, artists, craftspeople, and small business owners will have tents and stands to sell their wares. Support some local artists, get some exercise, and imbibe the beauty of the city of brotherly love.

Visit China’s Terracotta Warriors at the Franklin Institute: Making their only east-coast stop on their world tour at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute, the Chinese Terracotta Warriors guarded the burial complex of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shihuangdi, for 2000 years before their discovery in the 1970s by a farmer who literally stumbled across them. The warriors will be in Philadelphia until March, at which point they’ll travel to Seattle and exhibit there. Get your fill of ancient Chinese history and art before they’re off to dazzle the west coast.