October Fun at Morris Arboretum


Morris Arboretum’s Scarecrow Walk is back for the 13th year (spooky right?) with the 2020 theme, “Fairy Tale ‘Crows.”  Scarecrows will be on display throughout the Arboretum from October 3 through November 1. Visitors will vote for their favorite scarecrow online to determine the winners.  Top prize for the winning scarecrow is $250. Advance tickets are required for all visitors. Morrisarb.org/tickets

Using the Fairytale theme to share timeless stories with visitors, the Arboretum will post fairytale stories around the garden with accompanying story details like a log with three cut-outs for the three bears or Hansel and Gretel’s ‘breadcrumbs’ leading to the log cabin where a witch awaits them.

Lots of online classes will be offered in October like “Designing a Productive and Ornamental Vegetable Garden” with Alex Correia, Horticulturist at Longwood Gardens, or “Fruit to Nuts: Collecting, Cleaning and Sowing Your Own Seeds”, taught by Morris Arboretum’s Executive Director, Bill Cullina and Arboretum Propagator, Shelley Dillard. A full selection of classes is available at morrisarb.org/classes.

New this year!  Morris Arboretum has more ways to celebrate Halloween beyond its month-long Scarecrow Walk. It’s a nighttime event that is safe, fun, and just a little spooky.  Visitors will experience the Arboretum by night at Ghostly Gathering at Morris ArBOOretum on Friday, October 30, and Saturday, October 31 from 5:00pm – 8pm. Come costumed and ready for fun at the Morris Arboretum’s first ever Halloween nighttime event. The Arboretum is giving out trick-or-treat bags to fill as you hear scary stories, play games, and see the Fairytale Scarecrows all lit up at night. Every activity will be appropriately distanced – and you’ll already be wearing a mask!

Advance tickets required, available to Members on October 1, and to Non-Members on October 12. Morrisarb.org/halloween. Member Adult: $15, Member Youth: $8. Non-Member Adult: $20, Non-Member Youth: $10

For more Halloween fun join The Witching Hour on Sunday, November 1, 6pm-9pm

Grab a date, spouse, or friends and come in costume for nighttime fun in the garden. Stroll through Fairytale scarecrows, peer into shadows, smash some pumpkins, and celebrate the night after Halloween with us. Beer and wine will be sold onsite. Advance tickets required; available to Members on October 1, and to Non-Members on October 12. Morrisarb.org/halloween. Member: $15   Non-Member: $20


Morris Arboretum is one of more than 30 Philadelphia gardens in America’s Garden Capital. This 92-acre horticultural display garden features a spectacular collection of mature trees in a beautiful and colorful landscape.  The Morris Arboretum offers educational programs for many audiences ranging from youth to professional, and is a leader in botanical and horticultural research.  The official arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Morris Arboretum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and accredited by the American Association of Museums.  For more information, visit: www.morrisarb.org

Photo caption: Morris Arboretum’s annual Scarecrow Design Contest is open for registration. This year’s theme is Fairy Tale Scarecrows. All characters are welcome. Scarecrows will be on display from October 3 through November 1 and visitors will vote online for their favorite. Summon up your creativity and register at: Morrisarb.org/scarecrows

Scarecrow Contest registration is open!

Theme is Fairytale Scarecrows

Register at Morrisarb.org/scarecrows