Plus, Marc Vetri’s new steakhouse, public restrooms, and more of what we want to tell you about today.
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Delco Dad helps you find the best Halloween displays with the FrightMaps app
Now that it’s officially fall, I think we can all agree that it’s not at all unreasonable to start talking about Halloween. One of the best things about Halloween is seeing who has the craziest Halloween exhibits in your neighborhood. Some people go out of their way, especially in the age of animatronics and motion-activated sound effects. If you haven’t been down the Halloween aisle at your local Home Depot or Lowes in a few years, check it out. We are light years beyond glitter pumpkins.
But how do you find the best Halloween displays? I mean, other than walking, driving or biking all over town? Hoping to spy a 12-foot-tall Freddy Krueger replica with movable blade hands and a sinister laugh peeking out from the front of someone’s house? Enter the newly released FrightMaps app, developed by Delco’s father, Mike Kane.
Everything is quite simple. And completely free.
If you’ve decorated your home for Halloween, you take pictures of your display and upload them to the FrightMaps app along with your location, the title and description you want accompanied by the pictures, and your email address. Kane checks the submission (you know, to make sure you haven’t uploaded a photo of your butt) and adds it to his database. Notably, the FrightMaps app also lets owners set whether or not they’re handing out candy on Halloween (and users on the other end will get a notification of any nearby candy houses on D-Day), though ‘it’s hard to imagine someone going to all this trouble and not at least get out a bowl of candy corn.
If you’re looking for the best Halloween displays near you, just bring up the map and you’ll see icons pointing to the aforementioned listings. You can check in to places and leave a review. You can also find Halloween shopping attractions like haunted houses and spooky wagon rides, and Kane doesn’t charge for those deals to be on his card.
The official launch of the FrightMaps app will take place next Thursday at Thornbury Farm in West Chester with a bonfire and a screening of Hocus Pocus. (Tickets for that here.) But Kane says he’s had plenty of answers already, with Halloween exhibits listed as far away as Texas.
If this all sounds a bit familiar, it’s because Kane is the same guy who brought the ChristmasPrism app to the world, which is just like that, but for displays of Santa Claus and reindeer rather than buzzing cauldrons. .
Kane is quite familiar with Halloween decorating.
“You can tell I’m obsessed,” he told Philly Mag. “My sister and I started doing tours around our neighborhood when we were kids, giving people walkie-talkies and stuff. I’ve amassed quite a collection of Halloween items over the years.
And, yes, Android users. There is also a FrightMaps app for you. You can download wherever you get your apps.
Coming Soon to Philadelphia: Public Restrooms
But less than half of respondents who said they needed to use a toilet in the city center said they would use one of these public toilets. Of course, that could change on New Year’s Day, when the Mummers Parade and its, er, side-activities increase the need for (appropriate) places to relieve themselves.
“Portland Loo” public restrooms are coming to Philadelphia! @PhiladelphiaGov is piloting a model of public restrooms starting in the city center and expanding to other neighborhoods in the future.
Learn more ⤵️ https://t.co/kU9vIP70VU
— Philadelphia Public Health (@PHLPublicHealth) September 20, 2022
About that Danger! Company
I don’t know if you’ve heard of it Danger! news, but I’m a bit obsessed with the Danger!, so I have. (I also hate that I have to include the exclamation mark at the end of the name, but Philly Mag’s copy guru insists I do.)
The Danger! [ugh] the producers are considering a major change to the rules of the game, which hasn’t changed much in a long, long time. The idea is that if you sweep an entire category from block to block, and without jumping around the board or being interrupted by another contestant, you will earn bonus money. Although some Danger! purists have taken to social media groups and to poke fun at the idea, I totally agree. More money. More fun.
And before you tell me that this “news” has nothing to do with Philadelphia and therefore has nothing to do with Philly Mag, consider this: Philly Danger! champ Ryan Long was pretty good at category sweeps, and he’ll appear on the game show’s Tournament of Champions later this fall. So the!
Check out our interview with Ryan Long here.
Could this KOP SEPTA train finally arrive?
It looks promising. But we must remember that this is SEPTA we are talking about. And they still have not perfected the SEPTA Key set, five years after its debut.
What are you doing this week end?
Chris Rock! Fringe Party! Neil deGrasse Tyson! Forbidden books! So many options.
From the food counter…
Marc Vetri has finally opened his Main Line steakhouse, Fiore Rosso. Is it very expensive? Oh yes! Is it very good? Well, Jason Sheehan, restaurant critic for Philly magazine, just gave his take on Fiore Rosso. Only two stars, which by our rating definitions means “come if you’re in the neighborhood.” Ouch!
Oh, and with this weekend ushering in Rosh Hashanah, we thought it would be a great time to tell you about Philadelphia restaurants offering Rosh Hashanah delicacies. Mmmmmmm.
And from the Hope-Lives-On sports office…
Alright, so Thursday Night Football was on Amazon Prime again. I guess I have to get used to it. With tech support (thanks, honey!), I took a few minutes, but it was the Steelers vs. the Browns, and like all good Philadelphians, I was raised to hate the Steelers, so who care? (Pittsburgh lost 29-17, which is normal.)
The Phillies game against the Atlanta Braves was on Fox instead of local TV, which was a shame. But I listened to the first six innings on the radio in the kitchen – hey, grandkids Halloween costumes won’t sew themselves, yo – so I heard Scott Franzke and Michael Bourn recount as the Phils were up 1-0 early and, miraculously, held the lead behind Ranger Suarez’s stellar pitching until the fifth, when he gave up a brace to Austin Riley and then walked two batters. But wait! With the bases loaded, he hit Michael Harris II to end the threat.
Zach Eflin came out on top in 7th, and the biggest controversy of his outing was a highly questionable shot-by-shot call that was totally doctored by Austin Riley, and Philly fans let him know what they thought. . It was around this time that the Brewers sealed a 5-1 win over the Reds to cut the wild card race with the Phils to two. We, uh, don’t have a good record this year of keeping tight runs. But this time, the stars have aligned; José Alvarado got the job done in the top of the ninth, ending the game by hitting Robbie Grossman on the swing. Hey, I believe! Maybe. Type of. Kind of.
In other news, Union signed captain Alejandro Bedoya for another year, which is a win for old people (like me) everywhere, because he’s 35, which is, like, 90 in the football years, and he’s having the season of his life. —Sandy Hingston