If you live in the Philadelphia area – said to be one of the most haunted areas in the country – there are plenty of activities to give you a good fright. Whether you are looking for special effects-type of haunted activities, or yearn to visit places that are haunted by real ghosts, here are some of the best the region offers:
Terror Behind the Walls
A tour through Eastern State Penitentiary is frightening enough, but during the Halloween season when they put on the Terror Behind the Walls showcase, you’ll likely be scared as you’ve never been scared before. Located on Fairmount Avenue in Philadelphia, Eastern State is an abandoned prison that has housed some of the worst criminals in history. There are claims that the penitentiary is actually haunted, and nearly 60 paranormal investigation teams visit the site each year and have found evidence of ghosts behind the walls. So, whether you run into the real deal, or an actor trying to shock you, you’re bound to have a freakishly haunting time. Terror behind the walls is open every day except Mondays through November 2.
The Bates Motel Haunted House
Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” is arguably the scariest movie in his suspenseful collection. It introduced the world to Norman Bates and his beloved mother, who run the Bates Motel. Now you can experience Norman’s crazy world for yourself with a trip to The Bates Motel Haunted House. There are three exhibits on the site, located right outside Philadelphia in Glen Mills, giving you the option of a trilogy of terror. The Haunted Hayride, the Bates Motel, and the Haunted Corn Maze will thrill even the most sophisticated of Halloween enthusiasts. The exhibits are open daily through November 2.
Halloween at Laurel Hill Cemetery
Not only is historical Laurel Hill the hippest and most photographed cemetery in Philadelphia, it’s also home of the Gravediggers Ball, an annual event held each October, and the special attraction, Halloween at Lauren Hill Cemetery. Also known as the Soul Crawl, the program focuses on the rich history of Laurel Hill that dates back to the 1600s. Unlike other Halloween events, the Soul Crawl is scheduled for two evenings only, this Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18, and will be followed by light refreshments aside blazing fire pits.
Ghost Tour of Philadelphia
The year round Ghost Tours of Philadelphia’s historic regions near Independence Hall are super eerie during the Halloween season. The tour guides take you on a candlelit walk through historic cobblestone streets where you will learn fascinating tales of America’s most haunted city. Walking tours depart from 5th & Chestnut Streets and finish at 2nd & Walnut Streets. Year round, tours depart on Friday and Saturday nights; during the Halloween season, tours depart nightly.
Ghost Tour of New Hope
Follow a lantern lit walking tour through historic New Hope, Pa., situated in Bucks County, right outside of Philadelphia. The streets are quaint and picturesque, and may look calm to the naked eye. Yet these streets are filled with ghosts from the past. You’ll hear tales of the haunted hitchhiker, and see the historic Logan Inn where Aaron Burr and a Revolutionary War soldier have been known to haunt. During September and October, tours meet each Friday and Saturday night, including Halloween.
Halloween at the Mutter Museum
The Mutter Museum, Philadelphia’s own medical oddities showcase, is frightful enough on a normal day, but during Halloween, it goes to extremes. During the season, the museum features the scariest of movies and guest lecturers for a ghoulish good time. Come see cult thriller, “The Doctor and the Devils”, or take in a lecture on Tales from the Dark Side of Organ Transplantation, and discover the curious adventures of a real life crime scene investigator. Only the Mutter can serve up Halloween in such unique way.