Celebrate the Season with a Scary Good Time

__3259762_origOctober 28, 2016 – It’s the last weekend in October, and you know what that means. It’s time to get your fright on.

If you’re not heading to a party this weekend and live in the southeastern Pennsylvania area, stop by one of the many haunts that promise to scare you silly.

Perhaps the most popular seasonal event in the Philadelphia area is Terror Behind the Walls, a haunted house that takes place in a real prison, Eastern State Penitentiary. The prison opened in 1829 and was abandoned in 1971 after housing the worst criminals in history for 142 years. You can tour the prison any time of year, which is frightening enough, but during the Halloween season, it turns into one of the craziest experiences ever.

Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” is arguably the scariest movie in his collection. It introduced the world to Norman Bates and his beloved mother, who run the Bates Motel. You can experience Norman’s crazy world for yourself with a trip to The Bates Motel, a haunted spot in Glen Mills, Pa. There are two exhibits on the site, so you can double your terror. The Haunted Hayride and the Bates Motel are sure to scare the bejesus out of you.

If you’re looking for a dose of reality with your Halloween fun, try one of these famous attractions:

Not only is historical Laurel Hill Cemetery the hippest and most photographed cemetery in Philadelphia, it’s also home to the Gravediggers Ball, and the special attractions for 2016, True Tales from the Tomb and the Halloween Picnic and Parade. Check the website for details and times.

Year round Ghost Tours of Philadelphia’s historic regions are super eerie during the Halloween season. The tour guides take you on a candlelit walk through historic cobblestone streets where you will discover the 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.

Follow a lantern-lit walking ghost walk through historic New Hope, situated in Bucks County, right outside of Philadelphia. The streets are quaint and may look calm to the naked eye, but they are haunted by 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.

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 eerie events, such as the 2nd Annual Mischief Night at the Mutter and the Day of Dead Festivities. Check out the site for dates and times. Only the Mutter can serve up Halloween like this.

Happy Halloween!

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Get your fright on

adeleOctober 15, 2014 – Halloween is almost here!

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.


A gift for the person who has everything

skullsDecember 4, 2013 – Do you have someone on your holiday shopping list that is difficult to please? Why not give them a gift like no other: a skull replica from the Mutter Museum.

The medical oddities museum, located on 22nd Street between Market and Chestnut Streets in center city Philadelphia, is trying to save its skull collection with donations. A $200 donation pays for the initial restoration and remounting of a 150+ year old skull of your choosing and gets your name (or the name of the person who receives it as a gift) on a plaque next to the adopted skull for one year. A $1,000 donation ensures the plaque will sit next to the adopted skull for 10 years, and earn you an official skull replica.

The skulls are among a collection of 139 gathered in the 1800s by Viennese anatomist Joseph Hyrtl. They belonged to prostitutes, sailors, robbers, soldiers, Gypsies, and others who families did not object to donating them after their passing. They represent a wide range of ages from eight to 80, and have been a part of the Mutter’s collection since 1874.

Hyrtl studied the skulls to prove that phrenology, a science that alleged the size of one’s skull indicates the person’s intelligence, a widely believed concept of that time, was a myth.

The campaign to adopt a skull runs until December 31.

Learn more about the fascinating Mutter Museum by visiting their website.