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Annual ‘Terror Behind The Walls’ Ghoul Show Opens Friday in Fairmount

By Paul Kurtz

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — This Friday, the doors at Eastern State Penitentiary swing open once again for the twenty-first installment of “Terror Behind the Walls.”

The two 600-pound gargoyles have been hauled out of storage for placement on the façade of the old Gothic prison, a sure sign that Halloween will soon be here.

“The bringing out of the gargoyles is our way of letting the neighborhood and all of Philadelphia know it’s terror time again,” says Jason Ohlsen (center of photo), who has been designing attractions and directing the actors of “Terror Behind the Walls” for the past nine years.

His latest wrinkle is a haunted greenhouse, where overgrown vines come to life.  The new attraction will add about eight minutes to the tour.

“You’re going to get to walk down historic Cellblock 2, which you’ve never gotten to do before for Halloween,” he tells KYW Newsradio, “and we really think it’s gonna add to the show that was already great.”

Terror Behind the Walls” runs through November 10th at Eastern State Penitentiary, 20th Street and Fairmount Avenue in the city’s Fairmount section.


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