2027 Fairmount Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
www.easternstate.orgClick here for schedule and prices
Eastern State Penitentiary’s “Terror Behind the Walls” in an awesomely horrifying experience. From the moment you set foot inside the 183-year-old prison, you feel the chill of the spirits that allegedly reside there. Consistently one of the area’s top 10 Halloween attractions, Philly is lucky to be the home of the prison that housed Al Capone. With tales of real ghost sightings, paranormal activity on film, a digital sound system, lifelike props, great sets and actors, this is a must for any horror fan. New this year is the Eastern State VIP After Dark Tour, which includes VIP admission along with a nighttime tour of the cellblocks. You will experience the 3-D room, Lock Down, Infirmary and Night Watch. Also get a glimpse of the insides of the abandoned prison including cells, beds and solitary confinement areas all the while surprises emerge from the dimly light shadows to spook you. For those adults who must bring children to the horror fest, there are designated family nights during which the monsters will “be nice” if requested. Don’t miss this theatrical extravaganza and walk into the abyss.
6th and Market streets
Philadelphia, PA 19102
www.grimphilly.comHours: daily 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. through Nov. 24
Price: $3.99 to 19.99
If you are in the mood for a haunted house but would like to also learn some dark stories and Philadelphia history, then Grim Philly’s “Vampires, Sex, Ghosts and more!” is the tour for you. It’s an adults-only adventure exploring the brothels of Helltown, ghosts, vampires, pirates, murder, etc. Historian and university professor Joe Wolfe leads this 90-minute adventure. The tour meets and departs outside of the Independence Hall Visitor Center. Sleep in, stay up late, walk under the cool moonlight and experience the horrifying magic that is Philly’s dark side.
931 Stony Hill Road
Yardley, PA 19067
www.shadybrookfarm.comHours: Fri and Sat – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Oct. 28
Price: $18 to $50
Shady Brook Farm is just a short ride outside of Philly in Bucks County. This is a great place to go if you want to experience more than one attraction in a night. The Horrorfest offers visitors an adventure with four horrifying attractions. Test whether you’re brave enough to go through the Barn of Horror, the 3-D Alien Encounter, the bloody Carnage, or take the Hayride of Horror. If you want to make a day of it, arrive early and check out PumpkinFest. A Hauntworld Top 13 Best Scream Park, Shady Brook Farm is a must on your Halloween to do list. After the fright, gather by the fire and roast marshmallows, or enjoy some awesome popcorn.
881 Highland Road
Newtown, PA 18940
www.houseinthehollow.comHours: daily – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. through Oct. 28
Price: $14 to $45
Located in Newtown, Bucks County, just 40 minutes from Philly, Sleepy Hollow is an actual working farm, so be sure to dress accordingly (no high heels or sandals!). The haunted house has 17 rooms to explore, secret passages and a cemetery. Don’t just stop after you experience the haunted house; continue on and explore the Field of Fright, take a hayride, or catch a bonfire (included with house, hayride and combo tickets).
5140 Butler Pike
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
www.hauntlulu.comHours: Fri, Sat and Sun – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. through Nov. 3
Choose one of 14 nights of terror and schedule your visit to Lulu’s House of Horrors sometime between Oct. 5 and Nov. 3. Lulu’s is conveniently located in Plymouth Meeting, a short distance off of the turnpike or 476, and easy to find. Start out with a wagon ride through the haunted, dark woods. After the wagon ride, you will find yourself at a graveyard. Be brave enough to walk by the stones of the dead, and find your way to the entrance of the House of Horrors. Live through the experience and you will be permitted to enter the corn maze.