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Top Haunted Houses For Adults In Philadelphia

October 6, 2014 7:00 AM

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For the horror fans of the world, October is the best time to get your fix of fright, but it never fails: You always buy tickets to one that’s just mediocre and spend the season jealous of everyone else’s terrifying experiences elsewhere. Get out under the light of the moon and experience the terror yourself at the top haunted houses for adults in Philadelphia.
Eastern State Penitentiary’s “Terror Behind the Walls”
2027 Fairmount Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(888) 763-NITE
www.easternstate.org

Click 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. Check out the 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.

Grim Philly Adult Twilight Tour
6th and Market streets
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(856) 829-3100
www.grimphilly.com

Hours: 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.

Shady Brook Farm
931 Stony Hill Road
Yardley, PA 19067
(215) 968-1670
www.shadybrookfarm.com

Hours: 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.

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Midnight Productions House in the Hollow
881 Highland Road
Newtown, PA 18940
(215) 860-6855
www.houseinthehollow.com

Hours: 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).

Lulu’s House of Horrors
5140 Butler Pike
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
(610) 941-5985
www.hauntlulu.com

Hours: Fri, Sat and Sun – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. through Nov. 3
Price: $25
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.

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Joanne Apice is a full-time benefits manager with 20 years of experience in Human Resources. She earned the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist designation from Wharton School and the International Foundation. A lifelong learner, PA Accident and Health, Life and Fixed Annuities Licensed, she navigates the employee benefit maze daily in Philadelphia. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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