Halloween is a time when everyone wants to dress up and have fun, but parents who don’t want their little ones running into their rooms every night for a month have a lot to consider. Pick the haunted houses made for your kids — spooky, but not terrifying — with diverse activities perfect for the whole family. These are the top five haunted houses for families.
Shady Brook Farm
931 Stony Hill Road
Morrisville, PA 19067
(215) 968-1670

Price: $12

At Shady Brook Farm, the whole family can enjoy Pumpkin Fest until Oct. 31st. The festival offers fun activities and games for everyone, including a corn maze, straw maze, farm animals, a giant spider web climber and a rope maze. Shady Brook also features a Barn of Horror Junior and Alien Invasion Junior, a slightly spooky treat for the children to enjoy. Later in the night, adults can hit the Barn of Horror.

Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Road
Media, PA 19063
(610) 566-9134 x212

Price: $4 member admission for adults/$2 children ages 3 to 15/$10 non-member adults/$7 children ages 3 to 15/free kids 3 and younger

This year, Tyler Arboretum will be host a Pumpkin Days Celebration on Oct. 20th and 21st. The event will be full of fun for the family, with food, pumpkins and a moon bounce. Families can also come together to assemble a scarecrow to take home or partake in myriad other fall fun oriented crafts. The arboretum also features a haunted barn for the family to enjoy together this season.

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Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 236-3300

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For families with children ages 7 or older, stop by the Eastern State Penitentiary. Watch kids learn a little history exploring cell blocks and touring the facility, because the tours for children this age also have an educational aspect to them. Not only do children have fun here, but they also learn…and get to take home a poster.

Camden Children’s Garden
3 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ 08103

Price: $4

Stop by Camden Children’s Garden on Oct. 27th or 28th for a day full of Halloween fun. Get spooked by goblins and more at this semi-spooky event. Children are invited to take place in the parade when they will also have the opportunity to go trick or treating. Feel free to take a ride on the haunted train or take a walk through the haunted maze. Children are sure to have a good time here.

The Schuylkill Center
8480 Hagy’s Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128
(215) 482-7300 x110

Price: $5 for members/$7 for non-members

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education will host Halloween hikes and hayrides on Oct. 26th and Oct. 27th. Young children can take a walk through the woods and meet friendly talking animals amongst glowing jack-o-lanterns. There will also be a hayride, campfire and s’mores.

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