Spooky Halloween Attractions in Philadelphia

Get ready for a scare in Philly this Halloween.

Does Halloween bring out the thrill seeker in you? Check out these startling sites that put a scare into all that enter. From a haunted Center City prison to rural farms, fields, and forests, get ready for a fright in Philly this Halloween season.

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    Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary
    ••• Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary. Photo credit Jeff Fusco

    Step inside the thick stone walls of this one-time functioning prison that served as a temporary home for notorious criminals like Al Capone and "Slick Willie" Sutton. On select days from September 16 through November 5, the popular attraction transforms into a haunted house of epic proportions. As visitors make their way through the penitentiary, they're confronted by costumed actors tasked with one goal: to cause a fright in all who cross their paths.

    Prices range from $19 to $45, depending on the day and time. For the best deal, reserve your ticket online; Rates go up if you purchase at the door - if it's not already sold out, that is.

     

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    Spirits of '76 Ghost Tours
    ••• Spirits of '76 Ghost Tours.

    Every night in October, as well as on select nights in September and November, Spirits of '76 leads ghost tours that explore the spooky side of the City of Brotherly Love. Each tour takes visitors to more than 20 scary spots spread throughout Old City. Expert guides tell bloodcurdling tales about legendary spirits said to inhabit local attractions like Carpenters' Hall, Independence Hall and Library Hall.

    . Reserve your spot online or call (215) 525-1776.

     

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    Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride

    Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride
    ••• Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride.

    The folks at Arasapha Farms in Glen Mills, PA have taken fright phenom Alfred Hitchcock's lead and created a spooky, real-life version of the creepy inn from Psycho. The site offers three separate experiences for scare seekers. A 25-minute haunted hayride carts visitors into the dark forest, where more than 75 "monsters" and over-the-top pyrotechnics create a delightfully tense atmosphere. Next, step inside the Bates Motel for an adrenaline-pumping tour complete with high-tech special effects and animatronic props. Before you head home, take a walk through the Haunted Corn Trail, where scarecrows are ready to startle at every turn. 

    The site is open to the public on select days in September and October. Tickets cost between $15 and $100, depending on which attractions you want to enjoy. 

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    Three entertaining experiences are up for grabs at Sleepy Hollow, a Halloween haven in Bucks County, PA. A Haunted Hayride weaves through the woods and fields of the attraction's 230-acre property. Next, enter the House in the Hollow, a seventeen-room home with a creepy past. Then, try your luck in the Field of Fright, a corn maze where danger lurks behind the stalks. All of the action takes place on the grounds of Active Acres farm, which also offers a pumpkin patch that's open to the public every Saturday and Sunday in October.

    Guests can visit Sleepy Hollow on fourteen selected evenings in October. Tickets range from $15 to $45.

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    Fright Factory
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    An century-old warehouse in South Philly sets the stage for Fright Factory, a heart-pounding local favorite spot for 16 years.  Visitors get the chance to explore a myriad of macabre elements, all designed to instill fear in even the bravest of souls.

    Fright Factory is open on select days in September and October. Tickets range from $13 to $28.