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Halloween in Philadelphia 2014

Haunted houses, friendly frights and ghostly encounters throughout the region

As one of the most historic cities in the country, Philadelphia has its fair share of ghost stories and haunted attractions. In fact, Philadelphia was recently ranked the best city in the U.S. to be a vampire (we’re not kidding) and is home to the biggest and best haunted house in the country.

The city fully embraces the Halloween season with dozens of top-rated haunted houses, spooky ghost tours at historic attractions and family-friendly frights. Find a little scary fun for everyone in our complete guide to Halloween in Philadelphia, below.

Top Halloween Events and Activities

Franklin Square celebrates Halloween with family-friendly activities including pumpkin painting and the pint-sized Trick-or-Treat Trail (photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Philadelphia is full of tricks and treats during the Halloween season. Celebrate the freaky holiday with not-too-spooky fun on Franklin Square or come face-to-fang with your fears during Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary. Our complete guide to Halloween Event and Activities in Philadelphia has you covered for neighborhood festivities, haunted attractions, family friendly fun and ghoulish galas.

Top Halloween Events and Activities

Halloween Weekend Events

Extend Halloween through the weekend with special events, haunted attractions, parties and family-friendly festivals. (photo by A. Sinagoga for Visit Philadelphia)

Halloween falls on a Friday this year, so it’s going to be a monster weekend for pint-sized trick-or-treating, grown-up costume parties and haunted festivities throughout the city. Check out our Day-By-Day Guide to Halloween Weekend for a scary good time.

Day-by-day guide to Halloween weekend

10 Scariest Attractions in Philadelphia

Eastern State Penitentiary hosts Terror Behind the Walls, one of the largest and scariest haunted houses in the country. (photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Faint of heart beware, these ten Halloween attractions are sure to bring out the screams and get under your skin. Expect plenty of jump scares at high-tech haunted houses or search for lingering spirits in the cemeteries and haunted attractions throughout the region.

10 Scariest Attractions in Philadelphia

Reasons Why Terror Behind the Walls Is The Top Haunted House In The Country

You will encounter more than a few frightening guards, rabid inmates and ghoulish nurses during your Terror Behind the Walls experience. (photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Scare-seekers from around the globe come to Philadelphia to experience Terror Behind the Walls, the largest haunted house in the country held in the ruins of one of the most historic prisons in the country, Eastern State Penitentiary. See 14 reasons why this haunted attraction will scare you silly, day or night.

Reasons Why Terror Behind the Walls Is The Top Haunted House In The Country

Most Haunted Attractions In and Around Philadelphia

You may find the spirits of our Founding Fathers still roaming the grounds of Independence Hall(photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

As one of the oldest cities in the country, Philadelphia’s historic landmarks and iconic attractions are a favorite destination for ghost hunters from around the world. Discover more of the haunted locations and restless spirits that roam the region to this day.

Most Haunted Attractions In and Around Philadelphia

Last-Minute, Philadelphia-Inspired Costume Ideas

Rocky is an easy choice for a Philadelphia favorite this Halloween. All you need are sweats, some tape for your hands and a can-do attitude. (photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

If you’ve been sleeping on getting your Halloween costume, we’re here to help. Philadelphia is an endless source of inspiration for dress-up ideas including costumed historic icons, fictional favorites and more. Show your love for Philly with uwishunu’s 10 Philadelphia-inspired Halloween costume ideas.

Best Philadelphia-Inspired Halloween Costumes


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