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Top Halloween Haunts

October means frights and fun in the Philadelphia region

Haunted houses, hayrides and parties, oh my! It’s almost time for Halloween in one of the most-haunted places regions in the country and its about to get spooky.

Here are a few of our top picks for Halloween frights and fun in the area (in no particular order):

Terror Behind the Walls

Dates: September 20–November 9

When it comes to haunted houses, you don’t get much scarier then Terror Behind the Walls at the Eastern State Penitentiary. Considered one of the top haunted houses in the country, the historic, abandoned (and most likely haunted) prison located in Fairmount is the backdrop for a high-tech haunted house with over 200 performers and Hollywood-style special effects.

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Spirits of ’76 Ghost Tour

The 75-minute Spirits of ‘76 Ghost Tour winds walkers down a spine-chilling path of cobblestone streets to visit Historic Philadelphia’s 20 most haunted attractions such as Carpenters’ Hall, Old Pine Street Church and Cemetery and the Benjamin Rush House.

Halloween at Franklin Square

The perfectly picturesque Franklin Square gets a not-too-creepy overhaul when the 18-hole golf course transforms into Spooky Mini Golf with eerie lights, music and surprises at dusk (every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October). Families can celebrate the season during PumpkinFest (October 5), pick and paint their own pumpkins (October 19), or show off their costumes on the Trick-Or-Treat Trail (October 26).

The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular

Sesame Place gets transformed for The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular. Wander through two not-too-spooky themed mazes, a character hayride, three Halloween shows and pose for a photo with your favorite Sesame Street friends dressed in their Halloween costumes.

Halloween at Laurel Hill Cemetery

October marks a month of eerie events at historic Laurel Hill Cemetery. Take a nighttime tour of the cemetery and learn about its rich history as you explore the haunting landscape, discover spooky stories of Laurel Hill’s past and enjoy special events all month long.

Ghost Tour of Philadelphia

When night falls, the secrets of America’s most historic and most supernatural city are revealed in the shadows on The Ghost Tour of Philadelphia, a candlelight walk through Independence National Historical Park and Society Hill. Reservations required.

Fright Factory

Housed inside a 25,000-square-foot building in South Philadelphia, Fright Factory is an intense haunted attraction designed to scare as you as you stumble, run or crawl through the house of horrors. With every turn of the corner, be sure to keep a lookout for your friends… because they may vanish in the darkness.

Pennhurst Asylum

Some say the walls of the historic Pennhurst Asylum are truly haunted, making the annual haunted house even more frightening. As you wander the dilapidated halls of the asylum, converted into a high-tech, high-scare attraction, you’ll encounter a few residents that may have never left.

Bates Motel

Check-in to The Bates Motel at Arasapha Farm in Glen Mills and you may not check-out. This intense attraction is said to be one of America’s scariest haunts according to the Travel Channel. Once you’ve had the daylights scared out of you in the namesake-haunted house, venture out on a heart-pounding hayride and a zombie-filled corn maze.


The restless souls said to haunt Shady Brook Farm are ready to scare guests during HorrorFest. Four frightening attractions make up this Halloween destination; the Barn of Horror, Hayride of Horror, Carnage and Alien Invasion (in 3D!).

Spooky Getaway

Don’t just settle on one evening of frightening fun. With so many exciting Halloween events and activities happening in the region, there’s no better time for an October getaway. Browse available specials and deals at Philadelphia hotels or book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, a scary good deal where your car stays free.

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