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In a city with a history as rich as Philadelphia’s, there are lots of stories about ghosts, spirits, and frighteningly eerie experiences. Furniture moves on its own, doors slam when no one else is home, and there are unmistakable cries at night. From an historic prison to the rooms of Independence Hall and covered bridges to the graves of famous residents, there are lots of haunted places in Philadelphia to explore.

Grab your ghost hunting gear and your sense of adventure and uncover all the supernatural stories the city has to offer at these spooky spots.

Christ Church Burial Ground

Rows of old stone headstones in a burial ground.

Christ Church Burial Ground is most well-known as the final resting place of Benjamin Franklin. His grave is typically covered with pennies, an homage to his “a penny saved is a penny earned” adage.

The ghost of the man responsible for so many contributions to Philadelphia is known to be a bit feisty in death. There are reports of Franklin throwing pennies and even a rumor of him pinching the bums of female visitors.

Even if you don’t pay to enter, you can still see old Ben’s grave through a cutout in the wall on the northwest corner of the burial ground. I can’t make any guarantees about the ghost, though.

Betsy Ross House

2-story brick house with white shutters flying an American flag.

With her grave right out front, it’s no wonder that Betsy Ross is said to haunt the halls of her Old City home that is now one of the city’s top attractions. Having lost several children and three husbands, she is said to mourn when she visits her former house. Even the TV show Ghost Hunters came to check it out.

We can’t say whether the stories about the mourning Ross are apocryphal, but the Betsy Ross House hosts candlelight tours in October full of stories about horrors that are true. From amputations to bloodletting, the Spooky Twilight Tours are full of stories about life in the 1700s.

Elfreth’s Alley

Two brick row homes--one with a blue door and one with a purple door and shutters.

Elfreth’s Alley is where historic Philly comes alive, capturing a time before large factories when artisans and tradespeople worked out of their residential first floors. The oldest residential street in the county , it’s home to 300 years of history. But don’t be fooled by the brightly painted doors—there’s some darkness here, too.

Visitors regularly capture evidence of what some people believe is paranormal activity, in the form of orbs and apparitions. There are stories of a hanged Revolutionary War soldier making an occasional appearance, and some visitors even claim they were choked by an unknown entity while walking down the alley.

American Philosophical Society

2-story brick building with rows of windows and a large statue of a man in a niche over the door.

Benjamin Franklin’s statue looks out on Old City from the façade of the American Philosophical Society Library, an entity he founded in 1743. Among its members were Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson, among others.

There are plenty of stories about Franklin still hanging around his old haunt (see what I did there?). In 1844, a cleaning lady saw him in the Society library, and he’s also been seen lingering on the front steps. It is also said that Ben’s statue from the building dances in the streets on occasion. Keep an eye out if you’re in the historic district at night—you never know when he might show up.

First Bank of the United States

When Alexander Hamilton was famously cut down by a bullet in a duel with Aaron Burr, he left behind his wife, seven children, and a mountain of debt. He also left behind the legacy of having established America’s first national bank which is embodied in the First Bank of the United States that still stands on Third Street.

Hamilton is said to wander the interior of the Greek Revival building bemoaning his fate and the state in which he left his family’s finances. If he is still around, visitors may soon get to see more of him–the First Bank is finally being turned into a museum after decades of being closed.

Independence Hall

Large brick building with rows of windows and a white cupola with a clock.

Ben Franklin was a busy man in life, and, apparently, couldn’t give up his habit of working, even in death. At Independence Hall, he’s been spotted looking over the Declaration of Independence in the room where he and 55 others signed it. The infamous Benedict Arnold has been known to make an appearance, too. He is supposedly remorseful about his treachery.

Take a free tour of the building and Congress Hall next door and see if you feel the spirits of the signers.

Hill-Physick House

A surgeon’s house seems like a plausible place for finding some restless spirits. After all, Dr. Phillip Syng Physick (known as the Father of American surgery) may have dissected cadavers in the house in Society Hill .

Whether the spirits seen around the house are the doctor’s ex-wife, a former resident, or research subjects is hard to tell, but there are some creepy ghosts behind these beautiful walls.

Cruiser Olympia

White boat flying an American flag in the river with other small boats.

The Cruiser Olympia now stationed at the Independence Seaport Museum is the last surviving warship from the Spanish-American War. At over 120 years old, the ship has lots of characters haunting its halls.

There have been reports of the ghost of “Gunner” Johnson in the bowels of the ship and plenty of anecdotes about “something strange” in the boiler room and shadowy figures darting about the engine room. Visit the museum at Penn’s Landing to see if you encounter any of the ghouls. In October, they even host a Halloween-themed speakeasy.

Powel House

Lots of Revolutionary War-era ghosts have taken up residence in the Powel House . The Georgian home that belonged to Samuel Powel—Philadelphia’s mayor both before and after the Revolution—is said to be inhabited by several members of the Continental Army, including General Lafayette. The ghosts of Benedict Arnold and his wife Peggy Shippen have also made appearances.

Washington Square

Monument with a statue of a man and an eternal flame in front of a tree with yellow leaves.

One of the city’s nicest parks and a great place to see beautiful leaves in the fall , Washington Square holds an unexpected secret—it’s actually a giant burial ground. First established in 1682, it was used as a potter’s field for city residents and a burial ground for Revolutionary War soldiers and victims of the yellow fever outbreak of 1793. There are a lot of souls here who could be disturbed.

The spirit seen most often in Washington Square isn’t buried there. She’s a Quaker woman named Leah who spent time in life patrolling the square to protect the graves from thieves and people in search of cadavers for research. She’s continued her mission in the afterlife and visitors have reported seeing the specter with a lantern late at night.

Pennsylvania Hospital

Garden with a statue of a man in the center in front of a brick building.

The nation’s first hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital features a beautiful garden along Pine Street. At its center is a statue of William Penn that reportedly likes to climb down from its pedestal and stroll the grounds. The supernatural activity was said to happen so frequently that nurses brought patients to watch.

Philadelphia Academy of Music

Ghosts like music, too. At the Philadelphia Academy of Music —which hosts ballet, orchestra, and opera performances—there have been tales of guests being pinched by no one and seat cushions indented by invisible guests.

Eastern State Penitentiary

2-story concrete cell block in a dilapidated jail.

The Eastern State Penitentiary housed thousands of inmates in its 140-year history. Now a preserved ruin in Fairmount , this creepy spot is filled with the spirits of former prisoners who lived and met their end there, making the jail one of the most haunted places in Philadelphia.

There have been reports of mysterious apparitions, visions of people in the old guard tower, and a mysterious woman sitting in one of the dilapidated cell blocks. The prison is open for tours year-round, but if you come to Halloween Nights in the fall, you’re almost sure to see something that will give you nightmares.

Fort Mifflin

Fort Mifflin is considered one of the most haunted places in America. In its 250-year history, it was the site of a Revolutionary War battle, a military hospital during the Civil War, and an ammunition depot during World Wars I and II. The Fort has seen hundreds of deaths over the centuries.

Visitors might see phantom soldiers cleaning their guns or a faceless Union Army solider who was executed there. Rumor even has it that the ghost of a woman has screamed so loud that the police were called. Spirits are around all the time, but October is a particularly good time to try to experience the paranormal activity for yourself—that’s when the fort hosts ghost tours by candlelight .

Laurel Hill Cemetery

Angel sculpture on a gray tomb at Laurel Hill Cemetery

Laurel Hill Cemetery is one of the most well-known cemeteries in the city thanks to its elaborate grave markers and its location at a scenic spot overlooking the Schuylkill River. Visitors will find graves and monuments for over 75,000 people, including city leaders, pioneers across industries and social movements, and even a signer of the Declaration of Independence .

With so many burials, Laurel Hill is a prime haunting location. Ghost hunters and paranormal investigators visit frequently in search of spirits and ghouls wandering the grounds. There are regular events focusing on the creepier aspects of the cemetery’s story, ghost hunting, and even a “ market of the macabre .”

Baleroy Mansion

Large house made of stone and stucco with a bay window.

Baleroy mansion—a 32-room estate in Chestnut Hill —is said to be the most haunted home in America. There are stories of supernatural occurrences during seances and phantoms grabbing people in the night.

One particularly threatening spirit is a menacing trickster named Amelia who has a gift for getting unsuspecting targets to sit in a “death chair.” They supposedly die shortly afterwards.

While the fatal seating arrangement may sound far-fetched, it was corroborated by former owner George Meade Easby (great-grandson of General George Easby, who is buried in Laurel Hill). Easby claimed to have known a housekeeper, a cousin, and a friend who all fell victim to the ploy.

Allens Lane

Allens Lane in Mount Airy dates all the way back to 1746 and was heavily trafficked by Revolutionary War soldiers. One unfortunate soul was decapitated in a battle and the headless soldier on horseback is said to haunt the street on foggy nights.

Revolutionary War soldiers firing guns in a battle reenactment.

In October 1777, the Battle of Germantown broke out in the Philadelphia countryside in an area that is now the Germantown neighborhood. The Cliveden estate was at the heart of the bloody battle. Seventy soldiers lost their lives on the property, and their ghosts haunt the grounds where the 1760s Georgian home still stands.

Soldiers are said to walk the halls of the historic home as well as the surrounding acres. On a tour, you might also encounter the ghost of an elderly headless woman who has frequently been sighted there.

Grumblethorpe

Garden with a large tree and a house with red shutters in the background

The former summer home of the Wister family, the historic house known as Grumblethorpe has witnessed a lot of history since it was built in 1744. When the Battle of Germantown arrived on its doorstep, British General James Agnew set up residence here only to be shot and die in the front parlor. Visitors can still see the efforts to clean up his blood on the floor, which is just enough to make your hair stand on end.

Van Sant Covered Bridge

Red and white covered bridge.

Just a few minutes from downtown New Hope , the Van Sant covered bridge is one of the charming covered bridges in Bucks County. But it has a sinister story.

Built in 1873, Van Sant bridge has been called a “cry baby bridge.” As the story goes, a young woman had a baby out of wedlock and was disowned by her family. She was so distraught that she threw the baby from the bridge into the creek below and hanged herself from the wooden beams of the bridge. Supposedly, the baby’s cries can sometimes be heard at night…or it might just be the local foxes.

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9 haunted Halloween attractions in the Philly area, just in time for spooky season

Looking for an adrenaline rush? At these fright-filled Halloween haunted attractions, everything from ghouls to zombies and evil doctors will oblige you.

A guest at Eastern State Penitentiary's "Halloween Nights" haunted attraction gets scared by a performer.

For all the Philly haunters and horror enthusiasts out there, your time is now. Haunted Halloween attractions are currently or soon-to-be open and ready to send people home crying (as many like to boast on their websites).

Some great ones are only a few hours away, but they can require a hotel, planning a weekend — it’s a whole thing. What about haunted houses, hayrides and hotels that are located within an hour or under of Philadelphia?

The attractions listed here are meant to be scary, as one location’s website FAQ reads : “You’ve paid to be scared. So, if you or your child are so scared that you can’t continue through the haunts, then we have done our job. There would be no reason for a refund.” Makes sense.

If you’re looking for something more family-friendly, there is always Philadelphia Zoo’s “ Boo at the Zoo ” event or Franklin Institute’s “ Franklin Fright ” weekends.

But, if you’re ready for the adrenaline rush, here’s a list of haunted Halloween attractions close to Philly, sorted from closest to farthest.

Eastern State Penitentiary

How far : Under 30 minutes

Price : $39 to $59 per person if purchased online, prices are higher at the door

Philadelphia’s renowned haunted attraction, Eastern State Penitentiary has been scaring people for the last 25 years.

The prison itself was opened in 1829 to experiment with a new form of imprisonment: solitary confinement with hard labor. Today, the grounds are used as a historical education site with a mission to educate the public on incarceration.

During Halloween the defunct penitentiary turns into a haunted attraction called “Halloween Nights,” complete with haunted houses, beer gardens, campfires and food, and a speakeasy lounge inside Al Capone’s former prison cell.

🌐 easternstate.org/halloween 📍 2027 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia 📞 215-236-3300

Fright Factory

Price : $30 to $35 per person, but more expensive packages are available

In the depths of South Philly resides a century-old warehouse with a haunted twist — The Basement of the Fright Factory is a ghoul-infested nightmare. You’ll walk through a gauntlet of creatures and scary props while the floors move and fog wafts through the damp air. Horror is lurking around every corner. The Travel Channel even featured this haunt on America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions and it was used as a filming location in the upcoming horror film, Terrifier 2 .

🌐 frightfactoryphilly.com 📍 2200 S. Swanson St., Philadelphia 📞 215-334-4678

Lincoln Mill Haunted House

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Price : $25 per person, but more expensive packages are available

This is Philly’s newest haunted attraction, opening for the first time last Halloween season.

When Hurricane Ida flooded Manayunk’s Lincoln Mill , it ravaged the interior of the building as well, revealing a decades-old dark secret — the mill’s original owner was conducting horrifying experiments on his workers. (So the story goes.) Now, the mill is running rampant with the spirits of those who died in the lower chambers of the building. Explore with friends the dark secrets of Lincoln Mill while dozens of the mill’s trapped souls chase you through the night.

If your speed is more PG-13-level spookiness, Lincoln Mill has a daytime scavenger hunt inside the attraction with no scare-actors.

🌐 lincolnmillhaunt.com 📍 4100 Main St., Philadelphia ✉️ [email protected] (preferred) 📞 (267) 217-6097

Night of Terror

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How far : 30 minutes to an hour

Price : $40 per person, but more expensive packages are available

By day, Creamy Acres Farm is an idyllic farm getaway for families in the tri-state area, but at night... monsters, creatures, and chain-saw wielding ghouls take over for a Night of Terror.

With many different attractions you can scream through, one ticket grants you access to the whole farm. And for $30 more, take a paintball-shooting hayride adventure to try and take out as many ghouls as possible. HGTV featured the attraction on Halloween Tricked Out .

🌐 nightofterror.com 📍 448 Lincoln Mill Rd, Mullica Hill, N.J., 📞 856-223-1669

The Bates Motel

Price : $40 to $50 per person, but more expensive packages are available

Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, The Bates Motel in Glen Mills is a top-tier haunted attraction right outside of Philly. You’ll be chased, scared and led through a night of haunted hayride trails, a murder-filled motel and other Halloween-themed activities. CNN named this attraction one of the best haunted houses in America in 2019 .

🌐 thebatesmotel.com 📍 1835 N. Middletown Rd., Glen Mills, Pa., 📞 610-459-0647

The Valley of Fear

Price : $25 to $49 per person, but more expensive packages are available

A haunted hayride, a ghost pirate named One-Eyed Willie after his lost treasure, and a cursed mansion with a murderous ghost? This place has got it all.

Take a quick trip north of Philly to the Valley of Fear, where three horrifying attractions await your screams. If you’re not into the whole getting scared thing, they also have live music .

🌐 valleyoffear.com 📍 301 W. Bristol Rd., Feasterville, Pa. 📞 215-942-9787

How far : 45 minutes to an hour

A highly-ranked haunted attraction , Frightland features a haunted mystery surrounding the infamous “Dr. Thaddeus Idalia,” an evil doctor who performed gruesome experiments on the grounds of Frightland. Explore the doctor’s mysterious barn with a dark secret, Ravenwood cemetery where the victims were buried, and his manor where he secluded himself for years. With eight different attractions, from hayrides to haunted barns and a zombie prison, the price of admission is well worth it.

🌐 frightland.com 📍 309 Port Penn Rd., Middletown, Delaware

Sleepy Hollow Haunted Acres

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Price : $19 to $38 per person, but more expensive packages are available

Enter the reimagined Village of Sleepy Hollow in Newtown, Bucks County, where a haunted orphanage, dark crypts, deadly farm fields, and forbidden cottages await anyone who dare visits.

A haunted hayride takes you through the moonlit acres of fields and woods, while you’ll lose yourself to Malfate Manor’s 17 spooky rooms. If after all that you’re still not terrified out of your mind, the Field of Fright will find you out in the lonely dark with nowhere to hide.

Friendly bonfires and live music are waiting for you when you’re done with screaming through the village.

🌐 sleepyhollowhayride.com 📍 881 Highland Rd., Newtown, Pa. 📞 215-860-6855

Pennhurst Asylum

How far : 1 hour

Price : $52 per person, but more expensive packages are available

Last one on the list, but certainly not least: Pennhurst Asylum is one of Pennsylvania’s most famous haunted attractions.

With many different places to explore, you will tour the asylum’s morgue, tunnels and the actual historical facility as monsters, ghouls and murderous medical staff wait around every turn.

🌐 pennhurstasylum.com 📍 250 Commonwealth Dr., Spring City, Pa. 📞 484-886-6080

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Lincoln Mill Haunted House

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Philly’s Story Driven Haunted Attraction

Lin coln Mill Haunted House is a walkthrough horror experience featuring live scare-actors, production quality sets, special effects, and animatronics.

On September 2, 2021, Hurricane Ida struck Philadelphia and flooded the mill to historic water levels. The flood damaged the mill’s interior and revealed a hidden chamber in the basement. Many bodies were found and a dark truth was discovered about the mill’s past.

Lincoln Mill Haunted House is a walkthrough horror experience featuring live scare-actors, production quality sets, special effects, and animatronics.

4100 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127 Click for Directions

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11 Philly-Area Haunted Houses, Ghost Tours and Halloween Bars

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Get spooked at the Nightmare Before Tinsel pop-up bar and other haunted houses and attractions around Philly. / Photograph courtesy of Nightmare Before Tinsel

Halloween is right around the corner, and that means “spooky season” is here. Those who love a good scare and enjoy jump-worthy surprises will  find plenty of options in Philly and the surrounding area for getting a Halloween fix. If dressing up as your favorite character and enjoying a night out with friends is more your speed, there are some Halloween-themed bars and bar crawls that are sure to get you in the spirit as well. Check out our list below of some spooktacular adventures you won’t want to miss.

The Bates Motel and Haunted Attractions

1835 North Middletown Road, Glen Mills

With four different experiences on-site, the Bates Motel and Haunted Attractions is perfect for thrill-seekers. Anointed by CNN Travel as one of the best haunted houses in America, it’s filled with hair-raising surprises around every turn. The venue includes the Psycho Path, a chilling 25-minute walk through the forest, and the Revenge of the Scarecrows Haunted Corn Trail. Both are filled with realistic effects that aren’t for the faint of heart.

Fort Mifflin Candlelight Ghost Tours

6400 Hog Island Road, South Philly

This National Historic Landmark is one place in the region where, according to the website, you can spot some “REAL ghosts.” On any of the candlelight walking tours leading up to Halloween, you’ll explore the grounds after hours while keeping an eye out for paranormal activity. For groups of 15 to 30 people, a private tour option gives you access to the Soldier’s Barracks, where you can enjoy your BYO refreshments and sit amongst the spirits.

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Fright Factory

2200 South Swanson Street, Pennsport

Fright Factory, mounted in a more-than-120-year-old factory basement, has been named one of the scariest haunted attractions in the United States by the Travel Channel. The 25,000-square-foot basement is split into three different themed routes, so there’s no shortage of thrills and screams. It’s open every weekend from September 24th through Halloween, and you can book your tickets online to ensure you don’t miss out on the scares … if you dare!

Ghost Tours of Philadelphia

5th and Chestnut streets, Old City

This nightly candlelight walking tour takes you through Independence Park, Old City and Society Hill. Your tour guide, suitably dressed for the part, will share ghost stories and even let you in on where the bodies are buried. Reservations are required for all tours, so call ahead to save your spot for this ghostly adventure.

Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary

2027 Fairmount Avenue, Fairmount

Terror Behind the Walls may be no more , but Eastern State Penitentiary has replaced it with 15 different attractions. Two haunted houses, immersive walk-through experiences, interactive performances, and four themed bars and lounges serving up fall-favorite food and beverages will check all your Halloween boxes.

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Jason’s Woods

179 Stehman Road, Lancaster

Jason’s Woods takes its five terror-filled attractions to the next level with the help of special effects. From the Horrifying Hayride (which sounds, um, bumpy ) to the Zombie Apocalypse (don’t get bit !) to Lost in Jason’s Woods (a walking experience that plays off your fears of getting lost alone in the woods ), there’s plenty to give you a good scare.

Nightmare Before Tinsel

116 South 12th Street, Midtown Village

This Halloween pop-up bar will have you celebrating spooky season seven days a week right up until October 31st. Enjoy food and drinks while immersing yourself in the frightening Halloween-themed decor — perfect for those Insta-worthy photos.

Sleepy Hollow Haunted Acres

881 Highland Road, Newtown

Two different haunting attractions make this a great place to celebrate the Halloween season. “The Hollow” takes you through abandoned gardens, twisting crypts, and an uncanny cemetery. “The Field” will have you wandering in a deserted and bewitched village said to have been occupied by outlaws and outcasts in the 1800s, so keep your eyes peeled for ghosts and spirits. After you’ve had your fair share of scares, gather around the bonfire to mellow out with some live music and refreshments. Tickets are timed, so you’ll want to buy them online before you go.

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The Valley of Fear

301 West Bristol Road, Feasterville

Three different attractions provide blood-crunching entertainment all evening long at the Valley of Fear. Among 10 new scenes this year, the Haunted Hayride makes for an eerie experience as you embark on a journey deep into the woods. Willie’s Shipwreck Cove is back with One Eye’d Willie, who’s giving us Pirates of the Caribbean vibes. Reopening this season, the Miles Manor Haunted House will have you confronting monsters and other startling creatures throughout the entire house.

Grab your costume and head out to one of these Halloween-themed bar crawls. The best part? There are multiple dates, meaning you’ve got the chance to dress up as multiple characters! There’s the “Official Halloween Bar Crawl” around Center City on October 23rd, 30th and 31st; it includes a costume contest and live entertainment. Sign up here . Then there’s the “Trick or Drink Halloween Bar Crawl” around Center City on October 29th, 30th and 31st; a wristband gets you into participating bars with no cover and provides access to drink specials. Sign up here.

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These Philly region haunted attractions are open year-round

Even though halloween is almost over, these spooky places are open all year long.

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Eastern State Penitentiary is one of Philadelphia's most famous haunted attractions, offering Halloween-themed events as well as year-round tours of the abandoned prison.

Halloween in Philadelphia is no joke. Between ghost tours, haunted bars, and trick-or-treating events around the city, there is certainly something for everyone. For those who would rather celebrate “spooky season” all year long, there are plenty of year-round haunted activities throughout the region.

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Some other famous haunted attractions include Philadelphia’s Edgar Allan Poe house, where the famed poet and writer lived for a brief time in the city's Spring Garden section. Though tours are temporarily unavailable due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors can still view the outside of the house, located at  532 N 7th Street.

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The 16 most haunted locations in Philly

Editor's note: This article was originally published in October 2016 and has since been updated with the most recent information.

Philadelphia is steeped in history, so it may not come as a surprise that it's apparently rich in paranormal activity, too. From historic cemeteries where fallen soldiers were laid to rest to mansions where ex-wives weep their sorrows away, there are plenty of haunted places in Philly to be frightened by the spirits this Halloween. Here, we present 16 homes, buildings, and locations from north to south that have some of the spookiest stories to tell.

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Baleroy Mansion

This ginormous 32-room estate in Chestnut Hill once earned the title "Most Haunted Home in America" due to the many reportings of ghosts, spirits, and other paranormal activity. It was the home of George Meade Easby, the grandson of Civil War hero George Meade.

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View this post on Instagram Warning! Creepy alert! Built in 1911, The Baleroy Mansion in the beautiful area of Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia is the setting for what is said to be the most haunted house in America with many well-documented accounts of haunted events. Haunting incidences include lights going on and off on their own as well as other events involving electricity like the alarm system activating and calling in the police. One of the most haunting aspects about the house is in the Blue Room where a blue chair sits. There are at least three recorded deaths that occurred within a two-week timeframe of individuals who sat on the blue chair. It is now believed that anyone who sits on the chair will die shortly after. Among the several ghosts that live here include that of Thomas Jefferson. Witnesses say he often appears near a tall clock in the dining room. #creepy #hauntedhouse #haunted #hauntedmansion #baleroymansion #chestnuthill #chestnuthillpa #philadelphia #philly #ghost #architecture #stonehouse #picoftheday A post shared by Chris Kristofferson Norris (@christothegreat) on Dec 3, 2018 at 9:05am PST

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The Cliveden, or the Benjamin Chew House, was the site of one of the bloodiest battles of Germantown in 1777. Today the beautiful Georgian-style house sits on six acres and is apparently haunted by the soldiers who fought and died during battle.

A large house with a tan brick exterior and multiple chimneys. There are trees and a lawn surrounding the house.

Grumblethorpe

Built way back in 1744, this was the home of John Wister, a Philadelphia merchant and wine importer. But during the Battle of Germantown, it was occupied by the British army's General James Agnew, who was ultimately shot and killed at this very site. His blood stains remain, and he is said to haunt the house.

The exterior of Grumblethorpe in Philadelphia. The facade is brown brick and there are red shutters.

Laurel Hill Cemetery

One of the city's many historic cemeteries has 70-plus acres of land for ghosts of the city's past to roam, including General George Meade. In fact, the cemetery hosts a haunted ghost tour around Halloween every year that’s very popular .

The Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia. There are multiple above ground graves. The grave in the foreground is white with columns and a statue on top.

Philadelphia Zoo

The John Penn House that stands on the grounds at the zoo is said to be haunted not by its namesake, but by a woman in a long dress who stands at the top of the staircase in the John Penn house . Reported paranormal activity has also been spotted at the Treehouse Building and the Pennrose Building. We'll stick to the cute animals, thank you.

A building at the Philadelphia Zoo. The exterior is white.

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Eastern State Penitentiary

The notorious prison in Fairmount, which housed the likes of criminals like Al Capone, is allegedly chockfull of spirits. It’s no surprise that the prison’s Terror Behind the Walls is one of the most popular Halloween attractions in the city.

A room in the Eastern State Pentitentiary. The walls have decayed peeling paint. There is a bed, desk, chair, table, and lamp with a fringed lampshade.

Independence Hall

Apparently, the ghosts of Benjamin Franklin likes to make sure things are running smoothly at the place where he signed both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Same goes for Benedict Arnold.

The exterior of Independence Hall. The facade is red brick. There is a lawn in front.

First Bank of the United States

The ghost of Alexander Hamilton, the father of the American National Banking System, is said to haunt this bank in Old City. Very few will have experienced his haunting—the First Bank has been closed for 30 years. Still, it was awarded an $8 million state grant to help refurbish and reopen the 250-year-old bank. No word yet on whether the ghosts will stick around, post-opening.

The exterior of the First Bank of the United States. The facade is grey with columns.

City Tavern

The Founding Fathers' stomping grounds for beer and bites is said to be haunted by a bride and her friends that were killed when the tavern burnt down in 1834. People have claimed to see moving tables, clinking silverware, and a ghost in a wedding gown .

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Powel House

This gorgeous Georgian property was the home of Samuel Powel, the last Philly mayor under British rule and the first after Independence. He and his wife were considered a power couple and hosted many VIP parties. Like Independence Hall, the ghost of Benedict Arnold likes to make his way around here, too.

The exterior of the Powel House. The facade is red brick and there are white shutters.

Washington Square

One of William Penn’s original five squares, Washington Square actually served as a burial ground during the American Revolutionary War, and the sunny park we all know and love is actually built atop the graveyard. It’s said that the ghost of a Quaker woman named Leah haunted the park, protecting the fallen soldiers’ graves from robbers.

A path in Washington Square, Philadelphia. The path is lined with trees.

Physick House

This family residence-turned-museum was most recently featured in an episode of SyFy’s Ghost Hunters TV show two years ago. But, while the hosts were trying to reach the spirits of former patients of Dr. Philip Syng Physick, the real ghost of the house is his ex-wife. She’s said to be found and heard weeping around the property, which she was banned from when the couple got divorced.

The exterior of the Physick House. The facade is red brick. There is a person riding a bicycle in the street in front.

Betsy Ross House

The good 'ole ghost of Betsy Ross is said to haunt her home in Old City. When it was featured on an episode of SyFy's "Ghost Hunters," the paranormal investigators claimed to hear loud moaning from certain areas of the house. As we always say, come for the ghosts, stay for the live sewing and cooking demos .

The exterior of the Betsy Ross House. The facade is red brick and there is a grey roof. There are white shutters.

Academy of Music

Yikes: Along the upper balconies of this historic theater, there have been reports of "invisible companions" leaving imprints on seats or pulling guests' hair.

The interior of the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. There are multiple balconies and a large seating area on the main level.

Before it was a floating restaurant, the Moshulu was a warship during World War I. Nearly 30 people have died aboard the boat, and staff report odd occurrences and paranormal activity, like lit candles onboard even after they've been extinguished.

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Fort Mifflin

This site, right by the airport, is where the 400 men at Fort Mifflin held the British navy at bay for weeks, allowing George Washington and his troops to travel safely to Valley Forge. It was also featured on a "Ghost Hunters" episode where they determined that there is definitely some "residual haunting" going on here.

An aerial view of Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia.

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Haunted Attractions In Philadelphia: Not Just for Halloween

WHY GO : This Getaway is all about Haunted Philadelphia PA. Explore the ghost tours, paranormal activity, strange historic sites, and scary attractions that encompass a Macabre Philly.

When Charles Dickens visited the United States in 1842, he wished to see just two tourist sites: the venerable Niagara Falls in New York and the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. Eastern State, the first penitentiary in the world, was a prison unlike any other at the time. It lured more curiosity seekers than even Independence Hall in Washington DC.

Decommissioned in 1971, Eastern State Penn opened as a tourist attraction in the 1990s and still lures a certain kind of tourist. As does a Museum of medical oddities, and a walking tour that uncovers some nefarious truths about the Country’s First Capital.

For this offbeat escape, the Getaway Mavens see The City of Brotherly Love through a darker, creepier, more peculiar lens, with a hint of haunting and some jazzed-up Gilded Age panache on the side.

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Haunted Attractions In Philadelphia

Interior of stabilized cell block of Eastern State Penn in Philly PA

TOUR: Eastern State Penn

Your tour begins even before the heavy front gate opens onto the courtyard of The World’s First Penitentiary. As a “Hands-on History” spot – one of a dozen or so in the complex – you can actually push the gate open to feel its heft.

Start your investigation of this eerie “stabilized ruin” by picking up an audio tour, narrated by actor Steve Buscemi who is joined at times by former inmates. (Or take a guided tour).

This sublime wreckage is so creepy it served as an insane asylum in the movie 12 Monkeys. And, of course, it’s considered haunted by ghost hunters.

But in 1831, Eastern State Penn was a cutting-edge house of correction. Not to mention an architectural wonder.

It was also, religious prison reformers hoped, the kinder, gentler way to convert hardened criminals into law-abiding citizens. This would be accomplished by inmates performing  “penitence” through introspection and prayer in solitary cells. (Thus this newfangled institution was called a “Penitentiary.”)

Each inmate was confined to an 8 by 12 ft. space 23 hours a day. They have only a Bible, piece-work, plumbing (in 1831, “even the president of the United States still used a chamber pot”) and central heating.

Inmates were allowed just one hour a day for fresh air in an enclosed “yard” behind the cell.

Deficits of Solitary Confinement

When Charles Dickens visited, he noted that living in this kind of isolation would drive a normal man insane. Time proved him correct. By the turn of last century, Eastern State Penn shelved the solitary dictum, adding more cellblocks and doubling up inmates in existing cells.

The prison featured a state-of-the-art hospital. In fact, Al Capone’s tonsils were removed here in 1929. But, the early 1900s saw some of the worst abuses and punishments in the country.

By the middle of the century Eastern State was getting too crowded and expensive to run.  It was closed in 1971 and opened as a very popular attraction in the 1990s.

Note that the hugely popular Terror Behind the Walls program has been replaced by Halloween Nights.

Laurel Hill Cemetery hilltop with River views

STROLL/TOUR: Laurel Hill Cemetery

This serene riverside cemetery, on a sunny day, is the perfect antidote to the horrors of Eastern State Penn. One of the few cemeteries in the nation to be designated a National Historic Landmark, Laurel Hill is home to the bodies of six Titanic passengers, over 30 Civil War generals, and prominent locals.

Park across from the main gate. (The lot is attached to what looks like a low-slung warehouse). And then stop into the office for a cell phone tour map.

You’ll hear words of the long dead, see ornate tombstones, and tread near the graves of Isaac Hull, Commodore of the USS Constitution, and Joseph Wharton, founder of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, among thousands of other souls.

Then, take a drive around this beautiful park-like sanctuary.

Docent holding scorpion at Insectorium in North Philly PA

VISIT: Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion

Though not exactly a Haunted Philadelphia attraction, the Insectarium is indeed creepy crawly.

If you’ve ever had the impulse to watch thousands of harvester ants bury their deceased, hold a hissing cockroach, or watch a Blue Death Feigning Beetle play dead in the palm of your hand, come to the Insectarium, which   exhibits thousands of live and mounted insects from Africa, South America and other exotic locations.

You may think that you’re in the wrong place when you drive through a commercial neighborhood (Dollar Store, car parts, etc.). But yes, this is it.

Once inside join dozens (if not hundreds) of kids going crazy with buggy joy. You’ll be relieved and amazed by the level of knowledge docents have about all buggy things.

College biology and entomology majors lend an academic air to what at first glance is pure creepy-crawlies. Come with an open mind and open hand. You never know what will be put into it.

"Disturbingly Informative" Medical Specimins museum - Mutter Museum in Philly PA

VISIT: Mutter Museum

A word of caution; if you are at all squeamish about seeing “wet specimens” – nearly full-term co-joined, malformed or otherwise abnormal fetuses preserved in glass jars – think twice about coming to the Mütter Museum.

Billed as “Disturbingly Informative,” this curio cabinet museum, a collection of pathological specimens and wax models once used as teaching aids by Dr. Thomas Dent Mutter, has been housed within The College of Physicians of Philadelphia since 1858.

In addition to “wet specimens,” see slivers of Albert Einstein’s brain mounted on slides, along with examples of bone and tissue trauma, tumors, rare diseases, and congenital abnormalities, (including a gallstone the size of a ping-pong ball and a 70 lb ovarian cyst) on two dimly lit floors.

Nose to glass, you’ll need to kneel down to read each faintly typed label on lower shelves. It’s a fascinating look at the toll of disease on human bodies and advances in medicine over the last two hundred years.

Do drop into the gift shop, which is not above a bit of black humor; it’s arguably the only place you can purchase a Co-Joined Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutter.

America's first operating room, built for observers Penn Hospital, Philadelphia PA

TOUR: Pennsylvania Hospital Historic Wing

This, the nation’s first hospital, was founded in 1751 by Ben Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond “to care for the sick poor….and lunaticks.” You’ll read about this history and see the county’s original operating room on a walking tour that begins in the hospital’s gift shop (where you’ll pick up a brochure).

From 1804 to 1868 this small round amphitheater served as surgical space. Prior to electricity, surgeries – mostly amputations and removal of tumors – were performed between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the sun streamed through a round skylight in the dome high overhead.

Three hundred medical students and locals who paid for the privilege of observing surgeons at work could crowd into “the dreaded circular room.”

Sit on one of the benches mid-day and imagine, prior to anesthesia, doctors getting their patients soused or sharply tapping them on the head with a mallet to knock them out. 

Grim Philly Walking Tour's Joe Wojie at Memorial in Washington Park, Philly PA where 5,000 souls are still buried

TOUR: Grim Philly Walking Tour

If My Cousin Vinnie went to UPenn, had a Ph.D., and was a college history professor, he’d be the energetically engaging Joe Wojie, founder of Grim Philly Walking Tours .

Though there are several Grim Philly tours to choose from (including the “Pub-Crawl” Bootleggers Ball), opt for the unconventional yet oddly academic “Vampires, Sex, Ghosts and More,” where Wojie or one of his Grad-School level tour guides joyfully takes you though the bawdier side of Philadelphia’s Haunted History.

Discover the origins of the word “bar” as it pertains to taverns and a certain animal fur as applied to lady parts.

Wander over 5,000 or more dead bodies buried beneath well-trod courtyards, learn about Bram Stoker’s Dracula connection to Philly, and how Vlad The Impaler really killed his victims, among many other tidbits about the darker, sexier side of our founding fathers and Philly during the Colonial and Gilded Ages.

No surprise that Anthony Bourdain recommended Grim Philly tours on his show, The Layover.

Rosenbach Library Philadelphia PA

VISIT: Rosenbach Library

The Rosenbach contains a rare 15th-century Book of Magic and manuscripts and letters from Charles Dickens. However, it’s also home to 100 pages of Bram Stoker’s personal notes for his masterpiece, Dracula .

What’s even better, you can sign up for a “Hands-On Tour.” These special events allow you to hold select pieces of aforementioned literary history in your hot little hands.

VISIT: The Fright Factory

The Fright Factory in Philadelphia is an industrial-scale horror experience that takes up residence in a century-old warehouse, blending authenticity with meticulously designed sets to deliver scares that are both psychological and visceral. Situated in South Philadelphia, the attraction draws upon the rich and gritty history of the building itself to amplify the sense of dread. With a layout sprawling over 25,000 square feet, it capitalizes on the size and eerie atmosphere to create distinct zones, each with a unique narrative and chilling aesthetic.

Unlike standard haunted houses that often rely on pop-up scares, Fright Factory delves deeper into storytelling and atmosphere, incorporating both live actors and high-quality animatronics to unnerve its visitors. This is a place where even the walls seem to breathe, designed for those who appreciate their horror experiences to be as immersive as they are terrifying.

Best Restaurants in Haunted Philadelphia PA

Former Art Deco bank and brokerage firm now a Stephen Starr restaurant in Philly PA

EAT: Butcher and Singer

Built as an opulent Art-Deco bank in the 1920s and then as the office of Butcher & Singer Brokerage Firm in the 1940s, this magnificent soaring space is a Stephen Starr restaurant. It’s also notable for one unsettling movie scene.

In The Sixth Sense , Bruce Willis “meets” his wife here for their anniversary dinner.  Ask to sit at the Sixth Sense table, and staff may honor your request.

But whether you sit there or not, the food is as excellent as befits the stunning space.  For lunch, order the signature Butcher Burger on Brioche. Finish with the irresistible Baked Alaska – cloaked in ghostly meringue.

An upscale vegan restaurant, Vedge is not really scary. But you can be assured that most of what ends up on your plate has been freshly exhumed from its Big Dirt Nap.  Even carnivores appreciate the way chefs transform plant matter into nouvelle cuisine of the highest order.

Hotels in Philadelphia

Funky Kimpton Hotel - the Monaco - uses a collection of Chinese calligraphy brushes as design element at reception

STAY: The Monaco Philadelphia

It’s not a haunted attraction in any way, but quirkiness The Monaco’s got in spades. The Monaco in Philly is the only hotel right on the historic Mall, directly across from The Liberty Bell.

The Lobby aka Living Room is a mélange of wild colors.  Hundreds of calligraphy brushes in various sizes (a nod to the “signing” of the Declaration of Independence) are assembled on the Lily Pulitzer Pink wall. In front, two Chinese writing desks serve as reception.

Rooms are equally whimsical. Chinese red lacquer bureaus, mustard-yellow doors, Victorian black and white wallpaper with Liberty Bell motif, blocky floral prints: It’s mismatched till it works.

You’ll want to stay in the stand-along soaking tub, under the cool Waterworks rain shower, or in a decadently cloud-like bed all day. But don’t forget to join other hotel guests in the lobby for a complimentary wine hour from 5-6 p.m. 

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A Guide to Halloween in Philadelphia for 2023

Celebrating is in our bones — and the Greater Philadelphia area jumps into the Halloween season with spooky surprises, frightening festivities, not-too-scary fun and more.

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Get into the spirit and satisfy your craving for all things eerie with tons of awesome Halloween things to do , featuring a diverse menu of kid- and grownup-friendly seasonal attractions.

The season is loaded with special events and themed entertainment , including immersive pop-up bars, macabre markets, lively parties and spell-binding performances.

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Daring guests can line up for thrills and chills with spine-tingling ghost tours and terrifying haunted houses throughout the region, like the heart-pounding Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary — one of the biggest and best Halloween attractions in the country.

But the haunts don’t end when the jack-o’-lanterns go away: As one of the most historic places in the United States, Philadelphia’s rich history is peppered with paranormal activity year-round, including totally-not-made-up ghost sightings, supernatural phenomena and other tales of things that go bump in the night.

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Plus, families and wee ones can look forward to no-tricks, all-treats fun — from pumpkin picking and hayrides to trick-or-treating and costume contests — at spots like Linvilla Orchards and Franklin Square .

More Things to Do in Philly in October

Need a break from the spookiness? We’ve got guides for every flavor of autumn adventure. Enjoy good old-fashioned fall fun at Philly’s top farms and harvest festivals , indulge in the region’s can’t-miss beer fests and Oktoberfests or peep the breathtaking fall foliage at some of the area’s best viewing spots . (For everything else, check out our list of the biggest fall events and festivals as well as October’s top fests, events, exhibitions and more .)

Get ready for spooky season Philly-style with this roundup of great Halloween things to do in Philly for 2023.

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Spooky season is upon us. Over the next couple of weeks, Philly is celebrating the Halloween season with haunted houses, ghost tours, fall festivals, and events for the whole family to enjoy. Our comprehensive guide is here to help you make your plans to have the best Halloween season yet!

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Darkly Departed at Laurel Hill Cemetery

When: October 15, 10 am – 12 pm Where: Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Sometimes the dearly departed are  darkly departed. Join in on a walking tour to uncover those interred in the cemetery who took a darker path to the great beyond, whether by murder, mystery, or tragedy. Meet killers and their victims, beheaded train passengers, and a witch who promised to return from the dead.  Meet those who embezzle, others who drowned, and sisters nicknamed Vampire and Viper. Not everyone buried at Laurel Hill West is resting in peace. Come along to uncover their dark past.

Pennhurst Asylum

When: Weekends through November 4th Where: Bridge St & Church St, Spring City, PA

One of Pennsylvania’s most terrifying haunted attractions, the Pennhurst Asylum is located outside of Philadelphia in Spring City, PA. There are three different attractions to explore, The Asylum, The Tunnels and The Morgue. Daytime history tours are also available. On November 4th, experience Pennhurst in the dark! Read more about the options on the website.

Fright Factory

When: September – October Where: 2200 S. Swanson Street, Philadelphia, PA

Fright Factory is a high scare, high startle, adult themed haunted house featured on the Travel Channel as one of the scariest haunted attractions in America. Experience spine-tingling terror of Philadelphia ultimate haunted attraction. Step into the nightmare and survive the unforgettable. Explore the dark depths of a 120+ year old warehouse transformed into a terrifying labyrinth, where nightmares become reality. Brace yourself as you navigate through the industrial nightmare, wander the halls of the South Side Sanatorium and defy the forces of evil within the Fright Factory UnHoly.

Philly Ghosts

When: October Where: Meet at “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier”: Washington Square at 217 W Washington Square

Philly Ghosts is the number one rated Ghost Tour in Philadelphia. Your tour through Philadelphia’s historic Old City area takes you to some of the city’s most haunted locations. Learn the truth behind Philadelphia’s ghost-filled history as your guide introduces you to some of the city’s most chilling legends and mysteries. The tours are an hour across 1 mile. Ghost tours are held nightly, rain or shine. Tours begin at Washington Square.

Eastern State Penitentiary

When: September – November (See  website  for dates) Where: 2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

The Eastern State Penitentiary, also known as ESP, is a former American prison in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is located at 2027 Fairmount Avenue between Corinthian Avenue and North 22nd Street in the Fairmount section of the city, and was operational from 1829 until 1971. Embark on a frightening adventure at Halloween Nights, which consists of 15 attractions, including 2 haunted houses, 3 immersive walk-through experiences, 3 live, interactive performances, 4 themed bars and lounges and 3 opportunities to explore the penitentiary’s cellblocks, history, and relevance today.

Ghost Tours of Philadelphia

When: Open every night Where: Tours depart from Signers’ Garden, 5th & Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA

Discover the secrets hidden in the shadows of America’s most historic and most haunted city. Embark on the Ghost Tour of Philadelphia for a candlelight walking tour along the back streets and secret gardens of Independence National Park, Old City and Society Hill, where ghostly spirits, haunted houses and eerie graveyards lurk in the night. This tour is named one of the top 15 “must see” attractions in the United States. Learn more on the  website .

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Trick or Treat Street

When: October 28, 12 pm – 2 pm Where: Franklin Square, Philadelphia

Bring your child to Franklin Square for a family-friendly afternoon of candy and fun! Children 10 and under are invited to follow the trail in Franklin Square and get some sweets on Trick-or-Treat Street. This event is free. Advanced tickets are recommended and available here . Capacity is limited.

Kids Halloween Event at Sunset Social

When: October 22, 12 pm Where: 129 S. 30th Street, Philadelphia

Entry is free to this family-friendly event. There will be a kids costume contest with prizes, a doggie costume contest, face painting, free pumpkin decorating, hot cocktails available for purchase, giant connect 4, cornhole, and giant jenga free to play.

Nature Tots: Apple Yum & Halloween Fun

When: October 24, 1-2 pm Where: Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600A Verree Road, Philadelphia

Children ages 2-5 years old with an adult can join in for a story, simple craft, short walk, games and more. This moth you will have the chance to make cider, dress up in your favorite costume to parade around the meadow as you follow a storybook trail. The cost is $5 per child and each participant is asked to bring 4 apples. Adults are free.

Final Friday at The Rail Park

When: October 27, 5-7 pm Where: 1300 Noble Street, Philadelphia, PA

Join Friends of the Rail Park for a crafty, spooky, and family-friendly October Final Friday! Just in time for Spooky Season, The Rail Park will be hosting an arts and crafts session for our costumed “young” friends of the Rail Park. There will be several interactive stations for getting creative and creepy! Families are invited to come in a festive mood and to stay for music and treats (and a few tricks)! Come in a costume and bring a friend!

The Wizard of Oz Halloween Party

When: October 26, 6-8 pm Where: East Passyunk Community Center, 1025 Mifflin Street, Philadelphia

Get ready to journey down the yellow brick road as we bring the magical world of Wizard of OZ to life. This in-person event will be held at 1025 Mifflin St , where you will have a wickedly fun time celebrating the Halloween season. Dress up as your favorite character from the movie and enjoy an evening filled with thrilling games, costume contest, delicious treats, and bewitching entertainment. Don’t miss out on this enchanting event – mark your calendars and get ready for a night of frightful fun!

Kids Halloween Paint and Costume Party

When: October 31, 5:30 pm – 7 pm Where: ARTrageous Brush & Flow, 6345 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia

Get ready for a Halloween celebration like no other. ARTrageous is hosting a frightfully fun painting and costume party that you won’t want to miss. Children will let their creativity run wild as they embark on a Halloween-themed painting adventure. Supplies will be provided – canvases, paints, brushes, and even spooky inspiration! Whether you want to paint a friendly ghost, a grinning jack-o’-lantern, or a mysterious haunted house, we’ve got it all covered. Children can come in their most spooktacular Halloween costumes! From witches and wizards to superheroes and monsters, we want to see your incredible outfits. There’ll even be a costume contest with fabulous prizes for the most bewitching costumes. There will be delicious treats and games too!

Family Saturdays | Sister Cities Park

When: October 14 Where: Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Kids are invited to embrace their silly side as live entertainers offer unique programs and performances every Saturday morning this fall. From live music to hip-hop dancing and Halloween-themed fun, these free offerings are perfect for youngsters in need of outdoor play. This not-so-scary Halloween celebration will feature a scavenger hunt (complete with a candy treat), free pumpkin painting, spooky story time with the Free Library of Philadelphia and a special magic show by Jake Strong. Costumes are encouraged!

Stenton’s Halloween Harvest Festival

When: October 28, 1-3 pm Where: 4601 N. 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Join in for an afternoon of family friendly fall fun! All ages are welcome to enjoy games, crafts, face-painting, pumpkin painting, spooky story time with Logan Library, and a spooky cellar tour! Light refreshments and cider will be served. Event is free.

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Rivers Casino Halloween Party

When: October 27, 7-10 pm Where: 1001 N. Delaware Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Enjoy a DJ Dance party, Halloween treats, spooky drawings, and an all-you-can-eat menu with an open bar. Dress up in your spookiest costume to take part in the costume contest. October 27 7PM – 10PM at the Rivers Casino Philadelphia Event Center. A full bar will be available. Free parking on-site. Must be 21+ Masks, face coverings, or hoods are not allowed on the gaming floor.

Halloween Bar Crawl

When: October 21, 27, 28 and 31 Where: Philadelphia

Pay one time and drink, party and crawl all 4 days – October 21, 27, 28 and 31. Philadelphia’s bars will be ready for our creepy and friendly bar crawlers with all the best drink specials. Roam the streets of Philadelphia partying it up with all your best friends. Join hundreds of individuals in frightening costumes and sparkling frocks for the annual Philly crawl, which has drawn thousands of goblins in previous years, for a Halloween in Philadelphia like no other.

Halloween Costume Sunset Dinner Cruise

When: October 28, 5-8pm Where: Ben Franklin Yacht, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA

Get ready for a memorable Halloween costume cruise on the Ben Franklin Yacht. Put on your best Halloween costume. Come out for a Halloween costume cruise on the bay. There will be live music and entertainment with a guest host. Food will include sausage and peppers, USDA Prime roast beef, mashed potatoes, vegetable fried rice, baked ziti, warm dinner rolls, and Caesar salad. Costumes are recommended.

Adults Only Halloween Experience | Museum of Illusions Philadelphia

When: October 19 & October 26, 6-8 pm Where: Museum of Illusions, 401 Market Street, Philadelphia

The Museum of Illusions Philadelphia will be transforming into a Halloween must-see for the second half of October and to celebrate, they’re hosting an ADULT ONLY 21+ up event for TWO NIGHTS! There will be photo-ops galore, a DJ, and drinks. The drinks will be provided from Philadelphia local, Evil Genius Beer Company with a selection of their delicious crafted beer and sours for guests to enjoy. The event dates will be October 19th and the 26th, both from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Costumes are optional, and two free drink tickets will be included with every ticket purchase.

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Media Borough Halloween Parade

When: October 28, 11 am Where: State Street, Media, PA

Ambler Halloween Parade

When: October 28, 11 am – 2 pm Where: E. Butler Ave, Ambler, PA

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The Fright Factory

Fright Factory is a high scare, high startle, adult themed haunted house featured on the Travel Channel as one of the scariest haunted attractions in America. Located at 2200 S. Swanson St in Philadelphia, PA insde a 120+ year old factory in the basement. The Basement is 25,000 Sq Ft split into 3 themes. Once your in, there’s no time to rest until you make it out, if you make it out.

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Please read the warning before attending Fright Factory. You must understand the type of environment our attraction has to offer before entering Fright Factory. This is for your own safety! We do not know the health conditions of any of our guests so we require all guests to read and understand all warnings before you enter. Fright Factory requires all guests to follow all rules, regulations, and to understand that you enter at your own risk. Please read all rules listed below.

Warning read before entering fright factory fright factory reserves the right to refuse admission without refund to anyone. you will experience intense audio, lighting, extreme low visibility, strobe lights, fog, odors, damp or wet conditions, moving floors, special effects, sudden actions, you may get touched or wet, and an overall physically demanding environment. appropriate footwear required. (no flip flops, sandals or heels)., you should not enter fright factory if you suffer from asthma, heart conditions, are pregnant, prone to seizures, claustrophobic, physical ailments, respiratory problems, or any other type of medical problem., do not enter the attraction if you are intoxicated. it is not recommended for anyone wearing any form of cast, medical brace, using crutches, or have any type of physical limitations. do not enter if you are taking medication or using drugs of any type. you will not be admitted if any of these conditions are noticed by our staff., each guest will receive a pat down from security before entering the attraction. we will confiscate and not return any items listed or we find unfit for entry. no weapons of any kind, smoking, lighters or matches, flashlights, laser pointers, video camera, cell phone use or light while in attraction. we suggest leaving your phone at home or locked in your car before entering attraction. if you happen to misplace your phone you will not be able to re-enter to search for it. you will need to wait till end of the evening and all the guests have completed haunt. before our security staff sweeps building and looks around for it. we are not responsible for any damages or loss of mobile device. no drugs or alcohol allowed. no food or drinks permitted inside the attraction., additionally, there is no hitting or touching of the ghouls, customers, or props. no video or photography may be taken while inside the attraction, no running or disorderly conduct. any violation of these rules is grounds for immediate removal without a refund..

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(Last updated) Dec 16, 2021 @ 5:48 am

Philadelphia is a pretty old city, so it is only to be expected that it is harbouring a few ghosts. In fact, it not only boasts one of the oldest bars in America, but it also has a spooky abandoned prison! There are plenty of creepy places that restless spirits can and do lurk, feeding into its growing reputation as one of America’s most haunted cities !

Let’s take a closer look at some of the most haunted places in Philadelphia, PA that are sure to give you the chills:

12 – Independence Hall

Independence Hall

One of the most haunted places in Philadelphia is said to be Independence Hall where people have claimed to encounter the ghost of Benjamin Franklin who is apparently still hanging around just to make sure that everything is still running smoothly.

It seems to make sense that his spirit would linger here given that it is where he signed not only the Declaration of Independence, but also the United States Constitution.

Some visitors also report having seen the ghost of Benedict Arnold in the building as well.

11 - Physick House

Physick House

Physick House is a family residence that has been transformed into a museum. Its reputation as one of the most haunted houses in Philadelphia has been growing lately thanks to some recent appearances on various paranormal themed television programs.

The majority of people are under the impression that the building is haunted by the spirits of former patients of Dr Philip Syng Physick, but the word from those in the know is that it is actually the former Mrs Physick who is haunting the property.

Her husband forbid her from coming to the house when they got divorced, but it seems that she has now returned and can often be found weeping in various corners of the property.

10 - The Cliveden

The Cliveden

The Cliveden was at the center of the Battle of Germantown in 1777 and was the site of dozens of soldiers deaths during the battle.

Some of these soldiers seem to have stuck around as have some of the many private owners that have lied there over the past two centuries.

If you take a tour of the property, the guides will be quick to point out the cannonball damage and the blood stains on the exterior walls, but they are cagey about the property’s haunted reputation!

One of the common sightings here is of a headless old lady and there are also reports of spectral soldiers roaming the grounds.

9 – Grumblethorpe

Grumblethorpe

The Grumblethorpe Estate was built in 1744 and it played host to the Battle of Germantown and there are now permanent blood stains in the front parlor from a British General who was killed there.

These blood stains alone are enough to make this museum incredibly creepy, but there are other tales associated with the property.

The building was also used as a hideaway during the yellow fever epidemic and the grounds are now haunted by the spirit of a little orphan girl named Justina who lived with the family during that time.

8 - USS Olympia

USS Olympia

The USS Olympia is docked along the Delaware Riverfront and is part of the Independence Seaport Museum. It is actually the last floating steel warship in the world and during the time that it was in service it participated in several conflicts.

The ship’s final mission was to bring home the body of an unknown soldier from World War 1 so that he could be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.

Over the years, there have been a number of reports of of strange activity  including unexplained sounds and a number of different apparitions in various parts of the ship.

7 - Mount Moriah Cemetery

Mount Moriah Cemetery

Mount Moriah is one of the largest cemeteries in the state of Pennsylvania and it is considered to be one of the most haunted locations in Philadelphia.

For many years, the cemetery was abandoned with no official owner or caretaker, but in recent years a charitable group has been established to begin the daunting task of clearing away the overgrown areas in order to restore the burial ground to its former glory.

During this work many of the people taking part have reported seeing and hearing strange things. Have the spirits of those buried here come out to thank them for clearing their resting place?

6 - Washington Square

Washington Square

Washington Square and its ghostly apparitions is said to have been the inspiration for many poets over the years who have experienced paranormal activity there.

Tourists have been reporting hearing disembodied voices in the square for many years now and most people agree that this can be linked to the fact that back in the 1700s, Washington Square was actually a burial yard.

In addition to these unexplained voices, there have been reports of an apparition of a woman in Quaker dress. She is believed to be named Leah and she is said to be protecting those buried here.

Even a local police officer has witnessed this apparition which certainly lends the tale some additional credibility.

5 - Baleroy Mansion

Baleroy Mansion

Baleroy Mansion is more than 100 years old and it is said to be one of the most haunted mansions in Philadelphia. One of the many spirits that are meant to be haunting this location is none other than Thomas Jefferson himself!

There are also said to be at least seven other spirits that reside here and have been spotted by a number of guests and even the now deceased former owner George Meade Easby.

However, some believe that there are many more ghosts than that, in fact some would say that there is one in every single one of the mansion’s 30 rooms.

One room in particular has a spooky reputation – the blue room. In this room you will see the exact sterling silver that was used during a celebration dinner following the signing of the declaration of independence.

However, that is not the most interesting item in the room, not by a long shot! The thing you will want to look out for is a 200 year old wingbacked chair that is known as ‘the Death Chair’!

Several people who have sat in the chair end up dying a short time later – far too many of them to be considered coincidence!

Apparently, one of the spirits here is a malevolent entity named Amanda who lures people to the chair!

4 - Fort Mifflin

Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia, PA

Fort Mifflin is actually the oldest Revolutionary War battlefield that still remains intact. It is also considered to not only be one of the most haunted locations in Philadelphia, but also in the whole of the United States.

Reports from witnesses say that they have encountered the spirits of several colonial soldiers.

There are also reports of a screaming woman who screams so loudly that on at least one occasion passing police have stopped to investigate!

3 - City Tavern

City Tavern

The City Tavern is one of the oldest bars in Philadelphia so it is no surprise that it has its own resident ghost. If you go there to eat, be sure to ask if you can be seated in the ‘haunted section’.

If you do, then you may well see the apparition of a young bride who was apparently killed during a fire in the tavern in 1854. She has also appeared in a number of photographs that have been taken at  the restaurant.

2 - Betsy Ross House

Betsy Ross House Museum in Philadelphia, PA

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Philadelphia is the Betsy Ross House and it also happens to be one of the city’s most haunted houses as well.

The house is apparently haunted by the famous seamstress who has been seen in the basement and also sitting crying at the foot of one of the beds.

There are also reports of strange noises coming from various parts of the house with no explanation. Some of the paranormal investigators have also recorded what sounds like a woman moaning in the house.

1 - Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary

One of the most haunted places in Philadelphia is also one of the most notorious – Eastern State Penitentiary. This 11 acre prison has had a steady string of reports of paranormal activity since the 1940s and these only seem to have escalated since it was abandoned in the 1970s.

The prison was in operation from 1829 until 1971 and was home to thousands of criminals in that time including some famous ones such as Al Capone and Slick Willy Sutton. The prison was renowned for being the first to implement solitary confinement and it also used a number of other twisted and inhumane punishments and tortures.

There were many deaths here from mistreatment, sickness, murder and suicide so it is only to be expected that the souls of long dead prisoners are still roaming the cellblocks.

Aside from spotting apparitions here, witnesses have also reported poltergeist activity, disembodied voices, screams and phantom footsteps. Several visitors have also been physically attacked by unseen forces.

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Here’s a revelation from one of our investigators… What drove them to investigate ghosts, serial killers, and the sort of lunacy that might gift any one of us with a one-way ticket to the looney farm, when he was just a tyke, 12 at the most, he used to live in the Garden State, 20 minutes from Philly. His mom used to work in that grand old town near the Liberty Bell. At least once a week they’d venture into Philly. Either dine at some fancy spot or visit one of his mom’s coworkers. The one thing all those visits had in common was… the insane-amount of horror stories they came away with. Everyone had one spook filled tale to tell them. They’d head off back home with nightmarish visions. “My house is haunted by a murder victim.” “Did you read the newspaper headline plastered on the bathroom stall? A tramp choked on her vomit there and haunts the urinals.” “This Pizza Hut was built on top of a graveyard. You can hear moanings coming from the oven late at night.” “Ben Franklin tried to get into my bed last night. What a rascal!” 4 years, that given where we he works at might have been incredibly decisive to his maturity and current state. So, given that, when he’d say “These are the most haunted spots in Philadelphia.” What he was really saying is, “there are too many to mention… But the whole freaking town is full of ghosts… Philadelphia makes Jack Skellington’s town from a Nightmare Before Christmas seem quaint.”

10. Eastern State Penitentiary

This old prison surely seems like a gothic tale come to life; full of dilapidated corridors, a fort-like exterior, and more scary stories than at a Clive Barker convention. It is one of the most haunted spots in Philadelphia,

There isn’t just one particular shade that’s assumed to haunt Eastern State, but and an army of specters, ghouls, and boogeymen… Too many to count. Experiences abound, and reports on supernatural shenanigans are a dime a dozen. It’s been attended, broadcast, and passed around like a cheap baton by all the great revenant hunting TV shows, including SyFy’s “Ghost Hunters” and Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures.”

9. Washington Square

Pop quiz hotshot, over what is Washington Square built atop? If you said graveyard, then you get a gold star and a cigar. In the 1700s, the land where Washington Square lies was in fact a potter’s field. A huge mass gravesite for bodies of African Americans, suicide victims, prisoners of war, and victims of smallpox and yellow fever. According to a note from John Adams on the nature of the grounds, more than 2,000 soldiers call this area their final resting place.

But why was Washington Square built in the first place?   “Haunted Philadelphia: Famous Phantoms, Sinister Sites and Lingering Legends,”  states that the reason was to prevent more bodysnatchers from seeing the mass-graveyard as a garage sale. Back in the late 1700s, doctors used to hire mercenaries to snatch bodies from the area to use for their lectures and examinations. Rather than removing the bodies the city instead put footpaths and trees up. 

THE shade that haunts the area, aside from scores of unnamed soldiers and spooks, is a Quaker woman named Leah who was dedicated to keeping the grounds safe.

8. Christ Church Burial Ground

Ben Franklin, that cheeky fella’, is buried on this spot. It is a  Christ Church Burial Ground  tradition to toss a penny onto his grave a – “a penny saved is a penny earned.” 

Franklin’s spirit has been seen haunting the grounds. The man tossing the pennies back, making a raucous when possible and – due to Franklin’s Casanova ways and predilection for the female figures – pinching a shapely bum or too. The specter not exactly up to code with the WOKE movement.  

Franklin has a habit of circulating around the most haunted spots in Philadelphia and making his presence felt.

7. Baleroy Mansion

This property in Chestnut Hill is apparently possessed by many of its past owners. It’s chock full of Caspers… and others not so friendly friends. One of the most pernicious spooks is that of Amelia. An evil entity that tricks folks into sitting in a “death chair.” Legend has it that whoever sits in the Fatal Furniture kicks the bucket soon after. George Meade Easby former owner claims to have known two individuals that succumbed to this malediction. 

6. Powel House

Powel House  is one of those buildings in Philadelphia whose bricks have more history embedded into their red makeup than most places in the United States; if the walls could talk they’d drone and drone in filibuster fashion like a CSPAN televised event. 

Specter wise? The big-ticket item – the sort of ghosts that should be prepared to take autograph request is – The Marquis de Lafayette. The residence was the house of Samuel Powel, mayor of Philadelphia both before and after the American Revolution. Powel was chums with Lafayette as well as George Washington… All three every-so-often meeting postmortem for a late-night cup of cherry.

According to the book  “Spirits of ’76: Ghost Stories of the American Revolution “, the house is also haunted by Benedict Arnold and his wife, Peggy Shippen… So, yeah, bring your autograph book and prepare to marvel at the ectoplasm drenched stars. 

5. USS Olympia

Approved in 1895, shipped and ready to unleash the dogs of war, the USS Olympia Cruiser has seen its fair dose of action, intrigue, and bloodshed.  

The Olympia showed up guns ablazing at the Battle of Manila Bay in 1898 and later served in World War I. The grand old ship was decommissioned in 1922. The boat was the very same one that brought the body of the Unknown Soldier from France to the United States. Throughout its lifetime, the Olympia saw hell and spit a loogie into its eye… But, as they say,

“When you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you…”

And when you cough out a hairball into the void, the void returns the favor and makes you a side revenue stream as one of the most haunted spots in Philadelphia; ghosts tours abound on this place.

Supernatural sounds have been detected throughout the vessel and phantoms have been continually observed on the ship. 

4. Independence Hall

If you’re going to say you have a ghost, then you might as well-publicized that it’s a famous ghost. Who wants to hear about your deadbeat grandma’, the no-one knew, making a scandal years after she went belly up? 

Well,  Independence Hall  adheres to this motto. 

If your face graces a US Dollar, no matter what note, then you haunt Independence Hall; it’s in your Forefather contract. Ben Franklin has been seen studying the Declaration of Independence in the room in which it was signed. Rangers have spotted Hamilton; no doubt trying to access YouTube and discover when exactly he learned how to rap. Washington and Jefferson have been caught mid-squabble. 

The area is jam-packed with historical figures..

3. Philadelphia Zoo

Lions, giraffes, and gorillas… Oh my… oh, and a wraith or two; although the latter isn’t dully marked on the maps.  

Here’s the big takeaway… The zoo is apparently built atop of an ancient Native American burial ground. That should drive home the level of Poltergeist like madness that takes place. The zoo has so many oozes filled visits that in 2010 the show Ghost Hunters did an episode on the place. 

The number one rule of real estate should always be: never built anything atop a graveyard, especially if it’s an ancient Indian Burial ground. Location, location, location is all good until the zombies climb out of the dirt and chase the clients away. 

2. Betsy Ross House

One guess as to who haunts the  Betty Ross House … The show Ghost Hunters – should have an affiliate or a spinoff based in Philadelphia – crafted one of its best episodes at Betty Ross’ home. 

Ross’s spirit has been seen bellowing in the basement; no one knows why.

Also, if rumors and the grapevine are to be believed, there’s a sinister entity lurking about in the place. It’s not just a homely seamstress. Reports have stated that there appears to be a wraith or malicious revenant overstaying its welcome… a being that has frightened the staff to such a degree that they’ve actually jumped out of a window onto a flagpole. 

1. Pennsylvania Hospital

Where to begin? Well, let’s talk about the walking statue. According to  “The Big Book of Pennsylvania Ghost Stories,”  the statue of William Penn has a predilection for walking the grounds of the Hospital. Strolling by like it’s perfectly natural for a hunk of metal to do a walkabout. Nurses, during a time, would reportedly bring patients out to watch the ambulatory statue. 

And that’s not the only odd phenomenon taking place at the hospital… one of the most haunted and oldest in the country. 

For more hair-raising tales, check-out our blog. 

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Posted: December 14, 2023 | Last updated: December 14, 2023

Looking for some fun and unique things to do in Philly this weekend? We’ve got you covered. 

Lincoln Mill Holiday Haunted House 

Lincoln Mill Haunted House in Manayunk is continuing its tradition of popping up with one-night-only themed activations later this week, and this one is titled ‘A Twisted Christmas.’ Taking place Saturday, Dec. 16, from 6 to 10 p.m., ‘A Twisted Christmas’ features over 35 scare-actors and is intended to “be very scary.” As a release states, during the debut of this particular experience, guests will venture to the darkest and lowest levels of Lincoln Mill Haunted House. 

The space will be decked out with Christmas lights, tinsel, ornaments, trees, stockings and the story will contain the same cast of characters—just all of them will have Christmas essence added to them. Owners/partners Jared Bilsak and Brian Corcodilos hope that ‘A Twisted Christmas’ will become an annual holiday tradition , and the two are already working on new experiences for 2024, the release finishes. 

4100 Main St., lincolnmillhaunt.com

Chocolate Ballerina Company’s ‘Nutcracker: Dipped in Chocolate’

The all-Black ‘Nutcracker: Dipped in Chocolate’ from the CBC is in its third year, and will play at Drexel University’s Mandell Theatre for one weekend, (Dec. 16-17). Show times are 1:30 and 7 p.m. on both days.

As a release states, founded in 2017 by Chanel Holland-Pierre, Chocolate Ballerina Company engages underserved communities through dance, to inspire and instill a sense of hope, discipline, and confidence through training and through professional development. The company offers free dance classes, outreach programs, pop-up performances, masterclasses, and more, both digitally and in-person. Tickets to ‘The Nutcracker: Dipped in Chocolate’ are available online and range from $25-$110.   

3220 Chestnut St., chocolateballerinacompany.com

Alpine Heights at Assembly Rooftop Lounge 

Located in The Logan Hotel, this rooftop hotspot is offering Philadelphians a fire-side escape from the cold weather with their annual Alpine Heights activation. The modern ski lodge-inspired pop-up features hot cocktails, comfort food, themed décor, cozy blankets, blazing fire pits and heaters, and will be open until Feb. 29 of next year. 

While at Alpine Heights, Philadelphians can indulge in boozy hot chocolate, fondue, short rib rosti, a Bavarian smash burger, gruyere & onion dip, and a variety of other cocktails. 

As a release states, for those looking to get extra cozy, the cocktail menu will also feature hot libations, including the firepit staple Liquid Love ($18), made with Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey, ganache hot chocolate and Chantilly cream; Alpine Floral Toddy ($16), with Evan Williams Bourbon and fall spiced mulled apple cider; and Spiced Mulled Wassail ($16), built with Cruzan Aged Dark Rum, Maggie’s Farm Falernum, lemon, hibiscus tea and simple syrup. Assembly’s Alpine Heights will also feature a happy hour between 4 and 5 p.m. for discounted cocktails and bites.

1840 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, assemblyrooftop.com

The Cauldron’s Magical Hot Chocolate Experience 

The Cauldron Philadelphia offers locals the chance to experience “magical” food and drink elements (plus, potion-making classes) with every visit. But recently, the venue has added a new element to its line-up: The Magical Hot Chocolate Experience. The activation features cast iron cauldrons, flights of mini hot chocolates, and locked wizard chests of toppings that open by tapping on them through a “spell” with your wand.

The Cauldron will also be hosting weekly events, many of which are holiday-themed (they’re also introducing a new red and green “potion” for the occasion) and interested Philadelphians can find a full schedule of events online. 

1305 Locust St.,  thecauldron.io/philly

Tinseltown is back in 2023, but this time at FDR Park with some new activations like the ice trail, where guests can glide through a “breathtaking display of lights”, aka, go ice skating through a 13,000-square-foot trail of lit-up winter-themed decorations. The team at Tinseltown has also brought back all the favorite attractions of previous years, like the ice slide, the light-up dance floor, Union Forge Tinsel Lodge, Reading Room with Mrs. Claus, photos with Santa, Gritty appearances and much more. 

As a release states, as guests stroll the brand-new layout of this illuminated wonderland in the park, they will find larger-than-life sculptures, including a 60-foot light tunnel, glowing baubles, and even Santa’s sleigh. Tinseltown will also showcase some of Philadelphia’s most beloved landmarks and personalities in lights, and along the way you’ll find a massive, walk-through Liberty Bell, illuminations representing Philly sports teams, and a few more holiday-inspired jawns. 

1900 Pattison Ave.,  tinseltownholiday.com

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October is finally here and the haunted house season is in full swing! In an effort to bring you all the latest and greatest for the season, here is Your 2015 Guide to Philly’s Top Haunted Attractions. We’ve listed the top haunted houses and attractions in Philadelphia as well as several around the region for those looking for that authentic cornfield and spooky farm feel. Happy Halloween!

PHILADELPHIA

Terror behind the walls.

2027 Fairmount Ave . | 215.236-3300

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Terror Behind the Walls is located inside the massive castle-like walls of Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA. Now in its 22nd year, Terror Behind the Walls is consistently ranked among the top haunted attractions in the country. This is one of the most popular haunted attractions in the region. Eastern State being is already a creepy tourist destination, add ghost and goblins and it’s an experience you won’t soon forget.

Fright Factory

38 Jackson St | [email protected]

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Located inside a 25,000-square-foot building located in South Philadelphia, The Fright Factory is haunted house in every sense of the word. You and your friends must make your way through corridors running, crawling, stumbling as ghost and goblins pop out from every direction. Don’t be surprised if members of your party start disappearing into the darkness.

Grim Philly Twilight Tour

6th & Market | (856) 829-3100

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Voted Best City Tour each year since inception and the only tour out of over a hundred featured on Anthony Bourdain’s “The Layover” on Travel Chanel- Grim Philly has amassed a cult following with educational but gritty adults only tours on serial killers; vampires, sex, aphrodisiacs, ghost hunting, grave robbing, gangsters, 1920’s speakeasies, pirates, the Jersey Devil, and other darker subjects. Though Grim guides have each their own style and areas of expertise- tours are raw, uncensored and unabridged- and not suitable for children, or those of prudish disposition. Grim Philly has 9 tours in all- including walking, tavern, and boat tours.

Spirit of 76 Ghost Tour

4th & Chestnut | 215.525.1776

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One Part History, Two Parts Haunt!™ Visit more than 20 scary sites to hear Philadelphia’s haunted facts and folklore. Experience Philadelphia’s monuments by moonlight. Travel the cobblestone streets of Old City to hear chilling stories about the Spirits of ’76, featuring Haunted Facts – Hear stories about the Master of the Macabre, Edgar Allan Poe, who used to reside in Philadelphia and learn about Leo Callahan, the only prisoner to escape from Eastern State Penitentiary and never be captured. Haunted Folklore – Learn about the legendary ghosts that inhabit Independence Hall, the spirits of Carpenters’ Hall from a first person encounter, the dancing statue of Benjamin Franklin at Library Hall and paranormal Pine Street happenings. Haunted Movie Sets – See famous film locations from big screen thrillers such as The Sixth Sense, Shooter, National Treasure and more!

Ghost Tour of Philadelphia

5th & Chestnut | 215.413.1997

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Discover the secrests hidden in the shadows of America’s most historic and most haunted city! Join the Ghost Tour of Philadelphia for a candlelight stroll along the back streets and secret gardens of Independence Park, Society Hill, and Old City, where mysterious tales of ghostly spirits, haunted houses and eerie graveyards lurk in the night!

Ghost Tour of Haunted USS Olympia

Independence Seaport Museum 211 S. Columbus Blvd | 215.413.8655

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Inside the hulking exterior of this formidable battleship, you’ll discover a beautiful, labyrinthine interior filled with reports of disappearing apparitions, ghostly voices, and other unexplained paranormal activity. The Ghost Tour will lead you through the creepy nooks and crannies of three decks, including the captain’s cabins, the galley, the sick bay, and the spot where the ship’s most famous ghost, “Gunner” Johnson, appears.

Boo at the Zoo Overnights

Philadelphia Zoo 3400 W. Girard

Guests who book an overnight experience on October 21, 22, 28 or 29 have the added bonus of early entrance to one of Philadelphia’s best Halloween celebrations – Boo at the Zoo! Overnighters can beat the crowds and access premium parking with an arrival the night before! Also featured at Boo at the Zoo overnights are spooky crafts and activities, designed to the children about extinct species. During Boo at the Zoo, guests are encouraged to put on their favorite costumes and trick-or-treat while visiting our creepy, crawly creatures!

Halloween at Franklin Square

200 North 6th St. | 215.629-4026

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Enjoy mini-golf and being spooked? Be sure to check out Franklin Square as the Philly mini golf is transformed into spooky fun for the season with fog, lights, music, and surprises.

Laurel Hill Cemetery

3822 Ridge Ave | 215.228.8200

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Behold the return of Laurel Hill Cemetery’s annual Halloween flashlight tours of yore. No longer featuring the actors, the program will return to its roots as extended nighttime walking tours of the cemetery, focusing on its rich history, and covering its enchanting art and landscape. Tours will last approximately two hours, and will be followed by complimentary cookies and cider aside blazing fire pits. Bring your own flashlights.

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Pennhurst asylum.

Church St. & Bridge Rd., Spring City, PA 19475 | 855-HAUNT-00

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The Pennhurst Haunted attraction includes the Pennhurst Asylum, a hospital themed walk thru attraction featuring many items and artifacts that were part of the original State School. Located on the upper floors of the old Administration building, which dates to 1908, this attraction features a combination of high tech animatronics, digital sound and motivated actors, as well as fine detail and realism. We have added lots of new props, and made many changes for the upcoming season.

Bates Motel

1835 Middletown Rd., Glen Mills, PA | 610-459-0647

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For over 20 years, the Haunted Hayride at Arasapha Farm has been scaring its visitors with amazing props, digital FX, great actors and extraordinary professional makeup. The Hayride has been featured several times on the Travel Channel and has now been rated as the Number 1 Haunted Attraction in America by Haunteworld Magazine, USA Today and many other national publications. The Haunted Hayride is a 25 minute, action packed, heart pounding ride through the dark forest of Arasapha Farm, located just outside of Philadelphia PA, and is filled with huge, detailed sets, giant monsters and more pyrotechnics than a Kiss concert.

931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley, PA | 215.968.1670

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In a dark corner of Eastern Pennsylvania, awaits Bucks County’s most haunted farmland, Shady Brook Farms has spent decades sowing fear, now reap the terror lying in its fields at HorrorFest. HorrorFest features four thrilling attractions: the Hayride or Horror, Barn of Horror. 3-D Alien Encounter, and Carnage Corn Maze. Can you handle the harvest?

LuLu’s House of Horrors

5140 Butler Pk., Plymouth Meeting, PA | 610-941-5985

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One of the regions scariest haunted houses, this attraction also features a wagon ride through the haunted woods and across the deadly graveyard. You will travel through the dead of night to the door of the House of Horrors, and back again….if you survive. A haunted corn maze is also available to wonder through for brave souls.

Sleep With the Ghosts

Ft. Mifflin 82 Ft. Mifflin Rd. | 215.685.4167

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Spend the night if you dare! Actual sleep is optional during our overnight paranormal investigation, where you get to explore the buildings, myths and legends behind the Fort’s permanent residents! Coffee and light refreshments provided for those who survive the night!

Haunted House in the Hollow

881 Highland Rd. Newtown, PA | 215.860.6855

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Malfate Manor built in 1888 near Newtown is considered by some to be the most haunted house in Bucks County. Commonly referred to by neighborhood children as “the house in the hollow” it has long thought to be haunted by the spirits of some of the members of the Malfate family and their staff who met untimely deaths within its walls. After the Malfate’s demise, the mansion was used as a hotel for some time. Later it serves as a funeral parlor and finally an asylum. IN each case unexplained problems caused the enterprises to fail with the house becoming abandoned in the early 1906’s.

Night of Terror

448 Lincoln Mill Rd., Mullica Hill, NJ | 856.223.1669

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This spot offers 6 scary attractions in 1 awesome location.

Slaughter Cave- Step into the dark, sinister cave and explore, but beware, this cave is anything but abandoned. The tunnels echo with deafening screams, the walls wet and warm with blood. This cave is home to one of the most twisted families in New Jersey- a family you won’t soon forget.

3D Fun House- This bizarre house is packed with sinister, bloodthirsty clowns, who have lots of tricks up their blood-drenched sleeves.

Zombie Mayem -With more ghouls than ever inhabiting this pitch black haven, you will have to push yourself if you plan to make it out alive. You must use all of your senses to try and escape the evil zombies, who are just waiting to rip you apart limb from limb and devour you.

Ride of Terror -The Ride of Terror haunted hayride navigates through the terrifying 25 acres of mayhem and torture. Creatures of all sorts are waiting to attack at every twist and turn throughout this 25 minute ride of terror.

Cornfield Maze -The trails through the corn field make absolutely no sense and seem to wonder aimlessly branching off in different directions. As you continue to make your way an uneasy feeling starts to overwhelm your senses and the sensation that someone is stalking you.

Frozen Tundra – Can you make it through the narrow passages of this frozen wasteland in the ice heart of the Yeti’s domain. Pass through the foggy unknown and cross the longest vortex tunnel in the land.

The Valley of Fear

301 W. Bristol Rd. Feasterville, PA | 215.942.9787

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This haunted attractions has 4 spooky adventures.

Haunted Hayride -R ide through America’s most horrifying woods, called “one of the best we have ever been on” including a graveyard they called “absolutely amazing.” you’ll see why we were recently named Hayride Of The Year, Original Haunted Hayride will top all others!

Scary Tales- Travel back in time were all your childhood failytales come to life in a feindishly freaky way!Scarytales haunted forest trail If you are brave enough, you can finish up your night at ScaryTales.

Zombie Escape Maze -Zombies continue to infiltrate the Valley of Fear in the continuing aftermath of the devastating fire that destroyed the Zombie Research and Control Center. Military and Medical Personnel have been virtually powerless in controlling the outbreak and panic has risen to new heights.

Operation Z- Your mission is to march ON FOOT to remote forest outposts with multiple firing positions to destroy the Zombie hoards. Helping you navigate your way through the wastelands will be soldiers from Unit Z.E.R.O (Zombie Eradication and Removal Organization).

Shocktoberfest

94 Park Ave. Sinking Spring, PA | 610.777.6388

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This nationally recognized Halloween attractions features 6 awesome adventures.

Zombie Revenge Hayride- Take a tour with the Zombie Safari Company. It’s the Zombie version of Jurassic Park. Now you can join the security team to insure the safety of the passengers. Be warned, there is an area of the tour where the Zombies are particularly restless and if you choose this option, you’ll be given a gun to protect fellow passengers.

Zombie Night Run -You will be given a flag football belt that represents your Brain, Heart, and Entrails. Run for your life through the hayride trails that are filled with Zombies that will try to eat your vital organs (capture your flags).

The Unknown- Created by Professor Strangeways and his dedicated assistant Malinda Montague, your journey into the Unknown will overwhelm your senses! Themed in Steampunk, you’ll encounter various fears and phobias augmented through the use of advance audio and 3D video technology. This haunted house is like no other in the world! But be warned, it is said the creators will stop at nothing to better understand what scares you!

Prison of the Dead Escape -Take a tour through the now condemned Willow Glen State Penitentiary a.k.a Prison of the Dead. This massive 50,000 square foot mega haunted house is one of the largest in the East Coast! The facility was closed when they discovered the inhumane torture of the prisoners.

The Zombie Experience- You will be transformed into a Zombie, taken to the Prison then stationed throughout the Prison where your instincts will take over infecting Visitors with the living dead virus.

The Monster Midway -More than just a haunted house, Shocktoberfest is a 27 acre Screampark loaded with activities for the whole night. Play games, enjoy some delicious food such as fresh cut French Fries, Funnel Cakes, Burgers, Pizza and Steak Sandwiches. And did we mention we have REAL restrooms!! No porta-potties here. But beware of the Scare Zones as there is no safe place at Shocktoberfest!!!

BONUS The Zombie Mudrun- The Zombie Mud Run is the most amazing, heart pounding, adrenaline producing mud run you’ve ever experienced! The race course is complete with natural and man-made obstacles. To add an extra degree of challenge (and fun), we have added Zombies! You may sign up as a Human or a Zombie. The Humans run the race with a flag football belt. These three flags represent your vital organs. Zombies are stationed along the race course trying to eat your vital organs (capture your flags). If you finish the race with one or more of your flags, you survive. If Zombies capture all of your flags, you are infected with the living dead virus (or at least don’t win the race). Whether you survive or get infected, you are guaranteed to have a great time at the all-day Human Salvation Party!

Horror Fest at Shadybrook Farms

931 Stony Hilly Rd. | 215.968.1670

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In a dark corner of Eastern Pennsylvania awaits America’s most haunted farm.  Shady Brook Farm has spent decades sowing fear, now reap the terror lying in its fields at HorrorFest. HorrorFest features four thrilling attractions: the Hayride of Horror, Barn of Horror, Alien 3-D Encounter, and Carnage. Can you handle the harvest?

Field of Screams

191 College Ave. Mountville, PA | 717.285.7748

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This highly rated haunted attraction has 6 scary and creepy adventures.

Haunted Hayride- The Haunted Hayride is one of the first, and best, in the World. And every year, the new scares and new scenes constantly improve the terror of the wagon ride deep into the cornfield. The chilling characters and hideous scenes will make your heart pound and your hair stand on end. The sounds of the cold cornfield will surround you and once you board this tractor-pulled wagon, there’s no turning back!

Den of Darkness- The Den of Darkness is one of America’s original Haunted Houses and it just keeps getting more hauntingly horrifying which each passing year.The Den of Darkness is a 3 story building that was built in the early 1800’s and then converted into a farmhouse. The dark and mysterious past of the Den began when the Murter family moved in.

Frightmare Asylum -Home to some of the most criminally insane and disturbed patients, the Frightmare Asylum is one of the most terrifying and frightening haunted houses in the world. The Applegate Mental Asylum was shut down and abandoned in the 1900’s after more than a hundred years of operation, but the deranged doctors, nightmarish nurses, and disturbed inmates have remained to haunt the only place they’ve known. They show no mercy to visitors and enjoy the chance to mutilate new bodies.

Nocturnal Wasteland- The demented masterminds that have brought you the Haunted Hayride, the Den of Darkness, and The Frightmare Asylum have unleashed their fury to create the most intense and extreme attraction of all. Unlike anything that you have ever experienced, your tour through the Nocturnal Wasteland will be one that will leave you gripping on to your friends and gasping for air.

Field of Screams Entertainment Area -At Field of Screams, we offer unique entertainment every night we are open. The entertainment schedule and entertainment area are always full of fun and exciting additional activities, including bands, competitions, games, and prizes. Best of all, this extra entertainment is FREE with the purchase of a ticket to any of our 4 haunted attractions.

The Zombie Run- Experience the thrills of being chased by bloodthirsty zombies under the stars on this 5K course through Field of Screams!!! You will be immersed in professionally illuminated movie-quality scenes while running through mud, crawling over obstacles, jumping through fire, and so much more! This takes The Zombie Fun Run to a whole new level. Will you survive the Zombie Apocalypse?

Scream Mountain

757 Spring Mount Road | 610.287.7900

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Haunted Hay Ride Beware of the Quarrymen who still roam the mountain, waiting to exact revenge on the unknown strangers who destroyed them. IT’S NOT SAFE TO BE ON THE MOUNTAIN AFTER DARK…BEWARE! NO RESERVATIONS NECESSARY UNLESS YOU HAVE A GROUP OF 20 OR MORE.  TICKETS ON SALE AT 6:30 – LIFT STARTS AND FIRST WAGON GO ABOUT 7PM!

The Heart of Darkness Haunted Combo Tour  go up the chairlift in the dark and get ready to brave the Haunted Woods Walk! Then follow your guides to cargo net to begin the Canopy Tour in darkness (4 zips, 3 challenges, 1 rappel, 1 cargo net climb). After your heart pumping Canopy Tour you’ll embark on the terrifying Haunted Hay Ride!

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    Explore the spooky stories and supernatural experiences of Philadelphia's haunted places, from historic landmarks to creepy museums. From Benjamin Franklin's grave to the ghost of Betsy Ross, discover the ghosts of the city's past and present at these 20 locations.

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    Haunted Houses, Halloween Attractions & Ghost Tours in Philly for 2023 Haunted prisons, haunted factories, haunted hayrides, haunted ski lifts (!) and more... Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary Photo by J.R. Blackwell for Eastern State Penitentiary

  4. Haunted attractions in Philadelphia: Here's where to find them

    During Halloween the defunct penitentiary turns into a haunted attraction called "Halloween Nights," complete with haunted houses, beer gardens, campfires and food, and a speakeasy lounge inside Al Capone's former prison cell. 🌐 easternstate.org/halloween 📍 2027 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia 📞 215-236-3300 Fright Factory How far: Under 30 minutes

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    OVER 25,000 Sq Ft Haunted Attraction Experience the Spine-tingling Terror of Philadelphia's Ultimate Haunted Attraction. Step into the Nightmare, Unveil the Unholy, and Survive the Unforgettable. Get ready for the heart-stopping adventure of a lifetime! Philadelphia's Ultimate Haunted House is waiting to unleash its bone-chilling horrors upon you.

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    Click for Directions Philadelphia's Story Driven Haunted House! Lincoln Mill Haunted House is a walkthrough horror experience featuring live scare-actors, production quality sets, props, animatronics, and special effects.

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    2027 Fairmount Avenue, Fairmount Terror Behind the Walls may be no more, but Eastern State Penitentiary has replaced it with 15 different attractions. Two haunted houses, immersive walk-through...

  8. Haunted Houses & Halloween Attractions in Philadelphia

    Haunted Houses & Halloween Attractions in Philadelphia Newsletter Signup Subscribe now to receive scary good savings, updates & more in October. The quick and easy way to find all the exciting Halloween attractions in the Philadelphia area for 2023!

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    September 22 - November 11, 2023 Halloween Nights offers five haunted houses, themed bars, live performances and more... Sponsored Sponsored Halloween Nights is Philly's premier haunted house — and one of the biggest and best Halloween attractions in the country.

  10. Where to find haunted attractions in Philadelphia and the surrounding

    Lulu's House of Horrors. A wagon transports guests to the edge of a graveyard. Once through, the steps of the House of Horrors awaits. If you make it out, then try your luck in the haunted corn ...

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    Eastern State Penitentiary is one of Philadelphia's most famous haunted attractions, offering Halloween-themed events as well as year-round tours of the abandoned prison. Halloween in...

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    From historic cemeteries where fallen soldiers were laid to rest to mansions where ex-wives weep their sorrows away, there are plenty of haunted places in Philly to be frightened by the spirits...

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    50+ Scary and Not-So-Scary Things to Do for Halloween Season 2023 in Philly Frightfully fun Halloween events, festivals and activities in October 2023... Find haunted attractions, spooky festivals, creepy ghost tours and not-too-scary family fun in our guide to Halloween 2023.

  14. Your Ultimate Guide to Philly Haunted Houses & Attractions

    5140 Butler Pk., Plymouth Meeting, PA | 610-941-5985. One of the regions scariest haunted houses, this attraction also features a wagon ride through the haunted woods and across the deadly graveyard. You will travel through the dead of night to the door of the House of Horrors, and back again….if you survive.

  15. Haunted Attractions In Philadelphia

    WHY GO: This Getaway is all about Haunted Philadelphia PA.Explore the ghost tours, paranormal activity, strange historic sites, and scary attractions that encompass a Macabre Philly. When Charles Dickens visited the United States in 1842, he wished to see just two tourist sites: the venerable Niagara Falls in New York and the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia.

  16. Ghost Tour of Haunted Historic Philadelphia, PA

    Phone: 215-413-1997. Alternate Phone: 215-413-7000. Group Tours: 610-587-8308. Email: [email protected]. Fax: 866-692-9332. DEPARTURE POINT. The Ghost Tour of Philadelphia Candlelight Walking Tour departs from Signers' Garden, a fenced-in courtyard at the corner of 5th and Chestnut Sts, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

  17. A Complete Guide to Halloween in Philadelphia for 2023

    A Guide to Halloween in Philadelphia for 2023. Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary —Photo by E. Davis for Eastern State Penitentiary. Celebrate Halloween in Philadelphia with spooky surprises, frightening festivities, not-too-scary fun for the family and so much more.

  18. 2023 Philly Halloween Guide

    One of Pennsylvania's most terrifying haunted attractions, the Pennhurst Asylum is located outside of Philadelphia in Spring City, PA. There are three different attractions to explore, The Asylum, The Tunnels and The Morgue. Daytime history tours are also available. On November 4th, experience Pennhurst in the dark!

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    The Fright Factory. Fright Factory is a high scare, high startle, adult themed haunted house featured on the Travel Channel as one of the scariest haunted attractions in America. Located at 2200 S. Swanson St in Philadelphia, PA insde a 120+ year old factory in the basement. The Basement is 25,000 Sq Ft split into 3 themes.

  20. The Most Haunted Places in Philadelphia, PA

    One of the most popular tourist attractions in Philadelphia is the Betsy Ross House and it also happens to be one of the city's most haunted houses as well. ... One of the most haunted places in Philadelphia is also one of the most notorious - Eastern State Penitentiary. This 11 acre prison has had a steady string of reports of paranormal ...

  21. Most haunted Places in Philadelphia

    6. Powel House. Powel House. Source: Wikimedia. Powel House is one of those buildings in Philadelphia whose bricks have more history embedded into their red makeup than most places in the United States; if the walls could talk they'd drone and drone in filibuster fashion like a CSPAN televised event.

  22. Fun things to do in Philly this weekend

    Lincoln Mill Haunted House in Manayunk is continuing its tradition of popping up with one-night-only themed activations later this week, and this one is titled 'A Twisted Christmas.'. Taking ...

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    Spirit of 76 Ghost Tour 4th & Chestnut | 215.525.1776 One Part History, Two Parts Haunt!™ Visit more than 20 scary sites to hear Philadelphia's haunted facts and folklore. Experience Philadelphia's monuments by moonlight.