Halloween is right around the corner, which means pumpkins, haunted houses, and ghosts and ghouls are taking over Philadelphia. There’s ample entertainment for both kids and adults around the city this month, including haunted exhibits, pumpkin patches, spooky mini golf, and cemetery walking tours.
The abandoned Eastern State Penitentiary is transformed into a sprawling, spooky haunted house for the Halloween season. Hollywood-quality special effects, lighting, and costume and makeup work make Terror Behind the Walls one of the region’s most engrossing haunted experiences. Over 200 performers participate in six different attractions, which include high-startle areas like a machine shop and infirmary.
When: To November 11th
Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue
Franklin Square is the perfect destination for family-friendly Halloween fun. From October 1st to 30th, 18 holes of spooky mini golf feature spooky-fied Philly landmarks like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. On October 21st, the square will host a free pumpkin patch and decorating area. Other fun will include a free screening of Ghostbusters and a free Trick-or-Treat Trail for children under 10.
When: Through October 30th
Where: Franklin Square Park, 200 N. 6th Street
Fright Factory is an event housed in an old factory building in South Philadelphia. Escaped inmates and giant spiders run amok in one of America’s scariest Halloween attractions according to Travel Channel. Three attractions, called Industrial Nightmare, Silent Scream Asylum, and Fright Factory Unearthed, feature all the scares. Visitors journey through a factory gone mad, an infirmary overthrown by inmates, and a discovered factory teeming with bugs.
When: To November 4th (select dates)
Where: 2200 S. Swanson Street
Trudge through a cemetery at nightfall and enjoy an evening of fascinating history with the graveyard’s spirits. The flashlight tours traverse winding pathways after dark, and tour guides discuss the cemetery’s rich history. After the tour is over, seasonal eats and cocktails are provided and fire pits keep haunted revelers warm.
When: October 20-21
Where: Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue
Explore America’s Most Historic Square Mile with a ghost hunters eye this Halloween. On the Ghost Tours of Philadelphia, visitors uncover the haunted spots throughout Historic Philadelphia on a candlelight walking tour. Other tours include Ghosts of the Mansion Tour at the Powel House, and a Ghost Tour of the USS Olympia. The haunted mansion and battleship tours lead guests through all the creepy rooms and nooks where paranormal activity is said to have happened.
When: Through November 4th (select dates)
Where: Various locations