Thrill-seeking visitors to the east coast city of Philadelphia this autumn can enjoy a frightful line-up of Halloween entertainment suitable for all ages.
During the ‘spooky season’, brave visitors can trial the live haunted house experience Terror Behind The Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary, travel through chilling scenes during the Haunted Hayride at Arasapha Farm, or check-in to the terrifying Bates Motel. For younger visitors, over 5,000 hand carved jack o’ lanterns will be available to view at Jack’s Pumpkin Glow and Elmo and gang will take part in Halloween-themed performances at the Sesame Place theme park during The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular.
Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary
Those looking for the ultimate scare this Halloween should be sure to visit Terror Behind the Walls – a live haunted house experience integrated within Eastern State Penitentiary, which is where notorious gangster Al ‘Scarface’ Capone was once incarcerated. During the Halloween period, the ex-prison is filled with live actors who roam every dark corner in an attempt to make visitors jump out of their skin. Although the prison has been closed since 1971, the six attractions, including the eerie infirmary and zombie-ridden lock-down, will ensure brave visitors leave with unforgettable Halloween memories. Tickets for Terror Behind the Walls start from £20 ($24) per adult. For more information, visit www.easternstate.org/halloween.
Let Your Senses Be Riddled with Fear At Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride
For nearly 30 years, the Haunted Hayride at Arasapha Farm has been scaring visitors with heart-pounding thrills and scares. The ride is a 25-minute, action packed journey through the farm’s dark forest, which is located just outside of the city of Philadelphia. Chilling scenes visited during the ride include a 100-foot long drive through insane asylum, a full-scale mockup of a New England church and a 200-foot long cave. Visitors to the farm can also check-in to the Bates Motel to experience the most incredible display of terror and mayhem this side of Hollywood. Filled with high tech special effects, digital soundtrack and lighting, the Bates Motel takes Halloween to a new level of horror and is renowned as one of the best haunted house experiences in America. ‘Combo’ tickets for the Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride cost from £33 ($40) per adult. For more information, visit www.thebatesmotel.com.
Pumpkins Are the Stars of The Show at Jack’s Pumpkin Glow
Visitors to Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park can welcome autumn by venturing through Jack’s Pumpkin Glow, an illuminated pumpkin patch and trail filled with over 5,000 hand carved jack o’ lanterns. Suitable for those of all ages, the pumpkins showcased have been artistically and intricately carved for hours on end and some displays reach up to 30-feet in height. Guests are invited to pick a pumpkin to take home from the field at the end of the visit or enjoy tasty autumn food and beverages. Jack’s Pumpkin Glow costs from £14 ($16.99) for children and £18 ($22.99) for adults. For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.glowpumpkin.com/philadelphia.
Family-Friendly Fun With Elmo and the Cookie Monster At Sesame Place
A spooky twist on the classic Sesame Street, The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at the Sesame Place theme park features well-known and loved characters such as Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird in live Halloween musical performances plus a Street Parade with giant floats. Guests can swing, fly and cruise on Count von Count-themed mechanical rides, enjoy special Halloween-themed shows, trick-or-treat around the park, explore the “Where’s Slimey?” maze, participate in a scavenger hunt and decorate pumpkins. Tickets for Sesame Place cost from £41 ($49.99) per person. For more information, visit www.sesameplace.com/philadelphia/events/halloween-spooktacular/.
For more information on Philadelphia, visit the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website,
Photo Captions (From Left to Right):
Image 1: Pumpkins at Jack’s Pumpkin Glow. Image courtesy of Jack’s Pumpkin Glow.
Image 2: Terror Behind the Walls At Eastern State Penitentiary. Image courtesy of Eastern State Penitentiary.
Image 3: Spooktacular concert at Sesame Place. Image courtesy of Visit Bucks County.
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