’2016 Spooky Halloween Attractions in Philly’
Who gets scared of spooks, goblins, murder mysteries, ghost stories and much more? Halloween can be a treat for all ages, ranging from hayrides to haunted attractions. We would like to share with you the different Halloween events happening in the Philadelphia region for both the family and for adults. To get you into the Halloween spirit, please listen along to some Halloween music. (opens in a new window) Monster Mash – by Bobby Pricket | Thriller – by Michael Jackson | Ghost Busters – by Ray Parker Jr | Halloween – by Daniel Caine | Werewolves of London – by Warren Zevon | Dead Man’s Party – by Oingo Boingo | Time Warp – The Rocky Horror Show
MyPhillyAlive’s Halloween Guide to Ghosts and Goblins
This haunted prison, Eastern State Penitentiary, has been rated the top haunted house in the country by AOL. There have been a few new attractions added this year, with a total of 6 attractions inside the cell blocks of Eastern State, any of which are sure to scare the socks off your feet. It takes an elite team of 14 makeup artists almost three hours to prepare the cast of more than 200 performers each evening. Do you dare? Get $3 off your tix by using code MyPhilly16 - ~ Terror Behind the Walls by MyPhillyAlive
Dates: September 16 – November 5 | Location: Fairmount, Philadelphia
Grim Philly’s Tours has a variety of different ghost tours, some of which you won’t find anywhere else in Philadelphia. They have expert university professor led tours; one solid year of research & development into each ghost tour for the highest value in entertainment & fact. Here are the different ghost tours by Grim Philly Tours.
Vampires, Sex, Ghosts!, Cemetery, Serial Killers; Blood & Beer!, Halloween & Haunted Tavern Tour!, & Ghost Ship Terror Cruise: Pirates & The Jersey Devil!
Special Discount! Exclusively through MyPhillyAlive, we are offering 15% off all 4 tours being offered by Grim Philly now. This discount is valid 6 days/nights a week, excluding Saturdays. Promotional Code: MyPhillyAlive25
Dates: April – November | Plus seasonal tours ~ Grim Philly’s Tours ~
The tour is approximately 75 minutes long and walks you through the spine-chilling cobblestone streets of the Historic District of the city, visiting 2o haunted sites, such sites as: Independence Hall, Congress Hall, Liberty Bell, Old Pine Street Church and Cemetery, Washington Square, and many more. ~ Spirits of ’76 by MyPhillyAlive
Dates: Daily in October with extended hours | April thru Steptember & November (certain dates & times) | Location: Old City part of Philadelphia
The Bates Motel and their Haunted Hayride is consistently ranked as one of the top Scary attractions in America by CNN.com & USA Today. The haunted hayride uses amazing props, digital FX, and great actors with professional makeup.
Dates: September 23-25, September 30 – October 2 & October 7 – 31 (calendar) | Location: Glen Mills, Pa.
The Ghost Tour of Philadelphia actually has 4 different attractions . Such things as the Haunted Trolley Tour, the Ghost Hunting Tour, or the Candlelight Walking Tour. Many of the haunted stories that you will hear have to do with historical events surrounding Philadelphia. ~ The Ghost Tour of Philadelphia by MyPhillyAlive
Dates : Year Round | Location : Parts of Philadelphia
Featured on America’s Scariest Haunted Attractions on the Travel Channel, the Fright Factory is a spooky warehouse with 4 haunted attractions such as a subterranean laboratory, a hunted asylum, the undercroft cemetery, or the Amygdala (mind altering).
The Laurel Hill Cemetery events will differ; from a walking tour with such ghostly stories of a Civil War hero George Meade or Philly gangster, to a tour of the burial sites of local brewers (which there will be beer tasting/reception at the end), to dining with the dead (where a buffet-style candlelit dinner will be served). Murder Mystery In The Cemetery Oct 6 & 7 | Soul Crawl: Haunted Halloween Oct 14 & 15 | Seven Deadly Sins Oct 18 | Gravediggers Ball Oct 21 | True Tales From The Tombs Oct 28 | There will also be a family day on Sunday, October 30th which will include Halloween games and goodies, a pumpkin patch, arts & crafts, and much more. For more info : List of tours & packages
Dates : Month of October (go to site for specific events & dates) | Location : Laurel Hill Cemetery on 3822 Ridge Av in Philadelphia
Four different attractions : The Original Haunted Hayride – Imagine being on a hayride that takes you deep into the woods, not knowing if you will ever return. Experience the Underworld – Haunted Forrest Walk - Where your Friendly Fairy Tales take on a Twisted Freakish life of their own! The moonlight is your only guide. The Facility - The super undead have broken loose and you are their next target! Operation Z – Take a mission deep into the woods with explosions, fog & much more as you search for zombies & hunt them down with paintballs. Specials : There are special packages.
Get up close and personal with Bram Stoker’s hand-written notes for the novel as Rosenbach staff discuss what it takes to create an enduring monster. Depending on the tour, you will have the chance to handle historic items, like turning the page of a rare book. Advanced registration is recommended. ~ The Growth of Stocker’s Dracula ~ more info about Stoker’s Dracula ~
Delancey Place comes alive on Halloween, and the Rosenbach will be joining the fun with a spooky soirée. Celebrate with the most mysterious and magical literature in the Rosenbach’s collection. Join us in the Rare Book Library to explore the arcane, and experience the mystic arts with vintage fortune cards and palmistry. Prizes will be awarded to outstanding visitor costumes in several categories. 21 & over ~ Details
Dates : October 29: 6 pm – 9 pm Location : Rosenbach Museum & Library 2008-2010 Delancey Place
Investigate the darker history of America’s most decorated battleship. The Moonlight Adult Tour will launch three nights in October! Explore hidden, dark areas of the ship. Discover historic sailor art, hear stories, stand in compartments where staff stayed & much more. Click the dates below for details.
Experience 7 mazes, 4 scare zones, 3 shows that would scare even the strongest willed person(s), 3 experiences and 16 thrill rides. More details : Halloween at Dorney Park
Hershey Park in the Dark features over 50 rides, allowing thrill-seekers to try 7 “roller ghosters”, while visiting other spooky attractions, food and live entertainment.
Kids & Family Special Halloween Events
A miniature golf course that transforms into a spooky miniature golf course with music and surprises. Special Halloween events such as : Pumpkin Patch ~ October 22 from Noon – 3 pm ~ FREE to kids 10 & under. Kids are invited to pick a pumpkin from the Franklin Square pumpkin patch and decorate it with paint, markers, stickers, and more. | Trick-or-Treat Trail ~ October 31 from Noon – 3 pm ~ Kids 10 & under get to decorate Trick-or-Treat bags, meet characters and follow the Trick-or-Treat Trail map throughout Franklin Square to find Halloween treats!. Trick-or-Treat
Dates : October 1 – 30 on Fri/Sat/Sun 6 pm – 9 pm | Location : Race Street between 6th & 7th Streets in Franklin Square
This ghoulish fundraiser helps support activities at the historic Laurel Hill Cemetery. Come black tie or dressed in your Halloween costume. There will be costume contests, silent auctions, dinner, open bar, music and dancing. For details, Click Here. For tickets, Click Here.
Dates : October 16 ~ 7 pm – 12:30 am | Location : Laurel Hill Cemetery on 3822 Ridge Av in Philadelphia
UPDATE: October 3, 2016 - The schedule is from 2015, but the date & time is correct. Please check back or go to Manayunk’s site. 11 am: trick or treating begins, 11:30 am – 2 pm: Chew Philly Haunted Food Tour, 12 pm: Dog Parade/Costume Contest (Beginning at Canal View Park), 1 pm: Kid’s Parade/Costume Contest (Beginning at Canal View Park), 2 pm: Pumpkin Carving & Painting Contest at Venice Island, 6:30 pm: Kids Movie Night- It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! at Venice Island & 8 pm: Movie Night- Evil Dead (Rated R). ~ ~ Halloween in Manayunk ~
Dates : October 22 ~ 11 am – 8 pm | Location : Canal View Park & Venice Island, Manayunk Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Zoo has tricks and treats for the whole family. Come to the zoo dressed in your costumes while playing your favorite Halloween games, listening to music, and much more. Click on the dates below for different events. More Info, Click Here
Dates : October 22 – 23 & October 29 & 30 – Times 10 am to 4 pm | Location : 3400 W. Girard Ave Philadelphia – Directions
Sesame Place transforms into a soft-friendly Halloween place where it will feature two themed mazes, a character hayride, three Halloween shows, and the Sesame Street friends dressed in Halloween attire. All families are encouraged to come dressed also & enjoy in the fun. For more info, Click Here.
Dates : Select dates: September 24 through October 30 | Location : Sesame Place – Langhorne, PA - Directions
Halloween Fun at Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse
Kids 10 and younger are invited to attend this Halloween event in costume for a fun-filled morning of games, activities, crafts, face painting, scary (but not too scary!) storytime, healthy snacks, goodie bags, and more! ~ Details ~ Tickets ~
Dates : October 29 ~ 10:00 am – noon | Location : East Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA 19121 ~ Map ~
Fall Fest & Spooky Saturday in East Passyunk
A spooktacular fun day with free activities for children, adults and even fido too! Shop from dozens of crafters, check out fall displays at shops, kids activities, and even bring your pooch to Amelie’s Bark Shop for a treat and water station. All activities at The Singing Fountain (East Passyunk & Tasker) unless otherwise noted. FREE pumpkin decorating, fall and Halloween-themed arts & crafts, BenFM music and Trick or Treating from the Crafters & Costume Contests. For details Click Here.
Date : October 29 ~ 11 am – 4 pm | Location : The Singing Fountain (East Passyunk Ave & Tasker), East Passyunk Philadelphia
Join the South Street Headhouse District for a day of live music, shopping, football bungee challenge, straw bale maze, circus performances, horse and wagon hay rides, face painting and more. Free admission, rain or shine!
BONUS for the kids (12 and under w parent/guardian): District businesses will open their doors for trick or treating from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. For details Click Here.
Date : October 29 ~ 12 pm – 5 pm | Location : South Street Headhouse District, Philadelphia
Halloween Parties and Events for Adults
The Colonial Theatre presents the classic Rocky Horror Picture Show! Enjoy a costume contest, pre-show, full-shadow cast and prop bags for sale so viewers can participate in the madness. For details, Click Here. Get Tickets!
Date : October 22 ~ 9:00 pm | Location : Phoenixville
Grab your broomstick and fly around East Passyunk Avenue during the fifth annual Witch CRAFT Beer Crawl on Wednesday, October 26, from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm, with registration at Garage (1231 East Passyunk).
Five hundred witches will enjoy seasonal craft beers bubbling up in cauldrons at 13 bars and restaurants. Tickets are $6.66 and include $3.00 craft beers, a witch hat and a Witch CRAFT stamp card. For more details, Click Here.
Date : October 26 ~ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm | Location : East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia
Party in Isaiah Zagar’s 9,000 square foot mosaic warehouse with the West Philadelphia Orchestra and Mexican cuisine from South Philly Barbacoa. Drinks will be included in your ticket purchase & must be 21 & over. Get tickets here!
Date : October 29 ~ 7 pm - 10 pm | Location : Magic Gardens at 1020 South Street Philadelphia
We’ll be updating this article throughout October, so please check back often.
The repetitive question is, “do you dare…”, taking a frightful leap and trying any of these attractions out. We Dare You!
Articles About Halloween in Philadelphia (2016)
- Guide to Halloween in Philadelphia
- Spirits of ’76 Ghost Tour
- Terror Behind the Walls
- The Ghost Tour of Philadelphia
- Grim Philly Tours
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