Terror Behind the Walls – Halloween in Philadelphia

Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

‘A Massive Haunted House in a Real Prison’ 

It’s that time of year again, Halloween will be upon us before you know it.

Do you scare easily?  If you answered no, you might want to rethink your answer again prior to visiting Terror Behind the Walls at the Eastern State Penitentiary in the Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Terror Behind the Walls kicks off on September 22 and continues until November 11! (Read below for ticket giveaway and discounts)

Terror Behind the Walls Experience & Atmosphere

Once the most famous prison in the country, Eastern State Penitentiary is now a U.S. National Historic Landmark and hosts many types of tours throughout the year. Now in its 24th year, Terror Behind the Walls is one of the top 10 ranked haunted attractions in the country, attracting over 100,000 visitors from around the world.

Visitors will be able to decide if they want to be fully immersed in the frightening action by marking themselves to be potentially grabbed, held back, taken into hidden passageways and maybe even become part of the production itself. The question is, Do You DARE!

An extraordinary theatrical production, Terror Behind the Walls features Hollywood-quality sets, custom-designed props, animatronics, and digital sound effects, all taking place within the walls of the prison. It takes an elite team of 14 makeup artists almost three hours to prepare the cast of more than 200 performers each evening.

There are 6 attractions inside the cell blocks of Eastern State Penitentiary.

  • Lock Down The Uprising – get locked in Cell Block 12, constructed in 1911, and experience what it was like behind bars.
  • 4-D Quarantine – Mind altering effects, hallucinations… all while facing your enemy
  • Infirmary – experience the prison hospital and what it was like when prisoners were operated on.
  • Breakout – Prison Break! Inmates on the run! Find your own way out!
  • Blood Yard (New) - The carnage sends a clear message: You could be next. Hunt or be hunted.
  • Machine Shop – Very interactive attraction that will lead you deep into cellblocks never before open to the public. Experience nightmares and unique one-on-one encounters that will firmly stick with you for a long time.

Keep in mind that there have been actual ghost sightings at the prison throughout the years and many believe that the prison is haunted. As early as the 1940s, officers and inmates reported mysterious visions and eerie experiences in the ancient prison and it’s been said that the ghostly activities have increased over the years. You might even get to experience your first super natural.

Directly from the web site, “with the growing interest in paranormal investigations, Eastern State Penitentiary may now be the most carefully studied building in the United States. Nearly 60 paranormal teams visit to explore the site in a typical year. The historic site’s website, www.easternstate.org/ghosts, features extensive television and audio clips that document real paranormal investigations inside the 183-year-old prison.”

When heading out to Terror Behind the Walls, plan your time around the wonderful restaurants and bars located in the Fairmount section. ~ List of Restaurants & Bars in Fairmount ~

If there is one thing that you need to experience, it’s Terror Behind the Walls at the Eastern State Penitentiary. Get ready for an experience of your lifetime.

As a bonus and in conjunction with Eastern State Penitentiary, we are giving $3 off adult admission per ticket through November 11, which is valid every night except for Saturday evenings or with any other discount. Children under the age of seven cannot be admitted. All proceeds benefit historic preservation at Eastern State Penitentiary, a National Historic Landmark. Please click on the link below and enter code MyPhilly17. Get Discount Here 

FYI – Ticket giveaway!

We are giving away tickets to Terror Behind the Walls. Follow us at www.Facebook.com/MyPhillyAlive or on Twitter at @MyPhillyAlive for updates. The contest is from September 27 to 29. Winner will be announced by noon. The winning tickets are only good on October 1, 11, 12, 15, 17, 24, 25 and November 5 and 10.

Contest Question: Who was the most notorious criminal ever kept at Eastern State Penitentiary!

Contest Rules: You must comment in the article below, on our Facebook page contest or on Twitter and send us your answer to MyPhillyAlive@MyPhillyAlive.com to be entered. (Your email address will never be used for any solicitation)

Winner will be announced at noon on Friday, September 29!

Here is the contest on Facebook:  Facebook Contest Giveaway  On Twitter: Please click on this TWEET and Retweet it as a quote and give us the answer in your retweet! Also include hashtag #TerrorContest.

Terror Behind the Walls Extras


22nd & Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130


September 22 – November 11, 2017  |  Select days  |  Calendar of Open Dates


(215) 236-3300

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all pictures courtesy of Eastern State Penitentiary’s photographers

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Jeff Belonger

Jeff Belonger has been in the mortgage industry for 19+ years and now wants to do something different. With his experience of blogging and social media, Jeff wants to share all of what Philadelphia has to offer, so he created MyPhillyAlive.com. At MyPhillyAlive, we want to share the excitement that the City of Philadelphia resonates. Sharing the passion within, from the people of Philadelphia. At MyPhillyAlive, we’ll be talking about Philadelphia restaurants, fun bars, the city night life, the history of Philadelphia, Philly attractions & events, the arts, sports, and much more. We want people to add their experiences regarding Philadelphia, even if they are from out of town, which can be done on our Facebook fan page as well. www.facebook.com/MyPhillyAlive At the end of the day, we want to be different from the many Philadelphia sites. We want our site to be easy to navigate, while at the same time, we want you to not only find the hot spots, the best things to do in Philadelphia; but those hidden gems within the city. Thanks...

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