With the coloring of the trees and soft breeze that permeate the start of fall, it's only fitting that Halloween is all anyone can think about right now. The excitement of planning out costumes and putting up spooky decor is unmatched. Check out these local Philly attractions to get yourself in the spirit for the upcoming weekend.
Reminiscent of blockbuster zombie movies with a prison twist, the Eastern State Penitentiary serves the perfect haunted Halloween treat for people of all ages. Open from Sept. 20 to Nov. 9, Terror Behind the Walls is available for $14.50 for students. The prison boasts six attractions with over 200 performers, winding customers through a narrative full of gore and screams. There are two options for exploring the area: walking along unbothered, or taking part in the haunted festivities of the prison. The best part? The haunted house is in a real penitentiary, abandoned in the 19th century. Rich with its own haunted history, Terror Behind the Walls is sure to be a great way to spend a couple hours this weekend.
According to the Travel Channel, the Bates Motel has been referenced as one of America’s most fearsome Halloween attractions. The Bates Motel is equipped with levitating spirits and an interactive cast, all converging for a truly chilling experience. Alongside the motel is a haunted hayride, a unique Haunted Corn Trail, as well as Zombie Laser Tag. The Bates Motel has been open since Sept. 20 and will stay open until Nov. 3 set with group rates and discounts from Sunday through Thursday.
If you’re still looking for a thrill, maybe it’s time to check out the Fright Factory. Set in a 120 year old factory building in South Philadelphia, Fright Factory is designed for high adrenaline and loud screams. Also listed by Travel Channel as one of the scariest Halloween attractions in America, Fright Factory is 25,000 square feet of pure horror. Open from Sept. 27 until Nov. 2, with GA tickets of $30, Fright Factory is a must–visit.
Halloween isn’t only about haunts and scares; it can be a time to relax and spend time with the people you care about. Not to mention, you’re never too old to go trick–or–treating, and Chaddsford Winery recognizes this. There are five different Halloween–themed pairing stations equipped with local sweet treats including “dirt” cupcakes, putting an adult spin on our childhood pastime. This attraction is restricted to Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 28 to Oct. 27, but if you show up in costume, you can receive 20% off any bottle purchase. As an added bonus, the winery even shows scary movies on occasion.
Most know Linvilla for its picturesque apple–picking environment, however Linvilla Orchards is also equipped with a family–friendly hayride. The hayrides brings individuals to a done–up witch who tells stories and jokes while handing out candy and ends with a campfire fully–equipped with apple cider and roasted marshmallows. Taking place from Oct. 4 to Oct. 30, Linvilla’s hayride is the perfect place to bring a date or bond with a group of friends.