Halloween in Philadelphia is no joke. Between ghost tours, haunted bars, and trick-or-treat events around town, there is certainly something for everyone. For those who prefer to celebrate the ‘spooky season’ year round, there are plenty of haunted activities all year round throughout the area.
Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia PA 19130
Arguably the most famous haunted attraction in Philadelphia, Eastern State Penitentiary
is an abandoned prison in the Fairmount neighborhood of the city. Its stone cell blocks dominate the largely residential neighborhood and is home to one of the city’s most popular Halloween destinations. Formerly known as the Terror Behind the Walls, “Halloween nights”
is a haunted tour of 15 attractions that just completed its first year in the penitentiary.
For those who wish to visit the prison throughout the year, Eastern State is open for daytime visits Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. penitentiary
“Night tours: winter holidays “Guided tours will take place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening from November 23 to December 23 and every evening from December 26 to December 30.
Laurel Hill Cemetery
3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132
Laurel Hill Cemetery was founded in 1836 in response to increasing urbanization and rapid industrialization in the Philadelphia area. As the burial site of several prominent rulers of historic Philadelphia, Laurel Hill is a common tourist destination for history buffs
and paranormal hunters. Although Laurel Hill is open to the public daily, they often host theme events
and coordinate private ghost hunts
111 W. Mermaid Ln., Philadelphia PA 19118
Built in 1911, Baleroy Mansion is located in one of the wealthiest communities in Philadelphia. The Chestnut Hill Mansion was purchased by the Easby family in 1926, where George Meade Easby and his younger brother Steven were playing outside the house when they looked at the courtyard fountain. Although George saw his reflection looking at him, Steven only saw a skull. Soon after, Steven died of a childhood illness. Meade Easby lived in the mansion until her death in 2005. After her death, the majority of the antique items in the house were auctioned.
Baleroy Mansion is now a private residence after its purchase in 2012.
85 Holly Drive, Levittown, Pennsylvania 19055
This historic Bucks County mansion was built in 1687 and was first owned by Phineas Pemberton, William Penn’s chief administrator. Although primarily used as a historic site
for educational and civic purposes, Bolton Mansion has also seen a number of ghost sightings throughout its 330 year history, including a little girl often seen through windows from the second floor. They keep public and private tours for groups of paranormal enthusiasts
Burlington County Jail Museum
128 High Street, Mt. Holly, NJ 08060
The first reported ghost sightings in the Burlington County Jail was in 1833
, following the execution of a detainee. Since then, visitors to what is now the prison museum have reported spirits and ghosts roaming the hallways. Self-guided tours are available during the Usual museum hours
, open Thursday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Ghost town tours
There are several ghost travel agencies throughout the Philadelphia area, but Philadelphia Ghost Town Tours
offers daily ghost tours by appointment year-round, with The Ghosts of Philadelphia Tour at 8 p.m. and The Founding Phantoms Ghost Tour at 9 p.m.
Ghost tours take visitors through haunted locations like historic Elfreth’s Alley, the East Penitentiary, and Fort Mifflin, among others.
Other haunted attractions
Other famous haunted attractions include Philadelphia’s Edgar Allan Poe House, where the famous poet and writer lived for a brief period in the Spring Garden section of the city. Although tours are temporarily unavailable due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors can still see the exterior of the house, located at 532 N 7th Street.