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Ghoul time in Philly

It’ll be only a matter of time but when I do get sent down I hope I can spend my ghoul time in Philly, in Eastern State Pen.

No, you did read that right, everything is revving up for Halloween.

And how better to scare you witless than getting you to spend time in a State Penitentiary?

Philly chills

This one in Philadelphia was once the most famous and expensive jail in the world which held Al Capone.

And now houses tourists and day trippers rather than inmates and lifers.

All of which is rich pickings for Halloween specials.

Autumn ghouls

Shine a light: The prison

This year’s spooktacular brings visitors into the penitentiary’s cellblocks, exercise yards, workshops, outdoor courtyards, and hidden nooks.

Nearly every inch of the penitentiary complex is activated for the event.

With five haunted houses, live entertainment, and themed bars, as well as night-time tours and museum experiences.

Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary returns on Friday, 23rd September.

And it will run on select nights until 12th November.

Night terrors

Headstart: Pumpkinheads

There will be three new attractions – two haunted houses and an immersive, themed bar. ‘

‘Nightmares’, will bring visitors face-to-face with the creatures that lurk in the shadowy corners of their most unsettling dreams.

‘Big Top Terror’ winds through the grounds of a twisted carnival with menacing characters at every turn.

Visitors can stop for a drink and light fare at the ‘Bizarre Bar’ where fire dancers, knife throwers, and other acts will entertain you.

And if you’re wanting the even scarier experience you can pick up a glow necklace at the entrance to any haunted house.

Let it glow

Scariest of them all: Rocky

Anyone wearing a glow necklace may be grabbed, sent into hidden passageways, and even temporarily separated from their group.

Now if you want to know more about the prison’s history actor Steve Buscemi, who has a face for scaring has an audio tour.

All part of the Night-time History and Museum Experiences.

A guided flashlight tour takes visitors into Eastern State Penitentiary’s historic Cellblock 3, the Hospital Block.

Ticket prices start and are on sale now at

For more information on spooky fun in Philadelphia click here.

Because it’s ghoul time in Philly.

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