This Halloween season, teens and tweens in the Philadelphia area have plenty of options for a spooky adventure. We’ve compiled a list of haunted houses, hotels and hospitals, ghost tours, zombie-filled amusement parks, horrifying hayrides, and creepy corn mazes. Older kids will encounter witches, werewolves, skeletons, bloody monsters, ghosts, and ghouls around every corner at many of these terrifying entertainment attractions. Most of these events are NOT recommended for children under the age of 12. Be sure to check each location's website for more info on dates and schedules. Enter if you dare!
- Take candlelight walking Ghost Tours through Independence Park, Society Hill, and Old City.
- Visit more than 20 haunted sites on the Spirits of '76 Ghost Tours in downtown Philadelphia.
- Climb aboard a haunted battleship for Ghost Tours of the USS Olympia at Penn’s Landing.
- Drive to the Lancaster County countryside for a frightful hayride and horror show at Jason's Woods.
- Attend spooky events at Laurel Hill Cemetery throughout October, including flashlight tours and ghost stories.
- Venture to Fort Mifflin on the Delaware for guided candlelight ghost tours of this national historic landmark and intact Revolutionary War battlefield.
- Dare to enter Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary, consistently ranked one of the scariest Halloween attractions in the U.S.
- Navigate the terrifying Fright Factory located inside a 110-year-old warehouse in South Philadelphia.
- Check into the special-effects filled Bates Motel in Glen Mills with a haunted hayride and terrifying corn trail.
- Field of Screams is one seriously scary attraction that is definitely a must for any fright lover. Try to conquer all four attractions: the Haunted Hayride, the Den of Darkness Horror Barn, the Frightmare Asylum Haunted House, and the Nocturnal Wasteland Haunted Trail.
- Get scared in 5 different ways at C. Casola Farms Haunted Attractions. Featuring a haunted hayride, a 3D haunted barn, a haunted trail and maze, and a zombie attraction, there's plenty to do here.
- Plan your escape from the Pennhurst Asylum in Spring City, a former state hospital with Containment (tunnels), The Dungeon of Lost Souls, and Mayflower After Dark.
- The Waldorf Estate of Fear has a real ghost story behind it as well as multiple attractions including a zombie escape room and haunted hayride.
- Walk through Brinton Lodge Haunted House in Douglassville with themes based on actual ghost stories from the 1800s and 1930s.
- Spend a spooky evening at Winding Brook Farm in Warrington's haunted hayride and monster-filled cornwalk.
- Prepare to be scared in Middletown, Delaware's Frightland, featuring The Attic, Idalia Manor, and Zombie Prison.
- Visit the Hayride of Horror, Barn of Horror, 3D Alien Encounter, and Carnage Corn Maze at HorrorFest at Shady Brook Farm in Yardley.
- Try to hold back your screams at the Valley of Fear in Feasterville with their Haunted Hayride, the Facility Extreme Zombie Maze, ScaryTales Forest Walk, and Zombie Escape Adventure.
- Enter the haunted house, hayride, and Field of Fright corn maze at Sleepy Hollow at Active Acres Farm in Newtown.
- Face your fears at Shocktoberfest, an extreme haunted theme park with multiple frightening attractions located outside Reading.
- Ride wooden coasters in complete darkness at Hersheypark in the Dark.
- Experience Dorney Park's Halloween Haunt scary attractions including the Age of Darkness, Chamber of Horrors Wax Museum, haunted mazes, and more.
- Watch out for zombies, scare zones, terror trails, and haunted mazes at Fright Fest, Six Flags Great Adventure.
- Dare to enter the various horrifying attractions at Night of Terror, Creamy Acres Farm in Mullica Hill, NJ. Slaughter Cave Haunted House is one of the six terrifying attractions.
Note: A previous version of this article included LuLu House of Horrors in Plymouth Meeting, which is no longer open.
See Mommy Poppins Philadelphia's Halloween Guide for more fun events that the whole family can enjoy this fall season. Also, consider the haunts at a local theme park, a great way for the entire family to enjoy Halloween-themed attractions.
Photo courtesy of The Bates Motel.
Originally posted in October 2014 & updated for most current info.