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Fun Halloween frights

If your family isn’t afraid of a good scare, try these local Halloween attractions for some fun October thrills and chills.

Visit Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary in Phila. through Nov. 10.

Visit Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary in Phila. through Nov. 10.

Eastern State Penitentiary is a historically spooky former prison in Philadelphia with a scary Halloween-time tour, Terror Behind the Walls, which runs through Nov. 10. Visitors walk through a haunting maze, visit cellblocks where they encounter zombie inmates and walk through the new Detritus attraction, which will take guests through areas of the penitentiary never seen by the public.

The Bates Motel at Arasapha Farm in Glen Mills, PA

Visit the Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride at Arasapha Farm in Glen Mills, PA for a 25-minute hayride through dozens of giant sets and scenes including a creepy cave and an old church, a walk through the Bates Motel with lots of special effects and props and a march through the daunting Haunted Corn Maze. Visit weekends in October and select weekdays, and on Family Night on Oct. 24 for a special discount when you buy four or more tickets.

Guests get spooked at  the Haunted Prison  in Mount Holly, NJThe Haunted Prison at the Historic Burlington County Prison Museum in Mount Holly, NJ offers a terrifying tour of Hellsgate Prison including appearances by scary doctors and nurses, and a walk through the Maximum Carnage attraction where guests must brave their way through a twisted maze. Visit Fridays and Saturdays in October, if you dare!


At FrightlanThe Haunted Woods at Frightland in Middletown, DEd in Middletown, DE, visitors can walk (or run!) through the Haunted Woods and ride the Haunted Hayride. Explore basement rooms in Idalia Manor, where a crazed doctor conducted weird experiments on reluctant patients, or tour an old building called Phobia, where you won’t find a shortage of everyone’s worst fears (think snakes and spiders). If you get too squeamish, take a break with rides and games in the carnival area. Check it out weekends, Sept. 28-Nov. 3.

Looking for something a little less scary?  Enjoy lots of not-so-scary Halloween-themed programming through October in Historic Philadelphia. Play Spooky Mini-Golf on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, pick and decorate pumpkins for free on Oct. 13, and make candy bags and trick-or-treat for free on Oct. 27, all in Franklin Square.

Leah Mafrica is calendar editor of MetroKids.

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