Philadelphia’s Best Haunted Houses: Spooky Places to Visit This Halloween

It’s officially spooky season. Those who like a good jump scare will be pleased to know that Philadelphia has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the department of haunted houses. From a working old penitentiary to dark, damp cornfields, the Philadelphia area is home to some of the most terrifying haunts around. Whether you’re up for a road trip or prefer to stay within the city limits, here are nearly a dozen horror-filled Halloween attractions in Philadelphia to make you scream.

Fright Factory Haunted Attraction
Fright Factory Haunted Attraction

Whitman
Housed in the basement of a century-old factory in South Philadelphia, Fright Factory is regularly touted as one of the spookiest haunted houses in the country. Divided into three sections, you will be greeted by fog, strobe lights, creepy clowns, sinister butchers, and many other monsters waiting for you around every corner. The factory is open from Friday to Sunday in October, as well as Thursdays October 20 and 27 and Halloween.
Cost: $30-35, additional $15 VIP upgrade

Halloween parties at ESP
Halloween parties at ESP

Fairmont
Perhaps the most well-known ghost (and with good reason) in town, Halloween Nights takes place within the walls of the world’s first penitentiary. Travel through the cell blocks to the five attractions which include a 3D haunted house, an evil machine shop, an ancient vampire crypt, an all new horror circus and a new perpetual nightmare themed theme. Relax afterwards with a drink in the vampire-themed lounge bar or the Fair Chance Beer Garden. For 2022, meet on Fridays and Saturdays until November 12 and on weekdays from Thursday October 6.
Cost: General admission $34-49, VIP pass $64

Lincoln Mill haunted house
Lincoln Mill haunted house

Manayunk
This brand new haunted house is located in the old Mad River Bar & Grille in Manayunk and, according to legend, flooding from Hurricane Ida revealed a body chamber in the basement of the building. Haunted scenes include dismembered limbs, a bizarre nursery, and the ghost of the mill’s former owner. Don’t miss the inaugural season, which runs Thursday through Saturday until November 5.
Cost: General admission $29, VIP $55, Platinum VIP $99

Mullica Hill, New Jersey
With five different attractions in one place, there are plenty of potential scares at Night of Terror. The centerpiece is a 25-minute wagon ride through the cornfields where chainsaw-wielding killers and a huge haunted house await. Walk to the farm park for more scares. Plus, a 3D haunted house and another attraction dedicated to common phobias like scary dolls, dentist drills and rats. Discover it on Fridays and Saturdays until October 29 (plus Thursdays October 13, 20 and 27).
Distance from Philadelphia: 35 minutes
Cost: General admission $40-50, VIP pass $70

Haunted Acres of Sleepy Hollow
Haunted Acres of Sleepy Hollow

Newtown, Pennsylvania
The mile-long haunted hayride will take you through burning mines, a gothic graveyard, lawless backlands and a side-show of the weird. If that wasn’t enough, try to escape the haunted 17-room mansion, full of secret passageways, a crypt, and a graveyard. If that wasn’t enough, take a light walk through the field where you’ll encounter witches, spooky puppets, and more. The 2022 season runs from Friday to Sunday until October 30.
Distance from Philadelphia: 40 minutes
Cost: General admission $36-41, VIP pass $52-57

Feasterville, Pennsylvania
Three attractions make up the Valley of Fear: a pirate-themed shipwreck, a haunted house with a school and terrifying church scenes and, of course, a wagon ride with new scenes including a Halloween– thematic vignette and a quirky doll show. Valley of Fear is open Thursday through Sunday through October 30.
Distance from Philadelphia: 40 minutes
Cost: General admission $24-47, VIP pass $49-72

Bates Motel and Haunted Wagon Ride
Bates Motel and Haunted Wagon Ride

Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
Bates Motel features an intricately designed motel with rattling floors, axe-wielding actors, and tons of spooky animatronics. Other attractions worth checking out include a 25-minute haunted wagon ride and Revenge of the Scarecrows Haunted Trail, a terrifying walk through a cornfield to a number of spooky settings. The season runs until October 31 with daily entry from October 7 (it’s open on weekends only before that).
Distance from Philadelphia: 45 minutes
Cost: $40 weeknights, $45 Friday nights, $50 Saturday nights, $85-125 VIP Pass

Pennhurst Asylum
Pennhurst Asylum

Spring City, Pennsylvania
The site of real life paranormal investigations, Pennhurst Asylum has a sordid history of violence and patient abuse. The former patients now take revenge on the visitors as they pass through the asylum, the morgue and the tunnels that were under the buildings. The asylum is open from Friday to Sunday until 5 November.
Distance from Philadelphia: 50 minutes
Cost: General admission $50, VIP pass $85

Spring Mount, Pennsylvania
By day, Spring Mountain is a ski resort. At night, the slopes offer many hiding places for the ghosts of murdered quarrymen. Ride the ski lift at night to a path filled with ghosts. Then, trek the rest of the way down the mountain on a haunted wagon ride. The mountain is open on Fridays and Saturdays until October 29.
Distance from Philadelphia: 50 minutes
Cost: $22-30 general admission

Field of screams
Field of screams

Mountville, Pennsylvania
In Lancaster County, get the scare of your life on a wagon ride through a slaughterhouse/murderous hillbilly estate/toxic wasteland/graveyard/gore shop. Next, venture into a three-story 19th-century barn where torturous murders took place, a terrifying asylum, and haunted woods. Field of Screams is open weekends until November 5, as well as Thursdays October 13, 20 and 27 and Halloween.
Distance from Philadelphia: 1h30
Cost: General admission $35-50, additional VIP upgrade $15-30

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Get chased by zombies, crazed clowns and demonic animals at Jason’s Woods five attractions. This year, the Haunted Cart Ride features upgrades like fiery explosions, gory bone-crushing scenes, and technology that allows the wagon to tip from side to side. Discover it from Friday to Sunday until November 5th.
Distance from Philadelphia: 1 hour and 45 minutes
Cost: General admission $25-40, additional VIP upgrade $15

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Allie Volpe is a Philadelphia-based writer. She hasn’t slept for days. Follow her on Twitter:@allieevolpe.