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The 16 most haunted locations in Philly

Editor's note: This article was originally published in October 2016 and has since been updated with the most recent information.

Philadelphia is steeped in history, so it may not come as a surprise that it's apparently rich in paranormal activity, too. From historic cemeteries where fallen soldiers were laid to rest to mansions where ex-wives weep their sorrows away, there are plenty of haunted places in Philly to be frightened by the spirits this Halloween. Here, we present 16 homes, buildings, and locations from north to south that have some of the spookiest stories to tell.

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Baleroy Mansion

This ginormous 32-room estate in Chestnut Hill once earned the title "Most Haunted Home in America" due to the many reportings of ghosts, spirits, and other paranormal activity. It was the home of George Meade Easby, the grandson of Civil War hero George Meade.

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View this post on Instagram Warning! Creepy alert! Built in 1911, The Baleroy Mansion in the beautiful area of Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia is the setting for what is said to be the most haunted house in America with many well-documented accounts of haunted events. Haunting incidences include lights going on and off on their own as well as other events involving electricity like the alarm system activating and calling in the police. One of the most haunting aspects about the house is in the Blue Room where a blue chair sits. There are at least three recorded deaths that occurred within a two-week timeframe of individuals who sat on the blue chair. It is now believed that anyone who sits on the chair will die shortly after. Among the several ghosts that live here include that of Thomas Jefferson. Witnesses say he often appears near a tall clock in the dining room. #creepy #hauntedhouse #haunted #hauntedmansion #baleroymansion #chestnuthill #chestnuthillpa #philadelphia #philly #ghost #architecture #stonehouse #picoftheday A post shared by Chris Kristofferson Norris (@christothegreat) on Dec 3, 2018 at 9:05am PST

Cliveden of the National Trust

The Cliveden, or the Benjamin Chew House, was the site of one of the bloodiest battles of Germantown in 1777. Today the beautiful Georgian-style house sits on six acres and is apparently haunted by the soldiers who fought and died during battle.

A large house with a tan brick exterior and multiple chimneys. There are trees and a lawn surrounding the house.


Built way back in 1744, this was the home of John Wister, a Philadelphia merchant and wine importer. But during the Battle of Germantown, it was occupied by the British army's General James Agnew, who was ultimately shot and killed at this very site. His blood stains remain, and he is said to haunt the house.

The exterior of Grumblethorpe in Philadelphia. The facade is brown brick and there are red shutters.

Laurel Hill Cemetery

One of the city's many historic cemeteries has 70-plus acres of land for ghosts of the city's past to roam, including General George Meade. In fact, the cemetery hosts a haunted ghost tour around Halloween every year that’s very popular .

The Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia. There are multiple above ground graves. The grave in the foreground is white with columns and a statue on top.

Philadelphia Zoo

The John Penn House that stands on the grounds at the zoo is said to be haunted not by its namesake, but by a woman in a long dress who stands at the top of the staircase in the John Penn house . Reported paranormal activity has also been spotted at the Treehouse Building and the Pennrose Building. We'll stick to the cute animals, thank you.

A building at the Philadelphia Zoo. The exterior is white.

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Eastern State Penitentiary

The notorious prison in Fairmount, which housed the likes of criminals like Al Capone, is allegedly chockfull of spirits. It’s no surprise that the prison’s Terror Behind the Walls is one of the most popular Halloween attractions in the city.

A room in the Eastern State Pentitentiary. The walls have decayed peeling paint. There is a bed, desk, chair, table, and lamp with a fringed lampshade.

Independence Hall

Apparently, the ghosts of Benjamin Franklin likes to make sure things are running smoothly at the place where he signed both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Same goes for Benedict Arnold.

The exterior of Independence Hall. The facade is red brick. There is a lawn in front.

First Bank of the United States

The ghost of Alexander Hamilton, the father of the American National Banking System, is said to haunt this bank in Old City. Very few will have experienced his haunting—the First Bank has been closed for 30 years. Still, it was awarded an $8 million state grant to help refurbish and reopen the 250-year-old bank. No word yet on whether the ghosts will stick around, post-opening.

The exterior of the First Bank of the United States. The facade is grey with columns.

City Tavern

The Founding Fathers' stomping grounds for beer and bites is said to be haunted by a bride and her friends that were killed when the tavern burnt down in 1834. People have claimed to see moving tables, clinking silverware, and a ghost in a wedding gown .

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The interior of the City Tavern. There is a fireplace, tables, chairs, and works of art on the wall.

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Powel House

This gorgeous Georgian property was the home of Samuel Powel, the last Philly mayor under British rule and the first after Independence. He and his wife were considered a power couple and hosted many VIP parties. Like Independence Hall, the ghost of Benedict Arnold likes to make his way around here, too.

The exterior of the Powel House. The facade is red brick and there are white shutters.

Washington Square

One of William Penn’s original five squares, Washington Square actually served as a burial ground during the American Revolutionary War, and the sunny park we all know and love is actually built atop the graveyard. It’s said that the ghost of a Quaker woman named Leah haunted the park, protecting the fallen soldiers’ graves from robbers.

A path in Washington Square, Philadelphia. The path is lined with trees.

Physick House

This family residence-turned-museum was most recently featured in an episode of SyFy’s Ghost Hunters TV show two years ago. But, while the hosts were trying to reach the spirits of former patients of Dr. Philip Syng Physick, the real ghost of the house is his ex-wife. She’s said to be found and heard weeping around the property, which she was banned from when the couple got divorced.

The exterior of the Physick House. The facade is red brick. There is a person riding a bicycle in the street in front.

Betsy Ross House

The good 'ole ghost of Betsy Ross is said to haunt her home in Old City. When it was featured on an episode of SyFy's "Ghost Hunters," the paranormal investigators claimed to hear loud moaning from certain areas of the house. As we always say, come for the ghosts, stay for the live sewing and cooking demos .

The exterior of the Betsy Ross House. The facade is red brick and there is a grey roof. There are white shutters.

Academy of Music

Yikes: Along the upper balconies of this historic theater, there have been reports of "invisible companions" leaving imprints on seats or pulling guests' hair.

The interior of the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. There are multiple balconies and a large seating area on the main level.

Before it was a floating restaurant, the Moshulu was a warship during World War I. Nearly 30 people have died aboard the boat, and staff report odd occurrences and paranormal activity, like lit candles onboard even after they've been extinguished.

The Moshulu ship in Philadelphia. There are multiple masts and the ship is black.

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Fort Mifflin

This site, right by the airport, is where the 400 men at Fort Mifflin held the British navy at bay for weeks, allowing George Washington and his troops to travel safely to Valley Forge. It was also featured on a "Ghost Hunters" episode where they determined that there is definitely some "residual haunting" going on here.

An aerial view of Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia.

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20 Haunted Attractions In & Around Philadelphia

The historic region is full of restless spirits and ghostly encounters....

As one of the oldest cities in the country, Philadelphia is a top destination for ghost hunters from around the world who want to explore the supernatural stories around this city’s historic landmarks and iconic attractions.

Some of these eerie attractions are the final resting place of early Philadelphians who may have unfinished business ( Washington Square , Fort Mifflin ), while others are treasured historic spaces where visitors just might feel a tingle down their spine or see an otherworldly figure ( Betsy Ross House , Philadelphia Zoo ).

The cells have long been empty at Eastern State Penitentiary , but many believe the spirits of former inmates remain behind the looming walls of the former prison. In the streets of Philadelphia’s Historic District , Benjamin Franklin is sometimes seen frolicking with his fellow Founding Fathers.

For those seeking a guide to haunted attractions, visitors and locals can partake in many ghost tours around the city, including the Spirits of ’76 Ghost Tour, Ghost Tours of Philadelphia and tours by Grim Philly .

Of course, these stories may not be verifiable. (Editor’s note: Definitely not.) And for those looking to learn more, these attractions and sights are worthy of a less-spooky visit, too.

That said, read on to discover some of the haunted attractions and restless spirits in Greater Philadelphia.

American Philosophical Society Library

Frolic with the ghost of ben franklin....

Many stories persist of the ghost of Founding Father Benjamin Franklin seen climbing down from his statue at the American Philosophical Society Library and dancing in the streets of the Historic District . The library is open for research visits by appointment only, but for a deeper dive into history, art and science, check out the open-to-the-public (and possibly less haunted) American Philosophical Society Museum , located across the street.

Where: American Philosophical Society Library, 105 S. 5th Street

Betsy Ross House

Old city home featuring an old spirit....

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The ghost of famous flagmaker Betsy Ross is rumored to be wandering the halls of this historic house in Old City . Visitors say that Ross’ having dealt with the loss of a husband and several children in her lifetime could be why she’s often seen and heard crying in her old homestead.

Where: Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street

Bishop White House

Yellow fever left a lingering mark on this philadelphia home....

The Bishop White House at Third and Walnut streets was once the home of the chaplain to the Second Constitutional Convention and the U.S. Senate. During the yellow fever epidemic of 1793, White lost one of five house residents, as well as many more from within his ministry and charity clientele, to the disease. While the inside of the house is currently closed to the public, the house is a stop along the Spirits of ’76 Ghost Tour .

Where: Bishop White House, 309 Walnut Street

Christ Church Burial Ground

Home to ben franklin's pocket-picking spirit....

Headstones at Christ Church Burial Ground

The Christ Church Burial Ground , where Benjamin Franklin is buried, is said to be haunted by the spirit of the famous Founding Father who once said, “A penny saved is twopence dear.” He reportedly steals pocket change to this day — and even throws pennies at visitors.

Where: Christ Church Burial Ground, 340 N. 5th Street

Remnants of the 1777 battle remain in Germantown...

The historic site of Cliveden was host to the Battle of Germantown in 1777, where many men met their fate. Over the years, seances have been known to conjure the spirit of Samuel Chew Jr., a former resident of the house.

Where: Cliveden, 6401 Germantown Avenue

Cruiser Olympia

Murder and mayhem on the high seas....

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Launched in 1892, the Cruiser Olympia is now stationed at the Independence Seaport Museum at Penn’s Landing . Shadowy figures and tales of murder and suicide are said to have inspired a paranormal presence aboard the ship. Guests might encounter the famous ghost of “Gunner” Johnson during their visits.

Where: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Boulevard

Eastern State Penitentiary

Former prison — and home to lingering spirits.

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At Eastern State Penitentiary , spirits linger here year-round. Take a tour to experience the history of one of the country’s oldest and most famous former prisons. Today, it’s considered by some to be one of the most haunted places on earth.

Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue

Elfreth's Alley

Haunted history on a 300-year-old street....

Stroll along this eerie alleyway to try to catch a ghostly glimpse of one of the 3,000-plus people who have lived here over the last 300 years. There are rumors that a soldier was hanged on Elfreth’s Alley , and several visitors have even been able to nab what they consider to be photographic evidence of paranormal activity.

Where: Elfreth's Alley, 124 Elfreth's Alley

First Bank of the United States

Is it the lingering ghost of alexander hamilton.

First Bank of the United States

America’s first national bank was established by the first U.S. treasurer, Alexander Hamilton, in 1791. Hamilton died from wounds inflicted during a duel and left his surviving wife and children with a stack of debt and a haunting spirit. Several years later, when the bank finally reopened, the new owner requested that a priest bless the building. Despite the blessing, it’s said that Hamilton’s ghost still lingers. (You’ll have to spot the spirit from outside — the building is currently closed to the public.)

Where: First Bank of the United States, 116 S. 3rd Street

Fort Mifflin

Visit the hallowed grounds....

Fort Mifflin at dusk

Named by the History Channel and the Travel Channel as one of the most haunted sites in the world, Fort Mifflin was the site of the greatest bombardment of the American Revolution. (The British fired more than 10,000 cannonballs at the fort.) Every October, the fort hosts candle-lit ghost tours.

Where: Fort Mifflin, 1 Fort Mifflin Road


Gruesome stains remain in the historic home....

A spooky adventure awaits at  Grumblethorpe , the former summer home of the Wister family. The house is said to be haunted by the bloody spirit of British Gen. James Agnew, who was fatally wounded and died in the house during the Battle of Germantown. If the legends aren’t creepy enough to make visitors cower, the still-visible bloodstain on the floor just might do the trick.

Where: Grumblethorpe, 5267 Germantown Avenue

Hill-Physick House

A weeping wife spotted at the home of the famous doctor....

Physick House

The former home of Phillip Syng Physick, the Father of American surgery and the creator of the first carbonated soft drink in the United States, is said to be haunted by the ghost of his estranged wife, Elizabeth. Rumors persist that her spirit can be found crying near the site of her favorite tree, which was cut down shortly before her death.

Where: Hill-Physick House, 321 S. 4th Street

Laurel Hill Cemetery

One of the oldest and most active cemeteries in the country....

Laurel Hill Cemetery

One could argue that any cemetery could be haunted, but Laurel Hill is one of the oldest in the country and is filled with legendary “hot spots” of paranormal activity. The site offers tours throughout the year (and especially in the fall), and visitors are encouraged to walk through the grounds on their own — if they dare.

Where: Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue

Lanterns still burn aboard the former sailing ship...

Moshulu at night

The  Moshulu , one of the world’s biggest and oldest four-mast sailing ships still in the water, now serves as a riverfront restaurant and bar. During the ship’s heyday, 28 people died at sea while aboard, and some theorists surmise that this morbid history might have something to do with the murmurs and hysterical laughter that the owner and staff have reported hearing. The vessel is said to be haunted by “The Lantern Ghost”; employees who open the restaurant report finding lanterns burning on the tables even after being extinguished.

Where: Moshulu, 401 S. Columbus Boulevard

Mütter Museum

Explore odd curiosities housed within the walls....

Philadelphia’s notorious Mütter Museum  satisfies visitors’ cravings for gruesome curiosities via its fascinating exhibits of frightening abnormal anatomical formations. Ancient body parts encased in jars, death casts and diseased organs are just a few examples of the kinds of creepy collections to expect. It’s unclear whether or not there are any spirits lingering or ghosts involved, but these bone-chilling exhibits definitely aren’t for the faint of heart.

Where: Mutter Museum, 19 S. 22nd Street

Philadelphia Zoo

Spirited activity in the nation's first zoo....

The oldest zoo in America harbors nearly 1,300 animals and, allegedly, a few otherworldly friends. Solitude House — on the Philadelphia Zoo’s grounds — is said to be haunted by the spirit of a woman in a long dress who stands at the top of the staircase. Meanwhile, poltergeist-style paranormal activity has also been reported in the Treehouse Building and The Pennrose Building.

Where: Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Avenue

Powel House

Paranormal activities have been reported at the historic home....

Powel House

Legend says that a respected historian and his wife both claimed to have seen ghosts of the Continental Army — including General Lafayette — and even the spirit of the lovely Peggy Shippen, the wife of Benedict Arnold, back in the 1960s at the Powel House .

Where: Powel House, 244 S. 3rd Street

Saint Peter's Episcopal Church

Ghostly carriage sightings....

Some visitors claim to have seen a horse and carriage charging across the cemetery lawn at  Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church , which is one heck of a ghost sighting. Brave souls can check out the site on their own or go with a group as part of the Spirits of ’76 Ghost Tour .

Where: St. Peter's Church, 313 Pine Street

Van Sant Covered Bridge

Scenic bucks county location with a haunted past....

Van Sant Covered Bridge in winter

Rumored to be one of the most haunted locations in all of Pennsylvania, this Solebury Township bridge dates back to 1870. The structure measures 86 feet long and is reportedly filled with spirits still lingering from deaths that have occurred here. Located close to  Washington Crossing Historic Park , this spooky spot is at least worth the drive — even for spectators too chicken to get out of the car.

Where: Van Sant Covered Bridge, 131 Covered Bridge Road, New Hope

Washington Square

Eternal patrol spotted at philadelphia's former burial ground....

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier memorial in Philadelphia

Washington Square served as a burial ground for fallen soldiers and victims of the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia during the 18th century. Today, the square is said to be patrolled by the spirit of a woman named Leah, who protected the site from grave robbers centuries ago. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is lit by an eternal flame in honor of the Revolutionary War soldiers buried beneath the square.

Where: Washington Square, 217 W. Washington Square

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11 Philly-Area Haunted Houses, Ghost Tours and Halloween Bars

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Get spooked at the Nightmare Before Tinsel pop-up bar and other haunted houses and attractions around Philly. / Photograph courtesy of Nightmare Before Tinsel

Halloween is right around the corner, and that means “spooky season” is here. Those who love a good scare and enjoy jump-worthy surprises will  find plenty of options in Philly and the surrounding area for getting a Halloween fix. If dressing up as your favorite character and enjoying a night out with friends is more your speed, there are some Halloween-themed bars and bar crawls that are sure to get you in the spirit as well. Check out our list below of some spooktacular adventures you won’t want to miss.

The Bates Motel and Haunted Attractions

1835 North Middletown Road, Glen Mills

With four different experiences on-site, the Bates Motel and Haunted Attractions is perfect for thrill-seekers. Anointed by CNN Travel as one of the best haunted houses in America, it’s filled with hair-raising surprises around every turn. The venue includes the Psycho Path, a chilling 25-minute walk through the forest, and the Revenge of the Scarecrows Haunted Corn Trail. Both are filled with realistic effects that aren’t for the faint of heart.

Fort Mifflin Candlelight Ghost Tours

6400 Hog Island Road, South Philly

This National Historic Landmark is one place in the region where, according to the website, you can spot some “REAL ghosts.” On any of the candlelight walking tours leading up to Halloween, you’ll explore the grounds after hours while keeping an eye out for paranormal activity. For groups of 15 to 30 people, a private tour option gives you access to the Soldier’s Barracks, where you can enjoy your BYO refreshments and sit amongst the spirits.

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Fright Factory

2200 South Swanson Street, Pennsport

Fright Factory, mounted in a more-than-120-year-old factory basement, has been named one of the scariest haunted attractions in the United States by the Travel Channel. The 25,000-square-foot basement is split into three different themed routes, so there’s no shortage of thrills and screams. It’s open every weekend from September 24th through Halloween, and you can book your tickets online to ensure you don’t miss out on the scares … if you dare!

Ghost Tours of Philadelphia

5th and Chestnut streets, Old City

This nightly candlelight walking tour takes you through Independence Park, Old City and Society Hill. Your tour guide, suitably dressed for the part, will share ghost stories and even let you in on where the bodies are buried. Reservations are required for all tours, so call ahead to save your spot for this ghostly adventure.

Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary

2027 Fairmount Avenue, Fairmount

Terror Behind the Walls may be no more , but Eastern State Penitentiary has replaced it with 15 different attractions. Two haunted houses, immersive walk-through experiences, interactive performances, and four themed bars and lounges serving up fall-favorite food and beverages will check all your Halloween boxes.

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Jason’s Woods

179 Stehman Road, Lancaster

Jason’s Woods takes its five terror-filled attractions to the next level with the help of special effects. From the Horrifying Hayride (which sounds, um, bumpy ) to the Zombie Apocalypse (don’t get bit !) to Lost in Jason’s Woods (a walking experience that plays off your fears of getting lost alone in the woods ), there’s plenty to give you a good scare.

Nightmare Before Tinsel

116 South 12th Street, Midtown Village

This Halloween pop-up bar will have you celebrating spooky season seven days a week right up until October 31st. Enjoy food and drinks while immersing yourself in the frightening Halloween-themed decor — perfect for those Insta-worthy photos.

Sleepy Hollow Haunted Acres

881 Highland Road, Newtown

Two different haunting attractions make this a great place to celebrate the Halloween season. “The Hollow” takes you through abandoned gardens, twisting crypts, and an uncanny cemetery. “The Field” will have you wandering in a deserted and bewitched village said to have been occupied by outlaws and outcasts in the 1800s, so keep your eyes peeled for ghosts and spirits. After you’ve had your fair share of scares, gather around the bonfire to mellow out with some live music and refreshments. Tickets are timed, so you’ll want to buy them online before you go.

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The Valley of Fear

301 West Bristol Road, Feasterville

Three different attractions provide blood-crunching entertainment all evening long at the Valley of Fear. Among 10 new scenes this year, the Haunted Hayride makes for an eerie experience as you embark on a journey deep into the woods. Willie’s Shipwreck Cove is back with One Eye’d Willie, who’s giving us Pirates of the Caribbean vibes. Reopening this season, the Miles Manor Haunted House will have you confronting monsters and other startling creatures throughout the entire house.

Grab your costume and head out to one of these Halloween-themed bar crawls. The best part? There are multiple dates, meaning you’ve got the chance to dress up as multiple characters! There’s the “Official Halloween Bar Crawl” around Center City on October 23rd, 30th and 31st; it includes a costume contest and live entertainment. Sign up here . Then there’s the “Trick or Drink Halloween Bar Crawl” around Center City on October 29th, 30th and 31st; a wristband gets you into participating bars with no cover and provides access to drink specials. Sign up here.

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In a city with a history as rich as Philadelphia’s, there are lots of stories about ghosts, spirits, and frighteningly eerie experiences. Furniture moves on its own, doors slam when no one else is home, and there are unmistakable cries at night. From an historic prison to the rooms of Independence Hall and covered bridges to the graves of famous residents, there are lots of haunted places in Philadelphia to explore.

Grab your ghost hunting gear and your sense of adventure and uncover all the supernatural stories the city has to offer at these spooky spots.

Christ Church Burial Ground

Rows of old stone headstones in a burial ground.

Christ Church Burial Ground is most well-known as the final resting place of Benjamin Franklin. His grave is typically covered with pennies, an homage to his “a penny saved is a penny earned” adage.

The ghost of the man responsible for so many contributions to Philadelphia is known to be a bit feisty in death. There are reports of Franklin throwing pennies and even a rumor of him pinching the bums of female visitors.

Even if you don’t pay to enter, you can still see old Ben’s grave through a cutout in the wall on the northwest corner of the burial ground. I can’t make any guarantees about the ghost, though.

Betsy Ross House

2-story brick house with white shutters flying an American flag.

With her grave right out front, it’s no wonder that Betsy Ross is said to haunt the halls of her Old City home that is now one of the city’s top attractions. Having lost several children and three husbands, she is said to mourn when she visits her former house. Even the TV show Ghost Hunters came to check it out.

We can’t say whether the stories about the mourning Ross are apocryphal, but the Betsy Ross House hosts candlelight tours in October full of stories about horrors that are true. From amputations to bloodletting, the Spooky Twilight Tours are full of stories about life in the 1700s.

Elfreth’s Alley

Two brick row homes--one with a blue door and one with a purple door and shutters.

Elfreth’s Alley is where historic Philly comes alive, capturing a time before large factories when artisans and tradespeople worked out of their residential first floors. The oldest residential street in the county , it’s home to 300 years of history. But don’t be fooled by the brightly painted doors—there’s some darkness here, too.

Visitors regularly capture evidence of what some people believe is paranormal activity, in the form of orbs and apparitions. There are stories of a hanged Revolutionary War soldier making an occasional appearance, and some visitors even claim they were choked by an unknown entity while walking down the alley.

American Philosophical Society

2-story brick building with rows of windows and a large statue of a man in a niche over the door.

Benjamin Franklin’s statue looks out on Old City from the façade of the American Philosophical Society Library, an entity he founded in 1743. Among its members were Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson, among others.

There are plenty of stories about Franklin still hanging around his old haunt (see what I did there?). In 1844, a cleaning lady saw him in the Society library, and he’s also been seen lingering on the front steps. It is also said that Ben’s statue from the building dances in the streets on occasion. Keep an eye out if you’re in the historic district at night—you never know when he might show up.

First Bank of the United States

When Alexander Hamilton was famously cut down by a bullet in a duel with Aaron Burr, he left behind his wife, seven children, and a mountain of debt. He also left behind the legacy of having established America’s first national bank which is embodied in the First Bank of the United States that still stands on Third Street.

Hamilton is said to wander the interior of the Greek Revival building bemoaning his fate and the state in which he left his family’s finances. If he is still around, visitors may soon get to see more of him–the First Bank is finally being turned into a museum after decades of being closed.

Independence Hall

Large brick building with rows of windows and a white cupola with a clock.

Ben Franklin was a busy man in life, and, apparently, couldn’t give up his habit of working, even in death. At Independence Hall, he’s been spotted looking over the Declaration of Independence in the room where he and 55 others signed it. The infamous Benedict Arnold has been known to make an appearance, too. He is supposedly remorseful about his treachery.

Take a free tour of the building and Congress Hall next door and see if you feel the spirits of the signers.

Hill-Physick House

A surgeon’s house seems like a plausible place for finding some restless spirits. After all, Dr. Phillip Syng Physick (known as the Father of American surgery) may have dissected cadavers in the house in Society Hill .

Whether the spirits seen around the house are the doctor’s ex-wife, a former resident, or research subjects is hard to tell, but there are some creepy ghosts behind these beautiful walls.

Cruiser Olympia

White boat flying an American flag in the river with other small boats.

The Cruiser Olympia now stationed at the Independence Seaport Museum is the last surviving warship from the Spanish-American War. At over 120 years old, the ship has lots of characters haunting its halls.

There have been reports of the ghost of “Gunner” Johnson in the bowels of the ship and plenty of anecdotes about “something strange” in the boiler room and shadowy figures darting about the engine room. Visit the museum at Penn’s Landing to see if you encounter any of the ghouls. In October, they even host a Halloween-themed speakeasy.

Powel House

Lots of Revolutionary War-era ghosts have taken up residence in the Powel House . The Georgian home that belonged to Samuel Powel—Philadelphia’s mayor both before and after the Revolution—is said to be inhabited by several members of the Continental Army, including General Lafayette. The ghosts of Benedict Arnold and his wife Peggy Shippen have also made appearances.

Washington Square

Monument with a statue of a man and an eternal flame in front of a tree with yellow leaves.

One of the city’s nicest parks and a great place to see beautiful leaves in the fall , Washington Square holds an unexpected secret—it’s actually a giant burial ground. First established in 1682, it was used as a potter’s field for city residents and a burial ground for Revolutionary War soldiers and victims of the yellow fever outbreak of 1793. There are a lot of souls here who could be disturbed.

The spirit seen most often in Washington Square isn’t buried there. She’s a Quaker woman named Leah who spent time in life patrolling the square to protect the graves from thieves and people in search of cadavers for research. She’s continued her mission in the afterlife and visitors have reported seeing the specter with a lantern late at night.

Pennsylvania Hospital

Garden with a statue of a man in the center in front of a brick building.

The nation’s first hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital features a beautiful garden along Pine Street. At its center is a statue of William Penn that reportedly likes to climb down from its pedestal and stroll the grounds. The supernatural activity was said to happen so frequently that nurses brought patients to watch.

Philadelphia Academy of Music

Ghosts like music, too. At the Philadelphia Academy of Music —which hosts ballet, orchestra, and opera performances—there have been tales of guests being pinched by no one and seat cushions indented by invisible guests.

Eastern State Penitentiary

2-story concrete cell block in a dilapidated jail.

The Eastern State Penitentiary housed thousands of inmates in its 140-year history. Now a preserved ruin in Fairmount , this creepy spot is filled with the spirits of former prisoners who lived and met their end there, making the jail one of the most haunted places in Philadelphia.

There have been reports of mysterious apparitions, visions of people in the old guard tower, and a mysterious woman sitting in one of the dilapidated cell blocks. The prison is open for tours year-round, but if you come to Halloween Nights in the fall, you’re almost sure to see something that will give you nightmares.

Fort Mifflin

Fort Mifflin is considered one of the most haunted places in America. In its 250-year history, it was the site of a Revolutionary War battle, a military hospital during the Civil War, and an ammunition depot during World Wars I and II. The Fort has seen hundreds of deaths over the centuries.

Visitors might see phantom soldiers cleaning their guns or a faceless Union Army solider who was executed there. Rumor even has it that the ghost of a woman has screamed so loud that the police were called. Spirits are around all the time, but October is a particularly good time to try to experience the paranormal activity for yourself—that’s when the fort hosts ghost tours by candlelight .

Laurel Hill Cemetery

Angel sculpture on a gray tomb at Laurel Hill Cemetery

Laurel Hill Cemetery is one of the most well-known cemeteries in the city thanks to its elaborate grave markers and its location at a scenic spot overlooking the Schuylkill River. Visitors will find graves and monuments for over 75,000 people, including city leaders, pioneers across industries and social movements, and even a signer of the Declaration of Independence .

With so many burials, Laurel Hill is a prime haunting location. Ghost hunters and paranormal investigators visit frequently in search of spirits and ghouls wandering the grounds. There are regular events focusing on the creepier aspects of the cemetery’s story, ghost hunting, and even a “ market of the macabre .”

Baleroy Mansion

Large house made of stone and stucco with a bay window.

Baleroy mansion—a 32-room estate in Chestnut Hill —is said to be the most haunted home in America. There are stories of supernatural occurrences during seances and phantoms grabbing people in the night.

One particularly threatening spirit is a menacing trickster named Amelia who has a gift for getting unsuspecting targets to sit in a “death chair.” They supposedly die shortly afterwards.

While the fatal seating arrangement may sound far-fetched, it was corroborated by former owner George Meade Easby (great-grandson of General George Easby, who is buried in Laurel Hill). Easby claimed to have known a housekeeper, a cousin, and a friend who all fell victim to the ploy.

Allens Lane

Allens Lane in Mount Airy dates all the way back to 1746 and was heavily trafficked by Revolutionary War soldiers. One unfortunate soul was decapitated in a battle and the headless soldier on horseback is said to haunt the street on foggy nights.

Revolutionary War soldiers firing guns in a battle reenactment.

In October 1777, the Battle of Germantown broke out in the Philadelphia countryside in an area that is now the Germantown neighborhood. The Cliveden estate was at the heart of the bloody battle. Seventy soldiers lost their lives on the property, and their ghosts haunt the grounds where the 1760s Georgian home still stands.

Soldiers are said to walk the halls of the historic home as well as the surrounding acres. On a tour, you might also encounter the ghost of an elderly headless woman who has frequently been sighted there.


Garden with a large tree and a house with red shutters in the background

The former summer home of the Wister family, the historic house known as Grumblethorpe has witnessed a lot of history since it was built in 1744. When the Battle of Germantown arrived on its doorstep, British General James Agnew set up residence here only to be shot and die in the front parlor. Visitors can still see the efforts to clean up his blood on the floor, which is just enough to make your hair stand on end.

Van Sant Covered Bridge

Red and white covered bridge.

Just a few minutes from downtown New Hope , the Van Sant covered bridge is one of the charming covered bridges in Bucks County. But it has a sinister story.

Built in 1873, Van Sant bridge has been called a “cry baby bridge.” As the story goes, a young woman had a baby out of wedlock and was disowned by her family. She was so distraught that she threw the baby from the bridge into the creek below and hanged herself from the wooden beams of the bridge. Supposedly, the baby’s cries can sometimes be heard at night…or it might just be the local foxes.

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The Fright Factory

Fright Factory is a high scare, high startle, adult themed haunted house featured on the Travel Channel as one of the scariest haunted attractions in America. Located at 2200 S. Swanson St in Philadelphia, PA insde a 120+ year old factory in the basement. The Basement is 25,000 Sq Ft split into 3 themes. Once your in, there’s no time to rest until you make it out, if you make it out.


Please read the warning before attending Fright Factory. You must understand the type of environment our attraction has to offer before entering Fright Factory. This is for your own safety! We do not know the health conditions of any of our guests so we require all guests to read and understand all warnings before you enter. Fright Factory requires all guests to follow all rules, regulations, and to understand that you enter at your own risk. Please read all rules listed below.

Warning read before entering fright factory fright factory reserves the right to refuse admission without refund to anyone. you will experience intense audio, lighting, extreme low visibility, strobe lights, fog, odors, damp or wet conditions, moving floors, special effects, sudden actions, you may get touched or wet, and an overall physically demanding environment. appropriate footwear required. (no flip flops, sandals or heels)., you should not enter fright factory if you suffer from asthma, heart conditions, are pregnant, prone to seizures, claustrophobic, physical ailments, respiratory problems, or any other type of medical problem., do not enter the attraction if you are intoxicated. it is not recommended for anyone wearing any form of cast, medical brace, using crutches, or have any type of physical limitations. do not enter if you are taking medication or using drugs of any type. you will not be admitted if any of these conditions are noticed by our staff., each guest will receive a pat down from security before entering the attraction. we will confiscate and not return any items listed or we find unfit for entry. no weapons of any kind, smoking, lighters or matches, flashlights, laser pointers, video camera, cell phone use or light while in attraction. we suggest leaving your phone at home or locked in your car before entering attraction. if you happen to misplace your phone you will not be able to re-enter to search for it. you will need to wait till end of the evening and all the guests have completed haunt. before our security staff sweeps building and looks around for it. we are not responsible for any damages or loss of mobile device. no drugs or alcohol allowed. no food or drinks permitted inside the attraction., additionally, there is no hitting or touching of the ghouls, customers, or props. no video or photography may be taken while inside the attraction, no running or disorderly conduct. any violation of these rules is grounds for immediate removal without a refund..




9 haunted Halloween attractions in the Philly area, just in time for spooky season

Looking for an adrenaline rush? At these fright-filled Halloween haunted attractions, everything from ghouls to zombies and evil doctors will oblige you.

A guest at Eastern State Penitentiary's "Halloween Nights" haunted attraction gets scared by a performer.

For all the Philly haunters and horror enthusiasts out there, your time is now. Haunted Halloween attractions are currently or soon-to-be open and ready to send people home crying (as many like to boast on their websites).

Some great ones are only a few hours away, but they can require a hotel, planning a weekend — it’s a whole thing. What about haunted houses, hayrides and hotels that are located within an hour or under of Philadelphia?

The attractions listed here are meant to be scary, as one location’s website FAQ reads : “You’ve paid to be scared. So, if you or your child are so scared that you can’t continue through the haunts, then we have done our job. There would be no reason for a refund.” Makes sense.

If you’re looking for something more family-friendly, there is always Philadelphia Zoo’s “ Boo at the Zoo ” event or Franklin Institute’s “ Franklin Fright ” weekends.

But, if you’re ready for the adrenaline rush, here’s a list of haunted Halloween attractions close to Philly, sorted from closest to farthest.

Eastern State Penitentiary

How far : Under 30 minutes

Price : $39 to $59 per person if purchased online, prices are higher at the door

Philadelphia’s renowned haunted attraction, Eastern State Penitentiary has been scaring people for the last 25 years.

The prison itself was opened in 1829 to experiment with a new form of imprisonment: solitary confinement with hard labor. Today, the grounds are used as a historical education site with a mission to educate the public on incarceration.

During Halloween the defunct penitentiary turns into a haunted attraction called “Halloween Nights,” complete with haunted houses, beer gardens, campfires and food, and a speakeasy lounge inside Al Capone’s former prison cell.

🌐 📍 2027 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia 📞 215-236-3300

Fright Factory

Price : $30 to $35 per person, but more expensive packages are available

In the depths of South Philly resides a century-old warehouse with a haunted twist — The Basement of the Fright Factory is a ghoul-infested nightmare. You’ll walk through a gauntlet of creatures and scary props while the floors move and fog wafts through the damp air. Horror is lurking around every corner. The Travel Channel even featured this haunt on America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions and it was used as a filming location in the upcoming horror film, Terrifier 2 .

🌐 📍 2200 S. Swanson St., Philadelphia 📞 215-334-4678

Lincoln Mill Haunted House

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Price : $25 per person, but more expensive packages are available

This is Philly’s newest haunted attraction, opening for the first time last Halloween season.

When Hurricane Ida flooded Manayunk’s Lincoln Mill , it ravaged the interior of the building as well, revealing a decades-old dark secret — the mill’s original owner was conducting horrifying experiments on his workers. (So the story goes.) Now, the mill is running rampant with the spirits of those who died in the lower chambers of the building. Explore with friends the dark secrets of Lincoln Mill while dozens of the mill’s trapped souls chase you through the night.

If your speed is more PG-13-level spookiness, Lincoln Mill has a daytime scavenger hunt inside the attraction with no scare-actors.

🌐 📍 4100 Main St., Philadelphia ✉️ [email protected] (preferred) 📞 (267) 217-6097

Night of Terror

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How far : 30 minutes to an hour

Price : $40 per person, but more expensive packages are available

By day, Creamy Acres Farm is an idyllic farm getaway for families in the tri-state area, but at night... monsters, creatures, and chain-saw wielding ghouls take over for a Night of Terror.

With many different attractions you can scream through, one ticket grants you access to the whole farm. And for $30 more, take a paintball-shooting hayride adventure to try and take out as many ghouls as possible. HGTV featured the attraction on Halloween Tricked Out .

🌐 📍 448 Lincoln Mill Rd, Mullica Hill, N.J., 📞 856-223-1669

The Bates Motel

Price : $40 to $50 per person, but more expensive packages are available

Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, The Bates Motel in Glen Mills is a top-tier haunted attraction right outside of Philly. You’ll be chased, scared and led through a night of haunted hayride trails, a murder-filled motel and other Halloween-themed activities. CNN named this attraction one of the best haunted houses in America in 2019 .

🌐 📍 1835 N. Middletown Rd., Glen Mills, Pa., 📞 610-459-0647

The Valley of Fear

Price : $25 to $49 per person, but more expensive packages are available

A haunted hayride, a ghost pirate named One-Eyed Willie after his lost treasure, and a cursed mansion with a murderous ghost? This place has got it all.

Take a quick trip north of Philly to the Valley of Fear, where three horrifying attractions await your screams. If you’re not into the whole getting scared thing, they also have live music .

🌐 📍 301 W. Bristol Rd., Feasterville, Pa. 📞 215-942-9787

How far : 45 minutes to an hour

A highly-ranked haunted attraction , Frightland features a haunted mystery surrounding the infamous “Dr. Thaddeus Idalia,” an evil doctor who performed gruesome experiments on the grounds of Frightland. Explore the doctor’s mysterious barn with a dark secret, Ravenwood cemetery where the victims were buried, and his manor where he secluded himself for years. With eight different attractions, from hayrides to haunted barns and a zombie prison, the price of admission is well worth it.

🌐 📍 309 Port Penn Rd., Middletown, Delaware

Sleepy Hollow Haunted Acres

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Price : $19 to $38 per person, but more expensive packages are available

Enter the reimagined Village of Sleepy Hollow in Newtown, Bucks County, where a haunted orphanage, dark crypts, deadly farm fields, and forbidden cottages await anyone who dare visits.

A haunted hayride takes you through the moonlit acres of fields and woods, while you’ll lose yourself to Malfate Manor’s 17 spooky rooms. If after all that you’re still not terrified out of your mind, the Field of Fright will find you out in the lonely dark with nowhere to hide.

Friendly bonfires and live music are waiting for you when you’re done with screaming through the village.

🌐 📍 881 Highland Rd., Newtown, Pa. 📞 215-860-6855

Pennhurst Asylum

How far : 1 hour

Price : $52 per person, but more expensive packages are available

Last one on the list, but certainly not least: Pennhurst Asylum is one of Pennsylvania’s most famous haunted attractions.

With many different places to explore, you will tour the asylum’s morgue, tunnels and the actual historical facility as monsters, ghouls and murderous medical staff wait around every turn.

🌐 📍 250 Commonwealth Dr., Spring City, Pa. 📞 484-886-6080

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PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Host Christie Ileto and Alicia Vitarelli find fright-filled fun in the city, screamers in the suburbs and a historic trick-or-treat staple.

Viktor Kane haunts Manayunk at Lincoln Mill Haunted House

Lincoln Mill Haunted House is back for its second season with more scares for a screaming good time.

The Manayunk haunt has taken over the former home of Mad River and is using the space to raise awareness to the floods from Hurricane Ida that damaged the neighborhood.

The story revolves around Viktor Kane, the old textile mill owner and his tormented past.

The building was a former textile mill in the 1860s but got a little Halloween treatment after that.

The space is designed with state-of-the-art animatronics and more than three dozen actors raising goosebumps every step of the way.

Lincoln Mill Haunted House | Facebook | Instagram

4100 Main Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19127

Fright Factory in its 23rd year of haunting visitors in South Philly

South Philadelphia Fright Factory is designed to be disorienting right out of the gate with a pitch black passageway you have to feel your way through.

And there's a good chance you'll get blasted with an air cannon.

From total darkness, you enter into a derelict factory, a labyrinth of eerie corridors with scary creatures popping out at every turn.

The factory leads to an asylum known as the South Side Auditorium, a place where inmates rule and madness reigns.

There are cool sets, props and animatronics but CEO Frank Procopio says it's the actors that put the fright in Fright Factory.

The Travel Channel dubbed the place one of the scariest Halloween attractions in America.

The 25,000-square-foot haunt is set in an old factory that was empty for years.

There's a creepy bathroom guy who may ask you to scrub his back and a swamp that makes you feel like you're actually walking through water.

The Unholy Sanctuary is the final fright, and the last room spurs visitors to run for their lives.

The whole walkthrough experience is about 30 minutes of tense fear, quicker we're told if you run.

And most people run and scream -- a lot.

Fright Factory | Facebook | Instagram

2200 S Swanson St, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Ski Mountain turns into Scream Mountain for Halloween

Spring Mountain is known for snowy fun, skiing and tubing.

But this time of year, the screams coming from the mountain are a little more terrifying.

The Montgomery County ski resort has been converted into a haunted hill with a three-part journey for Halloween.

It starts with a chair lift overlooking the scenes and listening to the screams.

Brave visitors walk through haunted woods with live actors popping out at every twist and turn.

Then a haunted tractor ride with interactive scares along the way.

You can cap off the visit with food, drink and live music in the courtyard.

The Haunt is live through Sunday, October 29.

Scream Mountain | Facebook | Instagram

757 Spring Mount Road, Spring Mount, PA 19478

This Jersey town officially changes name to Monsterville every October

Merchantville is a small town that makes Halloween a big deal.

There is an ordinance on the books that officially changes the name of the town to Monsterville every year for the month of October.

Halloween events fill the town calendar, and everyone from the residents to the mayor gets involved.

House decorations are over the top as homes compete to win the Golden Broomstick.

Children attend Spooky Story Time every week, and people who participate in the Zombie Run 5K tend to do the run in costume.

New this year is a costume ball for adults, and trick-or-treaters from neighboring towns join residents to hit the town on Halloween, when Merchantville closes the streets to vehicles for the big night.

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1 West Maple Avenue, Merchantville, NJ 08109


True Crime Trolley Tour is a psychological, Halloween thriller

Dubbed Bad Things Happen in Philly, the true crime trolley tour starts and ends at Craft Hall on Delaware Avenue.

The first stop is Washington Square, a former potter's field, first for African Americans and then for Patriot soldiers in the Revolutionary War.

As you pass Ben Franklin's grave, City Hall, Logan Square (which used to house gallows for public executions), The Penitentiary and the Whispering Wall at Fairmount Park, you'll hear stories of some of the city's most infamous serial killers.

The tour, led by Founding Footsteps Founder Tours Tim McAleer, includes video clips so you can actually hear from a number of convicted murderers.

Live musicians offer a Halloween-themed singalong break from the horror and gore, and it's BYOB.

On the tour, McAleer offers a different way to learn about some of Philadelphia's most disturbing true crimes.

The Bad Things Happen in Philly trolley tour lasts just under 2 hours, and it's one of 6 experiences McAleer offers, including the uber-popular Christmas lights tour.

He plans to launch a mob history tour in February.

Founding Footsteps: Bad Things Happen in Philly Trolley Tour | Facebook | Instagram

302 Arch St, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106

Lancaster welcomes The Coffin Bar just in time for Halloween

The Coffin Bar is the newest addition to The Spring House Brewing Company in Lancaster City.

The restaurant has a black interior and a coffin-shaped bar with real coffin pieces throughout the restaurant.

Owner Scott Richardson noticed the shape of the bar resembled a coffin in early development of the restaurant and came up with the name The Coffin Bar.

The Spring House branding has a history of dark arts and you can find religious artifacts from local churches inside.

Opening just in time for Halloween, the restaurant is a year-round dining experience.

They have a unique menu filled with Squid Ink Pasta, Devil's Lettuce Salad, Fried Goat Cheese Balls and a Chicken Katsu Sandwich.

Halloween specialty drinks are also available called the Trick or Treat and the Beet Red drink inspired by a red beet egg.

Spring House Brewing Company makes award-winning beers like Neon Creep and a pumpkin beer called Brains.

The Coffin Bar is a family-friendly restaurant and transitions into a bar setting after 8 pm only permitting ages 21 and over to enter.

On Halloween weekend, employees will be dressed in their best Halloween costumes.

The Coffin Bar | Instagram | Facebook

30 W Lemon Street Lancaster, PA 17603

Peanut Chews has been Philly-made for more than 100 years

Peanut Chews are a beloved Halloween treat has a rich Philadelphia history.

Since 1917, Goldenberg's Peanut Chews have been made in the City of Brotherly Love.

Localish takes a tour of the plant that produces more than a million bite-sized candies a week and gets even busier during the Halloween season.

The candy started as a war ration for troops because of its high protein ingredients.

Some might say it was the original energy bar.

Since then it has become a favorite Philadelphia export, still made in a Northeast Philadelphia factory as it has been for more than 100 years.

There are two flavors, Original Dark and Milk Chocolate.

They come in bite-size snacks or in bars.

The Goldenberg's family sold the business to Just Born Quality Confections and the work has continued with a team of more than 30 workers in the Philadelphia plant cranking out an iconic Philadelphia flavor.

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Walnut Street Theatre's 215th season kicks off with 'Elvis - A Musical Revolution'

Elvis - A Musical Revolution is making its Philadelphia premiere at the Walnut Street Theatre.

"It's a really cool character to embody," says Lucas Pastrana, who plays Elvis Presley. "One of the most iconic things about Elvis was his look and his style."

And of course, the music is also iconic. Pastrana says many of Elvis' classic songs are performed in the musical, like "That's All Right, Mama," "Jailhouse Rock," and "Love Me Tender."

The show starts in 1968, right before Elvis performs his comeback special.

Pivotal moments in Elvis' life are portrayed through flashbacks.

And that includes his relationship with his manager, Colonel Parker.

Pastrana says Parker thinks more about "financial gain" than being a passionate fan of Elvis' music.

Jenna Pastuszek plays Dixie Locke Emmons, who she describes as Elvis' first serious girlfriend.

That same actress also takes on the iconic role of Priscilla Presley.

"Lucas is a dreamboat," says Pastuszek. "So I hope audiences come and have fun."

Elvis - A Musical Revolution runs through November 5 at the Walnut Street Theatre.

Elvis - A Musical Revolution Walnut Street Theatre

825 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

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October is finally here and the haunted house season is in full swing! In an effort to bring you all the latest and greatest for the season, here is Your 2015 Guide to Philly’s Top Haunted Attractions. We’ve listed the top haunted houses and attractions in Philadelphia as well as several around the region for those looking for that authentic cornfield and spooky farm feel. Happy Halloween!


Terror behind the walls.

2027 Fairmount Ave . | 215.236-3300


Terror Behind the Walls is located inside the massive castle-like walls of Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA. Now in its 22nd year, Terror Behind the Walls is consistently ranked among the top haunted attractions in the country. This is one of the most popular haunted attractions in the region. Eastern State being is already a creepy tourist destination, add ghost and goblins and it’s an experience you won’t soon forget.

Fright Factory

38 Jackson St | [email protected]


Located inside a 25,000-square-foot building located in South Philadelphia, The Fright Factory is haunted house in every sense of the word. You and your friends must make your way through corridors running, crawling, stumbling as ghost and goblins pop out from every direction. Don’t be surprised if members of your party start disappearing into the darkness.

Grim Philly Twilight Tour

6th & Market | (856) 829-3100


Voted Best City Tour each year since inception and the only tour out of over a hundred featured on Anthony Bourdain’s “The Layover” on Travel Chanel- Grim Philly has amassed a cult following with educational but gritty adults only tours on serial killers; vampires, sex, aphrodisiacs, ghost hunting, grave robbing, gangsters, 1920’s speakeasies, pirates, the Jersey Devil, and other darker subjects. Though Grim guides have each their own style and areas of expertise- tours are raw, uncensored and unabridged- and not suitable for children, or those of prudish disposition. Grim Philly has 9 tours in all- including walking, tavern, and boat tours.

Spirit of 76 Ghost Tour

4th & Chestnut | 215.525.1776


One Part History, Two Parts Haunt!™ Visit more than 20 scary sites to hear Philadelphia’s haunted facts and folklore. Experience Philadelphia’s monuments by moonlight. Travel the cobblestone streets of Old City to hear chilling stories about the Spirits of ’76, featuring Haunted Facts – Hear stories about the Master of the Macabre, Edgar Allan Poe, who used to reside in Philadelphia and learn about Leo Callahan, the only prisoner to escape from Eastern State Penitentiary and never be captured. Haunted Folklore – Learn about the legendary ghosts that inhabit Independence Hall, the spirits of Carpenters’ Hall from a first person encounter, the dancing statue of Benjamin Franklin at Library Hall and paranormal Pine Street happenings. Haunted Movie Sets – See famous film locations from big screen thrillers such as The Sixth Sense, Shooter, National Treasure and more!

Ghost Tour of Philadelphia

5th & Chestnut | 215.413.1997


Discover the secrests hidden in the shadows of America’s most historic and most haunted city! Join the Ghost Tour of Philadelphia for a candlelight stroll along the back streets and secret gardens of Independence Park, Society Hill, and Old City, where mysterious tales of ghostly spirits, haunted houses and eerie graveyards lurk in the night!

Ghost Tour of Haunted USS Olympia

Independence Seaport Museum 211 S. Columbus Blvd | 215.413.8655


Inside the hulking exterior of this formidable battleship, you’ll discover a beautiful, labyrinthine interior filled with reports of disappearing apparitions, ghostly voices, and other unexplained paranormal activity. The Ghost Tour will lead you through the creepy nooks and crannies of three decks, including the captain’s cabins, the galley, the sick bay, and the spot where the ship’s most famous ghost, “Gunner” Johnson, appears.

Boo at the Zoo Overnights

Philadelphia Zoo 3400 W. Girard

Guests who book an overnight experience on October 21, 22, 28 or 29 have the added bonus of early entrance to one of Philadelphia’s best Halloween celebrations – Boo at the Zoo! Overnighters can beat the crowds and access premium parking with an arrival the night before! Also featured at Boo at the Zoo overnights are spooky crafts and activities, designed to the children about extinct species. During Boo at the Zoo, guests are encouraged to put on their favorite costumes and trick-or-treat while visiting our creepy, crawly creatures!

Halloween at Franklin Square

200 North 6th St. | 215.629-4026


Enjoy mini-golf and being spooked? Be sure to check out Franklin Square as the Philly mini golf is transformed into spooky fun for the season with fog, lights, music, and surprises.

Laurel Hill Cemetery

3822 Ridge Ave | 215.228.8200


Behold the return of Laurel Hill Cemetery’s annual Halloween flashlight tours of yore. No longer featuring the actors, the program will return to its roots as extended nighttime walking tours of the cemetery, focusing on its rich history, and covering its enchanting art and landscape. Tours will last approximately two hours, and will be followed by complimentary cookies and cider aside blazing fire pits. Bring your own flashlights.


Pennhurst asylum.

Church St. & Bridge Rd., Spring City, PA 19475 | 855-HAUNT-00


The Pennhurst Haunted attraction includes the Pennhurst Asylum, a hospital themed walk thru attraction featuring many items and artifacts that were part of the original State School. Located on the upper floors of the old Administration building, which dates to 1908, this attraction features a combination of high tech animatronics, digital sound and motivated actors, as well as fine detail and realism. We have added lots of new props, and made many changes for the upcoming season.

Bates Motel

1835 Middletown Rd., Glen Mills, PA | 610-459-0647


For over 20 years, the Haunted Hayride at Arasapha Farm has been scaring its visitors with amazing props, digital FX, great actors and extraordinary professional makeup. The Hayride has been featured several times on the Travel Channel and has now been rated as the Number 1 Haunted Attraction in America by Haunteworld Magazine, USA Today and many other national publications. The Haunted Hayride is a 25 minute, action packed, heart pounding ride through the dark forest of Arasapha Farm, located just outside of Philadelphia PA, and is filled with huge, detailed sets, giant monsters and more pyrotechnics than a Kiss concert.

931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley, PA | 215.968.1670


In a dark corner of Eastern Pennsylvania, awaits Bucks County’s most haunted farmland, Shady Brook Farms has spent decades sowing fear, now reap the terror lying in its fields at HorrorFest. HorrorFest features four thrilling attractions: the Hayride or Horror, Barn of Horror. 3-D Alien Encounter, and Carnage Corn Maze. Can you handle the harvest?

LuLu’s House of Horrors

5140 Butler Pk., Plymouth Meeting, PA | 610-941-5985


One of the regions scariest haunted houses, this attraction also features a wagon ride through the haunted woods and across the deadly graveyard. You will travel through the dead of night to the door of the House of Horrors, and back again….if you survive. A haunted corn maze is also available to wonder through for brave souls.

Sleep With the Ghosts

Ft. Mifflin 82 Ft. Mifflin Rd. | 215.685.4167


Spend the night if you dare! Actual sleep is optional during our overnight paranormal investigation, where you get to explore the buildings, myths and legends behind the Fort’s permanent residents! Coffee and light refreshments provided for those who survive the night!

Haunted House in the Hollow

881 Highland Rd. Newtown, PA | 215.860.6855


Malfate Manor built in 1888 near Newtown is considered by some to be the most haunted house in Bucks County. Commonly referred to by neighborhood children as “the house in the hollow” it has long thought to be haunted by the spirits of some of the members of the Malfate family and their staff who met untimely deaths within its walls. After the Malfate’s demise, the mansion was used as a hotel for some time. Later it serves as a funeral parlor and finally an asylum. IN each case unexplained problems caused the enterprises to fail with the house becoming abandoned in the early 1906’s.

Night of Terror

448 Lincoln Mill Rd., Mullica Hill, NJ | 856.223.1669


This spot offers 6 scary attractions in 1 awesome location.

Slaughter Cave- Step into the dark, sinister cave and explore, but beware, this cave is anything but abandoned. The tunnels echo with deafening screams, the walls wet and warm with blood. This cave is home to one of the most twisted families in New Jersey- a family you won’t soon forget.

3D Fun House- This bizarre house is packed with sinister, bloodthirsty clowns, who have lots of tricks up their blood-drenched sleeves.

Zombie Mayem -With more ghouls than ever inhabiting this pitch black haven, you will have to push yourself if you plan to make it out alive. You must use all of your senses to try and escape the evil zombies, who are just waiting to rip you apart limb from limb and devour you.

Ride of Terror -The Ride of Terror haunted hayride navigates through the terrifying 25 acres of mayhem and torture. Creatures of all sorts are waiting to attack at every twist and turn throughout this 25 minute ride of terror.

Cornfield Maze -The trails through the corn field make absolutely no sense and seem to wonder aimlessly branching off in different directions. As you continue to make your way an uneasy feeling starts to overwhelm your senses and the sensation that someone is stalking you.

Frozen Tundra – Can you make it through the narrow passages of this frozen wasteland in the ice heart of the Yeti’s domain. Pass through the foggy unknown and cross the longest vortex tunnel in the land.

The Valley of Fear

301 W. Bristol Rd. Feasterville, PA | 215.942.9787


This haunted attractions has 4 spooky adventures.

Haunted Hayride -R ide through America’s most horrifying woods, called “one of the best we have ever been on” including a graveyard they called “absolutely amazing.” you’ll see why we were recently named Hayride Of The Year, Original Haunted Hayride will top all others!

Scary Tales- Travel back in time were all your childhood failytales come to life in a feindishly freaky way!Scarytales haunted forest trail If you are brave enough, you can finish up your night at ScaryTales.

Zombie Escape Maze -Zombies continue to infiltrate the Valley of Fear in the continuing aftermath of the devastating fire that destroyed the Zombie Research and Control Center. Military and Medical Personnel have been virtually powerless in controlling the outbreak and panic has risen to new heights.

Operation Z- Your mission is to march ON FOOT to remote forest outposts with multiple firing positions to destroy the Zombie hoards. Helping you navigate your way through the wastelands will be soldiers from Unit Z.E.R.O (Zombie Eradication and Removal Organization).


94 Park Ave. Sinking Spring, PA | 610.777.6388

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This nationally recognized Halloween attractions features 6 awesome adventures.

Zombie Revenge Hayride- Take a tour with the Zombie Safari Company. It’s the Zombie version of Jurassic Park. Now you can join the security team to insure the safety of the passengers. Be warned, there is an area of the tour where the Zombies are particularly restless and if you choose this option, you’ll be given a gun to protect fellow passengers.

Zombie Night Run -You will be given a flag football belt that represents your Brain, Heart, and Entrails. Run for your life through the hayride trails that are filled with Zombies that will try to eat your vital organs (capture your flags).

The Unknown- Created by Professor Strangeways and his dedicated assistant Malinda Montague, your journey into the Unknown will overwhelm your senses! Themed in Steampunk, you’ll encounter various fears and phobias augmented through the use of advance audio and 3D video technology. This haunted house is like no other in the world! But be warned, it is said the creators will stop at nothing to better understand what scares you!

Prison of the Dead Escape -Take a tour through the now condemned Willow Glen State Penitentiary a.k.a Prison of the Dead. This massive 50,000 square foot mega haunted house is one of the largest in the East Coast! The facility was closed when they discovered the inhumane torture of the prisoners.

The Zombie Experience- You will be transformed into a Zombie, taken to the Prison then stationed throughout the Prison where your instincts will take over infecting Visitors with the living dead virus.

The Monster Midway -More than just a haunted house, Shocktoberfest is a 27 acre Screampark loaded with activities for the whole night. Play games, enjoy some delicious food such as fresh cut French Fries, Funnel Cakes, Burgers, Pizza and Steak Sandwiches. And did we mention we have REAL restrooms!! No porta-potties here. But beware of the Scare Zones as there is no safe place at Shocktoberfest!!!

BONUS The Zombie Mudrun- The Zombie Mud Run is the most amazing, heart pounding, adrenaline producing mud run you’ve ever experienced! The race course is complete with natural and man-made obstacles. To add an extra degree of challenge (and fun), we have added Zombies! You may sign up as a Human or a Zombie. The Humans run the race with a flag football belt. These three flags represent your vital organs. Zombies are stationed along the race course trying to eat your vital organs (capture your flags). If you finish the race with one or more of your flags, you survive. If Zombies capture all of your flags, you are infected with the living dead virus (or at least don’t win the race). Whether you survive or get infected, you are guaranteed to have a great time at the all-day Human Salvation Party!

Horror Fest at Shadybrook Farms

931 Stony Hilly Rd. | 215.968.1670


In a dark corner of Eastern Pennsylvania awaits America’s most haunted farm.  Shady Brook Farm has spent decades sowing fear, now reap the terror lying in its fields at HorrorFest. HorrorFest features four thrilling attractions: the Hayride of Horror, Barn of Horror, Alien 3-D Encounter, and Carnage. Can you handle the harvest?

Field of Screams

191 College Ave. Mountville, PA | 717.285.7748


This highly rated haunted attraction has 6 scary and creepy adventures.

Haunted Hayride- The Haunted Hayride is one of the first, and best, in the World. And every year, the new scares and new scenes constantly improve the terror of the wagon ride deep into the cornfield. The chilling characters and hideous scenes will make your heart pound and your hair stand on end. The sounds of the cold cornfield will surround you and once you board this tractor-pulled wagon, there’s no turning back!

Den of Darkness- The Den of Darkness is one of America’s original Haunted Houses and it just keeps getting more hauntingly horrifying which each passing year.The Den of Darkness is a 3 story building that was built in the early 1800’s and then converted into a farmhouse. The dark and mysterious past of the Den began when the Murter family moved in.

Frightmare Asylum -Home to some of the most criminally insane and disturbed patients, the Frightmare Asylum is one of the most terrifying and frightening haunted houses in the world. The Applegate Mental Asylum was shut down and abandoned in the 1900’s after more than a hundred years of operation, but the deranged doctors, nightmarish nurses, and disturbed inmates have remained to haunt the only place they’ve known. They show no mercy to visitors and enjoy the chance to mutilate new bodies.

Nocturnal Wasteland- The demented masterminds that have brought you the Haunted Hayride, the Den of Darkness, and The Frightmare Asylum have unleashed their fury to create the most intense and extreme attraction of all. Unlike anything that you have ever experienced, your tour through the Nocturnal Wasteland will be one that will leave you gripping on to your friends and gasping for air.

Field of Screams Entertainment Area -At Field of Screams, we offer unique entertainment every night we are open. The entertainment schedule and entertainment area are always full of fun and exciting additional activities, including bands, competitions, games, and prizes. Best of all, this extra entertainment is FREE with the purchase of a ticket to any of our 4 haunted attractions.

The Zombie Run- Experience the thrills of being chased by bloodthirsty zombies under the stars on this 5K course through Field of Screams!!! You will be immersed in professionally illuminated movie-quality scenes while running through mud, crawling over obstacles, jumping through fire, and so much more! This takes The Zombie Fun Run to a whole new level. Will you survive the Zombie Apocalypse?

Scream Mountain

757 Spring Mount Road | 610.287.7900


Haunted Hay Ride Beware of the Quarrymen who still roam the mountain, waiting to exact revenge on the unknown strangers who destroyed them. IT’S NOT SAFE TO BE ON THE MOUNTAIN AFTER DARK…BEWARE! NO RESERVATIONS NECESSARY UNLESS YOU HAVE A GROUP OF 20 OR MORE.  TICKETS ON SALE AT 6:30 – LIFT STARTS AND FIRST WAGON GO ABOUT 7PM!

The Heart of Darkness Haunted Combo Tour  go up the chairlift in the dark and get ready to brave the Haunted Woods Walk! Then follow your guides to cargo net to begin the Canopy Tour in darkness (4 zips, 3 challenges, 1 rappel, 1 cargo net climb). After your heart pumping Canopy Tour you’ll embark on the terrifying Haunted Hay Ride!

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Join us for a fun and entertaining evening of true ghost stories, real haunted houses, and where they buried the bodies!

Hear haunting tales about Philadelphia's historic sites, such as Independence Hall, Washington Square, Powel House, City Tavern, and more!

A costumed tour guide will lead you off the beaten path with chilling tales of heroes and villains, plague and pestilence, lost cemeteries and burial grounds!

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Discover the secrets hidden in the shadows of America's most historic and most haunted city! Join the Ghost Tour of Philadelphia for a candlelight walking tour along the back streets and secret gardens of Independence National Park, Old City, and Society Hill, where ghostly spirits, haunted houses, and eerie graveyards lurk in the night! Named one of the top 15 "must see" attractions in the US!


Tickets are $25 per person ($15 ages 4-12). Save $3 per adult ticket when you book online or by phone at 215-413-1997.


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Private tours are available any night for one or more guests. Call 215-413-1997 to arrange a private tour.


Guests who have purchased a tourist pass, please text or call us at 610-587-8308 to make your reservation. Please include the date and time that you would like to attend (check schedule here ), your last name, and the confirmation code from each individual pass.


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The Ghost Tour of Philadelphia is based on the book, Ghost Stories of Philadelphia, PA. Discover the ghostlore of America's most historic and most haunted city with stories from the founding of William Penn's colony to present-day hauntings. Includes anecdotes from the Ghost Tour! 210 pp. Purchase with your tickets or at our Book Store .

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2023 Philly Halloween Guide

Spooky season is upon us. Over the next couple of weeks, Philly is celebrating the Halloween season with haunted houses, ghost tours, fall festivals, and events for the whole family to enjoy. Our comprehensive guide is here to help you make your plans to have the best Halloween season yet!

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Darkly Departed at Laurel Hill Cemetery

When: October 15, 10 am – 12 pm Where: Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Sometimes the dearly departed are  darkly departed. Join in on a walking tour to uncover those interred in the cemetery who took a darker path to the great beyond, whether by murder, mystery, or tragedy. Meet killers and their victims, beheaded train passengers, and a witch who promised to return from the dead.  Meet those who embezzle, others who drowned, and sisters nicknamed Vampire and Viper. Not everyone buried at Laurel Hill West is resting in peace. Come along to uncover their dark past.

Pennhurst Asylum

When: Weekends through November 4th Where: Bridge St & Church St, Spring City, PA

One of Pennsylvania’s most terrifying haunted attractions, the Pennhurst Asylum is located outside of Philadelphia in Spring City, PA. There are three different attractions to explore, The Asylum, The Tunnels and The Morgue. Daytime history tours are also available. On November 4th, experience Pennhurst in the dark! Read more about the options on the website.

Fright Factory

When: September – October Where: 2200 S. Swanson Street, Philadelphia, PA

Fright Factory is a high scare, high startle, adult themed haunted house featured on the Travel Channel as one of the scariest haunted attractions in America. Experience spine-tingling terror of Philadelphia ultimate haunted attraction. Step into the nightmare and survive the unforgettable. Explore the dark depths of a 120+ year old warehouse transformed into a terrifying labyrinth, where nightmares become reality. Brace yourself as you navigate through the industrial nightmare, wander the halls of the South Side Sanatorium and defy the forces of evil within the Fright Factory UnHoly.

Philly Ghosts

When: October Where: Meet at “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier”: Washington Square at 217 W Washington Square

Philly Ghosts is the number one rated Ghost Tour in Philadelphia. Your tour through Philadelphia’s historic Old City area takes you to some of the city’s most haunted locations. Learn the truth behind Philadelphia’s ghost-filled history as your guide introduces you to some of the city’s most chilling legends and mysteries. The tours are an hour across 1 mile. Ghost tours are held nightly, rain or shine. Tours begin at Washington Square.

Eastern State Penitentiary

When: September – November (See  website  for dates) Where: 2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

The Eastern State Penitentiary, also known as ESP, is a former American prison in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is located at 2027 Fairmount Avenue between Corinthian Avenue and North 22nd Street in the Fairmount section of the city, and was operational from 1829 until 1971. Embark on a frightening adventure at Halloween Nights, which consists of 15 attractions, including 2 haunted houses, 3 immersive walk-through experiences, 3 live, interactive performances, 4 themed bars and lounges and 3 opportunities to explore the penitentiary’s cellblocks, history, and relevance today.

Ghost Tours of Philadelphia

When: Open every night Where: Tours depart from Signers’ Garden, 5th & Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA

Discover the secrets hidden in the shadows of America’s most historic and most haunted city. Embark on the Ghost Tour of Philadelphia for a candlelight walking tour along the back streets and secret gardens of Independence National Park, Old City and Society Hill, where ghostly spirits, haunted houses and eerie graveyards lurk in the night. This tour is named one of the top 15 “must see” attractions in the United States. Learn more on the  website .

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Trick or Treat Street

When: October 28, 12 pm – 2 pm Where: Franklin Square, Philadelphia

Bring your child to Franklin Square for a family-friendly afternoon of candy and fun! Children 10 and under are invited to follow the trail in Franklin Square and get some sweets on Trick-or-Treat Street. This event is free. Advanced tickets are recommended and available here . Capacity is limited.

Kids Halloween Event at Sunset Social

When: October 22, 12 pm Where: 129 S. 30th Street, Philadelphia

Entry is free to this family-friendly event. There will be a kids costume contest with prizes, a doggie costume contest, face painting, free pumpkin decorating, hot cocktails available for purchase, giant connect 4, cornhole, and giant jenga free to play.

Nature Tots: Apple Yum & Halloween Fun

When: October 24, 1-2 pm Where: Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600A Verree Road, Philadelphia

Children ages 2-5 years old with an adult can join in for a story, simple craft, short walk, games and more. This moth you will have the chance to make cider, dress up in your favorite costume to parade around the meadow as you follow a storybook trail. The cost is $5 per child and each participant is asked to bring 4 apples. Adults are free.

Final Friday at The Rail Park

When: October 27, 5-7 pm Where: 1300 Noble Street, Philadelphia, PA

Join Friends of the Rail Park for a crafty, spooky, and family-friendly October Final Friday! Just in time for Spooky Season, The Rail Park will be hosting an arts and crafts session for our costumed “young” friends of the Rail Park. There will be several interactive stations for getting creative and creepy! Families are invited to come in a festive mood and to stay for music and treats (and a few tricks)! Come in a costume and bring a friend!

The Wizard of Oz Halloween Party

When: October 26, 6-8 pm Where: East Passyunk Community Center, 1025 Mifflin Street, Philadelphia

Get ready to journey down the yellow brick road as we bring the magical world of Wizard of OZ to life. This in-person event will be held at 1025 Mifflin St , where you will have a wickedly fun time celebrating the Halloween season. Dress up as your favorite character from the movie and enjoy an evening filled with thrilling games, costume contest, delicious treats, and bewitching entertainment. Don’t miss out on this enchanting event – mark your calendars and get ready for a night of frightful fun!

Kids Halloween Paint and Costume Party

When: October 31, 5:30 pm – 7 pm Where: ARTrageous Brush & Flow, 6345 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia

Get ready for a Halloween celebration like no other. ARTrageous is hosting a frightfully fun painting and costume party that you won’t want to miss. Children will let their creativity run wild as they embark on a Halloween-themed painting adventure. Supplies will be provided – canvases, paints, brushes, and even spooky inspiration! Whether you want to paint a friendly ghost, a grinning jack-o’-lantern, or a mysterious haunted house, we’ve got it all covered. Children can come in their most spooktacular Halloween costumes! From witches and wizards to superheroes and monsters, we want to see your incredible outfits. There’ll even be a costume contest with fabulous prizes for the most bewitching costumes. There will be delicious treats and games too!

Family Saturdays | Sister Cities Park

When: October 14 Where: Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Kids are invited to embrace their silly side as live entertainers offer unique programs and performances every Saturday morning this fall. From live music to hip-hop dancing and Halloween-themed fun, these free offerings are perfect for youngsters in need of outdoor play. This not-so-scary Halloween celebration will feature a scavenger hunt (complete with a candy treat), free pumpkin painting, spooky story time with the Free Library of Philadelphia and a special magic show by Jake Strong. Costumes are encouraged!

Stenton’s Halloween Harvest Festival

When: October 28, 1-3 pm Where: 4601 N. 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Join in for an afternoon of family friendly fall fun! All ages are welcome to enjoy games, crafts, face-painting, pumpkin painting, spooky story time with Logan Library, and a spooky cellar tour! Light refreshments and cider will be served. Event is free.

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Rivers Casino Halloween Party

When: October 27, 7-10 pm Where: 1001 N. Delaware Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Enjoy a DJ Dance party, Halloween treats, spooky drawings, and an all-you-can-eat menu with an open bar. Dress up in your spookiest costume to take part in the costume contest. October 27 7PM – 10PM at the Rivers Casino Philadelphia Event Center. A full bar will be available. Free parking on-site. Must be 21+ Masks, face coverings, or hoods are not allowed on the gaming floor.

Halloween Bar Crawl

When: October 21, 27, 28 and 31 Where: Philadelphia

Pay one time and drink, party and crawl all 4 days – October 21, 27, 28 and 31. Philadelphia’s bars will be ready for our creepy and friendly bar crawlers with all the best drink specials. Roam the streets of Philadelphia partying it up with all your best friends. Join hundreds of individuals in frightening costumes and sparkling frocks for the annual Philly crawl, which has drawn thousands of goblins in previous years, for a Halloween in Philadelphia like no other.

Halloween Costume Sunset Dinner Cruise

When: October 28, 5-8pm Where: Ben Franklin Yacht, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA

Get ready for a memorable Halloween costume cruise on the Ben Franklin Yacht. Put on your best Halloween costume. Come out for a Halloween costume cruise on the bay. There will be live music and entertainment with a guest host. Food will include sausage and peppers, USDA Prime roast beef, mashed potatoes, vegetable fried rice, baked ziti, warm dinner rolls, and Caesar salad. Costumes are recommended.

Adults Only Halloween Experience | Museum of Illusions Philadelphia

When: October 19 & October 26, 6-8 pm Where: Museum of Illusions, 401 Market Street, Philadelphia

The Museum of Illusions Philadelphia will be transforming into a Halloween must-see for the second half of October and to celebrate, they’re hosting an ADULT ONLY 21+ up event for TWO NIGHTS! There will be photo-ops galore, a DJ, and drinks. The drinks will be provided from Philadelphia local, Evil Genius Beer Company with a selection of their delicious crafted beer and sours for guests to enjoy. The event dates will be October 19th and the 26th, both from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Costumes are optional, and two free drink tickets will be included with every ticket purchase.

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Media Borough Halloween Parade

When: October 28, 11 am Where: State Street, Media, PA

Ambler Halloween Parade

When: October 28, 11 am – 2 pm Where: E. Butler Ave, Ambler, PA

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Saylorsburg, PA 570-99 BEAST

The Hotel of Horror and Altered Nightmares are both indoor, walk through Haunted House attractions featuring live actors and paranormal activity housed in the 200 year old “abandoned “ Pocono Mountain resort once called The Lake House Hotel,... Read More

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Philadelphia, PA (201) 402-2880

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Night of Terror, located at Creamy Acres Farms, offers six terrifying haunted attractions at one great location. Are you brave enough to take on all of them?... Read More

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Don't miss out on the Scariest haunted attractions Maryland has to offer at 301 Devils Playground. 301 Devil's Playground is Maryland's scariest place for haunted houses. With 4 terrifying attractions: The Harvest, The Barn Of Torture, 3-D Phobia... Read More

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Newtown, PA 215-860-6855

Sleepy Hollow offers endless scares, with three haunted attractions, including a haunted hayride, haunted house, and the field of fright!... Read More

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Lehighton, PA 484-553-9000

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Plains, PA 570-821-6500

Gravestone Manor is arguably Pennsylvania's most unique haunted house attraction. Don't come expecting air horns, pointless dark corridors, and madmen wearing hockey masks. You won't even find a single chainsaw in operation at Gravestone Manor.... Read More

Warrington, PA 215-343-8880

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Spring Mount, PA 610-287-7900

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Coal Township, PA 570-274-3460

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With a crime rate of 54 per one thousand residents, Philadelphia has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes - from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One's chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 19. Within Pennsylvania, more than 99% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Philadelphia. In fact, after researching dangerous places to live, NeighborhoodScout found Philadelphia to be one of the top 100 most dangerous cities in the U.S.A.

Importantly, when you compare Philadelphia to other communities of similar population, then Philadelphia crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average. Regardless of how Philadelphia does relative to all communities in America of all sizes, when NeighborhoodScout compared it to communities of similar population size, its crime rate per thousand residents stands out as higher than most.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Philadelphia does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Philadelphia.

For Philadelphia, we found that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes (both large and small). Violent offenses tracked included rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon. According to NeighborhoodScout's analysis of FBI reported crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of one of these crimes in Philadelphia is one in 96.

Significantly, based on the number of murders reported by the FBI and the number of residents living in the city, NeighborhoodScout's analysis shows that Philadelphia experiences one of the higher murder rates in the nation when compared with cities and towns for all sizes of population, from the largest to the smallest.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Philadelphia is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Philadelphia, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 23, which is a rate of 43 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Philadelphia has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation according to our analysis of FBI crime data. This is compared to communities of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest. In fact, your chance of getting your car stolen if you live in Philadelphia is one in 123.

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Philadelphia Crime Rate | 👮 Is Philadelphia Safe? [Data, Stats, Reports, Map]

Visiting Philly or planning on moving to Philadelphia ? The City of Brotherly Love has a reputation for crime, but you don’t need to think of it as a dangerous place to live or visit! One area of Philly in particular is very dangerous with a violent crime rate 7x the national average, but most neighborhoods in this city of 1.6 million are safe.

Here’s a complete guide to the crime rate in Philadelphia including dangerous areas to avoid, the “Philadelphia Badlands,” and safe neighborhoods in Philly where crime is far below average.

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Understanding the Philadelphia Crime Rate

As you explore the Philadelphia crime rate and crime rates in its many neighborhoods, it’s important to understand what crime rates actually mean. City crime rates are based on FBI Uniform Crime Statistics (2019) data and they are reported as a per capita rate, or the number of crimes per 100,000 people. Only index crimes are used to calculate crime rates. These eight violent and property crimes are chosen because they are considered serious and best reflect your risk of being the victim of crime. Offenses like disorderly conduct, drunk driving, and drug offenses are not included in crime rates.

What is the Philadelphia crime rate?

  • 4,006 total crimes per 100,000 people
  • 909 violent crimes per 100,000 people
  • 3,097 property crimes per 100,000 people

By comparison, the national crime rate is 2,580 total crimes per 100,000 with 382 violent crimes and 2,362 crimes per capita.

Philadelphia Crime Map

A good way to understand Philadelphia crime is by using a crime map. This can help you narrow down your options for safe places to live and understand the unique crime risks you face in different areas of the city.

The Philadelphia Police Department has one of the best Philadelphia crime maps. You can view serious crime by neighborhood through the Crime Mapper . They also offer in-depth Philadelphia crime statistics.

This PHL Crime Map uses data from the PDD and it can be a bit more user-friendly.

This interactive crime map of shootings in Philadelphia shows fatal and nonfatal shootings in the city.

Property Crime in Philadelphia

There were 46,145 property crimes in Philadelphia in 2019 including:

  • 36,968 thefts
  • 6,497 burglaries
  • 5,680 car thefts

During the first three months of 2020, property crime was up 16% in Philadelphia with retail theft up 59%. By the end of 2020, car thefts were up 39% in the city.

Violent Crime in Philadelphia

There were 14,420 violent crimes in Philadelphia in 2019 including:

  • 7,712 aggravated assaults
  • 5,262 robberies
  • 1,095 rapes
  • 351 murders

In 2020, Philadelphia had 499 homicides, the highest number of murders in 30 years and only the second time in Philly’s history homicides have approached 500.

The 2020 Philadelphia murder rate was 31.8 murders per capita . That’s up from 22.7 homicides per capita in 2019. By comparison, the U.S. homicide rate is 5 murders per 100,000 people.

There were over 2,200 people shot in Philadelphia in 2020 . That’s 40% more than ever recorded. The 24th and 8th Police Districts experienced an increase of more than 100% in shootings year-over-year.

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Philadelphia Crime Comparison | Crime in Philadelphia vs Chicago & Other Major Cities

Which is more dangerous: Philadelphia or Chicago? Both cities trade places as the most dangerous city in America. Philadelphia now has a higher murder rate than Chicago thanks to a comprehensive plan to target gun violence over the last four years in the Windy City. Still, Philly has slightly less crime than Chicago aside from its homicide rate.

Here’s how total crime in Philadelphia compares to major cities.

  • 29% more crime in Houston compared to Philly
  • 26% more crime in Washington, DC vs Philadelphia
  • 15% more crime in Charlotte, NC over Philly
  • 2% more crime Chicago vs Philadelphia
  • Phoenix and Philly have the same amount of crime, but Philly’s homicide rate is much higher
  • 19% less crime in Las Vegas compared to Philadelphia
  • 25% less crime in Los Angeles
  • 65% less crime in New York City

High Crime Areas of Philadelphia

As intimidating as the high Philadelphia crime rate may be, remember that most crime happens in just a handful of areas. As a general rule, most violent crime is concentrated in the Southwest, West, and North of Philadelphia. Of Philly’s six divisions, the Southwest division has the highest murder rate.

According to police, more than 80% of shootings in the city in hotspots for crime are committed by 2% of known offenders.

The Philadelphia Badlands

Before exploring dangerous areas of Philly, it helps to understand what is referred to as the “ Philadelphia Badlands ,” an area of Lower Northeast and North Philadelphia known for its high rate of drug-related violence, drug markets, and organized crime.

The Badlands usually refers to the area with the following borders: York Street (south), Hunting Park Avenue (north), Broad Street (west), and Kensington Avenue (east). It includes the neighborhoods of Harrowgate, Hunting Park, Glenwood, Fairhill, Stanton, West Kensington, North Central, Kensington, and Hartranft.

Crime in the Badlands usually comes from street gangs . However, crime also comes from large criminal organizations. Gangs operating in the Badlands include the K&A Gang or Northeast Philly Irish Mob, the Black Mafia, and the Latin Kings.

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The following are the most dangerous areas of Philadelphia where most violent crime occurs. These dangerous Philly neighborhoods have a crime rate that is 65% to more than 200% above the city average! Not all of them are located in the Badlands.

  • Nicetown-Tioga (pop. 17,000) in North Philadelphia has 2,737 violent crimes per capita. That’s more than 3x Philadelphia’s violent crime rate and more than 7x the national average!
  • Alleghany West (pop. 19,000) in North Philadelphia borders Nicetown-Tioga. Its zip code, 19132, has the lowest median home price in Philadelphia.
  • North Central (pop. 22,000) in North Philadelphia includes the neighborhoods of Stanton and Hartranft . The area has a very high poverty rate and it’s part of the “Philadelphia Badlands.”
  • Harrowgate (pop. 17,500) is located between Port Richmond and Kensington but it’s rarely referred to by its name. It’s often referred to as one of its neighbors, lumped in with Kensington in North Philadelphia when referencing crime. Locals sometimes call it Upper Kensington or K&A .
  • Haddington – Carroll Park (pop. 35,000) refers to two separate neighborhoods in West Philadelphia. Over the past two decades, the community has experienced the worst household income decline in the city. Between 2000 and 2014, average household income in Haddington declined 55% and the average home price dropped from $29,000 to $13,000.
  • Fairhill (pop. 27,000) is located on the east side of North Philadelphia and it’s known for the “El Centro de Oro” commercial area. The zip code 19133 which covers Fairhill and parts of Hartranft and Glenwood is the poorest zip code in the city. The poverty rate is 61% and homes often sell for under $30,000 after a long time on the market. Fairhill is in the center of the “Philadelphia Badlands” with several of the city’s top drug corners.
  • Brewerytown (pop. 11,000) is located in North Philadelphia near Boathouse Row and the Eastern State Penitentiary museum in neighboring Fairmount. Named for the many breweries once found here along the river, Brewerytown was once a crime- and drug-ridden neighborhood. However, it has been targeted by real estate investors for years and the city is working on revitalizing the neighborhood .
  • Germantown (pop. 67,000) in Northwest Philadelphia is mostly in the 19144 zip code with some parts in the 19138 zip code. This large community has very safe areas and areas with high crime.
  • Hunting Park (pop. 23,000) is adjacent to Nicetown-Tioga in North Philadelphia. The zip code 19140 covers both Hunting Park and Nicetown-Tioga with an average home price between $50,000 and $85,000 over the past several years.

With some of these neighborhoods, where you live matters a lot. The best example is Germantown, a huge historic neighborhood once an independent borough. Germantown is sandwiched between Nicetown-Tioga, the most dangerous area of Philadelphia, and Chestnut Hill, an extremely affluent and safe community. Northwest Germantown is very safe as well as the area near East Falls. You’ll find beautiful, historic mansions, excellent parks, and the Waldorf School of Philadelphia. East Germantown has more crime.

When you see crime rates for Germantown, Philadelphia, they usually include both “Germantown” and “East Germantown,” now considered a separate neighborhood.

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Safest Neighborhoods in Philadelphia

Don’t be turned away by the high crime rate in Philadelphia, PA. There are tons of safe places to live in Philadelphia with crime that isn’t just low for the city but far lower than the national average.

Here are some of the safest neighborhoods in Philadelphia for families, singles, and young professionals.

  • Bustleton . Popular with retirees and young families, Bustleton has a crime rate 68% below the Philadelphia average and 51% lower than the national average. This Northeast Philly neighborhood is very residential and known for its green space with Pennypack Park and the Bustleton Bengals Club.
  • Somerton is safer than 80% of neighborhoods in the entire state. Located in the Far Northeast of Philly, Somerton has the fastest-growing foreign-born population in the city with several subdivisions to choose from.
  • Chestnut Hill . This affluent, safe Philadelphia neighborhood is known for its mansions, Victorian townhomes, and tree-lined streets. While living in Chestnut Hill , you’ll enjoy tons of events, festivals, and summer concerts. You’ll find it in Northwest Philly.
  • Rhawnhurst . This residential community is one of the safest places to live in Philly. It’s just 13 miles from Center City in the Northeast adjacent to Pennypack Park and it’s known for its many Philadelphia-style twin houses .

These are only a handful of the many safe neighborhoods in Philly !

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Philadelphia Safety Tips – How to Avoid Crime in Philly

  • Do not leave your keys in your car. Car theft is a common problem in many areas of Philly. About one-third of stolen cars have the keys inside and are crimes of opportunity. Thieves may target people warming up their car during the winter or double parking.
  • Vehicle tag theft is on the rise. You can install an anti-license plate theft kit for about $15.
  • Avoid high crime areas of Philadelphia particularly the “Badlands.’ The areas of Philly known for crime include North Philadelphia, Kensington, and the South End.
  • Crime has spiked in the University City District, both on and off campus. This includes car jackings and armed robberies . Police recommend parking in well lit areas, not walking with a phone out or headphones in, and walking in groups. You can call (215) 387-3942 for a Public Safety Ambassador to escort you for free between 10 am and 3 am.

Philadelphia Police Department

  • Police commissioner: Danielle M. Outlaw
  • Officers: 6,400 sworn officers (800 civilian staff)
  • Non-emergency phone number: (215) 686-1776
  • Address: Philadelphia Police Department Headquarters, 750 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) is the 4th largest police department in the United States and one of the oldest. The PPD patrols an area of 370 square miles and a population of more than 1.5 million. It’s had a history of intimidation and brutality with a 2021 report finding that only 0.5% of civilian complaints against officers resulted in anything beyond a reprimand.

The Philadelphia Police Department is divided into 21 patrol districts with special units like SWAT and the K-9 squad. The Detective Bureau has several Divisional Detective Units including Organized Crime, Homicide, and Special Victims Unit.

Philadelphia Crime Rate FAQ

Is philadelphia safer than chicago.

Chicago and Philadelphia are the two most dangerous large cities in the U.S. The murder rate is now higher in Philadelphia than Chicago after the Windy City began targeting gun violence.

Is Philadelphia dangerous?

Philadelphia has a violent crime rate 140% above the national average. Some areas of Philadelphia, particularly North Philadelphia, are dangerous but most areas of Philadelphia are safe.

What is the crime rate in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania?

The Philadelphia crime rate is 4,006 total crimes, 909 violent crimes, and 3,097 property crimes per capita. The national crime rate is 2,580 total crimes, 382 violent crimes, and 2,362 property crimes per capita.

Philadelphia crime may be high, but the majority of violent crime occurs in the Badlands and a handful of neighborhoods. With over 150 great Philadelphia neighborhoods plus safe Main Line communities to choose from, you’ll have no trouble finding safe places to live with crime rates lower than the national average.

Once you’ve settled on a safe neighborhood in Philly to call home, give our friendly movers at Suburban Solutions a call for a free moving quote. We’ll help you get settled in so you can start enjoying everything Philadelphia has to offer.


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1. Kusovnikov House in Moscow

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In the 19 th   century house № 17 on Myasnitskaya street in central Moscow was inhabited by a rich, but very greedy couple – Pyotr and Sofya Kusovnikov, who scrimped on almost everything. Extremely suspicious, they used to hide money from their servants in different places. Once they hid some in the fireplace, but the janitor accidentally burned it when lighting the fire. When she found out, Sofya died instantly of a broken heart, her husband passed away a little later. Since then, the ghost of a hunched old man in a coat has routinely appeared on the street near the house – this is Pyotr Kusovnikov mourning his lost money.

2. Sokol metro station

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During WWI, not far from the modern Sokol station of the Moscow metro, a cemetery for fallen soldiers was located. In 1918, mass executions of White officers and priests by the Reds were held there. All this led to the appearance of ghosts in the dark tunnels of the station. Early in the morning diaphanous figures with festering wounds can be seen there.  

3. St. Michael’s Castle in St. Petersburg

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This castle was a royal residence built by order of Tsar  Paul I. On March 21, 1801, he was killed there by a group of conspirators. It is considered that the restless spirit of the tsar was unable to leave the castle. It appears there in the corridors with a burning candle in its hand.

4.   Znamenskaya Tower in Yaroslavl

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During the Civil War in Russia (1917-1922), a group of White troops held positions in the Volkovsky theater in Yaroslavl. The Red commissar in command of the siege promised to spare their lives. However, he lied and all the Whites were executed at the Znamenskaya Tower. Since then, the ghost of the commissar who didn’t keep his promise has been seen at the place of his crime.

5. Igumnov House in Moscow

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The house at 43 Bolshaya Yakimanka Street in Moscow, also known as “Igumnov House,” serves today as the residence of the French ambassador. It was built at the request of the industrialist Nikolay Igumnov in the late 19 th   century. He settled his young mistress here, but one day caught her with a lover. The lover was kicked out, but the girl was never seen again. It is believed that the outraged Igumnov bricked her up in a wall. During Soviet times, people often saw the ghost of a young girl walking through the walls with deep, plaintive sighs.     

6. House of Rasputin in St. Petersburg

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The flat on the second floor at 64 Gorokhovaya street in St. Petersburg is today a usual residential apartment. However, in the early 20th century it was home to one of the most mystical figures in Russian history – Grigory Rasputin. His ghost sometimes appears here, scaring inhabitants with its clunking steps and grunting in dark corners.

7. House on the Embankment

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This house at 2 Serafimovicha Street, simply known as “House on Embankment,” is among the most famous in the Russian capital, known as the place of residence for the Soviet   crème de la crème : writers, artists, actors, generals, athletes. However, it also has a dark history. During the Great Purge, a campaign of political repressions in the USSR, dozens of the house’s inhabitants were arrested and executed. Today, the house is full of the ghosts of those victims, who sometimes appear in their old dwelling place. 

8. Tower of the old hospital in Ryazan

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Among the high-rise modern buildings at 15 Gorky Street in Ryazan is an old tower – all that remains of the old hospital. At night, a lonely dark figure can be seen walking in this tower. This is the ghost of Alexander Smitten, who administered the hospital more than a century ago.

9. Griboyedov Canal in St. Petersburg

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During a misty night in March, one can see the ghost of a young girl near the Griboyedov Canal in St. Petersburg. Her face is blue because of asphyxiation, and there is a big red mark on her neck caused by a rope. This is famous revolutionary Sophia Perovskaya, who assassinated Tsar Alexander II and was hanged for her deed. To meet this ghost is a bad omen, and can cost nocturnal pedestrians their lives.

10. Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin

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There is a legend that when the Kremlin in Nizhny Novgorod was being built, the constructors were unable to finish one of the towers. It kept falling down. In the end, they decided to make a sacrifice and to build the tower on the blood of the first person who passed by. It happened to be a pregnant woman hurrying to the river for water. She was seized and bricked up in the tower alive. The ghost of a pale woman holding a baby has appeared near this place ever since.

11. Oldenburg Palace near Voronezh

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Built in the late 19th century, the palace belonged to Princess Eugenia of Leuchtenberg. Today her ghost rises from the deep casemates of the palace to wander through its rooms and corridors. There is also another ghost there, much older — the ghost of a young peasant girl. It is even said that Princess Eugenia saw it when she was alive.

12. Stalin’s country house near Sochi

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Stalin’s ghost can be seen at his country house, located today within the Green Groove hotel near Sochi. The “father of the nations” walks in his white jacket, smoking his trademark pipe.

13. Psychiatric hospital near Nizhny Novgorod

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Near the modern psychiatric hospital in the village of Lyakhovo near Nizhny Novgorod, one can see an abandoned old building. Several dozen years ago a young girl hanged herself there because of unrequited love. At night it is possible to see a white silhouette and hear the moaning and cries of the “love-stricken schoolgirl” as the locals call her.

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