There has been a war going on for years at the haunted houses in Pennsylvania. Like the Hatfields & McCoys, except this one is going on between the residents of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. America’s Best Top 100 Haunted Houses in 2013 (with videos). If you want to find zombies, the walking dead, vampires, demons, devils, and cemeteries you just need to look around the haunted houses in this state. They aren’t downright inhumane. But they will make your visit to a Pennsylvania haunted house pretty miserable if they find out you are from the wrong side of the tracks.
Philadelphia Haunted Houses
There’s more than a few ghosts haunting the houses of Philadelphia in 2013. And they don’t show strangers the hospitality warranted by the City of Brotherly Love slogan.
Eastern State Penitentiary - 2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Terror Behind the Walls is the name for the Halloween haunted attraction at Eastern State Penitentiary. Eastern State is a tourist attraction open every day of the year from 10 am to 5 pm. It housed over 80,000 prisoners in its nearly 200 year history. It is one of the most haunted placed on earth and paranormal investigators have conducted over 200 investigations over the years. Terror Behind the Walls is a massive haunted house featuring high startle, strobe light, fog machine, high-intensity event. It takes about 45 minutes to go through the haunt. You can also tour the history room that holds information about the prison and some of the most famous prisoners held inside. Parking is available on the street throughout the community or Ghost Buses run every few minutes to the Philadelphia Zoo nearby where parking is $13 per car. Tickets run from $20 to $34 depending on the date. Tickets are timed for half hour starts. It will still take perhaps 60 minutes in a waiting line. The place gets extremely busy. Visit the Eastern State haunt on September 20, 21, 27, or 28, October 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 31, and November 1, 2, and 9th. Prices for this haunt are based on the night you visit. They prices are $13, $19, $29, and $39. If you are visiting the area or are local this is the one attraction you do want to visit at least once. Philadelphia has lots of real haunted attractions and haunted houses in the area. This is a Funtober Favorite 100 and a top 100 most popular haunted attraction in the country.
Pennhurst Asylum - (parking) at Church Street and Bridge Road, Spring City, PA 19475
Pennhurst Asylum is massive in size. It was built in 1908 as a fully contained dormitory, hospital, and prison facility for the mentally ill. Tickets are $15 for the Pennhurst Asylum haunted house, $15 for Dungeon of Lost Souls, $15 for Ghost Hunt, and $15 for Tunnel Terror. The combo pass is $40 for all attractions. Legend has it that the facility was taken over 60 years ago by Dr. Chakajian. He conducted two decades of experimental surgery on convicted murderers, and rapists. At some point the inmates escaped and even now may be living in hiding on the grounds. This is one of the best haunted attractions you will ever visit. Expect to be entertained and terrified. Pennhurst Asylum is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from September 20th through November 3rd plus the additional dates of Thursday October 17th, 24th, and Halloween night. Doors open at 6:30 pm and close at 10:30 pm on Friday and Saturday or 9:30 pm on other nights. Pennhurst is a Funtober Favorite 100 and a top 100 most popular haunted attraction in the country.
Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride, 1835 Middletown Road, Glen Mills, PA 19342
Advertised as America’s most horrifying motel, Bates Motel has been operating as a haunted attraction for over 20 years. It is truly one of the great haunted attractions in America. Bates Motel built detailed Hollywood styled movie sets such as putting a New England type church onsite. They have other 100 foot scenes, amazing pyrotechnics and around 100 actors. Save money and purchase the combo ticket for $40. Individual tickets to the Bates Motel, Corn Maze or Haunted Hayride run $15, $15, and $20 respectively. Child ticket prices are less. Doors open at 6:30 and close at 10:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. Doors close at 9:30 pm on other nights. Bates Motel is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from September 27th through November 3rd plus every night from October 14th through Halloween night.
Fright Factory - 38 Jackson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Opening weekend for Fright Factory is September 27th, 28th, and 29th. Doors open at 7:30 pm and you can purchase special tickets for $15 per person for opening nights only. Following opening weekend the attraction runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from October 4th through November 2nd plus the additional dates of the October 30th and 31st. Tickets are $30. They advertise themselves as the “scariest place in philly”.
Festival of Fears - 371 Stoneybrook Road, Newtown, PA 18940
Festival of Fears operates a haunted house, Haunted Corn Maze, and Haunted Hayride of Fear. Visit any Friday, Saturday, or Sunday in October 2013. Doors open at 7:13 pm and close at 11 pm on Friday and Saturday or 10 pm on Sunday. A combo ticket is $20 for all three attractions. The haunted corn maze ticket is $8. the Festival of Fears Hayride is $15.
LuLu’s House of Horrors - 5140 Butler Park, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Zombies, werewolves, and more creatures are included in the wagon ride through a haunted woods and corn maze. Tickets are $25. Lulu’s has free parking, live bands, games, and concession stands. House of Horrors is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 7 pm to 10 pm. The dates are October 11-13, 18-20, 25-27, and November 1st and 2nd.
HorrorFest - Shady Brook Farm, 931 Stony Hall Road, Yardley, PA 19067
HorrorFest has been called America’s most haunted farm. It a scary, real scary haunted place. Shady Brook is open year around with a daily farmers market, farm events, and wine music concerts. They put on HorrorFest every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October. Gates open at 7 pm. They have live music, bonfires, and food. The 4 thrilling scary haunts at HorrorFest are Hayride of Horror, 3D Alien Encounter, Carnage, and Barn of Horror. Tickets are $20 for one attraction, $25 for two, $30 for three or $35 to go through all 4 attractions. During the day consider attending their Pumpkinfest activities.
Valley of Fear - 301 W. Bristol Road, Feasterville, PA 19053
Valley of Fear and The Original Haunted Hayride offers three attractions covering a haunted house, maze and forest. The Fear Pass ticket (all attractions) is $35 on Friday and Saturday nights. Parking is $5. They offer lots of live entertainment and food concessions. The scary attractions are the Original Haunted House, Zombie Escape Extreme Maze, and Scary Trail Haunted Forest. Valley of Fear is open Friday and Saturday September 27th, 28th, and October 4th, and 5th. Then it is also open on Thursday through Sunday on October 10-13, 17-20, 24-27, and October 29 – November 2nd.
Scranton / Wilkes Barre
Iron, steel and coal made the Scranton / Wilkes Barre community one of the largest cities in the United States in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Now, the ghosts are horrified that the city hasn’t kept pace economically and take it out on residents every chance they get.
Reaper’s Revenge - 456 Swika Lane, Scott Township, PA
Tickets are $25 which gets you into all three Reaper’s Revenge attractions. The Haunted Hayride brings you face to face with zombies and the Grim Reaper. Meet side show freaks and evil clowns at the Lost Carnival. Finally enter Pitch Black, a maze of blind darkness. The ticket office is open 6 pm until 11 pm on Friday and Saturday in September and October. Note the attraction closes at 1 am. Reaper’s Revenge is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from September 20th through November 2nd.
Gravestone Manor - 1095 Highway 315 Plains, PA 18702
A different haunt where you become part of the theater cast. Ticket are $10. Gravestone Manor is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from September 27th through October 27th.
Dracula’s Forest - 2828 Race Drive, Clarks Summit, PA 18411
One of Pennsylvania’s oldest haunted attractions, Dracula’s Forest has been open over 30 years. Their schedule starts on September 13, 2013 and runs every Friday and Saturday nights through October 26th. They are also open on Sunday, October 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th. The attractions are Haunted Hayride, Shock Walk, and for small kids Little Screamers. Tickets are $15 plus a $2 parking fee. They also have a Not-So-Scary Hay Ride for adults and children on Sundays in October from 1 pm to 5 pm for a price of $7.
The Haunt on South Irving - a drive by year display
Horror Hall - 11 East Poplar Street, West Nanticoke, PA 18634
Attraction Horror Hall is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from September 13th through October 27th. Tickets are $12.50. This haunt contains high impact scares, strobe lights, and theatrical fog smoke. The main feature is a 20 minute walk through all indoor attraction that is about 1/4 mile long.
Pittsburgh Haunted Houses
The souls of steel workers who manned the mills and lived amongst the soot still haunt the historic houses of Pittsburgh. They’re a bit more mellow now that they are located in one of America’s most livable cities, but they’re still pretty bitter about the past.
Hundred Acres Manor Haunted Attraction - Hundred Acres Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15102
Five attractions all for the one low price of $18 per victim. Hundred Acres Manor operates a 7500 square foot haunted house. The attractions are Massacre Manor, Brine Slaughterhouse, The Maze, The Family, and South Valley Hospital. It takes about 45 minutes to go through this haunted house. Hundred Acres opens September 13th and is open every Friday and Saturday night in September and every night of the week in October except the 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th and 31st. Also open November 1st and 2nd. Doors open at 7 pm and close at 11:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 10 pm on other nights.
Scarehouse - 118 Locust Street, Etna, PA 15223
“Pittsburgh’s Ultimate Haunted House”. Scarehouse is three haunts for one price. Park at the Pittsburgh Zoo or PPG Aquarium to ride the shuttle. It is open on Friday and Saturday from September 27th through November 2nd plus every Sunday and Thursday in October. The attractions are The Forsaken, Creepo’s Christmas in 3D, and Pittsburgh Zombies. Tickets are $19.99. Reserve your tickets for half hour entry times. Consider Scarehouse as a living tribute to the Zombie capital of the world. Scarehouse is a Funtober Favorite 100 and a top 100 most popular haunted attraction in the country. Funtober names Scarehouse the #1 Haunted House in Pennsylvania.
Freddy’s Haunts - 192 McCune Road, Aliquippa, PA 15001
Tickets are $12. Freddy’s Haunts opens at 7 pm. It is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from September 20th through October 27th. Closes most nights at 10:30 pm.
Castle Blood - 11 Eastgate Avenue, Monessen, PA 15062
Operating for over 20 years, Castle Blood is “Pennsylvania’s most unusual haunted attraction”. Expect to find lots of vampires, scenes of the dead, and supernatural creatures. Tickets are $15. Castle Blood is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night from October 4th through November 2nd plus Halloween night. Castle opens at 7 pm. Ticket booth closes at 11 pm on Friday and Saturday or 9 pm on Sunday.
Huston’s Haunted Hollow - 126 Woodland Road, Rockood, PA 15557
A great value for only $16. They have a bonfire, refreshments, and concession stand along with 4 haunted attractions. Zombie Hollow (evil in the hollow), Haunted Farmhouse 3D ( a high startle graphic experience), Horror Hayride and Nightmare Swamp Trail, and Terror in the Cornfield. Huston’s Haunted Hollow is open from dusk until 10 pm every Friday and Saturday from September 21st through October 26th plus Sunday the 13th, 20th, and 27th.
Lonesome Valley Farms Valley of Terror - Blue Ribbon Lane, Greenbury, PA 15601
They operate two haunted attractions and two non-haunts on this Pennsylvania farm. The haunts are advertised as “Where you are the Harvest.” They are open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from September 27th through October 27th starting at 7 pm. The non-haunts open at 6 pm. Tickets are $20 for the Valley of Terror Haunted Hayride and Maze Trail combo ticket. The non-haunt ticket is $8 for the Corn Maze and $7 for the Country Hayride.
Phantom Fright Nights at Kennywood Theme Park (Near Pittsburgh)
Now celebrating over 10 terrifying years, Kennywood will one again operate Phantom Fright Nights. The weekend attraction is open every Friday and Saturday from September 27th through October 26 plus Sunday the 13th. This attraction is open from 7 pm until 1 am. Tickets are $29.99 plus a $1 amusement tax. Save $3 with online tickets.
Demon House - 417 Coyle Curtain Road, Monongahela, PA 15063
“We will scare the living soul out of you.” Demon House for an $18 ticket will unleash the evil demons upon you. The haunt is open every Friday and Saturday from September 13th through November 9th plus October 6, 13, 20, 27, 24, and 31. They run a special lights out glow stick event for $23 on November 8th and 9th. They are open 7 pm to midnight on Friday and Saturday or 10 pm on other nights.
Fright Farm - 2043 Springhill Furnace Road, Smithfield, PA 15478
Haunted Hills Hayride and the Valley of Darkness – 500 Mosside Blvd, N. Versailles, PA 15137
Haunted Hills has been putting on Halloween events for over 13 years. Tickets to Haunted Hayride are $12 with a combo ticket for $17 including the Valley of Darkness Walking Trail. The haunt is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from September 27th through November 2nd plus October 23rd, 24th. 25th, 26th, 27th, 30th, and 31st. Doors open at 7 pm. Friday and Saturday nights the attraction closes at 11 pm. It closes at 10 pm on all other nights. The designated charity for 2013 is the Autism Society of Pittsburgh.
Haunted Hills Estate - 236 Rolling Hills Estate Road, Uniontown, PA 15401
Enjoy the Spooky Street which contains the bonfire, Black Cauldron Concessions, and Crow’s Nest Novelty Shop. In business for 8 years, Haunted Hills Estate puts on three great haunt attractions. The doors open at 7 pm. Tickets prices are based on the day of the week and the haunt you want to go through. Visit any Friday and Saturday from September 20th through October 27th. These tickets are $15 for Challenge Tunnel, $20 for Legends, and $25 for The Chamber of Chills. They are also open on October 13th, 17th, 20th, 24th, and 27th. Tickets these nights are $14, $18, and $22.
Cheeseman Fright Farm 147 Kennedy Rd., Portersville, PA 16051
For over a decade during Halloween season the Cheeseman Fright Farm has been operating this wonderful haunted attraction. Tickets are $15. The attraction runs every Friday and Saturday from September 20th through October 26th plus the 6th, 13, 17, 20, 24, and 27th. Arrive early and do not keep the tractors waiting.
Terror Town - corner of Smallman Street and 17th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Terror Town, at 30,000 square feet, is advertised as Pittsburgh’s largest indoor haunted attraction. Tickets are $16.99. Opening night is September 28th. It opens at 7 pm every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from October 5th through November 2nd. Doors close at 12 am. Attraction features lots of scares and terrifying mazes. Expect blood, gruesome props, and a few zombies thrown in.
The Liberty Bell was successfully hidden from the British in Allentown during the Revolutionary War. British sympathizers who thought that the destruction of this symbol of freedom would help their cause haunt the area to this day.
The Devil’s Folly Haunted Barn - 3350 Devonshire Road, Allentown, PA 18103
Devil’s Folly is a long time haunted house attraction advertised at “The Lehigh Valley’s #1 Haunted Attraction Redefining Fear”. Open from 7 pm to 11 pm they operate a concession stand catering to victims, creatures, and demonic entities. The theme is based on deaths dating back to Civil War battles. Updated for 2013, there may be some mental patients torturing neighbors in the abandoned barn. Tickets are $15. Devil’s Folly is open every Friday and Saturday nights from October 4th through the 26th plus Sunday the 13th.
Sorry they have lost their lease and are in the process of moving for 2013 to Marshall’s Creek in the Pocanos. Possibly under the name 3D Frights. As of September 13th there is no updated information for 2013.
Sleepy Hollow Hayride - 881 Highland Road, Newtown, PA 18940
Sleepy Hollow has put on scary events for over 20 years. Combine dark woods, ghosts, eerie creatures, and nocturnal animals and you have a horrific show. There are 3 haunted attractions open at 7 pm. Opening night is September 28th. The attraction is open every Friday and Saturday in October plus Sunday nights on the 13th, 20th, and 27th. The attraction closes at 10 pm. Last Hayride on Sunday night is at 9 pm. Tickets are $14 for Sleepy Hollow Hayride, $14 for the Haunted House, and $14 for the Field of Fright. Buy the combo pass for all three attractions for $30. Parking is $2.
Hotel of Horror
There are two attractions at this haunted house. Altered Nightmares is themed after the rise of the damned. Hotel of Horror is an apocalypse look at the end of days. Opening night is Friday, September 13th. They are then open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night from September 20th through November 2nd. Also open October 3rd, 10th, 14th, 17th, 24th, and 31st. Gates open at 7 pm and close at 11 pm on Friday and Saturday. Gates close at 10 pm on most other nights. Tickets are $15 for Altered Nightmares and $20 for Hotel of Horrors. A combo pass for both attractions is $30.
There’s an abundance of ghosts in this town on the shores of this lake. After all, it’s pretty eerie here.
Ghost Lake at Conneat Lake Park – 12382 Center Street, Conneat Lake, PA 16316
Attraction is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night from September 20th through November 2nd plus Halloween night. Doors open at 7 pm and close at midnight on Friday and Saturday. Doors close at 11 pm on other nights. Ghost Lake says they are the largest, longest, and scariest haunted attraction in the world. You are advised to allow 2 hours to go through this attraction. Tickets are $25.
Don’t pass go. Don’t collect $200. Ride the Reading Railroad directly to jail with the other ghosts.
Shocktoberfest - 94 Park Avenue, Sinking Spring, PA 19608
“Pennsylvania’s Premier Haunted Scream Park”. Shocktoberfest has been terrifying people for more than 20 years. It is build on a 30 acres and includes some of the largest most massive scenes you will find anywhere. For example one attraction The Prison of the Dead is a 50,000 square foot haunted house prison that was built to be this attraction. There are three more attractions: The Unknown (man’s number one fear), Club Shock (dance club hangout with music), and Zombie Revenge Haunted Hayride. Tickets are $15 for one haunt or an All Access Pass for all attractions for only $34. The park opens at 6:30 pm and runs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from September 27th through November 3rd plus October 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st. Doors close at 10 pm on Friday and Saturday or 9 pm on other nights. Ask about the Naked and Scared Challenge. (For a brief time Shocktoberfest made national attention by offering a nude zombie attraction. Sorry folks completely nude is not currently being offered. Pre register for details on clothes or not dress up.) Shocktoberfest is a Funtober Favorite 100 and a top 100 most popular haunted attraction in the country.
Temple of Terror - 20 N Franklin Street, Pottstown, PA
Lots of volunteer actors bring the ghouls, goblins, golems, vampires, and zombies to life. Held at the Masonic Temple tickets are $15 for a night of fright and terror. Doors are open from 6 pm until 10 pm. Attraction is open October 11th, 12th, 13th, 18th, 19th, 25th, and 26th.
You drove a car to these haunted houses? Oh no! You are in big trouble. You’re in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. And the ghosts frown on driving!
The New Jason’s Woods - 99 Stehman Road, Lancaster, PA 17603
This is a full entertainment complex featuring five haunted attractions, live bands, music, games, celebrations, a theater and a mystery maze. The five haunts include Horrifying Hayride, Barn of Terror, Pirate’s Revenge, Lost in Jason’s Woods, and Carnival of Fear. This is a full night of entertainment. Expect to spend 2-3 hours or more to go through all the attractions. Jason’s opens at 7 pm and closes at 10 pm on Friday and Saturday or 9 pm on Sunday. The attraction runs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from October 4th through November 3rd. Tickets are combo packaged. The three show ticket is $25. The five show ticket is $45. You get the mystery maze and Jason Wood Theater included with any ticket package. Jason’s Woods is a Funtober Favorite 100 and a top 100 most popular haunted attraction in the country.
Field of Screams - 191 College Avenue, Mountville, PA 17554
Attraction is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from September 13th through November 3rd. Park opens at 6 pm and ticket booth closes at 10 pm. Everyone must be gone by 1:30 am. Field of Screams has 4 attractions plus an entertainment area. The combo pass is $33. You can purchase individual event tickets also. The attractions are the Den of Darkness, Haunted Hayride, Frightmare Asylum, and Nocturnal Wasteland. Expect to find heart stopping horror attractions. You will experience demented creatures, blood sights, and bone chilling scenes. My favorite is their evening entertainment on the Bandstand. They feature a DJ, live band, or other entertainment acts along with games, food, concessions and souvenirs. Field of Screams is a Funtober Favorite 100 and a top 100 most popular haunted attraction in the country.
If you see some strange stuff at the haunted houses in the area, don’t be alarmed. The Three Mile Island nuclear accident left some people a little scarred.
Halloween Park - 100 Hykes Mills Road, York Haven, PA 17370
It takes approximately 2 hours to go through the four haunted attractions at Halloween Park. The Haunted Houses are open from 6 pm to 11 pm. One ticket for $25 get you into all 4 haunts. Halloween Park is open weekends from September 20th through November 2nd. The four scary attractions are House of Doom, Cellar of Doom, The Catacombs, and Terror Behind the Door.
The start of football season brings out some scary folks at Penn State. They round them all up and through them in the haunted houses in October. Enjoy!
Spookhaven Haunted House - 100 Danis Street, Mill Hall, PA
A ruthless business owner and his family were murdered in a violent worker uprising. Legend has them roaming the death marsh. Spookhaven serves food, beverages, and souvenirs along with scary entertainment. Tickets are $12. Spookhaven is open every Friday and Saturday night in October from 7 pm to 10 pm. Note: The website link refers to 2012 however they will be running in 2013. Search facebook for more information.
More Haunted Houses
Philadelphia and Pittsburgh have amazing haunted attractions. But if you don’t live near one of these two cities, you should also consider the options in neighboring states.
Find other fun things to do in Pennsylvania in October:
Did We Miss Something?
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