Eastern State Penitentiary, a grim, 172-year-old former state prison, was once home to famous inmates Al Capone and Willie Sutton.
Pained former prisoners are said to haunt Eastern State’s dark Gothic halls. The massive Eastern State Penitentiary — a gothic, castle-like structure in Philadelphia’s Fairmount neighborhood — is also home to one of the nation’s largest and most ambitious and top-rated haunted attractions, Terror Behind the Walls.
Once the most famous and expensive prison in the country, Eastern State Penitentiary now stands as a living ruin with long empty cell blocks and remnants of the past. Now in its 20th year, Terror Behind the Walls has used this frightening setting to create one of the country’s top-ranked haunted attractions.
Designed to be high-startle, Terror Behind the Walls includes Hollywood-quality special effects and lighting, digital sound, animatronic creatures and custom props. Over 200 performers are needed for six separate attractions in the 11-acre complex including: Lock Down, Infirmary and The Experiment (in 3-D!).
New in 2011: The terrifying experience begins with The Gauntlet, a disorienting outdoor maze full of unexpected surprises. The brand-new finale, Break Out!, places attendees in the middle of a chaotic prison break.
ESP After Dark VIP Tour: Returning in 2011, groups of 20 explore the darkened cell blocks of Eastern State Penitentiary during an hour-long, guided flashlight tour. If that wasn’t scary enough, visitors then head to the front of the line for Terror Behind the Walls.
Visit easternstate.org/halloween for detailed schedules and ticket prices.
October 28 – November 12, 2011 (Select days)
Inside Eastern State Penitentiary at 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue