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Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Distance from city center: 1.3mi
zdanko's pictureby zdanko Family & Fun travel tip
added on the 28th of September, 2010
If you want scary, real scary, than the best place to visit is the Eastern State Penitentiary at Halloween. That’s where I went with friends last year. And I will never forget that experience. It was just like in the horror movies. When we went inside it was really dark, we had to use flashlights.

As we moved forward, prisoners, guards with malformed, scarred, really scary faces jumped out on us. There were also some ugly looking statue-like creations which looked so real when our flashlights lighted them. Things happened so unexpectedly, that even if you proposed to yourself that all this isn’t real, and you shouldn’t be scared, it just run through all your determination. What really made the adventure so real was that the whole building was exactly as it had been a few years after when it was closed. Nothing was changed.

And the decaying walls, furniture, the smells, the sounds, all these contributed to the creepiness of the whole place. I may visit the Penitentiary again at Halloween just to see if it is as scary as it was the first time, now that I know what I’m throwing myself into.

2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA

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Opening Hours:
Daily in the daytime and at night until 11pm.

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