Philadelphia, Montgomery, and Bucks County have many attractions local to the region to make your Halloween special this year. But, with so many options where should you start? Matt, at Albright Real Estate, has some definite favorites to help you fill your Halloween season with spooktacular events and locations to visit.
Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary
The obvious choice when thinking of the perfect macabre and moody backdrop for Halloween is the almost-a-century-old prison at 2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19130. This location is known not only for its actual ghostly (and ghastly) history but also for its seasonal haunted ghost walks as well as it’s Terror Behind the Walls installation. Whether or not you’re looking for the scholarly tales of the prison’s famous occupants such as Al Capone or to have a walkthrough filled with actors poised to scare the daylights out of you against black light enhanced scenes of terror, the Penitentiary and Terror Behind the Walls will offer you more than enough thrills and scares for any family many times over.
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Not too far from the penitentiary, you can find another home to the strange and ghostly, Laurel Hill Cemetery. The sprawling seventy-four-acre graveyard is home to many events during the holiday season, offering your family a chance to encounter a series of amazing experiences. Their Halloween Soul Crawl flashlight tours not only offer historical facts and frightful stories, but also offer a more somber and chilling setting to chill the bones and delight the soul. Other activities cover the remaining bases, such as the Halloween Picnic and Parade, the Mischief Night Mysteries, and the True Colors Fall Arbour Tour.
Jack’s Pumpkin Glow
If you’re a fan of the arts, you can also take the one-third of a mile stroll through Jack’s Pumpkin Glow. This visual feast (accompanied by fall beverages and other foods for an actual feast) showcases over 5,000 pumpkins at their 5201 Parkside Avenue location in West Philadelphia. It’s a family-friendly place where you can take in a hand-carved cornucopia of jack-o-lanterns to stir the imagination and the spirit.
No trip to South Philadelphia would be complete without visiting the year-round costume store, Masquerade! Their location at 110 Columbus Ave. in South Philadelphia has long been the center of Halloween merrymaking and costume searching for almost forty years. Even once all of the temporary Halloween stores and chains have closed, you can continue to look through their thousands of costumes and party accessories to keep the Halloween spirit going year-round.
Merrymead Farms Fall Harvest Days
The locals of Lansdale know Merrymead Farms for their year-round dairy products, but during the month of October, Saturdays and Sundays are home to their Fall Harvest Days. While the Great Pumpkin’s light still shines, you can visit the farm at 2222 S. Valley Forge Rd. for locally made cider, donuts, and other harvest treats. See their full calendar of Fall Harvest Day events online to see which days will work for you and your family from now through the 3rd of November!
The Haunting of Elks Lodge #714
This 199-year-old structure in Bridgeport may look like another lodge amongst many, but it’s history includes many secrets, including the performance of an exorcism on the very grounds. To showcase the strange history of the place, the local Elks transform the lodge into a haunted attraction to thrill visitors. You can find more information on their 494 Ford Street, Bridgeport, PA location at as well as online information for the rest of the 2019 season.
New Hope Railroad Haunted Halloween Event
Everyone’s heard of ghost trains, so why not ride one close to home! The New Hope Railroad holds its Haunted Halloween Event through the end of October! Billed to frighten even the strongest hearts and the nerves of the most courageous, they offer a forty-minute ride featuring scares from the trains actors. You can buy tickets online, or learn more at their location at 32 West Bridge Street, New Hope, PA.
Hellerick’s Fall Festival
For the soul looking for less fright and more fall, you can also come out for traditional hayrides and great fall food. The Hellerick Farm provides more local foods as well as a five-acre corn maze, pumpkin bowling, and more. They have over 45 attractions for you and the family. To learn more, go to their site or visit the farm itself at 5500 N. Easton Road, Doylestown, PA.
If you’re looking for your own house in Philadelphia, Montgomery, or Bucks County year-round, don’t forget that Matt Albright and Albright Real Estate can help you find a home in the Philadelphia, Montgomery, and Bucks County areas. Give him a call at 267-915-4079 or visit https://www.albrightrealestate.com/ for more information!