Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, full of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. At night, during Terror Behind the Walls, the building becomes truly terrifying. (Photos by Jeff Fusco courtesy Eastern State Penitentiary)
The iconic Halloween attraction that people come from around the entire globe to see is returning for a bolder-than-ever 2012 season in just two weeks on September 21.
Eastern State Penitentiary’s terrifying “Terror Behind The Walls” is turning the fright factor up a notch this year with several enhancements that will ensure a night to remember even for those who frequent Terror year after year.
An extraordinary theatrical production, Terror Behind the Walls features Hollywood-quality sets, custom-designed props, animatronics and digital sound effects, all taking place within the walls of a crumbling historic prison, that has been rumored to be actually haunted since the 1940s. It takes an elite team of 14 makeup artists almost three hours to prepare the cast of more than 200 performers each evening.
To begin with, six-foot tall, 300 pound gargoyles atop the looming stone façade tower of Eastern State Penitentiary, their eyes lit up and smoke blowing out of their mouths, will once again greet you. One of the nation’s largest, most ambitious and top-rated haunted attractions then takes you (and the other 100,000 visitors from around the world who attend each year) on a heart-pounding journey through six attractions, each more gripping than the last.
New this year
• Brand new for 2012 is Detritus, an attraction taking you inside a part of the penitentiary that no visitors have ever, ever been before. Detritus takes visitors through an original 1800s cellblock, past the historic prison greenhouse and into an outdoor labyrinth of overgrown plants and twisting vines.
• “ALONE” Package: Also new for 2012, Terror Behind the Walls is adding to its VIP Experiences with an “ALONE” package. The ultimate Halloween experience, “ALONE” includes a reserved parking space and an expert tour guide who will be a personal host for the evening. After a “Behind the Scenes” tour of the penitentiary, the visitor will experience Terror Behind the Walls completely ALONE, and enjoy dinner at Jack’s Firehouse afterward.
Get $5 off Pre-sale Tickets With a Uwishunu Discount Code
Tickets for Terror Behind the Walls don’t go on sale to the general public until Monday, September 10. But we’re always looking out for you, and we’ve nailed down a special code that not only gets you pre-sale tickets so you can pick your night before they all sell out, but also gets you $5 off each ticket. Click here and enter code PREVISITPHILLY now through 11:59 pm on Sunday evening. They’re valid any show night except Saturdays in October.
As we said, tickets go on sale September 10. Tickets at the box office are $40. Importante note: you can save up to 50% by purchasing tickets online.
Kids ages 7-12 receive half price admission before 9 p.m. on Sunday evenings. On these nights, kids can say, “Monster be good,” and they will! Children under the age of seven cannot be admitted.
High school and college students with valid ID receive half price admission after 9 p.m. on Sunday evenings.
See you in the cellblocks.
Terror Behind the Walls
Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue
When: September 21-November 10
Cost: $40 at the box office, save up to 50% depending on the night by purchasing online
More info: www.easternstate.org