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. (Bottom photos by Andrew Garn courtesy Eastern State Penitentiary, top by Tom Bernard courtesy ESP)
Halloween may be over, but the frightening festivals aren’t.
Eastern State Penitentiary’s iconic and award-winning haunted house, Terror Behind the Walls, has another week to go until it closes for the rest of the year. So make sure you take advantage.
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.
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. It’s basically terrifying — and you don’t want to miss it.
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: Through November 10
Cost: $40 at the box office, save up to 50% depending on the night by purchasing online
More info: www.easternstate.org