Laurel Hill Cemetery in Fairmount Park may look charming by day, but its the site of a spooky after-dark tour for two nights this weekend. (Photo by R. Kennedy for GPTMC)
Laurel Hill Cemetery invites the living to its historic and hallowed grounds after dark this Halloween season when it resurrects two nights of hauntingly cool tours.
For two nights only, Soul Crawl: Haunted History Halloween Tours takes visitors throughout the most historic and haunted sections of the cemetery. Those with a fondness for fright will find their opportunity this Friday, October 25 at 7 p.m. and again on the night before Halloween on Wednesday, October 30 at 6 p.m.
The walking tour begins as the sun goes down, exploring the historic past of the final resting place for many Philadelphians, Pennsylvanians and famous figures from across the country. Grave goers will have the chance to take in the art, architecture and landscape of this National Historic Landmark, one of the few cemeteries in the country with such a designation.
But of course, no visit to a cemetery in October is complete without spooky lore and legends. Tales from this crypt include infamous “residents” of Laurel Hill, like the headless woman, the man who took his life upon his own gravesite, another whose gruesome death inspired the story of JAWS, and even some headstones that mark the sites of only body parts.
The two-hour-long exploration of the cemetery comes to a close around a crackling bonfire where free cider and snacks will be provided for all brave souls that marched throughout the grounds and made it back to tell the tale.
Tickets for the haunted tours are $20 and can be purchased online or upon arrival at Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance located on Ridge Ave.
Keep an eye out for strange sightings and don’t forget to BYO flashlight!
Soul Crawl: Haunted History Halloween Tours
When: Friday, October 25, 7 p.m. and Wednesday, October 30, 6 p.m.
Where: Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue
More info: www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org