Terror Behind The Walls Takes Over Eastern State Penitentiary For A Terrifying 2013 Season Through November 9; Plus, Get $3 Off Tickets!

Eastern State Penitentiary's terrifically terrifying Terror Behind the Walls event runs through November with spooky fun. (Photos clockwise from top by Jeff Fusco, Krystle Marcellus, Jeff Fusco, Andrew Garn, all for Eastern State Penitentiary)

Fancy a fright? The iconic Halloween attraction that people flock to from around the world over has returned for a bolder-than-ever 2013 season.

Eastern State Penitentiary’s terrifying Terror Behind The Walls turns the fright factor up on fall fun with a spooky theatrical production featuring Hollywood-quality sets, custom-designed props, animatronics and digital sound effects — all taking place within the walls of an already-eerie crumbling historic prison that has been rumored to be actually haunted since the 1940s.

With more than two dozen nights of shows this fall through November 9, there are many opportunities to take in this incredibly creepy experience.

Read on for a primer to Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary.

The Layout

A haunted house in a haunted attraction, Terror Behind the Walls takes full advantage of the already-spooky setting of historic Eastern State Penitentiary, whic was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but now stands in ruin.

This gothic structure in the Fairmount neighborhood is intimidating enough during the day, with its soaring 30-foot walls and empty guard towers. At night, though, the vacant cellblocks and shadowy passages become truly terrifying.

To begin with, guests are greeted with six-foot tall, 300 pound gargoyles atop the looming stone façade tower of Eastern State Penitentiary — yup, their eyes light up and smoke blows out of their mouths.

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 In 2013

Be forewarned. This year, you can expect a darker, more sinister, and, for the first time ever, interactive show.

For the first time, visitors will have to choose between just watching the action or a new interactive experience.

If you choose the interactivity, the whole experience will change. Rather than the actors just jumping out and scaring you, you may actually be grabbed, held back, sent into hidden passageways, removed from your group, or even occasionally incorporated into the show.

The viewing experience is already seriously scary (no, really), so be prepared for true terror if you choose the new interactive option to experience the attractions.

Visit Philly Discount Code

Dying to see the show? We’ve got a scary good deal.

Purchase your tickets online with code “VISITPHILLY13” and get $3 off adult tickets. Note that the discount is not valid Saturdays in October, or with any other discount.


Ticket prices vary by day and time, and an online purchase is the cheapest option to purchase Terror Behind the Walls tickets and the only way to guarantee entry to the event.

Currently, ticket prices range from $19 for a weeknight entry purchased in advance to $45 for a Saturday night entry purchased at the box office. Tickets are sold by half-hour entry times. When purchasing online, be sure to select your preferred date and time.

Remember, tickets are $6 less in advance than at the box office.

Kids ages 7 to 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 7:30 p.m. on Sunday evenings.

Plus, there is always the After Dark VIP Tour option, which begins with an hour-long, guided flashlight walking tour before guests venture into the heart-pounding portion of the evening. Plus, VIPs get to skip the lines.

Check here for the complete schedule and to purchase tickets.

See you in the cellblocks.

Terror Behind the Walls
When: Select nights September through November
Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue
Cost: Ticket prices vary
More info: www.easternstate.org/halloween


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