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Best time to go to Philadelphia, PA

Halloween 2022

The Greater Philadelphia area offers a variety of spooky attractions


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Fall festivities are a beloved tradition for many Philadelphia families. From daytime not-so-scary events to nighttime horrifying tours—there's something for every taste. So take a stroll through downtown, stopping at such atmospheric places as Franklin Square. Haunted attractions, ghost tours, and other celebrations in Philadelphia usually last throughout October.

The Philadelphia area boasts one of the best haunted houses in North America. Bates Motel, located at 1835 Middletown Rd. in Glen Mills, was inspired by Hollywood horror movies and is full of realistic special effects, professional acting performances, pyrotechnics, and scary animatronics.

Eastern State Penitentiary is another must-see during Halloween. Only in October can you go on a ghost tour through this former prison, famous for its impressive architecture and strict rules. Notorious Al Capone, bank robber Willie Sutton and James Bruno (Big Joe) were once incarcerated at Eastern State Penitentiary. Al Capone's Cell and Death Row are among the most visited premises in prison, which was once the largest and most expensive public structure in the U.S.

If you are not a fan of haunted tours, Philadelphia Zoo offers Boo at the Zoo, a positive, family-friendly experience during select dates in October. In 30 minutes drive from the city, Linvilla Orchards in Media, Pennsylvania, host a fall celebration, running from mid-September through October. Linvilla Pumpkinland features larger-than-life figures and creative scarecrows. Additionally, pumpkins of all sizes and colors are available—over 100 tons in total!

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