Top Haunted Houses in Pennsylvania
The Bates Motel
- Opened in 1996 after the success of owner Randy Bates' Haunted Hayride, the Bates Motel, about 10 miles west of Philadelphia, features digital soundtracks, computerized lighting and Hollywood-like special effects that scare and entertain about 65,000 guests a year. Bates employs 100 actors that "attack" guests from all sides. According to its website, the Bates Motel is "not intended for children under 8 or people with heart conditions." Guests encounter flying ghosts, elevator simulators, slamming doors, moving props and a computer-generated ghost greeter. There is a trophy room with more than 30 real, moving animal heads and a playground set that features a merry-go-round and swing sets, as well as a body-bag room. The Bates Motel has been featured on the Travel Channel and tops many lists of America's best haunted attractions.
1835 N. Middletown Road
Glen Mills, PA 19342
Eastern State Penitentiary's "Terror Behind the Walls"
- Voted the No. 1 haunted house in America in 2008 by AOL, Terror Behind the Walls is staged at an actual former prison, the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. Eastern State Penitentiary was one of the oldest and largest prisons in the country before it closed in 1971. It is rumored to be haunted by the ghosts of some of the 80,000 convicts who served time there, suffering solitary confinement and abusive guards. It still stands in ruin, with massive, 30-foot walls, crumbling floors and abandoned cells. Guests travel over 11 acres through five different haunted houses, including Lock Down, Intake, Infirmary, Night Watch and The Experiment, a 3-D attraction. Throughout the experience, visitors encounter blood-covered prisoners and guards, electric fences and rattling doors, among other frights.
Eastern State Penitentiary
2124 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130
- Located minutes from downtown Pittsburgh, ScareHouse is "America's 5th Best Haunted Attraction," according to Hauntworld magazine. ScareHouse's Scream Team spends a year developing its high-tech production and Hollywood-style props. Upon entering, guests encounter such sights as a ghostly woman in a mirror and a seven-foot scarecrow. ScareHouse offers three different haunts: Rampage, Delirium 3-D and The Hall of Nightmares. Rampage stages a furious battle against mutants. Delirum 3-D is a colorful and demented world. The Hall of Nightmares depicts a bizarre world and the madness of a deranged clown.
118 Locust Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15223