Your Guide to a Happy (and Haunted) Halloween

Have you come to sing pumpkin carols? Us, too. Halloween is just around the corner, and we’ve got your top picks to have the best Halloween celebration in the city ever, from haunted houses and spooky bars to fall festivals and more!

Enter If You Dare…

1. Bates Motel

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The What: Considered one of the best haunted houses in the area, the Bates Motel takes Halloween to a new level of horror, with incredible props and high-tech special effects to boot. 
The Where: 1835 Middletown Road
The When: Now through October 31
The Deal: $5 off combo tickets 

2. Terror Behind the Walls

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The What: Terror Behind the Walls takes place inside the massive Eastern State Penitentiary, better known as America’s largest haunted house. 
The Where: 2027 Fairmount Ave
The When: Varies weekly, click here for the schedule  
The Deal: Half-priced tickets on Student Sundays after 7:30PM through November

3. Fright Factory

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The What: Fright Factory is a high-scare, high-startle haunted house split into three themes within an old factory building in South Philly. 
The Where: 2200 S. Swanson St
The When: Thurs-Sun until Nov. 2 starting at 7:30PM 
The Deal: Save $5 when you purchase at the door!

‘Tis The Night: Sites to See

1. Ghost Ship

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The What: This 90ft, three-dimensional light & water installation is making its North American debut on the Delaware River Waterfront.
The Where: Race Street Pier
The When: Oct. 4 to Nov. 3 from 7PM to 10PM
The Deal: Free

2. One Liberty Observation Deck

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The What: One Liberty Observation Deck hosts Twilight Tours on the 57th floor, where you can view the skyline of America’s oldest city. 
The Where: 1650 Market St #5700 
The When: Fri-Sun from 10AM to 5PM through Halloween
The Deal: Purchase online for $15

3. Laurel Hill Cemetery

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The What: Visit Laurel Hill Cemetery for a self-guided walking tour of the grounds.
The Where: 3822 Ridge Avenue
The When: Daily from 7AM to 5PM
The Deal: Free

Something Wicked This Way Comes: 21+ Halloween Plans

1. The Nightmare Before Tinsel Halloween Pop-Up Bar

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The What: Packed with clowns, zombies, and creepy treats, The Nightmare Before Tinsel is your go-to bar for themed drinks and haunting scares.
The Where: 116 S. 12th Street
The When: Daily until Nov. 2
The Deal: Free entry; pay as you go

2. Haunt Pop-Up Bar

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The What: Spooky, Halloween-themed cocktails paired with ghostly decor, Haunt is the pop-up bar to check out if you are looking for a delicious scare.
The Where: 1123 Walnut St
The When: Daily until Nov. 3
The Deal: Free entry; pay as you go

Trick-or-Treat: Check Out These Local Fests

1. Halloween in Manayunk

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The What: Take a stroll down Main Street Manayunk and enjoy deals at participating restaurants and shops.
The Where: Main Street Manayunk
The When: Oct. 26 from 11AM-4PM
The Deal: Free; pay as you go

2. Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday

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The What: The fall fun begins in East Passyunk with costumes, arts and crafts, live music, fall fare, and more!
The Where: 1904 E Passyunk Ave
The When: October 26 from 12PM to 6PM
The Deal: Free to attend; pay as you go

3. South Street Fall Pumpkin Fest

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The What: Enjoy circus performances, live music, seasonal bites, and more during the Fest, and explore the annual Halloween festivities.
The Where: Headhouse Plaza
The When: Oct. 27 from 12PM to 5PM
The Deal: Free to attend; pay as you go

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