Halloween Trips: Terror Behind Walls, Bates Motel, Owl's Eye Maze

Spooky sites to see as we lead up to All Hallow's Eve in the Delaware Valley.

Though celebrated Oct. 31, Halloween really defines the entire month of October. In Philadelphia and nearby counties there are countless fall festivals, haunted houses, ghost tours, pumpkin patches, hayrides—you name it, which get the ghouls and gals ready for the holiday. 

Below Patch details some Halloween festivities you can visit on one tank of gas.

Terror Behind the Walls

Address: Eastern State Penitentiary 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
How Far From Chestnut Hill? 25 minutes / 9.8 miles
Admission: From $20 to $30

  • Sun, Tues-Thurs: 7 to 11 pm. Fri-Sat: 7 to midnight. Mon: Closed
  • Haunted tours go through Nov. 12

Summary: One of Philadelphia's most recognizable facilities, Eastern State Penitentiary is an ancient city prison turned tourist site. For the 20th straight fall, the former prison hosts its annual "Terror Behind the Walls" Halloween tour. Though daily historical prison visits occur all year, this features after-dark walks through a haunted, ghoulish and occasionally jarring prison. Some family friendly days exist, but most tours aren't recommended for children under 7.


Fright Factory

Address: 2200 S. Swanson St., Philadelphia, PA
How Far From Chestnut Hill? 32 minutes / 16.5 miles
Admission: $25

  • Thur, Sun: 7:30 to 10 pm. Fri-Sat: 7:30 to 11 pm.
  • Open: Oct. 21-23, 27-31

Summary: Four haunted attractions in one, this Fright Factory located near Penn's Landing, offers a spooky look into a chemical factory, asylum, cemetery and even your mind. Similar to Terror Behind the Walls in exploring abandoned relics of Philadelphia, Fright Factory advises young children to pass up this adventure.


Spirit of '76 Ghost Tour

Address: 325 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA
How Far From Chestnut Hill? 28 minutes / 12.7 miles
Admission: Adults, $17.50. Children, $12.50

  • Varies each night, but often 6 and 7:30 p.m. tours.
  • Through Oct. 31

Summary: Billed as "one part history, two parts haunt," this ghost tour weaves through Old City Philadelphia and debunks/regales participants of colonial-era mythes. Spooky features include stops at cemeteries, an Edgar Allen Poe haunt, and Pine Street to visit its infamous witch. Also included are movie facts from famous films shot in Philly. The after-dark walk is OK for kids.


Hershey and Dorney Park Frights

Address: 100 W. Hersheypark Dr., Hershey, PA, and Lincoln Ave. and Hamilton Boulevard, Allentown, PA
How Far From Chestnut Hill? 112 minutes / 89.7 miles to Hershey and 69 minutes / 48.3 miles to Dorney
Admission: Both are around $30

  • Hershey—Fri: 5 to 10 pm. Sat: 2 to 10 pm. Sun: 2 to 9 pm.
  • Dorney—Fri: 6 to midnight. Sat: Noon to midnight. Oct. 23: No haunt. Oct. 30: Noon to midnight

Summary: Pennsylvania's two local amusement parks both go all out for Halloween. Dorney Park boasts both indoor and outdoor mazes, shows and, of course, access to many of the usual rides. Similar attractions exist at Hershey Park, in addition to trick-or-treating for kids under 12 and at Creatures of the Night exhibit at ZooAmerica. 

Owl's Eye Hay Maze

Address: 9201 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA
Admission: $8 to $20

  • Fri: 6 to 8 pm. Sat: 10 am to 6 pm. Sun: 10 am to 5 pm.
  • Weekends through Oct. 30

Summary: in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia boasts a massive hay maze formed in the shape of an owl's eye. With day and dusk trips through the maze, the attraction is very kid friendly and a good excuse to spend an afternoon shopping in Chestnut Hill.


Valley of Fear—Haunted Hayride

Address: 301 W. Bristol Road, Feasterville, PA
How Far From Chestnut Hill? 35 minutes / 23.4 miles
Admission: Different packages but Fear Pass for all four attractions is $35 (Fri/Sat) and $30.

  • 7 to 10 pm
  • Oct. 20-23, 26-31

Summary: Located at the Phoenix Sport Club in Bucks County, the Valley of Fear sits on 30 acres and features four haunted attractions—two haunted houses, a hayride and a walking Scary Tales tour. Numerous ticket packages exist, as well as do deals. Each night can also be concluded with entertainment and food at the PumpkinHead's Picnic.


Bates Motel

Address: 1835 Middletown Road, Glen Mills, PA
How Far From Chestnut Hill? 45 minutes / 29.1 miles
Admission: There are a variety of packages, but most tickets range from $15 to $30.

  • Sun to Wed: 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Thur: 6:30 to 10:30 pm. Fri to Sat: 6:30 to 10:30 pm.
  • Open daily through Oct. 31

Summary: This Delaware County haunt features a variety of attractions everyday through Halloween. It includes haunted hayride, corn maze and creepy tour through the iconic Bates Motel. Lots of special FX and movie makeup on the latter feature.


Happy Hauntings

Address: 2249 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
How Far From Chestnut Hill? 79 minutes / 59.4 miles
Admission: Ages 3 and up: $21

  • Sat. and Sun: 3 to 9 pm
  • Through Oct. 30

Summary: Geared toward the kids, Happy Hauntings is Dutch Wonderland's Halloween adventure for families and their kids. The Lancaster amusement park's activities include a costume contest, trick-or-treat trail, and the usual kid friendly rides.  


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