There are plenty of ways to celebrate fall in Northeastern Pennsylvania: beautiful foliage, apple picking, pumpkin spice everything, corn mazes, and maybe a hayride or two. If you’re feeling quite adventurous this season, there is nothing more appropriate than a trip to one of the area’s many local haunted attractions.
Circle Drive-In Theater
1911 Scranton Carbondale Hwy (Business Route 6)
Dickson City, PA 18519
A Haunted Hayride. Cirque Du Peur. Delfino Manor. Starting in September, the Circle Drive-In becomes a thrilling haunted Halloween attraction. Open Friday to Sunday from September 14 to October 28. The ticket booth opens at 6:00 pm and closes at 10:30 pm with the last ride leaving at 11 pm. This haunted attraction is not recommended for children under 10.
2828 Rock Dr.
Clarks Summit, PA 18411
For the past 35 years, Dracula’s Forest has hosted a nighttime haunted hayride (and the Little Screamer’s not-so-scary hayrides on weekend afternoons). This haunted hayride is open every Friday and Saturday starting September 21 and Friday through Sunday beginning in October at 6:30 pm.
Eckley Miners Village
2 Eckley Back Rd
Weatherly, PA 18255
On October 19th, 20th, 26th, and 27th, you can get into the spirit of Halloween at the Eckley Miners Village by participating in a haunted lantern tour. These hour-long walks feature scary stories and things that go bump in the night along the darkened streets of Eckley. Doors open at 6 pm and the last tour leaves at 9 pm.
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
Gravestone Manor opens the 2018 season with its 20th anniversary and an entirely new, original story: Spirits of the Manor. This Wilkes-Barre haunted attraction is a blend of interactive live theater with haunted house style scares (not recommended for children under 8 years old). All profits go to United Way of Wyoming Valley. Starting Friday, September 28, Gravestone Manor is open from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and from 7:00 pm until 9:30 pm on Sundays through October 28.
320 Delaware Ave
Palmerton, PA 18071
If you’re looking for a haunted attraction that is geared for adults and can scare even the most seasoned horror junky, Halls of Horror is one of the goriest haunted attractions you will find. As an interactive walkthrough experience, the actors can touch you—but you can’t touch them. Because of the more mature content of the attraction, anyone under 18 needs a parent or guardian sign a release form.
1433 N. Main Ave
Scranton, PA 18508
Scranton’s very own Houdini Museum has claim to fame as the only building in the world dedicated to famed magician Harry Houdini. Besides the usual Houdini Museum Tour and Magic Show, they also host an annual paranormal event features tales of local hauntings, some mind tricks, and even a spooky séance. Reservations are required. Call for their full list of available dates.
Lehman Community Park
East Stroudsburg, PA 18302
Experience half a miles’ worth of thrills and chills at this popular Pocono haunted attraction! Follow the path of the undead and travel through for unique haunted experiences: Voodoo: The Curse Begins, Clowns Revenge, McGhee’s Farm, and The Demented Toy Factory. Younger visitors can enjoy a Trick or Treat Trail and play non-scary games. Haunted Lehman Park is only open for the last two Saturdays in October. Rain date is the first Saturday in November.
Plymouth Twp Fire and Rescue Tilbury Station
11 E Poplar St
West Nanticoke, PA 18634
Horror Hall has been the go-to haunted attraction during the Halloween season for over thirty years. This indoor fright fest features a 20-minute walk through approximately ¼ miles of rooms and various attractions. Whether you most fear clowns, zombies, or chainsaw-wielding maniacs, there are thrills and chills waiting for you around every dark corner! Horror Hall is open during weekends in October.
5101 Cherry Valley Rd
Saylorsburg, PA 18353
The Hotel of Horror is the Pocono’s premier haunted attraction. Open rain or shine, this three-in-one haunted house features an indoor walk through experience with live actors and paranormal activity. The Hotel of Horror, Altered Nightmares, and Theatre if the Damned Halloween Attractions all take place inside the legendary Lake House Hotel. This Halloween attraction is recommended for ages 13+. Hotel of Horror is open Friday through Sunday beginning Saturday, September 22.
The Old Jail Museum
128 West Broadway
Jim Thorpe, PA 18229
While the Old Jail Museum in Jim Thorpe is open May through October, the Halloween season offers a spooky perk: their famous haunted ghost tours. On limited Saturdays during the month of October, you can enjoy a guided jail tour while you hear tales of real ghosts and hunt for spirits with your camera! 2018 tours are held October 6, 13, and 20 beginning at 6:15. The last tour begins at 9 pm. No children under 12 allowed.
250 Service Rd
Spring City, PA 19475
Can you handle Pennsylvania’s most terrifying haunted attraction? Pennhurst Asylum in Spring City was a very real institution that closed in 1987. After being abandoned for 25 years, it is now home to haunted attractions, paranormal investigations, tours, and events. Enjoy the Halloween season with four different haunted attractions: Pennhurst Asylum, the Morgue, Containment, and Mayflower After Dark. Box Office is open Friday & Saturday 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm and Sunday & Thursday 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm until November 4.
460 Green Grove
Olyphant, PA 18447
Take a trip into the woods and experience one of America’s best haunted attractions. Admission to Reaper’s Revenge gives you access to four separate haunts in one: a haunted hayride, dark forest walkthrough, pitch-black indoor walkthrough, and a post-apocalyptic zombie maze. For those who want to add some more adrenaline to their experience, you can opt into a more interactive haunt where the actors might grab you, separate you from your group, and may even make you part of the act. This attraction is recommended for those 10+. Ticket booth is open from 6 pm to 11 pm Friday and Saturdays and closes at 10 pm on Sundays.
Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm
347 Quiet Valley Rd
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
If you’re looking to get into the Halloween spirit with something a little different from your typical haunted house, you can put your detective skills to use to help solve a spooky murder mystery. During the weekend leading up to Halloween on October 26, 27, and 28, the Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm hosts Spooky Days, a “weekend of spine-chilling fun.” During the day, enjoy not-so-scary kid-friendly activities like wagon rides, storytelling, crafts, and a Halloween sing-a-long. Hours are Friday 5-8 pm, Saturday and Sunday 1-5 pm.
6325 Interchange Rd
Lehighton, PA 18235
When you visit the Waldorf Estate of Fear in Lehighton, you can choose from four separate haunted attractions. The Haunting at the Waldorf Hotel is an indoor walkthrough haunted house experience featuring creepy hotel rooms and murder scenes. The Terror in the Corn haunted hayride will scare you with realistic sets and appearances from movie icons and original, terrifying creations. Get really into the spirit with Infection, an interactive survival game where you can test out just how well you could survive a zombie apocalypse. Last but not least, see if you can beat the clock while solving riddles and clues in the Zombie Escape Rooms. The Waldorf Estate of fear is open every Friday and Saturday in October from 7-11 pm (ticket booth closes at 10:30).
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