It’s that time of year for all ghouls, ghosts and goblins to creep around corners, and deliver some really frightening scares. Some of the most terrifying and award-winning haunted houses and fright fests are located right here in the Delaware Valley. From harrowing hayrides, cryptic corn mazes and homes filled with haunts, Marple Newtown Patch, armed with a little extra courage, seeks out the best haunted attractions that will make your blood curl. Be sure to check each location’s website for full reviews, pricing, discounted coupons and group rates, plus look for special rates at area businesses.
The Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride–Located at Arasapha Farm in Glen Mills, The Bates Motel offers three options. The Haunted Hayride, Corn Maze and Haunted House are full of pyrotechnics and high-end special FX created by Hollywood artists. Travel Channel rated The Bates Motel as one of the top haunted houses in America.
Field of Screams–The attraction is located in Lancaster, and its hell-raising hayrides have also been featured on the Travel Channel as the best in the country. Field of Screams also has Den of Darkness and Frightmare Asylum haunted houses.
Jason’s Woods–The legendary Jason’s Woods has nine attractions, including Horrifying Hayride, Barn of Terror, Pirates Revenge 3D, Mystery Maze, Macabre Museum, Pitch Black, Psycho Circus, Escape from Oz and Lost in Jason’s Woods. There are also nightly, less creepy, activities like movies, live bands, food specials and fireworks.
Terror Behind the Walls–Called “perfect for Halloween” by The New York Times, the attraction is located in Philly’s Fairmount section at Eastern State Penitentiary. It offers several attractions, including a 3-D haunted house. Eastern State was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, housing notorious criminals such as Al Capone. The Penitentiary holds year round tours, but beware, word has it the place is often haunted by late prisoners.
Halloween Haunt at Dorney Park–During the Halloween season, the park in Allentown is transformed into “Boo! Blast” by day, the event which keeps kids having scare-free fun for hours. They can trick-or-treat, make masks and paint pumpkins. At night, the haunted attractions are not recommended for kids under 13. There are several outdoor mazes like Grave Walkers, indoor mazes, and fright shows to choose from. There’s even a haunted dance club.