Happy October! With October comes images of fall, but it is also the spookiest time of year. Some people are really into the paranormal – not me, I can barely make it through the Paranormal Activity movies. But here is some info for whatever level of ghost lover you may be (click here if you want to skip on down to Halloween attractions in our area).
If you want to actually live in a haunted house – well, that is totally possible. You can even stay in our area. Perhaps you heard about the “slightly haunted” house for sale in Dunmore, PA? Even though there is a scream heard every morning at 3:13AM and there is the occasional face behind you in the mirror, the husband selling the home doesn’t believe in ghosts. His wife understandably feels otherwise.
While I certainly market myself as a realtor willing to meet all of your needs, finding you the perfect haunted house will be limited to the information in this post. Fortunately, there are other experts available to assist in these real estate needs. According to Really Rotten Real Estate (http://www.reallyrottenrealty.com/blog/haunted-listings-real-haunted-houses-for-sale/), there is a paranormal medium in San Diego who works with realtors to find you the perfect haunted house.
If you want to check out for yourself what is available, many of the listings at http://www.viralnova.com/haunted-houses-for-sale/ , such as the Amityville Horror House, are quite well-known. Our Dunmore house above is also listed. You can also browse up-to-date listings at: http://www.hauntedamericatours.com/hauntedhouses/forsale/.
If you’d like to limit your ghostly experience to a vacation rather than commit to a spirited roommate (get it?), Haunted American Tours also lists vacation getaways (http://www.hauntedamericatours.com/hauntedvacation/HAUNTEDVACATION.htm), and the Gettysburg Tour is not too far away. My brother-in-law and soon-to-be sister-in-law visited the famed Stanley Hotel in Colorado. You can read about its haunted history here: http://www.stanleyhotel.com/about/haunted-history. They didn’t see anything spooky, but they didn’t stay in Room 217. Even though I have no desire to stay in a haunted hotel, the idea of a ghost unpacking my bags sounds kind of nice.
If you want to limit your own paranormal activity to the Halloween season, here are some of the top Halloween attractions in our area. Many of them have been acclaimed nationally. I haven’t been to most of them, so please comment about the ones you recommend. Feel free to share any ghost stories as well. Happy Halloween!
Spirits of ’76 Ghost Tour
For those of you who prefer the supernatural to stunts and blood and gore, this spooky walking tour should give you the chills. You’ll learn about haunted facts and folklore and you travel the cobblestone streets of Old City, Philadelphia. The cost is $17.50 per adult. Learn more at: http://www.spiritsof76.com/.
The Original Philadelphia Ghost Tour
This candlelit walking tour and its tales of haunted houses and eerie graveyards is sure to send a shiver up your spine. Adult tickets are $17. Visit http://www.ghosttour.com/philadelphia.html for information on this event as well as a haunted trolley tour and tours of a haunted Society Hill mansion, the USS Olympia, and Brinton Lodge in Douglasville.
Terror Behind the Walls
If you live in the area, you’ve no doubt heard of this famous haunted house located in a real prison. There are 6 attractions in the cell blocks and adult tickets in October start at $19. You can preview your visit at: http://www.easternstate.org/halloween.
The website doesn’t go into much detail, but Fright Factory is a “high startle” haunted house in South Philadelphia. General admission is $15, but check out the website for discounts and VIP options: http://frightfactory.tv/. So, be prepared to be started and ladies (according to the website) - don’t wear any dangling earrings!
Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride
This Delaware County Halloween-must is sure-to-please. Visit Arasapha Farm in Glen Mills for what the web site calls “the scariest haunted hayride in the country” and don’t miss the Bates Motel or the corn maze. Adult tickets start at $20. Visit http://www.thebatesmotel.com/ for more info.
Camp Spookynaw in Oxford features 10 enchanted buildings and promises “a haunted experience unlike any other.” Instead of blood and gore, campers will join forces with witches and wizards to battle “the darkness” and raise dragons from the dead on this 30 minute walking trail. Tickets are $20. Visit http://www.spookynaw.com/ to learn more about this magical attraction.
Haunted House in the Hollow
This Newtown attraction boasts full-sized cemetery and crypt, secret passages, and see-through apparitions. Tickets start at $15, but you probably want to add in Sleepy Hollow Hayride though haunted woods and fields and a trip through the Field of Fright, which promises to be “spectacularly ghoulish.” Check out http://www.thetempleofterror.com/ for more info and special events.
Lulu’s House of Horror’s
This haunted house in Plymouth Meeting warns you to “be prepared to be scared out of your mind.” Your visit will include a wagon ride through the haunted woods and grave yard, a trip through the house of horrors, and walk through the haunted corn maze. Tickets are $25 at the gate, but check out the website http://www.hauntlulu.com/ for coupons and information on live entertainment.
Temple of Terror
Tour this haunted masonic lodge in Pottstown with a ghostly legend dating back to the Battle of Gettysburg. You are invited to “bring forth the spirits of those poor souls whose lives were taken here so savagely.” Tickets for this “high energy” haunted tour are $15. Check out http://www.thetempleofterror.com/ to learn more about the grisly legend of the lodge and also the Monster Dash and Zombie Pageant!
This Middletown attraction costs just $35 for an 8-Haunt combo pass. Take the Horror Hayride to see demons with chainsaws and then visit Zombie Prison, Ravenwood Cemetery, The Attic, Haunted Barn and more. Read more about each attraction and the carnival amusement rides at http://www.frightland.com/ - if you dare!