Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Top Haunts

It's official. Haunted Attraction Magazine released it's 2009 America's Best Haunts list earlier this month. Sadly none of them are in my area but hopefully there's one or two near you.

The list features the 12 best haunts across the country. Top of the list is Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary located in Philadelphia. This is the real deal! The Penitentiary was completed in October 1829 and closed in January of 1970. It is a National Historic Landmark, is known by the acronym ESP, once housed Al Capone and the haunt takes place behind 30' prison walls. I really don't know what could be more creepy.

The prison is owned by the city of Philadelphia and daytime prison and museum tours are available. For the Halloween season five haunted attractions come to life at the prison. They also offer Family Nights which is the same show but actors are on the look out for kids who can tell the monsters to "be good" if they are too scary.

Not to surprising is that there have been reports of hauntings within the prison. The site has several videos of shows you can view including Most Haunted Live (Travel Channel), America's Ghost Hunters (TLC), Ghost Hunters (Sci-Fi) and MTV's Fear which explore some of these sightings.

It will probably be a while before I can justify to the hubby the need to swing over to Philly for the Halloween season to check out this haunt so if you get a chance to go be sure to give me the scoop.

As for the other 11 haunts rounding out the top 12? Well, you'll have to check them out yourself on Haunted Attraction Magazine.


  1. Thanks for sharing. I have not gotten my copy of it yet (I think the Davis Graveyard is in it....I am nervous) - I have met the guys that run it in our times at Hauntcon. They are great people and I would love to get over there and check it out.

    Same deal as you...convincing hubby to let me go off on a folly to see that one might be a bit difficult! If I figure it out, I will share the secret.


  2. I don't have a hard copy but I follow HAM online when I can. I didn't realize your haunt was being featured! Congrats!!

    And yes, when you figure out how to twist your hubby's arm towards Philly let me know. Or - perhaps we should just go ourselves and leave them at home!


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