Sunday, October 26, 2008

Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State

This Halloween haunted attraction needs little introduction. Since its humble beginnings as a pseudo-ghost tour in 1991 through its official adoption of the name Terror Behind the Walls as a full-fledged haunt in 1997, this Halloween event has grown to become known as one of the most famous haunts in the United States. Of course, the setting probably plays into that just a bit as well.

Terror Behind the Walls is set at the infamous Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While it doesn't attempt to interpret the former-prison's history as part of the attraction, it couldn't hurt that the haunt is staged in one of the most well known reputedly haunted sites in the world. What this means of course is that there is always a slight possibility that the visitors that dare the five major attractions inside the haunt might see a bit more than your average actors and animatronics.

The ever-so-polite staff of Terror Behind the Walls truly believes in giving the crowd their money's worth. For the last attraction, Night Watch, the visitors are dumped into total darkness and armed only with a flashlight to make their way. It is no surprise then that this particular haunt draws in crowds of around 100,000 annually and is the biggest source of revenue for the preservation efforts of Eastern State Penitentiary.

Dare a walk through the truly haunted halls of Terror Behind the Walls.

-Casey H.

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