Spirits. Headless visions. Apparitions. Voices and footsteps with nobody else in sight besides you. Those are all of the creepy things that may find you when you visit the streets and buildings of Philadelphia. What are the top haunted and ghost infested places in Philadelphia? Read on to find out what makes people’s skin crawl.
Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP-) 2027 Faimount Avenue
Started in the early 1800s by a group that met in Benjamin Franklin's home, the Eastern State Penitentiary is sure to send some creepy jolts up your spine. This prison was no fun for the incarcerated, solitary confinement a punishment for prisoners, many of them suffering from mental illness. Prisoners often went mad. Who did these jail cells house? The infamous Al Capone. Visitors and workers claim to hear footsteps, eerie noises, and the moans and wails of prisoners’ passed. Want to give yourself the heebie jeebies? Check out the Guard Tower, where the ghost of an old restless guard lingers, his uneasy soul pacing the dark tower. Brave visitors can creep their way to Cell Block 12 where reporting of mysterious shadows and massive figures will scare you into running outside the prison doors. Well .... not quite. The prison closed in 1970. However, ESP now functions as a museum for the curious public, open every day of the week, where paranormal activity is still alive in well. Risk takers can sign up for “Terror Behind the walls,” a nighttime escapade that will raise the hairs on your neck. Stop in this Halloween to get your adrenaline pumping.
Do you dare to venture out into the streets after sunset? If you can muster up the courage, then take a late night walk to Allens Lane, one of the most haunted streets in Philadelphia. Bring your camera and a maybe a beer or two. People claim to have seen the Revolutionary War come to life here. On foggy nights, images of a man riding a horse while cradling his own head have sent people running for the hills. How long can you wait it out by yourself?
Once owned by George Meade Easby, the Baleroy Mansion was built in 1911. If the thought of bumping elbows with Thomas Jefferson appeals to you, then check out this spiritually active Mansion. Cited as one of the most haunted places in the United States, Jefferson’s spirit has been spotted in the dining room, the former president keeping time by an old clock. That is not the scariest of phenomena. A chair in the infamous Blue Room seems to be connected to the Grim Reaper. Anyone who sits in that chair loses their life quickly, the freaky furniture piece already taking the lives of four innocent people. Just watch your head here. Paintings have unexpectedly flown off the walls. Drop into the Baleroy Mansion around Halloween. You may see Jefferson or Amanda ... Stephen. These deceased house inhabitants may surprise you with knocks, footsteps, and a short rest on your bed. Do not take my word for it. Check it out for yourself.
Betsy Ross House - 239 Arch Street
Apparently, creating the first flag of The United States requires some soul searching, even if that means coming back to earth. Betsy Ross, who sewed America’s flag has been spotted haunting the grounds here. What does Ross want? Maybe you can ask her in person. Sign up for a tour of the house and see if you can find the restless Ross.
Now, get into your car and examine one of these haunted places for a Halloween thrill!