http://www.easternstate.org/halloween/ for hours and rates.
Spirits of ’76
This 75 minute outdoor walking tour will take you to more than 20 locations including historic sites, shooting locations of major films such as the Sixth Sense, Shooter, and National Treasure, while offering fun facts and folklore. Buy tickets online here http://www.spiritsof76.com/ or at Cosi Restaurant at 325 Chestnut Street, at the corner of 4th & Chestnut Streets, each evening before the tour.
Ghost Tour of Philadelphia
Tied to the book Ghost Stories of Philadelphia, PA, this 90 minute candle lit walk takes you through Society Hill and Independence Park. Get your tickets online here http://www.ghosttour.com/philadelphia.html or at the Omni Hotel Gift Shop 415 Chestnut St. (on Chestnut Street between 5th and 4th).
Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site
Visit the one time home of the inventor of the detective story, and man behind such literary masterworks as “The Raven”, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, and “The Pit and The Pendulum”. The informative tour and well stocked gift shop are secondary to the full tilt readings/performances given by Park Ranger Helen McKenna in full, and convincing, Poe attire. Best of all, admission is free. Go here for details http://www.nps.gov/edal/index.htm
For a more immersive Poe experience, I highly recommend Poe Evermore at the Mount Hope Estate and Winery, running from October 30th to November 14th as part of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire’s Theater In The Mansion. Go to http://www.parenfaire.com/ for more info on this and the sites other events and amenities including the Swashbuckler BrewPub.
While this is by no means the last word in holiday haunts, these selections carry my seal of approval. If you know of any good attractions in the Philadelphia area, feel free to comment.