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Experience the Fright of Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary

Groups seeking out the ultimate spooky experience are in luck, thanks to Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary—a bold new iteration of the destination's famed Halloween celebration for 2021.

From the creators of Terror Behind the Walls, Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary is a brand-new seasonal festival of epic proportions. It transforms abandoned cellblocks and courtyards into newly designed immersive environments, and activates the historic stone architecture with large-scale video projections and other special effects.

Even groups who have visited Eastern State Penitentiary in the past are sure to be enthralled with something new, as several sections of the penitentiary complex will be open to the public for the very first time.

Guests to Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary will experience a festival-style event consisting of 15 attractions, including two haunted houses, which can be bypassed by those wanting a less scary experience. Also included in the haunting experience will be four immersive walkthrough experiences, two live performances, four themed bars and lounges, and special effects like laser shows and large-scale video projections.

Halloween Nights will also feature a highlights audio tour of the penitentiary's architecture with newly recorded narration by actor Steve Buscemi, as well as a guided, flashlight walking tour of the prison hospital wing focusing on the prison's complex history. Two award-winning exhibits that invite reflection on issues of criminal justice today will also be open during Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary.

"We are excited to finally reveal Halloween Nights, a plan more than a year in the making, and we can't wait for the world to experience it this fall," said Brett Bertolino, Eastern State Penitentiary Vice President and Director of Operations. "There is truly something for everyone at Halloween Nights, including diehard Terror Behind the Walls fans, as well as those who'd prefer a less scary, but still fun, fall experience. Our new festival model allows guests to choose their own path, to spend more time exploring freely, and to celebrate the Halloween season in the completely unique setting that is Eastern State Penitentiary."

Tickets for Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary, which is open select nights from September 24 through November 13, 2021, are on sale now.

Written by Sarah Suydam, Managing Editor for Groups Today.

Photo courtesy of Eastern State Penitentiary.


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