Eastern State Penitentiary Adds Bold New Scares to Terror Behind the Walls Haunted Attraction

Oct 07, 2010, 05:07 ET from Eastern State Penitentiary

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Terror Behind the Walls, America's largest haunted attraction, located inside the walls of Eastern State Penitentiary, a real massive abandoned prison at 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue in Philadelphia, adds new surprises and scares to its annual Halloween event.

Now in its 19th year, Terror Behind the Walls, ranked the No. 1 haunted house in America by AOL, runs on select evenings from mid-September through early November.  Internationally renowned for its history and dramatic architecture, Eastern State launches a new "Eastern State After Dark VIP Tour" offering visitors a rare nighttime tour of the Penitentiary's cellblocks, accompanied by "Quick Pass VIP" tickets to Terror Behind the Walls.

MSN City Guide stated, "If you have only one chance to scare the you-know-what out of your friends this Halloween season, Terror Behind the Walls at the Eastern State Penitentiary is the place to go."

No. 1 Haunted House in America:

An extraordinary theatrical production, Terror Behind the Walls features Hollywood-quality sets, custom-designed props, animatronics, and digital sound effects, all taking place within the walls of the prison. The dark and sinister natural setting of Eastern State Penitentiary was expanded in 2010 with a brand-new costume and makeup department.  It takes an elite team of 14 makeup artists almost three hours to prepare the cast of more than 200 performers each evening.  Terror Behind the Walls consists of five haunted attractions that create a seamless experience for visitors: Intake, Lock Down, The Experiment (in 3-D), Infirmary, and Night Watch. This year's event features an all-new escape show, new, state of the art 3-D effects, and a bold new finale.  

Terror Behind the Walls has grown from a single-night event in 1991 to a 29-night event with shows selling out far in advance.  Nearly half of the visitors who attend the event travel to Philadelphia for the event, coming from as far as California, China and the United Kingdom, making this event a national and international destination for thrill-seekers and Halloween lovers.

Eastern State After Dark VIP Tour:

Eastern State Penitentiary's "After Dark VIP Tour" is the ultimate Halloween experience. The evening begins with an hour-long, guided flashlight walking tour of this National Historic Landmark.  Highlights include the cellblocks, Death Row, Al Capone's cell, and the underground isolation cells under Cellblock 14.  Following the tour, guests will be escorted to the front of the Terror Behind the Walls' lines.  Visitors can remember their evening with a souvenir photo, taken inside the Penitentiary, and a special Terror Behind the Walls LED flashlight.

The "Eastern State After Dark VIP Tour" is $99 per person and each group is limited to 15 people.  Available dates and times are listed on the Terror Behind the Walls website at www.easternstate.org/viptour.

Ticket Information:

Tickets for Terror Behind the Walls are available at the Penitentiary box office or online at www.EasternState.org/tickets.  Tickets range in price from $10 for kids on family nights, to $20 on weeknights, $25 on Friday and Sunday nights, and $30 on Saturday nights.  Group rates are available by calling (215) 236-5111 x19 or emailing boxoffice@easternstate.org.  For more information, the public can visit the Penitentiary's website at www.TerrorBehindtheWalls.com or call (888) 763-NITE.

SOURCE Eastern State Penitentiary