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12 Not-Too-Spooky Halloween Movies for the Whole Family
Halloween is always a night of creative costumes, delicious candy and fun frights. Of course, kids love the opportunity to challenge their courage by entering haunted houses, swapping spine-chilling stories and watching scary movies . That’s a lot of spookiness for one day, though, and with the wrong film, they may be too frightened to fall asleep at bedtime. (And of course, getting them to bed in time for you to enjoy a proper horror film , like a Stephen King adaptation or classic vampire flick might be an important part of your grown-up Halloween experience!)
Fortunately, there are lots of wonderfully fun — and only slightly creepy — movies out there that kids will enjoy this year. From oldies like Hocus Pocus to newer films like a stellar remake of The Witches , this list has plenty of options that’ll delight much more than they’ll scare. Check out 12 of the best kid-friendly Halloween flicks that make not-too-spooky treats for the entire family!
The Goosebumps book series by R.L. Stine has thrilled kids across the world since the 1990s. The series has been adapted for both TV and film, including a newer franchise for younger generations who aren’t familiar with these classics.
The 2015 flick, aptly titled Goosebumps , stars Jack Black as a fictionalized version of Stine alongside Dylan Minnette, who plays his teenage neighbor. The two team up to take down monsters from the Goosebumps series that have managed to escape from the books and cause chaos in the real world. The film is frightening fun for kids, and there’s enough action to keep parents entertained — especially if they’re former fans of the series.
Hocus Pocus (1993)
A trio of 300-year-old witches (Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker) conjures up a little bit of hocus pocus in this Halloween classic. The 1993 film centers on what happens when the Sanderson sisters are accidentally brought back from the dead on All Hallow’s Eve.
Attempting to recapture their youth, the witches plan to steal the souls of the children of Salem, Massachusetts, so they can live for eternity. Three kids, a talking black cat and, eventually, a friendly zombie have to work together to stop the sinister sisters before it’s too late. Hocus Pocus is certain to put a spell on you this Halloween.
Spirited Away (2001)
If you’re new to the world of Miyazaki , Spirited Away is a great place to start. This classic film from Studio Ghibli follows our protagonist Chihiro, just as she and her parents move to a new town. As they explore, they find what appears to be an abandoned theme park, but Chihiro quickly realizes that she has somehow crossed into the realm of spirits. Oh, and her parents have been turned into pigs. As she learns to navigate the spirit world, and ultimately free herself and her parents, she meets many memorable characters along the way.
The film won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film and became the top-grossing film in Japanese history. Don’t let the strange plot deter you. This film has won the hearts of many, and is a perfect addition to a Halloween lineup for the whole family.
These guys ain’t afraid of no ghosts, probably because the ghosts in this film aren’t too scary. This family-friendly comedy-horror was a smash at the box office in the 80s and has retained its appeal in the decades to follow. Sequels and remakes have attempted to capitalize on the success of the original, but have repeatedly fallen short.
Pop some popcorn and prepare to be entertained as a trio of paranormal exterminators face off against a gluttonous ghost, a pack of demonic dogs, and the iconic Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Monsters, Inc . is a fun comedy about — what else? — two monsters, Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman), who are the number-one scare team at the scream-processing factory in the town of Monstropolis. The film, released in 2001, follows their misadventures after a human girl named Boo makes her way into their world.
Together, the two have to figure out a way to get Boo home before anyone discovers this unimaginable mistake. Despite their best efforts, which include dressing Boo up as a baby monster, they run into plenty of roadblocks along the way. Kids will probably fall in love with the cuddly Sulley before they feel an ounce of fear during this film!
The Witches (2020)
The Witches (2020) is a fantasy-comedy film based on Roald Dahl’s novel of the same name. This reimagining of the original 1990 film follows an orphaned boy who goes to live with his grandmother in Alabama. After coming across a witch, the boy and his grandmother flee to a hotel to escape her evil clutches. However, the world’s Grand High Witch happens to be staying there — along with disguised, diabolical witches from all over the world who are helping her turn children into mice.
This remake of The Witches is an HBO Max original starring Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer and Stanley Tucci — and it’s certainly a top choice for your family’s Halloween movie marathon.
The 2009 animated film Coraline is based on a dark fantasy novella of the same name. With Dakota Fanning voicing the titular character, the movie follows a young girl who discovers an alternate world that closely mirrors her own — but seemingly much happier. It’s complete with a parallel family that appears, at first sight, to be much better than the one she has.
However, when Coraline’s Other Mother (Teri Hatcher) and the rest of this parallel family try to keep her in their new world forever, she has to fight to make it back home. Kids are sure to find the stop-motion animation and colorful sets of Coraline enchanting.
In the 1988 film, Beetlejuice , a couple dies in a car accident and finds themselves stuck in their former country home instead of a pleasant afterlife. When a new family moves in to the farmhouse, the dead couple tries to scare them away, but to no avail. They enlist the help of the troublemaking poltergeist Beetlejuice, who turns out to be a hazard to everyone involved.
The classic film has an all-star cast that includes Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin and Winona Ryder. Directed by Tim Burton, the movie offers a comedic twist on a supernatural tale that families will enjoy. Just don’t be surprised if the film’s soundtrack sparks an impromptu dance party.
Starring Kimberly J. Brown and the late, great Debbie Reynolds, Halloweentown is a Disney Channel original movie that premiered in 1998. Today, it’s revered as a classic Halloween film among the now-adults who grew up watching it every year decades ago.
On her 13th birthday, Marnie Cromwell discovers that she’s a witch, as is everyone else in her family. She and her younger siblings sneak off to Halloweentown, where her grandmother lives, to learn more about their family’s history and so Marnie can begin her witch training before it’s too late. The visit goes awry when they discover that an evil force is attempting to take over the town — but with a little magic, Marnie and her siblings can save the day.
The Addams Family (2019)
There have been several reimaginings of the original Addams Family over the years — did you know the first cartoons were created in 1938? — but this animated film from 2019 is an especially fun version for kids. In the movie, Gomez, Morticia and the rest of the Addams clan prepare to welcome relatives for a visit. But when a TV personality attempts to get rid of them, the family has to prove that their creepy and kooky ways are no threat to their idyllic neighborhood.
The Addams Family features the voiceover talents of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Alison Janney, Chloë Grace Moretz and others. If your family can’t get enough of this endearingly macabre group, you’ll be happy to know a sequel was just released — and it’s available to rent on streaming .
It’s time to pass this cornerstone of Halloween weirdness to a new generation! The 1986 film Labyrinth is a cult classic for so many reasons, from its fantastical setting to its magical plot to the fact that it stars the one and only David Bowie — and includes danceworthy original songs from the Starman himself.
The story follows teenager Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) as she travels through an otherworldly maze, solving riddles to rescue her baby brother from Bowie’s Jareth the Goblin King. Most of the film’s main characters are played by puppets from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, which is sure to delight kids (and deliver you an enjoyable dose of nostalgia).
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
You can’t have a kid-approved Halloween movie fest without watching 1993’s The Nightmare Before Christmas . The story follows Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, who’s grown bored with the same old scare routine of Halloween each year. When he stumbles upon a door to Christmas Town, he decides to put his own twist on the holiday, causing complete havoc in the process.
The spooky-but-fun Tim Burton film stars Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara and Ken Page. What’s even better about this classic is that it doubles as a Halloween and Christmas movie — and there’s no better time of year to get into the holiday spirit!
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Haunted Houses & Halloween Attractions on Long Island
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Whether you call the East End, Nassau county, or anything in between your home, we've got something suiting to ensure a fantastic haunt season. Hit local farms out in Riverhead for some pumpkin picking or maybe a gnarly haunted house out closer near the city – whatever your decision, we've got something for you! There's a ton to do this Halloween and we don't want you to miss out on a thing. Plan your Fall here at LIHauntedHouses.com – browse by area and event type. The Haunt season will be here before you know it so start planning now!
- Haunted House of Hamburgers
Located in Farmingdale 516-777-1031-->
All year round haunted Halloween themed restaurant. Lunch and dinner Monday - Sunday. Brunch Saturday and Sunday 11am - 2pm. Every day at HHH is Halloween so come down in your costume. Burgers/ sandwiches/ pizza/ ice cream and more. We also have a spooktacular bar. Read More
- Deepwells Haunted Mansion
Located in Saint James 631-862-2808--> Next open 10/20/23
Deepwells Mansion - Circa 1845 - Is known for an abundance of paranormal activity throughout the year. A favorite place for Mediums an Psychics to gather for ghost hunts and Seances. 2023- DEEPWELLS HAUNTED MANSION- ‘FAMILY FUNERAL!’ A member of our cherished Deepwells Family has passed away and the house is open for all to come and pay their respects to our dearly departed. Do you dar... Read More
- Challenge Escape Rooms - Halloween Editions
Located in Franklin Square 516-888-0202--> Next open 10/18/23
Looking to do something different this Halloween? Experience an hour of thrills and chills in one of our Halloween Edition escape rooms at our Franklin Square and Rockville Centre locations. Complete puzzles and find hidden clues to escape! Are you up for the challenge? FEATURING OUR 4 HORROR-THEMED ESCAPE ROOMS: CARNEVIL (Rockville Centre location): In the middle of the ni... Read More
- Gateway's Haunted Playhouse
Located in Bellport 631-286-1133--> Next open 10/18/23
Gateway's Haunted Playhouse, Long Island’s number one rated haunted house, returns for an all-new season of Halloween scares! As a division of The Gateway, Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County, Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse utilizes the numerous theatrical designers and staff at the Gateway – Long Island’s oldest professional theatre. Dozens of professionally trained actors prepare an... Read More
- Restless Souls Haunted House Complex
Located in Huntington Station 631-319-9662--> Next open 10/20/23
THE HAUNT Restless Souls Haunted House Complex is the Brainchild of four Haunters and Haunt Industry Enthusiasts. Offering Four Horrifying Haunted Attractions, along with Nightly Entertainment and a Phantom Plaza Midway, you get so much value for your ticket price, it's scary. The Haunted Attractions utilize a time-tested combination of Interactive and Up-Close Actors,... Read More
- Halloween House Long Island
Located in Hicksville (201) 402-2880--> Next open 10/18/23
- Darkness Rising
Located in Copiague 516-799-4747--> Next open 10/20/23
Darkness Rising will return with TWO back to back haunted attractions: Jack the Ripper's Reign of Terror and The Coven's Curse! Don't wait to get your tickets as attendance will be limited and tickets WILL sell out! Read More
- Nightmare on Oak Street Tunnel of Terror
Located in Copiague 631-891-6111-->
The Tunnel of Terror - updated attraction at Johnnie's Car Wash on Oak. Read More
- The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze: Long Island
Located in Old Bethpage (914) 366-6900--> Next open 10/18/23
Walk the immersive pumpkin trail on the grounds of a 19th-century village where thousands of hand-carved jack o'lanterns light up the night, complete with an all-original soundtrack, synchronized lighting, and special effects you have to see to believe. This family-friendly event is a real treat for all ages! NEW THIS YEAR - Go under the sea with a giant pumpkin-octopus - Be w... Read More
- Bayville Scream Park
Located in Bayville 516-62-GHOST--> Next open 10/18/23
Long Island's Halloween Theme Park at Bayville Scream Park Every year the doors of the Bay Family Mansion are unlocked. The ghosts and ghouls come out to play. They invade all of Bayville Adventure Park. Bayville Adventure Park transforms into a spooky world of frights and surprises to become Bayville Scream park. Featuring Bloodworth Haunted Mansion, Uncle Needle's Fun House of Fear, T... Read More
- RISE of the Jack O'Lanterns - Long Island
Located in Wheatley Heights 5168585836--> Next open 10/18/23
Long Island's original and most visited fall event, featuring The World's Longest Jack O'Lantern Trail, returns for our 10th season in 2023! To celebrate our 10th season, we're putting out over 10,000 illuminated objects on our trail for the first time ever! This includes over 7,000 hand-carved jack o'lanterns and over 3,000 brand new specialty lights and hand-made Halloween-themed lant... Read More
- Chambers of Hell - Three Haunts For The Price Of One! Laser Tag, Escape Games & More!!
Located in Hauppauge 631-686-4424--> Next open 10/19/23
This Fall, Chambers of Hell, New York's #1 Rated Haunted Attraction is Back...Bigger and Better than Ever! We will be featuring 3 BRAND NEW, mind-blowing haunts unlike any you have seen before! Yes, that's 3 haunts for the price of 1! First up... The Bourbon Street Massacre - Embark on a chilling journey through New Orleans, where you will encounter Witches, Vampires,... Read More
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- Bats, Barnacles & Broomsticks Halloween Party
- The Haunting Of Ruth Place
- Bedlam at Brookhaven
- Yaphank Trail of Terror
- Epic Escape Rooms LI Halloween Feature
- East Meadow House of Horror
- The Crescent Beach Club Spooktacular
- Long Island Monster Gallery
- Not So Scary Haunted Tree House
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- Spooky Fest at Tanglewood Preserve
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- Family Fun at Woodside Nursery
- HorseAbility Haunted Hay Barn
- Boo at the Zoo
- Brightwaters Farms Fall Harvest Festival
- Fink's Country Farm Fall Festival
- Manor Farm Haunted Trail Nights
- Sweetbriar's Halloween Spookacular
- Boroughs of the Dead
- New York's Annual Village Halloween Parade
- Halloween Boat Burning - LI Maritime Museum
- Halloween Ball - Sands Point Preserve Conservancy
- Halloween Costume Ball at Windows on the Lake
- Rocky Horror Picture Show and Witches and Whiskey Halloween Party
- Rocky Horror Halloween Party at NuBar
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Check out Long Island's Real Haunts, where ghosts, ghouls, and apparitions make their home year round! Across Long Island, there are tons of houses, cemeteries, and places that are truly haunted - get all the gory details about Long Island's Real Haunts right here!
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The Halloween Season here on Long Island is one like no other. LIHauntedHouses.com provides visitors with everything they need to know about Haunted Attractions and upcoming events throughout the entire Fall and Halloween Season. An ideal spot for those who enjoy a good scare, LIHauntedHouses.com knows exactly where you can find scary-good fun. From Haunted Houses, Haunted Trails & Spook Walks, Haunted Hay Rides, Haunted Mazes & Corn Mazes, to Scream Parks and Zombie Hunts & Shootouts, you can find it all here in one place. Need more of a family-friendly event? We've got you covered there, too! Whether you're interested in finding the perfect spot for Pumpkin Picking, Safe Trick-or-Treating, Hay Rides, Corn Mazes or Festivals - there's an array to choose from all across the Island. Visitors can find attractions including Haunted Houses, Haunted Hayrides, Escape Games, Ghost Tours, and various other events that thrill seekers enjoy braving during the Halloween Season. Our Calendar of Halloween events lets locals know what Haunted and Fall Fun is happening today, tomorrow, this weekend, or next! This assures that our visitors can plan ahead to make the most out of the season. So no matter where you reside on Long Island, or what type of event you're interested in going to, LIHauntedHouses.com gives you the latest and most recently updated information! Before heading to a Haunted House you can check out its reviews here on LIHauntedHouses.com, which will give you an idea as to how much spookiness you're getting yourself into! Once you visit one of our haunts listed, you can also share your experience with others by leaving a review. Each review helps generate the Attraction of the Year, which is announced after each Halloween Season. Both winner(s) and nominees are then listed on our Attraction of the Year page. Another item to check off your list before braving one of the haunts listed on our site is to check for any discounts or coupons on our Coupons page. Here you'll be able to find some great deals that will help you save money this Halloween Season, allowing more cash to go towards that costume you've been thinking of or the party you'll be throwing with friends! Whether you reside in Suffolk or Nassau County, there are a ton of discounts available to plenty of the Haunted Houses all across the Island. Even if you live in New York City or one of the boroughs, there are a bunch of Haunted House Attractions that are just a drive or train ride away! If you're not one to wander through a Haunted House, the additional Haunted Attractions on our site still deliver tons of scares that many are in search of during the Halloween Season. These include Scream Parks, Haunted Hayrides, Haunted Corn Mazes, Spook Walks and Haunted Trails, Zombie Hunts and Shootouts, and even some Home Haunts that could be right in your neighborhood. Real Haunts are an additional way to celebrate the Halloween Season, where paranormal enthusiasts have the opportunity to learn about the local places on Long Island that are believed to be truly haunted. Some popular spots still bewilder people to this day with their mysterious stories and legends. A couple of locations on our Real Haunts page include the Kings Park Psychiatric Center in Kings Park, the infamous Amityville Horror House in Amityville, Camp Hero in Montauk, Coindre Hall in Huntington and Katie's of Smithtown. There are also a bunch of locations that aren't as well known as others, such as Centereach High School, where a glowing object is said to appear in the Northeast corner of the school's running track. Sayville's Union Cemetery is another hot spot for paranormal activity that only locals and nearby visitors may have heard of. Cemeteries are creepy to begin with, but this one is said to have had numerous ghost sightings and some have even claimed to witness shadow people running across the grounds. These are just a few of the places on Long Island that you can read about here on LIHauntedHouses.com and check out for yourself if the location allows! The fun doesn't have to stop at Haunted Houses. Long Island has a ton of other seasonal events happening all throughout Fall, including Hay Rides that offer gorgeous views of the East End, Haunted Trails that take you through some of the Island's mysterious woods and Festivals that allow you to enjoy a fun-filled day with the family. There are endless organizations that make up the Fall Festivals & Fairs here on the Island, leaving locals and tourists with an array of entertaining options to choose from during the season. Families can head over to the Annual Fall Harvest Fair in Seaford or Patchogue's Fall Festival that takes place along Main Street. Fall Festivals feature a variety of seasonal things to do that Long Islanders are lucky enough to enjoy during the chillier months of September and October. No matter what type of Fall Fun you're interested in, there's sure to be numerous events to keep you and the family busy all season long! Be sure to come back and visit LIHauntedHouses.com throughout the season for endless amounts of fun activities and entertainment, all in one place! Visitors can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google+, or sign up for our in-season Halloween email Newsletter, which features local haunt information, discounts, coupons and updates to the Fall events on Long Island!
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The scariest haunted houses in NYC
Get ready for Halloween at these frightful haunted houses in NYC.
While some of us spend fall dreaming of hot apple cider, hayrides and picking apples and pumpkins , others are eagerly planning for the upcoming terror-fest that is Halloween in NYC . In addition to finding a costume (check out the best Halloween stores in the city) and choosing which Halloween events to attend, it’s time to start thinking about all the haunted houses in NYC to hit up. These haunted houses are intense with thrills and chills that will shake you to your core. You’ll experience ghouls, gore and plenty of undead action, but don’t we all love a good scream around Halloween? If you’re looking for a real-life creep-out, there are plenty of haunted places and spooky spots in the city that will give you the willies any time of year, but these haunted houses in NYC offer peak terror that’s perfect for the Halloween season. So take in a few of the best horror movies and head out to celebrate the scariest time of year.
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1. Nightmare Dollhouse
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The premise for this haunted house is a terrifyingly simple one: "Nightmare Dollhouse" is a petrifying roadside attraction in the middle of nowhere that’s home to all of the world's scariest dolls (and we can think of plenty!).
"Nightmare Dollhouse" premieres at Teatro SEA at the Clemente at 107 Suffolk Street by Norfolk Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan on October 13. The limited engagement will run through October 31, with an official opening date of October 18.
"At first it may seem like a serious museum, but beware, the demonic and bloodcurdling lurk around every corner," reads the chilling official description. "The dolls have come to life and want to make you one of them! Can you escape with your soul intact, or will you succumb to the evil in the Nightmare Dollhouse?"
Tickets are available for purchase right here . Bonus: Ticketholders get access to a full bar.
2. Blood Manor
Prepare to scream in horror. Blood Manor is back through November 4 , marking the haunted house's 20th season in the city.
To celebrate two decades of terrifying New Yorkers, Blood Manor will present yet another theater-quality production. The space in Soho at 359 Broadway will include three new rooms, and brand-new costumes by designers from Abracadabra , Manhattan's iconic Halloween store. The multiroom immersive experience employs professional actors, set designers and makeup artists, and promises to leave visitors more afraid than ever in 2023.
Blood Manor’s most infamous attractions will return for repeat visitors looking to relive their self-induced terrors, and the space will be revamped, and amplified to intensify the fear factor. Visitors will journey through dark, sinister corridors filled with twisted characters and jumpscares at every turn.
And be prepared: It's legitimately really scary. You'll wanter through 10,000 square feet of themed rooms, corridors, and a labyrinth of passageways designed to to maximize one's fears.
Times Square is a nightmare for so many of us already (cue the unkempt Elmos and the smelly, zombie-like crowds), but now it's even more terrifying.
"Horrorwood Studios" is now open in Times Square at 300 West 43rd Street for a spooky season of "heart-pounding" immersive experiences from artistic directors Will Munro and Katie McGeoch. (The duo has spent more than two decades as the heads of Six Flags’ Fright Fest.)
Under the guise that you’re behind the scenes at the filming of an upcoming TerrorVision Halloween episode, you’ll live out your Samara dreams and step through a flickering TV screen into a horrible scene, filled with 140 actors across 20,000 square feet—what could be the largest haunted house in NYC.
Tickets cost $39 per person.
4. Halloween House at The Oculus
If you want your spooky celebrations to be more festive and less frightening, Halloween House is serving up a fear-free All Hallows Eve attraction at The Oculus this fall.
Kicking off on Friday, September 29, and running through Wednesday, November 1, Halloween House —which welcomed 100,000 visitors across its various locations last year—will take over the transportation and shopping hub at 185 Greenwich Street with an array of immersive, intricately designed themed rooms: a Glow in the Dark space, a mysterious Vampires' Lair, a Horror Movie Graveyard and an indoor pumpkin patch, among others.
Unlike traditional haunted houses, the all-ages Halloween House "sets itself apart by delivering entertainment through meticulously detailed environments, devoid of actors, jump scares, and strobe lights," reads a press release. In terms of decorations, expect more ghouls and graveyards, not gross-out gore or ghastly characters.
You can get tickets at the Halloween House website ; adult entry costs $40, while tickets for kids and under are set at $35.
5. Headless Horseman
Ulster Park's Headless Horseman Haunted Hayrides and Haunted Houses is back for 2023 with plenty of terrifying attractions. There's the classic hayride, a hauting walking trail, a corn maze and several haunted houses.
All give New Yorkers an opportunity to slowly pass the creepy crawly things in the darkness and maybe even see the headless horseman himself.
6. A Haunting in Hollis
Walk three floors of a real house (including a basement) that's been transformed into a haunted nightmare, plus two pitch-black outdoor mazes with more than 20 live actors at A Haunting in Hollis . As goblins and ghouls and zombies try to get a piece of you, make your way through horrific mazes and into the experimental labs where zombies chase you and all things go wrong.
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The Scariest Haunted Houses, Halloween Attractions & Ghost Tours in Philly for 2023
Haunted prisons, haunted factories, haunted hayrides, haunted ski lifts () and more....
Halloween is a real scream in Philadelphia.
Each fall, Philly takes spooky season to the next level as creepy haunted houses, nerve-wracking hayrides and terrifying Halloween attractions pop up throughout the region, scaring up new and over-the-top Hollywood production-level experiences set inside some of the creepiest places you can imagine.
Eastern State Penitentiary , an abandoned prison, hosts the massive annual Halloween Nights . The basement of a century-old industrial warehouse morphs into the Fright Factory . Infamous Pennhurst Asylum , a deserted psychiatric hospital, transforms into a terror-inducing haunted house. Lose your sanity on a haunted ski lift ( Scream Mountain ) or aboard a runaway antique train ( No Hope After Dark ).
As one of the nation’s oldest — and possibly most haunted — cities, Philadelphia is also home to a bevy of frightening historical ghost tours that offer up chilling tales of the city’s paranormal past and shocking true events, with a chance to witness other-worldly phenomena for yourself.
Read on for our picks of the top haunted houses, startling hayrides, scary attractions and moonlight ghost tours in Greater Philadelphia for 2023.
Haunted Houses & Scary Attractions
The valley of fear.
September 22 – October 30, 2023 (select dates)
Located at the Phoenix Sport Club in Feasterville-Trevose, The Valley of Fear has offered thrilling Halloween frights for 35 years. The twisting, disorienting Original Haunted Hayride — rated 5 out of 5 skulls by Fright Review (and one of their “favorite trails”) — offers a dozen new scenes for 2023 and an all-new sound experience. Then risk it all seeking One Eyed Willie’s lost treasure as you Escape From Willie’s Shipwreck Cove, featuring brand-new elements for the new season. Lastly, explore the dreaded mansion of evil at the risen-from-the-ashes Miles Manor Haunted House.
Where: Phoenix Sport Club, 301 W. Bristol Road, Feasterville-Trevose
The Bates Motel
September 22 – October 31, 2023 (select dates)
Hollywood-level special effects ramp up the trilogy of terror at The Bates Motel in Delco , named one of the 10 Best Haunted House Attractions in America by CNN. The Bates Motel Haunted House offers high-tech effects, digital sound and lighting, and astonishingly realistic details. The Haunted Hayride is a 25-minute horror ride through the tall forest of Arasapha Farm featuring huge sets — including a full-sized Wild West town, new for 2023. And the Revenge of the Scarecrows Haunted Corn Trail is a walk-through experience riddled with terrifying animatronic monsters and professional actors.
Where: The Bates Motel, 1835 Middletown Road, Glen Mills
Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary
September 22 – November 11, 2023 (select dates)
I scream, you scream, we all scream … because we’re all inside an abandoned prison! Eastern State Penitentiary opens its cell blocks each fall after dark for Halloween Nights , one of Philly’s most beloved Halloween attractions and America’s largest haunted house. The legendary prison (that once housed infamous criminals from Willie Sutton to Al Capone) has ramped up bigger and better for 2023 with 15 different attractions across its 11 acres, including five haunted houses, two walking tours and five themed bars — plus the Fair Chance Beer Garden.
Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue
Lincoln Mill Haunted House
September 23 – November 4, 2023 (select dates)
A relative newcomer, Lincoln Mill Haunted House spins a spine-chilling story: Bodies were “discovered” in a secret basement chamber after flooding from Hurricane Ida in 2021, uncovering the mill’s dark and gruesome past. Explore the 160-year-old abandoned mill as you avoid the lingering spirits of workers who were subject to torment and experimentation by their disturbed boss a century ago, featuring scare actors, high-quality sets, special effects and animatronics. After your horror adventure, enjoy nightly food trucks and local craft brews. Bonus: Daytime no-scare tours and scavenger hunts are also available.
Where: Lincoln Mill Haunted House, 4100 Main Street
Operating in the same facility that housed an infamous psychiatric hospital for 80 years before being shut down, Pennhurst Asylum is a terrifying near-real-life attraction in Chester County. Described as the “ scariest place I have ever seen, period ” by HauntWorld , the 120-acre property offers three chilling attractions: the main Pennhurst Asylum haunted house, the disturbing Pennhurst Morgue and the panic-inducing Pennhurst Tunnels, all respectfully presented while reappropriating the site’s problematic history through feedback from the disability and mental health communities. For those looking for a little less horror, professionally guided daytime and paranormal investigation tours are available.
Where: Pennhurst Asylum, 250 Commonwealth Drive, Spring City
Scream Mountain at Spring Mountain Adventures
September 29 – October 28, 2023 (Fridays and Saturdays)
Montco’s Scream Mountain at Spring Mountain Adventures takes you up the dark side of a ski mountain on a chilling haunted chairlift ride, letting you out at the top only to guide yourself down an eerie, dimly lit trail to the bottom. Once at the bottom, you’ll hop on a haunted hayride to visit the remains of quarrymen murdered in their sleep (who, naturally, haunt the resort). For those with acrophobia, the hay ride is available as a separate attraction. Live bands play nightly.
Where: Spring Mountain Adventure, 757 Spring Mount Road, Schwenksville
Sleepy Hollow Haunted Acres
September 29 – October 29, 2023 (Fridays – Sundays)
Offering suburban scares since 1990, Sleepy Hollow Haunted Acres features three ghoulish attractions all located on the 230-acre Gunser Farm, a working family farm in Newtown. At a mile-and-a-quarter, the Sleepy Hollow Hayride is one of the longest in the region, winding through dark woods and pumpkin fields. Afterwards, make your way through the abandoned village Field of Fright to old Malfate Manor, known as The House in the Hollow, a terrifying haunted house. End your night by the bonfire pit with live music at the brand-new concessions building.
Where: Sleepy Hollow Haunted Acres, 881 Highland Road, Newtown
Haunted Attractions at Winding Brook Farm
September 29 – October 31, 2023 (select dates)
Get ready for a three-part chilling adventure: Warrington’s Winding Brook Farm features three classic haunted attractions (ticketed separately) in one terrifying location. The Night Chills Hay Ride winds through woods transformed into the Gates of Hell — populated, of course, by eerie nighttime creatures. The Corn Walk of Horror is a haunting trail with blood-curdling screams at every dark turn. And try not to get trapped in the Haunted Hay Maze , where spooky characters chase you into a (seemingly) never-ending series of dead ends.
Where: Winding Brook Farm, 3014 Bristol Road, Warrington
September 29 – October 31, 2023 (select dates)
Like a nightmare right out of a Stephen King novel, the dark and cavernous basement of a 120-year-old abandoned factory is surely one of the scariest places on earth. That’s the setting for the high-scare, high-startle Fright Factory , a crowd-pleasing, creep-factor-100 warehouse in South Philly. The 25,000-square-foot space is split into three themed areas: Industrial Nightmare, South Side Sanatorium and Fright Factory Unholy. By the time you’re done, you’ll be begging to be let out of the basement.
Where: Fright Factory, 2200 S. Swanson Street
No Hope After Dark
October 6-31, 2023 (select dates)
Step aboard a frightful Halloween festival on the rails as the New Hope Railroad takes you on the No Hope After Dark journey (round-trip) to the unknown aboard antique trains where terror and holiday revelry collide. While on board, experience sinister characters, immersive sets, and heart-pounding fear as your electrifying ride to the chilling abyss takes a haunting turn when nightmares come alive. The 100-minute multi-location journey departs from New Hope Train Station, with luxurious first-class table seating or high-back bench seats in coach available.
Where: New Hope Railroad, 32 W. Bridge Street, New Hope
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Historians, authors and professors lead the highly researched, mature-audiences-only Grim Philly Tours , including several Halloween season excursions. The nightly R-rated Dark Philly Adult Night Tour features risqué tales of ghosts, sex, vampires, espionage and murder from the days of the Founding Fathers. The Saturdays-only Serial Killers and Cemeteries Tour mixes true crime and history lessons with tales of serial slayings and psychopathic killers. And the ever-popular Haunted Pub Crawl starts with visits to the sites of live witch trials and colonial boneyards before hitting up local taverns each Friday.
Where: Tours depart from the Independence Visitor Center, 599 Market Street
Philly Ghosts: Phantoms of Philadelphia Tour
While other ghost tours concentrate on famous landmarks, the Philly Ghosts: Phantoms of Philadelphia Tour explores the dark underside of Philly’s Old City , one of the oldest residential regions in the nation. Expert guides lead you on a journey through the city’s shocking past via its most haunted buildings, ancient streets and ghostly monuments, telling stories of historical events, local legends and eyewitness accounts. The standard tour lasts about an hour and covers eight stops over a mile, while the extended tour runs 90 minutes across a mile-and-a-half with a dozen stops.
Where: Tours depart from Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, 217-231 W. Washington Square
Ghost Tours of New Hope
Through Saturday, November 18, 2023 (select dates)
The lantern-lit Ghost Tours of New Hope , led by best-selling author and long-time paranormal investigator Adi-Kent Thomas Jeffrey, are one-hour, one-mile ghostly ambles through the streets of the Bucks County river town offering interesting and surprising stories of spine-tingling hauntings and spooky locales. Public tours are available every Saturday, plus Friday nights during October only, as well as on Halloween night. Tours meet in front of Parry Mansion.
Where: Tours depart from Parry Mansion Museum, East Ferry & South Main streets, New Hope
Spirits of '76 Ghost Tours of Philadelphia
Through Saturday, November 25, 2023 (Fridays and Saturdays)
The paranormal stories heard along the Spirits of ’76 Ghost Tours are “one part history, two parts haunt.” Experience moonlight stops at more than 20 of Philly’s (definitely) historic and (possibly) haunted sites for chilling and grisly stories from the city’s past like the ghosts of Independence Hall , the dancing statue of Ben Franklin , paranormal Pine Street Church & Cemetery, and grim tales of Edgar Allan Poe and Leo Callahan (the only person to successfully escape Eastern State Penitentiary), plus haunted movie set locations from The Sixth Sense and National Treasure .
Where: Tours depart from 325 Chestnut Street
Ghost Tours of Philadelphia
Through Thursday, November 30, 2023 (daily)
Wander the streets of Independence National Historical Park , Old City and Society Hill by candlelight on the guided Ghost Tours of Philadelphia . Hear chilling ghost tales, visit haunted houses and see where the bodies were buried (literally) from the days of William Penn to the Founding Fathers to today. Costumed tour guides spin spooky tales of villains, tragedies and plagues as you explore haunting burial grounds and historic sites along the dark city’s back alleys and secret gardens on a journey based on the book Ghost Stories of Philadelphia, PA.
Where: Tours depart from Signer’s Garden, 434-498 Chestnut Street
Ghost Tours of Phoenixville
October 6-28, 2023 (Fridays and Saturdays)
Explore what’s been called the most haunted borough in Pennsylvania along the spooktacular Ghost Tours of Phoenixville in Chester County. Led by renowned paranormal author Peggy Schmidt, the 90-minute walking tour stops by the town’s most eerie and supernatural locales, including Phoenixville Library, Colonial Theater (setting for The Blob ), Forge Theatre (a former funeral home), and more with stories dating back to the Revolutionary War and Civil War. Reservations required.
Where: Tours depart from Mansion House 37, 37 Bridge Street, Phoenixville
Candlelight Ghost Tours at Fort Mifflin
October 7-29, 2023 (select dates)
Explore one of the nation’s oldest active military facilities after dark with Candlelight Ghost Tours at Fort Mifflin , a pure Halloween experience free of decorations and costumed characters. It’s just you, your tour guide, a few candles and whatever friendly apparitions might be roving the historic site near Philadelphia International Airport. The one-hour walking tour covers three-quarters of a mile through America’s only operating base predating the Declaration of Independence. While you wait for the tour to begin, grab a few “spirits” from the pop-up bar — and be sure to arrive in costume Halloween weekend.
Where: Fort Mifflin, 6400 Hog Island Road
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Visit These Portland Haunted Houses for Halloween Pre-Gaming
By Isabel Lemus Kristensen and Cami Hughes September 27, 2023
Viewing of this angel of death is free at Milwaukie's Davis Graveyard.
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Halloween may still be a ways off, but spiritually, we’re already there. And what better way to celebrate than by immersing yourself in a haunted house? Whether you want to greet the season by getting lost inside the stuff of nightmares or braving the hallways of a ghostly manor, the right haunted house is out there for your particular spectral specs.
Here are seven haunted houses in and around Portland where you can get your spook on . Most locations are recommended for people over the age of 13, with a couple exceptions; check websites for dates and times.
The Fear PDX
$29.99–35.99 (General admission); additional $19.99 (VIP)
The Fear PDX fancies itself “Portland’s Scariest Haunted House,” so this is targeted at more hardcore haunt-seekers (organizers warn those with heart conditions or high blood pressure). Outside the four main haunts and “scare zones”—the classic mansion, toxic waste–filled pumpkin farm, clown-filled fun house, of course—the Fear boasts several escape rooms, like the Slasher Shed, Chopped (nothing like the cooking show), and the newly revamped Hazelwood Hills Asylum.
12219 NE Glisan St
Oaks Park ScareGrounds
$25–70+ (Add Ons)
In October, Sellwood staple Oaks Park turns to the dark side, hosting three haunted houses in addition to its usual theme park rides and carnival-style games. This year’s festivities include a theater haunted by horror movie villains, a bone-chilling stay at a haunted hospital, and a chance to join the ranks of a secret monster-slaying organization. Look out for family night (every Sunday in October), and, if you can stomach it, gruesome bites served up “brutally bloody style.”
7805 SE Oaks Park Way
Underhill Haunted House
$30 (General admission), $50 (VIP), $9–12 (Monster Fest)
North Portland’s Underhill takes over 40,000 square feet of the Veterans Memorial Coliseum for the spookiest month of the year. The namesake haunted mansion, a vampiric lair, anchors two additional exhibits: a salvage yard of which the operators are after more than your catalytic converter, and an alien-infested spaceship wreck. Younger audiences can check out Monster Fest on October 21, 22, and 28, where the haunted areas will be open for roaming in blessed, broad daylight.
300 N Winning Way
Cinema of Horrors Drive-In
$59–69 per car
Have you ever wanted to be a part of a horror movie? To each their own, but if so, this Clark County drive-in experience has you covered. You’ll watch a movie in the safety of your car—this year’s lineup ranges from classics like Scream to contemporary titles like 3 from Hell and family-friendly fare including Beetlejuice and Casper —while Halloween horrors lurk just outside your doors.
17402 NE Delfel Rd, Ridgefield, WA
Intricate graves draw crowds of onlookers to the Davis Graveyard in Milwaukie.
IMAGE: SCOTT TICE
Milwaukie's Davis Graveyard was started in 1997 by Halloween-obsessed couple Chris and Jeff Davis. Every year they transform their property into a spooky spectacle that passersby can come and view for free. That price is right, but it's not an interactive experience—you'll be viewing the intricate graves from the other side of a fence. Actors and a team of crafting experts all help put on the production, which draws hundreds of people every year.
8703 SE 43 rd Ave, Milwaukie
Spooks and scares await at the Milburn Manor
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Milburn’s Haunted Manor
$20 for one attraction, $35 for both
This Hubbard hair-raiser is split into two attractions: the Dark, a series of chambers guests work their way through in complete darkness, hoping to avoid various ghosts and ghouls, and the Manor, a house haunted by the ghost of a killer kid who murdered her parents. You can calm your nerves or fuel up for the adventure at the site’s grill, which offers bacon-infused funnel cakes, fresh curly fries, and apple cider.
11503 Broadacres Rd, Hubbard
On the streets of Halloweentown in St. Helens
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Spirit of Halloweentown in St. Helens
In October, the whole city of St. Helens transforms into Halloweentown , the fictional setting for the 1998 Disney Channel movie of the same name, which was shot in and around the small Oregon town. There are many events for visitors to check out, but some of the main attractions include the Halloweentown Train, a museum of peculiarities and oddities, and a water shuttle to Sand Island (which runs an extra fee).
275 Strand St, St. Helens
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In a dark corner of the 13th Floor, you will be lured into a secret bar, where you can cool off with a refreshing shot straight out of a nightmare fairy tale. The only spot within the haunted house where you can take a picture with our big bad wolf.
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Private indoor, heated space for up to 8 people. Free bucket of 6 beers or spiked seltzer’s of your choosing (soft drinks can be substituted). Enjoy activities like jumbo jenga and Hook & Ring game. 10 free axe throws. A visit from an Icon character with guaranteed selfies. $13 off merch. Does not include tickets to the Haunted House attraction.
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Reign of Terror Haunted House
Southern California's Scariest Haunted House in Thousand Oaks
Reign of Terror Haunted House is the largest, indoor, professional walk-through haunted house attraction in Southern California. Continuously growing in size, changing in layout and content, and operating since 1999, we feature more than 138 custom rooms in 10 different, inter-connected haunt themed sections. Covering an enormous 28,000 square feet of floor space, we are packed with terrifying scenes, swarms of living and mechanical monstrous characters, amazing scary props, and countless spectacular special effects. All designed to give you a thrilling and fun time.
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Picking Your Pumpkins
Many local farms offer u-pick pumpkin patches. Enjoy harvesting pumpkins, gourds and seasonal sunflowers. Get your hands and boots dirty and take some fun seasonal photos.
Pumpkin Patches to Visit this Fall
Celebrate Halloween with a special family adventure at one of these great local pumpkin patches. These regional farms are open for pumpkin picking and enjoying harvest season.
Haunted Houses, Hayrides & Hikes
The Heceta Head Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast has tantalizing lore retold by locals and if you are brave enough, it's a charming and genteel Halloween overnight.
Heceta Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast
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Best Places for a Ghost Encounter
This Halloween, or anytime you need a thrill, explore these eight haunted places from the Oregon Coast to the mountains. Ghost hunters will love visiting these spooky Eugene…
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Trick or Treating
On October 31, regional shopping districts, indoor malls, community centers and city programs commonly coordinate safer trick or treating environments for children. Popular destinations include 5th Street Public Market and Valley River Center .
Here is a round up of Halloween-themed activities happening across the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region.
More Spooky Ideas
- Scary movies — Stay home and scare yourself. Or if horror is not your thing, check out movies that feature Lane County ! Order pizza or pop some popcorn. If you get really inspired make some popcorn balls!
- Taste chowder in Florence — nothing like sipping warm chowder while looking out over a foggy ocean.
- Bake an apple pie — Instead of picking pumpkins, pick local apples, then spend Halloween being domestic.
- Carve your pumpkins — This is good old fashioned fun!
- Chuck some axes — Oregon Axe offers a unique sport for those 12 and up.
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Halloween Haunts and Haunted Houses in KC
A distinct chill descends upon Kansas City after the sun sets in the fall. As families gather together to carve pumpkins and sip cider, something more sinister lurks in the shadows.
That hair on the back of your neck? It’s standing up because of the city’s ghoulish collection of haunted houses. Combined with KC’s pioneering use of an open format, which allows visitors to wander without a predestined path, the city has earned the moniker of “The Haunted House Capital of the World,” making it one of the best places to visit during Halloween season.
More Than Forty Years of Fright
The one that started it all, The Edge of Hell first set up shop in 1975 and has been scaring residents and visitors alike since with its five-story house of horrors.
Brave souls forge their own path from heaven through purgatory and on to hell with all the frights that follow, including the Rat Man and Medusa, a reticulated python that holds the record for the world’s largest snake in captivity. Nationally acclaimed and a pioneer of the format all in one, this West Bottoms haunt is a can’t-miss for the courageous few willing to put their fear factors to the test.
Take a Trip through Terror
Four floors of terror welcome guests at the West Bottoms’ The Beast , one of the most established (and frightening) haunted houses in Kansas City. Travelers make their way through several bone-chilling settings, including a Louisiana mansion and bayou swamp, Jack the Ripper’s foggy London, a medieval castle and a forest filled with werewolves.
The Beast is consistently rated as one of the best haunted houses in the country thanks to outstanding special effects and frights that will keep you awake far past your bedtime.
Big Screen Scream
Many can handle the scares set up in a horror film, but far fewer are brave enough to stand up to the frights in real life. Macabre Cinema does just that, putting travelers into spooky scenes from classic and contemporary horror movies.
To add to the authenticity, portions of actual movie sets are included in the four-story West Bottoms haunted hotspot, including from both The Mummy and Hellraiser . Some of film’s most memorable characters are sure to be spotted in this nightmare-fueling adventure.
Dread Beyond the Border
Just across the state line is Exiled , one of KC's scariest—and most secluded—haunted attractions. Known as the city's only haunted forest tour, visitors are tasked with navigating their way to safety after being left alone in the middle of the nearly pitch black woods while avoiding a whole host of creeps, freaks and more. The hour-long Bonner Springs tour is operated at the home of Zip KC and requires visitors to be able to climb hills, stoop, bend and more.
A Fearful Fall Tradition
While not actually a haunted house, the Glore Psychiatric Museum is as frightening an attraction you’ll visit regardless of the time of year.
A former psychiatric hospital known as State Lunatic Asylum No. 2, the St. Joseph destination offers visitors a glimpse into the real-life horrors that went on at the clinic—complete with unnerving mannequins that populate the museum.
Escape Room Scares
Put your wits and courage to the test at The Basement , a live escape room experience featuring challenging puzzles, live actors and an anxiety-inducing time limit to break free.
Operating out of the West Bottoms, this fearful attraction's lore is centered around a cannibalistic serial killer preparing to attack his next victim.
Kansas City’s Real Haunted Houses
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From the changing leaves in the city parks to the pumpkin patches and hayrides. And of course, no fall trip to Kansas City would be complete without catching a Chiefs game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.