From spirit-filled battlefields to ghost-ridden hotels and spooky tours that are sure to give you chills, Pennsylvania is full of haunted attractions. Here are 13 of the spookiest spots.
Spend Halloween in one of the most haunted towns in America, Gettysburg. With more than 51,000 casualties across the three days, Gettysburg is known for being the site of the bloodiest battle in the Civil War. Places such as the Sachs Covered Bridge, the Farnsworth House, and other historic buildings stake claims to paranormal sightings. Take a Candlelight Walking Tour around the historic town if you dare to face potentially spooky activity up close.
In 1829, the first prisoner walked through the doors of the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. It closed its doors as a penitentiary in 1971, and now lies deteriorated and empty…or so it might seem. It is said that the lingering spirits of the isolated prisoners still haunt the cell blocks of this National Historic Landmark, making it one of America’s most haunted prisons. Today, you can experience the haunted prison on a tour or at special events offered year-round.
With its basketball courts, splash pad, and tranquil setting, it’s hard to imagine that York’s beautiful Penn Park was once the location of a U.S. Army Hospital where 14,000 soldiers were treated during the Civil War. Their spirits are known to haunt the park to this day.
Paoli Battlefield Historical Park was the site of one of the most gruesome battles of the American Revolution. The British troops attacked the Americans at midnight with bayonets and swords, leaving many dead, and perhaps a few spirits in their wake. Some visitors claim they are able to speak with some of the fallen soldiers.
In a remote cemetery in Evans City, hidden from view, the “living dead” rose from the ground and walked the Earth in search of human flesh — or, at least, that’s what happened in the 1968 film Night of the Living Dead, directed by George A. Romero on the site. Scenes of this horror-cult classic were filmed throughout Evans City, including the Evans City Cemetery, where the opening sequence of the movie takes place. Now, Evans City is home to the Night of the Living Dead Museum and Gift Shop, where guests can tour and get a visual history of the film.
Lawrence County Home for the Aged, also known as the poor house or poor farm, once housed the county’s mentally ill, severely destitute, and elderly residents who didn’t have any known family. The home is now one of the most haunted houses in Western PA. Visitors have reported activity including voices, footsteps, being touched, doors slamming, things moving on their own, and various apparitions. One story of a little boy dubbed “Jeffrey,” who appears to be about six or seven years of age, says if you lay eyes on this boy, you would die soon after. For more paranormal contact, go to room 105 if you dare to encounter the home of a former patient named Mary Virginia. These are just some of the occurrences that make Haunted Hill View Manor still active today. Haunted Hill View Manor is open to public investigations, overnight investigations, paranormal conventions, and more.
Another location that counts itself among the most haunted locations in the U.S. is the Larimer Mansion in North Huntingdon. Before the house was built, it was the site of the 3 Springs Camp, where George Washington and Gen. Edward Braddock stayed during the French and Indian War. Each room has been painstakingly restored to bring back the charm of the late 1800s for guests to enjoy and experience, but spirits of the past still haunt them. The owners, visitors, and guests have reported having items moved, beds shaken, young girls wearing colonial dresses wandering about, and more.
You can’t have a ghost story without an old building with lots of history, and that’s why Medix Hotel brings an interesting haunted story of the hotel that was originally built in 1896. The hotel owner routinely weaves spine-tingling tales for visitors at what’s been dubbed “the funnest bar in Benezette.” So sit back, grab a drink, and prepare for stories that are sure to leave you uneasy after dark.
Chilly weather won’t be the only thing giving you shivers when you embark on the haunted candlelight tour at historic Old Mill Village. Filled with tales of ghosts and hauntings of the Endless Mountains, the tours — which run every 20 minutes — end with apple cider, hot chocolate, and donuts. Tours take place Fridays and Saturdays from Oct. 14-22.
Greater Reading offers a Haunts & Hex Tour with local paranormal researcher and storyteller extraordinaire, Charles J. Adams III. Adams has written more than 35 books on ghosts and hauntings and is the expert on all things that go bump in the night in Berks County. One of the most haunted places in the region is Hawk Mountain, home of a serial murderer.
Featured on Syfy’s “Ghost Hunters,” the Carnegie Library of Homestead is home to one of the most violent worker strikes that manifest between Andrew Carnegie and steel workers. Visitors debate whether the haunted happenings are the spirits of steel workers or Andrew Carnegie himself.
Elysburg Haunted House is the only haunted attraction in Pennsylvania that includes haunted pathways through the woods and a walk-through, two-story haunted house and cellar! The Elysburg Haunted House is one of the longest-running and most frightening haunted houses in Pennsylvania, with a terrifying haunted woods entrance path into the haunted house, and a haunted woods exit path — if you make it through! Recognized as one of the top three haunts by a Dark Attraction Magazine, this haunted house is so scary that “emergency escapes” have been added for those who are too spooked to continue.