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The 20th Anniversary of Eastern State Penitentiary’s Terror Behind the Walls

Photos courtesy of Felicia Perretti Photography

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Terror Behind the Walls, there will be a special encore performance on Saturday, November 12th.  On this night only, visitors will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with hundreds of haunted house owners and operators from around the country.  Also on hand will be paranormal celebrities talking about some of the firsthand experiences they’ve had with real ghosts inside the penitentiary complex.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Terror Behind the Walls, there will be a special encore performance on Saturday, November 12th. On this night only, visitors will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with hundreds of haunted house owners and operators from around the country. Also on hand will be paranormal celebrities talking about some of the firsthand experiences they’ve had with real ghosts inside the penitentiary complex.

It’s the perfect weekend to check out the return of Terror Behind the Walls, America’s largest haunted house, which is celebrating its 20th year with the launch of two brand new, state-of-the-art attractions and the return of the Eastern State After Dark VIP Tour. The event evolves every year, and the designers continue to create the most intriguing and scariest haunted house yet.

Located inside the walls of Eastern State Penitentiary, a real massive abandoned prison at 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue in Philadelphia, PA, Terror Behind the Walls attracts over 100,000 visitors from around the world and is consistently ranked among the top 10 haunted attractions in the country. In 2011, Terror Behind the Walls runs on select evenings from September 23 through November 12.

Two New Attractions

For the first time ever, the event designers are launching two brand new attractions in a single year, creating the largest and longest show in the event’s history. The Gauntlet is a new, high energy opening attraction for the show, featuring overhead catwalks and custom props above a massive outdoor maze. The second new attraction, Break Out!, is a new finale to the show and consists of an outdoor scare zone in the final courtyard before visitors leave the event.

20 Year Encore Night

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Terror Behind the Walls, there will be a special encore performance on Saturday, November 12, 2011. On this night only, visitors will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with hundreds of haunted house owners and operators from around the country who will be converging on Eastern State Penitentiary for a first ever postseason performance of Terror Behind the Walls. Also on hand will be paranormal celebrities talking about some of the firsthand experiences they’ve had with real ghosts inside the penitentiary complex.

Eastern State Penitentiary's "After Dark VIP Tour," the ultimate Halloween experience, begins with an hour-long, guided flashlight walking tour of this National Historic Landmark. Highlights include the cellblocks, Death Row, Al Capone's cell (pictured here), and the underground punishment cells below Cellblock 14.

Eastern State Penitentiary's "After Dark VIP Tour," the ultimate Halloween experience, begins with an hour-long, guided flashlight walking tour of this National Historic Landmark. Highlights include the cellblocks, Death Row, Al Capone's cell (pictured here), and the underground punishment cells below Cellblock 14.

Admission to the event includes entry into all six haunted attractions of Terror Behind the Walls. Tickets for this special event are limited and must be purchased in advance online. No tickets will be available at the door.

Eastern State After Dark VIP Tour

After an extremely popular first year, Eastern State Penitentiary’s “After Dark VIP Tour” returns for 2011. This ultimate Halloween experience 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 punishment cells below 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 (included in admission).

The “Eastern State After Dark VIP Tour” is $79 per person Sundays through Thursdays and $99 per person on Fridays and Saturdays. Available dates and times are listed on the Terror Behind the Walls website at www.easternstate.org/viptour. Each tour is limited to 20 people. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Private “After Dark VIP Tours” are available for groups of 20 people. Please call the group sales department at (215) 236-5111 x16 for availability and pricing.

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Terror Behind the Walls

Terror Behind the Walls is located inside Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site at 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue in Philadelphia, PA. Advanced ticket sales for Terror Behind the Walls begin on September 20 at the penitentiary box office or online at www.EasternState.org/tickets. Tickets range in price from $10-$15 for kids on family nights, to $20 on weeknights, $25 on Sunday nights, and $30 on Friday and Saturday nights. Group rates are available by calling (215) 236-5111 x16 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

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