According to local legends and purported paranormal experiences, the following locations in Philadelphia are known for being haunted. And even for those of us who don’t believe in ghosts and spirits, most of these places are undeniably creepy. So if you are looking for a haunted tour of the city, or just want to learn a bit more about the history of these local locales, then take note of the following stops.
The Divine Lorraine Hotel
For the past 16 years or so, this 123 year-old gem of a hotel has remained abandoned… a fact that only adds to its eeriness. Many locals will recognize the building as part of the downtown Philly skyline and likely know the stories and history associated with this once grand hotel. Although this currently empty hotel is in somewhat of a state of slow decay, the bones of beautiful Victorian Architecture continue to protrude from the city’s skyline. At the moment the hotel is undergoing an extensive renovation, with plans to turn the building into a completely new apartment complex. But what is it exactly that makes the Lorraine so unique?
Eastern State Penitentiary
Not to belabor the point, but Eastern State Penitentiary is terrifying. To learn more about the history of this notorious prison, see the article that I wrote here. And to learn more about the Halloween antics that take place there at night during this time of year, just watch this video.
Baleroy Mansion is an estate in Chestnut Hill and consists of a main home and a carriage house. The buildings were originally erected in 1911 and in the century since, Baleroy has been the scene of a purported murder (the first owner supposedly killed his wife in the main house) and a number of supernatural sightings and events. Most know of Baleroy as the most haunted house in the country. Baleroy Mansion used to be open for tours considering the extensive collection of antiques, but is now closed to the public as the house has new owners.
So if you are looking for a way to scare up some fun on Halloween, feel free to take a look at some of these “haunts” in Philadelphia.