Montco's Scariest Halloween Attractions
For all the locales in the county where apparitions have been rumored to be seen, there are a few where visitors are guaranteed an encounter with the undead. The following haunted experiences are perfect for those who like their chills hard-core, but they may be too intense for younger children.
LULU'S HOUSE OF HORRORS
5140 Butler Pk
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
This multi-level haunt, hosted by the Lu Lu Shriners, begins with a hayride back to a decrepit house. Victims - er, guests - then disembark and walk through the home of Uncle Louie and his rancid relatives. From there, it's back on the wagon through the haunted woods. Finally, the exit is in sight, but visitors must navigate a twisty corn maze - and its inhabitants - before safely returning to their cars.
757 Spring Mount Rd
Spring Mount, PA 19478
Scream Mountain, onsite at Spring Mountain Adventures, uses the mountain's actual past as a mining location to launch its macabre tale of angry spirits bent on payback. There are numerous ways to enjoy this haunt, including hayrides, walks and a trek that begins with a ghoulish glide on the chair lift. A starter hayride is perfect for younger thrill-seekers; it's scheduled while the sun is still up and the monsters are a bit more merry than murderous.
TEMPLE OF TERROR
20 N. Franklin St
Pottstown, PA 19464
The doomed rooms of this haunt are the setting for a story of revenge and insanity against the backdrop of the Civil War. Master of the house, Damon DeMonio, has been away fighting, but his bride, Penelope, has filled her lonely nights with a series of gentlemen callers. When DeMonio returns, the knowledge of her trysts unbalances him psychologically, and the result is a series of events even nastier than Gettysburg.
TERROR BEHIND THE WALLS
2027 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130
An abandoned prison is scary enough, but Eastern State Penitentiary in nearby Philadelphia becomes even more terrifying each October during Terror Behind the Walls. Consistently named among the best haunted attractions in the country, Terror Behind the Walls offers six unique haunted experiences including the all-new Breakout!, which puts you in the middle of a prison break.
Showings of Classic Scary Movies
227 Bridge St
Phoenixville, PA 19460
Horror-film legend Christopher Lee lights up the screen at The Colonial Theatre, in its Sunday Classic series. Scary-movie fans will love the retro fun of The Gorgon (1964), The Oblong Box (1969) and The Wicker Man (1973). Horror film novices will discover that the creepiness of good writing and expert direction can out-scare special effects and gore.
THE GRAND THEATER
252 Main St
East Greenville, PA 18041
A mere $10 buys a ticket to F.W. Murnau's classic 1922 chiller Nosferatu on the big screen. A landmark version of the Dracula tale, the show is enhanced by a live performance on the 1923 Marr & Colton 3/13 Theater Organ. Bring those younger film buffs, and by the end credits, they are sure to offer you "fangs" for taking them.
108 E. Butler Ave
Ambler, PA 19002
Mix a German impressionistic vampire film from 1932 with a newly commissioned soundtrack and you've got a really interesting - and creepy - cinematic experience to squish down in your seat over. The silent film Vampy is accompanied by a moody score made up of acoustic and electronic punctuations that bring a modern touch to a vintage horror movie.