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Abandoned Philly prison adds screams for Halloween

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Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia is illuminated for its Halloween haunted house, Terror Behind the Walls. The penitentiary took in its first inmate in 1829, closed in 1971 and reopened as a museum in 1994. The haunted house is scheduled to run through Nov. 9.

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Visitors walk through a corridor during the Halloween haunted house, Terror Behind the Walls, at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia.

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Masks await actors in the makeup room behind the scenes at Terror Behind the Walls. The haunted house is scheduled to run through Nov. 9.

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A zombie guard interacts with a visitor to Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary.

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Actors prepare for their roles at Eastern State Penitentiary. The haunted house is scheduled to run through Nov. 9.

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A zombie inmate brings some scares to Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary.

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An abandoned prison would seem creepy enough around Halloween. Now add blood-curdling screams and gruesome characters who can reach out and grab you. That's the formula for Terror Behind the Walls, the signature scarefest at historic Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia.
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    • Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia is illuminated for its Halloween haunted house, Terror Behind the Walls. The penitentiary took in its first inmate in 1829, closed in 1971 and reopened as a museum in 1994. The haunted house is scheduled to run through Nov. 9.
    •  Visitors walk through a corridor during the Halloween haunted house, Terror Behind the Walls, at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia.
    •  Masks await actors in the makeup room behind the scenes at Terror Behind the Walls. The haunted house is scheduled to run through Nov. 9.
    •  A zombie guard interacts with a visitor to Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary.
    •  Actors prepare for their roles at Eastern State Penitentiary. The haunted house is scheduled to run through Nov. 9.
    •  A zombie inmate brings some scares to Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary.
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