The 5 Best Kid-Friendly Haunted Attractions Around Philadelphia
Check out some of the best places for even the youngest kids to get a fun fright!
Are you still on the haunt, I mean hunt, for a not-so-scary attraction to take your little goblin to this Halloween? Well, have no fear! There are plenty of places that cater to the younger set, and you still have time to visit them!
Address: 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley, PA 19067
Dates & Hours: Attractions open daily Oct. 6 - 31, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fees: $10/per person weekdays, $16/per person weekends & Fridays after 4 p.m.
The thing that makes Shady Brook’s Barn of Horror more kid-friendly than most haunted attractions is the fact that there aren’t any actors present. Nobody is going to jump out and scare your little thrill-seeker or chase them around. You can peruse the decorated barn at your leisure and duck back out if it becomes too much. If you want to make your visit even less spooky, we recommend going during daylight hours. If the barn does prove to be too scary, there are plenty of other activities to check out while you’re at the farm.
Address: 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne, PA 19047
Dates & Hours: Sept. 22 - Oct. 29 (select dates): Saturday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. | Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fees: $45/per person (ages 2+) when tickets are purchased online, $70 at the box office
One (one, one-ah-ah-ah) way to get your Halloween thrills this year is at the Sesame Place. Although this is considered the Count’s show, all of your child’s favorite characters will be there and in costume. Kids are welcome to wear costumes, too! There are three different Halloween shows, a parade, and special more-silly-than-spooky rides. Make a day out of it and stay until nightfall, when they have a special Halloween light show.
Address: 3 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ 08103
Dates & Hours: Attractions open daily Oct. 28 - 29, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Fees: General admission, $9 | Camden City residents, $6 (with identification) | Guests 1 and under are free.
Right over the bridge in Camden, New Jersey, you will find the Camden Children's Garden, where they host a Goblins in the Garden event every year. It’s complete with an age-appropriate hayride, a walk through the gardens (where you might encounter some spooky friends), and a Halloween parade. There’s even an opportunity to do some trick-or-treating. Costumes are encouraged for the kids!
Address: 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia, PA 19128
Dates & Hours: Oct. 27, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Fees: $8 for members, $10 for non-members
Start your visit to the Schuylkill Center with a candlelit stroll through the forest, and end it with s'mores by the bonfire. The center’s Halloween Haunted Hike and Hayride goes to considerable lengths to make the attraction friendly for even the tiniest visitor. Along the way you will meet friendly nocturnal “animals” (pictured above) who will enchant and delight the children as they pass through the woods. There are also hayrides, crafts, and food trucks on-site.
Address: 2027 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19130
Dates & Hours: General admission is year-round Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Terror Behind the Walls, Sept. 22 - Nov. 11 | Family Night, Sundays until 7:30 p.m.
Fees: Pricing begins at $19/per person, varies by date & time chosen | Check schedule for more information, and here for additional deals.
What would a list of haunted attractions in Philly be without Eastern State Penitentiary? Although you’d probably generally think of Terror Behind the Walls as decidedly not kid friendly, did you know that there are some options for younger patrons? Children as young as 7 may enjoy attending the penitentiary’s Family Night (Sundays), when the monsters are a little less scary. In addition to being mindful of the smaller guests, they offer a safe phrase for children who get scared (“Monster, be good!”), which will chase the monster away. Braver kids can wear a “tracking device” (a glow necklace) that will alert the staff that they are a little more open to being scared and interacting. If you’re still not sold on the idea of Terror Behind the Walls, go see the prison during the day and enjoy one of the year-round tours. It’s still spooky because haunted abandoned prisons are inherently spooky, but there won’t be anyone waiting to jump out and yell boo … we hope … mwa ha haaaa!!! (But really, there are no monsters or ghosts on the year-round tours.)