Happy Halloween! I’m celebrating the day with a glimpse into one of the creepiest places I’ve been during my travels: Eastern State Penitentiary in downtown Philadelphia.
Upon opening in 1829, Eastern State Penitentiary once aimed to rehabilitate prisoners using a strict Quaker-inspired method of isolation and penitence. Critics like Charles Dickins denounced the inadvertent cruelty of isolation-based inprisonment prompting Eastern State to revert to a more traditional prison in the early 1900s. (Fun fact! The mobster Al Capone was one of the most infamous inmates.)
Today, the prison-turned-museum is known for its grand architecture… and super spooky atmosphere! It’s one of the city’s most popular attractions… especially in the fall, when the prison turns into a giant haunted house.
Enjoy this peek inside the creepy walls of Eastern State Penitentiary!