Northeast, PA (NEPA) is home to a variety of Halloween events, and numerous long-standing, beloved haunted attractions. Within a short journey, fans of horror can experience a wide array of first-class Halloween entertainment, each attraction diverse by design and each a quality experience worth your money. While some legendary attractions such as Ransom’s Dracula’s Forest have sadly closed their gates for good and others such as Wilkes Barre’s Gravestone Manor decided to take the season off due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Faced with the challenges of an unprecedented year/season, NEPA’s numerous Halloween celebrations have continued to thrive, and we strongly recommend you visit one (or more) of these iconic events this upcoming weekend!
Reaper’s Revenge Haunted Hayride and Attractions (Scranton, PA) – Test Your Fate! Reaper’s Revenge is quite possibly the premier haunted attraction in the country. Featuring three haunted attractions; “Haunted Hayride”, “The Lost Carnival”, and “Delirium” (Pitch Black and Sector 13 are closed this season due to pandemic restrictions), Reaper’s Revenge is a destination attraction. Each show improves on the other, and the “show” itself has only become stronger over the year. Reaper’s Revenge team is committed to presenting the best show possible with world-class, larger than life special effects, immersive acting, and a brand new attraction that has added a brand new “dimension” of fear to one of the finest haunted spectacles in the country. A must-see experience, over an hour of adventure, and 65 acres of non-stop horror infused entertainment! (http://www.reapersrevenge.net)
Demon’s Gated Haunted Hayride (Dallas, PA) – One of the newest haunted attractions in Northeast, PA, and Demon’s Gate is an action-packed “old-school” style gritty haunted hayride. Fast-paced, each actor pours out an incredible amount of passion and energy into each performance. From clowns that will climb and jump over guests to actors that bring to life scenes inspired by horror cinema, Demon’s Gate demonstrates clear and discernable love for the season and understands what it means to inject fear into a developing, exciting show! (Demon’s Gate Haunted Hayride is on Facebook)
Horror Hall (West Nanticoke, PA) – Horror Hall is a legendary “fun-house” style haunted attraction, a one-of-a-kind event that has withstood the test of time. Numerous scenes of unique horror await, from the “room of saws” to “prison Block HH” in a journey through insanity. A yearly tradition, Horror Hall, has added a “Chose your Fate” series of rooms that add additional value to those who visit Horror Hall each season. While not the most actor-driven show, the fun-house approach, embracing various scenes and innovative sets that are unlike those found in larger attractions, embrace and celebrate the spirit of the Halloween season! (Horror Hall is on Facebook)
Circle of Screams (Dickson City, PA) – Featuring a lengthy, custom-built outdoor/indoor walk-through trail this season, Circle of Screams continues to evolve and change each year. While Circle of Screams has fought to find its niche in a competitive industry, the 2020 season has already been extraordinarily successful, and plans are underway for an even larger event in 2021! (Please be advised that Circle of Screams is NOT open Wednesday, October 28 and Thursday October 29th as advertised on the official website but will be open Friday, October 30th and Saturday, October 31st!)
In 2017, Circle of Screams opened the portal by visiting “Delfino Manor.” You survived the onslaught of demons and their leader, “Tiny.” You thought everything was done. You guessed it was safe to return to your everyday lives….. You were wrong!
It is now the year 2020, in the month with 2 moons; the demons have returned from the fiery pits and are bringing a few of their dark, twisted friends to exact their revenge for the death of “Tiny.” It’s up to you to make it out of this nonsensical Manor and Estate full of Twizted turns, and if you’re lucky, you won’t disturb the “other” inhabitants during your visit.. (http://www.circleofscreams.com)!
Hellstead Manor (Halstead, PA) – Hellstead Manor (and “The Wretched Woods”) has improved its entire show from previous seasons, focusing on realism, creating a dark, gritty experience that relies heavily on psychological fear to build constant tension and genuine apprehension the unknown. For the most part, realism and actors did a great job of using their environments to scare augmented the already impressively designed scenes and outdoor sets featured by this attraction. A lengthy journey, Hellstead Manor has abandoned its more “theatrical” storyline and, in its place, is realistic yet surreal and focused on scaring and disturbing each visitor brave enough to visit!’ (http://www.hellsteadmanor.com)