That Time I Went Quiet Clubbing in NYC

I’ve never been as fond of clubs as most of my peers seem to be. After half an hour, the music selection gets annoying, the crowds are overwhelming, and it’s hot. I’m normally ready to go before the hour mark. … Continue reading

Discovering Authentic Japanese Snacks with Candy Japan

candy japan travel

A few weeks ago , I received an exciting surprise in the mail: a package from Candy Japan! If you’re not familiar with Candy Japan, it’s a fast-growing subscription service that brings the tastiest of authentic Japanese snacks right to … Continue reading

Day 1 in LA: The Red Carpert Experience &The Lost Bookshop

Grauman's Chinese Theatre

After an overnight journey on a cramped bus, I didn’t want to do anything but shower and sleep when I arrived in LA. But seeing as how my hostel has a strict no early check-in policy, I had no options … Continue reading

Snapshots: San Francisco

View of Alcatraz in sunset

I started November by attending my first writer’s conference in Marin County, CA. As the event was only 20 miles ( or a half hour by ferry) to San Francisco , I knew I couldn’t miss the opportunity. So after … Continue reading

Halloween Series #2:Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia,PA

Many people know Eastern State Penitentiary is a former maximum-security prison where the likes of Al  Capone were once imprisoned. A lesser known fact is that every year during the Halloween season, the prison turns into the haunted attraction called Terror Behind the Walls, complete with bloody zombies,psychedelic hallways, and menacing, glossy-eyed guards.

Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary

The frights start before you enter. Pale guards with slashed faces usher you through the lines, often yelling or lunging at the distracted for scares. After you sign a waiver and pose for zombie pictures, you’re given the option to intensify the experience wearing by an interactive necklace ( a glow stick) that allows the costumed actors to grab you, separate you from your group, or even drag you into secret, scarier tunnels. You’ll  have to make your way through six attractions– like the infirmary, the cells, and the machine shops– all while dodging the various ghosts, creatures , and madmen that dart out of the shadows.

My favorite  parts of the evening included  walking down a dark hallway of cells while dead prisoners chased us from the other side of the bars and going through a 3D room splattered with neon colors. I also enjoyed the last attractions, where guests walk through a narrow hallways as a billowing black mass of air presses at them from both sides.

 Cell room at Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary

Being a risk-taker, I chose the glow stick. I’m also a coward so I tended to grab my friend and run whenever I was being cornered and , thus, never got to experience the secret tunnels. I did witness several people emerging from these tunnels. One boy screamed, “You do not want to know what just happened!”. This, of course, made me wish I did know what just happened, so if you ever get the chance ,  take the opportunity to explore these secret passageways.

While it’s forbidden to take pictures while in the actual attraction, there’s a reception area outside that houses a few of the original cells and some display areas in route to the exit that make perfect photo ops.

 Cell room at Eastern State Penitentiary

Cell room at Eastern State Penitentiary

 Cell room at Eastern State Penitentiary

Cell room at Eastern State Penitentiary

 Cell room at Eastern State Penitentiary

Visiting Room

 Cell room at Eastern State Penitentiary

Visiting Room

For more information on Eastern State Penitentiary,and the Terror Behind the Walls haunted , visit their easternstate.org.

Coupons for the attraction can be found at Lukoil gas stations.

 

Snapshots: Things You See in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park

What you’ll see on a fall day in Philly’s famous Fairmount Park Area. Architecture Stately boathouses lines the trail of Fairmount Park . There’s even a nice view of the Art Museum from the parking lot. The Waterfront & the … Continue reading