Scariest PA Haunted Halloween Attractions 2016

Reapers Revenge Clowns

My wife and I love Halloween, and we especially love creepy haunted attractions. If you’re the type who gets off on walking through haunted houses, graveyards, and haunted hayrides — while getting the crap scared out of you by zombies, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, demented clowns and chainsaw wielding maniacs — then here are your best bets for terror attractions in Pennsylvania. Planning on hitting some of these this year, maybe we’ll see you there…

Reapers Revenge Clowns

Reaper’s Revenge — Scranton, PA

As of this writing Reaper’s Revenge has the top spot with a rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars on Google Reviews. It looks to be a pretty intense thrill ride, so you’d better bring you big boy pants, or big girl pants, whatever the case may be. Some serious scares and excellent effects going on here.

“The best haunted event for the macabre, zombies, haunted houses, haunted hayrides, clowns and mazes.”

Visit their Website for more information, schedule and directions.

Location: 460 Green Grove Road, Scranton, PA 18447 (Easy access from I81.)
Phone: 570-254-8038

Pennhurst Asylum Interior

Pennhurst Asylum — Spring City, PA

An asylum is a place where they put crazy people right? Right. At Pennhurst Asylum they’re really, really CRAZY!

Test your bravery and walk the halls of the Pennhurst Asylum, the main attraction located in the upper floors of the old 1908 Administration building. The asylum attraction features many props that are actual items that were part of the original State School. Learn the Legend.

Venture into the Dungeon of Lost Souls, the Tunnel Terror, or conduct your own self-guided Ghost Hunt in the dormitory, which was featured on Ghost Adventures and Ghost Hunters.

Visit their Website for schedule, directions, more pics & vids

Location: Church Street and Bridge Road, Spring City, PA
Phone: 855-HAUNT-00

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Field of Screams — Mountville, PA

This place is a Horror Movie, and YOU’RE IN IT!

You’ll stumble into SIX tales of terror at Field of Screams. A Haunted Hayride at Field of Screams, PA wheels you past freakish frights and disturbing delights, plus you can become part of the murder and mayhem in the Den of Darkness, the Frightmare Asylum, Nocturnal Wasteland, the namesake Field of Screams Extreme Blackout, and run your ass off in the 5K Zombie Fun Run or get your brains eaten. No joke. Well, you may not really get your brains eaten, but you will run your ass off because it looks like these zombies will actuall do the deed.

Visit their Website for Field of Screams Hours of Operation, Field of Screams Directions, pricing and to see more disturbing horror photos of their crew in action. And check out the videos.

Location: 191 College Avenue, Mountville, PA. (Just 7.5 miles past Lancaster)
Phone: (717) 285-7748

Hotel of Horror

Hotel of Horror — Saylorsburg, PA

And The Eagles thought Hotel California was bad, they never stayed at Hotel of Horror! Ready to check in?

This three piece nightmare features the Hotel of Horror, the Altered Nightmares Dark Magic themed thrill, and Exhibition Macabre, a static trip through the history of disturbing medical devices and experiments.

Be careful if you call for room service…

Visit their Website for directions, schedule and more info.

Location: Rt 115 Cherry Valley Rd. Saylorsburg, PA
Phone: (570) 99 BEAST

The ScareHouse – Etna, PA
Ranked as one of “America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions” by Travel Channel and featured on many other TV shows, Scarehouse is created by a team of Pittsburgh area artists and builders who work year round to design and build new haunts such as The Summoning, Infernal, Nocturnia and The Basement. Enter Scarehouse, if you dare.

Visit their Website for schedule, directions and more information.

Location: 118 Locust Street Etna, PA

Eastern State Penitentiary — Terror Behind the Walls — Philadelphia, PA

Of course we can’t forget one of the longest running haunted attractions in Pennsylvania, the Eastern State Penitentiary’s Terror Behind the Walls, which has been in operation as a full blown haunted attractions since 1995. It now features six attractions: Lock Down, The Machine Shop, Detritus, Infirmary, Breakout and Quarantine 4D. See a video preview of the haunts here. Lower your speaker volume just in case.

Visit their site for schedule, directions and more information.

Location: 2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

UFOs and Bigfoot in PA

Bigfoot Sighting a UFO art by Drew Vics

Bigfoot sightings and UFO sightings are usually separate events, but sometimes these two enduring mysteries share the uncanny stage before an audience of perplexed witnesses, occurring simultaneously, or at least near enough in time and proximity to prompt the consideration that there might be a connection.

Presque Isle State Park Photo by Robert K. Grubbs

Presque Isle State Park Photo by Robert K. Grubbs

A sighting near Erie, PA, may have been just such an event. In July, 1966, on Presque Isle State Park, a woman, Betty Jean Klem, and her boyfriend were driving through the sand and had become stuck. Their wait for help had extended beyond sunset and they watched as a strange light descended from the sky. According to Betty, the car shook as a silvery object landed nearby between two trees. Betty also reported hearing something walk on the roof of the car, and seeing a “dark, featureless creature.”

Read the full story of the sighting at the Old Time Erie Blog.

Another encounter involving a UFO and Bigfoot sighting occurred on October 25, 1973 in North Union Township, PA. A man and two boys bore witness to a UFO landing in a field. At that time they also saw two “tall, hairy bi-pedal creatures walking along a fence line.” The man shot at the object which promptly departed leaving a “luminescent ring on the ground.” According to witnesses the creatures casually turned around and returned whence they had come. The man and boys did not pursue the tall bi-pedal creatures, and apparently they were not seen again. The witnesses returned later with a state trooper and they observed that, although its intensity had dimminised, the ring where the craft had landed remained visible.

Were the two creatures innocent bystanders? Maybe they were just as astounded by the UFO as the other witnesses. They were probably also astounded to see three upright walking creatures nearby, and maybe frightened away by the explosive blast of the gun.

Read more on that bizarre encounter and other sightings in Fayette County, PA, at The PA Bigfoot Society.

We at Mysterious PA are on the lookout for others, so stay tuned. If you know of any Bigfoot and UFO combined sightings in PA be sure to comment and let us know!

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Baelfire Paranormal Investigations, a team run by a former police officer, John Lewis, who is also an ordained minster and demonologist, investigates ghostly hauntings and other paranormal phenomena. John boasts 20 years of paranormal investigative experience.

John is joined by Christina Lewis who is considered “the ‘sensative’ on the team,” and is “trained to listen and observe the smallest details.” She is also the teams PR person.

Other investigators on their team include Kyle Anderson, Brittany Isadore, Melissa Ireland, Melisa Elrod and Trent Rotz.

They are getting some media attention…

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Pi Day UFO Tale

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Happy Rounded Pi Day 2016! Here’s a bit of Pennsylvania UFO trivia for you. On Pi Day, March 14th, 2014, a Westmoreland County couple reported seeing a pulsing unidentified object as they looked out their window while having breakfast.

According to Stan Gordon’s UFO Anomalies Zone the couple was getting ready to head out for work when they noticed a “bright pulsating light.”

The report continues that the object was observed as it moved toward the northwest and was seen to contain of a series of lights, not just one. A large yellow light pulsated at the front of the object while a steady yellow light glowed at the rear, and the sides of the object were lined with multiple white lights.

The object moved overhead without a sound. No explanation has been found.

Read more about the Pi Day UFO and other Pennsylvania UFO and creature sightings at StanGordon.info.

The Green Man Ray Robinson

Ray Robinson the Green Man

Ray Robinson the Green ManThe Green Man legend was born of a very unfortunate accident. In the summer of 1919, 8 year old Raymond Robinson was walking with some friends when they stopped at the Morado Bridge near Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.

Morado Bridge crossed Wallace Run, a portion of Beaver River, and was part of the Harmony Trolly Line, an electric trolly commuter service that ran from the northern suburbs into Pittsburgh.

The boys had become interested in a bird nest they had seen in a tree near the bridge and Raymond climbed up onto the side of the bridge to get a closer look.

Young Ray was electocuted when he accidentally touched a high voltage line. Miraculously he survived, but he sustained severely disfiguring injuries which remained with him for the remainder of his reclusive life.

The electrical current sent such damaging voltage through Ray’s body that he lost both of his eyes and his nose, an ear was deformed and his left arm below the elbow. His face was completely disfigured and he suffered severe burns from his waist up.

Ray lived with his family, seldom venturing out during the day. If he did he would remain on his property, walking the woods behind the house.

Eventually he began taking Nighttime walks along Rt. 351 where he would occasionally encounter others walking along, or be seen by people driving by. His disturbing countenance led to local tales in which he was referred to as Charlie No Face or the Green Man.

It is not certain where the Green Man reference originated, but may have had something to do with the clothing he wore during the 1950s and 60s, at the height of his nocturnal jaunts and subsequent sightings.

Some claimed he had an erie green glow about him, but this was hardly the case. He was not some radioactive monster from a horror film, just an unfortunate victim of a tragec accident.

Raymond Robinson apparently lived out his years in his family home in Beaver Falls, PA, eventually moving to Beaver County Geriatric Center before passing away in 1985, at the age of 74. 66 years after the date of his life-altering accident.

Sad story indeed. Ray left public school in the first grade. Can’t help but wonder what he might have done with his life if he hadn’t suffered such a disfiguring injury.

Learn more about Raymond Robinson, his story and his family, at these resources:

Lawrence County Memoirs
wikipedia.com – Raymond Robinson

50 Years since Kecksburg PA UFO Mystery

Kecksburg PA acorn shaped UFO monument

Bolide Illustration - Meteorite entry by Drew VicsDecember 9th 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of a strange incident in Kecksburg, PA. On that night in 1965 a firey object allegedly blazed across the sky over Detroit, MI, and Windsor, Ontario. The bright object reportedly dropped debris which started small fires as it passed over areas of Michigan and Ohio and caused sonic booms over areas near pittsburg, PA.

Most witnesses described a flaming, glowing and smoking object consistent with a meteor or other debris entering the atmosphere, but witnesses in Kecksburg, PA, a small town about 35 miles or so south east of Pittsburg, claim that something actually crashed down in the woods. Officials isolated the area and searched for debris but reportedly found nothing.

In fact, as reported on page 4 of Bulletin 5 of the Meteorites of Michigan Geological Survey, end point references, which are widely separated observation points where the object seems to disappear, suggest that the object passed over Lake Erie from the southwest and landed north of Lake Erie in southwest Ontario.

Kecksburg PA acorn shaped UFO monumentNowhere near Kecksburg. But why let the truth stand in the way of a good story? And that’s not meant as a joke, I love a good story. The so-called Kecksburg Incident is a modern folk tale.

Legends and mysteries like this have been around for centuries precisely because we humans enjoy them, whether they’re based on real events or not. We love to hear strange tales of the unknown and other weird stuff. They stir our imagination.

The Kecksburg UFO tale continues: A boy claimed he saw an object land in the woods, and his mother said she saw a wisp of blue smoke rising up from the area before she contacted authorities. Members of the local Kecksburg volunteer fire department reported finding an object shaped like a giant acorn with strange, hieroglyphic-like markings around the bottom edge.

Others heard noises and reported a strong U.S. Army presence. The initial conclusion was that it was a meteor, after initial suggestions of “a plane crash, errant missile test, or reentering satellite debris” were discounted by authorities.

Whatever, if anything, crashed or landed in the woods of Kecksburg, PA, we may never know. Nothing was found. So “they” say…

More info on the Kecksburg UFO Incident:
Kecksburg Incident at Wikipedia.
Kecksburg Update on Space.com
Kecksburg Incident Debunked?
Kecksburg Space Acorn on Roadside America

NORAD Blimp comes down in Pennsylvania

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CmdsJlens1” by U.S. Army – http://www.msl.army.mil/Pages/CMDS/jlens.html. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons.

No, it wasn’t a UFO, but I’m having flashbacks to 1947 Roswell, NM, when a Project Mogul high altitude defense monitoring balloon came down and everyone thought it was a flying saucer with aliens on board.

At first no one knew where the hell the funky airborne craft came from as it drifted over farmland and neighborhoods of central Pennsylvania on Wednesday, October 28th, but at least no one thought it was a spaceship. At least none that we know of.

North American Aerospace Defense Command, NORAD, lost a JLENS blimp when it came loose from its tethered mooring at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland and drifted northward on a little ride through the skies over south central and central PA before coming to rest and slowly deflating near Moreland Township, PA.

The aerostat, which reached altitudes of 16,000 feet, was dragging along its 6,700 foot mooring cable and pulled down powerlines as it drifted over Bloomsburg, PA. Service personnel are on the case and it is estimated that the power will be returned to most by this afternoon, Oct 29.

The aerostat is part of the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS), a Pentagon project which is, as described on Wikipedia, “designed to track boats, ground vehicles, cruise missiles, manned and unmanned aircraft (Airborne early warning and control), and other threats.”

To be sure, a rogue blimp is not very mysterious unless it was hijacked by Dr. Evil and put to some use in an attempt to control the world, but it is strange, and it involves Pennsylvania, so that’s why I decided to post about it. The Twitter posts were pretty damn funny too.

As funny as this may seem though, let’s give credit where credit is due. NORAD is hardly a halfwit operation. They use amazingly high tech stuff to monitor our skies for airborne threats from outside of North America and keep us all safe! I mean, it’s been years since that kid hacked into WOPR and started a nuclear war simulation. Give these guys a break! Tethers come loose all the time!

Anyway, you can follow the story on Facebook on these hashtag threads: #noradblimp, #runawayblimp, #norad. or check out these news sources:

WNEP 16 The News Station

By the way, if you’re interested NORAD also tracks clandestine activity from the North Pole.

This is a piece on YouTube by Underground World News.

Tales of Ghosts, Folklore and Local Legends

First published in 1982, Ghost Stories of Berks County, was soon followed by Ghost Stories of Berks County Book 2, and Ghost Stories of Berks County Book 3, the last of which I just picked up at a little second-hand book store in West Chester.

Though not hugely popular these books do contain some fun, creepy tales of the supernatural and are worth the read for those of us in PA who enjoy local spooky lore. Author Charles J. Adams III has quite a collection of ghostly compilations to his credit, including Bucks County Ghost Stories, Ghost Stories of the Lehigh Valley, Ghost Stories of Chester County and the Brandywine Valley, and other collections of ghost stories in various Pennsylvania locales. A little bit of trivia: the book “Bucks County Ghost Stories” is seen briefly in the film “Signs” starring Mel Gibson, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

“Weird” is always a good place to start. Since around 1990 the Weird N.J. periodical has been entertaining readers with stories of strange creatures, strange people, weird events, creepy places and personal accounts of the paranormal in New Jersey. In 2003 creators Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman published their the first Weird N.J. coffee table book with the tagline, “Your Travel Guide to New Jersey’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets” which contained the best of the best weird stuff. The book was soon followed by Weird N.J. Volume 2 and through collaboration with authors of strange local lore from other states, the Weird series of books has spread to include all but 17 states in the U.S., including Weird Pennsylvania.

Penned by Matt Lake, who has authored several other books in the Weird guides series, Weird Pennsylvania takes us on a romp through the southeastern part of the state mostly, with some tales from a little farther west. Let’s face it, historically speaking the eastern part of the country has just had more time to collect its share of weirdness. To be sure, the Weird guides are not really intended as travel guides either. While they do share local legends, highlight oddities and roadside curiosities in certain areas, none of the books include maps or specific directions to any of the places or events.

Efforts continue to collect tales and legends and progress can be followed on the official Weird U.S. Website.

Bigfoot Sghting in Bradford PA

UPDATE!
The northern PA area where a couple has been hunting Bigfoot is in Potter County, PA, and they are not the same couple who took the photos of an uprooted tree in Bradford. Sandy Cramer and Justin Prouty call the Sasquatch they’ve allegedly had regular contact with, “Pops,” not “Gramps” as I ignorantly stated in my earlier post (below).

Here is a link to the full article about these Bigfoot enthusiasts.

On a side note, it’s funny to know that there is a convenience store and gas station called “Big Foot Food Store” in nearby Austin County, PA. Need to hit that place for gas and a snack on my next road trip to the Northwoods of PA to find Bigfoot.

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Bradford Bigfoot Sighting - uprooted tree stump.I’m missing out on all the good stuff. Not sure what I was doing in October of 2013 but I missed the Bradford “Bigfoot sighting” which turned out to be an uprooted tree. Recently, on Facebook, a friend of my wife posted something about a couple hunting Bigfoot in Bradfor, PA, and having some success at it apparently.

While doing some research on that — which failed, no current news — I found a story about a guy, John Stoneman, who spotted something strange, maybe a Sasquatch, back in early October of 2013. [Oh, I know why I didn’t catch this story, I was busy making props for my Halloween party!]

Anyway, Stoneman and his girlfriend allege to have seen a possible Bigfoot far off among the trees as they drove by a wooded area near Kinzua State Park. Stoneman claims it was moving, but in both photos we see no noticeable change in position. Stoneman also claims to be skeptical of these creatures.

He did make some waves though. It’s amazing how someone can just come out of the woodwork with a photo of something, claim it’s Bigfoot, and wham they’re in most major newspapers and on TV too, he we apparently even contacted by Finding Bigfoot. Do you think it has anything to do with someone looking for their 15 minutes of fame? Hmmm….

Anyway, the facebook post I read (and I’ll see if I can get more info on that and post an update) linked to an article about a couple “hunting Bigfoot” in Bradford, PA, and that they’ve even had regular encounters with a creature they have playfully named, I think, “Gramps.” Like I said, need to check my reference. It may very well be the same couple wading deeper into Bigfootdom. They caught the bug, like everybody else these days, probably watching Finding Bigfoot or some other nonsense on TV.

You know, when I was a kid Bigfoot was just a cool legend, a story. We told tales of monsters and things like this around campfires or in darkened rooms during sleepovers. Just like ghosts and UFOs. What the hell is going on these days? Sure it’s fun to share spooky stories, but the stuff is getting deep around here…

Bradford PA Bigfoot tree stump debunking photoLove Bigfoot stories. Just my two cents: I think the guy took a picture of a stump and wanted some attention. An unnamed citizen shared his photo of the same object (seen on the left), closer up and from a very clear vantage point, which plainly debunks the Stoneman pic as an upright walking, hairy primate. It’s more like a sideways laying dead tree, you can even see the tree itself lying on the ground running off frame on the left. The stuff that Stoneman claimed to be “hair” is likely just thin root strands draping down from the larger root structure, and all loaded up with soil.

It’s a tree folks.

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