Private Events

Colleagues, friends, and relatives love Halloween, and what better place to celebrate than Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary!? Your group will be escorted to the front of the Terror Behind the Walls lines and experience all six haunted attractions. Afterwards, your group will have a private party INSIDE the massive haunted prison!

Our in-house event planning team, together with our exclusive caterer, Jack’s Firehouse, and our exclusive rental/equipment partner, will work with you to guarantee that your event is a success.

Event rental requests must be submitted via email to rental@easternstate.org. The following information must be included:

  • Contact name
  • Company name, if applicable
  • Daytime phone number
  • Mailing address
  • Preferred date and time of the event
  • Type of event (cocktail reception, corporate event, wedding or commitment ceremony, etc.)
  • Approximate number of attendees

We will respond to event rental requests via phone or email within three business days. Reservations are first come, first served.

Please see our Event Rental Agreement for restrictions.

Terror Behind the Walls runs rain or shine; therefore, there can be no rain dates for private events. Please dress for the weather, and be sure to wear appropriate footwear. Sandals, flip-flops, open-toed shoes, and high heels are not permitted. Most of the event takes place inside; however, the line and some sections of the tour are outdoors, and the penitentiary is not heated.

Parking:
There is ample on-street parking surrounding the penitentiary. While the parking is unmetered, some streets do have a two or three hour limit. There is a public parking lot right next door, where special arrangements can sometimes be made for groups or private events. For exact pricing, please call Parkway Corporation at (215) 569-8400 x4037.

Below you will find information about various types of event packages. Be sure to also read the Add-Ons section for additional entertainment options.

 

Creepy Cocktail Receptions

Creepy Cocktail ReceptionIf your private group or company is looking for a unique setting for an event, look no further! You can have a creepy cocktail reception in an abandoned cellblock where your group can relax and socialize while hearing screams in the distance! Group arrives at 7 pm for Terror Behind the Walls, followed by a reception from 8 pm to 10 pm.

Rental includes: Terror Behind the Walls tickets with Quick Pass upgrade, a two-hour private site rental in a cellblock for 50-100 people, high-top tables (linens additional), staff time (planning, setup, breakdown, event staffing), security, access to bathrooms, basic sound system featuring Halloween favorites, a non-alcoholic beverage bar, and passed hors d’oeuvres. Additional catering, beverage, and equipment options are available. See the calendar below for pricing. Subject to availability. A guaranteed minimum fee is required.

Deadly Dance Parties and Killer Corporate Events

Deadly Dance PartyAfter the haunted house, your group will be escorted deep into the abandoned 10-acre penitentiary complex to an exclusive area where they can dance the night away! Our 40’ x 80’ tent covers the dance floor and includes everything you need for a happenin’ haunted hop!

Rental includes: Terror Behind the Walls tickets with Quick Pass upgrade for 8 pm, a two-hour private site rental for 100-250 people from 9 pm to 11 pm, high-top tables (linens additional), staff time (planning, setup, breakdown, event staffing), basic a/v sound system, security, access to interior bathrooms, a non-alcoholic beverage bar, and passed hors d’oeuvres. Additional catering, beverage, and equipment options are available. See the calendar below for pricing. Subject to availability. A guaranteed minimum fee is required.

Wicked Weddings

Wicked WeddingsDo you love Halloween and want to get married in one of the creepiest buildings in the world? Maybe your first date was at Terror Behind the Walls and now you want to share the scares with your wedding guests! For the first time ever, Eastern State Penitentiary is opening its iron gates for weddings during Terror Behind the Walls.. Our 40’ x 80’ tent covers the dance floor and includes everything you need for the wickedest wedding ever!

Rental includes: Terror Behind the Walls tickets with Quick Pass upgrade, a two-hour private site rental for 100-250 people, a basic a/v sound system, high-top tables, staff time (planning, setup, breakdown, event staffing), security, access to bathrooms, and passed hors d’oeuvres. Additional catering, beverage, and equipment options are available. See the calendar below for pricing. Subject to availability.

Add-Ons

These Add-ons are available for any event listed above.

DJ Entertainment
The Terror Behind the Walls event planning team can connect you with several preferred DJs.

Zombie Actors
Zombify your party by having Terror Behind the Walls zombies dance with your guests and pose in photos. Each actor costs $75 (limited to 4).

Makeup Artists
Zombify your guests by hiring Terror Behind the Walls professional special FX makeup artists to turn your guests into the living dead themselves! Each makeup artist costs $100 (limited to 4).

Event Rental Pricing Calendar