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Media Resource Guide

Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary, 2021

September 8, 2021

Media Nights:

Press Preview: Tuesday, September 21, 11:00 a.m.
Members of the media are invited to a sneak peek of Halloween Nights on the afternoon of September 21, three days before it opens to the public. Remarks by Brett Bertolino, Vice President, Director of Operations, followed by the opportunity to experience a selection of festival attractions. Please RSVP to Nicole Frankhouser at [email protected].

Interviews and Appearances: All Season Long
If you’d like to film or record inside the festival, interview a team member, or develop any content for a story, please contact Nicole Frankhouser at [email protected]. We look forward to working with you!

Media Nights: September 24, 25; October 1, 2, and 3
We hope you’ll join us to experience the festival for yourself! Members of the media receive complimentary admission the first two weeks of Halloween Nights. To reserve, please email Jackie Phillips at [email protected].


Story Ideas:

30 Years of Halloween at Eastern State Penitentiary
2021 marks our 30th year celebrating Halloween at Eastern State. Discover the origins of our Halloween fundraiser, and how it evolved into the premier Halloween attraction in Philadelphia.

Behind the Scenes Access
Learn firsthand what it takes to operate a Halloween festival of epic proportions. When the museum closes at 5:05 p.m. each evening, a team of 200 actors, singers, dancers, makeup artists, costume designers, customer service and retail personnel quickly transform the penitentiary complex into Halloween Nights. From the box office to parking to 15 attractions and more, Halloween Nights operates like a well-oiled machine and provides guests a memorable experience from the moment they arrive to the moment they depart.

Talk to the Experts
What is it that attracts millions of people to Halloween events each fall? Why do people like to be scared? Our experts can speak about national trends and answer all of your questions about this unique industry.

DIY Halloween
Scare trick-or-treaters just like the pros! Turn corn flakes and gelatin into your own zombie makeup look! Our expert team of set designers, costume designers, and special FX makeup artists can show you how to take ordinary items from home and turn them into unique Halloween costumes and home décor.

Halloween Fun with a Purpose
Halloween Nights supports the mission of Eastern State Penitentiary, whose daytime exhibits and tours address the prison's complex history and important subjects in criminal justice reform today. And now, Halloween visitors will have access to many of these experiences too! Many of the food vendors and other partners at Halloween Nights share Eastern State's vision for social justice and commitment to fair chance hiring.


Press Contacts

Nicole Frankhouser

Director of Marketing and Communications
[email protected]