Spooky time at Pennhurst Asylum is really fun because you get to learn about the history of it and see how creepy it is and feel like you're about to die.


Pennhurst Asylum, located in Pennsylvania is a historic site and has been abandoned for some time.


Pennhurst Asylum is a historic site and has been abandoned for some time. The facility was built in 1908 to house mentally disabled patients. It operated as a mental asylum until 1987, when it was shut down due to allegations of patient abuse and illegal treatment methods. The property is open to tourists during most times of the year but they must be accompanied by a guide while visiting since there are no lights or power inside the building.

It’s said that this place is haunted because many people died here and were buried in unmarked graves onsite, which makes it dangerous to explore at night because you can’t see where you are going without flashlight or light sources on your phone (and there may even be animals hiding out somewhere).

The building is reportedly haunted by many ghosts and spirits.


The building is reportedly haunted by many ghosts and spirits. Many different ghost stories exist about Pennhurst, including those of the “Ice Maidens” who supposedly froze the entire facility over one night, as well as a mentally ill girl who was locked in her room for several days before becoming so hungry that she ate her own fingers. The most famous story involves an orderly who died in an elevator shaft falling onto a young woman being brought to the asylum against her will after being caught having sex with a neighbor's dog.

There are also reports of more recent paranormal activity at Pennhurst. A photograph taken by tour guide [name here] shows what appears to be a shadowy figure lurking behind one group member during their tour of the abandoned building—perhaps someone wanting revenge for past wrongs? Or maybe just another lost soul looking for peace?


It was a mental asylum for special needs people in Philadelphia.


Pennhurst Asylum was a mental asylum for special needs people in Philadelphia. It operated from 1908-1987 and was shut down after being found guilty of unacceptable practices such as tying up patients with straitjackets, putting them in cages, starving them and depriving them of water and basic hygiene. The hospital had many different wards which each had different peoples with different types of disabilities. Some were treated like animals while others were trained to be able to do tasks such as cleaning or helping out around the hospital.


If you would like to learn more about Pennhurst's Haunted Asylum or their upcoming events this season please visit their website at www.pennhursthauntedasylum.com

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It operated from 1908- 1987 when it was shut down after being found guilty of unacceptable practices.


If you're looking for a spooky time, Pennhurst Asylum is the place to be. The asylum was shut down in 1987 after being found guilty of unacceptable practices. It was a mental asylum for special needs people in Philadelphia, and now it's haunted by many ghosts and spirits.

If you want to visit this creepy place, here are directions:


Take I-76 east from Philadelphia to Exit 77 (Pennhurst Road). Turn left off exit ramp onto Pennhurst Road; then turn right onto New Tripoli Road at flashing red light approximately 1/2 mile from interstate entrance; proceed approximately 2 miles on New Tripoli Road until it intersects with Park Drive (County Line Rd), where you'll see signs for "Pennhurst State School." Turn right onto Park Drive (County Line Rd); go about 1 mile to Pennhurst Campus entrance gatehouse on right side of road just past Lake Como Dr intersection - this will be your first stop before entering campus grounds!


In the 1980's, the government shut down Pennhurst due to allegations of patient abuse and illegal treatment methods.


In the 1980's, the government shut down Pennhurst Asylum due to allegations of patient abuse and illegal treatment methods. The closure occurred after a series of lawsuits were filed against the state by former patients, families of deceased patients, and former employees. According to these lawsuits, patients were subjected to overcrowding and unsanitary conditions that led to outbreaks of disease at the facility throughout its history as well as physical mistreatment from staff members. The most disturbing accusations included reports that some patients were tied or locked in their rooms for days without food or water until they became unconscious or died from dehydration.



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In addition to these allegations, there was also evidence supporting claims that some children were experimented on at Pennhurst by doctors affiliated with nearby Temple University Hospital (TUH). TUH did not admit any wrongdoing but agreed not take any new patients from Pennhurst after signing an agreement with Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare in 1986 stating that no further research would be performed on any child residing at Pennhurst at that time without his or her written consent - even if those children had been abandoned by their parents

The property is open to tourists during most times of the year and it even hosts a haunted attraction around Halloween.

Pennhurst Asylum's history as a home for the mentally ill is a dark one. The asylum closed in 1987, and its patients were moved to other facilities. The property was then turned into a state park, which it remains today.


As part of Pennhurst's transformation into a state park, it became open to tourists year round, rather than just during summer months like most parks are. In addition to being available for tours during most times of the year and hosting events like weddings and birthday parties throughout October, the facility also hosts an annual "Haunted Attraction" around Halloween time every year since 2006 (and will continue to do so until 2020).


The Pennhurst Asylum may have closed in 1987, but its residents are still there to haunt visitors all year long.


The Pennhurst Asylum may have closed in 1987, but its residents are still there to haunt visitors all year long. The place is haunted.

That's right: you can visit the site of this former mental institution, which has been abandoned for more than 30 years and is now a state historic site known as State Hospital No. 1 at Pennhurst, and witness firsthand the existence of ghosts. And not just any old ghosts—they're from around 100 years ago!

Creepy Doll holding her Creepy Rabbit as she looks at the camera

You'll be able to see them on your phone too; they've been caught on camera by several lucky (or unlucky) people who were touring the asylum at night or during the day with their phones out...which might not be something you want to do if you're afraid of what might happen next!



Pennhurst Asylum, located in Spring City, Pennsylvania, was once a working hospital that operated from 1908 to 1987. Other than having reports of supernatural activity, Pennhurst was also the target of several class action law suits. In one case patients were abused and starved.


Pennhurst Asylum, located in Spring City, Pennsylvania, was once a working hospital that operated from 1908 to 1987. Other than having reports of supernatural activity, Pennhurst was also the target of several class action law suits. In one case patients were abused and starved.

In 1988 Pennsylvania agreed to pay $5 million USD in compensation for physical and psychological abuse suffered by patients at Pennhurst during their stay there. The state announced that it would try to find another place for these people but no other facility has been found yet so many are still wandering homelessly around rural PA today!



Man Peering around the bend of a door with wide eyes of fear

The place is even spookier at night and offers ghost tours, hayrides and other spooky activities during the Halloween season. Visitors are warned to not leave the group they are with on the tour as they might get lost or worse.


Pennhurst Asylum is a perfect place to enjoy Halloween, especially if you're looking for a truly spooky experience. The asylum's long history of abuse and neglect makes it the perfect setting for haunted houses and ghost tours, as well as being a great location for your own personal horror movie shoot. This year Pennhurst Asylum is celebrating its 40th anniversary by offering special spooky events throughout October, including ghost hunts and haunted hayrides. Visitors are warned to not leave the group they are with on the tour as they might get lost or worse."Our Halloween event is going to be bigger than ever," said Bill Martin, president of Pennhurst Asylum Inc., "We have new tricks up our sleeves this year so visitors won't know what hit them when they come here."



Spooky time at Pennhurst Asylum is really fun because you get to learn about the history of it and see how creepy it is and feel like you're about to die

Spooky time at Pennhurst Asylum is really fun because you get to learn about the history of it and see how creepy it is and feel like you're about to die.

During Spooky Time, there are lots of scary things happening. I saw a man who was killed by a rock fall in his cell with his arms outstretched towards me, as if he wanted someone to help him. It was scary but wonderful at the same time!

Person standing in front of a happy and sad face dressed as a grim reaper

There are also people who dress up like patients from the past and act like they're patients; I got scared when one lunged at me but then realized that he wasn't trying to hurt me, he just didn't know how else to interact with people anymore since no one visited him for so long!


Pennhurst Asylum, located in Pennsylvania is a historic site and has been abandoned for some time. It was a mental asylum for special needs people in Philadelphia. The building is reportedly haunted by many ghosts and spirits. It was a mental asylum for special needs people in Philadelphia.

Two different verisons of death fighting each other in middle of an abandon hall way

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