We asked October's Proximity Neglect Project™ winner to take some pictures and let us know how it went. Here's what he said:
Are you happy with your choice of Terror Behind The Walls? If not, what do you wish you'd chosen instead?
Drew: Absolutely. I’ve never been to any “haunted house” so I had no idea what to expect. Aside from the actual experience, you get glimpses of sections of the prison at night which is not an opportunity that you get very often. Plus, all of the proceeds benefit the preservation of Eastern State Penitentiary, so while you’re having fun you’re saving part of Philadelphia’s history.
What was the coolest part about it?
Drew: There are 6 different “experiences”, and I’m still torn between two of them as my favorite. “Detritus” involved wandering through an 1800’s cellblock in almost total darkness – you never knew what to expect. On the flipside. “Quarantine” finds you navigating your way through alternating rooms of darkness and Day-Glo/black light while wearing 3D glasses. The result is completely disorienting, at one point I literally stopped because my mind couldn’t process how to move forward through the maze.
Of course a special nod should also go to the “Infirmary” – thanks to my glowing necklace (indicating that I could be touched) I found myself grabbed and tossed into a chair and drilled by a crazed dentist.
What would you warn our readers to watch out for if they attend Terror Behind The Walls themselves?
Drew: As I mentioned earlier it can be a bit disorienting, and I was surprised by how much my adrenaline level really increased – it should count as cardio! Be sure to wear “sensible shoes” as well. While they do as much as possible to ensure safety, you need to keep in mind that it is a nearly 200 year old prison – there are uneven sidewalks, and other potential tripping hazards. Of course I’m also a klutz.
Anything else you want to add?
Drew: We went with the “Fright and a Bite” package and strongly recommend it. In our case a 3 course dinner at La Calaca Feliz (which was excellent), and they had our VIP tickets for us when we arrived. These allowed us to bypass all of the entrance lines and get to the business of being scared.
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Note: Drew wasn't able to take many pictures due to the nature of the activity, but here are a couple from between "frights."
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