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Get Spooky in Eerie, Pennsylvania!

Friday Sep 15th, 2023

Whispers of otherworldly secrets and restless spirits beckon, as Eerie Pennsylvania readies for its spookiest season. A chilling greeting awaits you and your ghoul friends along the shores of Lake Erie with haunted cemeteries, creepy tunnels, and spine-tingling films. From things that go bump in the night to unexplainable ghostly noises, the city with the eerily appropriate name is ready to scare you senselessly with Halloween happenings. (Pictured above: "Children of the Corn" actor John Franklin)


The Eerie Horror Fest

October 4-7

The undead are calling. Held inside the historic Warner Theater, the Eerie Horror Fest is a curated program of new, upcoming, and classic short and feature-length films, workshops, panel discussions, video game demonstrations, concert performances, and celebrity guests participating in live Q&As, autographs, and photo opportunities. This year’s Eerie Horror Fest features an opening night party (Oct. 4) with celebrity DJ Tina Romero (daughter of George Romero), and a main event screening of George Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” with live original score performance by prog-rock band Morricone Youth. On Saturday night (Oct. 7), Italian pro-rock band Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin performs. Claudio Simonetti is a famous film composer who has written many well-known horror film scores including Suspiria, Demons, and Dawn of the Dead. The Fest also includes a family-friendly component Saturday morning that will feature a screening of “Hocus Pocus” and trick or treating in the lobby. The Eerie Horror Fest runs Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 5 – 10 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 5 from 4 – 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Click here for ticket information and additional details.

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Covert Escape Games, "Missing Person"

Available year-round

Described as a cross between Investigation-Discovery (ID) TV and Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs, Covert Escape Game’s newest room is its scariest room! The game is centered around a missing person’s case, and it just so happens that the person is someone you know. Through a series of clues and police reports, you and your search party will try to solve the mystery of what happened to this friend while uncovering some gruesome pieces along the way. With a little luck and keen clue-solving skills, your group can save your friend in time. Due to graphic images and limited lighting, parents should use discretion for children under 12. This game does not have any live actors, and the escape doors are not locked. The Missing Person game is available daily at various times. Click here for ticket information and additional details.

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Victorian Princess Halloween Moonlight Cruises

Fridays, October 6-27

Every Halloween, the majestic Victorian Princess transforms into a haunted ghost ship complete with decked-out decks and a devilishly devious crew, ready to carry its cache of creepy creatures onto the waters of Presque Isle Bay. This cruise is frightfully delightful featuring costume contests and prizes, a cash bar, and a DJ. Each cruise features a different themed night including witches, serial killers, zombies, and vampires.  All cruises run from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Your ticket includes the cruise and light snacks.  

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Erie Cemetery Tours "Ghosts and Legends"

Saturday and Sundays, October 7-29

Dedicated in 1851, the Erie Cemetery is one of the region’s first cemeteries and is the final resting place of many famous residents. Take a walk, if you dare, through the gates of the Erie Cemetery and see what may lurk in the shadows during the “Ghost and Legends” tour. Learn ghostly stories of some of these residents along with a few urban legends. Each 90-minute tour starts at 1 p.m. inside the main gates, rain or shine. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can register and purchase tickets in advance here.

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Haunted History Tours of Union Station

Wednesdays and Fridays, October 11 - November 1

See what lies beneath The Brewerie at Union Station and get a rare glimpse at the dark and mysterious tunnels that run underneath. A guide will walk you deep into the bowels of the building and tell the tragic story of Clara, a little girl who supposedly fell backward down a marble flight of stairs to her unfortunate death. To this day, there are rumors of people hearing a child’s giggle or a scream or experiencing a tripping sensation on their shins. Tours last approximately 90 minutes and take place Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. and Fridays at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Space is extremely limited and tours sell out quickly. Reservations can be made online or by calling 814-454-2200.

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Candlelight Ghost Walks: Haunted Girard

October 14

For nearly 200 years, the tiny borough of Girard, Pennsylvania has remained relatively unchanged in size and appearance, its Main Street still lined with many of the original structures built by early settlers in the 1800s. But beneath Girard’s quiet, quaint exterior lies a hotbed of paranormal activity, with the spirits of long-dead citizens still making appearances today. Learn the stories behind Girard’s hauntings, the spirits who inhabit the town, and more. All walks begin at 8 p.m. and last approximately 90 minutes. Walk participants are to meet at the corner of Main and Mechanic Streets, near the Civil War monument. Ticket information and reservations are available by calling or texting 814-490-5078.


Escape Game Erie – Axe Murder Hollow

Available year-round (West Ridge Road location)

The Axe Murder Hollow legend is based on a story that has haunted the Erie area for almost 60 years.  Although the alleged ax murder incident in the hollow off Sterrettania Road has never been proven and there is no historical evidence, generations of curious thrill seekers have visited the area in hopes of seeing the ghostly farmer who is said to have brutally murdered his wife and her lover. Immerse yourself in this frightfully interactive game as you try to find the gas can to start your car and escape before the farmer-turned-axe murderer finds you. The Axe Murder Hollow Game is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:55 p.m. Fridays at 12:45, 7:20, and 9:10 p.m., Saturdays at 2:15, 4:50, 6:20, and 9 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m.  Ticket information and additional details are here. .

Partner Spotlight

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UPMC Hamot - See What Makes Us Different

UPMC Hamot is a 458-bed hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services. The hospital serves as a regional referral hub and is the only accredited trauma center in the region.

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Cart/Horse Distilling is a first-generation woman-owned distillery, pioneering the craft in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. Handcrafted care never goes out of style. We put that artistic attention into every bottle of our small batch spirits. Cart/Horse proudly produces rum, whiskey, vodka, gin, and several award-winning specialty liquors. Our robust cocktail menu uses the finest and freshest ingredients for each custom-built drink.

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Oliver’s Bayfront Mini Golf

This 18-hole course is the newest addition to Oliver’s Beer Garden, offering stunning views of Erie’s Bayfront and the Bicentennial Tower. Play your round and then enjoy delicious food & drink from the snack bar or Oliver’s Food Truck!

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Millcreek Mall

The Millcreek Mall features more than 160 stores, restaurants, and fun for the whole family on Upper Peach Street, Erie’s most popular shopping district! Shopping in Erie means no sales tax on clothing or shoes. Choose from a variety of hotels located on the Mall property and just minutes away at the intersection of Peach Street and Interstate 90.

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The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern

The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern is sure to give you an unforgettable and care-free dining experience. Enjoy a nautical atmosphere with a beautiful view of Presque Isle Bay.

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Dobbins Landing

Located on the southeast shore of Lake Erie, the Port of Erie has been promoting industrial, commercial, and recreational opportunities on the waters of Lake Erie since 1959.

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Outdoor Dining at the Bayfront Grille

The Bayfront Grille Restaurant at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel is excited to announce that our Bayside Patio is open for Lunch and Dinner. Please check Open Table for reservations or contact the restaurant directly at 814-454-2005.

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Summer Days at Port Farms

Join us for Summer Days at Port Farms from August 5th through September 10th! Enjoy 5-acres of u-pick flowers, themed festivals every weekend, special events, dances, live music, farm treats, specialty drinks, 20+ farm attractions and more! There is something for everyone.

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Erie Events

Erie Events manages a four facility entertainment complex that includes the Warner Theatre, Erie Insurance Arena, Bayfront Convention Center and UPMC Park. These four venues host a variety of events that include world-class entertainment, family friendly shows and sporting events.

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AHN Saint Vincent- Award-Winning Medical Care

AHN Saint Vincent has been here from the beginning, providing award-winning inpatient and outpatient medical care. Need express care? We’ve conveniently placed AHN facilities on the west and east side of Erie, just walk-in! AHN Saint Vincent is not only recognized locally (Erie’s Choice- Best Hospital) but nation-wide, so you can expect high-quality care, greater safety, and better results.

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Mazza Vineyards and the South Shore Wine Company

The Mazza family welcomes you to explore 3 unique locations in Lake Erie Wine Country. Sip and savor award-winning wines at Mazza Vineyards and the historic South Shore Wine Company, both located in North East, PA, and be sure to visit their combination winery, distillery and brewery, Mazza Chautauqua Cellars/Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing, in nearby Westfield, NY.

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When you have an opportunity to fly, give Erie a try - support your hometown airport!

Direct daily flights to Charlotte. Erie International Airport is serviced by American Airlines with daily flights to Charlotte with connections to many other destinations.

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U Pick 6 Craft Beer Pubs & Restaurants

Erie’s own local craft beer pubs are a must-visit! With 4 great locations, just pick one that’s convenient for you! A casual, family friendly dining experience with something for everyone! To view our menu, check out what’s on tap, or get to directions to our pubs, learn more now!”

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814 Photo

Showcasing the incredible year round beauty of the City of Erie and its surrounding areas, commonly referred to as its area code "the 814". Explore some of Erie County's most breathtaking landscape photography.

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