Happy Halloween from Eerie, Pennsylvania! Celebrate the spookiest of holidays along the shores of Lake Eerie and gather up your ghoul friends for evenings packed with haunted cemeteries, dark 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 senseless with numerous Halloween happenings. (pictured above: "Children of the Corn" actor John Franklin, appearing at the Eerie Horror Film Fest)
Fridays and Saturdays, September 23 to October 29 and Sunday October 9
Embark, if you dare, on a terrifying tractor-drawn hayride through the dark deep woods that surround Sparrow Pond Campground. During this scary journey, riders will be brought face-to-face with as many as 20 disturbing scenes from creepy clowns to mad scientists and nefarious murderers. Be sure to keep a wary out for other creatures of the night who may jump out from the darkness to snatch you off the wagon or try to hitch a ride!
Hayrides are approximately 20 minutes long and run from 7:30 – 10 p.m. with the last tickets sold at 10 p.m. Sunday October 9, the ride runs from 7:30-9 p.m. with the last tickets sold at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12.95 per person.
Fridays, September 30 to October 28
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. The popular Halloween Moonlight Cruises include costume contests and prizes, a cash bar and a DJ spinning the latest dance tunes with Halloween favorites in between. Each week’s cruise features a different themed-night including zombies, witches, serial killers and vampires. Best suited for adults over 18, cruises are available for sightseeing or dinner.
Sightseeing cruises are September 30, October 7 and 21 from 9-11 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. Dinner cruises are October 14 and 28 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person.
October 5 – 8, 2022
The four-day film event takes place at the historic Warner Theater and features a variety of short and feature-length horror, thriller and slasher films, video game demonstrations, celebrity meet and greets, cast and crew Q&As, panel discussions and vendors. Festival highlights include screenings of the 1984 classic "Children of the Corn" followed by a live commentary session with cast members, the critically acclaimed indie horror flick "Hellbender”, and a special screening of the 1922 classic silent film "Nosferatu" accompanied by acclaimed recording artist and silent film organist Ron Rhode performing "Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror" on the Warner’s massive, newly restored pipe organ.
The Eerie Horror Fest runs Oct. 5, 3-9:30 p.m.; Oct. 6, 3-10:30 p.m.; and Oct. 7 and 8, 10 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Single day passes for the festival are $25 per person. Standard all access passes are $123 per person or you can purchase the all access premium pass which includes special merchandise surprises for $150 per person. The "Nosferatu" movie and party package is $45 per person or $30 for the movie only.
October 8 and 15
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 1800’s. 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 explore Girard’s remarkable history, including the incredible deeds of a secret network of law-breakers who harbored fugitive slaves as they made their way to Canada on the Underground Railroad.
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 which is near the Civil War monument. Find it here. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for children ages 6-12. Tours are not recommended for children under 6. For reservations, call or text 814-490-5078.
October 12 – 28
See what lies beneath historic Union Station and The Brewerie and get a rare glimpse at the dark and mysterious tunnels that run underneath. A guide will walk you down deep into the bowels of this building where tour guests will learn the tragic story of Clara, the little girl who supposedly fell backwards down a marble flight of stairs to her unfortunate death. To this day, reports from visitors and staff members indicate hearing a child’s giggle or a scream coming from behind or tripping sensations on their shins.
Tours last approximately 90 minutes and take place October 12 from 7:30-9 p.m., October 14 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., October 19 at 7:30 p.m., October 21 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., October 26 at 7 p.m. and October 28 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Space is extremely limited. Tickets are $20 per person. Reservations can be made online or by calling 814-454-2200.
Available year-round (West Ridge Road location)
Gather up your friends for an interactive evening filled with clues where the outcome is anything but certain. The Axe Murder Hollow legend is based off of 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 fun game as you try to find the gas can to start your car and escape before the farmer-turned axe murderer finds you. Will you lead your team to safety or will you be trapped?
The Axe Murder Hollow Game is available at the west side location, 4838 West Ridge Road on Tuesdays from 5:30–9 p.m., Thursdays 1-9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 1-10 p.m. and Sundays 1– 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person.