Fans display their adoration for Terror Behind the Walls permanently ahead of haunted house's opening

John McDevitt
September 13, 2019 - 5:27 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — To mark the opening of one of Philly's most hallowed Halloween attractions, dozens of mega fans marked themselves in preparation.

More than 100 people took advantage of discounted Terror Behind the Walls-themed tattoos on Friday the 13th at Eastern State Penitentiary.

Fourteen tattoo artists took over Terror Behind the Walls' newly renovated makeup room, where they offered tats like skulls, ghouls, gargoyles and zombie nurses for $150 to $250.

The event created buzz ahead of the haunted house's 2019 season, which begins Sept. 20.

At the abandoned prison-turned-museum in Fairmount, Casey Paul was able to get a tattoo, which were offered as first-come, first-served. She plays a zombie nurse in the haunted attraction, and she wanted to make it a bigger part of her life.

"She is on me forever," she said. "I have been officially tattooed with this character. I will keep her with me always, not only inside, but on the back of my forearm as well." 

While some may find her tattoo a bit unusual, Paul said it speaks to the caliber of the attraction.

"It speaks very highly of our performance, of our show, that people love Terror Behind the Walls enough to get it tattooed on them forever," she added.

The haunted house's two iconic smoke-breathing gargoyles, named Frank and Carson, will also return this year, but they won't be perched on top of the entrance gate as usual. Instead, they'll be on the ground so you can take selfies with them.

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Terror Behind the Walls features six spooky attractions in one big haunted house — or prison, in this case — including a creepy infirmary, a machine shop, a "quarantine" with dark creatures, and whatever a "blood yard" is.

It runs through Nov. 9.