Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Eastern State Penitentiary to hold discussion

Interesting local story about the EST and Terror Behind the Walls - the debate is similar to the one surrounding Pennhurst.

Eastern State Penitentiary will host a discussion about the ethics of operating the historic prison in Philadelphia. By far the most popular event at the penitentiary is its annual Halloween haunt, "Terror Behind The Walls." But there are some concerns about using historic sites as scary sites.

The penitentiary isn't the only place that exploits its past to make a few bucks. Last year a controversy erupted over the use of the old Pennhurst mental asylum as a place haunted by ghouls in straitjackets.


  1. People really need to understand that whole "freedom of expression" thing a little better, and stop taking themselves so seriously.

    It's entertainment, people! If you don't like it, don't go!

  2. I don't get it. What's the harm? I have family with mental health issues and I would not be offended by ghouls in straight jackets, nor would they.

  3. I agree with ShellHawk. The fact that this is even an issue is ridiculous. If you want to attend the haunt then do so - if not than don't.

  4. It's not used as a prison any more, so I don't see the problem. Look at Alactraz. You can't tell me they don't make a few extra pesos over the Halloween period. It's history and sometimes it ain't purty. Or politically-correct.

  5. Why not turn a place of torment an anguish into something where people can have a good time? Sheesh! To me, this is the equivilant of making lemonade out of lemons. Sure, it's a tad bit exploitive, but does it hurt anyone? Is banning it going to make all the souls who suffered there feel any better?