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Sep 10 2008

It's A Star-studded Halloween In Philly With Elvira And Edgar Allan Poe

The Queen Of Movie Macabre Hosts Events And Honors The King Of Horror

Home to dozens of authentic haunted attractions, Philadelphia is showing off its fun side this Halloween with the queen of horror films, Elvira “Mistress of the Dark,” appearing at several events on Friday, October 31, 2008. The vampy, campy, good-time ghoul will kick off Halloween weekend at the Edgar Allan Poe National Historical Site with her interpretation of The Raven, then it’s off to a haunted prison and a party at a hotel where Bram Stoker penned portions of Dracula. Fans of the pop culture icon can keep track of her Philadelphia whereabouts by following the VisitPhilly updates on microblogging site twitter.com, and they can get the scoop about many of the city’s other Halloween events, taking place throughout the month of October, on gophila.com/halloween.

Whether dressed as a warlock, witch, werewolf, zombie, mummy or the Bride of Frankenstein, visitors celebrating Halloween in Philly can sleep over to enjoy these fun events with Elvira:

  • Edgar Allan Poe National Historical Site – Join Elvira from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Philadelphia home of the popular author where she will participate in a reading of The Raven in honor of Poe’s upcoming 200th birthday on January 19, 2009. 530 N. 7th Street, (215) 597-8780, nps.gov/edal
  • Eastern State Penitentiary – Elvira will mix and mingle with guests at this abandoned prison, hosting its popular Terror Behind The Walls haunted house attraction. 22nd Street & Fairmount Avenue, (888) 763-NITE, easternstate.org
  • Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue – Elvira hosts the Haunted Halloween Bash at the hotel made famous by author Bram Stoker, who wrote parts of Dracula here. Those who book the Haunted Halloween Bash Hotel Package get either two general admission or two VIP tickets to the party. Packages are $250 and $340 and include a one- night stay. General admission tickets are available for $30, and VIP admission is $75. 200 S. Broad Street, (215) 893-1234, parkphiladelphia.hyatt.com

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC), the National Park Service, Eastern State Penitentiary, the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue and Fox Philadelphia are hosting Elvira, a long-time fan of Philadelphia.

To get more information about Elvira’s Halloween appearance, information on dozens of other fun family-friendly and adult events, to see photos and videos of the “Mistress of Dark” and to book a hotel package, visit gophila.com/halloween.

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) makes Philadelphia and The Countryside® a premier destination through marketing and image building that increases business and promotes the region’s vitality.

For more information about travel to Philadelphia, visit gophila.com or uwishunu.com, where you can build itineraries; search event calendars; see photos and videos; view interactive maps; sign up for newsletters; listen to HearPhilly, an online radio station about what to see and do in the region; book hotel reservations and more. Or, call the Independence Visitor Center, located in Historic Philadelphia, at (800) 537-7676.

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Tagged: Fall, History, Holidays

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