Eric Johnson

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Pennsylvania has a new state park near Newark Delaware!

My wife and I love visiting state parks here in Delaware, and in New Jersey, Maryland and in Pennsylvania.

And now we have another option!

Last week there was a celebration at Big Elk Creek State Park in Chester County.  It’s one of 3 new state parks just added to the Pennsylvania state park system.  Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn was on hand for the celebration.

“We are proud to welcome Big Elk Creek into our wonderful network of state parks,” said Dunn. “The addition of this park in one of the fastest growing areas in Pennsylvania will provide healthy, safe access to the outdoors for generations to come. We are grateful to Governor Tom Wolf and the state legislature for prioritizing the health and wellness of Pennsylvanians in this region.”

Big Elk Creek State Park is just over 1,700 acres and features 3.5 miles of the Big Elk Creek, a tributary of the Elk River and Chesapeake Bay.

The park is located in Southern Chester County less than ten miles from Newark, Delaware.

It features farmlands and forest, and is a refuge for many threatened and endangered species.

There will also be learning opportunities at the new state park.  Discover how Indigenous people used the creek for moving things and natural resources.  Additionally, those fleeing slavery used this area as stop in the Underground Railroad.

People have been using the park for hiking, trail running, mountain biking, enjoying the wildlife and just enjoying early fall days.  Other outdoor opportunities include fishing and birdwatching.

Big Elk Creek has limited visitor amenities like parking and trails, and there are no restrooms, so plan accordingly.

Find the park by take Route 896 to Strickersville Road.  

Pennsylvania Has A New State Park Near Newark Delaware!

13 Haunted Attractions Close to Delaware

13 Haunted Attractions Close to Delaware

It’s almost October, and that means Spooky Season is upon us.  Haunted houses, hayrides, haunted walks and Halloween.  This is one of the most anticipated times of the year.   We look forward to summer all winter long and then we get sick and tired of the super hot weather.  It’s that time of year to trade in our bathing suits, flip flops and sunglasses for flannels, costumes and pumpkin spice EVERYTHING!

No matter your age or your level of thrill tolerance, you should be able to find something for everyone.  Whether for a fun night out with friends, a haunting date night or for some weekend family fun.   Disclaimer:  some of these places are REALLY creepy, so make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into before going.

My 14-year old son isn’t a huge fan of scary things and he absolutely loves Bates Motel.  By the time October comes to an end I will have heard “Can I go to Bates?” more times than I’d care to remember.  Haha! Teenagers, right?  Gotta love them!

So without further ado, we’ve put together a list of some of the hottest and most haunted attractions in the Delaware area.

Enter if you dare!  (Insert creepy music here).

  • 1. Bates Motel

    Nationally ranked in Top 5 for America’s Best Haunts!  2018 Best Haunt from CNN Travel.

    Don’t forget to check into the Bates Motel, for the most incredible display of terror and mayhem this side of Hollywood.

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  • 2. Frightland

    Named a Top 10 Scariest Haunted Attraction in the country by Travel Channel, Forbes and Huffington Post.

    Offering 8 unique haunted attractions including a 2 mile Haunted Hayride, four indoor haunted houses and much, much more. Additionally, we have a full amusement park with rides, carnival games and carnival food.

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  • 3. Field of Screams

    America’s #1 Haunted Attraction

    With FOUR intense attractions and a fun-filled entertainment area, Field of Screams is unlike anything that you have experienced before.  Journey through the dark cornfields, where terrifying creatures live and horrific acts occur.

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  • 4. Pennhurst Asylum

    PennHurst, the legendary haunted hospital complex has opened its doors after being abandoned for 25 years!

    Pennhurst haunted asylum is Pennsylvania’s Scariest destination haunted house! The fear is real at Pennhurst!

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  • 5. Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary

    A Massive Haunted House in a Real Prison

    Fifteen attractions inside the cell blocks and more surprises in store

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  • 6. Hockessin Haunted House

    We’ve had an overwhelming response from those still wanting tickets. We are currently wait list only. On occasion ticket holders do not arrive for their scheduled time, in which case tickets become available on the spot. However, we cannot guarantee or predict that. If you’d like to try to get tickets in person, arriving prior to 7pm on the remaining nights of operation (October 28th and 29th) would provide the best, but not definitive, chance.

  • 7. Fright Factory

    • Over 25,000 Square Feet of Haunted Attraction
    • Featured on the Travel Channel as one of the scariest haunted attractions in America

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  • 8. Creamy Acres Night of Terror

    • New Jersey’s Largest & Scariest Haunted Attraction at Creamy Acres Farm
    • The Harvest
    • Slaughter Cave
    • Dark Dreams
    • Ride of Terror
    • Haunted Paintball Hayride

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  • 9. The Valley of Fear & The Original Haunted Hayride

    Come ride through America’s most horrifying woods, on what the independent website, has called “one of the best we have ever been on” including a graveyard they called “absolutely amazing.” With gigantic sets and a twisting, disorienting trail, you’ll see why we were recently named Hayride Of The Year and the all new 2021 production of the Original Haunted Hayride will top all others!

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  • 10. Terror Labs


    If you’re looking for fun, excitement, and heart-pounding fear, Terror Labs will fill your prescription to a tee! Located in Pottstown, PA, Terror Labs is celebrating our 6th blood-curdling season. Our mad doctors, former patients, and formerly living experiments are eager to greet you. No appointment necessary.

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  • 11. Jason's Woods

    • 5 mind blowing attractions
    • Selected as the #1 Haunted Trail in America by Haunt Rater

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  • 12. House In The Hollow

    A true classic haunted mansion with an extensive cemetery and cavernous crypt in Bucks County

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  • 13. Lehigh Valley Scream Park

    • Ultimate Zombie Paintball Ride
    • 4 Terrifying Attractions
      • Hollow of Horror Hayride
      • Hillbilly Hell
      • Slaughter Barn
      • Psychopath Corn Maze

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