When I found out that nearby Eastern State Penitentiary would be hosting a movie night, I couldn’t wait to go. What movie would we enjoy?
I spent another fun Saturday night at one of my new favorite places, the Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia. This time we took the two hour evening flashlight tour. This wasn’t a haunted attraction, the emphasis was on history and architecture. It was something different from the usual fall menu of haunted houses and hayrides.
Our guide was dressed as a friar, and we had no trouble hearing him with his headset amplifying his explanations at each tour stop. We walked among monuments large and small, the flashlights enabling us to negotiate the sometimes tricky terrain.
At the conclusion of our walk, we were treated to cookies, bowlfuls of candy, and potentially hard apple cider, if you chose the optional splashes of whisky. There was even a merch table containing a diverse assortment of cemetery swag. There were serious items such as books and shirts, and fun trinkets such as grim reaper cookie cutters and shovel-shaped pencils. For a place who makes a business caring for the dead, they know how to show the living a good time.