6 Haunted Pennsylvania Spots You Need to Visit Before Fall Ends

6 Haunted Pennsylvania Spots You Need to Visit Before Fall Ends

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As sad as it is that October is approaching its final days, there is still the rest of the fall season to look forward to! If you are anything like me, you appreciate a good scare, and going to spooky and creepy places is a thrill you seek out every year at this time. If you have yet to find the time to search out haunted areas, I'm here to help. Here is a list of some of the most haunted places the great state of Pennsylvania has to offer.


1.) Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia

The Eastern State Penitentiary is a favorite of many in the Philadelphia area. The penitentiary is known for its intense haunted house held every year throughout October, but there is also a rich, creepy history that fills its hallowed halls. The Eastern State Penitentiary was operating until 1971, and is now an abandoned prison which is said to be haunted by past inmates. This spooky sight will be sure to give you the scare you seek.


2.) Hansell Road, Buckingham

Hansell Road in Buckingham, Pennsylvania is a forest in which visitors claim to have seen glowing floating orbs attached to nothing flying amongst the trees and what appeared to be red glowing eyes. This Bucks County forest is said to be the spot of the murders of Pennsylvania teens who were killed by a caretaker in the late 1990s. The floating orbs and eyes are believed to be the ghosts of the teenagers that were killed, unable to leave the forest. Creepy enough for you?


3.) Pennhurst State School and Asylum, Spring City

The Pennhurst State School and Asylum, previously referred to as "The Eastern Pennsylvania State Institution for the Feeble-Minded and Epileptic", was an extremely controversial Pennsylvania facility where it is believed that the residents were heavily mistreated and put through cruel and abusive practices. The facility was shut down in the early 1980s due to the abuse and mistreatment that patients were put through. Pennhurst is believed to be haunted by the ghosts of the past residents, and is a Pennsylvania favorite for creepy haunted tours throughout the fall.


4.) Gettysburg Battlefield

The Gettysburg Battlefield is obviously a spot where many deaths occurred, and is known to be haunted by the soldiers that died there in the 1860s. One particular spot on the Gettysburg battlefield that is notorious for its ghost sightings and haunted activity is the "Devil's Den", which people claimed to have seen the ghosts of Texan soldiers wandering about.


5.) Fort Mifflin, Philadelphia

Fort Mifflin is a Philadelphia spot known for its ghost activity after it was captured by the British during the Revolutionary War. Fort Mifflin was a fortress which rested upon an Island, and after it was captured by British Soldiers, many were killed, including well known ghosts that visitors have seen and interacted with, "The Screaming Woman", "The Faceless Man", "The Tour Guide," and a Revolutionary ship that is sometimes seen docked near Fort Mifflin.

6.) Hershey Park, Hershey

While I hate be the bearer of bad news, but everyone's favorite chocolate heaven is apparently haunted by the ghosts of teens who died there in the early 1900s. In the early days of the park, two teenagers were killed on one of the rollercoasters in Hershey Park, and employees and park goers claim to have had encounters with them especially at night.



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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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5 Things I'm Going To Do To Better Myself This Summer

Every summer I tell myself that I'm going to make a change, but this summer is when I'm finally going to do it.

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After years and years of telling myself that I was going to have a summer "transformation", I finally committed myself to it this summer. This school year was a bit rough to say the least. I was sick for six months, in the hospital for a few weeks, my identity was stolen, and I was ghosted by eight different guys... Yeah, you heard me. Eight. So as you can see, my year was a bit shitty. But it took all of that to finally make me buckle down and want to make a change in my life. It's about time that I focus on my mental and physical health and I've never been more ready. Here are 5 of the things I'm going to do this summer to better myself:

1. Kick box

Last summer I started kick-boxing and it is one of the hardest workouts I've completed. Not only was I in the best shape of my life for a couple months last summer, but it also improved my mental health drastically. It gave me an outlet to channel all of my negative energy whether it was in the heat of the moment or if it had building up inside me for months. After the tragedies of this school year, I am more than ready to get back into the gym and get all of my energy out. Not only will I be in great shape again, but my mental health is sure to get back on track in no time.

2.  Practice yoga

Over the years I have dabbled in yoga, but this summer I really want to focus on my practice. I've considered buying a yoga membership but those can get quite expensive, so I'm going to resort to YouTube to practice yoga about 5 times a week. This will not only improve my mental health but also improve my physical health and give me some designated time each day to devote to working on myself in all aspects.

3. Paint and draw

In the past, painting and drawing has been another outlet that I've channeled my bottled up energy. Whenever I've gone through a breakup or had a falling out with a friend, I painted and used my emotion to inspire art from the root of my feelings. The art that I produce when I'm feeling down is some of the best artwork that I create, but if I get in the regular practice of painting, I will have another outlet to channel my energy and focus on the promotion of creativity and mental health. Not to mention, I might have some really cute room decor by the end of the summer.

4. Write

Now I am a writing major, but sometimes I find myself in a rut. However, whenever I get ghosted or whenever I feel self conscious I am completely inspired. I am full of words and thoughts and feelings and there is no better way to channel those thoughts than by putting them down on paper. Getting those thoughts out and making them tangible is a great way to relieve stress and promote good mental health and I plan to focus on that this summer. This will help me to better myself, but also will allow me to enlarge my portfolio, helping me develop professionally in the process.

5. Go to therapy

Last summer I attended therapy quite regularly in the month of August due to my binge eating being at its worst, but I wish I'd attended therapy all summer to help keep things in regulation. This summer I plan to attend therapy every other week, not due to any particular reason, but rather to practice good mental health on a biweekly basis and to be prepared in case of a flare up or an unexpected event. Going to therapy is perfectly normal and healthy and is quite beneficial when it comes to improving mental health and self awareness. I plan to really tackle this this summer in order to ensure a mentally healthy summer and the start of a healthy and happy school year next fall.

I know it's hard to buckle down and tell yourself that you're going to make a change, but I highly encourage you to try it this summer. Even if you only last a week, you still dedicated a week to trying to better yourself and that says a lot. Try kick-boxing or yoga or painting or whatever helps you focus and channel your energy. Even if it's a small start, it's better than nothing, and I guarantee you'll be thanking yourself at the end of the summer.

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