Philadelphia School of Circus Arts (6452 Greene Street) presents frights and feats during the debut of Haunted Circus Mansion, running every Saturday through October 27, 2018. Come out and explore the dark and spooky paths inside one of Mt. Airy’s most mysterious and grand 100-year old properties. By day, the former home of St. Madeleine Sophie Church in West Mt. Airy is filled with laughter and joy of circus students learning a new skill. By night, when the sun goes down, the spirits come alive and enchant the dark hallways, cavernous classrooms and long-forgotten secret spaces. Get ready for a night of haunting and enchantment during this one-of-a-kind experience. Frights begin at 6:00pm when the two paths open based on order of arrival. After each path, stay as long as you like and enjoy shows every thirty minutes, plus games, contests, refreshments and other fall fun. All ages are welcome. Youth tickets ($5) and adult tickets ($10) are available for purchase through http://phillycircus.com. Children under two are free.
“Haunted Circus Mansion is Philadelphia’s newest Halloween attraction and a one-of-a-kind experience you won’t soon forget,” said PSCA’s Head Coach and Haunted Circus Mansion Coordinator Adam Wooley. “Philadelphia School of Circus Arts has a history in our former home of presenting Halloween shows. Now that we have settled into our new home in a historic church and former school, we saw an opportunity to create something really special. The building and grounds have so much character and personality, they are the perfect backdrop for our students and faculty to showcase their skills, perform for the public and create an exciting new Halloween tradition. We hope to see everyone out from our Mt. Airy and Germantown community, as well as families from around the region.”
Haunted Circus Mansion invites you to embark on a dark and spooky journey through the 26,000 square feet school and sanctuary. For the timid, you will depart deep below the surface for the Cellar Path which is family-friendly. For the more adventurous, get ready to head up the creepy staircase into the darkest corners of the Attic Path.
The Cellar Path, recommended for ages six and up, is a PG haunt experience for the entire family! Participants will walk a low tight-wire over a pit of snakes as they try to keep on the lookout for classic Halloween characters, all the while gentle scares are mixed in.
For the more courageous, there is the Attic Path filled with corridors of chaos. Participants will experience the wrath of spirits which have been disrupted from their eternal slumber during a seance gone wrong. Be warned, however, as this path is not for the faint of heart! It contains blind-folded sections, non-violent touching, loud noises and strobe lighting.
Frights begin at 6:00pm. Both paths involve a 15-20 minute walk-through experience with a small group. Paths are only accessible by staircase. Groups will depart on the paths in order of arrival - tickets are not timed. For those that survive both paths, they will find their way to the church Sanctuary, where a Halloween celebration awaits with drinks, entertainment, apple bobbing, craft making and a haunted circus show. Shows run every thirty minutes. Special activities nightly will also take place at 9:00pm, including Halloween trivia and costume contests, with prizes including private lessons and Flying Trapeze classes! There will also be special performances from local professional troupes.
The production team, made up of Adam Woolley, Kate Hanley, Clara Lebrake, Rachel Lancaster and Jefferson Grubbs, prioritized making this showcase of PSCA’s students both spooky and artistically entertaining. “Haunted Circus Mansion lets our students showcase their talents and creativity outside of our classes.”
Haunted Circus Mansion is open to kids and adults of all ages. Youth tickets are only $5.00 and adults are only $10. Children under two are free. Tickets are valid for the paths, the showcase performance, and seasonal activities. Food and drink are pay-as-you-go. For tickets, or additional information about Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, visit phillycircus.com - if you dare! (Cue up the spooky music.)