It won’t be long before haunted attractions open around the region in old prisons, abandoned warehouses, barns and cornfields—all places that you’d expect to get spooked. If you’re looking for something a little more surprising, Shane Confectionery in Old City is hosting a haunted house that aims to give you goosebumps and, in the tradition of Halloween, send you packing with some old-world sweets.
America’s oldest continuously operating confectionery hosts “Consumed: Tales from the Candy Crypt” for the second year in a row. The event includes a 45-minute candlelit tour through the Victorian-era candy store’s showroom and kitchens where you’ll encounter a cast of tormented characters from the past. Some may jump out at you and some will school you on the history of candy—namely how it was used to disguise the terrible taste of medicine back in the day—before dropping a couple pieces in your hand and sending you on your way.
In the end, you’ll leave with a bounty of the sweets that you learned about—like Dark and Stormy Bon-Bons—and a belly full of a curious glowing liquid concoction called Hair of the Dog. Better than the nightmares you’ll have after Terror Behind the Walls, huh?
“Consumed: Tales from the Candy Crypt” takes place every Friday and Saturday from October 20 to 28. There are three tours each night: at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30pm. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.