Happy Haunting in Philadelphia

Posted October 7, 2009 by Kate Hamman

PA-Philly-EdgarAllenPoeMural-DEF With a history dating back to the very birth of this country, Philadelphia may be hiding a few skeletons in its closet. You couldn't pick a better time than fall to drag them out, dress them up, and parade them about town. Come celebrate the spirit of the season by visiting the home of a morbid author, dining on the harvest's finest, and shopping in a decorative jewelry store.

Edgar Allen Poe House: Edgar Allen Poe's name is synonymous with the eerie, making our spine tingle and bones chill ever since he wrote The Raven and The Fall of the House of Usher. Pay respect to the master of macabre with a visit to his only surviving home in Philadelphia, where he wrote the bulk of his work. Take a ranger- or self-guided tour inside the house where Poe might have exhumed much of his inspiration, including the floorboards where perhaps he first heard the knocking muse of the Tell-Tale Heart. Admission is free, and you can learn a great deal about Poe through an eight-minute video, and readings of his work by Christopher Walken and Vincent Price.

Pumpkin: The decorative orange gourd may conjure images of autumn, but this Pumpkin stays fresh and seasonal year-round. Chef Ian Moroney's menu reflects the freshest local produce of the day, surprising you with inventive and signature dishes such as the percatelli with sea urchin roe, garlic, anchovies, and olive oil. With the recent popularity of BYOB (bring your own bottle) in Philadelphia, you can save a fortune in liquor costs. The restaurant is cash only.

Halloween: Named after the owner, Henri David's, favorite holiday, this jewelry store overflows with trinkets, baubles, doodads, and whatnots. The shop may be difficult to find, but once inside, the wealth of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and jeweled accessories will overwhelm you in the best possible fashion. David designs many of the pieces himself, including engagement and wedding bands. Be sure to look closely, because you'll find items showcased in unusual places, such as a former grandfather clock. Expect prices comparable to other jewelry stores, but it's possible to still find a pair of earrings for $15.

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