A Statement Regarding the "Pennhurst Haunted Asylum"

PMPA is completely opposed to the operation of a haunted attraction at Pennhurst that portrays people with disabilities in a demeaning and degrading fashion. Demonizing people with disabilities as a profit-making ‘entertainment’ is (and should be) offensive to everyone. We urge everyone who shares our disgust to speak out against the ‘haunted asylum’ and boycott this travesty.

Please consider signing the petition circulating against the Pennhurst Asylum Haunted Attraction.

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Lover of Haunts09/20/2017
I visited Pennhurst way before the Haunt when it was empty, neglected and overgrown. It was frightening like I cannot even describe. I have also been to the Haunt. It's over-the-top carnival atmosphere completely misses the whole vibe the made Pennhurst so scary to me. Lame.
all u guys are like oh its offending the history of pennhurst ! like this guy bought it and ALL haunted houses probaly had and aslyum themed room.
Eric Joseph Pride09/08/2017
It may be too late this year, but would it be possible to organize a protest? I have at least 50 people who would be willing to support this project. If something like this has not been organized, I would be more than happy to help.
I agree the attraction is a mockery of the ones who suffered. They use the suffering that happened to make more money. Allow photo tours of the property. Preserve the architecture and truth behind it. This piece a gigantic impact on how the disabled are treated today. Let it stand as a reminder.
Jim Ward07/02/2017
Petition has been signed. I would love to see Pennhurst turned into a museum of sorts, but it doesn't need to be used as a haunted house. Too much history there that needs to be properly perserved.
Janet Carbone06/24/2017
As a retired employee of a state facility similar to PH. Trespassing and the potential for building fires as in the case of my facility does pose a community danger. That said, using those buildings an attraction where the residents' memory are used for is beyond reprehensible. Stop it!
James Kalesse 03/06/2017
Pennhurst should not be knocked down it should be turned into a particial museum for mayflower building and admininstration building and devon building 10 per person
Today my husband I went to do a photo tour that is on website at Penn Hurst. We followed other cars down the road. We were stopped by a man in a pickup. Told we were trespassing on private property . He followed Us out. While 10 cars went in.He called police. My husband is 51 I am 48.
Andreah donald 09/18/2016
If you truly believe pennhurst haunted asylum should be shut down then all haunts should be shut down seeing how most of haunted attractions demonize and portray the disabled in the way you are explaining not just pennhurst a petition is fine however do not become or biased in your belief
This place should be knocked down and sold to developers with proceeds going to fund brain research. That is the best way to make something good happen out of this inhumane place.
tammy Ebersole08/14/2016
Let there be ghost tours for cash
I think it is making money to maintain the grounds/property, then I'm not really opposed to it--plus, it allows folks to check out the place without having to trespass and break the law. Of course, they could just give regular tours--I'd go. But I'm sure they make more at Halloween time.
mick thomas04/17/2016
Agreed, should be open for tours day and night. Went yesterday around the grounds and some guy in a pickup truck made me leave, as if I was going to do damage to the poorly maintained buildings. He pretty much is allowing the place to rot. Assuming he is the owners son.
Exploitation is inevitable when informing people of the truth. Since when does sweeping it under the rug or locking it behind closed doors ever educate people of some of our nations worst crimes against humanity.
Alexander Taylor09/19/2015
Here's a newsflash The Haunt IS what is preserving Pennhurst. It is filled with people who legitimately care for the property. It has stopped the steady stream of trespassers. It brought the conversation out from the shadows. They've done more than any of you have.

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