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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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.
A place that has so much history such as Pennhurst should be open to the public. I feel it would be a wonderful way to raise money. No actors portraying horrifying and disturbing displays. I am talking about a REAL GUIDED TOUR. Day and Night ones!
Many historical buildings in the u.s. do haunted attractions and ghost tours, it brings revenue for maintenance, restoration, and historical endeavors which dont alway generate enough money to sustain themselves. The association/owner need to come together and keep the building history alive
I'm 23 I have many friends who go to the attraction. I seriously question our friendship when they do. Every time I hear the radio ads it makes me sick. I'm considered mentally ill I've found the use of it as a haunted attraction offensive from day 1. I can't see how people don't understand that
2 Sides10/04/2013
I can see both sides of the story. I previously worked with former patients of Pennhurst and came to care for them very much. However, it seems a shame to allow the entire property to just rot away. The perfect solution would be for the PMPA owners of the new attraction to be able to work together
If someone had suggested that the Auschwitz facilities would be put to good use as a Halloween attraction, all would gasp in horror. Pennhurst as an amusement attraction is no different. Stigma against the mentally ill and handicapped has allowed this to happen. That is the true horror.
Doctor K08/28/2013
Haunt Legend says 'And so began two decades of radical experimentation with untried drugs, new procedures'. In light of the fact that medical experimentation on institutionalized children DID happen - click my name - how are ALL these parallels betw real and 'fictional' Pennhurst NOT exploitation?
i think the individuals running the asylum are not demonizing mental ailments. rather giving the public the opportunity to enter these buildings legally rather than the continued vandalism and tresspassing that has taken place all these years. they also recognize the hospitals history
Peter Davies07/30/2013
Turning Pennhurst into a Hallowe'en-style attraction is degrading to human dignity. Please come up with a purpose for this building which shows compassion and sympathy for the real human beings who lived and suffered here instead.

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