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Pamela Apkarian-Russell is THE authority on Halloween history and collectibles. However, her... read more

Reviewed 20 July 2018
Jason R
Millsboro, Delaware
What a gem

The owner of the house/museum is remarkably knowledgeable about the history and legends related to... read more

Reviewed 28 October 2017
Angie L
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
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Reviewed 20 July 2018

Pamela Apkarian-Russell is THE authority on Halloween history and collectibles. However, her multiple books on the subject do little justice to her actual collection, which numbers in the thousands (maybe tens of thousands) of unique items from the 17th century to the present. Everything you've...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Jason R
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

The owner of the house/museum is remarkably knowledgeable about the history and legends related to Halloween, as well as about the artists that created many of the works. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and were pleasantly surprised by the variety and depth of the collections....More

Date of experience: October 2017
5  Thank Angie L
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

There are some really great pieces here but they are buried under all of the other stuff. It’s a beautiful old house jam packed with a Halloween hoard. The owners live on site and seem like nice people but the whole thing seems disjointed.

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank Andrea B
Reviewed 28 August 2017

If you love Halloween. This is the place to visit. Tour can be done in an afternoon. You do have to call ahead and make an appointment to see. I scheduled a tour for when I was going to be in the area. I collect...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Billie S
Reviewed 28 August 2017

A little hard to find but well worth it. Follow your GPS directions-it's on a one way street. Must call to set up appointment for a private tour of the Halloween Queen's home. Filled up to the rafters with Halloween memorabilia. Pamela, the Halloween Queen,...More

Date of experience: August 2017
3  Thank Laurie C
Reviewed 15 June 2017

Very interesting place filled to the brim with many different types of collections a feast for the eye . Pam makes it extremely interesting and enjoyable with her vast knowledge. Of everything she has collected. Worth the trip. A hidden gem in Altoona. By reservation...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank daf110
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Called Castle Holloween, but there is much more. They have the machine that took Tom Hanks back to his teen years in the movie "Big". They have many well known art sculptures and posters (Wish I took notes to remember their names) that were beautiful....More

Date of experience: November 2016
1  Thank Sharon R
Reviewed 5 December 2016

Just visited here last weekend -it is amazing! Would probably have to visit at least 10 times to really see everything. A very cool collection of vintage and modern Halloween momentos -from movies, candy, games, TV, plays, you name it. Our hostess, the Halloween Queen,...More

Date of experience: December 2016
3  Thank AnnieJ52
Reviewed 28 November 2016

Unbelievable collection of (mostly) Halloween objects but also included are a Harry Potter and Night before Xmas room. The Halloween Queen herself, Pamela E. Apkarian-Russell, gives an interesting and very fun tour. If your headed to Altoona, PA get reservations and make a stop there.

Date of experience: November 2016
1  Thank Dave R
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