The Haunted Jail Tour is the first of its kind in Perry County. Hundreds of people have gone through the tour since it first opened earlier this month. The Haunted Jail is located in the old courthouse and is opened every Thursday, Friday and Saturday with the exception of Oct. 31.
“We were looking at ways to raise money for the fair, you know we are proud of our fair, but it does take money to put events like that on. We thought about having the haunted jail. We always heard rumors that it was haunted, so we know people enjoy doing those kinds of things, so we put it together,” explains Perry County Judge-Executive Scott Alexander.
Alexander believes that it is a good way for the residents of Perry County to have some entertainment on the weekends, and it also helps support the local community. Most of the proceeds will go towards the Perry County Fair next year. Another group, InVision Hazard, will run the Haunted Jail Tour some of the nights as well, and the money they collect will go towards helping their group with future projects.
Alexander said they hired a guy who has done other haunted houses before, and he helped them with setting up the haunted jail. Alexander also explains that while the Haunted Jail has actors, it also has volunteers from the community and also those from the Fair Board.
“I think the anticipation, the waiting, and then when you go into the holding cell, and you can hear someone else go through and you are waiting your turn. I think the anticipation of it builds up and I think it is pretty neat from what I hear overall from the people who have gone through it. They really enjoy it. They get a little of story telling,” explained Alexander. He thinks this is what makes the haunted jail so frightening for those who go through it.
One thing though, Alexander himself hasn’t gone through the tour.
“Well, see, I won’t go past the door. I’ve not been through it yet. So I can say I’m one of those that I’m still too afraid to go all the way through,” said Alexander.
He hopes that the Haunted Jail Tour will become an annual event, and hopes that more people will want to participate once the haunted jail has become more well known.
“Yeah, I think so, I think we will get more groups who may want to help and participate and may be able to run it more nights. I think this is something that has people away from here hear about it and we have had guests from other counties and a couple from other states. I think as guests hear about it that they will come and we are already thought of some new ideas and new attractions for next year,” he said.
The Haunted Jail Tour runs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On Thursday, the tour lasts from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., and 7 p.m. – 10 p.m on Friday and Saturday. The cost of admission is $5 on Thursdays and $7 on Friday and Saturdays. The tour can last anywhere between 12-15 minutes.
Alexander encourages everyone to come and check it out.
“It gives you something to do on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday evening,” he said.
TJ Caudill can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.