Haunted Jail is back for another year of terror.
The Rotary Jail Museum will be transformed into a haunted house with all new characters and monsters for back-to-back weekends beginning Sept. 27. The event is the museum’s largest fundraiser of the year.
“It’s a really special landmark to Crawfordsville,” Montgomery County Cultural Foundation executive director Britt Turpin said about the jail, “and it was the first of it’s kind and it’s the only one that’s still operational.”
Tickets go on sale a few minutes before doors open at 6 p.m. Sept. 27-28 and Oct. 4-5. Cost is $10 per person and admission must be paid before waiting in line. The last tickets will be sold at midnight.
Chances to win tickets will be offered on the museum’s Facebook page throughout the week.
The guided walk lasts about 15-20 minutes. Last year’s event drew more than 1,250 people.
Historical information about the jail, which housed inmates from 1882-1973, will be displayed to people waiting in line. Entertainer Troy Deckard will perform juggling acts and fire-eating tricks and music is being provided by deejay Jason Black.
Haunted Jail T-shirts and hoodies will be available for purchase along with food from Sheepdog Coffee Co. and Fat Bottom Donuts. The American Red Cross will also be on hand.
About 45-60 people, including paid actors, were hired to work the event. The museum has completed hiring staff.
Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the organization’s art classes, community movie nights and programming expenses.
The museum re-opens for regular tours Oct. 9. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 6-11. Children 5 and under get in free.