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Halloween at the Old Pen


Spending Halloween in prison may sound like a drunken night gone wrong, but this Halloween, the Old Idaho Penitentiary wants to show you the other side of the bars--don't worry, they'll let you back out. For the first time in 10 years, this historic prison will be celebrating the haunting holiday with a new event, Frightened Felon's Halloween. Guests will be taken on a haunted tour through the prison facility, so watch out for escaped convicts lurking around every corner. The Treasure Valley Storytellers will be on hand to spin spooky yarns, and kids (preferably over 6) will find plenty to do while discovering clues during a prisoner scavenger hunt.

For those who are older and bolder, special tours begin after 8 p.m., featuring executions, ghosts and other mental madness. No scary soiree would be complete without a costume contest, so scrounge up your best prison outfit and take home top prize. Food and drinks will be available for all hardened criminals across the way at the famous Bishop's House. If you like a little history with your mystery and haunted houses just aren't cutting it, check into the slammer for a night of eerie entertainment.

Saturday, Oct. 31, 6 p.m.-10 p.m., $8-$10, Old Idaho Penitentiary, 2445 Old Penitentiary Road, 208-334-2844,