The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station will host its 27th annual Haunted Jailhouse on Oct. 25, heightening an already unnerving experience of being in jail.
Working with the Santa Clarita Valley Boys and Girls Club, the city of Santa Clarita and Los Angeles County, the Haunted Jailhouse provides hours of family-based fun for many people.
The jail will take on an “asylum” theme this year, although a separate touring area for children under 6 will be provided with a less scary “Trick-or-Treat Alley” theme.
Many children and their parents enjoy the Haunted Jailhouse every year, which is decorated by the SCV Boys and Girls Club.
One of the favorite events from years past, the “Dunk-A-Deputy Booth,” which provides attendees a chance at dunking the station commander and other local deputies, is being repeated this year.
There will also be music and food from local artisans and various games, hosted by nonprofit organizations in the Santa Clarita Valley. There will also be stage entertainment, including presentations from several dance studios and a magician.
A $2 donation to the SCV Boys and Girls Club is requested at the entry gate, which will include a ticket to the Haunted Jailhouse.
Bryan Lake, director of administration at the SCV Boys and Girls Club, says he is excited about the event.
“We love working with the Sheriff’s Station,” he said. “This event shows how involved in the community our local law enforcement is.”
Last year had a slight uptick in attendance, with nearly 4,000 people showing up throughout the day, Lake said.
Along with a petting zoo and displays from the Sheriff’s Department, this year’s event boasts a costume contest with trophies to be awarded broken out by age group.
Children under 2 will be judged at 12:30 p.m., ages 2 to 4 at 1 p.m., ages 5 to 7 at 1:30 p.m., ages 8 to 10 at 2 p.m., ages 11 to 12 at 2:30 p.m. and ages 13 to adult at 3 pm.
“We encourage people to show up in costume,” said Lake, adding that it contributes to the gaiety of the event.
The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, 23740 Magic Mountain Parkway.