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October
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Mansfield Haunted House
Is Halloween your favorite holiday of the year? If you love all things spooky, scary, and sensational, then there are few better places to be than Mansfield for the Halloween season this year. In addition to all of the local events going on throughout October to celebrate Halloween, Mansfield is home to one of the most stunning haunted "houses" in the entire country. The Ohio State Reformatory – a beautiful, historic prison loaded with stories from across the centuries – is the site of the annual "Escape from Blood Prison" haunted house. It's the perfect way to get your adrenaline flowing during the spooky season, and our REALTORS® have all of the haunted details on this popular, local event.

Spooky, Spectacular Fun in Haunted Mansfield 

Escape from Blood Prison: The Annual Haunted House - the Ohio State Reformatory
Dates/Times: September 28 – November 4, 2018 – Gates Open at 6 pm
Location: 100 Reformatory Rd., Mansfield, OH 44905

The Haunted History of the Ohio State Reformatory

The Ohio State Reformatory was designed by architect Levi T. Schofield, with the first stones for the spectacular structure being laid in 1886. While you definitely won't find it on the list of Mansfield homes for sale, the Ohio State Reformatory did serve as a sort of home throughout its working life. The prison housed some of the most dangerous criminals in Ohio, and ghost stories were very common even before the prison became a well-known historic site.

The prison's soaring, Gothic architecture is both beautiful and imposing. If it looks a bit like a large church, that's no accident – Levi T. Schofield believed that designing the prison to look like a church may help prisoners reform. Some did reform, and some would go on to become the subjects of ghost stories that help make the prison famous.

Experience a Haunted House Unlike Any Other

While you can learn about the prison's history ahead of time, nothing can prepare you for the experience of Escape from Blood Prison, the haunted house at the Ohio State Reformatory. Countless hours of work go into creating a truly terrifying atmosphere, where the legendary ghost stories of the past come alive to the spooky delight of audience members.

The haunted house takes you on a tour of the prison's scariest former inmates, with both references to real-world stories and new creations. This is not a haunted house for the faint of heart, and the "monsters" at the prison take great pleasure in creating a terrifying experience for all who walk through the halls.

Tickets for Escape from Blood Prison are available for both individuals and groups, with online ordering to simplify the process. Be sure to check out the Lightning Pass and Speed Pass options, which allow you to skip the lines.

A Taste of Hollywood at the Ohio State Reformatory

The Ohio State Reformatory is at its best during Halloween, but it's also a great place to visit throughout the year. In addition to all of the fascinating history surrounding the site, the Ohio State Reformatory served as the setting for some truly memorable films. This is where most of The Shawshank Redemption was filmed, and you can still take a behind-the-scenes tour of many locations featured in the movie's most famous scenes.

The Ohio State Reformatory is one of many unique attractions in the Mansfield area, and we'd love to help you find your perfect home in the community. Contact us at Haring Realty to buy and sell homes throughout the Mansfield, OH area.

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