As we approached the stately Chateauesque structure with it’s eerie glow, we heard screams, train horns, and other haunting sounds which made us wonder what we were headed for… and whether we would we make it out of the Mansfield Reformatory alive!
Of course I’ve lived to tell the tale, as have thousands of other thrill seeking haunt lovers that visit the Ohio State Reformatory, or Mansfield Reformatory. The Mansfield Reformatory is a historic prison that opened in 1896 and closed in 1990, located in central Ohio.
Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the month of October, the former prison is turned into the site of bone chilling thrills and blood curdling screams as visitors are taken on a tour of the haunted prison.
The now closed prison has been the host of several music videos and movies including Air Force One and, most notably, The Shawshank Redemption. It was also featured in Season 2 of Ghost Hunters.
Because cameras and cell phones are strictly prohibited throughout the tour of terror, I can’t show you photos of our experience, but I can tell you that, at least in my case, several screams and shouted profanities were spoken and I almost punched a zombie. I am not making that up. I was with several friends who had toured the prison years before and said that this year’s was by far the best.
Each year, it seems to get better and better.
The more than 45-minute tour includes spooky animatronics, creepy crawly moments, actors who take their job far too seriously, and props that will scare the hell out of you or, at the very least, make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
For more information on the Ohio State Reformatory, or Mansfield Reformatory, and this year’s Halloween: Supernatural Experience, visit The Ohio State Reformatory website. You must be 13 years or older to enter the Experience and those with heart conditions, asthma or other ailments are advised not to enter.