Area residents, once they've exhausted the possibilities of Halloween Hauntings available in Licking County, may want to take a short drive to Mansfield to investigate other attractions - specifically the "Prison of the Evil Dead" Haunted Prison in Mansfield.

Area residents, once they've exhausted the possibilities of Halloween Hauntings available in Licking County, may want to take a short drive to Mansfield to investigate other attractions - specifically the "Prison of the Evil Dead" Haunted Prison in Mansfield.

Touted as one of the most haunted places in the United States, the Ohio State Reformatory Historic Site, once a working prison, has served as a location for several blockbuster movies, including "The Shawshank Redemption" and "Air Force One."

These days the reformatory is a well-known tourism attraction, and the "Prison of the Evil Dead" Haunted Prison Experience is one of its popular programs.

The month-long event features the longest haunted cellblock ever, along with loads of ghosts, demons and creepy characters brought to life via live actors. They are supplemented by Hollywood special effects and high-tech scare devices.

The Haunted Prison Experience opened Friday, Sept. 26, and continues through Nov. 1.

Hours of operation are from 7 to 11 p.m. on Thursdays; 7 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays; and 7 to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

Admission is $15.

"There are many documented cases of paranormal activity at the Reformatory," said Lee Tasseff, Mansfield Convention and Visitors Bureau president, in a press release. "Groups of professional and amateur 'ghost hunters,' and even a crew from the Sci-Fi Channel, have spent many nights at the prison recording what they report as unexplained encounters with ghosts and spirits."

For more information, visit www.mansfieldtourism.com and click on the Haunted Mansfield icon or call 800-642-8282.