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Annual PCSO Haunted Jail Tour Back By Popular Demand

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Polk County Sheriff’s Office

The annual PCSO Haunted Jail Tour is back by popular demand!

For a $15 donation per adult (or $5 for kids under 10), you can scream to your heart’s delight on any of these four nights – Fri & Sat, Oct. 20 & 21, and Fri & Sat, Oct. 27 & 28. We will be up and running beginning at 6:30 p.m. and shutting it down at 10:30 p.m.

We will have agency members on-hand to watch the little ones whose parents want to tour but maybe don’t want their children tagging along. We will also have a bounce house, a “dunk your deputy” dunk tank, and food trucks – fun for the entire family!
Proceeds benefit the United Way of Central Florida. Tickets are sold in person only. Cash and credit will be accepted.

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Haunted Jail Tour



How can I buy tickets?  The tickets for the tour are not presold, they are sold in-person at the event until the 10 pm cutoff. 

What kind of payment will be accepted?  Tickets can be purchased with cash or a credit card.

Where is parking? There will be signs leading the way to the appropriate parking area. 

How long does the tour last?  Customers will be led in groups by tour guides. The tours should last about 10 to 15 minutes. 

Can anyone volunteer?  We are allowing juniors & seniors from the county high schools to volunteer for their community service hours. Please email [email protected] to see what volunteer spots are open, and a parent/guardian must sign a waiver before a student can volunteer. 

What if my child is too scared to go through the tour?  If your child is too scared or if you do not feel your child would do well on the tour we will have agency members available to watch your child until the tour is complete. They will be located near the end of the tour and will only be watched by members of the Sheriff’s Office.  

Can participants use their cell phones to video during the tour? Yes, however, do so at your own risk. In years’ past we saw several people who lost their phones or damaged them by dropping them during the tour.  

Is the tour accessible for mobility challenged individuals?  We do have an elevator to use on the 2nd floor of the tour but there are some areas that are not wheelchair accessible due to steps and stairs. We will do everything we can to accommodate those who are in a wheelchair, or who use a walker, cane, or crutches, but some parts of the tour may not be accessible. If someone has mobility issues, they should advise the person at the ticket booth and we will have an agency member accompany them through the tour to make sure they get to all the areas that are accessible to them.

Will strobe lights be used?  We will be using strobe lights which can affect those who have epilepsy or other disorders. If you are affected by strobe lights, we do not recommend going through the tour.  

Will we be searched before entering the tour? We do have a metal detector before participants can enter the tour. This is for the safety of the tour guests and our volunteers. No weapons of any kind (including concealed carry permit holders’ firearms) are allowed in the facility. Deputies are involved in the tour and will also be in the street fair area – this will be a very safe place to hang out and have family-friendly fun.

Can we wear costumes? Costumes are welcome but please remember that this is a kid friendly event, so please make sure that your costume is appropriate for all ages.  We recommend that if you are walking through the Haunted Jail Tour that you wear closed-toed shoes and not flip flops or sandals (sometimes toes can get stepped on when people get scared and jump or bump into each other).  

HJT2023 #Resurrected #ComeIfYouDare

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