Ohio State Reformatory invites horror fans to “Escape from Blood Prison”


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Join us on October 21st from 2-6 p.m. for Boo ‘N Brew! This fall festival will feature a beer garden benefiting the Ronald McDonald House and lots of family- friendly activities throughout the lifestyle center. Highlights of the event include live music by Mouse Trap, trick or treating, silly safari animal shows, Food Trucks, face painting, balloon artists, costume contest, parade and more!

A Splendid Birthday Present in honor of HighBall Halloween’s 10th Anniversary

Columbus, Ohio – In honor of the 10th Anniversary of HighBall Halloween, in 2017, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams will be giving away 10,000 pints of ice cream. This is NOT A DRILL: 10,000 pints of FREE ice cream will be handed out on Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21. That’s more ice cream than has ever been given out in any single two-day event in the country. And it is happening right at HighBall Halloween.

“This is our way of saying, ‘Happy Birthday HighBall!’ and that we are proud of our support as a founding partner and sponsor of HighBall Halloween,” says Jeni’s founder and chief creative officer Jeni Britton Bauer. “My husband Charly was there helping deliver HighBall in year one, and to this day it’s our favorite event of the year. We hope you’ll join us in the Short North Arts District, and we’ll bring the spoons!”

“But not for Charly Bauer and the deeply committed support from day one of partners like Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, HighBall Halloween would not have grown into the most elaborate costume party in the country” said Betsy A. Pandora, Executive Director of the Short North Alliance. “We can’t think of a finer Birthday President to help celebrate this community milestone. Afterall, everything, even HighBall Halloween, is better with ice cream.”

For additional details on how you can get all the Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream you can eat along with tickets, programing schedules, volunteer opportunities, and more, visit highballcolumbus.org.

HighBall Halloween is the nation’s most elaborate costume party. Staged in the fashion capital of Columbus, this yearly event for the Halloween season bridges runway style with the culture of the Short North Arts District.

Hosted by the Short North Alliance (SNA), HighBall Halloween helps raise money to support clean and safe initiatives, promotions, holiday campaigns, public art installations, parking management and more in the Short North Arts District. In other words, HighBall Halloween makes the Short North Arts District even more incredible for all who live and visit here.

Ohio State Reformatory invites horror fans to “Escape from Blood Prison”

Prison featured in Shawshank Redemption offers unforgettable haunted prison experience

MANSFIELD – Horror fans and thrill-seekers are invited to Mansfield, Ohio, this Halloween season to experience some of the most frightful and haunted destinations in the U.S. Taking top billing, the one-of-a-kind “Escape from Blood Prison” haunted prison experience opens Thursday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. and runs every Thursday-Sunday through Nov. 5 at Ohio State Reformatory, best known for its starring role in The Shawshank Redemption. Filming is also currently underway at the prison for Escape Plan 3, starring Sylvester Stallone. Beyond the Blood Prison, Mansfield is home to four other haunted sites worth visiting, as well as a variety of haunted houses including: the Haunted Bissman Building; Mansfield Fire Museum; Malabar Farm State Park; and the Renaissance Theater. Details are found at HauntedMansfield.com. Complete visitor information, as well as a list of area haunted houses, can be found at DestinationMansfield.com

Now under the direction of horror industry veteran Victor Amesquita, this year’s haunted prison event uses the artistry of legendary Hollywood special effects authority Robert Kurtzman. Amesquita, who worked under Kurtzman for more than a decade, has again assembled a wildly talented team of special effects experts to transform the already chilling architecture of the Ohio State Reformatory into a ghoulish lair, home to the nation’s worst criminals. Not for anyone under age 13 – or the faint of heart – Blood Prison features unsettling clown sightings, ghastly murder scenes and crazed killers on the loose.

“This year’s haunt is more thrilling and immersive than ever before,” said Amesquita. “We’ve extended the length of the route through the prison and are offering a hands-on ‘Touch Pass,’ which allows for an even more intense experience as creepy ‘inmates’ reach for guests.”

Ohio natives, Amesquita and Kurtzman and their dream-team are no strangers to the film and special-effects industry, bringing more than three decades of expertise creating fantastic creature costumes, creepy effects, prosthetics and makeup to films such as Pulp Fiction, Misery, Scream, From Dusk till Dawn, Nightmare on Elm Street and many others.

Built in 1886, Ohio State Reformatory served for 94 years as a working prison, housing more than 154,000 prisoners and setting the scene for major motion pictures, including the No. 1 movie of all time, “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Air Force One” and others. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the prison boasts the world’s largest free-standing steel cellblock and is known as the ultimate place to ghost hunt. OSR offers self-guided tours, Ghost Hunts and Walks, the Haunted Prison Experience and other events throughout the year.

A destination unlike any other, Mansfield is home to a wealth of unusual travel adventures and experiences, such as the world-famous Shawshank Trail, visiting the working farm where Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were married, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Kingwood Center Gardens, BibleWalk, breathtaking scenery, rural and hometown experiences. Hiking, biking, golf, cross-country and downhill skiing, bird watching and loads of other outdoor adventures attract travelers of all ages. Complete visitor information is available at DestinationMansfield.com or (800) 642-8282.

2017’s Best Places for Oktoberfest Celebrations & Fun Facts – WalletHub Reports

With Oktoberfest soon to kick off and the cost of attending the celebration in Munich, Germany, totaling an estimated $5,000 for Americans, the personal-finance website WalletHub took a close look at 2017’s Best Places for Oktoberfest Celebrations.

To determine the best cities for partaking in the epic German festival, WalletHub’s number crunchers compared the 100 largest cities across 23 key metrics, ranging from share of German population to number of beer gardens per capita to average price for Oktoberfest celebration ticket.

Top 20 Oktoberfest Cities

1 Cincinnati, OH

2 New York, NY

3 Portland, OR

4 Philadelphia, PA

5 Denver, CO

6 St. Louis, MO

7 Madison, WI

8 Orlando, FL

9 Pittsburgh, PA

10 Columbus, OH (Sept. 22-24, 2017)

11 Seattle, WA

12 San Francisco, CA

13 Lincoln, NE

14 Chicago, IL

15 Miami, FL

16 Buffalo, NY

17 Boise, ID

18 Colorado Springs, CO

19 Minneapolis, MN

20 Tampa, FL

Oktoberfest Fun Facts:

$5,000: Estimated cost for an American to attend Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

1.61 Million: Gallons of beer consumed during Oktoberfest

510,000: Number of whole roast chickens eaten, plus 240,000 sausages and 50,000 pork knuckles

$1.54 Billion: Oktoberfest’s annual economic impact on Munich

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