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  • Paranormal Prison
    9:00 PM to 12:00 AM

    October 9, 10, 23 and 24 (9:00pm and 12:00am nightly). Join us for premiere screenings of the new film Paranormal Prison, filmed here at the Old Idaho Penitentiary!

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    Paranormal Prison:
    The impending demolition of an abandoned prison has the paranormal investigation team “The Skeptic and the Scientist” rushed to spend a locked-in night within the prison’s walls before the wrecking balls start swinging turning the now state historical building to condos.

    Knowing their channel needs views, team leader Matthew (Todd Haberkorn) funds one last-ditch effort in hopes the device science expert Sara (Paris Warner) has invented will be their ticket to fame and fortune. Along with their sound technician Ashley (Coryn Treadwell), cameraman Jacob (Brian Telestai) and guided by their assigned park ranger, the team recorded everything, hoping to capture elusive spirits. What they captured instead will change paranormal investigation forever, and may have even solved a long-standing mystery.

    Doors open at 8:00pm for 9:00pm showings, and 11:00pm for midnight showings. Explore the site and grab concessions before enjoying the movie! Stay afterward for a panel Q&A featuring Paranormal Prison cast and crew. Guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Part of the Old Idaho Penitentiary’s Locktober 2020 celebration, all October!

  • Family Second Saturdays: Dia de Muertos Community Altar
    12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    For the month of October, we are expanding Family Second Saturday from one day to three to celebrate Día de Muertos!

    Join us at the Idaho State Museum on October 10, 17, and 24 from 12pm-3pm where we will be creating a Community Altar in honor of our loved ones who have passed. Learn about the importance of altars and the symbolism of the ofrendas, or items placed on a traditional altar. Create your own paper marigold or papel picado to add to the altar and come back to celebrate Día de Muertos on November 1st to honor the Remembrance.

    The public is invited to honor loved ones who have passed at the Idaho State Museum’s Community Altar by submitting a photo. Please remember photos should be appropriate for everyone to see. We’ll do our best to include as many photos of passed loved ones as possible as there is limited room on the altar. If you are interested in submitting a photograph, please email a .jpg of the photo to

    En el mes de octubre, vamos a extender los días en Familia del Segundo sábado, de uno a tres días, para así celebrar El Dia de Muertos.

    Ven y visita el Idaho State Museum los días 10, 17 y 24 de octubre de 12pm a 3pm. Estaremos creando un Altar para la comunidad en honor a nuestros seres querido que han fallecido. Aprende sobre la importancia de los altares, el simbolismo de las ofrendas, y lo tradicional que se coloca en un altar. Crea flores de papel y haz papel picado, que serán incluidos en nuestro gran altar en el museo. El 1ro. de noviembre podrás visitar el museo nuevamente para observar el hermoso altar ya terminado y así honrar a nuestros difuntos.

    Todo el público está invitado a participar en el Altar de la Comunidad del Idaho State Museum para honrar a sus seres amados fallecidos, enviando una fotografía la cual debe ser apropiada para el evento.
    Trataremos de incluir la mayoría de fotos, pero debido a que el altar tiene un espacio limitado y que posiblemente tengamos un flujo alto de imágenes, tendremos que seleccionarlas en el orden que nos lleguen.

    Si estas interesado-a en enviarnos tu foto, por favor tiene que ser en formato JPG y las puedes enviar a

  • Member Monday
    3:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    We are kicking off Halloween week with Member Monday, free to Idaho State Historical Society members! Join us for special pop-up exhibits on music at the Idaho State Penitentiary and the darker side of prison life, including onsite fatalities and executions. Special members-only gift shop discounts, including our Frightened Felons, Paranormal Prison and Halloween merchandise, will be available for one night only!

    Admission is limited to only 50 guests per hour to ensure the safety and best experience for all visitors, so we recommend registering online before arriving.

    Not a member? Join today for year-round benefits and to support the preservation of Idaho history!

    Part of the Old Idaho Penitentiary’s Locktober 2020 celebration, all October!

  • Tuesday Tails
    3:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    Tuesday Tails, part of Halloween Week at the Old Idaho Penitentiary, brings guests of all ages the stories behind the Idaho State Penitentiary’s pets and working animals, including Dennis the Cat, the prison’s famed black (and white) cat, who lived onsite for sixteen years, 1952-1968. Join us for presentations and stories, and the opportunity to explore the Old Idaho Penitentiary.

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    Presentations each hour (3pm-8pm). Last admission 8:15pm. $8 adults, $4 children ages 4-12. Admission is limited to only 50 people per hour to ensure the safety and best experience for all guests. We highly recommend pre-purchasing tickets online before attending.

    Part of the Old Idaho Penitentiary’s Locktober 2020 celebration, all October!

  • Wicked Wednesday
    3:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    Explore the Old Idaho Penitentiary into the evening, with special pop-up exhibits on the darker stories of the Idaho State Penitentiary, including the locations and tales behind the executions and deaths that occurred in the prison’s 101 years of operation.

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    This event is recommended for ages 10+ due to graphic content. Tours are self-guided, and admission is limited to 50 guests arriving per hour, in order to ensure the safety and best experience for all visitors. We recommend pre-purchasing tickets online before arriving.

    Part of the Old Idaho Penitentiary’s Locktober 2020 celebration, all October!

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