Popular kid-friendly event is back this weekend.
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station officials are hoping their jail will be overcrowded this Sunday, as more than a thousand children from all over the Santa Clarita Valley are expected at the 20th Annual Haunted Jailhouse event.
The station, along with the Santa Clarita Valley Boys and Girls Club, SCV Newhall Optimist Club, the City of Santa Clarita and the County of Los Angeles will host the Haunted Jailhouse event between 11:00 am and 4:00 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station - 23740 Magic Mountain Parkway, Santa Clarita.
The event will include Sheriff's Department displays, moon bounces, music, food and plenty of challenging game booths provided by non-profit organizations from throughout the Santa Clarita Valley. Game tickets will vary in cost for the game booths throughout the event. Visitors can also visit the "Dunk a Deputy Booth" for a chance at dunking station commander Captain Anthony La Berge or other deputies to raise money for the American Diabetes Association.
This year the event will include a Halloween Costume contest for the children in attendance. Prizes will be awarded for each age category. The age categories and times of the contests are as follows: Under 2 will be judged at 12:30 pm, Ages 2 to 4 at 1:00 pm, Ages 5 to 7 at 1:30 pm, Ages 8 to 10 at 2:00 pm, Ages 11 to 12 at 2:30 pm and Ages 13 to Adults at 3:00 pm.
Children over six years old and their parents should not forget to tour the Sheriff's Haunted Jailhouse decorated by the SCV Boys and Girls Club. A separate Halloween tour area, specifically designed for children under age 6, will also be available. A $1.00 donation is requested at the entry gate which will be donated to the SCV Boys and Girls Club.
This event has been so successful over the years that it has received the Award of Merit from the 1991 Governor's Crime Prevention Awards Program, sponsored by the California Stop Crime Coalition. The event also received the 1990 Productivity and Quality Award from the Los Angeles County Productivity Commission.
According to Sheriff's officials, the combined effort of the Department personnel and non-profit organizations provides a safe, fun, and adventurous Halloween outing.