Visit the old Calhoun County haunted jail

CALHOUN COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The old Calhoun County jail has been closed for several years.

Some say it's vacant, but others know better.

"The jail was built in the early 1900s," Calhoun County Sheriff Glenn Kimbrel said. "Of course, we no longer use it on a daily basis. We only use it on special occasions and Halloween is one of those special occasions."

For the past three Halloweens, the building has been transformed into a haunted jail.

"Any old building makes a good haunted house," Kimbrel said." You've just got to have some things in mind that you'd like to put together, things that will scare people, bring them through, and let them have a good time."

When NewsChannel 7/Local 18 asked Kimbrel what lurks inside the haunted jail...

"Oh my goodness. I can't mention all that stuff," Kimbrel said. "Some of it's make believe and some of it's real."

All these scares are actually for a good cause. The money raised goes toward a scholarship fund for both Calhoun County high schools, as well as the annual Toys for Tots drive.

"We assisted 430 children last year," Calhoun County Sheriff's Office Administrative Assistant Kim Tanner said. "We start taking applications early November and it goes until Christmas."

Officials said they hope to serve even more children this year.

The Haunted Jail will be open this Friday and Saturday night from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. It will also be open on Halloween night from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

Admission is $5. Concessions will also be available.

Contact Kim Tanner at 850-674-5049 for more information.