Ghost Hunt Challenge


Have you heard the dark, harrowing stories of the Historic Ohio State Reformatory? Now is the time to experience the sinister tales for your self. Get your adrenaline pumping by exploring the 130-year-old gothic structure, with the guidance of experienced ghost hunters as they take you to 4 hot spots in the decommissioned prison. 

Our ghostly guides will show you how to test the limits of paranormal investigating, including interaction with entities or spirits, documenting encounters, and basic use of ghost hunting equipment. After pizza has been served, you will be set out on your own to test your newly acquired skills. Independent investigating will go until 3 am. OSR staff will be available all evening for assistance. Above all, we want all participants to have a positive and safe evening.

There are endless areas for investigation in the 250,000 square feet of the facility. Walk the range on the sixth tier of the worlds largest free-standing cell block or sit in the warden's bedroom where his wife sustained a mortal gunshot wound. Other areas include West Cell Block, Solitary Confinement, Chapel, and Administration. 

Ghost Hunt Challenge is offered on select Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year. Participants arrive between 6 pm and 7 pm to complete registration. The Challenge will begin at 7:30 pm with an in-depth exploration of four of the hottest paranormal spots of the facility. Pizza will be served at 10 pm and access to the building will begin at 10:30 pm. Independent investigating will continue until 3 am. Participants must be 18 years or older. 

Ghost Hunt equipment will be available for rent and purchase during the investigation. Items include Spirit Box, EVP Wristbands, Rook EMF, and Laser Grids. 


All participants will be required to sign in at check in and present a valid photo ID proof of age 18+. 

*Any changes to participant registration can be made at the registration table on the day of the hunt. Replacement participants must be at least 18 years of age and provide a photo ID.

**Due to the fact that our ghosts aren't on the payroll, we cannot promise paranormal activity. 

***This event differs from our previous Public Ghost Hunt.


Book a Ghost Hunt Challenge

Walk the same halls as history's most infamous prisoners. Immerse yourself into the foundation that formed The Shawshank Redemption. Whether you're hunting for the paranormal or simply looking to tour the beautiful architecture, you can find it here at The Ohio State Reformatory.