When most people think of Friday the 13th, they conjure Camp Crystal Lake and a vengeful Jason Voorhees picking off oversexed camp counselors. That sense of dread carries over to other Friday the 13ths across the calendar--burdening some poor souls with paraskavedekatriaphobia (fear of Friday the 13th).
This Friday, Dec. 13, those in the mood to celebrate by doing something a little spooky can get a look-see at the Old Pen during its Friday the 13th Night Tour, which strikes a balance between superstition and fun.
Starting at 5:30 p.m., patrons bundled against the chilly weather can catch a screening of the Ghost Adventures episode featuring Boise's Old Pen; the seasonal exhibit, Pardon Me, It's Christmas--stories about holiday pardons and escapes from the slammer--and special screenings of the Myths and Misunderstandings video. Hot chocolate will be provided to keep folks warm and snug while they wander through the abandoned prison.
Guided tours begin at 5:45 p.m. and run every half hour until 7:15 p.m., but each tour is capped at 30 people, so it pays to show up early. Final admission is at 8 p.m.
This Friday doesn't have to be scary, so if you want to spend your evening watching Friends reruns, that's your business. For everyone else, there are guided tours of Boise's very own haunted penitentiary.