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Santa Clarita Valley Deputies Host Thousands For Haunted Jailhouse

Santa Clarita Valley Deputies Host Thousands For Haunted Jailhouse

As students dressed as zombies from Elite Dance Studio danced in sync to “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” next to a pair of children ziplining down from a 30-foot tower, one could see how the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station drew thousands to its Haunted Jailhouse event.

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An estimate from a head count at the door saw about 4,000 stop by for a $1 admission price that went to support the Santa Clarita Valley Boys & Girls Club.Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station Haunted Jailhouse

“We had a pretty good turnout this year,” said Deputy Joe Trejo, who was coordinating the event for just the second time. “We’re hoping that we get a larger crowd next year for the 25th annual.”

There were also tickets available that allowed children to try out a zip-line ride from the Sheriff’s Station’s Search and Rescue Team, as well as the popular “Dunk a Deputy” booth, where people could spend $1 for three tries at a dunk tank involving a Sheriff’s Station deputy and a large tub of ice-cold water.

“Aside from a fundraiser, it’s technically an open house,” Trejo said, adding that the concept was somewhat pioneered by the Santa Clarita Valley Station, and has since been mirrored by several other stations.

“It’s a display of Sheriff’s Department capability and resources,” Trejo said. “This is what’s available for us in the event of an emergency.”

Children also enjoyed climbing around a Sheriff’s Department boat from the Parks Bureau deputies who patrol Castaic Lake, a MADD display meant to reinforce the importance of safe and sober driving and even an inmate transport bus.

“For us adults, it’s just a bus,” Trejo said, “but the kids love it.”

It was truly an all ages crowd, with a haunted jailhouse decorated for two age groups, and several costume contests broke up performances like the one from Elite and the Valencia High drumline.

Members of the SCV Boys & Girls Club also had raffle prizes and helped out with the scary jailhouse, and one intended for a younger crowd with an “Alice in Wonderland” theme.

“We definitely got a lot of positive feedback,” Trejo said, “and we’re looking forward to what kind of  rabbit in the hat we can pull out for next year.”


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