Construction of the Ohio State Reformatory (often referred to as Mansfield Reformatory) begin in 1886 and finally opened its doors in 1896. Even to this day, the reformatory is rich in history, architecture and paranormal intrigue.  Join Spirited Events by Jofa for a private paranormal exploration within the infamous prison walls.  

The reformatory originally opened its doors to 150 young men.  Like many reformatories of the time, the inmates were encouraged to repent for their regressions and reform to a more spiritual life path. When construction was finally complete in 1919, OSR had the largest self-supporting steel cell block in the world, with 600 individual cells that were stacked six stories high.  Over the years, the reformatory housed over 155,000 inmates until it closed its doors in December 1990.  

Several famous movies have used OSR as a filming venue including The Shawshank Redemption, Air Force One and many others.


The building is about 250,000 square feet. Of that you will be able to investigate around 95% of the building. The only things off limits is towers and offices. 

Some paranormal equipment will be available for your use.  However, we highly suggest that you bring your own cameras, recorders, paranormal equipment and flashlight. This event is designed for the serious, experienced paranormal explorer.

Check-in is at 6 pm on Saturday, May 12, 2018.  You will be given the tour rules and regulations, followed by an approximate 1 hour guided tour.  After the tour, the lights will be turned off. The paranormal exploration will run until 5:00am.  
On Sunday, May 13, 2018, check-in will be at 6 pm.  There will be no tour.

The participants will be divided into 4 teams and the reformatory will be divided into 4 sections.  Each team will explore 2 sections of the reformatory per night.  This will allow each group ample time in each section and no interruptions from other teams.  See Team Map  

Pizza will be served at approximately 8pm.  Soft drinks, water, coffee and hot cocoa will be served throughout the night.

All attendees are required to complete a Paranormal License Agreement and Waiver of Liability and Rules Agreement.   These will be distributed at the beginning of the event.

CANCELLATION POLICY:  ​There is non-refundable $50 down-payment required to hold your reservation.  The  remaining is due no later   
than April 15, 2018. Any cancellation made prior to April 15, 2018 will forfeit their $50 deposit.  Any cancellations made after April 15, 2018 will forfeit the entire event fee.  Failure to pay the remaining fee by April 15, 2018 may result in your reservation being given to another person.  Please contact Spirited Events by Jofa with any questions at 717-324-9464.


  • The building contains hazards including, but not limited to steep steps, uneven surfaces, and lead-based paint.  It is not recommended for pregnant women. Sleeping during a hunt is prohibited. For a full list of rules and regulations, please see below.
  • Do not close any cell doors. Some of these doors will lock and we don’t have the keys.
  • Smoking is not permitted inside the building. You may smoke outside the front door of the building or the back door, next to the bullpen. Please use cigarette receptacles.
  • No cell phones or two-way radios are permitted on public hunts, however, these are permitted on private hunts.
  • You may exit the building at any time, go to your car, get some fresh air, etc. Please be advised that once you leave the grounds, you will not be readmitted.
  • Absolutely No Ouija Boards Or Seances Will Be Tolerated. Anyone Using Ouija Boards Or Conducting Seances Will Be Immediately Removed From The Premises And Will Not Be Allowed To Return On Future Ghost Hunts.
  • Absolutely no photography or video image is to be used for personal profit without the expressed written permission from the Director’s office. Violation of this rule will result in legal action.
  • Camera use of any sort involving the north side of the building, specifically photos or video images of the working correctional facility directly behind the Historic Ohio State Reformatory WILL NOT be tolerated. Any parties in violation of this rule will be escorted off the grounds immediately and may face legal action as well as confiscation of equipment.
  • Do not open any windows in the building. Anyone found climbing out of an opened window will be escorted from the grounds immediately.
  • Please be respectful of other hunters and keep the noise levels to a minimum. Anyone found scaring people on purpose or being told repeatedly to quiet down will be escorted from the grounds immediately. Tickets are non-refundable. We will not issue a refund for any reason.
  • Removal or damage of any Reformatory property will result in immediate expulsion from the premises and possible legal action.
  • Please do  not attempt to access any areas of the prison that are locked or caution-taped off. 
  • No drugs or alcohol. Anyone suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be asked to exit the building and sober up, or wait for a ride. Anyone found consuming alcohol or using drugs will be immediately escorted from the grounds by the local police.
  • There are NO working toilets in the prison. Please only use working restroom facilities.
  • Anyone found urinating or defecating in a non-designated area will be arrested and charged with desecration. See Ohio Revised Code 2927.11.
  • Any form of sex in the building will not be tolerated. Anyone found in violation of this rule will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018 and  

Sunday, May 13, 2018  


6:00pm to 5:00am Both Evenings  


Ohio State Reformatory  

100 Reformatory Rd  

Mansfield, OH 44905 ​ 


$280 (15 to 19 Participants) 


​$240 (20 to 24 Participants)  

You may reserve your space by making  

a $50 non-refundable down-payment.  

The  remaining fee is due no later   

than April 15, 2018.  

  (Advanced Registration is Required)  

Each participant must be age 18  

and older. NO EXCEPTIONS.  







 Attendees must provide their own  

transportation to and from the event.  

Reported Paranormal Activity

  • Full-bodied apparitions
  • Paranormal smells of rose perfume
  • Rushes of cold air
  • Orb photos
  • EVPs
  • Unidentifiable sounds inside the Chapel
  • Unusual EMF activity
  • Equipment failure
  • Sudden nausea, uncomfortable feelings

Create A Memory and Have A Spirited Day!


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CANCELLATION POLICY:  There is non-refundable $50 down-payment required to hold your reservation.  The remaining fee is due no later than April 15, 2018. Failure to pay the remaining fee due by April 15, 2018 may result in your reservation being given to another paying participant.  There are no refunds available if participants cancel.  Please contact Spirited Events by Jofa with any questions at 717-324-9464.

Ohio State Reformatory Paranormal Exploration 2 Nights!