Museum’s Haunted Attraction Returns to Lyons


The Museum of Wayne County History in Lyons opens its doors on October 28 and 29 for the return of their haunted attraction, Terror Behind Bars. 

The walk-through haunt, located in the old Wayne County Jail and Sheriff’s Residence (now Museum of Wayne County History) at 21 Butternut Street in Lyons, takes place from 6-9 PM on October 28th and 29th. Tickets are $10 per adult and $5 for students and are available both at the door and online at The ticket sale begins today.

The experience combines scare actors, dim and strobe lighting, fog machines, decorations, loud music/sounds, and more – turning the everyday history museum into an unrecognizable nightmare. 

The haunt is organized by the Museum’s Executive Director, Rhea Hayes. “Last year, we had fun testing the water, seeing what worked and didn’t. After a lot of uncertainty with the pandemic, we received an outpouring of community support, and I’m very excited for this season.” Hayes teases the theme of this year’s haunt, saying, “It’s based on a film franchise that I think will make for a fun haunt all around, for everyone involved. Because why not base a haunt that’s set inside a jail on the concept of all crime being made legal?”

Rhea also shares that she is actively looking for volunteers interested in participating in Terror Behind Bars as scare actors. More information and an application can be found online at Tickets for the haunt can be purchased at this link as well.

The Wayne County Historical Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in the old Wayne County Jail and Sheriff’s Residence – now the Museum of Wayne County History. The organization, founded in 1946, is dedicated to preserving, sharing, and celebrating the rich history of Wayne County, New York.

For more information, contact the Museum of Wayne County History at (315) 946-4943,, or visit for Museum news and updates.

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