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Coleby Hughes awaits unwary visitors at the Athens police haunted 'Cells of Terror,' which is in the Old Lime-stone County Jail.
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Coleby Hughes awaits unwary visitors at the Athens police haunted "Cells of Terror," which is in the Old Lime-stone County Jail.

Scary times are coming to Limestone County

By Holly Hollman · 340-2445

ATHENS — From the jail cells of Athens to the hills of western Limestone County.

Scary times are coming.

On Friday, blood-curdling screams will signal the opening of the Goodsprings Haunted House and Cells of Terror.

The oldest haunted house attraction in Limestone County is Goodsprings, located in an abandoned farmhouse in the hills on Persimmon Tree Road off Alabama 99.

The attraction is ranked the sixth scariest in the state by

Legend has it a family of six disappeared from the home and the only sign of them now is eerie screams in the night.

Live actors will take over the farmhouse for the tours and may touch you as you walk, or run, past blood-splattered scenes.

Tours start at dusk every Friday and Saturday in October and on Oct. 29, 30 and 31.

Cost is $7, and proceeds go to Scare for Charity, which donates money to local charities.

Of course you're looking for a good scare this month, but ever wanted to beat a police car with a baseball bat?

Because Halloween is approaching and October is the month for the strange, you can get your chance to do just that.

As part of the second annual Cells of Terror, which opens this weekend, you can make waiting in line more enjoyable by paying to beat up a cop car.

"The cost will depend on what weapon you want to use," said Athens police Sgt. Jason White. "We noticed that people had to wait in line up to two hours last year, so we decided to add some entertainment."

The Cells of Terror is at the former Limestone County Jail at Green and Jefferson streets.

The haunted jail tour includes a tunnel, crazy inmates, tight spaces and frightening scenes on each level.

"If you have a medical condition, if you are pregnant, or if you are only 1 year old, this is not for you," White said.

The sergeant said construction crews have been working to make the former jail a ghoulish house of horror, and by doing so, have frightened themselves.

"One worker refused to come back, and three workers have claimed to see a blue guy in the stairwell, which is odd," White said.

"No one had told them that former jailers have said they sometimes saw a blue man in the jail. It's thought to be the spirit of an inmate who hanged himself."

Want to see for yourself just how scary a former jail that housed serial killers and other criminals can be?

Cells of Terror opens Friday. Tickets are $15.

Tours start at 7 p.m. and will be available every week in October between Thursday and Sunday, and on Oct. 30 and Halloween night.

WZYP and Extreme Productions are overseeing the event for the Police Department.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Athens Police Department's Reserves Unit to cover the cost of training and equipment.

Spooky walks

Bloody gore and chain saws at haunted houses like the Cells of Terror and Goodsprings Haunted House not your thing?

Then take the Walking Haunts Tour through downtown Athens.

Storyteller Shane Black will point out tales and legends of Historic Athens’ haunted locations.

Tours will be Oct. 19, 29 and 30. Meet at Pablo’s on Market at 5:15 p.m. Tours start at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $5 and are available at the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce. Call 232-5411.

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