Territorial prisoners scare only the weak

2 Nov

The back view of the Wyoming Territorial Prison in Laramie, Wyoming

I recently visited the Wyoming Territorial Prison in Laramie, Wyoming for their ghost tour. Needless to say, it was very disappointing. My very good friend Katie and I went on Halloween. It would seem that for being the most haunted night of the year the staff that ran the tour would have been lively.

Lively building, deathly boring staff

When Katie and I arrived at the prison, we entered the visitors center where everyone was waiting to start the tour and it seemed that everyone was a little psyched out. All the hype from the group made me anticipate a really awesome tour. Turns out that I was very very wrong.

The first part of the tour was a walk around the outside of the prison walls and through buildings that supposedly had a story to them. Each time we stopped along the way, there would be actors and actresses that would reenact a scene from the past. The actors seemed very scripted and not natural at every stop. It almost felt like they were just trying to half ass the whole thing just to get through the night. It seemed like they didn’t care to be working there at all.

The Fake Old West

After walking around the prison grounds, we took a hay ride around Laramie with yet another staff member that was less than impressive and as an added bonus, had a fake “old-west” accent. The hay ride consisted of telling stories of buildings that were never pointed out to us and yet again more reenactments that seemed to be less than rehearsed. There was so much more the staff could have done to make the hay ride much more scary and enjoyable.

When we got off the hay ride, what seemed to be scary ghost tour of the prison began. We entered the prison and were immediately greeted by strangers in long black capes with black masks on. This costume didn’t seem appropriate for the setting of the haunted tour. From there, Katie was being picked on by this guy in the black mask that didn’t get the obvious hint that she needed to be left alone, and it wasn’t until I made the comment “Katie, just smack him” that he left her alone.

The prison cells of the west wall in the Wyoming Territorial Prison

Throughout the entire tour the staff scared people in our tour group, but it all still felt so scripted. The point of the tour was to try and feel the ghosts around you. It was really hard to do that on the tour because there were so many staff members distracting you.

Take My Advice

The entire tour would have been much better if they didn’t have that many people in the prison and more people out on the hay ride. The hay ride could have been improved by pointing out the buildings that the stories were being told about.

Overall, I filled out a comment card with these improvements on them and hopefully they will take my advice. After working at a haunted house for over three years I would hope that I know what I am talking about and I hope they take my advice.

On a side note, I hope everyone’s Halloween went well and that everyone had a great time doing whatever they were doing. November is going to be a great month with Thanksgiving right around the corner!


One Response to “Territorial prisoners scare only the weak”

  1. JAB November 5, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    My advice to you would be to do a little research before doing your reviews, and to review things based on what they are trying to do…not what you want them to do.

    I can tell from your other posts that you are a fan of haunted houses and attractions, but Ghost Tours of Laramie City has never purported itself to be a traditional haunted house. I know several people who attend the tours every year, and have never been disappointed, because they understand what the tours are meant to be. I’m sure that Ghost Tours staff will read and consider your comment card, but your “experience” working at a haunted house holds little weight, as Ghost Tours isn’t…and has never tried to be…a haunted house. If you had read any of the promotional information about the tours prior to your visit, you would have known that. It’s pretty clear that you didn’t enjoy your tour because it wasn’t what you were expecting…which is fine…but what you expected was never promised.

    Your review reads like one of a food critic who says that his steak was cooked badly…because he actually prefers chicken.

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