County to use old jailhouse as haunted house

Bernco Haunted Jailhouse

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The old Bernalillo County Annex building, built in 1926, creeps out plenty of county employees who work there.

“Some employees have felt a presence in the room when they’re working after hours,” said Carrie Moritomo with Bernalillo County’s Cultural Services, rattling off the tales. “There was something telling them they had to leave the building now, somebody who felt they were touched on the shoulder.”

The key may be the old jailhouse, located down a dimly-lit hallway in the building’s basement. Its authentic, haunting cells haven’t held prisoners in a very long time although Moritomo says film crews like to use the jail as a set sometimes. On Friday, it will be the centerpiece of a Bernalillo County Halloween fundraiser.

County employees will set it up as a haunted house, hoping the ominous abode and creepy surroundings will lure visitors. The cost to enter that haunted house will be $5, with proceeds from the jailhouse tour are going to benefit the United Way. It will only be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.

This is the second time Bernalillo County’s run the haunted house in the jailhouse. The last year was 2012. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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