The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

December 4, 2013

"Grinch's Lair" open in historic county jail this holiday season

Staff Reports
Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — He's mean. He's green. He's in Palestine.

The Grinch is in Palestine! He's been locked up inside the historic old Anderson County Jail, and you can see his lair every weekend this month.

“The Grinch's Lair is a fun, festive and family friendly experience. Guests get a personal tour with the Grinch through his jail house lair,” said Jeremy Janz, owner of the building. “It's been a rewarding experience watching children and adults laugh their way through the lair.”

The building's lobby and second floor have been transformed into an imaginative stage for costumed characters.

“You can take photos with the Who's, Max the Dog, and of course, The Grinch, himself,” Janz said. “It really is a lot of fun.”

Previous to this event, Janz and his family coordinated historic walking tours of the jail and surrounding area.

“The Grinch's Lair is definitely our biggest event so far. A lot of hard work and creativity has gone into making this a magical holiday experience for our guests,” Janz said.

The jail is a perfect playground for all ages. Frozen in time, the stairs, bars, doors and long corridors lend themselves to peaking people's curiosity.

“Transforming the jail to be something else is challenging. We've always seen the potential, but really feel as if we achieved it with this idea. Reactions from families have been priceless.” Janz said.

The Grinch's Lair offers Whoville in the lobby with fun activities for the children. There's also a trek up to “Mt. Crumpit” to the Grinch's Lair where The Grinch shows you through his home all around the second floor.

The Grinch's Lair opened Thanksgiving weekend and will be open every weekend in December at the old Anderson County Jail, located at 704 Avenue A in Palestine. The event will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. on Fridays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and from 1 to 9 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $5 per person.

“Who-licious Hot Chocolate” is offered for $1 a cup and souvenir Grinch photos are $2 each. Personal photos are allowed and encouraged.

The Grinch also may be available for appearances around town as schedules permit.

For more information, call Janz at 903-373-8158 or visit the Haunted Little Jail on Facebook.