The Alliance Public Library Foundation will host a new escape room for Halloween this year. The Séance Mystery room will run October 25, 26, 30, and 31 and will add a layer of mystery that goes beyond a regular escape room. This room combines elements of an escape room and an interactive murder mystery. Participants will decipher clues, open locks, and try to piece together evidence to determine who has committed a murder – with a few small scares thrown in for fun. The room is recommended for ages 10 and up, but we encourage parents to judge if it is suitable for their child.

The famous Medium, Madame Fantoma, was conducting a routine séance when a murder was committed!

Dr. Walter Morteau, who was attempting to contact the spirit of his late wife, joined her instead. The lights were off, so no one saw anything. Present were five now-suspects: Walter’s stepson and his wife, a woman the doctor had planned to propose to, an old friend turned romantic rival, and the medium herself.

The only other witness was the maid, Agatha, who was outside the door when the lights went out and the screaming began. Now it is up to your team to gather the clues, find evidence the suspects tried to conceal, and put it all together to determine who committed the murder – in an hour or less.

Afterward, your team’s photo will be posted on Facebook, either proclaiming triumph or admitting defeat.

Sessions will run on Friday, October 25 at 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., and 8:00 p.m.; Saturday

October 26 at 12:00 p.m.; 2:00 p.m.; 4:00 p.m.; 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and Wednesday, October 30 and Thursday October 31 at 4:00 pm, 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Participants are asked to arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled time. The entire experience takes about an hour and a half. Reservations must be made and paid for in advance at the library circulation desk. Reservations can only be made during Library hours, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Friday, and 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Saturday. There are only fifteen sessions, so people are encouraged to sign up early.

The cost is $10 per person, and all proceeds will benefit programming at the library.

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