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For $666, You Can Spend Halloween Eve in a Recreated Alcatraz Jail Cell 

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Looking for hair-raising Halloween plans? If dungeon-themed haunted houses aren’t scary enough for you, a tourist attraction in San Francisco is offering visitors the chance to spend the night in a simulation of the city’s infamous Alcatraz prison, according to Money.

Located on Fisherman’s Wharf, the San Francisco Dungeon recreates local history and legends using sets, special effects, and actors. Now, locals and visitors alike can pay $666 to reserve a private overnight stay in the Dungeon’s "Ghosts of Alcatraz Suite"—a reconstructed jail cell that accommodates up to four people—on October 30 and October 31.

The reconstructed "Ghosts of Alcatraz Suite" at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary
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The reconstructed "Ghosts of Alcatraz Suite" at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary
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The reconstructed "Ghosts of Alcatraz Suite" at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary
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The cell includes four twin beds, pajamas, midnight snacks, and a spooky bedtime story from a “dungeon resident.” Breakfast is also provided the next morning, along with a goody bag.

This isn’t the first macabre experience offered by The San Francisco Dungeon: As Eater San Francisco reports, the group also launched a pop-up “rat café” in 2017. A parody of cat cafes, the rodent-themed eatery allowed patrons to play with rats in a basement, following a light meal of coffee, tea, and pastries.

Sleepover reservations for the Ghosts of Alcatraz suite will be accepted starting Friday, October 13, at 10:13 a.m. EST. They’re available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so book your stay early through Booking.com if you’re curious about what it would be like to spend a night locked up in the Big House.

[h/t Money]

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Inside the German Town Where Advent Is the Main Attraction
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The German town of Gengenbach takes Christmas very seriously. So seriously that it counts down to the holiday with one of the biggest Advent calendars in the world.

Two decades ago, the town of 11,000 people on the edge of the Black Forest set out to bring in more tourists during the holiday season. So to make its holiday market unique, Gengenbach began turning its town hall into a building-sized Advent calendar.

Now one by one, every night from November 30 to December 23, the windows of Gengenbach’s Baroque city hall light up with artistic creations inspired by a yearly theme. At 6 p.m. each evening, the lights of city hall go up, and a spotlight trains on one window. Then, the window shade pulls up to reveal the new window. By December 23, all the windows are open and on display, and will stay that way until January 6.

Gengenbach's city hall lit up for Christmas
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Each year, the windows are decorated according to a theme, like children’s books or the work of famous artists like Marc Chagall. For 2017, all the Advent calendar windows are filled with illustrations by Andy Warhol.

According to Guinness World Records, it’s not the absolute biggest Advent calendar in the world. That record belongs to a roughly 233-foot-high, 75-foot-wide calendar built in London’s St Pancras railway station in 2007. Still, Gengenbach’s may be the biggest Advent calendar that comes back year after year. And as a tourist attraction, it has become a huge success in the last 20 years. The town currently gets upwards of 100,000 visitors every year during the holiday season, according to the local tourist bureau.

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A New Roller Coaster is Whizzing Through Colorado's Rocky Mountains
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There are plenty of ways to explore the majestic Rocky Mountains, but few offer the adrenaline rush of the Rocky Mountain Coaster, a brand-new roller coaster that sends riders soaring along the range’s natural twists and turns.

As Urban Daddy reports, the Rocky Mountain Coaster recently opened at Copper Mountain, a mountain and ski resort that’s located near the tiny town of Frisco, about 75 miles west of Denver. Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the vacation spot is ideal for hikers, skiers, and mountain bikers. Now, visitors looking to enjoy the surrounding scenery without breaking a sweat can cruise for roughly a mile down to the resort’s high alpine Center Village.

The ride’s raised track “runs along the natural curvature of the mountain, with zigs, zags, dips, and 360-degree turns for guaranteed thrills,” according to a press release. Each personal car is equipped with manual hand brakes to control the ride’s pace, but the coaster does feature a 430-foot drop, so be careful with your phones while Instagramming the view.

The Rocky Mountain Coaster is open-year round, though it will initially mostly only be open on weekends. Solo rides cost $25, and a two-ride pass can be purchased for $35. (Resort guests get an exclusive discount.)

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