I began my journey at the most famous of the four options: the Haunted Trail. I was fortunate enough to be in a group with several college students who found themselves unable to control their fear.
The theme on the trail is slightly ambiguous. Fish people, Mike Myers and evil hillbillies approach you throughout the nearly mile-long walk. Despite a less than coherent theme, you can’t help but be awed by the amount of detail put into the trail. I was most impressed by two actual school buses planted nose down in the ground.
The other houses at Illusion are also well done. The 3-D clowns left me feeling a little dizzy, but that was easily corrected by removing the glasses. The Egyptian tomb had special effects that could, at times, rival Kings Island. If you have the time, I recommend you see all four. If you’re short on time, head to the Haunted Trail. (Reviewed by Janet Mitchell)
THE WAIT: The line takes between 25 minutes and more than an hour. It takes an average of 25 minutes to go through the attractions
DETAILS: Open dusk until 2 a.m. Friday-Saturday and dusk to 11:30 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 1. 8762 Thomas Road, Middletown, 513-423-9960, www.landofillusion.com
THE DAMAGE: $15 for one haunt or $30 to experience all four. Discounts available online. There’s no cost to enter the park. Cash only.
CITYBEAT RATING: PG-13