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St. Rita's Haunted House

By Randy Schadel · October 13th, 2010 · Halloween List
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The old farmhouse on the hill behind St. Rita’s continues to terrorize Greater Cincinnati hauntgoers. This season the path through the 20-plus scene attraction has been completely changed with many refurbished rooms, including a well-done expanded Klown area. As with most charity haunts, the attraction is driven by its young volunteer actors, an army of ghouls who are professionally costumed and “made ugly” by the haunted house staff. They infest every corner of the house, from the torture chamber on the top floor to the elaborate cavern in the basement. Speaking of infesting, that ain’t no bedbug flying out of the canopied bed in a little girl’s bedroom.

St. Rita’s produces its own animatronic effects, and they’re literally popping up all over the house, sometimes two or three to a room.

As befits its status as Cincinnati’s longest-running attraction (35 years), St. Rita’s is designed to appeal to all generations. Blood and gore are largely absent, and youngsters can enjoy a “flashlight” tour or an inexpensive “lights-on” event. As he has for many years, Dracula continues to roam the crowd area, and there are regular laser light shows projected on the side of the building. St. Rita’s embodies the Cincinnati haunted house tradition.

THE WAIT: Lines average 15 minutes, and the tour takes 15-20 minutes.
DETAILS
: Open 7-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 7-10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays through Oct. 31. 1720 Glendale-Milford Road, Evendale, 513-771-1060, www.srsdeaf.org/events/hhouse/hhouse.html
THE DAMAGE
: $10 with $6 group rates available and a $3 coupon available on web site; $2 for children’s matinees 3-5 p.m. Oct. 23-24.
CITYBEAT RATING: PG-13

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
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