Where else can you find a character named Bug Boy playing bingo in the Tired Bones Retirement Castle? Well, at least he was until that chandelier tried to squash him. That’s one of the quirky rooms that you’ll see at the Haunted Hall. There’s a whacked-out nursery with a deadly baby and an Ice Scream stand that lops off the hands of grabby children. If you’ve never seen a coffin double as a rotisserie oven or been forced to enter a cage full of demons, look no further. The Hall features classic characters rarely seen elsewhere, such as Satan (you WILL bow down), Dracula and a delightful witch.
Mixing masks, elaborate makeup, animatronics and dozens of actors, the Hall produces a unique blend of the old and new
. The event is 100 percent new every year, sprawling across a building, several tents, sheds, pathways and even a Vortex Tunnel. The double tent black maze finale has been known to reduce grown men to blubbering wrecks, and just for giggles the walls are moved on a regular basis to keep repeat customers from getting too cocky. The Haunted Hall is old school haunting at its best and great fun.
THE WAIT: Lines last 10-30 minutes, and the tour can take up to 45 minutes or more due to the lights-off maze.
DETAILS: 8-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 7-9 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 29. There’s a “lights on” tour for children 6-6:45 p.m. Oct. 23. 7700 Seward Ave., Mount Healthy, free parking at Duvall School or on the street, 513-729-1974 or www.hauntedhallinfo.com.
THE DAMAGE: $10 per person with a $2 discount for a canned good donation (Fast pass is $15). The lights-on tour is $5 per child and free for adults.
CITYBEAT RATING: PG-13