There are some basic animatronics and effects (notably the longtime favorite “collapsing floor”), but it’s the actors who carry the show.
They’re a lively bunch who give their all performing their assigned roles. Characters also interact with the line and a laser light show plays outside on a regular basis. Containing virtually no blood or gore, St. Rita’s is an excellent traditional haunt for families, especially those with young children (who can request a “flashlight tour” with friendly monsters).
THE WAIT: Lines average 15 minutes, and the tour takes about 15 minutes.
DETAILS: Open 7-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 7-10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays (also open 7-10 p.m. Oct. 31) 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; $3 coupon available on website, as well as the special “Dark Combo” deal for dual admission to St. Rita’s and the USS Nightmare, only $20 for both; discounted group combo and express rates available as well. $2 for children’s matinees 3-5 p.m. Oct. 29-30.
CITYBEAT RATING: PG-13