At 36 years and counting, St. Rita’s is the nation’s
oldest haunt east of the Mississippi River. This season is one of its
best, with virtually every area being changed or revamped. A large cast
insures that each room is filled with multiple characters, each with
professional-level costuming and makeup. The dripping cavern in the
basement and the filth encrusted restroom (almost as bad as your average
gas station) will have you believing it’s the real thing. Traditional
scenes include a torture chamber, electric chair, Freddy Krueger, a meat
locker, Vortex Tunnel, a science lab, hillbilly shack and a cannibal’s
feast. There’s an extensive clown area and the exit features a well-done
graveyard swarming with zombies.
There are some basic animatronics and effects (notably the
longtime favorite “collapsing floor”), but it’s the actors who carry
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