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A Mouthful of Roaches, a Fistful of Fame

Sword swallowing, fire eating and giant cockroaches are all in a day’s work for sideshow entertainer Travis Fessler

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 22, 2008
You either respect or revile a man who takes a shot at the Guinness Book of Records by holding 11 Madagascar hissing cockroaches in his mouth. I’ve opted for respect with a dash of bemusement. Travis Fessler is one weird guy. He swallows swords, eats fire and allows 300-pound men to stomp on his chest while he lies on a bed of nails. His Oct. 11 record-breaking stunt wasn’t easy: The roaches had to be at least 2 1/2 inches long, had to stay in his mouth for 10 seconds and had to be alive when they crawled out. Previously the most anyone’s been able to mouth were nine of the exotic bugs.  

The Chambers of Horror

1601 S. University Blvd., Middletown

1 Comment · Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The Chambers continues to earn its reputation as a haven for hardcore, confrontational haunting. Costuming is minimal, the event uses lots of masks and rooms are decorated with the bare basics, but the ghouls and demons delight in pursuing hauntgoers and herding them into one trap after another.  

Dent School House/WEBN Haunted House

5963 Harrison Ave., Harrison

3 Comments · Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The Dent School House encompasses the true spirit of Halloween: unrestrained fear. Not for the weak-hearted, it’s perfected the art of the scare.  

Dungeons of Delhi

362 Anderson Ferry Road, Delhi

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I was told that the cast of the Dungeons of Delhi is mainly children. I assumed that meant that it would be mild and even kid-friendly to the younger ones. I was wrong.  

The Halloween Haunt

Kings Island, Mason

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Greater Cincinnati’s largest amusement park opens its gates for this hit-and-miss nocturnal event that features 11 haunted attractions and two live stage shows.  

Haunted Miniature Golf

1018 Town Drive, Wilder

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 21, 2008
For those who enjoy the Halloween season but prefer it served with a cute pumpkin as opposed to a headless horseman, Town and Country offers the solution.  

Junction Nightmare and Jack-O-Lantern Junction

7379 Squire Ct., West Chester

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 21, 2008
EnterTrainment Junction is a model railroad entertainment complex, but its haunted house has nothing to do with trains. Instead, visitors find themselves thrown back in time to Jack the Ripper’s London, creeping through city streets that are deserted except for Jack and his victims.  

Land of Illusion

8762 Thomas Road, Middletown

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Virtually a theme park of haunted houses, Land of Illusion is an illusion itself: Not one haunted anything, it’s four, and each is better than the one before it.  

Loveland Castle Scary Knights

12025 Shore Road, Loveland

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Restrictions from local government have caused Loveland Castle’s annual Halloween event (now in its 23rd year) to adopt a tour format. This has actually helped, extending the tour time and increasing character interaction with hauntgoers.  

Mayhem Mansion

13966 Decoursey Pike, Morning View

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Take one huge old house, drop it into a secluded location and fill it with aggressive ghouls and creatures, and you’ll have Mayhem Mansion. It’s entered through a shuttered second story window and immediately plunges hauntgoers into stygian darkness.  

Mount Healthy Haunted Hall

7700 Seward Ave., Mount Healthy

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The best scare for the buck, the Mount Healthy Haunted Hall delivers on scares despite its lower-than-many price tag. Run by a group of Boy Scouts, it’s more Blair Witch Project than some goodie two-shoes happy haunted house to raise a few bucks for a less scarier camping trip or service project.  

St. Rita’s Haunted House

1720 Glendale Milford Road, Evendale

2 Comments · Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Situated on a hilltop overlooking St. Rita’s School for the Deaf, this Cincinnati favorite is in its 33rd year and continues to provide an excellent evening of fright. Once you enter the house you’re transported into all the classic scary movies.  

SandyLand Acres

4172 Belleview Road, Petersberg

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 21, 2008
A haunted hayride just scary enough for adults but probably not too scary for older kids, the SandyLand Acres hayride (and corn maze, though I didn’t go through that) is a fun family-run ride on the back of a tractor through fields and forest on a rural farm.  

Springboro Haunted Hayride & Black Bog

6070 Springboro Road, Springboro

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Now in its 19th year, this perennial Halloween fave might be the only in the Tristate to warrant its own county directional sign — and with good reason. Split into two distinct attractions, it’s worth the countryside trek.  

USS Nightmare

101 Riverboat Row, Newport

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Being the only haunted house that floats has its advantages. The USS Nightmare is a B&B Riverboat that’s docked just below Newport on the Levee and takes on a decidedly waterborne theme.