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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.