The 2010 Dungeons are celebrating “The Year of the Crazy,” and they’re taking it to heart. From the Klowns to the body bags to the frenzied sorties The Keeper mounts on the crowd, you’ll be treated to a high energy haunt that has no dead spots. Using a large crew (up to 50) of youthful actors, The Dungeons are as energetic and twitchy as it gets.
The old farmhouse on the hill behind St. Rita’s continues to terrorize Greater Cincinnati hauntgoers. This season the path through the 20-plus scene attraction has been completely changed with many refurbished rooms, including a well-done expanded Klown area.
As a huge combine with jagged teeth on its blades bears down on your haywagon at the Springboro Haunted Hayride, the Covington “cut in the hill” at rush hour suddenly doesn’t seem so bad anymore. It’s only the last of a gauntlet of vehicles, including a flame-belching quasi-hearse with zombies!
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.
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.