Where else can you find a character named Bug Boy playing
bingo in the Tired Bones Retirement Castle? Well, at least he was until
that chandelier tried to squash him. That’s one of the quirky rooms that
you’ll see at the Haunted Hall. There’s a whacked-out nursery with a
deadly baby and an Ice Scream stand that lops off the hands of grabby
children. If you’ve never seen a coffin double as a rotisserie oven or
been forced to enter a cage full of demons, look no further. The Hall
features classic characters rarely seen elsewhere, such as Satan (you
WILL bow down), Dracula and a delightful witch.
Mixing masks, elaborate makeup, animatronics and dozens of
actors, the Hall produces a unique blend of the old and new.
is 100 percent new every year, sprawling across a building, several
tents, sheds, pathways and even a Vortex Tunnel. The double tent black
maze finale has been known to reduce grown men to blubbering wrecks, and
just for giggles the walls are moved on a regular basis to keep repeat
customers from getting too cocky. The Haunted Hall is old school
haunting at its best and great fun.
THE WAIT: Lines last 10-30 minutes, and the tour can take up to 45 minutes or more due to the lights-off maze.
DETAILS: 8-11 p.m. Fridays
and Saturdays and 7-9 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 29. There’s a “lights
on” tour for children 6-6:45 p.m. Oct. 23. 7700 Seward Ave., Mount
Healthy, free parking at Duvall School or on the street, 513-729-1974 or
THE DAMAGE: $10 per person
with a $2 discount for a canned good donation (Fast pass is $15). The
lights-on tour is $5 per child and free for adults.
CITYBEAT RATING: PG-13