10 Haunted Houses and Scary Attractions Open This Halloween Season in Greater Cincinnati

With COVID precautions in place, these haunts — both the horrifying and the family-friendly — are moving ahead with their spooky attractions

Oct 7, 2020 at 4:49 pm
click to enlarge Dent Schoolhouse - Photo: Provided by Dent Schoolhouse
Photo: Provided by Dent Schoolhouse
Dent Schoolhouse

While some haunted houses are taking a break this season because of concerns surrounding COVID-19, these spooky outdoor attractions (except for Dent Schoolhouse, which is indoors) are offering socially distant frights and Halloween horrors.

All Hallows Eve Terror Town 

The former grounds of the Old West Fest have been transformed into a Dodge City ghost town, literally. Well, almost literally. A prop fabrication and haunted attraction team has transformed the space into an immersive 19th-century Terror Town with shops, vendors, restaurants, bars and live music. There are also theater performances, games and a 30-minute haunted trail (recommended for those 16 and older) that leaves from a desecrated church. Due to COVID-19, the park will have social distancing guidelines in place and masks are required. Through Nov. 14. $25; $35 for an “unfeigned horror red bracelet.” 1449 Greenbush Cobb Road, Williamsburg, allhallowsevellc.com.

Brimstone Haunt 

Home to three separate attractions, guests can opt to venture through Brimstone Farm’s Haunted Hayride, the Forgotten Forest or Psychosis. The farm was a prosperous place until it was laid bare by the curse in the corn. Now it’s home to monsters, madmen and all other iterations of macabre characters whose main goal is to cause chaos on your twisted hayride. The Forgotten Forest, a higher-intensity scare experience, is a quarter-mile walk through a supernatural wood. Psychosis offers “disturbing scenes of horror that will pull you further from reality” in an indoor experience. Brimstone Haunt promises frequent sanitation and asks that all guests wear masks in structures and when social distancing cannot be maintained. Through Oct. 31. $15 Haunted Hayride; $15 Forgotten Forest; $8 Psychosis; $27 combo (Haunted Hayride and Forgotten Forest; +$20 fast pass. 472 Brimstone Road, Wilmington, springborohauntedhayride.com.  

Dent Schoolhouse 

According to legend, the bodies of several missing Dent Schoolhouse students were discovered in barrels in the building’s basement — and the janitor did it. Housed in an actual public school, Dent offers real ghost tours and lights-out experiences for those looking for a true fright, plus lights-on tours for kids and wimps. Tickets must be purchased online. Capacity has been cut in half this year so nights can sell out. Masks and social distancing are required. Through Nov. 13. $20-$25 general admission; +$20 fast pass; +$30 front of the line. 5963 Harrison Ave., Dent, frightsite.com.

click to enlarge Heritage Village's Haunted Village - Photo: Provided by Heritage Village
Photo: Provided by Heritage Village
Heritage Village's Haunted Village

Heritage Village’s Haunted Village 

Described as a “slight fright,” this haunted attraction is completely kid-friendly and a lower-key haunted experience that won’t leave the youngsters with recurring nightmares until Christmas. A “ghost host” will lead private groups on tours through the recreated 19th-century village, “meeting ghosts, witches, pirates, a mortician, a fortune teller and a cursed archaeologist along the way.” Tickets must be purchased in advance for timed entry. Face masks required for those ages 6 and older; social distancing will be enforced. 6-10 p.m. Oct. 9-10; Oct. 16-17; Oct. 23-24. $8; free for members and kids 2 and under. 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, heritagevillagecincinnati.org.

Kings Island’s Tricks and Treats Fall Fest 

Kings Island’s Halloween Haunt has been canceled for the 2020 season and instead the park is offering a family-friendly Tricks and Treats Fall Fest. There is themed food, like Zombie Poutine and pumpkin spice funnel cake (and alcohol), plus COVID-friendly trick-or-treating, corn and hay mazes, live game shows and performances, tractor rides, monster makeovers and more. Halloween costumes are encouraged but note: “Costume masks may only be worn during the Tricks And Treats Costume Contest. Costume masks must be worn in conjunction with a COVID-19 face covering.” Through Nov. 1. $29.99 -$55. 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason, visitkingsisland.com.

click to enlarge Trick and Treats Fall Fest at Kings Island - Photo: Provided by Kings Island
Photo: Provided by Kings Island
Trick and Treats Fall Fest at Kings Island

Land of Illusion 

Why only have one haunted house when you could have six...and a haunted trail? Land of Illusion has multiple themed frights to choose from: Killer Klowns, Temple of Terror, Phobia, Dr. Psycho’s Haunted Estate, Big Mama’s Revenge, the Historical Mystery Mansion and the Middletown Haunted Trail — the “longest and scariest trail in the Midwest.” They also have a full bar — the Voodoo Lounge and Creepy Cafe — and live music/DJs or comedy acts on weekends. Land of Illusion is asking their guests to follow social distancing guidelines (they’ll also be doing timed groups in the attractions) and to wear masks inside of buildings. Through Nov. 2. $50; $75; season passes available. 8762 Thomas Road, Middletown, landofillusion.com.

Queen City is Haunted/Newport is Haunted/Covington Historic and Haunted Tour 

American Legacy Tours is leading three special haunted jaunts this season. For Queen City is Haunted, take a walking tour of downtown and OTR and listen to stories of grisly murders, ghastly deaths and other disturbing tales buried deep within Cincinnati’s storied past. In Newport, take a lantern-led walking tour and be regaled with tales of murder, suicide, decapitation and the horrifying origin of Bobby Mackey’s famous portal to hell. In Covington, learn about the controversies, feuds and spirits that haunt the neighborhood after wealthy slave-holding families faced off against ardent abolitionists in the 1860s. American Legacy Tours also offers an “Ultimate Queen City is Haunted” tour. Tour sizes have been reduced due to COVID-19. Some haunted tours available through Nov. 7. $25-$35. Get start locations and details at americanlegacytours.com.

Sandyland Acres Haunted Hayride 

Hold on tight: During this hellish hayride through a cornfield, riders are stalked and taunted by creatures hidden among the crops. Familiar faces like Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s Leatherface and a bloodied take on Santa Claus appear alongside zombies, backwoodsmen, clowns and chainsaw-wielders. Sandyland Acres is asking their guests to follow social distancing guidelines and wear masks at all times. Once you’re in the wagon, you can’t move from your seat until the ride is over. Cash only. Through Oct. 31. $15. 4172 Belleview Road, Petersburg, sandylandacres.com.