September 15, 2022

10 Haunted Houses and Terrifying Attractions Back for the 2022 Halloween Season in Greater Cincinnati

Spooky season is finally upon us. Here are 10 scary spots scattered across Greater Cincinnati that are full of evil clowns, demented dolls and chainsaw-wielding psychos. There are also some options for the kiddos, including "lights on" events and a slightly spooky recreated 19th-century village.

Note: Please check each event's website or social media for the most up-to-date attraction hours, ticketing details and health and safety updates before heading out the door.
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Land of Illusion Haunted Scream Park
8762 Thomas Rd., Middletown. Fridays and Saturdays and select Thursdays and Sundays through Oct. 30.
Why only have one haunted house when you can have six? Land of Illusion has multiple themed frights to choose from, including: Killer Klowns, Temple of Terror, Phobia, Dr. Psycho’s Haunted Estate, Dysphoria and the Middletown Haunted Trail — a “terror trek of unspeakable dread.” They also have a full bar — the Voodoo Lounge — plus the Creepy Cafe, and live music/DJs or comedy acts on weekends.
Photo: Facebook.com/LandofIllusion

Land of Illusion Haunted Scream Park

8762 Thomas Rd., Middletown. Fridays and Saturdays and select Thursdays and Sundays through Oct. 30.
Why only have one haunted house when you can have six? Land of Illusion has multiple themed frights to choose from, including: Killer Klowns, Temple of Terror, Phobia, Dr. Psycho’s Haunted Estate, Dysphoria and the Middletown Haunted Trail — a “terror trek of unspeakable dread.” They also have a full bar — the Voodoo Lounge — plus the Creepy Cafe, and live music/DJs or comedy acts on weekends.
All Hallows Eve Terror Town
1449 Greenbrush Cobb Rd., Williamsburg. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 5.
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 a museum of the occult, restaurants, saloons, games, a movie theater screening classic horror films and wandering costumed characters. The 30-minute haunted trail — inhabited by the remnants of an evil cult — leaves from a desecrated church.
Photo: Provided by All Hallows Eve

All Hallows Eve Terror Town

1449 Greenbrush Cobb Rd., Williamsburg. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 5.
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 a museum of the occult, restaurants, saloons, games, a movie theater screening classic horror films and wandering costumed characters. The 30-minute haunted trail — inhabited by the remnants of an evil cult — leaves from a desecrated church.
The Dent Schoolhouse
5963 Harrison Ave., Dent. Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 16-Oct. 31.
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).
Photo: Provided by Dent Schoolhouse

The Dent Schoolhouse

5963 Harrison Ave., Dent. Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 16-Oct. 31.
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).
Wilmington Haunted Hollow
1261 W. Dalton Rd., Wilmington. Fridays and Saturdays Sept. 24-Oct. 29.
It's a ride straight out of hell: fire-breathing semi-trucks chase down buses loaded with passengers as they wind their way through a haunted forest filled with "murder, madness and mayhem." In addition to the haunted ride, the Haunted Hollow also offers the Slaughter Hotel, a strange underground hotel with a rumored secret floor, scary elevator and electrical laboratory, as well as the Eville Asylum, full of tormented and dead patients, doctors and nurses. They have also added a maze, the Terror in the Dark, complete with a flesh-eating serial killer.

Wilmington Haunted Hollow

1261 W. Dalton Rd., Wilmington. Fridays and Saturdays Sept. 24-Oct. 29.
It's a ride straight out of hell: fire-breathing semi-trucks chase down buses loaded with passengers as they wind their way through a haunted forest filled with "murder, madness and mayhem." In addition to the haunted ride, the Haunted Hollow also offers the Slaughter Hotel, a strange underground hotel with a rumored secret floor, scary elevator and electrical laboratory, as well as the Eville Asylum, full of tormented and dead patients, doctors and nurses. They have also added a maze, the Terror in the Dark, complete with a flesh-eating serial killer.
USS Nightmare
101 Riverboat Row, Newport. Sept. 16-Nov. 5; Fridays and Saturdays in Sept. Thursday-Sunday in Oct. 
The USS Nightmare features some fantastic freaky characters including evil Captain Mitchell, as well as his daughter, Anna, and her demented clowns; the "lady in red;" and the ruthless galley cook. The experience delves deeper into the history of the haunted boat and explores its sadistic lore, including mysterious accidents and deaths that occurred on board, and possible crew exposure to radioactive chemicals. There are multiple ways to experience the USS Nightmare, including a lights-on event for kids and people who hate haunted houses, as well as the Captain's Extreme Tour — an "adult-rated show featuring adult language and content, more horror, group separation and more special content." Regular ticketholders can also up the action with an RIP Experience, "a more interactive and extended tour of the ship designed for death with access to additional areas and the potential for complete separation from the civilized world."
Photo: Alias Imaging/Bluestone Creative

USS Nightmare

101 Riverboat Row, Newport. Sept. 16-Nov. 5; Fridays and Saturdays in Sept. Thursday-Sunday in Oct.
The USS Nightmare features some fantastic freaky characters including evil Captain Mitchell, as well as his daughter, Anna, and her demented clowns; the "lady in red;" and the ruthless galley cook. The experience delves deeper into the history of the haunted boat and explores its sadistic lore, including mysterious accidents and deaths that occurred on board, and possible crew exposure to radioactive chemicals. There are multiple ways to experience the USS Nightmare, including a lights-on event for kids and people who hate haunted houses, as well as the Captain's Extreme Tour — an "adult-rated show featuring adult language and content, more horror, group separation and more special content." Regular ticketholders can also up the action with an RIP Experience, "a more interactive and extended tour of the ship designed for death with access to additional areas and the potential for complete separation from the civilized world."
Kings Island Halloween Haunt 
6300 Kings Island Dr, Mason. Select Nights Sept. 23-Oct. 29.
Head to Kings Island for a frightening night to remember. Choose from a variety of haunted houses to get your haunting fix. Multiple roller coasters will remain open during Halloween Haunt. Recommended for those over 13. No re-entry is allowed after leaving the park at 6 p.m.
Photo: provided by Kings Island

Kings Island Halloween Haunt

6300 Kings Island Dr, Mason. Select Nights Sept. 23-Oct. 29.
Head to Kings Island for a frightening night to remember. Choose from a variety of haunted houses to get your haunting fix. Multiple roller coasters will remain open during Halloween Haunt. Recommended for those over 13. No re-entry is allowed after leaving the park at 6 p.m.
Brimstone Haunt 
525 Brimstone Rd., Wilmington. Fridays and Saturdays Sept. 16-Oct. 29.
Home to five separate attractions, guests can opt to venture through Brimstone Farm’s Haunted Hayride, the Forgotten Forest, Psychosis, Zombie Assault or Dead Shot (a paintball zombie shooting experience). 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.

Brimstone Haunt

525 Brimstone Rd., Wilmington. Fridays and Saturdays Sept. 16-Oct. 29.
Home to five separate attractions, guests can opt to venture through Brimstone Farm’s Haunted Hayride, the Forgotten Forest, Psychosis, Zombie Assault or Dead Shot (a paintball zombie shooting experience). 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.
Mt. Healthy Haunted Hall
7700 Seward Ave., Mt. Healthy. Friday-Sunday Sept. 30-Oct. 29
This haunted house started in 1990 with just one building and now includes four tents, a backyard and a giant "vortex." Familiar ghouls including Frankenstein, the Wolfman and zombies will be roaming the hall, and don't miss favorite scenes including the Bate's Motel, Dracula and Hellevator. The Haunted Hall is sponsored by the Madonna Council Knights of Columbus and benefits the Knights and other charities. There will be a special lights-on portion of the evening on Oct. 23.

Mt. Healthy Haunted Hall

7700 Seward Ave., Mt. Healthy. Friday-Sunday Sept. 30-Oct. 29
This haunted house started in 1990 with just one building and now includes four tents, a backyard and a giant "vortex." Familiar ghouls including Frankenstein, the Wolfman and zombies will be roaming the hall, and don't miss favorite scenes including the Bate's Motel, Dracula and Hellevator. The Haunted Hall is sponsored by the Madonna Council Knights of Columbus and benefits the Knights and other charities. There will be a special lights-on portion of the evening on Oct. 23.
Sandyland Acres Haunted Hayride 
Belleview Road, Petersburg, Kentucky. Fridays and Saturdays Sept. 16-Oct. 29.
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. Visitors can also test their bravery at the Farmers Revenge Haunted Barn. Sandyland Acres is cash only.

Sandyland Acres Haunted Hayride

Belleview Road, Petersburg, Kentucky. Fridays and Saturdays Sept. 16-Oct. 29.
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. Visitors can also test their bravery at the Farmers Revenge Haunted Barn. Sandyland Acres is cash only.
Heritage Village's Haunted Village
11500 Lebanon Rd., Sharonville. Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 14-29.
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. The recreated 19th-century village will be stuffed with "ghosts, witches, a fortune teller, a monster, and a cursed archaeologist along the way." Activities include a walk through a haunted wood or cemetery, plus balloon art, games and a "creepy critter" zoo.

Heritage Village's Haunted Village

11500 Lebanon Rd., Sharonville. Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 14-29.
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. The recreated 19th-century village will be stuffed with "ghosts, witches, a fortune teller, a monster, and a cursed archaeologist along the way." Activities include a walk through a haunted wood or cemetery, plus balloon art, games and a "creepy critter" zoo.