October 16, 2020

12 Greater Cincinnati Haunted Houses and Trails to Get You in the Spooky Spirit

While some haunted houses are taking a break this season because of concerns surrounding COVID-19, these spooky attractions are offering socially distant frights and Halloween horrors.
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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.
Photo: Facebook.com/AllHallowsEveAttraction

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.
Photo: Facebook.com/AllHallowsEveAttraction
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.
Photo: Facebook.com/BrimstoneHaunt

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.
Photo: Facebook.com/BrimstoneHaunt
Poasttown Elementary
This Middletown school is supposedly haunted by dead spirits from train wrecks that occurred nearby. Book a tour and investigation through the calendar posted on hauntedohioschool.com. The staff also offers lodging inside the school for an additional fee.
Tours begin at 7 p.m. and end at 7 a.m. $350 for a group of 10 Sunday-Thursday, $500 for a group of 10 Friday-Saturday. 6600 Trenton-Franklin Road, Middletown.
Photo: Facebook.com/hauntedpoasttownelementaryschool

Poasttown Elementary

This Middletown school is supposedly haunted by dead spirits from train wrecks that occurred nearby. Book a tour and investigation through the calendar posted on hauntedohioschool.com. The staff also offers lodging inside the school for an additional fee. Tours begin at 7 p.m. and end at 7 a.m. $350 for a group of 10 Sunday-Thursday, $500 for a group of 10 Friday-Saturday. 6600 Trenton-Franklin Road, Middletown.
Photo: Facebook.com/hauntedpoasttownelementaryschool
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.
Photo: Facebook.com/thedentschoolhouse

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.
Photo: Facebook.com/thedentschoolhouse
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.
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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.
Photo: landofillusion.com
The Dead End Haunted House
Located inside of Dayton, Kentucky’s former YMCA building, this haunt is based off of the Northern Kentucky urban legend of the “Hogg Woman,” where a woman who was walking along Route 8 was hit by a car.  “Lying face down her nose became smashed in and her chin became elongated from moisture, rain and sun. Most people have never came face to face with her and lived to talk about it,” a Facebook post from the trail reads. “Hogg Woman” has returned to the haunted house, seeking revenge on those who left her to die. The Dead End Haunted House is dead serious about COVID-related precautions. Visitors must wear a mask, fill out a COVID-19 form and have their temperatures taken. Groups travel together and will be six-feet apart from other groups. 
8 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturdays through Oct. 31. $10. 625 Second St., Dayton, Kentucky, searchable on Facebook.
Photo: The Dead End's Facebook

The Dead End Haunted House

Located inside of Dayton, Kentucky’s former YMCA building, this haunt is based off of the Northern Kentucky urban legend of the “Hogg Woman,” where a woman who was walking along Route 8 was hit by a car. “Lying face down her nose became smashed in and her chin became elongated from moisture, rain and sun. Most people have never came face to face with her and lived to talk about it,” a Facebook post from the trail reads. “Hogg Woman” has returned to the haunted house, seeking revenge on those who left her to die. The Dead End Haunted House is dead serious about COVID-related precautions. Visitors must wear a mask, fill out a COVID-19 form and have their temperatures taken. Groups travel together and will be six-feet apart from other groups. 8 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturdays through Oct. 31. $10. 625 Second St., Dayton, Kentucky, searchable on Facebook.
Photo: The Dead End's Facebook
Kings Island 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.
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Kings Island 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.
Photo: visitkingsisland.com
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.
Photo: Facebook.com/HeritageVillageMuseum

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.
Photo: Facebook.com/HeritageVillageMuseum
American Legacy Tours: Queen City is Haunted
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.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.
Photo: Facebook.com/AmericanLegacyTours

American Legacy Tours: Queen City is Haunted

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.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.
Photo: Facebook.com/AmericanLegacyTours
American Legacy Tours: Newport is HauntedTake 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 at Newport is Haunted.American Legacy Tours also offers an “Ultimate Queen City is Haunted” tour. Tour sizes have been reduced due to COVID-19. Tours available through Oct. 24. $25-$35. Get start locations and details at americanlegacytours.com.
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American Legacy Tours: Newport is Haunted

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 at Newport is Haunted.American Legacy Tours also offers an “Ultimate Queen City is Haunted” tour. Tour sizes have been reduced due to COVID-19. Tours available through Oct. 24. $25-$35. Get start locations and details at americanlegacytours.com.
Photo: Facebook.com/AmericanLegacyTours