15 Haunted Houses and Spooky Cincinnati Attractions to Make Your Skin Crawl this Halloween

Haunted houses and creepy tours to make your hair stand on end (or entertain your kids)

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Dent Schoolhouse

Haunted houses and creepy tours to make your hair stand on end (or entertain your kids).

Brimstone Haunt — Home to two separate attractions, guests can opt to venture through Brimstone Kingdom haunted hayride or the Forgotten Forest (or both). The Kingdom was a prosperous place until it was laid bare by the curse of Brimstone Road. Now it is home to monsters, madmen and all other iterations of macabre characters whose main goal cause chaos on your one-mile ride. The Forgotten Forest, a higher-intensity scare experience, is a walk through a supernatural haunted wood. Through Oct. 27. $15 Haunted Hayride; $12 Forgotten Forest; $22 combo. 472 Brimstone Road, Wilmington, brimstonehaunt.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. Ghost tours, lights out and lights on tours are available. Through Nov. 3. $20-$50. 5963 Harrison Ave., Dent, frightsite.com.

The Great Pumpkin Fest — Before the sun sets, Kings Island is “all treats and no tricks.” The park’s Planet Snoopy area gets a Halloween makeover complete with live entertainment, trick-or-treating, mazes and more. Noon-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 28. Ticket prices vary. Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason, visitkingsisland.com.

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Halloween Haunt
Halloween Haunt — Fear awaits at Kings Island’s annual Halloween Haunt, featuring 10 haunted attractions, four outdoor scare zones (Pumpkin Eater, Wasteland, Coney Maul and Dance of the Macabre), spine-tingling live shows (like Blood Drums; think Blue Man Group with blood) and more. Plus, experience the park’s everyday thrill rides. Friday and Saturday nights through Oct. 28. Tickets start at $31.99. Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason, visitkingsisland.com.

Heritage Village Haunted Village — Described as a “slight fright,” this haunted attraction is completely kid-friendly, offering trick-or-treating, balloon art, wagon rides and a lower-key haunted house experience that won’t leave the youngsters with recurring nightmares until Christmas. 6-10 p.m. weekends in October. $10; free members and kids 2 and under. Heritage Village Museum, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, heritagevillagecincinnati.org.

Highway 50 Fright Field — This cornfield and haunted woods attraction is back with a vengeance on a real 1830s farm near an actual Indian archaeological site — both of which are rumored to be haunted. Keep an eye out for zombies on winding trails throughout the woods, and when the sun sets, try your luck at maneuvering a nighttime corn maze. Operation Termination Zombie Paintball, which arms you with 100 paintballs against a horde of zombies, is back this year, as is the nighttime corn maze. Oct. 5-27. $12 adults; $10 kids. 11294 State Route 50, North Bend, highway50frightfield.com.

Jack-O-Lantern Junction — Visit the largest indoor train display in the world with a side of Halloween fun. Jack-O-Lantern Junction features a trick-or-treat maze, a mini animated display and the only indoor Pumpkin Patch in the area. Kids take home a free mini pumpkin. Through Oct. 31. $13.95 adults; $11.95 seniors; $9.95 children 3-12; kids 2 and under free. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester, entertrainmentjunction.com.

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Land of Illusion
Land of Illusion — Why only have one haunted house when you could have six? Land of Illusion has six frights to choose from: Killer Klowns, Temple of Terror, Phobia, Zombie Sniper Patrol, Middletown Haunted Trail and Dr. Psycho’s Haunted Estate, plus live music and/or DJs every Friday and Saturday. They also have a full bar. Through Nov. 3. $20 Sunday and Thursday; $39.99 Friday; $49.99 Saturday; other enhancements cost extra. 8762 Thomas Road, Middletown, haunt.landofillusion.com.

Lewisburg Haunted Cave — Descend into the underworld — literally. This haunted cave — the world’s longest haunted attraction — is located 80 feet below ground in the Lewisburg Limestone Mine and features 500 feet of haunted bridges. Learn more about the mine on a historic (and scare-free) wagon ride hosted by the Lewisburg Historical Society. Keep an eye out for some creepy critters — the cave is home to the largest brown bat population in Ohio. Through Oct. 27. $18 adults; $22 adults Saturdays in October; $8 children 10 and under; $5-$10 wagon rides. 4392 Swishers Mill Road, Lewisburg, hauntedcaveatlewisburg.com.

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Mayhem Mansion
The Mayhem Mansion — As legend has it, when bootlegger Robert Haverford’s 8-year-old daughter Elizabeth died, he poisoned Elizabeth’s mourners and himself in an elaborate alcohol-fueled murder-suicide plot. When the police came, they discovered a collection of bodies decaying in different rooms of the mansion. Instead of removing the corpses, they simply boarded up the house. Allegedly actually haunted, this collection of gung-ho actors will attempt to scare you to death. Extreme night takes place Nov. 3. New this year is Haverford’s Hollow Terror in the Woods: Zombie Paintball Challenge. 2018 season hours TBD. $15; $10 ages 10 and under; $5 additional for Fast Pass; Zombie Paintball Challenge $25 with additionally priced upgrades. 13966 DeCoursey Pike, Morning View, Ky., themayhemmansion.com.

Mount Healthy Haunted Hall — Experience 20 different scenes at this favorite local haunt, featuring a host of classic creatures like the Wolfman, Frankenstein and zombies. In addition to its central house, the hall is comprised of five tents, backyard areas and a swirling, brain-bending vortex. Popular scenes returning this year include the Hellavator, Satan and Bate’s Motel. Through Oct. 27. $10; $2 discount with a canned good donation. 7700 Seward Ave., Mount Healthy, mthealthyhauntedhall.com.

Queen City is Haunted Tour — On this guided walkthrough tour of downtown and OTR, hear stories of grisly murders, ghastly deaths and other disturbing tales buried deep within Cincinnati’s storied past. Now offering a two-hour Ultimate Queen City is Haunted Tour, which ends in the most haunted room of OTR’s boutique Symphony Hotel. And look out for new haunted walking tours of Fountain Square and Covington. Through Nov. 3. $25. Tour begins at 1332 Vine St., Over-The-Rhine, americanlegacytours.com.

Sandyland Acres Haunted Hayride — Hold on tight: During this hellish hayride through a cornfield, riders are stalked and taunted by creatures hidden amongst 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. Cash only. Through Oct. 27. $14 hayride; $10 Farmers Revenge; $23 combo. 4172 Belleview Road, Petersburg, Ky., sandylandacres.com.

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USS Nightmare
USS Nightmare — The death dredge is celebrating 25 years of horror. On a dark, foggy night, the William S. Mitchell steamboat careened into a bridge, killing many on board, including the captain and his daughter. Ever since, anyone who has worked on the now-defunct ship has been doomed to die onboard, cursed to forever haunt the vessel along with the other deceased. Through Nov. 3. $20-$50 general admission; RIP Experience starts at $30. 101 Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky., ussnightmare.com.

Wilmington Haunted Hollow Ride — Hop on a bus straight out of hell and be trailed by fire-belching semis. Riders will venture through fog-filled tunnels, an abandoned mine, an eerie hallow and more, with peculiar creatures hitching rides along the way. Other onsite attractions include a corn maze, two indoor haunted houses and a 4D coffin ride. Through Oct. 27. $25; $45 VIP speed pass; $20 Haunted Hallow only; $5 coffin ride. 1261 W. Dalton Road, Wilmington, wilmingtonhauntedhollowride.com.