Restrictions from local government have caused Loveland Castle’s annual Halloween event (now in its 23rd year) to adopt a tour format. This has actually helped, extending the tour time and increasing character interaction with hauntgoers. The first part of the tour takes you through the game room, ballroom, bedroom, breezeway, chapel, armor room and round room of the castle, all loaded with displays, artifacts and medieval details. Here the macabre actors give you the history of each room along with some light scares (not to mention a bit of amusing cornball humor at times).
After this, the event becomes more of a traditional haunt with electric chairs in the dungeon, chainsaws, vampires, werewolves, and dangling heads. Lots of dangling heads. There’s more attention to room detail than in the past, and although the actors in the latter part of the tour are a young bunch they’re enthusiastic and energetic.
The real star of the show is the castle itself. It’s hard to imagine a location more conducive to fright, and the drive down the extremely steep hill to reach it is sometimes the scariest part of the experience. It’s a good attraction to bring children to, as the early part of the tour allows them to become comfortable (and maybe even learn something). Lines are 5-10 minutes and the tour runs about 10 minutes. Open 7-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday through Oct. 25.
12025 Shore Road, Loveland, 513-683-4686, www.lovelandcastle.com
What to Expect: A kid-friendly experience
What’s Unique: The castle, a horror movie set come to life.
The Damage: $8 with $1 for parking
CityBeat Rating: PG