Situated on a hilltop overlooking St. Rita’s School for the Deaf, this Cincinnati favorite is in its 33rd year and continues to provide an excellent evening of fright. Once you enter the house you’re transported into all the classic scary movies. Rooms are dedicated to Frankenstein, Dracula, Poltergeist and most slasher films your parents wouldn’t let you watch as a child.
The all-volunteer cast refuses to let you feel at ease as you wander from room to room. The undead appear behind corners, inside coffins and in the ceiling. I was fortunate enough to be taken through before it opened and met many of the cast members. All were excited and dressed the part to bring your nightmares to life.
While guests waited in line, Dracula lurched up and down the aisle. Kids would crowd against their parents as he refused to acknowledge personal space and stared them straight in the eye. Once you arrive inside the house the entire tour can take more than 30 minutes. Just when you feel like you’ve been frightened enough for one night, you exit the building to be confronted by some backwood zombies who follow you at a close distance. You cross a flimsy bridge and find yourself back inside for one more floor. Throughout the tour hydraulics, black lights, fog and strobe lights add to the realism of the experience.
Opens at 7 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through Nov. 1; Kids Lights-on Matinee at 3-5 p.m. Oct. 25-26.
1720 Glendale Milford Road, Evendale, Exit 14 off I-75, 513-771-1060, www.srsdeaf.org/events/hhouse/hhouse.html
What to Expect: A kid-friendly experience
What’s Unique: It supports a great cause and is more than worth the money.
The Damage: $10, with coupons found online and group rates available; $2 for the children’s matinee.
CityBeat Rating: PG-13