So, you want to be scared out of your wits or just a little scared? The haunted houses have everything from the very intense most suited to adults and teens and ones that are more fun for little ones – after all, you don’t want them waking up with nightmares!
About: This one can get really scary with live actors in professional makeup determined to make you jump out of your skin, and giving an evil laugh when they do scare you out of your wits. Fast passes or skip the line tickets are worth the extra if you hate standing in line. USA Today has called it one of the best haunted attractions in the US. Go and see for yourself.
When: Select dates until October 31.
Cost: $29.99 on weekends and close to Halloween night.
On Thursday October 11, and Wednesday October 23 they are cheaper at $19.99.and some other nights they are $27.99 – see the calendar online for pricing.
About: The actors here do scare you – be prepared to have your hair tweaked, or a hand shoot out around your throat – it’s what you wanted from a haunted house isn’t it? If it isn’t leave this one out. It’s for adults only anyway – profanities and political comment. But it still rated as one of the best. The drive out here takes around 26 minutes from downtown Columbus. A tip is to buy the VIP passes so you’re not waiting in line for hours. You can have them sent to your smartphone.
When: Open Thursday at 7:00 pm to 1:00 am, Friday and Saturday at 7:00 pm to 3:00 am.
Cost: $20 per person (2017) – there seems to be a problem accessing their website so updates were not available.
About: The 30 detailed rooms are designed for a scary experience. There are horror movies, and live music on select nights, plus food at the GORE-met Shack. Now the movies are kind of integrated into the experience – oohh shivers down the spine when the actors creep up on you.
When: Selected dates until October 31. Thursday and Sundays plus Halloween night from 7:30 pm to 10: 00 pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 7:30 pm to midnight.
Cost: $20 per person, $27 for a VIP Speed Pass. Limited free parking at the haunt. Additional parking available next door at Grand Prix Karting, for a minimal fee.
About: Will you make it out of the immersive mazes? Will the spine-chilling scare zones leave you speechless or screaming? We do know the thrilling shows make for a good time at this large amusement park during Haunt where you can also experience their scary rides including Banshee, Diamondback, Mystic Timbers and the legendary Beast!
When: During October – Fridays from 6:00 pm to 1:00 am, Saturdays from 11:00 am to 1:00 am (haunt starts at 6:00 pm).
Cost: From $31.99
About: Scare zones that will make you jump out of your skin – yes it’s totally not possible but it certainly feels like it when a spider web brushes your face or a zombie pops up out of nowhere; immersive mazes; and great shows make for a weekend of Halloween fun this October at the park. The place has plenty of roller coasters and other thrill rides to make a visit here worthwhile.
When: Until October 27 on Friday nights from 6:00 pm to midnight, and Saturdays from 11:00 am to midnight.
Cost: From $44. Students – buy one get one free when you present ID at the front gate – offer runs until Oct 26
About: For kids who don’t enjoy the ghoulish then rather spend around an hour here as a family trying to escape! You need to arrive around 15 minutes early to be filled in on the backstory and do the paperwork, and then you will enter the room (yes, it can be a bit creepy) with the rest of your team, and be given 45 minutes to solve the puzzles inside and escape. You will be directly interacting with many aspects of the environment inside, touching things, moving things, opening things, etc. There are no jump scares, and no one will be chasing you with a chainsaw. There are no lines to follow or set paths to traverse, just an escape room full of clues, items and puzzles. Good for kids who enjoy putting their minds to work rather than mindless screaming! Guests aged 8-13 must have an adult with them. There is an exit button so you are not “locked in”, but if you press it to escape it’s game over. Eight people max – if you are a group of four you could be sharing with another group but it all adds to the fun if you work together!
Contact: 614-636-6739 or email Contact@thechamberescaperoom.com.
About: Just on over an hour from Columbus is the scary haunted hayride at Wilmington. The producers of the Ohio Renaissance Festival and Celtic Fest Ohio along with the core management team from the old Springboro Haunted Hayride came together to keep a longstanding, fall tradition alive. Brimstone Haunted Hayride is located within Renaissance Park in Warren County, Ohio. The park’s collection of unmarked graves provides some of their own hauntings to go along with the hayride’s scares. The haunt pulls in many familiar themes while also kicking things up a notch with some brand new haunt experiences. The hayride starts at Brimstone Castle, which you can explore first, and takes about 20 minutes. Be warned, it is not for the faint-hearted! The Forgotten Forest is also scary and takes around 20 minutes to walk the quarter-mile trail. Will you make it out?
When: Open until October 27 on Friday and Saturday nights. Attractions run as soon as it is dark. The ticket office opens at 7:00 pm and the last ticket is sold at 12:00 midnight – the attractions will run until the lines are empty.
Contact: Facebook or Twitter. (Check for weather-related updates before going)
Cost: Haunted Hayride $15, Forgotten Forest $12. A combo ticket for both $22.
About: There is a market to explore and the “Country Kids Show” has 4 performances per day with costumed characters, and “Monster Vision in 3D”, Children’s Haunted House (no live actors). Children can explore the Old West Town, jump on Straw Mountain, explore the Caterpillar Crawl have their faces painted with non-toxic products, go on hayrides to the pumpkin patch, enjoy the animal petting farm, pony rides and more. This is a two-hour drive from Columbus so maybe make a fall weekend of it with a stay-over at a country lodge, fall foliage viewing, and hiking.
When: Open every Saturday and Sunday during October.
Cost: $11 per person, children aged 2 and under free. Enjoy unlimited activities all day long.