Fall has finally arrived. The cooler temperatures and gently falling leaves signal that Halloween and the season for all things that go bump in the night are upon us. This past weekend, I got a tiny taste of things to come when I visited one of Ohio’s Top Haunting Attractions with my teens. I must confess that when it comes to all things scary, I’m a wimp, but I know other families really enjoy the Halloween season so I’ve compiled a list of places you may want to visit.
For several Spooktacular Weekends, terror engulfs Cedar Point. Haunted Houses to Outdoor Scare Zones offer thrills at nearly every twist and turn. HalloWeekends kicks off the 2015 operating season on September 18th and runs Friday, Saturday and some Sunday nights until November 1st.
The Ghostly Manor in Sandusky, Ohio has been recognized as one of “America’s Best Haunts.” Four legendary haunts, Darkmare, Caged, Quarantine and Eerie Chateau, unite in this unparalleled attraction which boasts 6 acres of terror under one roof to bring the legends of Lake Erie alive. The horror begins with fire breathing dragons as you enter and doesn’t stop until you leave…if you make it out alive. Lake Erie Fearfest will begin operating Friday, Saturday and some Sunday nights through October, beginning October 2nd. Ghostly Manor is open year round.
Are you brave enough to canoe a half mile down the Hocking River with only the glow of the moon to light your path? Who knows who or what lurks around each bend of the river. If you survive the canoe ride and dare to venture on, you’ll be transported by hayride through the Campground of Lost Souls followed by a bonfire with S’mores. Operating Saturday’s in October. Reservations highly recommended.
Board a bus to transport you through a forest of evil. Do you trust your bus driver to outrun the Fire Breathing Semi’s that emerge from the fog? If you survive The Ride, do you dare press your luck and enter the Nightmare Penitentiary or Slaughter Hotel? Operating Friday and Saturday nights through October 31st, with an all-new Extreme Blackout Night, not for the faint of heart on Sunday, October 18th. .
Transformed into a horror-filled nightmare, Kings Island’s Halloween Haunt is not for the faint of heart. Guests age 13 and older, prepare for the scare of your life! Operating Friday and Saturday nights, September 25th, through the end of October.
The exterior of the Ohio State Reformatory is intimidating any time of year, but during the Halloween season, the prison becomes even more so. Enter the doors for a terrifying experience that draws record-breaking crowds year after year. Operating Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the month of October. The Witching Hour opens September 25th and ends on November 1st.
Take a hayride through SplatterPark in Central Ohio as it transforms from a paintball field to a zombie killing range where you protect yourself from hungry zombies with paintball guns. Operating hours begin September 19th and run Friday and Saturday until November 1.
You may scream your way through haunted houses and shoot at zombies on the rampage, but would you dare sleep in a room that you know is haunted? It doesn’t need to be the Halloween season to experience all things that go bump in the night at Punderson Manor Resort, one of Ohio’s State Park Lodges. But for those really looking for a thrill, this Halloween season, stay in the most haunted room of all, the Windsor Suite, after a Haunted History Tour or spend All Hallow’s Eve with world-renowned physic, Laura Lyn.
You may enjoy these tips and ideas from a past TMOM Twitter party on Spooky Travel. Will you visit one of these attractions with your teens?