Roundup: Our 7 Favorite Haunted Houses

Halloween season is in full swing, and Southwest Ohio offers plenty of events along the spookiness spectrum. From sniping zombies with paintballs to night-riding roller coasters, there are plenty of reasons to turn off that slasher flick and visit some of our favorite haunts.

1. Dent School House
The Dent Schoolhouse has been ranked scariest haunted house in the nation several times, and was rated in the top 13 in the country by in 2016. The story goes that the school is haunted by Charlie, a serial killing Janitor who killed several kids at the school, along with the spirits of his victims. The schoolhouse also features touch passes, for a more extreme experience where the monsters can touch you, and lights out tours from Nov. 3-5. General admission tickets start at $20, with an additional $10 for admittance to the Slaughter Yard, a haunted maze infested with demonic pigs. Dent schoolhouse, 5963 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati, (513) 445-9767,

2. USS Nightmare
Moored at NKY’s Newport On The Levee, the USS Nightmare is the raised hulk of the William S. Mitchell, a dredge on the Ohio River. The story goes thusly: The dredge broke free of its moorings, crashing into four bridges and killing all 60 aboard. The boat tour explores the mystery of what caused the crash and the lives of those who lived and worked aboard the doomed ship. Tickets are $20 for the normal experience, or $40 for a more extreme experience where the monsters can touch you. USS Nightmare, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport, KY. (859) 740-2293,

3. Land of Illusion
Host to four haunted houses, a haunted trail, and the zombie sniper patrol, where guests climb aboard a retrofitted army cargo truck and protect your patrol from zombies using paintball turrets. Tickets are $36 for Friday and Saturday, and $24 on Sunday night. Zombie Sniper Patrol tickets are sold separately, at $12.99 per ride. Land of Illusion, 8762 Thomas Rd., Middletown, (513) 423-9960,

4. Kings Island Halloween Haunt
Along with hosting a number of haunted attractions including haunted trails and haunted houses, Kings Island runs all their rides, including rollercoasters such as the new Mystic Timbers, until 1 a.m. Take it from a native Cincinnatian: There is nothing better than riding The Beast at night. Tickets start at $31 for day admission when you buy online. Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Dr., Mason, (513) 754-5700,

5. Horror Acres
Guests to this extreme haunted house are warned on the attraction website that they will experience “light touching, some vulgar language, and extreme scenes.” A ticket to Horror Acres Haunted House is $16 per person, the Maze of Insanity costs $10 per person, and a combo costs $20 per person. Horror Acres, 6995 Springfield-Jamestown Rd., Springfield, (937) 206-4066,

6. Dayton Scream Park
Featuring two haunted houses and a haunted trail, which boasts more than 30 scenes and over 60 live monsters. The haunted houses are Rat Trap (a maze) and Hollywood, which features monsters from famous film franchises. Dayton Scream Park, 5117 Valley St, Dayton, (937) 397-2273,

7. Brimstone Haunt
Formerly known as the Springboro Haunted Hayride and Black Bog, the attraction is in its 26th season. The Haunted Hayride is a low-to-medium-intensity scare perfect for the whole family, while the Forgotten Forest is a high-intensity haunted trail better suited for adults. Tickets are $13 for the hayride, $10 for the forgotten forest, and $20 for a combo pass. Brimstone Haunt, 472 Brimstone Rd, Wilmington, OH. (513) 409-0644,

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