Halloween thrills thrive throughout Ohio
Published: Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 02:10
Miami University students are lucky to have a selection of amusement parks within reasonable driving distance, and a high quality selection at that. As the winter months approach, now is the perfect time to sneak away from campus for a day and take in the fall-themed attractions.
Those willing to make the trip up to Sandusky, Ohio can take part in Cedar Point’s “Halloweekends.” Every Friday and Saturday night through the rest of the month the park turns into one big PG-13 attraction. The staff transforms into an array of creepy figures including killer clowns, psycho murders and more. A live wax museum, haunted mansion and bloody nightclub are just a few of the themed attractions. Thrill-seekers can also find refuge at the Millennium Force and Top Thrill Dragster, two of the park’s most popular roller coasters.
Kings Island’s “Halloween Haunt,” located in Mason, follows the footsteps of Cedar Point in transforming the park into one big nightmare on weekend evenings. In addition to the freaks and frights walking around the park, they also offer haunted attractions including a slaughterhouse, a zombie-infested hospital, a “Carnevil” and something they are calling “Holiday Horror,” a take on some beloved holiday figures like you’ve never imagined them before. Also be sure to check out “Blood Drums,” a Blue Man Group-esque punk rock percussion performance that will paint the walls red.
If the theme park route isn’t your style but you’re still looking for a scare, Ohio has plenty of haunted houses to choose from. The little village of Lewisburg boasts the “Haunted Cave,” the world’s longest haunted house according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Located 80 feet underground in an abandoned mine, guests will confront bats, ghosts and ghouls. Costing only two dollars and lasting over an hour, this one is definitely worth the trip.
If long durations in small spaces aren’t your thing then check out the award-winning Dent Schoolhouse, dubbed Cincinnati’s scariest haunted house. Based around the story of a janitor that murdered and stored student remains in the basement, this attraction is guaranteed to scare your pants off. Tickets are a little pricier at twenty dollars, but this also includes access to their newest haunt, Detention Hall.
Halloween is quickly approaching, so be sure to get your fill of frights before the season is over.