Oh. Hi. Oh. Those are the only two words that the ghosts at the haunted houses in Ohio 2013 seem to know. There are lots of haunted houses full of zombies, devils, vampires, witches, and aliens just waiting for the next empty house to haunt.
Besides the many haunted houses in Ohio you can visit you might want to take a side trip to Canton for the Pro Football Hall of Fame or Cleveland for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But don’t let their apparent friendly nature fool you. America’s Best Top 100 Haunted Houses in 2013 (with videos). Beneath the welcome is a devilish grin which will be revealed as soon as you step foot in one of these Ohio haunted houses.
Columbus Haunted Houses
As an alumni of the University of Michigan, I’ve known for years that Ohio State University has been haunted. And here’s the proof.
Dead Acres - 13861 East Broad Street SW, Pataskala, Ohio 43062
Dead Acres is advertised as “The Worlds Most Extreme Haunted House”. This is a strange haunted attraction that is working hard to make you sick. Tickets are $20. The unusual house opens Friday and Saturday from 8:30 pm until after the bars close. Thursday from 8:30 pm to midnight. Dead Acres opens every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights from September 26th through November 2nd plus Halloween night. While there check out the food and souvenirs. Dead Acres is a Funtober Favorite 100 and a top 100 most popular haunted attraction in the country.
Scare-a-torium - 6765 Dublin Center Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43017
Doors open at 7:30 every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Attraction is open September 27-28, October 4-5, 11-13, 17-20, 24-27, 30-31 and November 1-2. Tour Toxic LYNCOM Lab 3D and Rip Stinkers Funhouse. Tickets are $20 at the box office or $18 online. Doors close at midnight on Friday and Saturday or at 10 pm on other nights.
Walking Dead Mansion Haunted House – 625 E Jenkins Avenue, Columbus, OH 43207
Only $5, Walking Dead Mansion opens at 7:30 pm on select nights of October 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, and Halloween. What really happened during the fire of 1972? What became of the six year old who killed her family? Explore the Walking Dead Mansion.
Dark Woods Experience Haunted Attraction - 10000 St. Rt. 36 West, Ostrander, OH
The Experience at Dark Woods runs nightly from October 4th through November 2nd. Tickets are $10. It is open from 8 pm to 11:30 pm.
Hell’s Hollow Haunted Trail - State Route 93 South, Plainfield, Ohio
As you enter Hell’s Hollow your fear will begin to take your breath away….the snap of a twig, the rustling of leaves, the howling wind. The sound of screaming will fill your ears… Do you have the courage make it through? Don’t count on your friends to save you…. Admission $8 (Group rates also available). Doors open from 8 pm until 11 pm. Attraction is open Friday and Saturday on October 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, and November 1-2. Park at the Plainfield Elementary School parking lot.
Cleveland Haunted Houses
You know a city is in trouble when the city’s motto is: Progress and Prosperity. There’s ghosts here, I guarantee it. The city is well known for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Indians baseball and Browns football. City has been scary since the Cuyahoga river once caught on fire. Some blame it on the zombies.
Spooky Ranch - 19066 E River Road, Columbus Station, OH 44028
Spooky Ranch has five haunt attractions for one low price. This is a family friendly Halloween trail with most attractions being suitable for children. It has operated for over 23 years. During the day you can visit the Old West Pumpkin fest running from noon to 5 pm. The attractions at Spooky Ranch are Extreme Nightmares, Crazy Clowns 3D, The Famous Haunted Hayride, The Haunted Barn, and Funny Farmhouse. Tickets are $20. Visit September 27-28. Visit on October 4-6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27 plus Halloween night. Also open November 1st and 2nd. Gates open at 7 pm. Attraction closes at 11:30 pm on Friday and Saturday or 9:30 pm on other nights.
7 Floors of Hell - 19191 Bagley Road, Middleburg Heights, Ohio 44130
There are 7 brand new haunted houses for 2013 at 7 Floors of Hell. The attractions are Blood Barn, Mausoleum, Evil Visions, Zombie Apocalypse, Jigsaw, Body Snatchers, and House of Nightmares. Tickets are $25. The haunt is open Friday and Saturday nights from September 20th through November 2nd plus the dates of October 24th, 27th, and 31st. Doors open at 7 pm and close at midnight on Friday and Saturday or 10 pm on all other nights. 7 Floors is a Funtober Favorite 100 and a top 100 most popular haunted attraction in the country.
Hauntville - 1579 West River Road, Elyria, Ohio 44035
A Hauntville ticket is $16. Hauntville is located in the Midway Crossing Shopping Center. It is advertised as “Ohio’s First 4D Haunted House”. It has 3 attractions plus an all indoor waiting area. The attractions are Psycho Manor, Wicked Clowns 4D, and Cellblock 13. Also experience the new Zombie Hunt in 3-D Paintball for small additional price. Hauntville is open September 27th and 28th. In October they are open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from October 4th through Halloween night. They are also open November 1st and 2nd. It opens at 7 pm and closes at midnight on Friday and Saturday or 10 pm on all other nights.
The Fear Experience - 10701 Brookpark Road, Parma, Ohio 44130
The Fear Experience has a gruesome morgue, a carnival gone wrong, a meat market, and demented clowns. It has over 90,000 square feet of real terror. The attractions are all new for 2013. They are Braxton Estate, Centralia Mental Facility, Centralia County Fair, and Buried Alive. A ticket for basic attractions costs $22. Before or after enjoy their live entertainment including a free fire breathing show nightly. Fear Experience is open Friday and Saturday from September 13th through November 2nd plus October 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th. It opens at 7 pm and closes at midnight on Friday and Saturday or 10 pm on Sundays. Fear Experience is a Funtober Favorite 100 and a top 100 most popular haunted attraction in the country. Funtober names The Fear Experience the #1 Haunted House in Ohio.
Forsaken Haunted House – 8200 Tyler Blvd., Unit 7K, Mentor, Ohio 44060
At 30,000 square feet the Forsaken Haunted House has rooms for plenty of frights. Tickets are $23. You can also join at their website the Dead DeCapitator Team for DDT alerts. The haunt is open Friday and Saturday nights from September 27th through November 2nd plus the added nights of September 13th, October 6th, 13th, 17th, 20th, 24th, and 27th. It opens at 7 pm and runs until 12 am on Friday and Saturday nights or 10 pm on all other nights.
Don’t forget the haunted houses in Akron and Canton!
Akron-Canton Haunted Houses
If there’s one thing I know, it is that ghosts love rubber. And Akron was the Rubber Capital of the World.
The Factory of Terror, 4125 Mahoning Road, Canton, Ohio 44705
The Factory of Terror with 160,000 square feet is advertised as the “World’s Longest Haunted House.” It takes about an hour to go through the four attractions. A $26 ticket admits you to the Portal To Insanity, Industrial Nightmare, Massacre on Mahoning, and Judgement Day in 3D. Factory of Terror opens September 13th. Attraction is then open every Friday and Saturday from September 20th through November 2nd. Additional dates are October 6, 13, 17, 20, 27, and 31st. The times for Sunday are 6 pm to 9 pm. The times for Friday and Saturday are 7 pm to midnight. You can wear costumes however masks or makeup are not allowed. Factory of Terror is a Funtober Favorite 100 and a top 100 most popular haunted attraction in the country.
Haunted Schoolhouse and Haunted Laboratory, 1300 Triplett Blvd., Akron, OH
Open for more than 40 years the Haunted Schoolhouse and Haunted Laboratory has a combined 7 floors of terror. The haunt is a classic in the industry and still supports 50 actors providing lots of frights. It is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from October 4th until November 2nd plus September 27th and 28th. It opens nightly at 7:30 pm and closes at midnight on Friday and Saturday or 10 pm on other nights.
Clay’s Park Wicked Weekends - 13190 Patterson Street NW, N. Lawrence, OH 44666
Clay’s Park located outside of Akron has opened Wicked Weekends for the last 3 years. It opens Friday and Saturday nights from 7 pm to midnight in October. Tickets are $20. Also open 7 pm to 10 pm on Sunday October 20th and 27th. Wicked Weekends features four attractions: Slaughterville, Big Top Nightmare, Doom Stone, and Undead Acres.
Carnival of Horrors, 1145 W. Steels Conners, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44223
Located at the Blossom Music Center ask yourself are you afraid of clowns? The Carnival of Horror attractions are Insane Asylum, The Fun House, The Wicked Woods, and The Freakshow 3D. Visit any Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night from September 28th until November 2nd. A ticket is $19. The times are 7:30 pm until midnight on Friday and Saturday or 10 pm on Sunday. There is a food court onsite. (note: They are closed on September 29th.) Carnival is a Funtober Favorite 100 and a top 100 most popular haunted attraction in the country.
Barber Haunt - 248 E. Robinson Avenue, Barberton, Ohio
Barber Haunt is open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from October 4th through the 27th. It opens at 7:30 pm and goes until 11 pm on Friday and Saturday or 10 pm on Sunday.
Fortress of Fear - 10268 Hewins Road, Garretsville, Ohio 44231
Experience Fearanoia and Cagemaze at the Fortress of Fear. Tickets are $13. The haunt is open Friday and Saturday nights from October 4th to the 26th plus additional nights of October 20th, 27th, and 31st. The times are 8 pm to 11 pm most nights.
Cincinnati Haunted Houses
The ghosts must go south for the winter. That’s the only reason we can think of that there aren’t MORE awesome haunted houses in Cincinnati. Here’s what we found for 2013:
The Dent Schoolhouse - 5963 Harrison Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio
Tickets are $20 for The Dent Schoolhouse. The two attractions with 55 actors are the Dent Schoolhouse and the Detention Hall Maze. Visit on Friday and Saturday nights from September 13th until November 2nd plus every Thursday and Sunday in October. The weekend times are 7:30 pm until 12 am. There are food concessions and souvenirs available onsite. Dent is a Funtober Favorite 100 and a top 100 most popular haunted attraction in the country.
Halloween Haunt at King’s Island - 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason, Ohio 45040
Kings Island Haunt takes over the theme park on Friday and Saturday nights from September 20th through October 26th. The Friday times are 6 pm to 1 am. Most Saturday times are 11 am to 1 am. Caution since zombies, psychotic clowns, and twisted souls take over the park it is too intense for children under the age of 13 at night. Enjoy the park rides, featured haunts, mazes, and shocks for a Friday ticket price of $26.99. On Saturday the price is $32.99. If you have a Gold Pass season ticket you get in for free.
If you are looking for more nearby haunted houses, check out the Middletown haunted houses and the haunted houses in Kentucky.
Dayton Haunted Houses
The 150,000 people of Dayton, Ohio don’t need to wait for Halloween every year to see ghosts. They have their own ghosts year round at the Victoria Theater and The Air Force Museum. But if you prefer the ghosts that only appear at Halloween, check out these haunted houses:
Nightmare on Valley Street, 5117 Valley Pike, Dayton, Ohio 45424
What are you doing on Friday and Saturday nights between September 13th through October 26th? Perhaps you should visit Nightmare on Valley Street. Take the Hillbilly Hay Ride attractions for $10. For a real fright spend 30 minutes going through the Haunted Trail with 30 scenes and 40 live monsters. A $20 combo ticket will get you into the hay ride, trail, and Rat Trap Maze. Enjoy Friday and Saturday nights from dark to midnight.
Haunted Cave at Lewisburg, 4392 Swisher Mill Road, Lewisburg, Ohio 45338
What’s scarier than a real cave? The Haunted Cave at Lewisburg has added unusual cave creatures to their Water Monsters, and Great Maze attractions. Tickets are $16. Visit on Friday and Saturday nights from September 20th until October 26th. The times are 7 pm until midnight.
Riverside Jaycees Haunted Castle of Carnage & Trail - 1213 Old Harshman Rd., Dayton, Ohio 45431
The Jaycees have operated the Haunted Castle for 27 years. Tickets are $12. The two haunted attractions are open from September 20th through October. The nights and times are Friday, and Saturday from dark until midnight and on Sunday nights until 10 pm.
Sidney Haunted Woods, 2232 W. Russell Road, Sidney, OH
For 16 years the nearby folks have enjoyed the Sidney Haunted Woods. A terrorized trail over a half mile long. Haunted Woods is open Friday and Saturday from September 13th through October 26th. Doors open at dusk.
Slash Moraine, 3800 Main Street Wax Park, Moraine, Ohio
Slash Moraine tickets are $8. The times are 8 pm to 12:30 am. Enjoy every Friday and Saturday night from October 11th to the 26th.
Mansfield Haunted Houses
Paranormal investigations are routinely conducted at cemetaries and buildings near Mansfield, Ohio. Try the Bissman Company Building or the Ohio State Reformatory, for starters, if you are looking to encounter a real ghost. If you can’t handle real apparitions, and prefer fake haunts, try:
Ohio State Reformatory’s Haunted Prison Experience, 100 Reformatory Road, Mansfield, OH 44905
This is the prison where Shawshank Redemption was filmed. Tickets are $17 to the night time Haunted Prison Experience. Food vendors and a gift shop are onsite. The attraction starts at 7 pm and runs every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from September 27th to November 2nd. Attraction closes at midnight on Friday and Saturday, 11 pm on Thursday, and 10 pm on Sunday.
HalloWicked - 1148 Cairns Rd., Mansfield, OH 44903
Scream in terror when you are buried alive in the woods at Hallowicked. Attraction is open Friday and Saturday nights from September 28th through October 26th plus November 2nd. Doors are open from 7 pm to 11 pm. Tickets are $15.
Wooster Haunted Attractions
The Haunted Orchard - 1618 Portage Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691
What experimental Melrose apples caused death and murder around Wooster after World War II? Have a taste yourself on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights on October 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, and 24-26. Tickets are $15. Doors are open from 7:30 pm until 11 pm.
It should come as no surprise that the home of a real haunted hospital would produce some great haunted houses. Located between dayton and cincinnati, the US census bureau indicates it has 50,000 ghosts in waiting.
The Chambers of Horror, 1601 S. University Blvd., Middletown, Ohio
Advertised as “Southwestern Ohio’s Twisted Haunted House”, tickets for The Chamber of Horror are $12. Enjoy on Fridays from dark to 12 am or Saturday nights until 1 am. The haunt is open September 13th to October 26th.
Land of Illusion Haunted Scream Park – 8762 Thomas Road, Middletown, OH 45042
What has live spooks, madmen, and lunatics with chainsaws? Of course it’s Land of Illusion. The six attractions are Club Zombie, Haunted Trail, VooDoo Bayou, Killer Klowns, Temple of Terror, and Dr. Psycho’s Haunted Estate. When done with the six haunts enjoy the DJ, live music, bonfire, and stage show. The Scream Park is open on Friday and Saturday nights starting on September 6th at 8 pm. In October they are open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights plus the additional dates of November 1st and 2nd. Stay until 2 am on Friday and Saturday or 11:30 pm on Sunday. Sunday tickets are $24.99. Friday and Saturday tickets are $34.99. This is a Funtober Favorite 100 and a top 100 most popular haunted attraction in the country.
Sandusky Haunted Houses
It’s no wonder that Sandusky is home to a lot of ghosts around Halloween. Those roller coasters at Cedar Point will scare a person to death! If you have already conquered your fear of heights, perhaps you’ll get the fright of your life at these haunted houses in Sandusky.
Cedar Point’s Hallo Weekends at Cedar Point, One Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky, Ohio 44870
Hallow Weekends has run for 17 years of monster fear. Cedar Point operates 10 haunted houses that are free with the park ride admission. Hallo Weekends runs from September 14th to October 27th, 2013. The hours are Friday night from 6 pm to midnight. Saturday runs from 11 am to Midnight. Sunday’s start at noon and finishes at 9 pm.
If you need more thrills, check out the haunted houses in Cleveland and Toledo. Just a short drive away!
Toledo Haunted Houses
The war between Michigan and Ohio over Toledo may not have produced a lot of bloodshed, but Toledo still has quite a few haunts around Halloween. Here are where you can find a few Toledo haunted houses:
Terror Town, 1406 Key Street, Maumee, Ohio 43537
Terror Town is located at the Lucas County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $20 for the House of Dead or a combo ticket for $25 with the Big Top Terror added. There is also The Asylum Money Back Challenge available. Terror Town is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from September 27 to November 2nd. Visit between 8 pm to 12 am on Friday and Saturday or 10 pm on Sunday’s.
The Haunted Hydro, 1333 Tiffin St., Fremont, Oh
This place is incredible. The Haunted Hydro has been unique for 24 years. The theme is based on demons, warlocks and of course the living dead. The two attractions are Hex-Treme Takeover and Camp Slaughter. Also they have a live preshow on the midway called Ghoul-A-Bration. Also enjoy the food concessions and fire breathing fright. The Haunted Hayride is open Friday and Saturday nights from September 28th through November 2nd plus the 13th, 20th, 27th, and 31st. Doors open at 7 pm and close at 11:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 10:30 on all other nights. Tickets are $15 for a single attractions or both for $19. As a real haunted house they also offer the opportunity for 4 – 10 people to stay overnight each night in October as part of their Ghost Hunter Overnight Package. The price is $85 a night to “sleep” at The Haunted Hydro or become a ghostbuster.
Don’t forget about the haunted houses in Michigan and Sandusky!
Youngstown Haunted Houses
Fear Forest and Insane-A-Tarium - 6780 Tod Avenue SW, Lordstown, Ohio 44481
Fear Forest has two haunted attractions plus a great haunted hayride. It is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from September 27th through October 26th. Fear Forest opens at 7 pm and closes at 12 am on Friday and Saturday and at 10 pm on Sunday. A ticket for the hayride is $8 per person. Buy a combo ticket to go through Insanitarium, Psycho Path Haunted Trail, and ride the hayride for just $20. (Note: we have not been able to access their website. The information shown above has not been confirmed for 2013. We know they will open this year.)
We’re so disappointed in you Youngstown. Residents who don’t like the Insane-A-Tarium will have to travel to the Pittsburgh Haunted Houses or Akron/Canton haunted houses.
Nearby Haunted Attractions
Ohio borders a number of other states with a lot of haunted houses. So you might also want to consider the haunted attractions in these states in addition to the Ohio haunted houses.
Find other fall fun things to do in Ohio in October:
Did We Miss Something?
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