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Haunted Houses in Ohio for Halloween 2016

Find lots of Halloween haunted houses in Ohio for 2016.  Funtober lists all the haunted houses, haunted corn mazes, haunted hayrides, scream parks and more for your October enjoyment.  Long has “Oh Hi Oh” been a sounding cry for those from the buckeye state.  Each Halloween season those turn to screams of terror.  Haunted attractions feature Hollywood type set designs, live actors, creative costumes, air blasters and more.  Expect to find some zombies, witches, vampires, devils, and clowns among your local haunts.

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. 

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Haunted Farm – 5450 Old Millersport Road, Pleasantville, OH
An annual haunt for over 16 years.  It features a haunted barn, corn maze, and haunted hayride.  They have vendor concessions and lots of live entertainment on select night.  Doors open at 7:30 pm and runs until 11:30 most nights.  Tickets are $10 for adult admission into the Haunted Barn.  Tickets are $16 for admission into the corn maze, hayride and Haunted Barn.  Experience the fear of the evil on the farm.  Hear tales of mass murder, torture, and what ever happened to the Wilson family?  Find out if you dare.  Runs from September 25th, 2015.

Zanesville Ohio Haunted Houses

Forest of Fright – 7295 Duncan Run Road, Philo, Ohio 43771.
Located just 10 miles from Zanesville, Forest of Fright in Philo, Ohio has given the small town 9 years of fears.  Many consider this the best outdoor haunted attraction in the state.  Every year the scenes and scares are all new.  Walk the nearly mile long trail against the storyline of Kari, the mentally ill daughter of the Duncan family who in the mid 1800.s created Kari’s Playhouse.  A room made for torture, dismembered bodies, and mass murder.  Forest of Fright uses strobe lights, sound effects, animatronics, fog machines, and terrific live actors.  Walk deep into the woods, into the foggy maze, through the Tunnel of Screams, the Butcher Shack, Asylum in the Hillside, and past the blood thirsty Hillbilly Klowns.  Ride with the dead bellhop on the working Hellavator down to Kari’s playroom.  The haunt has free parking, food and gift concessions, security, and nightly entertainment.  They have a featured DJ, music, bonfire, and a big screen horror movie show.  Tickets are $13per victim.  Military and seniors save $4.  Demon Fast Pass VIP also available.  Attraction runs Friday and Saturday starting October 2nd.

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.  Enjoy a night out in Columbus with your friends at one of these spectacular haunted houses.

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 $25.  This is not your typical haunt attraction.  It is very “hands on” and you should expect to be touched, grabbed, and maybe even choked or dragged.  The unusual house opens Friday and Saturday from 8:30 pm until after the bars close.  Thursday from 8:30 pm to midnight.  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.  It runs starting September 24th.

Scare-a-torium – 6765 Dublin Center Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43017
Doors open at 7:30 every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights starting September 25th.  Northland Asylum and Rip’s 3D Funhouse make up most of the 40,000 square foot scare attraction.  Expect lots of scares with live actors in professional make-up working hard to make you jump out of your skin.  Tickets are $20 at the box office or online.  Doors close at midnight on Friday and Saturday or at 10 pm on other nights.

Wilmington Haunted Hollow Ride  – 1261 W. Dalton Rd., Wilmington, OH.  Experience The Ride, Nightmare Penitentury, and Slaughter Hotel at one of the state’s top haunts.  Don’t miss the excitement as fire breathing Semi’s chase unsuspecting victims.  The attractions are open every Friday and Saturday from September 19th through October 31st.  Get all three haunts for one low “combo” price or buy them as individual tickets.   Sorry, cash only.  VIP available.

Walking Dead Mansion Haunted House – Columbus, OH.  Closed for 2015.  Seeking a new location.

Plainfield (Coshocton)

Hell’s Hollow Haunted Trail – State Route 93 South, Plainfield, Ohio  (Closed for 2015)

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 25 years.  During the day you can visit the Old West Pumpkin fest running from noon to 5 pm. The attractions at Spooky Ranch are Crazy Clowns 3D, The Famous Haunted Hayride, The Haunted Barn, and Funny Farmhouse, and the all new feature attraction Bloody Mary’s Revenge Haunted House.  Tickets are $20 for the most popular 5 attraction combo package.  Gates open at 7 pm.  Attraction closes at 11:30 pm on Friday and Saturday or 9:30 pm on other nights.  Starts September 25th.

World of Nightmares – 19191 Bagley Road, Middleburg Heights, Ohio 44130
 A new name and now 10 brand new haunted houses at the former 7 Floors of Hell.  They advertise themselves as the largest haunted event in the world.  Tickets are $23.  Doors open at 7 pm and close at midnight on Friday and Saturday or 10 pm on all other nights.  7 Floors now World of Nightmares is a Funtober Favorite 100 and a top 100 most popular haunted attraction in the country.  Attraction opens September 18th.

Hauntville – 1579 West River Road, Elyria, Ohio 44035
A Hauntville ticket is $24 but there are vip and discount packages available.  Hauntville is located in the Midway Crossing Shopping Center.  It is advertised as “Ohio’s First 4D Haunted House”.  It has 5  attractions plus an all indoor waiting area.  The attractions are Psycho Manor, Wicked Clowns 4D, Butch’r Barn, Zombie Hunt Paintball, and Cellblock 13.  Each attraction has a storyline and every attempt is made to prevent you from making it out alive.   It opens at 7 pm and closes at midnight on Friday and Saturday or 10 pm on all other nights.  Starts September 25th.

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 again new for 2015.  They are Zombie Uprising, Braxton Estate, Centralia Mental Facility, Centralia County Fair, and Buried Alive.  A ticket for basic attractions costs $25.  Before or after enjoy their live entertainment including a free fire breathing show nightly. Fear Experience is open Friday and Saturday from September 18th.  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 – Mentor, Ohio (Will not open in 2014)
At 30,000 square feet the Forsaken Haunted House has rooms for plenty of frights. 

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 $23 ticket admits you to the Portal To Insanity, Industrial Nightmare, Massacre on Mahoning, and Judgement Day in 3D. Factory of Terror opens September 18th.  Attraction is then open every Friday and Saturday and most Thursday and Sundays.  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.  It opens nightly at 7:30 pm and closes at midnight on Friday and Saturday or 10 pm on other nights. Starts running September 25th, 2015.  Admission starts at $17.

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 4 years.  It opens Friday and Saturday nights from 7 pm to midnight in October.  Tickets are $.  Wicked Weekends features four attractions:  Slaughterville, Big Top Nightmare, Doom Stone, and Undead Acres.  New this year is Monster Paintball.

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.  A ticket is $21.  The times are 7:30 pm until midnight on Friday and Saturday or 10 pm on Sunday.  There is a food court onsite.  Carnival is a Funtober Favorite 100 and a top 100 most popular haunted attraction in the country.  Starts running weekends October 2nd.

Barber Haunt – 248 E. Robinson Avenue, Barberton, Ohio
Barber Haunt is open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.  It opens at 7:30 pm and goes until 11 pm on Friday and Saturday or 10 pm on Sunday.  The haunt was the former home of the O.C. Barber Pig Farm.  A scary thought given all the squealing that must have gone on there.  Opens on October 9th.

Fortress of Fear – 10268 Hewins Road, Garretsville, Ohio 44231
Experience Fearanoia and Cagemaze at the Fortress of Fear Screampark.  Park is open from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm on Friday and Saturday nights or 10 pm other nights.  Halloween is black-out night.  The basic ticket is $13.  A mega ticket for Fortress or Fear, Fearanoia, and Zombie Abomination is $18.  Begins October 2nd.

Hudson Haunted House – 2250 Barlow Rd., Hudson, Ohio
The Hudson Jaycees have been sponsoring this attraction for the last 42 years.  Ticket prices are $12.  Opens October 2nd.

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 2015:

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 starting on Friday , September 11th.  The weekend times are 7:30 pm until 12 am.  This is an amazing haunt and should be on your list of things to do this fall.  If you have never been there then this is the place to go for a great scare.  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 18th through October 31st.  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.  New attractions coming for 2015.  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
All new trails and scares for 2014.  What are you doing on Friday and Saturday nights between September 18th through October 31st?  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 18th.  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 29 years.  Tickets are $15.  The two haunted attractions are open from September 26th through October.  The nights and times are Friday, and Saturday from dark until midnight and on Sunday nights until 10 pm.  They feature both the haunted castle and a haunted trail.

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.  Doors open at dusk.

Slash Moraine, 3800 Main Street Wax Park, Moraine, Ohio

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 $20 to the night time Haunted Prison Experience.  Food vendors and a gift shop are onsite.  The box office opens at 6:30 pm while the attraction starts at 7 pm and runs every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday beginning September 25th.   Attraction closes at midnight on Friday and Saturday, 11 pm on Thursday, and 10 pm on Sunday.

HalloWicked – Mansfield, OH 44903
Sorry, the attraction is permanently closed.

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 Friday, and Saturday nights in October. 

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 $13.  Enjoy on Fridays from dark to 12 am or Saturday nights until 1 am.  Opens September 12th.

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 five attractions are Haunted Trail, VooDoo Bayou, Killer Klowns, Temple of Terror, and Dr. Psycho’s Haunted Estate.  When done with the five haunts enjoy the DJ, live music, bonfire, and stage show. The Scream Park is open on Friday and Saturday nights starting on September 11th.  In October they are open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.  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.  New is a talent singing contest with real prizes. 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 19 years of monster fear.  Cedar Point operates 10 haunted houses that are free with the park ride admission.  Hallo Weekends begins September 25th.  The hours are Friday night from 6 pm to midnight.  Saturday runs from 11 am to midnight.  Sunday’s start at 11 am and finishes at 8 pm.  Check the website for a variety of ticket price options and discounts.

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  (Attraction has permanently closed)

The Haunted Hydro, 1333 Tiffin St., Fremont, Oh
This place is incredible.  The Haunted Hydro has been unique for 26 years.  The theme is based on movies of the Silver Scream.  The two attractions are the classic Haunted Hydro themed “A Night at the Os-SCARES”. The second attraction is Crazy Bob’s Santarium & Psycho-path.   Also they have a live preshow on the midway called Ghoul-A-Bration.  Also enjoy the food concessions and fire breathing fright. The Haunted Hydro opens September 26th.  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 $20-25 for multiple attractions. 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.

Portsmouth Jaycees Haunted House – 2033 Gallia St., Portsmouth, OH
The 37th annual haunted house open on Friday, September 25th at 8:00 pm.  It is a monster infest maze and terrifying yard.

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 starting September 25th.  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.  More combo packages available.  The hayride is 1 mile long.  They have 68 acres of sheer terror.

East Liverpool Jaycees Haunted House – 139 W. 5th Street, East Liverpool, OH.  (Temporarily closed for 2015.)

We’re so disappointed in you Youngstown. Residents who don’t like these will have to travel to the Pittsburgh Haunted Houses or Akron/Canton haunted houses.

Home Haunts (New List of Home Haunted Houses for Halloween)
Cincinnati – Lachoween Haunt
Conneaut – Haunt on Williams at 585 Williams St., Conneaut

State By State List of Halloween Haunted Houses
Akron Haunted Houses
Columbus Haunted Houses
Cleveland Haunted Houses
Dayton Haunted Houses

Funtober also lists America’s Best Top 100 Haunted Houses in 2013 (with videos).  Enjoy viewing the videos on each of the best haunted houses in the United States.

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.

Haunted Houses in Indiana
Haunted Houses in Kentucky
Haunted Houses in Michigan
Haunted Houses in Pennsylvania
Haunted Houses in West Virginia

Find other fall fun things to do in Ohio in October:

Oktoberfest in Ohio
Ohio Festivals
Ohio Corn Mazes
Ohio Ghost Tours
Ohio Pumpkin Patches

Haunted Houses in Ohio

Halloween Haunted Houses

Did We Miss Something?
Have you been to one of these haunted houses? Future readers would be interested in hearing what you thought. Did you have a great experience? Was it worth the money? Would you suggest it to visitors here? Any tips to maximize your experience? I’ll gladly publish what you send me and give you a great big hug.

If you are the owner or employee of a haunted house on this list, or one I missed and need to add, I would love to have more information about the haunted house, photos, dates/times/hours for 2015, etc. Use the contact form to get in touch and I’ll tell you where to email your answers to these questions.


  1. This October, 4 legendary haunts unite with newly renovated, Ghostly Manor, as seen on The Travel Channel’s “Best Places I’ve Ever Been”. Lake Eerie Fearfest bands the mysterious legends of Lake Erie together under one roof to create the area’s newest, most unique, most feared haunted destination in all of Ohio. You don’t want to miss the nationally recognized Ghostly Manor, and all new haunted encounters brought in from around the world including Darkmare, Caged, Quarantine & Eerie Chateau! Lake Eerie Fearfest is 6 acres of non-stop haunted action.

  2. Took us over a hour inside this real limestone cave. It was a scare a minute meeting up with Devil himself. For the price and time spent it was well worth it being so unusal of a haunt.

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