Five haunted Halloween hot spots to visit

With Halloween right around the corner, children and parents are rushing to find the perfect costume to wear and the best candy to hand out. But what about high school students? Most say they are too old to go trick-or-treating, so they have to find alternatives. Luckily there are a few haunted spots that high school students should consider visiting.

Halloween Haunt at Kings Island
With over 500 horrific creatures wandering through the park in the darkness and 13 haunted attractions including indoor and outdoor mazes, shows, and some of the best thrill rides in the park, the Haunt is voted as one of the best haunted sites in the city, according to Ohio Valley Haunts. Admission is $52.99 on Saturday nights from 7 p.m. – 1 a.m, and discounted tickets are available online for $29.99. Although it is more on the expensive side, Halloween Haunt at Kings Island is a fun and frightening alternative to trick-or-treating. For more information, visit

USS Nightmare in Newport, KY
The USS Nightmare is a haunted steamboat which was rated the #1 haunted attraction in Greater Cincinnati, and is one of America’s best haunted attractions, according to City Blood Haunt Reviews. Floating on the Ohio River, the boat carries an infamous captain and his crew member, who lurk through dark, foggy rooms on the boat, awaiting the next daring group to walk by. USS Nightmare is open from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. on Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. It costs $16 for general admission and $20 for RIP admission, which allows skipping the line. Information about discounted tickets is available online. For more information, visit

Saint Rita’s School for the Deaf
Saint Rita’s has been a Cincinnati favorite ever since it opened 33 years ago. The schoolhouse, once used as the boys’ dormitory, provides a night of fright for whoever has enough courage to step inside. After stepping into the dark schoolhouse, visitors are transported to a number of scary movies, as each room is dedicated to one, including Dracula, Frankenstein, and Poltergeist. Saint Rita’s is open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. until Oct. 29. Admission is $10. Proceeds go to Saint Rita’s School for the Deaf. For more information, visit

The Land of Illusion in Middletown
A wasteland of ghostly beasts, madmen, evil spirits and bloody monsters await their next victim to stumble into the evil lair and get the fright of their life at The Land of Illusion. According to America’s Best Haunted Houses, it is rated in the top three haunted scream parks in the area. The Land of Illusion provides six scary attractions and is open Friday and Saturday from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from 8-11:30 p.m. It costs $29.99 on Friday, $34.99 on Saturday, and $24.99 on Sunday. Despite the high price, this haunted scream house is one that can’t be passed up. Discounted tickets are available online for $4 off for any night. For more information, go to:

Dent School House in Harrison
The Dent School House, a Cincinnati Public School, opened in 1894, but all of a sudden, children started going missing. Now it is ranked one of the top 13 haunted places to visit during Halloween. For the two attractions, a tour through the house itself along with Detention Hall, the price is only $20. To skip the line, add an extra $10. This frightening school house is open every Friday and Saturday from 7:30 p.m. -12 p.m., and Sunday and Thursday from 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Dent School House provides a chilling experience for those who like to have a good scare. Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more. For more information, visit:

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