The Best Haunted Houses in Cincinnati {2020}

As Halloween approaches and fall rolls around, lots of folks look forward to the changing leaves and all things pumpkin spice…..but it’s also time for haunted houses to begin! Cobweb covered doorjams, scary clowns, and creaky old houses, it’s all there!

If you’re looking for a great list of Haunted Houses in Cincinnati, we’ve got you covered!

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Most of these haunted attractions and haunted houses in Cincinnati are in the outlying areas. I’ve also included some that are a bit of a drive… but considering you’re likely to go just once this year, I figured the outliers were worth a mention.

Almost all of these are for adults but I did find a few for the younger set (see the family friendly section below). Be sure to check with the venue for age recommendations.

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Haunted Houses in Cincinnati

Brimstone Haunt

472 Brimstone Road, Wilmington, Ohio 45177

4 great scares for the brave! They have a Haunted Hayride, the Forgotten Forest, Psychosis, and Zombie Assault.

They say the Haunted Hayride can be “enjoyed by the whole family” and features a 1 mile ride through a haunted cornfield on a tractor-pulled wagon. They say this is a low-medium intensity haunt with its fair share of scares and surprises.

The Forgotten Forest (a quarter-mile outdoor, wooded walkthrough) and Psychosis (an indoor walkthrough) are high intensity haunts with many scares.

Zombie Assault is a simulator and features many virtual scares and action sequences. It features Features a high tech and frightening ride in their zombie attack simulator bus.

Parking is $3 at the door (cash only per the website).


The Dent Schoolhouse

5963 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45248

Dent Schoolhouse is what nightmares are made of! Located in an old public school (opened in 1894), you can choose from various experiences including: the “traditional” Dent Schoolhouse haunted experience, Lights Out (only on November 6 and 7, 2020), a Friday the 13th Special on November 13 and A Christmas Nightmare on December 4 and 5, 2020.

New for 2020 – Construction Tours – Sundays in October, 3pm-5pm (more details to be released). Online reservations only.

Your ticket gets you into the The Dent Schoolhouse and the Queen City Slaughter Yard (which is right behind the schoolhouse).

Dent says: “Detail, animatronics, new sets, and new technology are added each year to ensure that The Dent Schoolhouse stays the #1 Scariest haunt in the Cincinnati Tri-State area.”

Plan Ahead: CASH ONLY! They do have an ATM on site and tickets can be purchased in advance / online.

Keep up with their changes for 2020 here.

Open for the regular haunted house season from Sept. 25, 2020 until Nov. 13, 2020


Land of Illusion Haunted Scream Park

Dial up the dread at Land of Illusion Scream Park, a haunted theme park full of ghouls! It features six haunts including Phobia, Temple of Terror Haunted House, Killer Klowns Haunted Maze, Dr. Psycho’s Haunted Hospital, Zombie Sniper Patrol (a ride where you hunt down Zombies), and Middletown Haunted Trail (forest and mazes and murderers, oh my!).

General admission gets you access to the entire park.

Plan Ahead: CASH ONLY! They do have ATM’s on site and tickets can be purchased in advance / online.

The season begins September 11, 2020; check their site for days and times


Nightmare Manor

1601 S. University Blvd., Suite A, Middletown, Ohio 45044

Unfortunately, there is really nothing about this haunted house on the website other than the dates they’re open and a few testimonials.

Open for the 2020 season from Sept. 18 through October 31 on Fridays and Saturdays


Terror Town

1449 Greenbush Cobb Rd, Williamsburg, OH 45176

Be the folk in the lore at the Cincinnati area’s newest haunted attraction – Terror Town. Based in the 1800s, Terror Town includes a haunted trail, live music, interactive horror games, and more. Don’t miss their haunted decor retail section which includes all kinds of gruesome Halloween-themed things.

Keep up with their changes for 2020 here.

Open Friday – Sunday starting Sept. 4, 2020. The season ends November 14, 2020.


Mt. Healthy Haunted Hall

7700 Seward Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45231

Celebrating its 31st year of fear and phobias, this haunted house includes the house plus four tents, backyard areas, and one giant vortex and features more than 20 scenes including old favorites and some new ones too.

no news on 2020 yet, stay tuned!


USS Nightmare – canceled for 2020

Halloween Haunt at Kings Islandcanceled for 2020

Highway 50 Fright Field Haunted Adventure – Closed for the 2020 Season

Ghost Tours and Haunted Attractions (adults):

Haunted Tours from American Legacy Tours

Choose from “The Queen City is Haunted” tour or the “Newport is Haunted” tour and discover stories of murder, deceit, deaths, and lots of disturbing tales from Cincinnati’s and Newport’s past. You’ll walk the grounds where human remains were recently unearthed, conjure up the paranormal activity that’s been measured in an abandoned cemetery, learn the details of unsolved crimes, and much more.

“Queen City is Haunted” tours are offered on Fridays and Saturdays beginning August 21, 2020. “Newport is Haunted” tours are offered on Saturdays, October 3-31, 2020.


Haunted Cincinnati Tours

Take your pick of Ghost Tours including “Buried Secrets” (with more tours to come). You can even go on a Ghost Hunt Event at The Poasttown School in Middletown.


Wilmington Haunted Hollow Ride (closed for 2020)

Go for a ride if you dare! Take a Haunted Bus Ride through a forest full of monsters, travel through an abandoned Rattlesnake Mine, and try to steer clear of Farmer Dave who is always on the lookout for new things to “sow”. General admission includes multiple attractions: The Ride, Riddles of Horror, Slaughter Hotel, Death Trap, and Eville Asylum.

This haunted attraction is weather dependent and they instruct you to call ahead if raining (937-382-6147).

Plan Ahead: CASH ONLY! They do have an ATM on site and tickets can be purchased in advance / online.

And if you’re willing to take a bit of a drive for a good scare..

Haunted Experiences in Dayton, Ohio:

  • There’s a Haunted Cave near Dayton, Ohio (canceled for 2020)

Haunted Houses in Columbus, Ohio:

Haunted Houses in Indiana:

  • Fear Factory is in Batesville, Indiana (closed in 2020)
  • There’s a Horror Hike in Lawrenceburg, Indiana (2020 dates are not up yet)

Haunted Houses in Kentucky:

  • The Mayhem Mansion is the haunted house and Terror in the Woods is a Zombie paintball challenge in Morning View, Kentucky. They also have an Extreme Night on Nov. 2. (closed for 2020)
  • Sandyland Acres offers a Haunted Hayride and Farmer’s Revenge. Find them in Petersburg, Ky

Haunted Attractions (family friendly):

The Dent Schoolhouse “Lights On” Version

Experience what most consider the scariest haunted house is Cincinnati with the lights on. There will not be any actors inside. Kids can grab fun goodies and prizes throughout from some friendly ghouls.

Lights On is only offered on Sunday, October 25, 2020; 4-6pm (tickets go on sale 10-2-20)


Haunted Village (family friendly, slight fright)

Heritage Village Museum will transform into a Haunted Village for a family-friendly, slight-fright event. The 19th century village inside Sharon Woods is the perfect setting for a spooky October evening! Trick-or-treat through the Village meeting a headless horseman, a witch, a fortune teller, and a mad scientist. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride. Walk through the haunted cemetery. Enjoy face painting, balloon art, games, and storytelling.

Open on October 9/10, 16/17, and 23/24, 2020 from 6pm to 10pm


Mt. Healthy Haunted Hall “Lights Up Night” Version

7700 Seward Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45231

This is the haunted house listed in the “adult” section above but with the lights on. Kids get to trick or treat through the Haunted Hall as well as take a trip through the giant vortex tunnel.

no updates for 2020 yet – stay tuned!

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