The Best Haunted Houses in Cincinnati {2021}

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.

Each scare has been given an “Attraction Intensity” (with 1 being the low, 5 being high) and we’ve included it below.

The Haunted Hayride is suggested for ages 8 and up. It 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.
Attraction Intensity: 2 out of 5

The Forgotten Forest is suggested ages 13+. It’s a quarter-mile outdoor, wooded walkthrough.
Attraction Intensity: 4 out of 5

Psychosis is recommended for ages 13+. It’s an indoor walkthrough with many intense scares.
Attaction Intensity: 5 out of 5

Zombie Assault is a simulator and features many virtual scares and action sequences, suggested ages 10+. It features a high tech and frightening ride in their zombie attack simulator bus.
Attraction Intensity: 3 out of 5

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

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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,

Dent Schoolhouse Special Events include:

Behind the Scenes Tours: Take a private guided tour as the creators of The Dent Schoolhouse take back the curtains and allow you to see the inner workings of a haunted attraction. This tour is taking place before the haunt opens so crew members will be working around the haunt as you are guided through. A brief look at the makeup room, costuming, and backstage areas are included! Offered on select Saturdays and Sunday at 4:30 and 6pm.

Ghost Tours: Walk through the Dent Schoolhouse in complete darkness as you are guided through and shown all the ghostly hotspots of the schoolhouse. No actors – just you and the schoolhouse. Offered on Wednesdays in October.

Lights Out: Travel through the schoolhouse with almost all of the lights out!!!
Happening November 5 and 6, 2021.

Lights On Tour: Experience the schoolhouse with the lights on!  This is a great way to introduce a little one to Halloween or just to see all of the detail that the old schoolhouse has to offer.  There are no actors inside so you can go through at your own pace.  Happening on Sunday, October 24 from 4pm -6pm.

A Christmas Nightmare: Experience what it is like to celebrate Christmas at a haunted house! This special 1 weekend haunted event is from 6:00pm – 10pm on December 10 and 11, 2021.

Your ticket for the Regular Haunt Season gets you into the The Dent Schoolhouse. Friday and Saturday tickets also include 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 2021 here.

Open for the regular haunted house season from Sept. 17, 2021 until Nov. 6, 2021

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Halloween Haunt at Kings Island

6300 Kings Island Dr., Mason, OH 45040

Fear is waiting for you this year at Kings Island’s Halloween Haunt!

Open Friday and Saturday nights, Sept. 24-Oct. 30, 2021.

Scream your way through spine-tingling Halloween attractions, including haunted mazes, bone-chilling outdoor scare zones, outrageous live shows, and evil creatures everywhere looking to make your worst nightmares come true.

You can also enjoy many of the park’s most thrilling rides and attractions including Banshee, Diamondback, Mystic Timbers, and the legendary Beast.

Kings Island says: Halloween Haunt is intended for mature audiences and not recommended for children under 13.

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Land of Illusion Haunted Scream Park

Dial up the dread at Land of Illusion Scream Park, a haunted theme park full of ghouls! This haunted spot, originally known as The Middletown Haunted Trail, includes “live” spooks, lunatics, and chainsaw-wielding madmen and guarantees you a different fright each night. They have every sweet treat you could eat, and our live entertainment, freak shows, and madmen are sure to keep you entertained when you’re dying for a break…

Dial up the dread at Land of Illusion Scream Park, a haunted theme park full of ghouls! This haunted spot, originally known as The Middletown Haunted Trail, includes “live” spooks, lunatics, and chainsaw-wielding madmen and guarantees you a different fright each night. They have every sweet treat you could eat, and our live entertainment, freak shows, and madmen are sure to keep you entertained when you’re dying for a break…

Land of Illusion Haunted Scream Park includes:

  • Phobia
  • Temple of Terror Haunted House
  • Killer Klowns Haunted Maze
  • Dr. Psycho’s Haunted Estate
  • Big Mama’s Revenge
  • The Historical Mystery Mansion
  • 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 10, 2021; check their site for days and times

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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.

This year the Haunted Hall features more than 20 scenes with several new scenes you won’t want to miss! In addition there will be old favorites returning including the Hellavator, Dracula, and the Bate’s Motel.

They’re opening on October 1, 2021.

Plan Ahead: CASH ONLY! They do NOT have ATM’s on site. $2 discount is applied with a canned good donation.

Don’t miss their “Lights Up” night on October 24, 6-6:45pm. The children get to go trick or treating through the (much less scary) Haunted Hall as well as getting a trip through our giant vortex tunnel! Cost is $5 per child, adults free.

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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 2021 season from Sept. 17 through October 31 on Fridays and Saturdays

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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.

They offer loads of special events – see the calendar here.

Open Friday – Sunday starting Sept. 3, 2021. The season ends November 6, 2021.

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Twisted Trails Haunted Attraction

5719 W. State Route 73, Wilmington, Ohio 45177

Head to Wilmington and see what’s in the woods! New for 2021 is their indoor haunted attraction: Muck Manor. Each ticket purchase includes admission to both Twisted Trails AND Muck Manor!

Open on Friday and Saturday nights, Sept. 17 – Oct. 20, 2021

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USS Nightmare

101 Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky 41071

The USS Nightmare is a haunted house attraction built upon an actual steam-powered dredge boat located in Newport Kentucky on the Ohio River. Get your scare on with 2 decks of nightmarish fun.

Open Sept. 17 – Nov. 6, 2021

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Wilmington Haunted Hollow Ride

1261 W. Dalton Rd., Wilmington, OH 45177

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, Slaughter Hotel, Eville Asylum, and Field of Terrors.

Dates include Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 25 – Oct. 30, 2021.

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.

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Ghost Tours and Haunted Attractions (adults):

Haunted Tours from American Legacy Tours

Take a tour with American Legacy Tours and discover stories of murder, deceit, deaths, and lots of disturbing tales from Cincinnati’s, Newport’s, and Covington’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.

Choose from:
The Queen City is Haunted Tour
Newport is Haunted Tour
Haunted Investigation of the Emery Theater (coming soon)
The Covington Haunted and Historic Tour

Haunted tours start in September (Queen City and Newport) and October (Covington).

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Flying Pig Tours (formerly Haunted Cincinnati Tours)

Take your pick of Ghost Tours including “Buried Secrets”, Eerie Encounters, Ghosts in the Garden, Ghosts of Glendale.

Note that the Buried Secrets Tour is available but the other tours state “coming in 2021 (last updated 8-29-21).

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

Haunted Experiences in Dayton, Ohio:

Haunted Houses in Columbus, Ohio:

Haunted Houses in Indiana:

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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 24, 2021; 4-6pm

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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 aghosts, witches, a fortune teller, a mortician, pirates, and a cursed archaeologist along the way. Walk through the spooky cemetery and haunted woods.  Enjoy balloon art, games, and more!

Halloween costumes are encouraged for kids and adults and add to the family-friendly fun.

Open on October 8/9, 15/16, and 22/23, 2021 from 6pm to 10pm

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Mt. Healthy Haunted Hall “Lights Up Night” Version

7700 Seward Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45231

The “Lights Up” night is on October 24, 6-6:45pm. The children get to go trick or treating through the (much less scary) Haunted Hall as well as getting a trip through our giant vortex tunnel! Cost is $5 per child, adults free.

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