Must-See Haunted Houses



Dent Schoolhouse is home to Charlie the Janitor, who supposedly killed students back in the 19th Century.

Autumn leaves appear, pumpkins roll out in the markets, the days get shorter, and the nights get colder– October is here. This month is home to many things, including Halloween. Halloween can mean dressing up in funny costumes with your buddies or even getting scared for an extended period of time. If you’re a fan of the second choice, here are the best haunted houses near you.

Highway 50 Fright Field- Located on North Bend Rd., this haunted farm from the 1830s is open every Friday and Saturday in October, weather permitting. According to for $15 a person, you can “. . . wind your way through. . .” the Haunted Trail and Woods. For $10 you can shoot zombies in their Operation Termination Zombie Paintball, which is also open every Friday and Saturday in October, weather permitting.

Horror Hike- Located at the intersection of U.S. 50, Hwy 50 and I-275 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, this half-mile walk will take you through various terrains and themes. According to, “Our guests will be subjected to blood, guts, gore, and many other elements that are conducive to the scare theme.” For $18 you can visit this trail, Fridays and Saturdays, from 8 pm until midnight.

U.S.S. Nightmare- Located on Riverboat Row in Newport, Kentucky, you can scream your way through this two-story retired United States Army Corps of Engineers Dredge vessel for $25. The experience is open from Wednesday to Thursday from 7 pm until 11 pm and Friday to Saturday from 7 pm until 1 am. For $35 you can amp up the scare in the R.I.P. Experience which allows the actors and staff to touch you. There’s also the option of the Captain Extreme Tour, which is a one night $25 event on Saturday, November 2nd that has a no-touch policy but still has the experience of separation from a group.

Dent Schoolhouse- Located on Harrison Ave, this famous haunted attraction, once a schoolhouse, has all the accolades to back up how great it truly is. Dent has received public praise from BuzzFeed, Travel Channel, HGTV, and E! just to name a few. Tickets are $20 for Thursdays and Sundays from 7:30 pm until 10 pm, $22 for Fridays from 7:30 pm to 1 am, and $25 for Saturdays from 7:30 pm until midnight.

Kings Island Halloween Haunt- You can scream your way through multiple haunted mazes both inside and outside at Kings Island’s Halloween Haunt. Haunt is a favorite by many, including Junior Lexi Ploehs. “Halloween Haunt is really good, I really enjoyed the mazes. They were scary but not too scary,” states Ploehs. Tickets are $34 for Fridays and $45 for Saturdays from 6 pm until 1 am until Oct. 26.

With Halloween approaching shortly, there’s still time to head to one or more of these haunted attractions. Whether you are looking to have a good time or be shaking in terror, be sure to check out some close and scary haunted houses.