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Ghosts, ghouls and goblins: Halloween activities around the Tri-State

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Heavy breathing, sweaty palms and adrenaline pumping -- that time of the year is here.

If you're looking for a good scare this Halloween, the Tri-State has plenty to offer. Many of the attractions have tickets available for purchase online or at the door, and many offer coupons found online or at local retailers.

Here's a list of popular Halloween attractions throughout the Tri-State:

  • The Dent Schoolhouse: Featured as one of the scariest places in the US on the Travel Channel, follow the grim life of Charlie the janitor. Created from a true story, students at the school went missing in 1942. The children's lifeless bodies were later found inside barrels wedged behind brick walls in Charlie's basement in 1955. Shortly after, the school closed. Legend has it that Charlie was taunted by children starting at him, and he's still seen in and around the schoolhouse along with teachers and cafeteria workers who suffered from the deaths. 
  • USS Nightmare: Take a 30-minute fearful walk through corridors of the old riverboat. The tour visits more than 30 areas of the steamboat, said to be haunted by the Captain and remaining crew members who died after the vessel broke loose and was caught in a current. The tour includes variations for visitors like fireworks, the Captain's unrated eXtreme tour and the dark combo which also takes you through the haunted St. Rita's school for the deaf.
  • St. Rita's Haunted House: (Family friendly) The house was a dormitory during the Civil War Era, with sound and visual effects to make the time period seem real. Click the link above for a $3 off coupon.
  • Land of Illusion: Known as the legendary Middletown haunted trail, the attraction takes you through four haunted houses, the haunted trail and Stage of Rage. New this year is a haunted ride, Zombie Sniper Patrol. Tickets available online and at the door.
  • 'HallZOOween' at the Cincinnati Zoo (Family friendly): Enjoy trick-or-treat stations, special animal encounters, theater of illusion, an express train ride into Hogwarts and a scare-ous! This event is free with zoo admission and children are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costume!
  • The Chambers of Horror: Cut off from outside contact once you dare to step inside. Thirty sets and over 100 doors for you to walk through, the house wants to make people's fears a reality.
  • Kings Island Halloween Hunt: Each weekend night, the park transforms into a horror-filled nightmare. From mazes with terrifying creatures walking around the park, to a terrifying chase through a maze, and thrill rides to make you scream - Kings Island is the place to be for fright. 
  • Kings Island Howl-o-fest (Family friendly):  Trick-or-Treat with Dinosaurs, twisted tales maze, a little monsters dance party, pony rides, a graveyard shift show and more is available for kids of all ages.
  • Haunted Duck Tours (Family friendly): Ride along next to the Ohio River, where ghost stories are shared and visits to landmark haunted locations such as Music Hall and the Taft Museum.
  • Mayhem Mansion: A huge house in the middle of nowhere filled with paranormal activity is what you'll experience at this rural Kentucky home.
  • BooPort on the Levee (Family friendly): Trick-or-treating right on the Ohio River with a live music performance. 
  • Scream Acres: Started by a young man setting up a haunted house in his yard since the wee age of 8, he's turned his love for Halloween into a full-blown walk of terror. The haunt includes a 3D funhouse, a buried alive display, Blackout exhibit and Castle Hill funeral home.
  • ScareDown: A little drive from the Tri-State located in Waynesville, this house, known as 'Devil House' was the site of live paranormal investigations. In the late 1800s, inhabitants of the house, 'Mama ' and 'Cletus,' were said to have brutally murdered children. Much like the 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' visitors were said to run away from house into the cornfield where they were hunted down and dragged back to the house to be tortured. The site includes a 'Hellbilly' workshop and camp Cletus corn maze.

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