MASON, Ohio -- It's not even October, but the haunted houses are already prepared to terrify the Tri-State. Halloween Haunt at Kings Island is no exception -- it opens Friday.
Halloween Haunt will run every Friday and Saturday night through Oct. 29 from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m., except for Saturday, when the park opens to the public at 7 p.m.
A veritable playground of terror, Halloween Haunt features 11 haunted mazes, three outdoor scare zones, three live stage shows and more than 600 assorted clowns, ghouls, vampires, werewolves and zombies, plus 20 rides including the Banshee, Beast and Diamondback roller coasters.
New this year is Field of Screams, a 10,000-square foot outdoor maze experience. A news release from Kings Island warns that its farmers don’t take kindly to uninvited guests and that visitors who get caught might just become a permanent part of the field.
Popular returning haunted attractions include: Backwoods Bayou, Blackout, Board to Death, CarnEvil, Kill Mart, Madame Fatale’s Cavern of Terror, Slaughter House, Sorority House, Urgent Scare and Wolf Pack.
The live entertainment lineup features Blood Drums, a percussive blood bath of rhythm and music; Hot Blooded, a seductive after-life revue; and Monster Rock, which features the music of Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith and others.
Tickets for Halloween Haunt are as low as $30.99 when purchased in advance online here or the Kings Island’s mobile app. Admission to the event is free for Gold and Platinum season passholders.
Guests looking to make the most of their night can add Fright Lane with Skeleton Key for as low as $40, which allows them to bypass waiting in line to experience 10 of the haunted attractions. The Skeleton Key unlocks a secret extra room inside of five of the attractions: Kill Mart, Madame Fatale’s Cavern of Terror, Slaughter House, Sorority House and Urgent Scare. In addition to the five mazes with a secret extra room, a new standalone Skeleton Key room, The Viewing, has evening services each night of Halloween Haunt.
Parents, be advised. Halloween Haunt includes graphic scenes, suggestive themes and intense imagery and is intended for mature audiences.
For younger guests, the all-new Great Pumpkin Fest takes place every Saturday and Sunday in October to provide fright-free fun. Kids can trick-or-treat, play in a foam pit, visit a petting farm, enjoy Halloween activities, participate in a costume contest and meet characters from the Peanuts gang. Guests can also watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” in honor of the show’s 50th anniversary.