Haunted House Have-to-go’s

Sam Walsh, writer

Well everybody, it’s October now, yes the month of spiders, skeletons, and everything scary.  Many people enjoy going to parties, or trick or treating during this time of the year, yet one of the most critical pieces to this Halloween pie is the classic haunted house.  Haunted houses got their unlikely start from none other than Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in London.  The famous museum made a section called the “Chamber of Horrors” in which it displayed decaptitated figures from the French Revolution.  It was from this unlikely start that haunted houses became a crucial part of our Halloween traditions.  Without further ado I present to you five haunted houses that you should visit this October.


  1. Brimstone Haunt – Wilmington, Ohio

If you’re looking for a place with something to do for the whole family, then look no further than Brimstone Haunt.  Featuring 5 separate attractions, you’re bound to find something for everybody.  Brimstone Haunt can be found at 525 Brimstone Rd. Wilmington, OH.  They are open Fridays and Saturdays from 7 – 11:30p.m.


  1. The Last Carnival – Waverly, Ohio

A clear contender for being so close to home, The Last Carnival has received many accolades as one of the best haunted houses in the region.  Most often it is acknowledged for being a surprise to the contests due to its remote location.  The Last Carnival can be found at 823 Valley Rd. Waverly, OH.  It is open Fridays and Saturdays 8p.m. to midnight.


  1. Haunted Hoochie – Pataskala, Ohio

Haunted Hoochie is known as one of the most intense haunted house experiences in the country.  A self proclaimed “full sensory assault” this haunted house is perfect for those seeking only the most thrilling experience.  While it is the furthest trip on this list, it might just be worth the journey, it can be found at 13861 Broad St. SW West Pataskala, OH.  The house officially runs from 8 to midnight, but if the crowd is good, it may be open later.


  1. Carnage Haunted House – Columbus, Ohio

Carnage is Ohio’s newest haunted attraction and its sure to impress.  Since it’s the newest, Carnage is using the latest technology in the haunted walk through world.  Admission is $25 at the door, operating from 7-12 Fridays and Saturdays.  Carnage is located at 3770 Refugee Rd, Columbus, OH.


  1. Horror at Dogwood Pass – Beaver, Ohio

If you’re looking for an old fashioned haunted experience, then Dogwood Pass is the place to go.  The summertime attraction transforms into a haunted attraction that prides itself in being low tech and old school.  Not to mention it’s one of the closest haunted houses on this list.  Dogwood is open from 8-12 Friday and Saturday.  You can find it at 726 Adams Rd, Beaver, OH.