Haunted Houses and Spooky Tours


Are you ready for a bone-chilling time? These haunted houses and spooky tours will leave you with a thrill. Beware….

Haunted Houses and Spooky Tours 2023

Haunted Houses in Columbus

Teenagers / Adults Only


  • This event takes place at Zoombezi Bay.
  • Open Friday-Sunday from September 22, 2023 – October 29, 2023 and on select Thursday nights in October.
  • There are several different haunted houses and scare zones.
  • Six different rides are open.
  • Discounts are available for Zoombezi Bay and Columbus Zoo members.

Haunted Hoochie / Dead Acres

  • Described as the world’s most extreme haunted attraction!
  • A “touch” haunt where they are allowed to touch, push, etc (must sign a waiver)
  • Open Thursday through Saturday starting September 14, 2023- October 28, 2023. Parking opens at 6:00 p.m., tickets open at 7:00 p.m., and haunt opens around 8:30 p.m.
  • Pataskala, Ohio
  • Rating: R

Pataskala Haunted Forest

  • Longest-running haunted attraction in Ohio
  • Open every Friday & Saturday night in October starting at 7 p.m.
  • Tickets in 2023 will be available online on September 29, 2023.
  • Costumed volunteers inhabit the roles of the fictional Murdock family. They roam the paths and buildings inside the forest, jumping out of the darkness with chainsaws and painted or masked faces.
  • Rating PG-13
  • Proceeds go to the local Lions Club and Youth Organization

Fear Haunted House

  • Located in Columbus, Ohio
  • Opening day is September 15, 2023
  • Featuring multiple immersive attractions under one roof, photo ops, a retail store, endless scares, dozens of highly trained actors, elaborate costumes and makeup, a state-of-the-art sound system, professionally designed lighting, movie quality set design, and the best customer service possible!
  • Real former institution
  • Tickets are $19.99 but you can also purchase a premium ticket to scream past the line!
  • PG 13

The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek-Field of Fright

  • Milford Center, OH (close to Plain City)
  • The Field of Fright begins October 6– 28, 2023, Friday & Saturday nights, beginning at nightfall
  • Rated PG 13
  • For less scary and daytime fun, visit the many attractions. See the list here: The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek

Dublin Ghost Walk

  • Meet in front of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce (129 S. High Street)
  • This walking tour takes about 2 hours and is a distance of a little over half of a mile.
  • In October, the tour is on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. (Check-in starts at 7:00 pm)
  • $10 cash only
  • Rated PG

Escape From Blood Prison

  • Open Friday-Sunday (September 29- October 29, 2023)
  • Ohio State Reformatory, Mansfield
  • According to their website its, “heart-stopping fear inside a real prison.”
  • PG 13 or scarier

Cedar Point: Halloweekends 2023

  • September 14, 2023- October 29, 2023
  • The spooky sights and blood-curdling delights of fall are back with HalloWeekends at Cedar Point! The outdoor fall event is home to daytime fun, Halloween activities and shows for the family. And as darkness falls, fright zones, haunted houses and scary scenes all come alive for all who dare to brave the fog-covered paths and terrifying trails.
  • Celebrating 26 years of fears, HalloWeekends welcomes all souls back once again on Thursday evenings, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, September 15 – October 30. Learn bone-chilling details on everything new at this year’s fall festival and book your HalloWeekends getaway now with special packages for ghouls and goblins of all kinds!
  • Sandusky, OH
  • Rated PG

Haunted Houses

Lake Eerie Fearfest at Ghostly Manor

  • 3319 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky (Close to Cedar Point)
  • September 29, 2023– October 28, 2023
  • Friday–Saturday 8:00 pm-midnight, Sunday 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Ghostly Manor is the original year-round haunted attraction, recognized by The Travel Channel’s “Best Places I’ve Ever Been” series and rated one of FORBES Top Ten Great Haunted Attractions.
  • Lake Eerie Fearfest is a seasonal haunt that contains six attractions in one! Named #1 in Ohio by Haunted Attraction Magazine.
  • Rated PG-13

Haunted Houses

                                                Photo Courtesy of: Lake Erie Shores & Islands

Kings Island: Halloween Haunt

  • Halloween Haunt returns!
  • September 22, 2023- October 28, 2023
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • The fully transformed amusement park features bone-chilling scare mazes and scare zones, sinister live entertainment and hundreds of horrifying creatures lurking in the fog and hiding in every corner of the park waiting for you. Haunting Halloween activities plus some of the most exhilarating night rides in the country, including The Beast, Orion, Diamondback, Mystic Timbers and Banshee make this one of the best things to do for Halloween in the Cincinnati area.
  • Rated PG-13

Carnage Haunted House

  • 30 room indoor Haunt features over 15,000 sq ft of innovative, scary and exciting new ideas that have been brought to life! Food trucks and outdoor movies to entertain those outside as well.
  • September 15, 2023- October 28, 2023
  • Columbus, OH
  • Rated PG-13

Terror Maze

  • You will see ghostly scenes of Murder and Mayhem including Dental Death, the Blood bed and The Chain Saw Death Box. You will be shocked and terrified. Your trip through the Terror Maze will take approximately 30 minutes. The Terror Maze is open even if it rains. All paths are covered to prevent a muddy walk.
  • Largest backyard haunt around
  • Open Fridays & Saturdays, September 22, 2023- October 28, 2023 beginning at 8 pm
  • Springfield, OH
  • Rated PG-13

Carnival of Horrors

  • September 29, 2023 – October 29, 2023.
  • New Location at Stark County Fairgrounds!
  • One of the top 5 scariest haunted houses!
  • 4 haunted houses for the price of one. Speed tickets are available!
  • Rated R

Dent Schoolhouse 

  • Cincinnati, OH
  • September 15, 2023- October 31, 2023
  • Attend the haunted house or haunted walk!
  • This is a guided tour in the dark with a glow stick in your hand!
  • Ratings range from PG – R depending on the experience you choose

Factory of Terror

  • September 23, 2023 – October 29, 2023
  • Canton, OH
  • Five full-length attractions, 3x Guinness World Record Winner for one of the largest, indoor, haunted houses in the world!
  • Escape rooms and axe throwing for an additional charge.

Haunted Wagon Rides- Young’s Jersey Dairy

  • Yellow Springs, OH
  • September 16, 2023- October 29, 2023
  • These scary stories are designed for families, but they are spooky. The ride goes into a dark cornfield where various monsters and goblins will jump out. They don’t chase, run or grab anyone.
  • Typically Friday and Saturday nights in October
  • Rated PG

Escape Rooms

These Escape Rooms are open year-round and aren’t exactly haunted houses. They are a bit spooky, challenging, and fun so we added them to the list!

Be sure to check out the trunk-or-treat guide for more family-friendly events.