Warren County, OH (PRWEB) September 14, 2011
Warren County - Ohio’s Largest Playground, is known for having more to do in a 30-mile radius than anywhere else in Ohio but each fall Ohio’s Largest Playground could also be known as Ohio’s Largest SCAREground for its variety of haunted attractions and opportunities for ghostly encounters.
As the home to Waynesville, “The Most Haunted Village in Ohio,” (according to Haunted Ohio,) and Kings Island’s famously-creepy Halloween HAUNT, Warren County’s mix of scary experiences range from historical-haunts to gruesome and gory.
Here are ten not-to-miss haunted events, tours and locations in Ohio’s Largest SCAREground:
Halloween HAUNT at Kings Island
Gates to the underworld are open from 7:00pm to 1:00am every Friday and Saturday night on the following dates: September 23, 24, 30; October 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29.
According to park officials, Halloween HAUNT is the most immersive horror experience in the Midwest. The bloodcurdling horror, mind-bending terror and nightmarish madness of Halloween Haunt features more than 500 ghastly creatures lurking in the shadows searching for souls, 12 highly-intense and chilling haunted attractions and some of the most hair-raising rides on the planet including The Beast and Diamondback.
Location: Kings Island, Kings Island Drive, Mason. Admission to Halloween Haunt is included free with park admission tickets and 2011 season passes. For more information visit http://www.visitkingsisland.com.
Springboro Haunted Hayride and Black Bog
Evenings Fridays and Saturdays, September 23 – October 29
Providing more than 20 years of jaw-dropping scares, the Springboro Haunted Hayride and Black Bog are both award-winning attractions. The Haunted Hayride is more than one-mile of tractor-drawn, twisting terror and has been voted "Best Hayride" by Ohio Valley Haunts.
Location: 6070 Springboro Rd., Lebanon. Tickets are $12 for the Hayride, $10 for the Black Bog and $18 for a combo ticket. For more information visit springborohauntedhayride.com
HOWL-O-FEST at Kings Island
Noon until 5:30pm Saturdays and Sundays October 1 – October 30
HOWL-O-FEST includes non-scary activities such as a Costume Contest, Twisted Tales Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Gigantic Hay Bale Maze, Dance Party, Foam Pit, Tractor Town, Mask Painting, Games, Food and much more.
Location: Kings Island, Kings Island Drive, Mason. This family-friendly event is included FREE with park admission tickets and 2011 season passes. For more information visit http://www.visitkingsisland.com.
Morgan’s HAUNTED RIVER
7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays beginning October 7
Hike through the “Forest of Lost Souls” then embark on a guided raft trip down the “Haunted Little Miami River.” Recommended for children 10 and up (under 17 must be accompanied by an adult).
Location: Morgan’s Riverside Campground, 6262 Gilmour Road, Morrow. $15 for adults, $10 children 12 and under. Reservations highly recommended. Call 1-800-932-2663 or visit http://www.morganscanoe.com for more information.
Ghostly History Walking Tours of Waynesville, “The Most Haunted Village in Ohio”
7:30 p.m. Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from October 12 – October 30
Experience Ohio’s most haunted village first-hand as you tour historic buildings along Main Street and throughout the Quaker Hill area of Waynesville while learning of ghostly encounters past and present. You begin at the Museum at the Friends Home, a restored boarding home which appears very much as it did when retired Quakers and single school teachers lived there around the turn of the 20th Century.
Location: Museum at the Friends Home, 115 South Fourth Street, Waynesville. Tickets are $10 for ages 12 and up. Space is limited. Reservations: 513-897-1607 or http://www.friendshomemuseum.org.
Ghosts and Goblets Dinner and Ghostly History Walking Tour Package
Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays in October
Waynesville’s most haunted establishment, the Hammel House Inn sets the stage for an evening of apparitions and fine dining. Guests enjoy tales and testimonials of hauntings at the Hammel House and dinner followed by a guided walking tour of Waynesville, Ohio’s most haunted village. Extend your experience by staying overnight at the Hammel House Inn.
Location: Hammel House Inn, 121 S. Main Street, Waynesville. Dinner is $34.95 per person. Lodging starts at $100 per night plus tax. 20% discount on dinner and lodging available select dates (Oct. 1 – 8). 20% discount on lodging only Wednesday’s in October. Call 513-897-3779 for reservations or visit http://www.thehammelhouseinn.com
“Gruesome But Truesome 19th Century Practices” Lunch and Learn – Lebanon, Ohio
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19
Guest speaker, Warren County Historian John Zimkus, will discuss many of the terrifyingly-true medical practices of 19th century in use in this area.
Location: Harmon Hall at the Warren County History Center, 105 S. Broadway, Lebanon. Tickets are $18 per person and include a box lunch and lecture. Reservation required, call 513-932-1817.
Ghosts in the Museums Tour
Ghoulish Glendower - 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 on October 21
Haunted Harmon Hall - 9:00 – 11:00 p.m. on October 28
Guided tours of two of Lebanon’s historic and haunted landmarks, Harmon Hall and Glendower Historic Mansion.
Locations: Harmon Hall at the Warren County History Center, 105 S. Broadway, Lebanon. Glendower Mansion, 105 Cincinnati Avenue, Lebanon. Tickets are $20 per person and participants must be 12 or older. Reservations: 513-932-1817 or http://www.wchsmuseum.org.
Paranormal Ghost Hunt
Ghoulish Glendower – 9:00 p.m. – midnight on October 30
Haunted Harmon Hall - 9:00 – midnight on October 31
Guests will work with the same equipment used by the Spiritual H.O.P.E. Society staff to conduct a real life paranormal investigation while the museum staff provides history and insight into past haunted experiences. The investigation/tour is limited to 12 guests.
Locations: Harmon Hall at the Warren County History Center, 105 S. Broadway, Lebanon. Glendower Mansion, 105 Cincinnati Avenue, Lebanon. Tickets are $45 per person and participants must be 12 or older. Reservations: 513-932-1817 or wchsmuseum.org.
Dinner with The Golden Lamb’s Distinguished Guests
Dinner offered nightly
Dine with The Golden Lamb’s guests both past and present. Ohio's oldest Inn and continuously operating business, The Golden Lamb began as a stagecoach stop for travelers between Cincinnati and Columbus and through the years has hosted 12 U.S. Presidents and some of the most prominent literary and political figures of the 19th century. On the 4th floor of The Golden Lamb Inn there is a special room called "Sarah's Room" where many guests have encountered the presence of Sarah Stubbs, a child who lived in the hotel in the 1800´s. Charles R. Sherman, an Ohio Supreme Court Justice, who died at the Inn in 1829, also is among the reported ghosts in the building.
Location: 27 S. Broadway, Lebanon. Reservations: 513- 932-5065 or http://www.goldenlamb.com.
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About the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau:
Warren County is Ohio’s Largest Playground! With easy access from Interstates 71 and 75, visitors to Warren County can enjoy more activities within a 30-mile radius than anywhere else in Ohio.
The Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau is a progressive destination marketing organization committed to economic growth by increasing overnight and year-round visitors.
Tourism is the leading industry in Warren County. The 7.5 million yearly visitors drive an economic impact of $863 million and 10,510 tourism-related jobs.
For additional information, visit ohioslargestplayground.com or call 800-433-1072.