If you’re looking to have a thrilling good time this fall that includes 10 spooky scare zones, your favorite roller coasters and rocking live entertainment, then you’ll definitely want to check out Kings Island’s 11th annual Halloween Haunt.
Now through October 28, Kings Island will open every Friday and Saturday night from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. so you can take advantage of everything this year’s Halloween Haunt offers. That also includes the two brand new and highly anticipated scare zones: Dance of the Macabre and Wasteland.
There’s honestly so much to do during Halloween Haunt that we weren’t even able to cover everything!
So you may be wondering, “What’s the experience like?”
If I could sum it up in a sentence, I’d say it’s thrilling, well produced and tons of fun.
My husband John and I arrived right around 6 p.m. and before we could even walk into the park, I had spooks giving me evil eyes and heard a chorus of shrill screams echoing through the loud roar of chainsaws firing up.
To make the most of our time at Halloween Haunt, we took advantage of the Fright Lane access. Equipped with The Skeleton Key, which is included with Fright Lane, we were able to unlock five haunt-filled secret rooms located within some of the park’s scariest of scare zones, which only those who have The Skeleton Key can partake in.
As we made our way through the fog-filled paths in the park, I loved the suspense of not knowing if and when the next spook was going to emerge. While I get a kick out of it, Kings Island understands that not all are amused with the idea of a horrifying blood-filled vampire running ramped out of the fog towards them, so there is the option to equip yourself with a ‘No-Boo’ necklace, which lets monsters know they can move on and scare their next victim instead.
We loved that the rides weren’t super crowded, so we took advantage of getting our ride time in with multiple trips on the Banshee, the Diamondback and Vortex.
Between coaster-hopping we, of course, checked out all of the scare zones. Hands down, KillMart is my favorite, but Blackout and Wasteland were close seconds. The different themes surrounding each scare zone are really well thought out. From the characters greeting you upon entering to the smallest of details, each is a top-notch production.
As mentioned, we couldn’t possibly get to everything in the park, even though we arrived right at opening and stayed until they kicked us out, but I hear the entertainment is fabulous and I sure hope to get back this year to check it all out.
The live entertainment this year features Blood Drums, a percussive blood bath of rhythm and music; Hot Blooded, a seductive after-live revue; and Monster Rock, which features the music of Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith and others.
Oh yes, and let me not forget to mention that parents should be forewarned that some of the graphic scenes, suggestive themes and intense imagery might not be suitable for little ones.
Instead, you might want to check out the Great Pumpkin Fest. It’s a kid-friendly daytime Halloween event that takes place from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through October 29. The event features crafts, games, mini tractor races, a hay bale maze, trick-or-treat stops, a petting farm, a kids’ costume contest and meet & greet opportunities with the Peanuts gang.
So if you think you’re brave enough to survive the gauntlets of Halloween Haunt, tickets can be purchased online & through the Kings Island app in advance for as low as $31.99.