Columbus & Central Ohio Haunted Houses 2012

haunted-house-vistavision-flickrLove a good SCARE? Here’s a list of haunted houses in Central Ohio, along with ticket information. Professional haunted houses are NOT for the faint of heart, or young children. Most of them are not only truly terrifying, but are off the scale for gore or adult content as well: Be warned.
The amateur haunted house is frightening as well, and a great value. Tour at your own risk: These place all offer gasps, screams, and heart-pounding fun!
(Unless otherwise marked, all venues are running from now until October 31st)

Professional Venues:

  1. The Haunted Hoochie: A state-wide attraction, and not to be missed by the adrenaline junkies! Truly ADULT content, including demon birth simulation. Thursday-Saturday Doors open at 8:30pm, open as long as there’s a line to get in. Tickets are $20 and $30 each. Open 9/27-11/3.
  2. Scareatorium: A great scare, and two venues in one. Also offer face-painting for an additional fee.
    Fridays-Saturdays 7:30pm-12:00am Oct 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, Nov 11-2, and Sundays 7:30-10:00pm Oct 14, 21, 28.
    General Admission Tickets are $20
    6765 Dublin Center Drive, off of Sawmill Road
    Not for children on most days, but they do have a “Lights On Sunday” event with lights on/no actors that may be fun for the very brave over-six set! Sundays 5:00-7:00pm Family Lights-On (No Actors) Check website for ticket pricing.

Amateur Venue:

  1. Walking Dead Mansion: The second year in operation, run by the Vassor Village Civic Association. Open for a lights on sneak peak October 18 7:30-9:00pm , then open October 19, 20, 26, and 31 from 7:30-10:00pm. General Admission Tickets are $5, VIP tickets are $7. Located at 625 E Jenkins Ave, Columbus
  2. For haunted houses with a moral, religious theme, or hauntings further afield in Ohio, visit Scary Ohio.

Family Friendly:
Looking for a family friendly seasonal activity? This is your list! These events are all safe for most children, and are family friendly. If you have any doubts or questions, please contact the venue for more information.

  1. The Haunted Ship: Held on the Santa Maria, this seasonal adventure promises a LITTLE boo for everyone, and a great time for families.
    Open October 25-27, from 7:00-11:30pm.
    $5 for adults, $3 for kids 3-12. Located at 25 Marconi Blvd, Columbus Ohio. 614-645-8760
  2. Scareatorium: Not for young children on most days, but they do have a “Lights On Sunday” event with the venue fully lit and no actors involved, that may be fun for the very brave over-six set!
    From 7:30-10pm on Sundays, check website for ticket information 6765 Dublin Center Drive, in Dublin
  3. All Hallow’s Eve: The Ohio Village offers a traditional and family focused 19th century Halloween experience, fun for children of all ages. Open Saturday, October 13 and 20, 5:30-9:30pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for children. Located at the Ohio Village, 800 E. 17th Ave, Columbus
  4. Boo At The Zoo: This fun family even includes candy stations, Little Boo maze and mansion, and a haunted train ride! All suitable for very young children. The merry, not scary, side of Halloween.
    Open Friday through Sunday, check website for dates and times, at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium with Zoo admission or membership.


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  1. Jay Benderpoon says:

    Just wanted to leave a comment about the Haunted Houses. The Haunted Hoochie hasn’t changed in like 5-7 years. It’s not worth $20. The scareatorium is also not worth $20. We went last year and walked out very disappointed. TerrorFest is by far the best, but won’t be opening this year.

    Try the Haunted Forest in Pataskala. I heard that’s supposed to be good.

    Stay Scared.

  2. Thanks for your feedback Jay!

  3. The Ohio Railway Museum in Worthington is running their annual Trick & Treat Express. It’s designed primarily for younger kids to have fun and not be overly frightened. Tour the decorated railcars and hop aboard our train for a fun-filled ride down our track at night where kids to get their treats!

    Dates: October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 of 2012
    Times: 6pm – 10pm
    Admission: $6.00 per person
    Children ages 3 and under are FREE!

    Ticket office open from 6pm until 9:30pm. First ride departs at 7pm, last ride departs at 10pm.

  4. scareatorium was the worst haunted house ive been to yet, most definately not worth 20 bucks, I walked out mad I wasted my money, and actually walked through mad I wasted my money after the first 5 minutes. haunted hoochie is better but I agree with above seems to be the same every year, and is scary but not super scary.

  5. try the ohio state reformatory in Mansfield. i went there a couple yeas back. ican’t say that its worth the $17 to get in……….and there was so much more potential to make it scary as hell……..but i did walk out wanting to pee my pants. It scared the crap out of me…….but like i said…….they could have done SOOOOOOOO much more with it. Not a bad place to try if you are looking for something new.

  6. stephanie says:

    Are any of these open on halloween? WED?

  7. We recommend contacting the venue directly to get that information. All contact info should be listed with the venues above.

  8. Should try the Haunted Farm in Pleasantville. Admission is $16, free parking, A professional haunt been around 15 years and has haunted barn and corn maze, haunted hayride and live entertainment.


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