Kings Island's Halloween event began as FearFest in 2000 and in 2007 the name of the event was changed when Cedar Fair purchased the park. In it's eighth season, Halloween Haunt has grown to feature more than 600 monsters, 11 haunted mazes, four scare zones, three live shows and 20 rides including the Banshee, Beast and Diamondback roller coasters.
A Skeleton Key has been added to the Fright Lane pass, which allows front of the line access to all 11 haunted mazes and can be added for as low as $40 per person. It also gets guests access to additional rooms in the Kill Mart, Slaughter House, Delta Delta Die, Madame Fatale’s Cavern of Terror and Urgent Scare haunted mazes. The key it's self is a great souvenir and the experiences in the added houses range from greatly disturbing to totally weird, in a dark fun sort of way. They all add immensely to the immersive experience.
This appealing punch was served at the VIP Party, and it really was quite tasty, even for those who were not vampires. Continuing the theme of Kill Mart, Kings Island's newest haunted attraction, employees wore blue vests and cold drinks were packed in ice-filled shopping carts. The party was held on the old Flight Commander pad.
Coney Mall has been renamed and this is where most of the new attractions were located. An increase in both fog and scaractors throughout the park was evident, and they were in good form on opening night. The best part was when they even "got" our escort in the attraction.
These unfortunate shoppers did not escape the zombies, and they even stole the groceries. Why would zombies care about regular food, don't they only eat live flesh?
With many new attractions being indoors, darkness is not required. With proper planning, getting an early start helps to ensure guests can maximize their night.
Board to Death takes visitors on trip down memory lane with remembrances of family game nights, with a macabre twist. This interpretation of innocent games is sure to raise the hair on your neck as encounter many frightening game pieces along the way.
Urgent Scare has the most disturbing Skeleton Key room. We're not going to tell you everything here, but the actor does a wonderful job.
The dinosaurs even get into the seasonal spirit. We knew all along they were carnivorous, but during Haunt they advertise their blood lust. We would like to see that turn into a Bat and fly away.
The always entertaining Blood Drums shows has pulsating percussion and lots of fire works. An interesting collection of metals works, kegs, and grinders show their creative spirit.
The living trees outside the front gate show how far Kings Island has improved their Haunt. If this scares your children, don't keep them in the park after dark because the Haunt at Kings Island is not designed for those easily frightened.
You can experience the Halloween Haunt every Friday and Saturday night through Nov. 1. Hours are 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. every Friday and Saturday night. On Saturdays, Kings Island opens at 11 a.m. with the transformation into Halloween Haunt beginning at 5 p.m. except for Sept. 20, when the gates open at 7 p.m. Thanks to Don and all the scaractors at Kings Island for their help in bringing you this overview.