Miami Valley Haunted Houses and Haunted Attractions

Published: Friday, September 19, 2003 @ 10:02 AM
Updated: Friday, October 23, 2009 @ 4:35 PM

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Haunted Houses

Melissa's Pub & Grub Haunted House 5440 Intrastate Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324

Dates: Fridays and Saturdays in October starting Oct. 2 from 7 to 11 p.m. Description: This is at Players Sports Club. All proceeds go to the Roads to Recovery charity. Prices: $8 per person.

The Haunted Junkyard

Dates: Open every weekend in October from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Description: A half-mile walk of horror through a working salvage yard. Voted one of the Miami Valley's most unique haunts. Prices: $10 for adults. For more info Go to their Web site at

Sidney Ohio's Haunted woods 2232 W Russell Rd, Sidney, Ohio 45365

Dates: Opens at dark Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 18 - Oct. 31 Description: The Sidney Haunted Woods is Shelby County's number one haunt for all ages. meet some of the greatest killers in the world and of your worst nightmares. Take a stroll along the 1/2 mile trail through the dark woods and plunge straight into horror. (handicap accessible.) Prices: $9 per person, children under 12 $7, children under 5 are free. free parking and free candy. group prices available for 8 or more. Additional info: Lockington firehouse will be hosting their annual hayride at the Sidney Haunted Woods this year. For more info call (937)498-9528

Slash Moraine 3800 Main Street, Moraine, Ohio 45439

Dates: Oct. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30 Description: Splash Moraine is one of the Miami Valley's newest and scariest haunted attractions. Splash Moraine Water Park's beaches will be turned into swamps. It will feature more than 10 different scenes in the eight-acre park. All ages are welcome; however, ages 10 and under must be with an adult. Prices: Regular Admission (13+): $7; Child Admission (12 and Under): $3; Moraine resident admission (w/ID Card): $2.50 Additional Info: Oct. 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. will be Mostly Ghostly Matineek! with the lights on and non-scary monsters for children who may not be ready for the full Splash Moraine experience. Admission is $2. For More Info: 937-535-1095.

Ghostly Manor Thrill Center 3319 Milan Road; Sandusky, Ohio (2.2 miles N of Rt 2 on Rt 250)

Hours: Sept. 2009 - Sunday - Thursday 12-4 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 12-10 p.m. Oct. 2009 Monday-Wednesday 12-4 p.m. Cost: $11 Adults; $6 ages 9 & under Web site:

Land of Illusion Haunted Theme Park Address: 8762 Thomas Road, Middletown, OH 45402 4 Terrors to choose from: Middletown’s Haunted Trail, Dr. Psycho’s Haunted Estate, Killer Klowns and Temple of Terror. Dates: Sept. 4-Nov. 1, 2009 Days: Friday, Saturday & Sunday Hours: Fri/Sat - Dark to 2 AM; Sun. - Dark to 11:30 PM Open Rain or Shine. Line up areas are under roof so you can stay dry. Prices: Range from $15.00 for 1 terror to $30.00 for all 4 terrors. Express Passes also available. Purchase tickets at gate during normal hours of operation. ATM available on-site. Multiple terror tickets can be used on different nights throughout the season. They do not have to be used all in one night.

Website: www.thelandofillusion Parking: $3.00 per car. Parking lot is gravel-cars don’t get muddy. Parking proceeds are donated to Somerville Volunteer Fire Department, Madison Athletic Group, and Southwestern Ohio K-9 Search and Rescue.

Haunted Cave at Lewisburg Swishers Mill Road, Lewisburg, Ohio

Dates: Sept. 25 - Oct. 31, 2009 Days: Friday & Saturday ONLY Hours: 7 pm to midnight Price: $11 for adults; Children 10 and under $5 Get a coupon for $1 off online Web site:

The Chambers Of Horror 1601 S. University Blvd, Middletown, Ohio In the old Cambridge Inn building in Middletown

Dates: Sept. 12 - Nov. 1, 2009 Days: Friday and Saturday Hours: Friday: 8 pm to Midnight; Saturday: 8pm to 1am Rain or Shine! If you're in line by midnight, you can go through Prices: $10.00; $1 off coupon available online Web site:

Nightmare On Valley Street 4355 Valley St; Dayton

Dates: Sept. 18 - Oct. 31, 2009 Days: Fridays and Saturday's Hours: 7 pm to midnight Cost: $12; $2 off coupon available online (FREE Parking, Concessions and Vendors on site)

Panic Box Spookhouse and Kruegers Korn Maze 6995 Springfield-Jamestown Road (Ohio 72), Springfield, Ohio

Dates: Sept. 18 - Oct. 31, 2009 Days: Friday & Saturday Hours: 8 pm to Midnight Price: Panic Box Spookhouse -- $10; Kruegers Korn Maze -- $10; Both -- $16 (No refunds) Visit the Web site for coupons!! Web site:

Haunted Hayride and Black Bog 6070 Springboro Road, Lebanon, Ohio Bull Run Farm

Hours: Dark til' Done Dates: Sept. 25 - Nov. 1, 2009 Cost: $12 Hayride; $8 Bog; $16 Combo Miscellaneous: There are concessions, bonfires, bicycle stunt show and pumpkins. Description: Experience the award-winning haunted hayride and the new Black Bog. Located on over 50 acres of natural woodlands along Bull Run Creek, the 30-minute tractor drawn haunted hayride brings a new look and feel this year. First wagon goes over hill 1/2 hour after sundown, ticket office closes at 11:30 p.m. and will run until the last ticket holder rides. Web site:

The Wilmington Haunted Hollow Ride 1251 Dalton Road, Wilmington, Ohio

Dates: Sept. 25 - Oct. 31, 2009 Days: Every Friday & Saturday Hours: Dusk to Midnight Description: The fields of Clinton County will come alive this October with screams of horror as fire breathing semi's chase unsuspecting victims on a bus ride. Cost: Haunted Hollow Ride - $12; Slaughter Hotel - $10; Nightmare Penitentiary $10; Combo Price: all 3 attractions $20 per person ages 6 and older. 5 years & younger free with paid adult. VIP passes $30/person. Weather Permitting -- check Web site for updates Free Parking Web site:

Zane Shawnee Haunted Caverns 5094 State Route 540, Bellefontaine, Ohio

Dates: Friday and Saturday nights Oct. 9-31, 2009 Hours: 8 p.m. to midnight Price: $8 for adults $5 for children 12 and under Enter if you dare. See what lurks below the ground at Zane Shawnee Caverns & Southwind Park. For More Info: 937-592-9592 Web site:

Massacre Mill Haunted Trail 6129 Reed Road, Ansonia, Ohio

Dates: Friday and Saturday nights in October Hours: Dark until Midnight Cost: $10 per person For More Info: 937-833-2593

Silver Lake Night Fright Haunted Trail 4720 S. Scarff Rd, New Carlisle, Ohio (Interstate 70/Ohio 235)

Dates: Sept. 18 - Oct. 31, 2009 Days: Friday & Saturday (Not for small children: designed to scare 10-years and up) Hours: 8 p.m. to midnight Prices: $11.00 (Discounts on website) Website:

Dark Pumpkin 7039 Preble County Line Road, Germantown, Ohio

Date: Fridays and Saturdays, opens at dark until midnight: Sept. 25 - Oct. 31, 2008 Description: They've come...and brought something with them that could destroy us all. Aliens have landed and released a deadly virus...military personnel, doctors and scientists have all become infected...the virus has INVADED their minds and turned them into vicious, psychotic killers. Can you make it through the gauntlet of infected humans without being infected or killed? That's not fog you's the virus you breath. If you do become infected...the only cure is to stop breathing... Price: $10/person; Parking is $2/car with all proceeds going to the Gratis Township Rescue Association.

Halloween- or Fall-Related Activities

Parent and Preschooler: The Awesome Pumpkin Possum Creek MetroPark

Dates: Oct. 6, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Description: We will read a pumpkin tale, have fun doing a pumpkin craft and do some other activities with pumpkings. Best of you, you'll get to eat some pumpkin treats. Then, we'll go outside to the pumpkin patch and find the perfect pumpkin to take home to decorate. Reservations required and limited, beginning Sept. 15. Prices: 3-6 years old free For more info call(937) 276-7062 Passport to Nature.

Gourds and Ghouls Festival 2009 Wegerzyn Garden MetroPark

Dates: Oct. 10 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Description: This FREE family-friendly event features all the makings of a ghoulish celebration: hay rides, great music, a mammoth pumpkin, Swamp Thing and the Trolls, spooky stories and even a pum[kin catapult competition. There is music, face-painting, and not-so-scary trolls in the Swamp Forest. You can even get your picture taken with a 300-pound pumpkin. Prices: Free For more info call Wegerzyn MetroPark at (937) 277-6545

Pumpkin Carving Twin Creeks MetroParks

Dates: Oct. 15 4 - 6 p.m., 7 - 9 p.m. Description: Carve a jack-o-lantern to put on display in the Halloween Tales and Night Hike porgram. Try your hand at a complex pumpkin pattern or assist your young artist with their pumpkin. Pumpkins may be taken home after the program on Oct. 17. Reservations required, but limited. Prices: All ages free For more info call (937) 855-7717 or register online.

MoMBAween Holiday Celebration and Night Ride Huffman MetroPark

Dates: Oct. 17 4 - 10 p.m. Description: Come and join the haunted fun at MoMBA, Five Rivers MetroPark Biking Area. Festivities include a campfire, hotdog roasting, food and drinks, pumpkin carving, scavenger hunts, games and crafts, and a 8 p.m. night ride. Bring a potluck dish or a dessert if you'd like to share. You are welcome to dress in costume. Mountain bikes are provided to those who do not have them for the night ride -- so get your lights ready. Reservations recommended, but not required. Bring Your Own Pumpkin! For more info call (937) 277-4374

Halloween Tales and Night Hike TwinCreek MetroPark

Dates: Oct. 17 7 to 8:30 p.m. Description: Arriving at the event, walk from the parking lot and follow the candlelit trail to the lodge for refreshments. Continue to the amphitheater where you will hear friendly Halloween Tales by Stephen Hollen. Finish the evening with a short, self-guided walk on an enchanting jack-o-lantern lit trail. Prices: Free For more info call (937) 855-7717

Ohio Renaissance Festival Renaissance Park, Harveysburg

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays and Labor Day from Sept. 5 to Oct. 25 Prices: $19.99 adults; $9.99 ages 5-12; free for kids younger than 5. Online discounts available. Additional info: Lockington firehouse will be hosting their annual hayride at the Sidney Haunted Woods this year. For more info call (513) 897-7000 or visit

Lebanon Antiques, Arts and Artisans Show Warren County Fairgrounds, 660 N. Broadway St., Lebanon.

Date: Oct. 3 and 4 Time: Oct. 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Oct. 4, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $8. All proceeds from the event benefit the Warren County Historical Society museums. Description: In its 65th yearm the Lebanon Antiques Show is expanding to include artists and artisans as well as music, food and educational demonstrations. Visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in early American life. With support from Early American Life magazine, the show will feature dealers of investment-quality antiques as well as period artists and artisans. Pottery workshops also available. For more information: (513) 932-2636 or

40th Ohio Sauerkraut Festival Waynesville Main Street

Date: Oct. 10-11 For more information:

Iams Homestead Pioneer Harvest Fest Iams Homestead, 349 S. Broadway, Trotwood, Ohio 45426

Date: Oct. 10 Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Description: Antique tractors and farm equipment, demonstrations and displays. For more information: (937) 837-5387

Harvest Jamboree Possum Creek Metropark, 4790 Frytown Rd., Jefferson Twp.

Date: Oct. 17 Time: 10 a.m. For more information: (937) 268-1312 or

2009 Little Miami Watershed Festival Caesar Creek Lake Visitor Center, 4020 Clarksville Rd., Waynesville

Date: Oct. 17 Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information: (513) 897-1050

Kids Fall Festival Shelby County Court House Square, 101 S. Ohio Ave., Sidney.

Date: Oct. 24 Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Description: Costume judging, trick-or-treating at the downtown merchants, free activities at Amos Memorial Library For more information: contact Cindy Stangel, (937) 492-9122

Harvest Bazaar First Presbyterian Church, 125 Wilson Park Dr., West Carrollton

Date: Oct. 31 Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Description: Accepting non-perishable food items for the local food pantry. For more information: (937) 847-8685

Corn MAiZE Meadow View Growers -- 755 State Route 235, New Carlisle

Date: Sept. 18 - Oct. 31, 2009 Hours: Monday thru Thursday -- Groups by reservation only; Fridays -- 7pm until 10pm and Saturdays -- 3pm until 10pm Cost: Adults (ages 12 and up) -- $8; Children (ages 6-11) -- $6; 5 and under -- Free with adult For More Info: 937-845-0093 or visit the Web site:

Great Pumpkin Hunt Faigrounds Recreation Center, 210 Fairground Road, Beavercreek, Ohio

Date: TBA Hours: TBA Description: Youth ages 4-10 with adult companion can bring their favorite flashlight and hunt for pumpkins filled with treats and goodies. Games including the hilarious Wrap-A-Mummy will be played and refreshments will be provided. For More Info: Call Greene Co. Parks at 937-562-7440

Howl-O-Ween Dog Pawty Scout Burnell-Garbrecht Dog Park, 210 Fairground Road, Xenia, Ohio

Date: Oct. 25, 2009 Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Description: Dress up your pooch in some great Halloween duds and join us along with our friends for a howlin' good time. Costume contests, the best dog radio voice, bobbing for hot dogs, vendors, and much more will make this day a fun one, paws down. $5 parking donation. For More Info: Call Greene Co. Parks at 937-562-7440.

Incredible Maize of Warren County Bunnell Hill Rd., Warren County, Ohio

Date: Sept. 25 - Oct. 31, 2009 Times: 6 p.m. to midnight Where Getting lost means having FUN!! Activities: Challenging The Incredible Maize, Hayrides, Picnic area, Kiddie Korner (including Wagon Train Rides), Kiddie Maze, "Billy Bob" golf chipping, face painting, bonfires and much more. Price: Ages 12 to adult $10.50; ages 4-11 $8, ages under 3 are FREE. Senior Citizens (65 UP)$8 Web site: or call 513-932-6396

2009 Bradford Pumpkin Show Bradford, Ohio

Date: Oct. 6-10, 2009 Description: 81st Annual Bradford Pumpkin Show. Midway rides, games & concessions and much, much more. Don't miss out on the confetti. No confetti on Wednesday. Web site:

Salem Church of God Pumpkin Patch Festival 6500 Southway Road (just off I-70) Clayton, Ohio

Dates: Oct. 22, 2009 Times: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: FREE Description: A Family-oriented event being offered to the community free of charge. The festival is in celebration of the harvest time when communities traditionally rejoiced in the blessings of their labors. Activities are free and appropriate for children through 6th grade. Activities include pony rides, hayrides, carnival-type games, inflatables, and snacks such as roasted hot-dogs, popcorn and cotton candy - all free to the community and EVERYONE is welcome. NO registration is needed & event is held rain or shine (inside & outside activities)! For more information call Salem Church 937-836-6500. Web site:

Ghost Walk Downtown Greenville, Ohio

Dates: TBA Times: TBA br/> Cost: TBA Description: Ghostwalk is expanding this year to include Arcanum's own tales of the unknown. Groups will form simultaneously at St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville and at the Arcanum City Building; local actors will guide folks through the towns sharing stories that are based on Rita Arnold's books Ghosts of Darke County. Discounted tickets will be available to those who want to experience both walks, making the most of a haunted weekend. Tickets are available in October at Ann's Gifts and Readmore's Hallmark in Greenville, Worch Memorial Public Library in Versailles, or call DCCA in advance at 937-547-0908. Web site:

Corn Maze, Pumpkins, Hayride and More Dream Acres Farm, 11704 Camden-Darrtown Road

Dates: Sept. 26 - Nov. 1, 2009 Description: As we celebrate our 6th year in the agricultural entertainment business, the 8-acre maze is a Down on the Farm theme. Enjoy the hayride, select your fall decorations-- pumpkins, corn stalks, fall flowers and then grab a snack at the Snack Shack. Farm animals, arts, and crafts and games will make your fall afternoon fun for the whole family. Kids can enjoy a Kids Zone with a kid-sized corn maze, games, pedal tractors and bouncy inflatables. Hours: Sat. -- 11 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Sun. -- 1-6 p.m. Available weekdays for group outings. Price: Adults: $5; Age 6-11: $3; and under 6 are free.

Gathering at Aukerman Creek and Fall Farm Festival Dates: Oct. 3-4, 2009

Life on the frontier, a soldier’s daily life, the Ohio Valley Civil War Association, the Wild West, farming demonstrations, children’s tractor pull, Higher Visions Bluegrass music, Eaton Community Band, good food, and more, all will take place at The Gathering at Aukerman Creek & Fall Farm Festival at 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. both days. The even, hosted by the Preble County Historical Society, is a living history timeline event combined with the traditional fall farm festival. Enjoy living history at its finest at the Preble County Historical Center, 7693 Swartsel Road, Eaton, Ohio, located 1 mile NW of Gratis, 6 miles SE of Eaton, accessible off St. Rt. 122. Call 937-787-4256

For more information or visit the Web site: Admission is $15 per adult.

Visit the historic and military encampments, hear tales of famous events and leaders, listen to period music, and enjoy the smells of food cooking over campfires. Living history interpreters will portray our rich military history from pre-1776 through WW II and beyond. Individuals and groups, including the Indian Creek Regulators, provide a glimpse into the lives of military, and pioneer ancestors.

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'Dance Moms' star Abby Lee Miller diagnosed with cancer, doctors say

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 7:42 AM

‘Dance Moms’ Abby Lee Miller Sentenced To Prison

Former “Dance Moms” reality TV star and Pittsburgh native Abby Lee Miller has been diagnosed with cancer.

People Magazine is reporting Miller has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma a day after undergoing emergency spinal surgery.

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Doctor’s originally thought she had a severe infection. Miller is not out of the woods from the surgery yet and doctors said she plans to start chemotherapy and radiation soon.

Miller was recently transferred from federal prison to a reentry center in March.

She had been serving her sentence at a medium security prison in Victorville, California.

Miller was sentenced a year and a day in prison for bankruptcy fraud.

Investigators said Miller brought nearly $120,000 in Australian currency into the United States and not reporting it.

FILE PHOTO: Abby Lee Miller attends the Opening Night Party during the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival at Culver Studios on June 14, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)(Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Kanye West announces new albums, release dates on Twitter

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 4:58 PM

What You Need to Know: Kanye West

Kanye West has been doing a lot of tweeting lately, teasing a philosophy book and sharing his thoughts on life and creativity.

His latest set of tweets, however, is about music.

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The rapper, husband and father of three announced two new albums.

One album, called “Kids See Ghost,” will be a joint effort with Kid Cudi,  who is signed to West’s GOOD Music label  imprint. The name of the album is also the name of West and Cudi’s group.

“Kids See Ghost” will be out June 8.

“Me and Cudi album June 8th,’ West tweeted. “It’s called Kids See Ghost. That's the name of our group.” 

Before the release of that album, West will release his own seven-track album June 1.

“My album is 7 songs,” he tweeted. “June 1st.”

West also announced the release dates for albums from other artists on GOOD Music. Teyana Taylor’s album will be out June 22 and Pusha T has a release May 25.

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Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams engaged to pastor Chad Johnson

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 12:20 PM

Getting To Know Michelle Williams

Former Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams is getting married.

The 37-year-old singer is engaged to pastor Chad Johnson, 40, after a year of dating.

Williams and Johnson opened up to People about their love story, which began in March 2017 at a spiritual retreat hosted by Elevate International.

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Johnson, founder of Elevate International, led the retreat in Arizona and said he and Williams were in “very similar places on a personal level.”

“I was in a horrible, dark place,” Williams said. “I just needed to go somewhere where I could get a message of hope and restoration, rejuvenation — get connected to God.”

“Michelle was coming off the heels of a really bad relationship, and I was just in a place of despair as well,” Johnson, a professional sports chaplain who has worked with the Pittsburgh Steelers and L.A. Dodgers, said.

The two kept in touch after the retreat and progressed from texts to FaceTime calls.

“We spent almost three months without even seeing each other, just building a strong foundation on the phone and through FaceTime,” Johnson told People. “It was really built on friendship and communication.”

The two went on their first date at a wedding in the Dominican Republic, had their first kiss and decided to date officially.

“I told her, ‘I’ve been looking. I don’t want to look anymore. I’m done. My search is over,’” Johnson said.

A year to the day Johnson first reached out to Williams -- on March 21 -- the two got engaged. Johnson proposed with a 5-carat ring and a video of himself with members of Williams’ family.

“I started weeping and wailing when I see all these special people,” Williams said. “Towards the end of the video, something in my head said, ‘Pull yourself together! He’s about to propose! Stop all this crying!’”

Williams said she was drawn to her now-fiance because she could be herself with him, adding that Johnson calls her by her first name.

“My first name is Tenitra; my middle name is Michelle. I felt like I could be Tenitra; just ratchet, I didn’t have to have on any makeup, if I had to have on my hair bonnet — he just made me feel very safe in being myself,” she said.

The two plan on having a wedding this summer.

“It’s gonna be … think James Bond-meets-’Midsummer Night’s Dream’ — with a little hood in it,” Williams said. “It’s gonna be very traditional. We’re doing black-tie. We want it to be small and intimate and very private.”

Find out more about Johnson’s proposal and the couple’s love story at

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Jim Carrey surprises Jeff Daniels on ‘Conan’

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 2:24 PM

Jim Carrey (L) crashed Jeff Daniel's interview on
Jim Carrey (L) crashed Jeff Daniel's interview on "Conan" Tuesday night. (Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Hulu, Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)(Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Hulu, Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)

Actor Jeff Daniels was on “Conan” Tuesday night promoting his Hulu drama series “The Looming Tower” and had his interview crashed by his friend and “Dumb and Dumber” co-star Jim Carrey.

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Uproxx reported that Carrey was in the area and is gearing up to work with late-night host Conan O’Brien on his Showtime series “Kidding.”

CNN reported that O’Brien chatted with the two about working together on the 1994 comedy movie and it’s less-successful sequel. Carrey revealed that the duo’s performance as Lloyd and Harry drew praise from Dustin Hoffman.

“Dustin Hoffman called me and he said, ‘That is the most real relationship -- buddy relationship -- I’ve seen in movies in decades,’” Carrey said.

Watch Carrey surprise Daniels on “Conan” below. The interview contains a brief sexual innuendo and a censored expletive. 

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