Fright Season begins

By Alison Butz

In honor of spooky season approaching, people are going to be getting their scares in. Haunted houses are a scarily good way to hang out with friends and have a good time.

The Scare Factor has links and addresses to every registered haunted attraction in the U.S., from amusement park attractions, forests and even abandoned buildings.

With 134 attractions, Ohio easily trumps any other state in haunting entertainment.

You can apply filters for attractions that have hayrides, paintball, corn fields and other fun fall festivities. Among Ohio’s haunts is the Canfield Scaregrounds, Cedar Point’s Halloweekends and Escape Blood Prison at the Ohio State Reformatory.

There is even a haunted attraction in a cave. The Lewisburg Haunted Cave holds the Guinness World Record for the longest walk through underground attraction. Housing around 30,000 live bats, this is an attraction you do not want to miss.

I can remember as a child going to Cedar Point frequently with my family. I remember being petrified of all of the actors and crying my eyes out. 

A couple of years ago, I went back and had the complete opposite experience. I have no idea why I thought anyone dressed up in masks were the scariest thing ever, but I overcame that fear, apparently.

Ticketleap’s blog has already ranked the scariest attractions for this year’s haunt season. One attraction on its top five list is Wells Township’s Haunted House, which has ties to the Civil War and the storage of soldier’s bodies. Paranormal experts have claimed this building to be active with energy and haunts.

One of the haunted attractions that I am excited to go and see this year is the Factory of Terror located in Canton. 

This place claims to be the world’s longest indoor haunt and has awards to back it up. Winning three Guinness World Records, the 160,000-square-foot abandoned aluminum foundry contains five haunts, ax throwing and five themed bars. 

The haunted season spooks me, mostly because I get scared very easily. At the same time, it excites me because it’s a way to tell myself that I was able to go out and face this terrifying thing. 

By far, my least favorite spooky thing to see at these attractions are clowns. I have always been terrified, and could not tell you the reason why other than just because.