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A haunted house lover's list of the best haunted houses in Northeast Ohio

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Posted at 1:50 PM, Sep 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-18 11:22:51-04

Now that the last nails are being hammered into summer's coffin, it's time to start planning your trips to the best haunted houses that Cleveland and Northeast Ohio have to offer this Halloween season.

In no particular order:

1.) Escape from Blood Prison

This hellish nightmare is Ohio's only haunted house set in a real prison. Blood Prison isn't your typical haunted house. Visitors can pay a small fee for a "touch pass" that ups the fear factor, but buyer beware, the inmates and clowns hidden inside won't just jump out at you — they will grab, shake and startle you, too.

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Blood Prison opens Friday, Sept. 27 and then is open Thursday through Sunday until Nov. 3. Click here for a calendar of events and times.

Location: The Ohio State Reformatory, 100 Reformatory Road, Mansfield.

2.) 7 Floors of Hell Haunted Scream Park

Billed as "Cleveland's premiere haunted house," the park is one of the top-rated haunts across the nation and features seven different haunted houses at one location.

There's always a reason to return to Hell — the park changes nearly half of its houses each year to give visitors new ghastly experiences.

The park is comprised of the following attractions: The Basement, Catacombs, Phobia, House of the Dead, Boogie Man, Mental Ward and The Butcher Shop.

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It's open Friday and Saturday nights from Sept. 20 through Nov. 3. It's also open several Sundays in October. For a full list of dates and times, click here.

Location: The Cuyahoga County "Scare" grounds, 19191 Bagley Road, Middleburg Heights.

3.) BLOODVIEW

This haunted house takes scaring people to the next level. The house is built and staffed by The Legion of Terror — an improvisational horror acting, makeup and special effects production company.

Bloodview is touted as more than a simple haunted house — it's a living, breathing experience.

Your walk of terror begins with The Gore House and continues through the Badlands of Bloodview, Babydoll Island, Cemetery Path, Post Apoch Trail and finally into the Main House. 

The best part? All proceeds go to various charities.

Bloodview runs every Friday through Saturday until Nov. 1 as well as every Sunday in October. A full list of hours can be found, here.

Location: 1010 Towpath Road, Broadview Heights.

4.) CARNIVAL OF HORRORS

Two words: Killer clowns. 

The Carnival is home to four haunted houses — Fun House, Wicked Woods, Insane Asylum and Freakshow ( in 3D Terrorvision).

Open Friday through Sunday from Sept. 27 until Nov. 2. Note: The Carnival is closed Sept. 29 and Oct. 5. For a full list of times and dates, click here.

Location: Blossom Music Center, 1145 West Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls.

5.) THE HAUNTED SCHOOLHOUSE and HAUNTED LABORATORY

This attraction has been a mainstay in Akron for years and years, comprised of two separate haunts in one convenient location.

The Haunted School House puts visitors inside the narrative of a creepy librarian with a taste for magic and dark dungeons. She invites you to take a walk among the ancient tomes and dive into some truly horrific stories. 

The Haunted Laboratory puts visitors face to face with Dr. Guggenheim — a mad scientist with a penchant for meddling with DNA. Can you escape from his lab and the terrifying creatures within?

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Open Friday through Sunday from Sept. 21 to Nov 2. Closed Sept. 22. For a full listing of additional days click here.

Location: 1300 Triplett Blvd., Akron.

6.) LAKE "EERIE" FEARFEST

Fearfest is an aptly named collection of six haunted houses grouped together at the Ghostly Manor Thrill Center in Sandusky.

Fearfest was ranked one of the top 10 Great Haunted Attractions by Forbes in 2016. The houses feature a host of "demonic children, living dolls, the possessed and all sorts of creatures," that according to Forbes helped land the Sandusky icon squarely on the top 10 list.

Fearfest is open Friday through Sunday Sept. 27 to Oct. 27. Closed Sept. 29 and Oct. 6.

Location: 3319 Milan Road, Sandusky.

7.) HAUNTED HYDRO DARK ATTRACTION PARK

This haunted house has been a mainstay of Fremont for 29 years and features attractions such as Inside the Mind of Crazy Bob as well as The Dead-Woods. Other attractions include 5-minute escape rooms and the Ghouls "Dark Photo Art" Gallery.

Open Fridays and Saturdays and some Sundays through Nov. 2. Click here for specific event dates and times.

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Location: The Dark Park is located at 1333 Tiffin St., Fremont.

8.) FOREST OF SCREAMS

Haunted houses and mazes not your thing? Then head to Medina for a haunted hayride and a jaunt through a gigantic forest filled with monsters and who-knows-what lurking behind every twist and turn.

If you decide you're brave enough and want another scare, then you can check out the Mortuary House, a former funeral home with an evil caretaker who may never let you leave.

The Forest of Screams is open Friday through Sunday from Sept. 13 through Nov. 2. For a full list of hours and dates, click here.

Location: 1662 Medina Road, Medina.

9.) HAUNT at Cedar Point's HalloWeekends

HalloWeekends has something for everyone, but if you're looking for some real thrills, the scares come after dark with HAUNT. 

HAUNT comes alive with terrifying mazes and outdoor scare zones — and that's not even including the actual haunted houses like the Slaughter House, Fearground Freakshow or Zombie High School, just to name just a few.

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HAUNT at HalloWeekends

For a full list of the creepy attractions at HAUNT, click here.

HAUNT runs Friday and Saturday nights from Sept. 13 until Oct. 27. For a full list of days and hours, click here.

10.) Spooky Ranch

Another of Greater Cleveland's premier haunts, Spooky Ranch is actually five separate attractions designed to startle and scare you out of your mind.

The Ranch features the following haunted house: Extreme Nightmares, The Famous Haunted Hayride, The Haunted Barn, The Bloodslingers Saloon, Monster Vision in 3D and Zombie Hunt 3D.

If you're looking for something truly scary and have nerves of steel, make sure not to miss Extreme Nightmares. It features, "extreme gore, blood, guts, frightening scares and in your face acting." The haunt is a living-breathing production that will "linger in your mind and cause you sleepless nights," according to its creators.

Spooky Ranch is open Friday through Sunday from Sept. 27 to Nov. 2. For a specific list of dates and hours, click here.

Location: 19066 East River Road, Columbia Station.

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