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October 24, 2013

Your guide to Cleveland’s haunted houses this Halloween

By Aziza Doleh

It’s the time of year to get scared and maybe pee in your pants, I said maybe. These haunted houses have won awards and left you scared and not able to sleep at night.

Hauntville offers an interactive fright, with 3-D glasses and new technology to create eye-popping visual effects, and professional actors ready to lock you in prison or worse. (1579 West River Rd., Elyria; hauntville.net)

Seven Floors of Hell in Cleveland is back for another horrifying year. Spread out in seven different houses, it’s never the same two years in a row. (19191 Bagley Rd., Middleburg Heights; 7floorsofhell.com).

For over 30 years, the Haunted Schoolhouse and Laboratory has been around to scare, making many “Top 10 Best Haunted Houses” lists. (1300 Triplett Blvd., Akron; hshlab.com)

Factory of Terror in Canton is notable. It’s in the Guinness Book of World Records for Longest Walk-Through Horror House. Set in an actual abandoned factory, the Factory of Terror offers attractions including a mirror maze and a 3D-experience. New this year: The Scare Chair, which will take you on a bumpy, scary ride. (4125 Mahoning Rd., NE Canton; fotohio.com)

The Ohio State Reformatory’s Haunted Prison Experience unravels inside the old reformatory in Mansfield that was closed in 1990. Complete with actors, visual effects and props, the Haunted Prison Experience has won multiple awards for being genuinely frightening. You must be 13 or older to enter. (100 Reformatory Rd., Mansfield; hauntedx.com)

The Forsaken Haunted House. is a 30,000-square foot attraction based on a fictional tragedy of a pesticide turning an entire town into flesh-eating zombies. (8200 Tyler Blvd., Mentor; forsakenhaunt.com)

Around for 33 years, Bloodview is the world’s oldest improvisational horror production company, Bloodview offers three attractions for one price, including the Gorehouse. Bloodview’s actors also stage spontaneous performances in the outdoor lot, with a new theme every weekend. (1010 Towpath Trail, Broadview Heights; bloodview.net)

The Spooky Ranch is back for its 23rd year with five different attractions, including the Extreme Nightmares Haunted House (which children under 11 are not allowed to enter), Crazy Clowns in 3-D, and the famous Haunted Hayride. (19066 Mallet Creek, Columbia Station; spookyranch.com)

Cornstalkers offer a one-acre cornfield and five-acre forest where scary actors will be lurking around, waiting for a chance to frighten you when you least expect it. (423 Ridge Rd., Hinckley; cornstalkers.com)

This year at the Carnival of Horrors, attractions include the Insane Asylum Cage Maze, The Fun House, The Freakshow and The Wicked Woods. (1145 West Steels Corners, Cuyahoga Falls; carnivalofhorrors.com)

Last year voted one of the best-haunted houses in Ohio, The Fear Experience is back. It has four new haunted houses, plus over $200,000 in terrifying renovations, a heated indoor waiting area. (10701 Brookpark Road, Parma; thefearexperience.com)

Ghostly Manor, an award-winning haunted house featured on Travel Channel, the Lake Eerie Fear Fest boasts frights for every taste: There’s also 3-D blacklight mini-golf, and an XD 4-D motion theater showing four different films. (3319 US Rt. 250, Sandusky; lakeeeriefearfest.com)

If a haunted hayride doesn’t give you the adrenaline rush you’re looking for, Mapleside Farms will hold a hayride where you get to shoot paintballs at zombies. (294 Pearl Rd., Brunswick; lightupthelivingdead.com).