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Tis the season ... for horrors beyond reason

October 4, 2012
Tribune Chronicle | TribToday.com

By Andy Gray

Tribune Chronicle

For 11 months of the year, most folks run from danger. Come October, they run toward it.

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Haunted attractions spring up every year to cater to the need for fear. Some are educational and some are family-friendly while others draw inspiration from the bloodiest and goriest R-rated movies.

Here's a roundup of some of the haunted houses, hayrides and other experiences available in the area:

GHOST WALK

WHERE: Starts at First Presbyterian Church 256 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren.

WHEN: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 12-13 and 26-27. Guided tours leave every 12 minutes from the church with the last walk starting at 9 p.m. each night.

WHAT'S THERE: More educational than frightening, local actors bring to life some of the strange, scary and sad tales from Trumbull County's past on a mile-long walk that makes 10 stops at the historic locations along Mahoning Avenue N.W.

HOW MUCH: $7 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and younger and the price includes a snack at the end of the walk. There is a $1 discount for tickets purchased in advance at www.trumbullarts.org.

THE?ORIGINAL?

HAUNTED?HAYRIDE

WHERE: Storeyland Christmas Tree Farm, 5148 state Route 7, Burghill.

WHEN: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 27 and Oct. 26 with non-haunted hayrides from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

WHAT'S THERE: The Hartford Optimist Club has been scaring up cash for 28 years with this fundraiser. Masked actors and assorted creatures lurk on the winding path through the grounds of the tree farm.

HOW MUCH: $7 for the haunted hayride and $3 for the non-haunted hayride. Proceeds benefit youth organizations and community projects of the Hartford Optimist Club. For more information, call 330-772-TREE or go to www.hartfordoptimist.com.

FEAR FOREST HAUNTED HAYRIDE AND

INSANE-A-TORIUM

WHERE: 6780 Tod Ave. S.W., Lordstown.

WHEN: 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 28.

WHAT'S THERE: Alan Tura, whose company GEP Productions builds props for haunted houses nationwide, tests out his inventions on local audiences inside the Insane-a-torium haunted attraction and on the mile-long hayride.

HOW MUCH: $8 adults and $6 children ages 11 and younger for hayride and $14 for adult combo pass. Insane-a-torium is not recommended for children. For more information, go to www.fearforest.com.

CANFIELD SCAREGROUNDS HAUNTED HOUSE & HAYRIDE

WHERE: Canfield Fairgrounds, 7265 Columbiana-Canfield Road, Canfield.

WHEN: 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 28.

WHAT'S THERE: The home of the Canfield Fair is home to one of the area's largest haunted attractions, with a haunted house, haunted hayride, a Maze of Mist and a midway of vendors and attractions.

HOW MUCH: $12 adults and $7 children ages 9 and younger for haunted house and mist, $10 and $6 for hayride and mist and $20 and $10 for a combo ticket good for all three attractions. For more information, call 330-799-3111 or go to www.canfieldscaregrounds.com.

HAUNTED WAGON RIDES

WHERE: Boardman Park, 375 Boardman-Poland Road, Boardman.

WHEN: 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27.

WHAT'S THERE: This attraction passes on the gore in favor of more family-friendly entertainment, including a bonfire, climbing wall, children's bounce-a-rounds, an appearance by Jocko the Clown and a lighted pumpkin display (starting Oct. 18).

HOW MUCH: $5 adults and $3 for children ages 12 and younger or family rate of $12 for Boardman residents and $15 for non-residents. For more information, go to www.boardmanpark.com.

HAUNTED FIRE

STATION

WHERE: Craig Beach Fire Station, 1979 Grandview Road, Lake Milton.

WHEN: Oct. 19-20 and 26-27

WHAT'S THERE: The Haunted Trail at Lake Milton State Park has moved to a new location with ghosts, goblins and other creatures haunting the fire station.

HOW MUCH: Times and prices still were being set at press time. For more information, call 330-501-0988 or 330-301-5020.

GHOUL MANSION

WHERE: 66 N. Main St., Sharon, Pa.

WHEN: 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Sunday and 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday through Oct. 28 and 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 31.

WHAT'S THERE: Visitors can navigate the haunted old mansion located in downtown Sharon and navigate multiple levels of frights.

Makeup artist RJ Haddy from the SyFy series ''Face Off'' will be at Ghoul Mansion on Oct. 12 and 13.

HOW MUCH: $15 adults and $10 children ages 10 and younger. For more information, call 724-906-FEAR or go to www.ghoulmansion.com.

COLUMBIANA

MAZE CRAZE

WHERE: 45107 state Route 14, Columbiana

WHEN: 5 to midnight Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday and 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Nov. 4.

WHAT'S THERE: Visitors can try to navigate four mazes cut into 20 acres of corn with more than 7.5 miles of trails. Hayrides and barrel train rides also are available.

HOW MUCH: $9 for adults and $7 for children ages 5 to 11 with children ages 4 and younger admitted free. For more information, call 330-482-9904 or go to www.columbianamazecraze.com.

GHOST LAKE

WHERE: Conneaut Lake Park, Comstock Street, Conneaut Lake, Pa.

WHEN: 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and 7 to 11 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 28.

WHAT'S THERE: The amusement park promises more than 120 monsters haunting eight levels, including Rot's Funeral Home, Clown Town, The Un-Fun House, The Devil's Den and the Blue Streak Ghoster Coaster.

HOW MUCH: $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 11 and younger. For more information, call 330-799-3111 or go to www.ghostlake.net

 
 
 

 

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