Downtown Warren had been without a haunted house for nearly 20 years, when the Haunted Armory on High Street N.E. closed down.
But, just like those pesky zombies, a new haunted attraction has risen downtown.
The Walking Deadhouse opens Friday above Price Less Furniture Warehouse, 523 E. Market Street, Warren. Sunrise Entertainment is operating the attraction, and cofounder Ken Haidaris said they originally considered doing something last year at the Warren Community Amphitheater, where the promoters stage the River Rock at the Amp concert series.
"We were originally going to do it at the amphitheater, call it Haunted Walk at River Rock, but that would mean putting stuff up every day and taking it down," he said.
There also was the unpredictability of the weather in the Mahoning Valley in October, and they didn't want to do anything that would conflict or compete with the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County's Ghost Walk.
Instead, they decided to create the attraction even closer to his Sunrise Inn.
Here's are some of the haunted attractions hoping to scare up some cash during the Halloween season:
WHERE: Starts at First Presbyterian Church 256 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren.
WHEN: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 18-19 and 25-26. Guided tours leave every 10 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 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. Tickets go on sale online starting Tuesday.
The Original Haunted Hayride
WHERE: Storeyland Christmas Tree Farm, 5148 state Route 7, Burghill.
WHEN: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 5, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26 with non-haunted hayrides from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
WHAT'S THERE: The Hartford Optimist Club has been using this hayride as a fundraiser for 29 years. 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
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. 27.
WHAT'S THERE: Joining the haunted hayride and Insane-A-Tarium at this Halloween attraction are two new attractions, the Psychopath and the Forbidden Cornfield. It also boasts of having the largest drive-through Vortex tunnel in the country.
HOW MUCH: $8 adults and $6 children ages 11 and younger for hayride. Double combo pass (Insane-A-Tarium and hayride) is $14 and triple combo pass (hayride, Insane-A-Tarium and Psycho Path) are $20. Insane-A-Tarium is not recommended for children. For more information, go to www.fearforest.com or call 330-824-3141.
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 Nov. 2. Also open 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 31.
WHAT'S THERE: The home of the Canfield Fair also is the site of one of the area's largest haunted attractions, boasting of more than 120 live monsters in its haunted house, haunted hayride and Maze of Mist. There also is a midway of vendors and attractions.
HOW MUCH: $13 adults and $8 children ages 9 and younger for haunted house and mist, $13 and $7 for hayride and mist and $22 and $12 for a combo ticket good for all three attractions. For more information, call 330-799-3111 or go to www.canfieldscaregrounds.com.
WHERE: Lazy Dazy Farm, 2061 Atkinson Ave., Youngstown
WHEN: Opens Oct. 3 with hours from 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Sunday and 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.
WHAT'S THERE: This haunted hayride has been offering chills and thrills at Lazy Dazy Farm since 2010.
HOW MUCH: $8. For more information, call 330-743-2161 or go to www.youngstownfrightmareforest.com.
WHERE: Boardman Park, 375 Boardman-Poland Road, Boardman.
WHEN: 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 11-12, 18-19 and 25-26.
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: Opens Oct. 11 and runs from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Oct. 26.
WHAT'S THERE: The fire station is transformed into a haunted maze with a dozen frightful scenes.
HOW MUCH: $7 adults and $3 for children ages 3-12. For more information, call 330-501-0988.
COLUMBIANA MAZE CRAZE
WHERE: 45107 state Route 14, Columbiana
WHEN: 5 p.m. 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. 3.
WHAT'S THERE: Visitors can try to navigate four mazes cut into 20 acres of corn and play FSI (Farm Scene Investigation) as they search for all 18 checkpoints. Other activities include gemstone mining, corn box, straw pyramids, jumping balls, food concessions, swingset & corn hole. Hayrides and barrel train rides are available from noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
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.
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 Nov. 2. Also open from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 31.
WHAT'S THERE: The haunted attraction set at the amusement park has expanded from eight to 13 levels of horror promises more than 120 monsters haunting eight levels, including Apocalypse Zombie, the Vampire's Lair, The Fog, The Hostel, Demon House and the Blue Streak Ghoster Coaster. They have applied with the Guinness Book of World Records to be named the longest walk-through horror attraction.
HOW MUCH: $25 for adults and $17 for children ages 11 and younger on Friday and Saturday and $20 adults and $15 children on Sunday. For more information, call 330-799-3111 or go to www.ghostlake.net
"The building across the street is perfect for it," he said.
Bill Van Steenberg, who owns Purgatory Props, transformed the second floor of the building into a haunted house, and a mix of models and live actors will try to jolt guests as they wind through - and in one case, squeeze through - the dark corridors.
"I get to scare people," Van Steenberg said. "There is nothing more fun than that."
He started out creating things to scare his family and it grew into a business, creating haunted houses for parties and other events and acquiring decapitated heads, full body models, scary lighting and other effects he can use.
"I just love haunted houses," said Van Steenberg, who works as a finish carpenter. "I figured this is what I would retire doing."
The haunted house will feature demented children, a possessed girl, clowns that pop out of trapped doors, werewolves and other creatures of the night. Van Steenberg said he's already impressed his toughest critic - himself.
"If it gives me the willies going through it, I know it will be all right."