Crisper nights have finally arrived and pumpkins and mums are in the stores. That means skeletons, witches and monsters are lurking around every corner. Halloween is less than a month away and the familiar attractions that dot the landscape are open.
The Factory of Terror in Canton and the Haunted School House in Akron are area staples that are designed to get the heart racing and adrenaline flowing walking through the scare a minute attractions. Both haunted attractions are open Thursday through Sunday evenings a for individual and small group tours.
The Factory of Terror, located at 4125 Mahoning Road N.E., is the largest indoor Haunted House in the world. It offers five unique attractions for visitors – 1300 Lost Souls, Industrial Nightmares, Backwoods Hollow, Massacre on Mahoning and House of Nightmares. Halfway through your tour, people can take a break and stop at the concession stand.
The haunted attraction on Mahoning Road has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for its displays. The haunted house never repeats the same show two years in a row and features 500 of the industries scariest monsters and high tech animatronics.
The Factory of Terror features a new event this year, Glowstick Night. This event features a complete blackout and people have to find their way though the attraction with only a glow stick. There is no show lighting and no animations. There is a limited staff on Glowstick night and people may be bumped by actors, but won't be harmed.
The hours for Factory of Terror are Friday and Saturday nights from 7 p.m. to midnight and Sundays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. College ID night is every Friday night. They are open through the first weekend in November. They are open on limited Thursday evenings.
The Haunted School House and Laboratory, 1300 Triplett Blvd.,, takes visitors or students through the school house and into different chemistry laboratories. The theme of the school house is built around the evil librarian.
Ms. Alvah is not your typical librarian. She found some ancient text books in the walls of the library. She learned some spells and forces her students to be part of the terrifying tales. In visiting the laboratory, people may find Dr. Guttenheim, who is pursuing a way to manipulate DNA and control genetics. While working late one night, the doctor was caught in an accidental explosion that burned most of his body and disfigured his face beyond recognition. In the explosion, a virus is leaked and quickly spreads and contaminates the air throughout the labs four floors.
The Haunted School House is offering private event tents for guests for the first time this year. If a group has 20 participants or more, it can enjoy a private area inside the midway. Groups can bring some food and beverages and hope to avoid the monsters.
The Haunted School House is open Thursday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to midnight and Sunday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. On October 6, 7, 8, 19, 26 and 31 college students can get $10 off admission with college ID.
The cost for each place is $25 on Thursday and Sunday and $30 on Saturday and Sunday. The Factory of Terror is offering an All Night Die Hard pass for $60 to enter as many times as a person wants that evening. People can also purchase a $50 Haunted combo pass, which is good for one visit to Factory of Terror and Haunted School House.
Haunted houses aren't just for adults. Tadmore Shrine, 3000 Krebs Road, offers one of the premier haunted house and hayrides for children. It is open from 6-10 p.m. Fridays and 4:00-10 p.m. Saturdays Oct. 6-28 for children 11 and younger.
Cost is $10 per person, with $1 off coupons available by visiting www.hallowfun.net.