Be afraid. Be very afraid.

‘Tis the season for mayhem, mania and murderous intent at the Tristate’s various cornfield mazes, haunted houses and eerie castles. And when you’re trapped inside a cornfield or a spooky mansion, no one can hear you scream.

As you plan your Halloween outings, you should know that not all attractions are actually open on Halloween night. The few bravest to open their doors on Oct. 31 include Land of Illusion, Halloween Haunt, USS Nightmare, St. Rita’s Haunted House, Junction Nightmare and The Dent Schoolhouse.

Here’s a body count of the major scare fairs, with all the grisly details on admission costs and hours of operation:

Fall-O-Ween Festival
Through Oct. 4
Head out to Coney Island for this fest, which includes children’s entertainment, rides, petting zoo, mazes, “apple pie school” and more. Kids are invited to show up in costume and journey down the Trick-or-Treat Trail, and a Fright Lights Laser Show closes out the fest each night at 8 p.m. 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson. 1 to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $11.95. (513) 872-5194 or

Tower of London’s Dungeon
Through Oct. 25
The Ohio Renaissance Festival features a spooky Tower of London that comes complete with racks, chains and the odd executioner. I-71 at exit 45, Harveysburg. 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $19.99 for adults, $9.99 for children 5 through 12. (513) 897-7000 or

Kings Island’s Halloween Haunt
Through Oct. 31
Menacing attractions at Kings Island’s annual fright show (formerly FearFest) include a terrifying three-ring carnival of souls, an asylum run by its inmates, and a crypt where you’ll find yourself screaming for your Mummy. Coney Mall becomes Coney Maul, a creepy experience featuring a walk-through maze. And everyone’s dying to get into the PsychoPath, a foggy parade of shadows. Expect the regular lineup of crazed clowns, demented radio DJs, manic mummies and gruesome spirits, as well. 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason. 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. $29.99. (513) 754-5700 or

Chambers of Horror
Through Nov. 1
No bones about it, even Michael Myers would find himself right at home in this place, the former Cambridge Inn (if you find any locked rooms, be sure to bring a skeleton key). Not intended for young children or those with heart trouble. 1601 South University Blvd., Middletown. 8 p.m. to midnight Fridays, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturdays. $10. (513) 422-4551 or

Jack-O-Lantern Junction
Through Nov. 1
During the daytime, take your little ones to EnterTrainment Junction’s low-scare Halloween walk through a haunted Victorian mansion. Treats for children are available throughout the maze. 7379 Squire Court, West Chester. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. $4. (513) 898-8000 or

Junction Nightmare
Through Nov. 1
The terror is unleashed at this walk-through haunt at EnterTrainment Junction. Mazes include Ripper’s Revenge and Fear Factory. 7379 Squire Court, West Chester. 7 p.m. to midnight Thursdays through Saturdays, 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays. $7.50. (513) 898-8000 or

Land of Illusion
Through Nov. 1
Located on the outskirts of Middletown, Land of Illusion is a demonic haunted village stocked with a crew of manic madmen. The Haunted Trail is a one-mile hike through zombie territory, while Temple of Terror is a winding catacomb of suspense. Dr. Psycho’s Haunted Estate is billed as a demented dwelling, while victims are promised they’ll die laughing at the 3-D Killer Klowns attraction. 8762 Thomas Road, Middletown. Dusk to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays; dusk to 11:30 p.m. Sundays. Any one terror is $15, two terrors $20, three terrors $25 and all four terrors $30. (513) 423-9960 or

The Dent Schoolhouse
Through Nov. 1
Years ago, schoolchildren at the Dent Public School kept disappearing. And the janitor didn’t seem to want to do anything about the awful smells coming from the basement. Ghostly hauntings soon followed, and the script goes on from there. 5963 Harrison Ave., Dent. 7:30 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays. $13, $20 fast pass to skip the line. (513) 598-4600 or

Turpin Farms Field of Fright
Through Nov. 1
Turpin Farms, the second oldest family-owned farm in Ohio, offers a slightly scary Cornfield Maize for youngsters. Inside the Field of Fright, though, expect your fair share of buzzing chainsaws and bloody hockey masks. 3295 Turpin Lane, Newtown. 5 p.m. to midnight Fridays, noon to midnight Saturdays. $9, $7 children, 2 and under free. Combo Maize/Field ticket is $15. (513) 561-2621 or

USS Nightmare
Through Nov. 1
Don’t fear the Reaper. The USS Nightmare, a cursed dredge formerly owned by the Army Corps of Engineers, is Northern Kentucky’s largest ghostly attraction, as well as the area’s only haunted steamboat. Special effects include 100 animations, and favorites such as the Rat Lady and Creepy Captain are back. A newly added Nightmare Landing Barge features expanded concessions, arcade games and a laser tag arena. Riverboat Row, Newport. 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. $16, $20 for the R.I.P. admission that lets you bypass the line. A “light’s on” children’s matinee, easy on the gore, is from 4 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 26; tickets are $6. (859) 261-8500 or

St. Rita’s Haunted House
Oct. 1-Nov. 1
The annual St. Rita Haunted House occupies an authentic Civil War-era farmhouse and features 16 rooms of fright, including a hall of portraits, funeral parlor, chamber of motion, electric chair room, dungeon and cavern — all loaded with costumed characters. Exit 14 off I-75 at Glendale-Milford Road, Evendale. 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays and Thursdays. $10. (513) 771-1060 or

Loveland Castle’s Scary Knights
Oct. 9-24
Take a haunting stroll into medieval madness at Loveland Castle, a one-fifth scale replica of a 10th-century Norman structure. Candle-lit rooms flicker eerily and stone archways mask various lurking villains. 12025 Shore Drive, Loveland. 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. $8. (513) 683-4686 or

Cincinnati Zoo’s HallZOOween
Oct. 10-25
Check out HallZOOween, the annual non-scary entertainment for your little ghouls and goblins. Kids can trick-or-treat their way around the zoo as they visit the Beauty Shop of Horrors and Frisch’s Pumpkin Patch. 3400 Vine St., Avondale. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $13 adults, $9 children ages 2 to 12. (513) 475-6124 or

Halloween Nights
Oct. 10-31
Halloween Nights tells the story of Halloween in a non-frightening way, with its glowing ghosts and whimsical witches. 10073 Daly Road, Springfield Township. 6 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 6 to 9 p.m. Sundays and Thursdays. $5. (513) 728-3551 or

Sharon Woods’ Haunted Village
Oct. 16-31
Ichabod Crane could well lose his head over this one, as some 8,000 people attend this homage to Sleepy Hollow each year. The historical Heritage Village transforms into a hysterical “Haunted Village,” when all 10 different village buildings take on an eerie atmosphere after dark. I-275 (exit 46) at U.S. Route 42 (11450 Lebanon Pike), Sharonville. 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays. $10 adults, $5 children 3-12. (513) 563-9484 or

Walk in the Woods
Oct. 24
Your family’s little boys and ghouls will all enjoy this afternoon stroll at Blue Ash Nature Park. Definitely have them wear a costume for this trick-or-treat romp, which also features crafts, games and a Halloween magic show (1 p.m. and 2 p.m.). Recommended for ages 10 and under. 4433 Cooper Road, Blue Ash. Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. Free. (513) 745-6259 or

Ghosts of Pirates Cove
Oct. 24-Nov. 1
If you’re looking to mix scare fare with an educational trip, consider the Newport Aquarium’s event. 1 Aquarium Way, Newport. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $20, $13 ages 3-12, children 2 and under free (up to two kids dressed in costume get in for $5). (859) 261-7444 or