Halloween Haunt at Kings Island

Halloween Haunt at Kings Island

I finally visited Kings Island’s Haunt after years of wanting to experience it. My wife doesn’t like scary things so I was at the point of just going by myself. I had hoped that it wouldn’t resort to that so I started asking around if others wanted to go with me. When I discovered that my sister-in-law had a season pass and liked Haunt I asked her to accompany me and she said yes! Our plan was to time it so that we could play with my kids during the child’s portion of the event and then hang out at the park for a few hours after my wife took them home. It worked out well even though my oldest son was sad that he had to leave. I think next year I’ll let him stay with us if I think he’s mature enough to handle some of the imagery (some of it ended up being pretty gory so we’ll see).

My take on the event starts when first walking in the park. International Mall depicts an energy filled Halloween themed party zone. Jets of flames, loud techno music, costumed characters, and lots of fog made it really cool and high energy. Beyond here you can choose to either ride coasters or visit the haunted houses. As far as rides, we chose the Banshee because it kind of fit the theme. It was a ton of fun at night with the full moon. We also got to ride the Vortex, important for me because it was going to be dismantled before the 2020 season and it was my favorite coaster when I was a kid. I had hoped to ride the Beast as it was the 50th anniversary but my feet were on fire by the end of the night (in fact I think this is when I developed the plantar fasciitis that plagued me last winter). We did get to see a ton of the Haunt themed portion of the park as well.

I’d break Haunt down to two attraction types. The first are the haunted houses and the second are the haunted zones. The houses have queue lines and are themed differently. The zones are the same but require no waiting, you just walk though them and enjoy the characters and displays. We visited a ton of haunted houses and saw a lot of cool displays and characters. I think I liked all of the haunted houses, with there some discrepancy in quality. I think the haunted corn maze and bayou themed areas needed some work, with Kill Mart and the Haunted Cavern being particularly interesting. I thought Slaughter House was a little too graphic but I admit to being old fashioned at times.

The zones were pretty unique. I really liked Pumpkin Eater. There was a lot going on there. The second area I enjoyed was the pirate themed portion. I think my son would like that the most. I’d like for them to elaborate on that area a bit more, and maybe even develop a haunted pirate house. Overall the costumed characters were really cool and I think everyone had fun. Below are some pictures I captured.

Haunted Houses

Kings Island Haunt Kill Mart
Kings Island Haunt Kill Mart
Kings Island Haunt CHAOS
Kings Island Haunt CHAOS
Kings Island Haunt Cavern of Terror
Kings Island Haunt Cavern of Terror
Kings Island Haunt Slaughter House
Kings Island Haunt Slaughter House
Kings Island Haunt Corn Maze
Kings Island Haunt Corn Maze

Characters

Kings Island Haunt Scary Clown
Kings Island Haunt Scary Clown
Kings Island Haunt Glowing Skull Pirates
Kings Island Haunt Glowing Skull Pirates
Kings Island Haunt Scary Clown
Kings Island Haunt Scary Clown
Kings Island Haunt Grave Keeper
Kings Island Haunt Grave Keeper
Kings Island Haunt Character on Stilts
Kings Island Haunt Character on Stilts
Kings Island Haunt Pumpkin Abortion
Kings Island Haunt Pumpkin Abortion
Kings Island Haunt Dead People
Kings Island Haunt Dead People
Kings Island Haunt Devil Character
Kings Island Haunt Devil Character
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