Hours: Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The attraction offers friendly frights for younger kids, but after 7:30 p.m., the ghouls come out until 11 p.m.
For more info, visit scarycuse.com
My ratings: four out of five pumpkins.
CMC Haunted House – Cicero
Not so far off the beaten path, this haunted house is located right on Route 31 east of the Route 81.
This attraction is not for the faint of heart. Set in an asylum, this walk-through takes you through numerous rooms where ghastly experiments take place before your eyes.
Evil doctors disembowel poor victims and, at times, you might get sprayed (with water, of course, but the effect is still incredibly creepy) and action occurs all around you here, even over your head.
At the conclusion of the house, you can partake of free refreshments provided by the waiting room staff.
Pricing: Tickets are $12 or you can bump the line by paying the VIP price of $20.
Hours: Fridays and Saturdays from 7 to 10 p.m.
For more information, visit scarycuse.com.
My ratings: four and a half out of five pumpkins.
Demon Acres – Hannibal
This venue features two attractions, a haunted house and a hayride, but of which are extremely entertaining.
The haunted house is scarier than the hayride. You enter a farmhouse set back in the property and wind your way through a maze of detailed rooms with ghouls just waiting to spook you.
The piece-de-resistance, though, is best part. There’s a spinning room here that will totally disorient you just before you leave the house. It’s an experience like no other in the area.
The hayride is definitely one of the better ones in the area. Played less for fright than entertainment, ghouls still lurch and lumber toward you and grab at your ankles on the ride.