Ohio Valley Haunts
Reviewed 10/9/10
Mr. Healthy Haunted Hall
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7700 Seward Rd / Mt. Healthy, OH
(513) 729-1974
Friday & Saturday 8 - 11 p.m.
Sundays 7 - 9 p.m
$10 - ($2 discount with canned good)
$15 Fast Pass (no discount)
Free Parking at Duval School (Compton Rd.)
MT. HEALTHY HAUNTED HALL A hooded, roaming fiend terrorizes the queue line that's hosted by a frightening cemetery outside this year's Haunted Hall.  The old graveyard is home to a  hanged victim barely clinging to life, a spooky looking fountain of blood, and an undead body (animation) making one final attempt to escape its earthen tomb!  A skeletal watchman guards the premises, peering down from an upstairs window with illuminated eyes, and mysteriously waving a lantern back and forth beckoning visitors to the old haunted house.  The actual exploration begins up an ominous looking staircase and into a non-trustworthy elevator that buzzes and thrashes about on its way to parts unknown. Tragedy awaits in a mad scientist's lab that witnesses the spark emitting creation of Frankenstein, and departs into a mirror maze that's terrorized by a hyperactive, misdirecting clown.  Spooky music introduces a moving walkway, adorned with body bags en route to Dracula's chamber that finds The Count lurking in the shadows of his most recent victim, seen lying in a casket!  Escaping through an upright coffin leads to a mysterious skeleton encounter, then onto the outdoor portion of the attraction that consists of some sort of military de-tox zone, then confrontations with an Executioner, Norman at the Bates Motel, and a stop for some BOOze at Spooker's Bar.  A spinning vortex leads the course into a fog-filled area populated by werewolves that progresses into a Camp Crystal Lake confrontation with Jason Voorhees, then an incinerating crematorium, and a face to face confrontation with The Devil himself who forces you to bow down before him and crawl your way into a frightening cemetery!  The course concludes with its traditional dark maze finish, wrapping up this year's Mount Healthy Haunted Hall entitled 21 Years of Gambling with Your Life!

LENGTH - 9, Difficult to determine a precise time due to the uncertainty of the maze.
ACTORS - 8, All do a commendable job trying their best to deliver quality scares.  Trademark Devil boasts improved dialogue in comparison to a year ago, and Jason has a more intense chainsaw pursuit.  Drac has appropriately abandoned comedy, but needs to acquire a more threatening presence.   Due to the nature of the attraction, there will always be a number of undersized actors, and although they do their best to utilize them accordingly as victims, or station them behind drop-down panels, there's just too many of them to score higher. Total Characters = 41. 
SCARINESS - 7½, Complimentary background music enhances the frights.  Characters are well hidden and quality scares in just about every scene.  Increased intensity would strengthen the scares.
PROPS - 8, Good décor, some pneumatic surprises, and a few unexpected startles you won't experience anyplace else.  Spinning floor is unique to Mt. HealthyDracula's coffin door and secret maze passages are annual favorites.
DESIGN - 9, Every inch of space is utilized to its fullest potential inside The Hall itself.  Outdoor course has been expanded once again, although detoxification addition seems to serve no purpose.  Fog-filled werewolf "forest" is excellently done, and the maze is an outstanding finisher.  All things considered from a budget perspective, this is an annual masterpiece!
VALUE - 9½, Once again, no price increase for the third consecutive yearr!  Cost is still just $8 with a canned good donation!  The price can’t be beat considering the entertainment value!  This is the way it SHOULD be!
RATING:  8, One of the best kept secrets in the tri-state area, The Mt. Healthy Haunted Hall never disappoints!   Customers exiting the attraction described it as "scary" and "fun."  What better recommendation could you ask for?  Go with a group, and ditch your friends in the maze!

NOTEThe Mount Healthy Haunted Hall is sponsored by The Madonna Council Knights of Columbus, and Boy Scout Troops 27 and 393.  Annual “Lights on" night for children is October 24th. from 6 to 6:45 PM before the haunted house opens at 7.  Cost is $5.00 for kids and there's NO CHARGE FOR ADULTS.