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Vanquish those chilly-weather doldrums by venturing out for a scary good time at one of Dayton’s most popular haunted attractions. In 2009, Land of Illusion was named one of “America’s Best Haunted Attractions.” If you enjoy a good gore-fest around Halloween this shouldn’t be missed.
Legend indicates that the desolate farmlands of Middletown, Ohio, are cursed by ancient spirits. Here, is the parcel of land upon which the Land of Illusion lies. It isn’t your typical Halloween haunted house. Land of Illusion is more like a fright-filled theme park haunted by demons, madmen, evil spirits and bloody monsters.
This attraction is not for the faint of heart. (Not for little ones either.) With four different terror-inducing experiences, visitors may just want to come back for more. One is the mile-long Middletown Haunted Trail. Trekkers encounter barbaric beings from some of your worst nightmares from chainsaw toting killers, brutal murderers, psychotic sickos and bloodthirsty vampires.
Claustrophobics should steer clear of The Temple of Terror. This cave is filled with surprises like bats swooping overhead, screaming banshees in the shadows, cryptic corpses surrounding you from all sides, and demonic children which are a nod to the classic flick, Children of the Corn.
Dare to enter the diabolical dwelling of Dr. Psycho’s Haunted Estate where sacrificial spirits roam. The gore here is centered on a character named Dr. Carver. This sick scientist’s madness shines through as he makes a mangled mess of his patients. If you know what’s good for you, don’t accept his invitation to stay for dinner.
Since watching the movie Poltergeist as a child, crazy clowns have been a source of personal fear. So it should come as no surprise that the Killer Clowns portion of the tour was especially freaky. A maze of evil jokers, phantom pranksters, mimes and other mutant comedians are sure haunt you in your sleep.
This ticket of terror is quite affordable for a night out. Land of Illusion offers an unlimited evening pass for $24.95 which provides access to all four fear fests. There is also the option of purchasing your terror of choice by buying each attraction individually. The website provides pricing details for one, two, three and four tour tickets.
If this myriad of madness still leaves you wanting more, live entertainment is offered on Saturdays from 9p.m.-1a.m.
So what are you waiting for? Scare yourself silly. Land of Illusion is open now through November 1, 2009. For more information: thelandofillusion.com