A truly haunted house can terrify its guests with a full range of domestic horrors, from the ghouls that haunt the attic to the expired gallon of milk that lurks on the refrigerator shelf. Experience fear's many faces with today's Groupon to Dayton’s Haunted Butcher House, located near downtown’s historic Oregon District on Wayne Avenue. The haunted house frightens adventurers from 7 p.m. to midnight on Thursday–Saturday and from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday. Choose between the following options:
- For $12, you get two admission tickets (up to a $24 value).
- For $20, you get four admission tickets (up to a $48 value).
Dayton's Haunted Butcher House dares Halloween enthusiasts to wander its ghastly halls without unleashing a whimper or a bloodcurdling scream. Ill-advised visitors can tiptoe through 22 blood-painted rooms populated by a cadre of ghouls, zombies, and confused Easter bunnies as all manner of haunts conspire to transform smooth skin into a speckled mess of goose bumps. Fluorescent spider webs catch human prey in their black-lit traps while arachnids spin cocoons of fear and painted skeletal visages stare out from the walls with expressions of unbridled malice. Those who wish to escape with lives and limbs intact must dodge piles of bones strewn about the floor and roller skaters speeding on eight wheels toward the nearest exit.
Dayton's Haunted Butcher House
Winning best haunted house in Active Dayton's 2011 Best of Dayton awards and lauded by the bloggers of Ohio Valley Haunts for a "very loud soundtrack [that] assaults the senses in accompaniment to the various atrocities," the designers of Dayton's Haunted Butcher House horrify guests with new macabre spectacles each year. Characters, such as clowns wielding meat cleavers and the undead springing forth from oversize jack-in-the-boxes, are just some of the haunts that have rattled visitors in years past on the unguided tour. To further heighten fear levels, the building itself becomes another character, confounding the living with moving floors, strobe lights, and mysterious voices that predict another year of slow economic growth.