FearFest additions offer more fright for the buck

What kind of haunted house offers a 214-foot drop at more than 75 miles per hour?

The Paramount’s Kings Island kind.

It’s time again for the park’s annual FearFest, a celebration of all things spooky.

Although there are plenty of events for children during the day, older visitors will find that this isn’t just a spoof – it’s a real spook.

*  Tickets: General Admission at the gate is $42.99.
Discount (available online or at Krogers) $25.99.
Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. to midnight; Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The haunted mazes open at 3 p.m. both days.

This year’s FearFest is impressive. Lines are long, but it’s still possible to see multiple attractions in one night and ride a few roller coasters.

Sleepy Hollow horror is an attraction not to miss – Paramount attended to every detail.

From crawling under a heavy cotton cloak to shelves lined with heads, you feel as if you are truly in the headless horseman’s house. It’s the newest attraction this year, so the lines are a bit longer, but well worth it.

Looking for a reason to spend 15 minutes walking in circles, or just want to test your inner-compass? Then the Maze of Madness is for you. If the creators were trying to make visitors disoriented and dizzy, they have succeeded.

When you leave the maze you will be close to the end of the line for the Curse of the Crypt. The Crypt is full of zombies, mummies and live insects. This exhibit is a must see.

The Circus of Horrors is an impressive 3-D attraction. Complete with complimentary goggles, it takes full advantage of black lighting and strobes, to make you feel part of the surroundings.

The House of Darkness was less than thrilling, the same brand of haunted house that’s available at just about any Halloween attraction in the area. Other than the denizens wanting to eat your eyes, nothing made this one stand out.

Although many of the exhibits were open, one night was not enough to see everything. If you are looking for some fun and a good scare before Halloween, make the drive to Kings Island.

Be warned, FearFest is not for the faint of heart.