Kings Island submits Halloween Haunt plans

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Kings Island has submitted site plans to the city of Mason for a Halloween Haunt attraction this year.

Construction is underway on the shell of a 3,500-square-foot indoor maze being called Slaughter House Reloaded, according to the plans submitted to the city’s engineering and building department.

Mason officials said Friday that plans for the shell of the structure were submitted in June, and the more detailed site and ground plans were submitted July 16.

“Park guests have been taking photos while in line for the Beast of a building going up near the ride that will be used for a haunted attraction, but we’ve not shared the details as to what the attraction will be and won’t until later this summer,” said Don Helbig, spokesman for Kings Island, in an email.

The park’s Halloween Haunt has featured a Slaughter House maze in recent years — previously housed inside a restaurant in the park’s Action Zone. Helbig said that restaurant was closed last October and refurbished to open the Chicken Shack Restaurant.

“We will not have a maze in that location this year,” Helbig said. “Undetermined at this time if the same name and theme will be used in a new location.”

But design plans submitted to the city for Slaughter House Reloaded include frightening features and gory details such as butcher tables, animal heads, a human saw table, a Claustrophobia Hall, and meat grinder.

The eighth season of Halloween Haunt will take place every Friday and Saturday night from Sept. 19 through Nov. 1.

“Halloween Haunt is a veritable playground of terror featuring more than 600 vile creatures lurking in the shadows, 15 highly-intense and spine-chilling haunted attractions, and popular thrill rides including the Banshee, Beast and Diamondback roller coasters,” Helbig said.

Last year’s Halloween Haunt featured 11 mazes: Board to Death, CarnEvil, Club Blood, CornStalkers, Delta Delta Die, Holiday Horror, Madame Fatale’s Cavern of Terror, Slaughter House, Tombstone Terror-Tory, Urgent Scare and Wolf Pack. There were also four scare zones and three live stage shows.

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